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"I wish he had survived. I wish we could see him tried for every crime he ever committed, from his days as Naboo on."
―The Mon Calamari soldier, on Palpatine[src]

A Mon Calamari soldier served in the New Republic's 61st Mobile Infantry during the Galactic Civil War. During the 61st's deployment to the planet Troithe around 5 ABY, the soldier and half a dozen other infantry met with some New Republic pilots. During their discussions, the Mon Calamari expressed desire for the late Emperor Palpatine to have lived and faced a trial for his crimes.


"It would take a year, perhaps, but everyone in the galaxy would watch. Everyone would say Never again shall the empire rise, and when they executed him at last, every Imperial who followed him would fear the justice of the New Republic."
"If they tried him first, every Imperial who followed would have a defense: I wasn't as bad as that guy.'"
―The Mon Calamari and Vitale[src]

During the Galactic Civil War, the Mon Calamari served as an infantry soldier in the New Republic's 61st Mobile Infantry.[1] Around 5 ABY,[2] the 61st fought against the Galactic Empire's forces on the ecumenopolis planet Troithe. One night, the Mon Calamari soldier and half a dozen other 61st infantry met with pilots from the New Republic's Alphabet Squadron at a spaceport where a refugee camp was located. The soldiers ate Imperial rations handed out by the pilot Nath Tensent, and the Mon Calamari lingered next to Sergeant Zab for most of the conversations that ensued.[1]

When the soldiers discussed what they would do to the body of the late Emperor Palpatine,[1] who had perished during the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY,[3] if it had been recovered, the Mon Calamari wished that the Emperor had survived and faced a trial for his crimes so that other Imperials would fear the New Republic's justice. In reply, Sergeant Vitale claimed that the Imperials put on trial after might just argue that they were not as bad as Palpatine.[1]

Personality and traits[]

The Mon Calamari had only one eye, the other side of the soldier's face instead having an eye socket the size of a fist. The infantry soldier wished for Emperor Palpatine to have been tried and executed as a fear tactic against other Imperials.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Mon Calamari soldier appeared in the 2020 novel Shadow Fall, written by Alexander Freed.[1]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Shadow Fall
  2. StarWars.com In Shadow Fall, the Dark Secrets of Alphabet Squadron Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that Shadow Fall takes place approximately half a year after the Battle of Endor, while Before the Awakening states that Kes Dameron and Shara Bey moved to Yavin 4 around six months after the Battle of Endor. Given that Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates their move to 5 ABY, the events of Shadow Fall must also take place around that time.
  3. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas