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Octavian Grant
Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Hair color

Black[1]

Eye color

Gray[1]

Skin color

Light[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"Grand Admiral Grant, the so-called last Grand Admiral, defected to the New Republic on the condition that he be granted immediate immunity from prosecution for war crimes and allowed to retire on Rathalay."
―New Republic historical document

Octavian Grant was one of the twelve original Imperial Grand Admirals appointed by Emperor Palpatine two years before the Battle of Yavin. A Tapani lord of House Mecetti, Grant saw himself as superior to those who were not members of the nobility, and held a particular dislike for droids and other species. His Humanocentric beliefs stood firm after he joined the ranks of the Galactic Empire, and he proved himself to be an expert military strategist. Due to his military talents, he was appointed as one of the twelve Grand Admirals created by Palpatine in 2 BBY, though he was one of the least popular Grand Admirals, and did not attempt to curry favor with the Imperial moffs.

After leading several successful campaigns during the Galactic Civil War, Grant was left virtually alone after the Emperor's death over Endor, as he had not built up a sturdy following as the other Grand Admirals had. Grant bided his time, laying low in the Pentastar Alignment while his fellow Grand Admirals were hunted down by the New Republic. Eventually, with the other Grand Admirals all dead, Grant defected to the New Republic, providing key Imperial secrets in exchange for immunity from charges of war-crimes. He was relocated to the luxury of the planet Rathalay and, although he was tempted to come out of retirement and fight the alien Grand Admiral Thrawn, he lived the rest of his days on Rathalay under close New Republic supervision.

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Biography

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Tapani Noble

Octavian[2] Grant was born into nobility in the Tapani Sector, a wealthy sector located in the Colonies region of the galaxy.[1] A lord of House Mecetti,[2] Grant showed aristocratic tendencies, and was deeply contemptuous of those he felt were lesser beings compared to him and his fellow Tapani nobles. He referred to them as the "working class," and he held a particular contempt for droids and aliens, as well as politicians.[1] He was also very contemptuous of those who flaunted the trappings of Tapani nobility that weren't nobles themselves, such as the pirate Reginald Barkbone, who sported a stolen lightfoil.[4] Following a successful stint in the Tapani Home Defense Fleet,[2] Grant joined the Republic Navy[5] and proved to be a brilliant tactician late in the Clone Wars.[2]

Imperial Grand Admiral

Grant eventually found himself in the service of the Galactic Empire, and rose through the ranks until he was among the foremost admirals of the Empire. His personal views on aliens were in line with those of the Empire and he proved himself a competent military strategist. Two years prior to the Battle of Yavin, Emperor Palpatine created a new flag rank for the Imperial Navy: the rank of Grand Admiral. Palpatine decreed that only twelve could ever hold the rank of Grand Admiral at one time; among them was Grant. The man from Tapani joined Palpatine’s "circle of twelve" alongside such notable officers as Josef Grunger, Rufaan Tigellinus and Demetrius Zaarin.[1] Outside the Tapani sector, Grant did not develop the kind of popular following that other Grand Admirals cultivated. Within his home sector, however, Grant generated media attention with everything he did. There were journalists whose only duty was to follow his movements, and both his professional achievements and social life were reported on in great detail.[2] Grant did not participate in politics like many other Grand Admirals,[1] considering it to be lowering himself; he simply carried out the duties assigned to him by the Emperor. Secretly, however, he wondered if even Palpatine was beneath him, as the Emperor was neither Tapani nor a true noble.[2]

Although the Emperor had stated that there would only ever be twelve, Palpatine privately broke his own rule when he appointed Mitth'raw'nuruodo as the thirteenth Grand Admiral in a secret ceremony. Grant was contemptuous of any aliens rewarded by the meritocracy of the Empire, so he loathed the Chiss Grand Admiral and his achievement. Grant did not act on this, though, and when the Galactic Civil War began, the Tapani aristocrat proved that he was talented, emerging victorious in a series of battles against the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[1]

