- "This man is Maarek Stele. In the past two months he has shot down or disabled over nine hundred enemy fighters and destroyed two frigates."
"The man's a menace! Send a team of assassins to kill him."
"What? No, no, you misunderstand. He's one of ours, sir."
"One of ours? He shot down nine hundred of the enemy... in a TIE fighter?!"
"Promote him to captain, put his picture on cereal boxes and T-shirts, give him a book deal, a bonus of two million credits, and all the Twi'lek pussy he can eat."
- ―Imperial officers, discussing Maarek Stele
Maarek Stele was an Imperial pilot who shot down Rebels... in a TIE fighter. No, really, he flew a TIE fighter and actually shot down other ships. And then came back at the end of the mission. The Imperial commanders and admirals were shocked and forced to promote him dozens of times. Grand Admiral Thrawn and Emperor Palpatine both recruited him for secret behind-the-lines missions.
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