- "You were assumed dead."
"I greet you as well, Phaa Anor."
- ―Phaa Anor and Nom Anor
Phaa Anor was a male Yuuzhan Vong of the intendant caste and a relative of Nom Anor. Phaa Anor was a subordinate to Nom Anor, who acted as an advance agent in the galaxy, which the Yuuzhan Vong had targeted for invasion. Phaa Anor carried out duties on behalf of his relative during the invasion but came to believe that his superior was dead, as did the majority of Yuuzhan Vong, after Nom Anor disappeared following the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Ebaq 9 in 28 ABY. At Ebaq 9, Nom Anor promised the Yuuzhan Vong leadership a great victory, unaware that his intelligence sources were compromised, and was forced to disappear once he was confronted for his failure. Later that year, Phaa Anor was contacted by his relative, who asked him to deliver a message concerning the existence of a mysterious living planet to the ruler of the Yuuzhan Vong, Supreme Overlord Shimrra Jamaane.
- "I have information so important that I believe I can redeem myself in the Supreme Overlord's eyes. Not only that, I believe I will be elevated for my efforts. Do you not think you will benefit as well, he who brings these tidings?"
"I will do it."
- ―Nom Anor and Phaa Anor
Born into Domain Anor, Phaa Anor was an intendant—the Yuuzhan Vong's caste of logistics and administrative experts. Phaa grew up in a crèche along with his domain cousin, Nom Anor, who later became his superior. The two Yuuzhan Vong maintained contact by means of a pair of villips, the organic communications devices of the Yuuzhan Vong. In 25 ABY, the Yuuzhan Vong species initiated its invasion of another galaxy, having spent millennia traveling in the Intergalactic Void in search of a new home. During the resulting Yuuzhan Vong War, Phaa Anor's crèche cousin was tasked with destabilizing the New Republic, the major galactic government and the target of the Yuuzhan Vong fleet. Phaa Anor remained his crèche cousin's subordinate until three years into the war, when Nom Anor's failure to realize that his extensive spy network had been compromised led to a catastrophic Yuuzhan Vong defeat at the Battle of Ebaq 9. Supreme Overlord Shimrra Jamaane, the leader of the species, called for the skin of Nom Anor, who disappeared following the battle. After a year passed with no news of his superior, Phaa Anor, along with the majority of Yuuzhan Vong, assumed his relative to be dead. Thus, when Phaa Anor was contacted via villip by his crèche cousin, the intendant was shocked, and informed Nom Anor that he would have to report the conversation to Jamaane.
To his mounting surprise, Anor was informed by his relative that he should in fact do exactly that, as Nom Anor claimed to have vitally important news for the Supreme Overlord. Phaa Anor was told to seek an audience with Jamaane, taking the message that Nom Anor was on the living planet Zonama Sekot—a legendary world greatly feared by the Supreme Overlord—along with Nen Yim, Jamaane's personal scientist, who had gone missing from the Supreme Overlord's palace some days previously. Phaa Anor was incredulous, but Nom Anor asked him to take the message, as well as the villip itself, to Jamaane, as quickly as possible and with the utmost secrecy. Skeptical, Anor asked why he should do what was demanded of him, but was won over by his former superior's reply—Nom Anor expected great rewards for sending the message, so Phaa Anor should therefore expect great rewards for delivering it. Carrying out his relative's request, Phaa Anor took the message, and the villip, to Supreme Overlord Shimrra Jamaane.
Personality and traits
- "Shimrra has called for your skin. I will have to report this conversation, of course."
- ―Phaa Anor
Phaa Anor was loyal to the Yuuzhan Vong empire over his crèche cousin, and recognized his duty to his superiors. He was prone to both surprise and thoughtfulness, as well as ambition, drawn in by Nom Anor's suggestion that he would be rewarded for delivering the news on his crèche cousin's whereabouts.
Behind the scenes
The first, and only, relation of principal Yuuzhan Vong protagonist Nom Anor to be named in The New Jedi Order series, Phaa Anor appears briefly, and only via a Yuuzhan Vong communications device, in Greg Keyes' The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy, the penultimate book in the series. In the novel, Nom Anor believes that Phaa Anor will be executed, rather than rewarded, for bringing the message to Jamaane, as the existence of Zonama Sekot had been denied by the Supreme Overlord. As no direct evidence for Phaa Anor's death is given, however, it cannot be assumed that Nom Anor's prediction came to pass. Anor later received a mention in the The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, published in 2008.