Post-Endor

The Empire descended into chaotic infighting after the death of the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, during the Battle of Endor, four years after the initial Death Star had been destroyed.[3] Grant was not blinded by his beliefs, recognizing full well that while he believed he deserved to rule, having been born of the upper classes, he lacked the power to effectively take over the Empire. This was largely due to the fact that he had not attempted to befriend any of the moffs, and his anti-politician feelings won him no favors either. For these reasons, he was singled out by his fellow Grand Admirals to be the first of them to perish in the bloodbath that followed the debacle at Endor.[1]

Grant, however, displayed patience not shown by his peers. While many of the other Grand Admirals turned warlord and began fighting with each other, Grant found sanctuary in the Pentastar Alignment[1]—a mini-Imperial breakaway kingdom, ruled by Grand Moff Ardus Kaine, in the Outer Rim[3]—biding his time. He watched as the remainder of the Grand Admirals were either captured and subsequently executed by the New Republic, or were killed during battle with other Imperial factions.[1]

Thrawn, the only alien Grand Admiral, and one whom Grant sought to defeat.

Eventually, after the deaths of Grand Admirals Batch and Makati two years after the failure at Endor, Grant was the only remaining Grand Admiral known to the New Republic; Thrawn was still at large, though at the time he was stationed in the Unknown Regions, and had no knowledge of the deaths of Vader and Palpatine (the New Republic were also unaware that a thirteenth Grand Admiral had been named). But while this made an opportune moment for Grant to lay claim to the remnants of the Empire, the Pentastar Alignment was growing increasingly unstable, and the New Republic were baying for the blood of Grant, whom they erroneously thought was the last Grand Admiral. Grant petitioned the New Republic two years after Endor to be allowed to defect. They accepted his dual conditions of immunity from prosecution for any actions he might have taken while an Imperial officer and a peaceful retirement to the planet Rathalay in return for valuable Imperial military secrets.[3] He would seek to come out of retirement during the Thrawn campaign, desiring to best the alien, but suspicion of his loyalties prevented the New Republic from employing his services, and no opportunity to escape their grasp ever presented itself to Grant.[1] The New Republic kept close tabs on Grant, with several agents following his every move, among them Jan Ors.[6]

Even after his retirement from military service, Grant remained a celebrity in the Tapani Sector. Whenever he hosted an event at his home on Rathalay, it was reported on in the society section of news programming.[2] Ultimately, Grand Admiral Grant survived longer than his peers had ever expected, outliving every single one of them. For this, he was dubbed "the last Grand Admiral."[1]

Personality and traits

Grant put great emphasis on rank and nobility throughout his life, a trait which would lead to his bias against common citizens. He felt that, because he held higher status due to his noble parentage, he had a right to extra privileges that those without such status should not be allowed to gain. When others managed to get into positions as high as his own, he was deeply unhappy. He was also loath to have an alien among the ranks of the Grand Admirals, such as Thrawn, though he never attempted to defy Palpatine.[1]

Grant was not afraid to cut his losses, displaying what others might have seen as cowardice. He preferred to stay out of the limelight and operate from the shadows, while many of his peers took a far more direct approach. His style of operating ultimately saw him outlive all those who doubted him, though at the expense of his total freedom. An astute bargainer, Grant was able to coax generous conditions from the New Republic in addition to keeping his life while the former Rebels killed several of the other Grand Admirals. He was loyal to the Empire only to a point; he would happily compromise the Empire to further his own means. His prejudice against aliens later nearly caused him to oppose the only lifeline the Imperial remnant had to regain their former glory.[1]

Behind the scenes

Grand Admiral Grant was created by Star Wars authors Kevin J. Anderson and Daniel Wallace for The Essential Chronology in the year 2000. Wallace, along with fellow author Abel G. Peña, expanded on his backstory in the Star Wars Insider 66 article Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals; Peña later included brief mentions of Grant in Underworld Appendix: Swoops, Spice, and Wretched Rogues, and The Dark Forces Saga. Originally, Grant was the only Grand Admiral not given a first name, though Wallace has said that this was unintentional. Wallace has also stated that Grant is among his favorite of the Grand Admirals he has created.[7] Grant was later provided a first name, "Octavian," in the 2010 sourcebook Galaxy of Intrigue, and his House affiliation was finally specified.[2]

Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals co-author Daniel Wallace has unofficially suggested that Grant's personal Star Destroyer was named Oriflamme.[8]

The Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals article appearing in Insider 66 was originally slated to appear in Star Wars Gamer, though when the magazine was discontinued, it instead appeared in Insider. The original Gamer article, titled Dirty Dozen: Imperial Grand Admirals, contained more information and was longer than the version appearing in Insider. Some of the cut content can be seen in the section below.[9]

Cut content

Grant was viewed by many as very detached and aloof in manner, which the other Grand Admirals erroneously saw as weakness. He viewed both his enemies and allies with curiosity, rarely showing what he was truly thinking, though he never feuded with the other admirals, despite their low opinions of him. Grant also had great respect for his enemies; he thought highly of both the Old Republic and the Rebel Alliance, though he knew that the Empire was far less flawed than either of the other two factions.[9]

Grant preferred a traditional approach in relation to military tactics, with a particular interest in siege warfare. Grant had great respect for Imperial General Jan Dodonna, who was noted for his insights and tactics on siege warfare. When Dodonna defected to the Rebel Alliance, Grant was extremely surprised, though he had no intention of defecting alongside his role model. Grant respected the Rebels' fighting spirit, though he thought that the Empire was far more effective in war, and had little doubt it would eventually defeat its opponents. He had a high opinion of himself, as well as his peers, despite their personal dislike for the Tapani noble. Grant felt that with geniuses such as himself at the helm of the Imperial war machine, none would be able to stop them. Some time during the Galactic Civil War, Grant clashed with General Dodonna in the atmosphere of Galboron. Grant was able to outmaneuver and subsequently defeat his opposite number, though he maintained the reverence he held for Dodonna.[9]

Grant dutifully reported to Sate Pestage on Imperial Center after the Battle of Endor, knowing he had little chance of survival if he engaged in any conflict with his fellow Grand Admirals. He stayed with Pestage on Imperial Center for a time, though the former Grand Vizier was growing increasingly paranoid, and openly revealed his suspicions of Grant. Fearing a possible assassination attempt, Grant fled Imperial Center before Pestage could strike against him.[9]

After making accords with the New Republic, Grant was relocated to and spent many years on Rathalay, eventually befriending a reformed bandit named Kaerobani, an eccentric man who lived locally. The two grew close, with Grant spending much time in Kaerobani's lush palace. Grant was in Kaerobani's home when the Yuuzhan Vong launched their attack on Rathalay, devastating the planet.[9] Aided by the droid 8t88, Grant came out of his early retirement to deal with a Yuuzhan Vong warrior who had attacked Rathalay. Whether or not he succeeded in repelling the Yuuzhan Vong threat is unknown.[10]

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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 "Who's Who: Imperial Grand Admirals" - Star Wars Insider 66
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Galaxy of Intrigue
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The New Essential Chronology
  4. Underworld Appendix: Swoops, Spice, and Wretched Rogues
  5. Galaxy of Intrigue specifies he joined the Imperial Navy and then fought in the Clone Wars, but this is a logical impossibility. To avoid the contradiction, this article assumes he joined the force that would become the Imperial Navy.
  6.  The Dark Forces Saga, Part 2: Unsung Heroes of the Light on Wizards.com (article)
  7. Star Wars.com forum
  8. Daniel Wallace on the Jedi Council Forums
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Based on a Microsoft Word document of the original Who's Who article slated to appear in Star Wars Gamer
  10. Daniel Wallace on the Jedi Council Forums (dated 7/17/06 2:36pm)

External links

Grand Admirals of the Galactic Empire
Martio Batch · Nial Declann · Octavian Grant · Josef Grunger · Ishin-Il-Raz
Afsheen Makati · Mitth'raw'nuruodo · Danetta Pitta · Peccati Syn
Miltin Takel · Osvald Teshik · Rufaan Tigellinus · Demetrius Zaarin

This article uses material from the "Octavian Grant" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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