Narthax was a clone stormtrooper from the planet Ukio who served the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. Prior to 3 ABY, he was stationed in the Imperial garrison on the planet Akuria II, and became a veteran of the garrison by 3 ABY. That year, Narthax, by then one of Imperial Supreme Commander Darth Vader's most seasoned and well-trained troops, participated in the Battle of Hoth as a snowtrooper sergeant in Blizzard Force. Commanding a squad during the battle, Narthax took part in invading the Alliance to Restore the Republic's base on the planet, in pursuit of the fleeing Alliance personnel. During the pursuit, the 3PO-series protocol droid C-3PO ripped off the warning label on a pen containing some of the base's captured wampas, and Narthax and his group, upon reaching it, decided to enter the room itself. Narthax entered in the door's lock-code, and he and his squad were subsequently attacked and killed by the wampas inside.

Biography[edit | edit source]

The Human[4] male[2] Narthax was a clone[5] from the planet Ukio.[1] He served the Galactic Empire[2] as a clone stormtrooper during the Galactic Civil War, a conflict between the Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[5] For a period of time prior to the year 3 ABY,[3] Narthax was stationed in the Imperial garrison on[2] the ice planet[6] Akuria II.[2] By 3 ABY,[3] Narthax was a veteran of the garrison, and had tested on various frigid worlds. By that time, he was also one of the most well-trained and seasoned troops serving the Imperial Supreme Commander, the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader.[2] That year,[3] the Empire discovered the Alliance to Restore the Republic's hidden base located on the planet Hoth, leading to a subsequent ground invasion of the facility.[7] Narthax, a snowtrooper sergeant by then, was part of the assault as part of the Imperial Blizzard Force. He commanded a squad during the battle.[1]

Narthax was among the stormtroopers who reached the base itself, pursuing the Alliance forces who were desperately evacuating their base. His helmet-mounted sensors ready to catch any unsuspecting Rebels, Narthax and his group ran into a corridor containing a heavily shielded pen where, unbeknownst to the troopers, the Alliance had previously quarantined some of the planet's predatory and carnivorous wampas. The Alliance's 3PO-series protocol droid C-3PO, who was attempting to escape, stopped to tear off the warning label on the door to the pen before disappearing around another bend in the corner. Narthax and his group reached the door, and the Sergeant punched in the code on the door's control panel. The door slid open, and the troops filed in with military efficiency, to be subsequently attacked and killed by the wampas within the room. Darth Vader later reached the room to discover a cave-in exposing the room to Hoth's daytime sun, along with the bodies of Narthax and his squad under piles of blood-stained snow.[2]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

A sergeant in the Stormtrooper Corps, Narthax trained snowtroopers in extreme-weather survival tactics.[1] He was one of Darth Vader's most well-trained and season troops[2] by 3 ABY.[3] When he punched in the lock-code leading to the wampa pen, he savored the moment, believing it would take more than locks to stop the Imperial invasion. He and his group filed into the room with military efficiency, unaware they had stumbled upon the wampas that would kill them.[2] Narthax wore full snowtrooper armor, and his equipment included an E-11 blaster rifle.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Narthax was originally meant to appear in 1980's Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. His intended scene, which did not make the final cut, involved him and his snowtrooper group being tricked into entering the wampa pen when C-3PO rips off the warning label, and are attacked by the wampas within.[7] In 1996, that scene was first brought into canon by One Step Ahead, a short story in the second edition of Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back.[2] In fall 1998, that deleted scene was described, along with photos showing Narthax and his squad, in the CD-ROM Star Wars: Behind the Magic.[8] In November of that year, Narthax was first identified by name, and his backstory expanded, in a card for the Special Edition Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game.[1] In 2011, the deleted scene with the snowtroopers was officially released as part of the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray set. However, the filmed scene only shows one of the snowtroopers entering the pen and being attacked by the wampas,[9] differing from its official in-universe representation in One Step Ahead, in which all the snowtroopers are described as entering and getting killed by the wampas.[2]

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