- "Vilmarh Grahrk is the luckiest Devaronian who ever lived."
"You forget—also handsomest."
- ―Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk
Vilmarh Grahrk, or Villie as he was often known, was a male Devaronian smuggler during the waning years of the Galactic Republic and the early days of the Galactic Empire. A notorious gambler, grifter and scoundrel, Villie took part in a number of underhanded schemes in his quest for money and women.
Biography[edit | edit source]
One of Grahrk's first schemes involved working for no less than Darth Sidious himself. During his recruitment, he insulted Darth Maul, earning a brief Force choke from the Sith apprentice. Together with his cousin Holmar, Villie was tasked with inciting the Yinchorri into battle with the Jedi. The resulting conflict left a number of Jedi—including Council member Micah Giiett—dead, and Holmar captured. Grahrk was later questioned by the Jedi, but was deemed to know nothing of value.
Grahrk next came to the Jedi's attention when he encountered the amnesiac Quinlan Vos on Nar Shaddaa. At this time Grahrk had once again gambled away his money, which he made from transporting the glitteryll that had wiped the minds of Vos and his Padawan Aayla Secura. Grahrk saw Vos as an opportunity to break even, and placed the bet with the longest odds of all—that Vos would survive long enough to get away from the Smugglers' Moon. Then, in a series of double and triple-crosses, Grahrk escaped with Vos on his ship, the Inferno.
Grahrk was next hired to smuggle weapons to the convicts on Kiffex, but was shot down by the Kiffu Guardians and imprisoned himself. He was found by no less than Quinlan Vos and his Master Tholme in their hunt for the rogue Aayla Secura. Grahrk was uncomfortable being in the presence of two Jedi, and this discomfort only grew with the addition of Masters Zao and T'ra Saa.
Grahrk's also had a part in Kh'aris Fenn's plot to take control of Ryloth. Grahrk was hired as a pilot for the Morgukai Tsyr and Bok when they kidnapped Nat Secura and Tholme. Vos and Secura tracked Villie to Ord Mantell, hoping that he would reveal where he had taken the prisoners. With typical faithfulness to his employers, Grahrk told the Jedi everything he knew—though not before they had used the Force to help him win some dice rolls. Of course, providing aid to the Jedi didn't stop him for also working for his original employers. Grahrk spirited Fenn away from Ryloth before he was made to walk in the Bright Lands, saving both of them from serious trouble.
Sometime during the Clone Wars, Grahrk angered Durge. Perhaps due to this, in 20 BBY, Grahrk came to the Kashyyyk village of Palsaang, and was allowed to stay as he smuggled goods onto the world. During this time he befriended Chak, who began calling him "Uncle Villie". When the Battle of Kashyyyk came, Grahrk saw Quinlan Vos and others fighting for their lives against LM-432 crab droids and Trandoshans. Grahrk and his Wookiee friend Chak swooped down in the Inferno and saved Jedi Vos, Luminara Unduli, and other clone troopers and Wookiees.
After that, Vos attempted to contact Khaleen Hentz but the tall trees caused interference with the holocomm. Grahrk let Vos use his on the Inferno. But Vos discovered Grahrk had been smuggling Wookiee hidden hyperspace routes. He was about to take Grahrk in when it turned out Chak showed him the routes so Grahrk didn't steal them. When the actual battle of Kashyyyk came, Grahrk decided to fight for the Wookiees but was shot down by a Heavy Missile Platform.
Grahrk and Chak were right in the path of a Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, but were saved by Vos' Juggernaut. Grahrk would soon set out to return the favor, as Order 66 set Quinlan against Commander Faie and Kashyyyk's entire contingent of clones. Grahrk found Vos broken and beaten along side the corpse of Commander Faie. Grahrk then burned the trooper's body, and when questioned by a Clone Patrol, said he killed and burned the Jedi, out of respect. He then proceeded to smuggle Vos off planet and aided the Jedi in his recovery.
Grahrk was present at the reunion of Quinlan Vos and Khaleen.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
At around 3 ABY, Han Solo and Chewbacca arrived in Mos Eisley to meet Grahrk so that he could deliver their debt to Jabba. Unfortunately for them, Grahrk had other plans and captured Solo and the Wookiee and handed them over to Jabba before stealing the Millennium Falcon. However, Solo and Chewbacca would escape and recapture the Falcon from Grahrk.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Darth Plagueis (Indirect mention only)
- "Deal with a Demon"—Star Wars Tales 3 (First appearance)
- Jedi Council: Acts of War 1 (Appears in hologram)
- Jedi Council: Acts of War 3 (Appears in hologram)
- Jedi Council: Acts of War 4 (Voice only)
- "Bad Business"—Star Wars Tales 8
- Star Wars 18: Emissaries to Malastare, Part 6
- Star Wars: Republic: Twilight
- Star Wars: Republic: Darkness
- Star Wars: Republic: The Devaronian Version
- Star Wars: Republic: Rite of Passage
- Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Republic: Hidden Enemy
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back (Non-canonical appearance)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- Ultimate Alien Anthology
- The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- The New Essential Chronology
- Star Wars: Panel to Panel Volume 2: Expanding the Universe
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Red Five"—Star Wars Insider 137 (Picture only)