Kuan (not Kuat)
|Chronological and political information|
- "This man is Maarek Stele. In the past two months he has shot down or disabled over nine hundred enemy fighters and destroyed two frigates."
"The man's a menace! Send a team of assassins to kill him."
"What? No, no, you misunderstand. He's one of ours, sir."
"One of ours? He shot down nine hundred of the enemy... in a TIE fighter?!"
"Promote him to captain, put his picture on cereal boxes and T-shirts, give him a book deal, a bonus of two million credits, and all the Twi'lek pussy he can eat."
- ―Imperial officers, discussing Maarek Stele
Maarek Stele was an Imperial pilot who shot down Rebels... in a TIE fighter. No, really, he flew a TIE fighter and actually shot down other ships. And then came back at the end of the mission. The Imperial commanders and admirals were shocked and forced to promote him dozens of times to the rank of Flying General. Grand Admiral Thrawn and Emperor Palpatine both recruited him for secret behind-the-lines missions. His favourite ship was the TIE Avenger.
When the Empire collapsed at Endor, Maarek Stele hung around in the Imperial Remnant for a while... but he was too cool for a third-world autocracy and so went off to find excitement in the Unknown Regions. Here he was immediately chosen as senior officer of the new ISC (Imperial Starfighter Corps), under the leadership of Baron Soontir Fel and Thrawn himself in the Empire of the Hand. He served well here until the Yuuzhan Vong War was over, then he retired.
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