"Admiral, we have the plans!"
―Shollan — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Lieutenant Shollan was a Mon Calamari male who served Admiral Raddus in the Rebel Alliance. Hailing from the waterworld of Mon Cala, he and fellow Mon Calamari Caitken were aides to Raddus, and in 0 BBY, the three attended a briefing where the possibility of an attack on the world of Scarif to steal the Death Star plans was discussed. While the move was not officially approved, it was nonetheless carried out by a group of rogue rebels. Raddus joined their attack, and he took his flagship, the Profundity, to join them on Scarif with Shollan and Caitken by his side.

At Scarif, Shollan gave Raddus several updates throughout the course of the battle, including regarding their attempts to raise the Rebels on the planet's surface and Alliance Fleet's effect on the Shield Gate. Later in the battle, the Profundity was able to destroy the Shield Gate at the instructions of former Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook, who was on the surface, at which point Shollan excitedly reported to Raddus that they were receiving a transmission from Scarif.

The Death Star whose plans they had stolen then emerged from hyperspace. The Mon Calamari aboard the Profundity watched as it targeted the Imperial security complex below. Raddus then called for the fleet to jump to hyperspace; however, the Profundity was disabled by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator, and most of the crew aboard it perished.

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Prelude to Scarif[edit | edit source]

"I say we fight!"
―Raddus, while standing in front of Shollan — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Caitken (left) and Shollan (right) on Yavin 4

Shollan hailed from the waterworld of Mon Cala on the planet's colder polar regions.[1] He served as a lieutenant[2][3] and comms officer[4] in the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[2] He, alongside fellow Mon Calamari Caitken, were aides to Admiral Raddus,[1] and at some point, put together a report on the status of the Alliance Fleet starships that Raddus then forwarded to Alliance leader Mon Mothma.[5] Shollan and Caitken stood next to him[2] in 0 BBY[6] during a meeting in Alliance headquarters on the planet Yavin 4 where Alliance High Command discussed whether or not the intel from the recently rescued Jyn Erso on the Death Star was accurate. However, without the full support of the council, an attack would not be authorized.[2]

Nonetheless, Erso along with many other rebels commandeered a Zeta-class Heavy Cargo Shuttle that had been stolen from the Galactic Empire, intending to go to Scarif to steal the Death Star plans.[2] Raddus was informed of this move and agreed with it. With Shollan and Caitken at his side, he ordered that his flagship, the MC75 Star Cruiser Profundity, be made ready for departure. It quickly was, and the fleet made the jump to hyperspace.[7]

Battle of Scarif[edit | edit source]

"What's going on down there, lieutenant?"
"Unknown, sir. We can't raise them. All rebel frequencies are blocked."
―Raddus and Shollan — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Shollan, Raddus, and Caitken on the Profundity

The Alliance Fleet arrived at Scarif, and Raddus ordered the squadron squadron leaders where to take their starfighters as Shollan and Caitken interacted with devices affixed to their chairs. As the battle progressed, Raddus asked Lieutenant Shollan what was occurring below them inside the Shield Gate. However, Shollan reported that that information was unknown, and that they had tried to raise the rebels there, but all Rebel frequencies were blocked,[2] and communications were jammed by the Shield Gate.[4] Raddus turned around to inform him to keep trying. He also had him begin to engage the Imperial I-class Star Destroyers and the probing of the shield, to which Shollan responded, "Yes, sir!"[2]

As Rebel forces were lost in the battle, Shollan informed Raddus that they were having no effect on the Shield Gate and were sustaining heavy losses. The Admiral affirmed this. When the Y-wing starfighters of Gold Squadron disabled a Star Destroyer, Shollan called out that the Destroyer had lost power.[4]

Receving the plans[edit | edit source]

"Admiral, receiving transmission from Scarif!"
―Shollan — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Shollan informs Raddus of the transmission.

Later in the battle, former Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook tried to contact the Rebel fleet to inform them that they would have to break open the Shield Gate in order to transmit the Death Star Plans. He reached the Profundity, and Raddus confirmed to Rook that they heard him as Shollan listened. As Rook explained the situation, Raddus ordered Shollan and the other Rebels behind him to call up a Sphyrna-class Hammerhead corvette. The corvette successfully knocked one Star Destroyer into the other, causing both of them to fall to the planet's surface, destroying the Shield Gate. Shollan stood up in his place as the plans were given to the Profundity, excitedly informing Raddus that they were receiving a transmission from Scarif.[2] Raddus ordered him to check the data, and once he did so, he eagerly told the Admiral that they had the plans.[4]

However, the Death Star whose plans they had retrieved then emerged from hyperspace. Shollan and Caitken stood up on the bridge to look upon it.[2] Shollan called out to Raddus that there was a massive energy buildup in the battle station, but the admiral cut him off.[4] It targeted the Imperial security complex below, where Rogue One was trapped. Shollan, Raddus, and Caitken watched as the complex and surrounding area was destroyed, and Raddus wished for the Force to be with Rogue One. After a moment of silence, he ordered all craft to jump to hyperspace. Many ships did so successfully; however, the Profundity was then disabled by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator[2] and destroyed,[8] with most of the crew perishing.[9]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Engage those Star Destroyers and let's start probing that shield!"
"Yes, sir!"
―Shollan — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Shollan, along with Raddus and Caitken, was eager to pay back the Empire for what they did to the Mon Calamari.[10] He and Caitken promised to Raddus their all.[11] Shollan was a male Mon Calamari with gray eyes[2] and albino, white skin.[12] Due to his hailing from the colder regions of Mon Cala, his blood was said to have been especially thick.[1]

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

Shollan was efficient in following Raddus's orders.[1] He was highly intelligent and had advanced diplomatic skills, along with average speed, strength, and fighting ability. He was not Force-sensitive.[10]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

He wore a dark gray uniform[2] and carried a datapad.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"I said to fans at the time, they are going to want a younger guy who can do it not an old man who needs to go for a pee. That actually did happen in Rogue One…I was Shollan in that one. We had gone for six hours solid without a pause break, and my character held up his claw and said, "I'm sorry but the old man has to pee," and at that point we got a break."
―Tim Rose[src]

Shollan and Caitken on the set of Rogue One

Shollan was created for the 2016 anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[2] An image of Shollan was first released in a StarWars.com article published in August of that same year, just months before the film's release.[13] He was portrayed by Tim Rose,[14] who portrayed another Mon Calamari, Admiral Gial Ackbar, in the 1983 original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[15] Rose was credited as a creature puppeteer.[2] At one point during the production of Rogue One, after filming for six hours without taking a break, Rose held up one of Shollan's hands to indicate that he needed to take a break to use the bathroom, which he was then granted.[16] Shollan was simultaneously identified in the accompanying reference books to Rogue One, Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide[1] and Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Art of Coloring confirmed that Shollan is the Mon Calamari referred to as lieutenant in the film.[3]

The novelization for Rogue One by Alexander Freed attributes the line "Sir! Enemy fighters coming in!" to Shollan,[4] while the film shows Caitken saying it.[2] This article follows the film's depiction of the scene.

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