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Janus Greejatus was a male Human Dark Side Adept, and an advisor to Galactic Emperor Palpatine. From an early age, while growing up on his homeworld of Chommell Minor, Greejatus bore unbridled hatred toward non-Humans, since they had damaged his family's finances severely in years prior. Entering Chommell Minor politics, he earned the notice of his sector's representative, Senator Palpatine of Naboo. When Palpatine became Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, Greejatus succeeded him as senator, but was soon drummed out of the office by influential politicians on Naboo, who disagreed with his closed-border policies.

Palpatine offered Greejatus a new role: that of advisor to the Supreme Chancellor. The Chommell Minor native accepted, and continued to serve Palpatine in that role when the Supreme Chancellor made himself Galactic Emperor, and transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire. Under the new regime, Greejatus became a member of the Imperial Ruling Council, helped shape the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order, and was trained in the ways of the dark side of the Force, becoming a Dark Side Adept. He also founded the Imperial Department of Redesign—a secretive team dedicated to the suppression and elimination of non-Human species. Greejatus later attempted to convince Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin to seize power, and was found out by Palpatine. The Emperor subsequently decided to keep Greejatus on a tighter leash, bringing him to the Death Star II in 4 ABY. The Chommell Minor native was believed to have perished when the station was destroyed at the Battle of Endor.

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Early life

Janus Greejatus, a Force-sensitive,[4] was born to a family that once enjoyed prominence and fortune on his homeworld of Chommell Minor. That fortune had been effectively lost due to the actions of non-Human workers, to the bitterness of Greejatus' father. He instructed his son to never let non-Humans get the better of him in life, and this spurred Greejatus on to rise through the ranks of Chommell Minor's political community. He maintained his ingrained views toward non-Humans, but was careful to mask them with more demure language. Nevertheless, he did make some polarizing statements, but was still able to build himself a strong political standing on Chommell Minor.[1]

Senator of the Chommell sector

Such was Greejatus' prominence on his homeworld that he garnered the attention of his sector's representative in the Galactic Senate, Senator Palpatine of Naboo.[1][5] The relationship Greejatus had with Palpatine was one of friendship—or so the Chommell Minor native was led to believe. The Senator was careful, however, not to echo the most controversial of Greejatus' statements, at least not in public. Greejatus proved constantly to Palpatine that he had an aptitude for politics, and so when Palpatine became the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic in 32 BBY, Greejatus succeeded him as senator of the Chommell sector.[1]

His succession of Palpatine, however, was not a particularly popular move amongst the influential politicians of Naboo, which was the foremost world of the Chommell sector.[1] In light of the Invasion of Naboo, and the treaty the Human Queen Amidala had struck with Boss Rugor Nass of the Gungans,[6] the Naboo possessed a distinctly more multicultural mindset than their new representative in the Senate, who was working with a closed-borders policy. After just two years of service, in 30 BBY, Greejatus was ousted from his office, and replaced by Horace Vancil, a native of Naboo.[1] The rest of the Chommell sector's representatives in the Senate until its dissolution would all hail from Naboo.[1][7][8]

Advisor

Now out of a job, Greejatus was not totally without options, as Palpatine still found him valuable, and, as such, the Chommell Minor native was enlisted as an advisor to the Supreme Chancellor.[1] In 19 BBY, Greejatus, along with fellow advisors Sly Moore, Sate Pestage, and Sim Aloo, Director of Republic Intelligence Armand Isard, Senator Jannie Ha'Nook of Glithnos, as well as Vice Chair Mas Amedda, attended a meeting in Palpatine's office.[3] Later that year, Palpatine seized unlimited power for himself, replacing the Galactic Republic with a Galactic Empire, with him as Galactic Emperor.[9] In the wake of the Declaration of a New Order, Greejatus was appointed to the new Imperial Ruling Council. Simultaneously, he helped shape the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order,[1] alongside Crueya Vandron and Ishin-Il-Raz.[10] Being Force-sensitive, he was made a Dark Side Adept, alongside fellow advisor Sim Aloo. He and Aloo, as well as Palpatine's other advisors, were commonly dismissed as Palpatine's yes-men, but in fact they were being groomed to replace the Empire's moffs and governors, so the Emperor could control the galaxy with more ease.[4]

Utilizing his newfound power, Greejatus also founded the Imperial Department of Redesign—an obscure agency dedicated to the suppression and liquidation of non-Human species.[1] Among its most secretive projects was "The Heart of Steel", overseen by Grand Moff 4-8C. The aim of the project was to create a way to control any computer in the galaxy at will, and it was so closely guarded that not even Imperial Intelligence or Imperial High Command knew of its existence.[11] Over time, Greejatus realized that he could develop his own projects without Palpatine's permission or observation, and his ambition grew as a result.[1]

Ambition

Greejatus, Aloo, and Palpatine confer aboard the Death Star II.

When Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin completed his planet-destroying superweapon, the Death Star, Greejatus served as an advisor on the battlestation.[12] While there, he attempted to convince Tarkin to seize power with the battlestation,[1] but both the Death Star and Tarkin were later destroyed by the Alliance to Restore the Republic at the Battle of Yavin.[13] Palpatine learned of Greejatus' encouragement of Tarkin, and decided to keep the Chommell Minor native close at hand.[1] At some stage, Greejatus and Aloo featured in an advertisement for the latest BlasTech Industries blaster.[14] Four years later, Palpatine brought Greejatus along with him to the Death Star II,[1] which was being constructed over the forest moon of Endor.[2]

Joined by Aloo, Kren Blista-Vanee, and other advisors, Greejatus accompanied Palpatine as he was given a large reception in one of the Death Star II's docking bays. Along with Aloo, he later sat in on a meeting between Palpatine, Lord Darth Vader, and Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod, in which the Emperor ordered Vader to send the Imperial fleet amassed at Endor to the far side of the moon, where it would remain until ordered to move by Palpatine. Vader was concerned about the reports of an Alliance to Restore the Republic fleet amassing at Sullust for a strike against the battlestation, but the Emperor was not worried in the slightest, as he intended to trap the attackers with the soon-to-be-hidden fleet, and summarily destroy his enemies with the station's operational superlaser. Sure enough, the station was attacked by the Alliance to Restore the Republic,[1] in a pivotal battle of the Galactic Civil War. Contrary to Palpatine's expectations, General Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles succeeded in destroying the station during the battle,[2] and Greejatus was believed to have perished in the ensuing explosion.[1]

Personality and traits

Palpatine, Greejatus, Aloo, and Vader.

A cruel man at heart,[15] Greejatus had been raised to hate non-Humans. His hatred for them ran deep enough for him to put it across in his political views—although he was skilled in masking his beliefs in order to rise to prominence on Chommell Minor, he was disliked on Naboo, which cost him his position as senator of the Chommell sector. In his own eyes, he was good friends with Palpatine, and his skill in the political arena afforded him longevity as one of the Supreme Chancellor's, later Emperor's, advisors. Later in his career, he founded the Imperial Department of Redesign—an organization whose objectives matched his political view on non-Humans closely.[1] Greejatus lusted for power his whole life, however,[15] and that ambition would later cost him his autonomy, as he was forced to stay close to Palpatine following his encouragement of Tarkin to rebel.[1] He was also a predictable man, and easy to control.[15] Greejatus could manipulate and utilize the Force to some extent, and, in his capacity as a Dark Side Adept, he served the Emperor faithfully,[4] on occasion.[1]

Behind the scenes

"I mean, I don't know about you guys, but Janus Greejatus and his buddy Sim Aloo have literally provoked the thought, in my mind, of 'What's their story?' So I suppose doing Greejatus' story 'justice' so to speak was both daunting and exciting."
―Timothy S. Maddocks
The BlasTech advert from Star Wars: Behind the Magic.

The character of Janus Greejatus first appeared in Richard Marquand's 1983 film, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, portrayed by an unnamed background extra. The character's costume was designed by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, who based the costume on that of a Catholic bishop.[16] An image of the character later appeared in Bill Slavicsek's West End Games sourcebook, the Death Star Technical Companion, published in 1991. In that book, however, the character was intended to be Ars Dangor, until in 2001, he was identified as "Janus Greejatus" in the "Death Star II Limited" set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. In the 1998 CD-ROM Star Wars: Behind the Magic, the character's image was used in a fictional advertisement for the "BlasTech" company and action figure of Greejatus was later made by Hasbro, in their "Death Star Procession" subset.[17] The character also featured briefly in Kevin Rubio's non-canon comic, The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition.

In October 2007, Greejatus was one of several subjects of the Star Wars Hyperspace "What's The Story?" feature, allowing Hyperspace members to write Databank entries on background characters from the Star Wars films. Hyperspace member Timothy S. Maddocks, under the username "vader_of_bast," wrote the winning entry. Maddocks has written a blog on StarWars.com in which he credits the Star Wars Missions series of novels with inspiring him to tie Greejatus into the obscure Imperial Redesign Team and fellow "What's The Story?" contributor Kyle Jewhurst with inspiring him to use Greejatus to fill the senatorial vacancy created by Palpatine's election to the post of Supreme Chancellor. To fit the Redesign Team reference, he portrayed Greejatus as a fierce speciesist, and to expand the scope of Chommell sector's representation beyond one planet, Maddocks gave the character's homeworld as Chommell Minor. Maddocks's conception of Palpatine, partly shaped by Wookieepedia's article on the Emperor, led him to portray Greejatus as duped into believing Palpatine held him in much higher regard than he in fact did. Star Wars Missions further sparked Maddocks to suggest that Greejatus could get away with secret projects, and portrayed this as building a hubris which caused Greejatus to overreach while on the Death Star—tying into the Death Star Technical Companion image—and caused Palpatine to keep him close and under watch thereafter, explaining his presence on the Death Star II. Elements cut from Maddocks's original submission include Greejatus attempting to flee the Death Star II only to find his shuttle stolen by Luke Skywalker and the alteration of the Imperial Redesign Team to the Imperial Department of Redesign; additionally, some changes to the prose were made.[18] Maddocks's entry was later used, almost verbatim, in 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Appearances

  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands

Non-canon appearances

  • The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31  Janus Greejatus in the Databank
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Labyrinth of Evil
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Dark Side Sourcebook
  5. The New Essential Guide to Characters
  6. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  7. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  8. Evasive Action: Prey
  9. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  10. Republic HoloNet News Special Inaugural Edition 16:5:24
  11. Star Wars Missions 16: Imperial Jailbreak
  12. Death Star Technical Companion
  13. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  14. Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Star Wars Customizable Card GameDeath Star II Limited (Card: Janus Greejatus)
  16. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
  17. IMPERIAL DIGNITARY JANUS GREEJATUS, rebelscum.com presents PHOTO ARCHIVE
  18.  "Behind the Scenes: Janus Greejatus" - "I don't get it, no one stopped them last time!", Timothy S. Maddocks's StarWars.com Blog

External links


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