Mitth'raw'nuruodo, better known by his core name Thrawn (pronounced /Thråwn/), and misinterpreted as Mitthrawdo by Vicelord Siv Kav, was a male Chiss who served in the Axis Navy and became the only non-Human Grand Admiral. He was regarded as the best military strategist in the navy and rose to a position of power. He is also most likely to be the Founding Members of the Axis Joint Military. Thrawn served as an officer in the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force for many years in the Unknown Regions, where he demonstrated his brilliance. However, many of Thrawn's ways were contrary to that of Chiss society that reject offensive and preventive strikes. In the first war, he first met Palpatine, then Darth Sidious, after having destroyed one of his private taskforces. However, they agreed with the threat posed by the Unknown Regions, and most notably the Yuuzhan Vong. Although the Chiss Grand Admiral was able to deal the Alliance of Civilizations several mighty blows in a massive campaign in the second war, he was unable to destroy the fledgling government. Thrawn perished in the Great Battle of Bilbringi at the hand of Rukh, his Noghri bodyguard, who had recently learned that the Empire had betrayed his people. Though Thrawn was dead, he would be remembered as the genius tactician, consummate strategist, and Imperial leader who nearly brought down the Alliance.
Personality and traits
- "I have no qualms about accepting a useful idea merely because it wasn't my own."
Appalled by the "Vader style" of command that so many of his contemporaries supported, Thrawn preferred to promote creativity in his crew, rather than merely punish their failures, and did not often kill off personnel for minor failures, as that could easily strain the resources of the Empire, which was unaffordable at the time. This was perhaps best exemplified in a pair of incidents surrounding the tractor beam control pit. During his campaign against the Alliance of Nations, a tractor beam operator, Cris Pieterson, aboard Chimaera was responsible for allowing Lelith Hesperax to escape capture. Thrawn investigated the incident and found a defiant Pieterson disrespectfully refusing to claim responsibility for the incident, referring Thrawn to his commanding ensign. Thrawn summarily had the man executed at his post in a rather brutal fashion by Rukh, and informed the ensign that he was free to train the next replacement. On the other hand, when Hesperax escaped a similar trap again, he rewarded the new tractor beam operator, Rejlii Mithel, with a promotion to Lieutenant because the man had employed creative thinking in his attempt to capture Skywalker. In addition, Thrawn encouraged his senior officers to express their own ideas and gave them reasoned consideration rather than ignore any outside ideas, as many an Imperial commander had done during the height of the Empire. The sharp contrast between Thrawn's style and that of megalomaniac and sadistic Imperial leaders heightened Thrawn's ability to lead.