- "But today several troopers were uneasy, and reported seeing "spies" watching us from the fringes of the jungle foliage. Their commanding lieutenant (and or expedition's shuttle pilot) led five of them into the forest—an hour later we heard several blaster shots coming from a distant corner of the jungle."
- ―From the journal of Doctor Lancer Brunou
An Imperial lieutenant was a member of Moff Kentor Sarne's military in 8 ABY. He was commander of a security detachment assigned to the science team MS-133 during their expedition to Aaris III, a planet in the Kathol sector of the Outer Rim Territories, doubling as the team's shuttle pilot. During the expedition, the lieutenant led a small force of soldiers into the jungle to investigate reports of beings "spying" on the team. The reports were the result of the Plaque of Victory—an inanimate lifeform that manipulated individuals into destroying one another—influencing the members of the team and skewing their perceptions. The lieutenant never returned to the base camp, and his body was later found in the jungle by other members of the expedition.
In 8 ABY, a male lieutenant was part of Imperial warlord Moff Kentor Sarne's military forces. A trained soldier and pilot, the lieutenant was assigned to command the security detachment for MS-133, a scientific research team that had been formed to conduct an archaeological dig on the planet Aaris III. Aaris III had once hosted a native species that had died out several thousand years previously; the team was assigned to excavate the ruins of the civilization's cities and discover the cause behind the extinction. The lieutenant also doubled as the team's shuttle pilot, and ferried the team to Aaris III aboard a Curich-class shuttle, setting down near a large field of ruins. The team leader, Doctor Lancer Brunou, suspected that the lieutenant had been ordered by Sarne to land at a specific set of coordinates, but he could not prove his theory.
For several months, the scientific and technical staff conducted their excavations. Eventually, members of the team discovered an artifact within a chamber in the ruins. After removing it from a floor vault, the expedition members began to experience heightened paranoia, feeling like they were being watched from the jungle despite their being no evidence of any other living beings on the planet. In reality, the artifact was an inanimate lifeform that sought to destroy those around it by inducing feelings of paranoia and suspicion that would eventually lead to homicidal behavior. The team's experiences were the result of the artifact's influence.
With members of his team reporting that they saw "spies" in the jungle, the lieutenant took five of his men into the foliage to investigate. The small team never returned to the base camp, although those still at the camp heard blaster fire in the distance about an hour after they had left. That night, the base camp was attacked by the primitive descendants of the native Aaris wielding energy weapons, and a small battle occurred. When morning came, the bodies of the small unit that the lieutenant had led into the jungle were found just inside the foliage line. Over the course of the next few days, the artifact's influence and constant attacks by the Aaris reduced MS-133 to two survivors—expedition leader Doctor Brunou and a research assistant, Solla Deremot. Both were eventually rescued from the planet by the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar.
Personality and traits
The lieutenant was a qualified ground force commander and pilot, with enough skill to pilot a Curich-class shuttle. When facing possible danger, he was bold enough to lead his men from the front and investigate any potential threat to his charges personally.
Behind the scenes
This lieutenant was a minor character introduced in Artifact of Aaris, a roleplaying game adventure in The DarkStryder Campaign, published by West End Games in 1995. His involvement in the adventure is revealed through in-universe documentation from Doctor Brunou's journal and the accompanying out-of-universe game text.
While Artifact of Aaris implies that under the Plaque of Victory's direction, the lieutenant and his team were responsible for the initial attack on the base camp—evidence includes the use of blasters in the attack, and the presence of their dead bodies in the tree line in the morning—an adventure hook toward the end of the scenario establishes that the Aaris are not completely extinct. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, published in 2008 confirmed that the team came under attack from the remnants of the Aaris civilization.
- "Artifact of Aaris"—The DarkStryder Campaign (First mentioned)
- "Artifact of Aaris"—The DarkStryder Campaign, Deluxe