"Most of the people I hurt were people I didn't much care for. Some were brutes, others were cowards, and all of them were people I was happy to hobble on behalf of the Emperor. But that wasn't always the case. Take, for example, young Gunnery Officer Rilo Tang. Rilo: an eager officer. Eyes bright like polished credits. A beautiful man. Pretty like a sunrise. Sweet like a jifcake. And sneaky like a monkey-lizard."
―Sinjir Rath Velus — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Rilo Tang was a human male who served as a gunnery officer in the Imperial Military prior to the Battle of Endor. He was a handsome young man who had a reputation as a kleptomaniac. On one occasion, he stole a particularly valuable ring from a Moff. As a result, Tang was severely punished by Imperial loyalty officer Sinjir Rath Velus, who broke many of his bones and disfigured him. Following the incident, Rath Velus heard that Tang had ended up working in trash compactors.


"I wasn't the executioner. I was the confessor. […] But to elicit that confession, I had to break many bones on this beautiful boy's body. I don't know if they killed him. I heard rumors he ended up working the trash compactors. What matters is that his face would never look the same. His beauty, his vigor? Gone. And that was my fault."
―Sinjir Rath Velus — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Rilo Tang was a young human male who lived during the reign of the Galactic Empire. Tang attended the Imperial academies and subsequently became a gunnery officer at some point prior to the Battle of Endor, ultimately being assigned to a unit that included the Imperial loyalty officer Sinjir Rath Velus. Rath Velus suspected, given Tang's psych profile, that the young man's parents had sent him to the academies to reform him into a "proper galactic citizen." Indeed, during his time in the Imperial Military, Tang exhibited kleptomania; he had a reputation for stealing the personal effects of other Imperial personnel, including holopics, ID tags, and a private's pair of shoes. Rath Velus warned Tang many times against this behavior, but the youth was unable to manage his kleptomania.[1]

When Tang stole a ring from a Moff that contained encoded information, Rath Velus was tasked with soliciting a confession from the young officer. In the process, he broke many bones in Tang's body and disfigured his face. Rath Velus later heard that Tang had survived the beating and ended up working the trash compactors.[1] By 4 ABY,[2] after defecting from the Empire and fleeing to the dissident world of Akiva, a guilt-ridden Rath Velus related the story of Tang's interrogation to rebel pilot Norra Wexley during a discussion about Rath Velus's days as an Imperial.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

"It was a compulsion of his, I suspect. Grabby hands picking up anything that wasn't nailed down. Mostly he stole the personal effects of others. Silly things. Holopics and ID tags and—by the stars, one time I remember he stole a private's pair of shoes. Why do that?"
―Sinjir Rath Velus discusses Rilo Tang's kleptomania — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

According to his interrogator, Sinjir Rath Velus, Rilo Tang was an attractive young man who had eyes that shone as bright as polished credits. Rath Velus also remarked that Tang was a troubled youth whose parents, Rath Velus suspected, had sent him to the Imperial academies in the hopes of controlling his kleptomania.[1]

Tang was an eager Imperial officer, but he was unable to manage his condition. Following a string of petty thefts, he stole a Moff's ring and, as punishment, was brutally beaten by Rath Velus. The incident left him with numerous broken bones and a disfigured face.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Rilo Tang was mentioned in the 2015 novel Aftermath, the first installment in author Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy.[1]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Aftermath
  2. The events of Aftermath occur months after the Battle of Endor, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY.
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