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A Human male Imperial Advisor was a member of the Ruling Council of the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. He was one of only a few hundred Advisors who were genuinely loyal to Galactic Emperor Palpatine, and, as a high-ranking bureaucrat, the Advisor wore lavish light blue robes and a tall, dark blue hat. In 4 ABY, the tall-hatted Advisor accompanied the Emperor to the Endor system and arrived aboard the second Death Star, an Imperial battlestation that was undergoing construction. Alongside five other members of the Ruling Council, the tall-hatted Advisor followed the Emperor as he disembarked his private shuttle and was greeted by a large gathering of Imperial officers and stormtroopers. However, the station was destroyed by the Rebel Alliance a few days later, and all six Advisors were killed.

BiographyEdit

A Human[2] male with pale skin and brown eyebrows[3] served the Galactic Empire as an Imperial Advisor during the Galactic Civil War. Of the several thousand Advisors who ran Galactic Emperor Palpatine's bureaucracy, he was one of only a few hundred who demonstrated genuine loyalty to the Emperor and his New Order. Those individuals were consequently appointed to the Imperial Ruling Council, also known as the Emperor's Inner Circle. Based on the galactic capital world of Coruscant,[2] the members of the Ruling Council were permitted private audience with the Emperor.[3] Their duties were to manage the Empire and carry out the Emperor's will.[5]

Palpatine encouraged competition between his Advisors, tasking them with overseeing not only their home systems, but those of rival Advisors as well.[5] He thus kept them loyal to him while discouraging internal cooperation and alliances between them.[6] High-ranking advisors often wore lavish robes indicative of their status,[5] and the Human male complemented his light blue attire with a piece of tall, dark blue headwear.[2]

To further promote suspicion between his Advisors, the Emperor doted on only a select few at any given time.[6] In 4 ABY,[7] the tall-hatted Advisor was one of six[4] Inner Circle members[3] who accompanied Palpatine to the second Death Star, a massive Imperial battlestation under construction in the Endor system. The group arrived aboard the station in the Emperor's private shuttle and, flanked by Palpatine's Royal Guard, disembarked into a hangar crowded with a welcoming assembly of Imperial officers and stormtroopers. The Emperor was greeted by his Sith apprentice, Darth Vader, and, as the two departed the hangar, the tall-hatted Advisor and his fellows silently followed in their wake. A short time later, the station was destroyed during an attack by the Rebel Alliance fleet,[4] and all six Advisors[1]—as well as both Vader and the Emperor—were killed.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

"The Emperor's Inner Circle, or Palpatine's creepy advisors, depending on your point-of-view…"
―Keeper of the Holocron Leland Chee, describing a picture of the tall-hatted Advisor and four of the other Inner Circle members who appear in Return of the Jedi[src]
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The tall-hatted Advisor's lone scene in Return of the Jedi

The tall-hatted Advisor was one of six who followed the Emperor onto the second Death Star in Richard Marquand's 1983 film, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[4] He was played by an uncredited Francis Batsoni.[8] The tall-hatted Advisor's outfit was inspired by Catholic bishops, whom the film's assistant art director, Nilo Rodis-Jamero, looked to when designing the robes and elaborate headgear of all of the Advisors.[9] In concept art of the arrival scene by artist Ralph McQuarrie, tall hats are worn by two different Imperial digitaries, neither of whom are dressed in blue.[10]

Prior to Return of the Jedi's release, the arrival scene was described in James Kahn's novelization of the film, in which Kahn refers to the group as "the Emperor's courtiers."[11] Pictures of the group have since appeared in several Star Wars reference works, some of which have established them as being members of the Imperial Ruling Council.[2][3][5] The character's death aboard the Death Star was not revealed until the 2013 Star Wars: Galactic Files Series 2 card set.[1] A continuity polaroid from the film of the tall-hatted Advisor, as well as polaroids of fellow Advisors Sim Aloo, a purple-robed fellow, and a black-robed one, can be found at the website starwarsarchives.com.[12]

In 2003, a production photo of five of the six Advisors seen in 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."[13] At that time, three of the Advisors in the photo had already been identified in the Expanded Universe as Greejatus, Aloo, and Blista-Vanee.[14][15][16] Neither the tall-hatted Advisor nor the black-robed fifth Advisor had been named, but Sate Pestage had been visually depicted in Star Wars canon sporting headwear similar to that worn by the fifth Advisor.[17] As such, the article led to some fan confusion and conflation of Dangor with the tall-hatted Advisor.[18][19] However, an illustration of Dangor from 1997's Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition does not resemble the tall-hatted Advisor nor any of the Advisors seen in the photo.[20] Additionally, several sources have established Dangor as living past the Battle of Endor.[21][22]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: Galactic Files Series 2 (Card: Kren Blista-Vanee (Imperial Dignitary))
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 22
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 SWInsider "Q&A: Motti the Barbarian?"—Star Wars Insider 96
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
  6. 6.0 6.1 Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi, Second Edition
  7. The New Essential Chronology
  8. Batsoni, Francis. Nerf-Herders Anonymous. Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved on June 21, 2019.
  9. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
  10. The Art of Ralph McQuarrie
  11. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization
  12. Return of the Jedi continuity polaroids. Star Wars Archives. Archived from the original on March 4, 2018. Retrieved on June 21, 2019.
  13. SWicon Who are the gentlemen with the Emperor? on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  14. SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GameDeath Star II Limited (Card: Janus Greejatus)
  15. SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GameDeath Star II Limited (Card: Sim Aloo)
  16. Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi
  17. The New Essential Guide to Characters
  18. Hasbro Who's Left - Episode 6 Commentary. Echo Base Forums. Retrieved on June 8, 2011.
  19. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked "Deciphering CCG Imperials on Death Star II" – Sompeetalay's Source Blog, Sompeetalay's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  20. Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition
  21. Dark Empire Sourcebook
  22. Cracken's Threat Dossier

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