"Send in a fleet. Two light cruisers, a contingent of fighters from Gold Squadron, and see what's there. If there's a fight, the fleet will be ready for it."
―Saff Melor[src]

Saff Melor was a Cerean male who served as a Captain in the New Republic Defense Fleet during the Galactic Civil War.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Saff Melor was a Cerean who served as a Captain in the New Republic Defense Fleet in the months after the Battle of Endor. He came from a military family and was an avowed hawk. After Captain Wedge Antilles disappeared during a mission to the planet Akiva, Saff along with Admiral Gial Ackbar and Commander Kyrsta Agate attended a hologram conference with General Crix Madine and Chancellor Mon Mothma. During the meeting, Saff recommended sending in a fleet to Akiva. He recommended outfitting the fleet with two light cruisers and a contingent of starfighters from Gold Squadron to investigate the Imperial presence there.[1]

In response, Chancellor Mothma cautioned that the New Republic had to be careful not to cultivate an aggressive image in the Outer Rim Territories. Captain Melor disagreed with the Chancellor and told her that Akiva was a marginal world and that the Satrapy of Myrra was in the Empire's pocket. When Melor dismissed Akiva as strategically unimportant to the New Republic, Mothma countered that the people were their concern and that they had received news of a rebellion there. Melor was about to voice his disagreement when Admiral Ackbar supported the Chancellor, closing the matter.[1]

Melor was the only member of the meeting to disagree with Admiral Ackbar's proposal to send a small strike team of New Republic Special Forces soldiers to investigate the situation on Akiva. However, he publicly supported the group's collective decision and nodded in agreement with Ackbar's proposal.[1]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Chancellor—and congratulations, by the way—Akiva is, with all due respect, no feather in anyone's cap. It is a marginal planet at best, and the satrapy is in the Empire's pocket. They produce resources we do not require and the old droid factory beneath the city has been out of use for decades. As such Akiva offers us very little strategic advantage or concern—"
―Captain Saff Melor's view of Akiva[src]

As a Cerean male, Captain Saff Melor had a tall and ridged head. He was a haughty man with a frustrated and dubious brow that extended upward to express excessive incredulity. Melor came from a military family and was known for his intellectual arrogance. As a hawk, Saff advocated sending military ships to Akiva to demonstrate the New Republic's might. He regarded Akiva as a strategically unimportant planet. While Melor disagreed with Ackbar's proposal that they send a small strike team of soldiers to investigate the situation on the ground, he concurred with the group's agenda to maintain a show of unity.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Saff Melor first appeared as a supporting character in Chuck Wendig's 2015 novel Aftermath.

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