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Nahdonnis Praji
Biographical information
Homeworld

Coruscant[1]

Born

37 BBY (2BrS)[1]

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair color

Brown

Eye color

Brown

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation

Nahdonnis Praji was a decorated Imperial commander and honored graduate of the Imperial Academy on Carida.

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Biography

Praji's father was Griff Praji, a brother of the wealthy banker and the First Minister of the Coruscant Ministry of Ingress Tannon Praji. Nahdonnis himself had at least one child, a daughter named Tyla.[1]

A quick ascendant of the Imperial hierarchy, Praji was promoted to serve as Darth Vader's aide aboard the Devastator. After failing to recover the plans to the first Death Star from the Tantive IV, Praji "personally" led a detachment of stormtroopers to Tatooine in search of the escape pod used by R2-D2 and C-3PO. In reality, he sent his subordinate, Captain Kosh, to lead the detachment.

Upon the failure of that mission, Praji took full responsibility for the loss, and stood dignified to apologize to Darth Vader. Impressed by Praji's businesslike professionalism, Vader spared the commander's life, as the Dark Lord of the Sith had come to respect him.

Praji's family donated a genetic template for the Imperial stormtrooper development program.

In 10 ABY, Praji led the Imperial forces that conquered Kaikielius prior to the push towards Coruscant at the onset of Operation Shadow Hand. The cloned Emperor Palpatine then made him the Governor-General of the world, re-establishing the old connection between Kaikielius and the Praji family.[1]

Personality and traits

Nahdonnis Praji chose to wear the prominent sideburns that were popular among the Imperial officer class at the time.[2] Other serving Imperial officers who wore their hair in this fashion included Cassio Tagge, Conan Antonio Motti, Moradmin Bast, and Pol Treidum.

Behind the scenes

Commander Nahdonnis Praji was played by actor George Roubicek in A New Hope. The one sequence in which he is seen was shot over three days in July 1976 at the virtual end of principal photography, on the Tantive IV main corridor set erected on Stage 9 at Elstree Studios, just north of London.

In May 2007, during Celebration IV, Roubicek took part in a round-table discussion chaired by Scott Chernoff, in which he reminisced about his role as Praji. His fellow participants, all of whom portrayed Imperial characters, were actors Kenneth Colley (Admiral Firmus Piett), David Prowse (Darth Vader), Barrie Holland (Lieutenant Renz), Richard Le Parmentier (Admiral Conan Antonio Motti), and Julian Glover (General Maximilian Veers). The conversation was later published in Star Wars Insider 89. From the interview:

Chernoff: Commander Praji is ordered by Vader to "tear this ship apart!" George Roubicek, that was just a small three-day role for you.

Roubicek: I knew I wasn't going to live very long; for some reason I just had that feeling! I didn't survive the explosion that came almost immediately afterwards. Yeah, it was about three days work.

Chernoff: Do you remember your initial impressions of the movie?

Roubicek: Absolutely. "What is this all about?" I don't think anyone knew [what Star Wars was], except maybe George Lucas, and I'm not sure he knew all the time! We certainly didn't know. I wouldn't say this was just another job - there's no such thing as just another job - but I didn't realize how special it was going to be at the time.

At the conclusion of the discussion, all the participating actors were asked: If any of you had an opportunity to write your own lines for your characters, what would you say? Roubicek responded thus:

Roubicek: My kids have never listened to me. "There is no life force discernible!" My new line would be "Help!"

When the character of Tannon Praji was created, he was intended to be the uncle of Commander Praji.[3] However, this information was not published until Nathan O'Keefe's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Praji, which established Nahdonnis as the son of Tannon's brother Griff, as well as naming many other members of the Praji family.

Appearances

Sources

Notes and references

See also

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