- "His enthusiasm outweighs his discretion."
- ―"The Client," on Pershing
Pershing was a human male doctor and clone engineer affiliated with a remnant of the Galactic Empire during the New Republic Era. By 9 ABY, Pershing and "the Client" placed a bounty on Grogu in hopes of acquiring it. One of the bounty hunters who accepted the commission was Din Djarin who met with the Client and Pershing while they were under the protection of Remnant Stormtroopers.
Djarin retrieved Grogu for the Imperials, and delivered him directly to the Client and Pershing, who verified he was healthy. The doctor and the Client then argued about extracting material from the child, with Pershing ensuring that it remained alive. After having a change of heart, Djarin returned and fought his way through the facility where Pershing was working on Grogu. The bounty hunter confronted Pershing who begged for his and the child's life, causing Djarin to spare the scientist and leave with the infant.
Acquiring the child
- "This is not what we agreed upon."
"I'm simply being pragmatic."
- ―Doctor Pershing and the Client argue
Doctor Pershing was a human male who worked as a scientist for an Imperial remnant on Nevarro following the collapse of the Galactic Empire. In around 9 ABY, Pershing worked with an individual known as "the Client" to attempt to acquire a Force-sensitive Child. The Client placed a bounty on the infant with the Bounty Hunters' Guild, who sent many hunters to accept the contract. One of these hunters was Din Djarin who met with the Client and four stormtrooper guards face to face.
After the Client greeted Djarin, Pershing joined the meeting unannounced, causing Djarin to quickly draw his weapons. The doctor cowered and apologized for surprising the bounty hunter while the four stormtroopers kept their weapons aimed at Djarin. The Client then defused the situation and had the stormtroopers lower their weapons, after which Djarin took a seat and listened to the Client's description of the job. When the Client stated that the hunter could provide proof of termination instead of bringing the infant in alive, Pershing interrupted and complained that termination was not what they had previously agreed, but the Client dismissed the complaint and claimed he was "simply being pragmatic."
A scientist spared
- "What did you do to it? What did you do to it?"
"I protected him. I protected him. If it wasn't for me, he would already be dead!"
- ―Djarin and Pershing
Din Djarin successfully recovered the infant and delivered it directly to the Client and Pershing. Upon seeing the infant the pair rushed up, the Client first verifying its identity with a fob while Pershing scanned it to check that it was in good health. Pleased with the infant, the Client paid Djarin while Pershing escorted it from the room. Once Djarin was gone, the Client and Pershing argued about the infant, with the Client demanding he simply remove the material they needed from the Child even if it killed it. Pershing refused, reminding the Client that they had orders to deliver it alive, after which the Client warned Pershing they could no longer assure his safety and left. Pershing would harvest a small amount of blood from the Child to be used for his project.
Din Djarin later had a change of heart and returned, attacking the facility where Pershing was working on Grogu. After fighting his way through a number of stormtrooper guards, Djarin blasted open the door to the room where Pershing was working. A stormtrooper inside shot the bounty hunter, only for the bolt to rebound off his beskar armor. Din Djarin then killed the trooper and shot an IT-O Interrogation Unit while Pershing begged for his and the child's lives. After the scientist explained it was only because of him that the baby had not been killed, the bounty hunter took the baby and left, sparing Pershing.
- "If these experiments are to continue as requested, we would again require access to the donor. I will not disappoint you again, Moff Gideon."
Pershing continued to serve Moff Gideon and continue their experiments. In the Imperial base on Nevarro, he worked on volunteers, injecting Grogu's blood into their bodies. After seeing promising results for two weeks, the bodies rejected the blood and did not survive. Pershing was unable to continue his work because he exhausted the supply of blood. Knowing it would be difficult to obtain any more blood with such a high M-count, referring to the midi-chlorians, he recorded a hologram message for Gideon revealing his failure but promised that he would ultimately succeed. Three days later, Din Djarin returned to Nevarro, he would come across the base where he saw Pershing's recording before helping to destroy the base.
- "These are third-generation design. They are no longer suits. The human inside was the final weakness to be solved. They're droids."
- ―Pershing, on the dark troopers
Following the abduction of Grogu by Moff Gideon, Pershing was being transported aboard Shuttle 2743 when the ship came under attack from Boba Fett in Slave I, and was disabled by Fett's ion cannon. Thinking the shuttle was under attack by pirates, Pershing suggested they fight back, but the co-pilot said he didn't have a death wish and refused. When Din Djarin and Carasynthia Dune boarded the shuttle, the co-pilot held a blaster to Pershing's head, stressing the clone engineer's importance to Gideon and the New Republic, although Pershing confirmed to Djarin that Grogu was alive aboard Gideon's light cruiser. After goading Dune about the destruction of Alderaan, she shot and killed the pilot. Pershing's ear was grazed by the blaster bolt, leaving a partial hole.
After Djarin obtained the help of the Mandalorians Bo-Katan Kryze and Koska Reeves, Pershing gave them valuable intel for their raid on Gideon's cruiser, including Grogu's location, and the presence and power-up time of a platoon of third-generation dark troopers. During the raid, Djarin used Pershing's code cylinder to access the brig, and to seal the cargo bay housing the dark troopers.
Behind the scenes
Pershing first appeared in the first episode of the 2019 Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, which aired on November 12, 2019. He was portrayed by Omid Abtahi, who previously voiced Amis in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" (First appearance)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
- The Mandalorian: Season 1: Volume 1
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel
- The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies
- The Mandalorian: This is the Way
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 12: The Siege" (Appears in hologram)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" (Mentioned only)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Directing"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Legacy"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Technology"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Practical"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Process"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Connections"
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- "Jedi Master's Quiz"—Star Wars Insider 198
- The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One
- "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season One Companion"—Star Wars Insider 201
- "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season Two Companion"—Star Wars Insider 202
- "Mando Mania"—Star Wars Insider 203
- "Jedi Master's Quiz"—Star Wars Insider 203
- (Picture only)