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"Governor Tarkin, we're curious to know how you knew you were being deceived at your base of operations."
―Sate Pestage[src]

Sate Pestage was a male[1] emissary of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine who, during the Clone Wars, accompanied Janus Greejatus, Ars Dangor, Sly Moore and Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic to Geonosis to oversee Poggle the Lesser's homecoming. As Poggle gave a speech to his fellow Geonosians, Pestage sat alongside the other emissaries in the Petranaki Arena.[2]

After the rise of the Galactic Empire, Pestage was a member of the Imperial Ruling Council during Emperor Palpatine's reign.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

"The Emperor will be with you in time."
―Sate Molock, in a cut scene from The Empire Strikes Back[src]

The unnamed Imperial advisor from Return of the Jedi speculated to be Sate Pestage

Sate Pestage was introduced to the new Star Wars canon in James Luceno's 2014 novel Tarkin.[1] He previously appeared in the Star Wars Legends continuity.

Sate Pestage, originally called Sate Molock, was initially meant to appear in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Molock first appeared in the second screenplay draft, where he warns Darth Vader that the Emperor is in a bad mood before Vader reports the Imperial victory over Hoth. In the revised second draft, Molock was renamed Sate Pestage.[3]

In Episode V's fourth draft, Pestage was planned to appear in scene 286 as a "shimmering holographic image." When Darth Vader attempts to contact the Emperor, he reaches Pestage, who, as previously mentioned, warns Vader of the Emperor's foul mood and bids him to wait.[3] According to Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo, by the fifth script draft of the film, Pestage had been already cut.[4]

In 2003, a production photo from five of the Advisors seen in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi was included in an article published on StarWars.com, accompanied by text that read "Among the members of Palpatine's Inner Circle are: Sate Pestage, Janus Greejatus, Sim Aloo, Ars Dangor, and Kren Blista-Vanee."[5] Despite this, there is no canonical basis that proves that Pestage was one of the five advisors.



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