Grand Admiral Thrawn Mitth’raw’nuruodo
Thrawn is the only alien High Command Officer of the Galactic Empire. He is a Chiss from the planet Csilla from the Unknown Regions in the galaxy. He is known to be a remarkable battle strategist and tactician. He was well trained as a warrior when he served for the Chiss Ascendancy. Due to hidden threats to the Unknown Regions, Thrawn was sent to the known galaxy to meet Emperor Palpatine and join the Empire. He rapidly rose through the Imperial Navy ranks until he was assigned to the 7th Fleet as the Grand Admiral to fight a small band of Rebels wreaking havoc on the Lothal system.
He learned about each one for his initial investigations, and he vowed to tear these Rebels apart piece by piece. He studied all the reports and observed the Rebels in action. He visited Lothal and examined the graffiti vandalism. That is when he realized one of the members of the Rebels is an artist. He rarely meets an actual artist. Now, he focuses his art studies on the artist in-depth to destroy the Rebels.
The artist is none other than:
Sabine Wren is Mandalorian. Her mother, Ursa Wren, was a member of the Mandalorian Death Watch with Bo-Katan Kryze. She now serves as the Countess on the planet, Krownest. Clan Wren was out of favor with most Mandalorians because Sabine, as a teen, deserted the Imperial Academy over a dangerous weapon. Sabine’s father was arrested and jailed for treason, while her mother and brother supplicants to Clan Saxon, who vied for the Empire’s attention. At some point, Sabine connected with another Mandalorian, Ketsu Onyo, and became bounty hunters. They did a dangerous job that left Sabine barely alive. That is when Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus recruited her to join their small Rebel group on Lothal. To heal, Sabine was encouraged to paint; she took to graffiti art and painted everywhere, special symbols honoring something she sensed as good and transcendental.
Then she learned of a new threat by a new Imperial Officer she read on her datapad, Grand Admiral Thrawn. His tactics and strategies are required for study while she attended the Imperial Academy. He was impressive to her, but he did not scare her.
Grand Admiral Thrawn can not believe how he feels about Sabine. He thought he could easily rip her apart and spit her out, but suddenly he is smitten when she is around him.
Generally, Thrawn analyzed only SABINE’s art on Lothal. He never really analyzed the PLANET LOTHAL’s art. When he analyzed her art, he notices Sabine’s personal life (like a Galatea) — she had to leave her people in exile. Still, she keeps her cultural aspect of being Mandalorian and fights for her people and the causes they support.
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In the fan-fiction, Aliit Vucon’ocir, Sabine Wren analyzes the VISAGE PRESAGE, a Sith-enchanted painting that doubles as a map to a rare ancient fleet unique starships. It is a very complex piece of art, and Sabine tells Grand Admiral Thrawn about an aspect of the painting he had missed, which surprises him. Thrawn gets enthralled when he analyzes art created by society and by anyone. But the more pieces of Sabine’s he saw, the more he learned about her — the more infatuated he became toward her.
Then, Thrawn asks her to dance the Zeltron Tango, which is a “courtesan dance from the planet, Zeltros,” and Sabine danced it — well. He had not danced formally with a woman in the Empire, ever. He barely was allowed to dance in the Chiss Ascendancy. But it is one of his favorite activities.
Thrawn’s infatuation with Sabine is not just a piecemeal backstory that includes her personality with her Imperial dossier from Academy until she ran away. It then suddenly reappears, but from her paintings, he discovers that she might be the “fabled” True Mandalorian – a warrior for her people that rules for millennia. This fact holds Thrawn’s attention of great interest.
In Legends, the Chiss are frienemies with the Mandalorians under the Sith Empire. Thrawn knows of the Mandalorians from Chiss Ascendancy propaganda films and the ancient archives. He has not met many or spoken to them until he joined the Galactic Empire. But Thrawn knows, the Mandalorians are the only group who have fought and defeated the Chiss.
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