Wilhuff Tarkin (11)Full unit name: Tarkin, Wilhuff
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Basic info
First appearance: A New Hope
A New Hope
(MOVIE)
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Died: Battle of Yavin
Battle of Yavin
Event
Galactic Civil War
Relations: Imperial Officer
Imperial Officer
Organization
Galactic Empire
, Death Star
Death Star
Starship
Space Stations
Known Facts (7)
Battle of Scarif (1)
Death Star Meeting (1)
Destruction of Alderaan (1)
Escape from Death Star (1)
Battle of Yavin (3)
Summary
Wilhuff Tarkin was a Human male who was one of the most powerful individuals in the Galactic Empire, a Grand Moff who shaped Imperial doctrine and was the driving force behind the creation of its key embodiment, the Death Star
Death Star
Starship
Space Stations
. Born on Eriadu to the powerful and militaristic Tarkin family, the ambitious Tarkin began his career by serving in the Republic Outland Regions Security Force. He then retired and entered politics, becoming lieutenant governor of Eriadu and the Seswenna sector, before returning to the military in order to serve Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Palpatine
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
as an agent of the secret Sith Lord's New Order movement. It was in that time that Tarkin learned of his friend Raith Sienar's designs for the Expeditionary Battle Planetoid and, convinced of the potential of the design, presented Palpatine with the plans for what would become the Death Star.
Tarkin gained increasing stature as a vocal supporter of Palpatine and received notice as the Seswenna sector's governor throughout the Clone Wars. At one point, he served as a captain under Jedi
Jedi Order
Organization
Galaxy-Wide Organizations
General Even Piell
Even Piell
(Lannik)
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Supporting Characters
, where he and his crew were held in the Citadel, a Separatist prison, and escaped with the help of a strike team of Jedi and clone troopers. Later on, he had been promoted to Admiral. He was present during the capture of Boba Fett
Boba Fett
(Human (Clone))
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Major Characters
after the Battle of Xagobah. In the last days of the Clone Wars, Palpatine appointed Tarkin as the first Moff, and when the Galactic Republic became the Galactic Empire, the new Emperor Palpatine gave him oversight of the construction of the Death Star. Tarkin soon formulated the Tarkin Doctrine, which helped solidify his reputation as the greatest architect of the Empire save Palpatine. The Tarkin Doctrine called for rule of the galaxy through fear of overwhelming force, and recommended the creation of superweapons such as the Death Star to create terror of Imperial reprisal that would stifle any thoughts of rebellion. Delighted, Palpatine made Tarkin the first Grand Moff, giving him control of nearly the entire Outer Rim.
As Grand Moff, Tarkin ruled with the same unyielding ruthlessness he had helped enshrine in Imperial doctrine, often cooperating with Darth Vader
Darth Vader
(Human)
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Major Characters
. As the long-delayed construction of the Death Star stalled, Tarkin created the secret Maw Installation to refine the design, placing it under the control of his mistress and protegee, Admiral Natasi Daala. With the aid of the Maw Installation's scientists, the Death Star was finally made operational in 0 BBY. Confident he could destroy the Rebel Alliance opposing the Empire, Tarkin began his campaign of fear by destroying
Destruction of Alderaan
Event
Galactic Civil War
Alderaan
Alderaan
Planet
, a hotbed of Rebel sentiment. Tarkin then allowed prominent Rebel Princess Leia Organa
Leia Organa Solo
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
, captive aboard the Death Star, to escape and lead the Death Star to the secret Rebel base on Yavin 4
Yavin IV
Planet
. There, seconds away from annihilating the Rebel headquarters, Tarkin died when Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker
(Human)
Character
Major Characters
destroyed
Battle of Yavin
Event
Galactic Civil War
the Death Star, a victim of his own belief in the Death Star's invincibility.

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Full unit name: Tarkin, Wilhuff Last updated: 24.04.2024 21:31:03