- "Alert all commands. Deploy the fleet."
- ―Admiral Firmus Piett's orders, prompting Suba into action
Suba was a Human male lieutenant of the Imperial Navy assigned to Darth Vader's personal flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor, by 3 ABY. He served as the Executor's chief of security and political officer, responsible for ensuring the Imperial loyalty of his fellow officers. Frequently serving aboard the Executor's bridge under the command of Admiral Firmus Piett, Suba disapproved of Vader's reluctance to simply kill the Rebel Luke Skywalker, though he did not voice his opinion. Concurrent with the Hoth campaign of 3 ABY, Suba assisted in the investigation of murdered Executor bridge officer Lieutenant Commander Tanith Sorn.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Suba was a lieutenant of the Imperial Navy serving aboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor, personal flagship of the Dark Lord Darth Vader, by early 3 ABY. He was the Executor's chief of security and political officer, responsible for ensuring that his fellow officers remained loyal to the Galactic Empire. Suba served under the command of Admiral Firmus Piett after the latter assumed command of Vader's flagship following the death of former Admiral Kendal Ozzel, whom Vader had executed as the result of a critical tactical blunder he committed at the Battle of Hoth.
While the Executor participated in the Battle of Hoth, a simultaneous investigation into the death of bridge officer Lieutenant Commander Tanith Sorn took place aboard the Super Star Destroyer. Sorn had been murdered by a Rebel Alliance spy, Malkor Trel, who had infiltrated the Executor's crew. In his role as chief of security, Suba assisted the team assigned to investigate the murder by granting them access to Sorn's personal quarters.
As the Executor and the remainder of Vader's Star Destroyer fleet, the Imperial Death Squadron, chased the fugitive Rebel freighter, the Millennium Falcon, through the Hoth asteroid field in the aftermath of the Hoth battle and subsequently lost the ship once it disappeared from its pursuers near the Anoat system, Vader executed another fleet officer, Captain Lorth Needa, for his incompetence. Suba was present nearby, standing at Piett's side aboard the bridge, when Vader proceeded to order his admiral to deploy the fleet and calculate every possible escape trajectory the Millennium Falcon may have taken, before issuing a clear warning to Piett that further failure would not be tolerated. Following Piett's relaying order to deploy the Imperial Star Destroyers of Death Squadron, Suba snapped into action to carry out the command.
Suba was again present aboard the Executor's bridge when the Super Star Destroyer failed to intercept the Millennium Falcon as it escaped from Imperial forces on Bespin's Cloud City. Once more Suba flanked Piett as Vader inquired whether or not the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive had been deactivated during its Imperial impounding on Cloud City, as well as the Dark Lord's subsequent command to ready a boarding party with weapons set to stun to capture Luke Skywalker and the remaining Rebels aboard.
Personality and traits[edit | edit source]
While Darth Vader intended to capture Luke Skywalker in order to turn the young Jedi to the dark side of the Force, Suba disapproved of Vader's reluctance to simply kill Skywalker, although he refrained from voicing his opinion. Suba, a Human, had brown hair, blue eyes, and light skin.
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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Suba first appeared in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, portrayed by an unidentified extra in two scenes flanking Admiral Firmus Piett as the latter speaks with Darth Vader aboard the Executor. The character was first identified by name and provided a brief backstory on the "Lieutenant Suba" card as part of the April 1997 Dagobah Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. Suba also makes a brief, indirect appearance, identified only as the Executor's "Chief of Security," in the April 2009 Star Wars Roleplaying Game adventure Murder on the Executor.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- Murder on the Executor (as Chief of Security)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The Empire Strikes Back Notebook (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Dagobah Limited (Card: Lieutenant Suba) (First identified as Suba (lieutenant))
- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (Indirect mention only)
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- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Illustrated Screenplay (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 47 (EXE2, Executor) (Picture only)
- Star Wars Trading Card Game - The Empire Strikes Back (TCG) (Card: ) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary (Picture only)
- "The Men Who Built the Empire"—Star Wars Insider 96 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 5 (Welcome On Board - Admiral Firmus Piett, a devious career officer) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Official Figurine Collection 48 (Imperial Admiral: Firmus Piett) (Picture only)
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- "The Executor of the Empire"—Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2013 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Suba (★) (link))
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