STAR WARS: The Moon Swing Chronicles
Mon Cal Rebel Officer (Admiral) and Tactician
Born in Coral Depths City on the water world of Dac, Gial Ackbar, , a male Mon Calamari, was raised in a prominent merchant clan in Foamwander City where he grew interested in science and the sea. Ackbar was selected as Coral City’s representative on the Calamarian Council after finishing school, and became a proponent of Mon Calamari space exploration during the Clone Wars.
Ackbar was one of the leaders that participated in the Second Battle of Mon Calamari. During that time, he held the rank of Captain in charge of the Mon Calamari Guard and was the chief military adviser to King Yos Kolina and then to the young and inexperienced Prince Lee-Char. When Separatist troublemaker Riff Tamson began advising the Quarren to take up arms, Ackbar requested an envoy from the Republic come to Dac to help steer the troubled planet away from an inevitable war. His duty then was to bring peace with the Quarren, and after the attack, protect Prince Lee-Char. During the battle, Ackbar at the behest Mon Calamari Senator Meena Tills protected the prince during the first attack of the Quarren and Separatist Commander Riff Tamson’s droids. Ackbar was successful in his defense of the capital, but Tamson brought in reinforcements in the form of Hydroid Medusas. Though the prince said that they should stay, Ackbar told him that there are times to fight, and times to retreat, with this battle being a time to retreat. Then Ackbar, the Jedi, and the remainder of their troops made way to caves on the sea floor. Ackbar told the prince that his father would of been proud him, though the prince doubted it.
Ackbar was then sent to a prison camp, and was held there, until the public execution of Prince Lee-Char was held. Before the execution, Prince Lee-Char visited him and the prisoners to try and give them hope which eventually led to the prince’s capture. Right before the execution, Quarren Nossor Ri teamed up with him at last minute, and together, they defeated the droids and killed Riff Tamson. The prince also survived, and finally became king of Mon Calamari, to claim his rightful place.
In 19 BBY, Ackbar was chosen as the Calamarian Council’s leader. When Imperial warships arrived to exert Emperor Palpatine’s will over Mon Calamari, Ackbar tried in vain to negotiate; the Mon Calamari and Quarren were forced into slavery and the orbital shipyards were nationalized. Ackbar quickly became a leader of the resistance movement and succeeded in temporarily freeing his homeworld. In the end, the resistance could not withstand the Empire’s counterattack, the planet fell and Ackbar was captured. The Imperial officer commanding the operation was so impressed by the Mon Calamari resistance that he decided to take Ackbar as a slave and presented him as a gift to Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Ackbar spent his enslavement as Tarkin’s translator, and learning from Tarkin and his staff, acquiring a deep knowledge of Imperial doctrine, as well as knowledge of secret projects like the first Death Star. Tarkin held a great deal of respect for Ackbar.
When word that Tarkin would be traveling with Bevel Lemelisk to the first Death Star reached the Rebel Alliance, they launched an operation to capture the pair. The Alliance struck Tarkin’s shuttle en route to the Nebulon-B frigate Vehemence in the Eriadu system, but their Y-wings were only able to disable a shuttle carrying Ackbar before an Imperial-class Star Destroyer arrived to rescue the Grand Moff.
The rescue of Ackbar and his knowledge of the Death Star overshadowed the Alliance’s failure at Eriadu, and he was returned to his people as Admiral of the Mon Calamari fleet. Like many planetary resistance groups, the Mon Calamari were initially cautious with the Alliance to Restore the Republic, but Ackbar provided unofficial support and gave tacit approval of the decision by some Mon Calamari to pledge their starships to Mon Mothma’s cause.
Later, Senator Bail Organa and former Imperial Juno Eclipse arrived on Dac to help Ackbar unite the two peoples and galvanize the resistance movement. Ackbar also invited Seggor Tels, the infamous Quarren responsible for disarming the planetary shields causing the first Imperial occupation of Dac, to join in his strategy. United, the group entered Heurkea, one of the floating cities. Once there, PROXY, an Imperial droid designed with Hologram technology, disguised himself as Evir Derricote, commander of the 181st Imperial Fighter Wing. As Derricote, Proxy was able to throw off suspicion while the others planted explosives. As Juno counted off the minutes, Organa and Tels confronted the real Derricote. As Ackbar charged the officer with delivering a message from the resistance to the Emperor, two dozen stormtroopers encircled the conspirators. To Ackbar’s horror, the commanding officer was none other than Tarkin.
Tarkin gloated that Tels had betrayed the Mon Calamari once again, offering Ackbar to Tarkin in return for more freedoms for the Quarren people; Tarkin noted he had no intention of honoring the agreement. Ackbar angrily replied he would never be his slave again. The timers expired, triggering explosions throughout the city and causing the Grand Moff to think the 181st Wing was responsible. As the Rebels proceeded to open fire at the retreating stormtroopers, PROXY took Tarkin’s figure and led the stormtroopers away from the real Moff. Despite Ackbar’s disappointment at not being able to capture Tarkin, the plan was a success. It was soon revealed that Tels had not truly betrayed them again, and that he had sought to use the opportunity before the timed detonations expired in order to capture Tarkin. Upon seeing what could be accomplished when their species worked together, Ackbar and Tels pledged their combined peoples to the Alliance. It was Ackbar who informed the Rebels that the schematics for the Mon Calamari fleet, which had been destroyed by the Empire, were stored at Carida, giving them the opportunity to retrieve them and rebuild the impressive Mon Calamari Star Cruisers.
After the Calamarian Council was rescued on Daluuj by the crew of the Millennium Falcon, they backed Ackbar’s proposal to formally join the Alliance in 0 ABY. Under Ackbar’s leadership, Mon Calamari and Quarren united against the Empire and freed their planet.
Following the revolution, Ackbar led the Rebel Alliance to their first minor victory against the Imperial Navy during the Battle of Turkana. Given the rank of commander in the Alliance Navy (though retaining his rank as admiral in the Mon Calamari Navy during the Battle of Turkana), he swiftly rose through the ranks, finally achieving the rank of Admiral of the Fleet after his role in the Shantipole Project, the secret development of the Verpine-designed B-wing starfighter. Akbar was rescued from Project: Shantipole by the members of Thermal Force after the project was compromised by a Quarren Imperial spy.
After the destruction of the Rebel base on Yavin IV, Ackbar personally led scouting parties to other planets to investigate potential bases to house the Rebel Alliance Headquarters.
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