"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 — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

Rilo Tang was a human male who served as a gunnery officer in the Imperial Military prior to the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. He was an eager officer who had a reputation as a kleptomaniac. On one occasion, he stole a particularly valuable ring from a Moff. As a result, Tang was interrogated for his confession by the 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 the 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 — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

The human Rilo Tang lived during the reign of the Galactic Empire and attended an Imperial academy. He became a gunnery officer at some point prior to the Battle of Endor[1] in 4 ABY,[2] ultimately being assigned to a unit that included the Imperial loyalty officer Sinjir Rath Velus. Given Tang's psychological profile, Rath Velus suspected that the young man's parents had sent him to the academies to reform him into a "proper galactic citizen."[1]

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 even a private's pair of shoes. Rath Velus and others warned Tang many times against this behavior, but he was unable to manage his condition. When the gunnery officer stole a ring from a Moff that contained encoded information, Rath Velus was tasked with soliciting a confession from him. In the process, the loyalty officer broke many bones in Tang's body and disfigured his face. Rath Velus later heard rumors that Tang had survived the incident and ended up working the trash compactors.[1]

In 4 ABY,[3] after defecting from the Empire and fleeing to the dissident Outer Rim planet Akiva, a guilt-ridden Rath Velus related the story of Tang's interrogation to the New Republic pilot Norra Wexley during a discussion about Velus's days as an Imperial. While the former loyalty officer often held no remorse in his prior occupation, hurting Rilo Tang was one of the cases in which he found little relish.[1]

Personality and traits[]

"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 — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

Rilo Tang's interrogator, Sinjir Rath Velus, felt that he had an attractive appearance with eyes that shone as bright as polished credits. By the time Tang had stolen a Moff's ring, he possessed a youthful appearance. He was an eager and bright Imperial officer but was unable to manage his compulsion to steal despite receiving warnings for his behavior.[1]

Following a string of petty thefts, Tang stole a Moff's ring and was brutally interrogated by Rath Velus. The incident left Tang with numerous broken bones and a disfigured face. When later recounting the interrogation, Rath Velus reminisced that Tang had been a troubled youth and suspected that the officer's parents had sent him to the Imperial academies hoping to control his kleptomania.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Rilo Tang was mentioned in the 2015 novel Aftermath, the first volume in Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, written by Chuck Wendig.[1]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Aftermath
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the reunion of Norra Wexley and Temmin Wexley on Akiva—which occurs during the rebellion on Akiva, according to Aftermath—to thirty years before the Hosnian Cataclysm, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Aftermath also establishes that Norra Wexley and Sinjir Rath Velus discussed the latter's time in the Galactic Empire during Akiva's rebellion, placing their conversation in 4 ABY.
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