- "Technically command falls to me, after Howl and Sairgon and Paonu and—well."
- ―Von Geiz lists Twilight Company's chain of command
Paonu was a male commander in the Rebel Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company. He served as naval captain on the company's CR90 corvette, the Thunderstrike, and was third down the line of command in Twilight Company. When the Thunderstrike was pursued by forces of the Galactic Empire due to a hyperdrive leak, Paonu suggested transferring select personnel from the Thunderstrike to its escort, the Braha'tok-class gunship Apailana's Promise, in the hopes of saving them.
Former Imperial governor Everi Chalis, however, instead proposed raiding an Imperial heavy freighter, which was approved and carried out. After the raid, the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise rendezvoused with a rebel flotilla in the Elochar sector to make repairs to the Thunderstrike under Paonu's supervision. However, Imperial spies were able to infiltrate the Thunderstrike, and Paonu was killed on the bridge.
- "Your ship, is compromised. Commander Paonu had the right idea. I propose we locate an Imperial cargo transport. I can get us within range, and your soldiers—can board it."
- ―Everi Chalis addresses the attendees of the meeting
During the Galactic Civil War, Paonu served as a commander in the Rebel Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry, more commonly known as Twilight Company, holding the position of naval captain aboard the company's CR90 corvette, the Thunderstrike, on which he led ship operations. The commander was third from the top in the Twilight Company's command structure, following Captain Micha Evon and his second-in-command, Lieutenant Sairgon. In 3 ABY, the Thunderstrike and its escort, the Braha'tok-class gunship Apailana's Promise, suffered a series of attacks from the Galactic Empire due to a hyperdrive leak in the Thunderstrike which left a trail of hypermatter for the Imperial forces to follow.
Captain Evon gathered the high-ranking members of Twilight Company to discuss the matter. As suggestions for obtaining repair equipment ensued, Paonu hesitantly tabled his own plan to have Everi Chalis, an Imperial governor-turned-defector traveling with Twilight Company, and select personnel transferred to the Apailana's Promise and split the gunship from the Thunderstrike. His plan further suggested that the Thunderstrike would likely be pursued to obliteration while the Promise carried its passengers to safety. Chalis commended his plan but proposed her own in its place, stating they could instead locate an Imperial cargo transport and board it as a replacement for the Thunderstrike. Discussions soon arose in the conference again until Howl silenced them, and First Sergeant Hazram Namir instead suggested stealing supplies from an Imperial transport.
The plan to board an Imperial transport was ultimately approved, and Twilight Company traveled to the Redhurne system, awaiting an Imperial heavy freighter that carried the supplies the Thunderstrike's hyperdrive required. While they waited, Paonu, Evon, and Chalis conversed on the corvette's bridge. After two hours, the company's target arrived and the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise attacked, with the Thunderstrike using boarding pods to deploy troops inside the freighter. Twilight Company's raid was successful, and the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise traveled to a flotilla in the Elochar sector, where a dozen rebel ships were stationed, to conduct repairs.
Evon similarly parted for a conference at the Alliance High Command's secret base on the planet Hoth with Chalis, Namir and two soldiers, which left Sairgon provisionally in charge of the rest of the Company. While the Thunderstrike's crew worked non-stop under Paonu to complete the repairs, Sairgon tried his best to keep the troops out of the way. Ten days into their time at the flotilla, Twilight Company took on survivors from the damaged light freighter Trumpet's Call, unaware that they were Imperial spies who had killed the freighter's real crew. The spies regained their strength and then stormed the Thunderstrike's bridge.
Sairgon was killed, and five other bridge crew were captured. When the rebel soldier Brand entered the bridge and started killing the spies, the five crewmembers wrestled their captors, three of them being killed. By the time the spies were all defeated, Paonu was dead on the floor. Brand then took charge of the remaining two bridge crew, and the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise fled to the pirate backwater planet Ankhural. As Evon had died while at Hoth, Chief Medic Von Geiz stated during a meeting with senior Twilight Company members that he and Sharn, the second-in-command of the Promise, were technically the highest ranking with Paonu and Sairgon gone as well. With no one to lead the ship operations on the Thunderstrike, Commander Tohna was transferred from the Apailana's Promise to take charge of the corvette's bridge crew.
Personality and traits
A male individual, Paonu wished to have the important personnel in Twilight Company abandon their comrades in the Thunderstrike in order to flee to safety aboard the Apailana's Promise, leaving the former vessel to face certain destruction. He proposed this plan reluctantly during the meeting with the senior personnel and bridge crew of Twilight Company.
Behind the scenes
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First appearance, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook
Notes and references
- The main events of Battlefront: Twilight Company are set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Those events must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY. Furthermore, Paonu's death in the Elochar sector must have also happened that year.
- Battlefront: Twilight Company