The Wrath of Thrawn

Dun dun dunnnnn but really, two updates, back to back? What is this world coming to? Well, I don’t think it’ll last anywhere near that consistent, but maybe more so since school’s out for the time being. So here I am, on my break at work just chilling and typing. What really led me to write today was a thought I had last night, though I don’t fully remember what it was. One of my all time favorite “villains” is Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Chiss genuis who was really misunderstood. For most of you, you will have no idea who this is so I’ll help you understand; he’s one of the Empire’s top leaders from the Star Wars expanded universe.

He was unique in many respects, one of which I’m going to talk about a bit more after I give a summary of him. Perhaps most telling about him (other than his obviously alien features; blue skin, blue/black hair and glowing red eyes) was that he was an alien and promoted to the highest military position there was. Most people haven’t read much or any of the expanded universe, but even in the movies the Empire was a symbol of conformity and xenophobia, taken largely from Nazi WWII Germany, take a look at the name and uniform of its crack troops, the “Storm Troopers.” He actually came into play before the fall of the Republic (Outbound Flight project, about 50 B.B.Y. (Before Battle of Yavin)) where a small taskforce under his command took out an extra-galactic expedition led by some of the leading jedi of the time. He was later introduced to the Emperor and rapidly rose through the ranks due to his ability. The Emperor only once neglected his judgement, and demoted him temporarily during the time, but since that fiasco always trusted his judgement and advise.

Apparently, due to some political infighting that he lost, he was exiled to the outer regions which is why he was gone from the movies and thee time around there. The Exile, was actually a fully funded and supported exploration mission into his home territory and the uncharted surrounding regions. After the movies, he returned, a few years later, to a crumbling remnant of the Empire and spawning New Republic. When he came back, he did his best to recreate the Empire and unify the galaxy against a new threat that was coming. He was killed by one of his bodyguards on the eve of battle and once again, the Empire was hurt by loosing its figurehead, though his second in command man, the junior captain who managed to keep what was left of the fleet together after the Emperor died at Endor, still managed to survive and due to his tutelage and intelligence later helped create an alliance between the New Republic and the Empire.

Now, most of that was totally unnecessary, but he basically came into a position where the Empire was weaker than the Rebel Alliance had been in many ways, and almost managed to bring everything together again. Granted, he had a few very fun toys; a mad clone jedi (a clone of the leader from the expedition that initially took him in,) Mount Tantiss (cloning vats that only took about a month to churn out new soldiers, as opposed to the 10-15 years it took the kelminoians, and without risk of clone madness encountered at the end of the clone wars due to ramping up the production rate of clones and growth speed,) the Katana fleet, and cloaking technology. But his most important advantage was hisΒ  mind.

He knew how to play off peoples unconscious, he knew how to prey on insecurities and superstitions, how to manipulate people without them knowing, and he knew how to understand people through their art. His thinking room had a mixture of holographs and real depictions of art from everywhere, and they frequently changed, either at his disgression, based on who he would be immediately facing, or a mixture for inspiration. An example of this effectiveness was shown when he easily wasted a taskforce sent against him by correctly identifying the commanding officer’s species and identifying a psychological weakness of their.

Now to the real point of this. Art and what counts for art is somehow a part of everyone. From the executive doodling in the boardroom meeting or actually crafting a company changing policy, to the college kid sketching his next assignment or the next chapter in his webcomic/story. Creating something that you truly care about, and that you put a deal of time into, puts a bit of you in it and through studying, someone can know you by it. Granted, it is possible to “lie” into art, and many people don’t study art to understand part of the way someone’s mind works. If you don’t study it well enough, you could get a totally different picture than what is truly there, but if you do, you’ve got something to work with, even if it is a lie at heart. The next best thing, especially if you don’t recognize anything as art made by a certain someone, is to take the art they like and study that for common themes. Music is also a good indicator as well on all notes here.

Well, I guess it was a bit of a ramble and likely incoherent at the end, but it made sense to me πŸ™‚ Have a good day everyone and I’ll be working today. With the weekend comes an empty house and Frozen Throne calleth! But really, I hadn’t remembered how incredibly annoying the first campaign’s main character was. I mean really “SHUT UP!” I don’t care how anoyed you are, I can’t wait until I get to the mission where I get to kill you off :p

Bye all!

  1. #1 by Amber on May 28, 2009 - 16:20

    i didn’t know you had a blog! i’m excited to start following it πŸ™‚

    • #2 by phoerix on May 28, 2009 - 16:52

      Yeah, I started a little while ago, and its rather sporadic… but here it is. I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

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