- "Certainly doesn't match any of the Vagaari ship configurations in our records."
"Agreed, […] Which doesn't conclusively prove anything, of course, given the Vagaari habit of conquering other aliens and adapting their technology. But it's a strong indicator, particularly since I don't see any major ship modifications."
- ―Senior Captain Thrawn and Mid Captain Samakro
The Vagaari were a species located in the Unknown Regions. The Vagaari were known to make major modifications to starships that could be noticed from afar, and adapting others' technology. Chiss Caregiver Mitth'ali'astov feared the Vagaari, as she had heard that the species put living beings inside bubbles and used them as shields in their warship's hulls. A group of Vagaari pirates came into conflict with the Chiss Ascendancy, which led Chiss Senior Captain Mitth'raw'nuruodo to begin an unauthorized operation against the pirates. Although they were severely beaten, and the senior captain acquired a gravity well generator in a first clash during the operations, Syndic Mitth'ras'safis died during the operations.
Around 18 BBY, Syndics Mitth'urf'ianico and Irizi'stal'mustro spread false rumours about an alliance between the Paataatus sentient species and a remnant of Vagaari pirates in an attempt to drive Thrawn away from the Ascendancy. Seeking pirates on the ruling Chiss Syndicure's behest, Thrawn encountered Watith Captain Fsir, who guided Thrawn to the "Vagaari pirate base." The base, however, was just an uninhabited world in which Fsir's forces fought the Chiss in an attempt to destroy them. Around the same year, Thrawn used the gravity well generator he stole from the Vagaari against Jixtus's fleet in a battle above the planet Sunrise, which prevented Jixtus' forces from escaping to hyperspace.
Behind the scenes
- "Understand the reality of the situation. The Vagaari have killed them, all of them, if not in this battle then in battles to come. There's nothing we can do to help them. All we can do is focus our resources toward the Vagaari's ultimate destruction, so that others may live."
- ―Force commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo
In the Star Wars Canon continuity, the Vagaari species were first mentioned in the 2020 novel Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, the first volume in Timothy Zahn's Ascendancy Trilogy. In that novel, and its sequel, Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good, also written by Zahn, the Vagaari were described as conquerors and slavers, which replicates the Vagaari nomadic species' appearance in the 2006 novel Outbound Flight. In the 2006 novel, which was written by Timothy Zahn, the Vagaari are faced by Force Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo, who leads unauthorized operations against the conquerors, destroying most of the Vagaari fleet along with the Vagaari ruler, the Miskara.
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising (First mentioned, simultaneous with Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising audiobook)
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good (Mentioned only)
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil (Mentioned only)
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil audiobook (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good
- The events of Thrawn: Alliances set during the Clone Wars take place after the trial and exoneration of Ahsoka Tano. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both the end of the the Clone Wars and the trial and exoneration of Ahsoka Tano to 19 BBY. As some of the events in Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising take place concurrently with Thrawn: Alliances, they must therefore take place around the year 19 BBY. Furthermore, Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good establishes that the attack on the Paataatus, which was depicted in Chaos Rising, took place "last year." Therefore, the events of Greater Good must take place around 18 BBY.
- The events of Thrawn: Alliances set during the Clone Wars take place after Ahsoka Tano had left the Jedi Order. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both the end of the Clone Wars and Tano's departure from the Order to 19 BBY. As the main events of Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising take place concurrently with the Clone Wars events of Alliances, Chaos Rising must be set in 19 BBY. Furthermore, during the main events of Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil, it is established that the attack on Csilla, which is depicted as part of the main events of Chaos Rising, took place "last year." Therefore, the main events of Lesser Evil must be set around 18 BBY.
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil
- Outbound Flight
- Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising
- Survivor's Quest