Walex Blissex was an esteemed starship engineer.


Galactic Republic

"She is a remarkable vessel. With the engineering breakthroughs we tackled developing her, she's just the start. She's a real sign of things to come."
―Walex Blissex[src]

In 22 BBY, Walex Blissex was working at Kuat Drive Yards, with the title of Project Engineer. He designed and developed the Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor, a small craft purpose-built for use by the Jedi Order. Blissex was proud of his craft, and joined in the unveiling on Kuat with Senator Risi Lenoan, and Jedi Knights Adi Gallia and Aayla Secura. Blissex took this opportunity to speak to HoloNet News.[2]

In the waning days of the Galactic Republic and the Clone Wars, Blissex designed the Victory-class Star Destroyer for Rendili StarDrive. The craft was considered to be among the best of its kind, and although it saw limited use by the Republic, it would be a mainstay of the Galactic Empire fleet in the future.[3]

Most importantly, however, he was the mind behind the Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighter, that would be the predecessor of the Empire's TIE Fighter.

The Rebel Alliance

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Walex Blissex.

At some stage, Blissex joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Following the Battle of Yavin, General Jan Dodonna realized that the Alliance needed a starfighter that could match the TIE Fighter for speed and maneuverability. He approached Blissex, and together they developed the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor. Though Mon Mothma was initially skepitcal, she gave in to the now-popular Dodonna, and the craft was developed. Mothma, however, refused to adequately fund the project, forcing Blissex to get the maximum output for the lowest amount of input. Putting his skills to good use, Blissex was able to successfully assemble the RZ-1, using components so common that they could be found anywhere in the galaxy, without sacrificing any performance whatsoever.[4] Due to his service to the Alliance, he was given the honorary rank of general.[5]

In 4 ABY, Blissex was present aboard the Home One, in preparation for the climactic Battle of Endor.[6]

For this service to the Rebellion, he was made an honorary general.[7] Blissex later designed the Republic-class Star Destroyer for the New Republic.

Engineering aptitude ran in the Blissex family. His daughter, Lira Wessex, was responsible for the Venator-class Star Destroyer, the Imperial-class Star Destroyer, and the Executor-class Star Dreadnought. Ironically, the Executor was destroyed when one of the A-wings designed by her father rammed its bridge.



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