analyzed their attack, sir, and there is a danger. Should I
have your ship standing by?”
Chief Moradmin Bast to Grand Moff Tarkin…shortly before the Death
If only Tarkin had listened to the perceptive
advice of Chief Moradmin Bast…who obviously took his own initiative
and had an escape ship readied for himself. At least that’s what might have happened according to an intriguing
feature about Death Star survivors at theforce.net.
Unfortunately, there are still Imperial citizens who have fallen for the Rebel propaganda that the brilliant
Chief Moradmin Bast did not survive the Death Star tragedy. Even
employees within Lucasfilm are confused as to whether or not Tarkin's canny advisor perished during the Battle of Yavin IV.
An issue of Star Wars Insider magazine (#96) has Lucasfilm's canon expert
Leland Chee confirming that the character of Chief Bast was a casualty of the aforementioned battle after being shown a
brief film clip
from A New Hope, wherein Bast is seen with Tarkin
shortly before the Death Star went boom.
All we Imperial chicks can surmise from Mr. Chee's reasoning is thus: If a
Rebel snowspeeder pilot nicknamed Hobbie survived a head-on crash into an Imperial AT-AT during The Empire Strikes Back, what's to prevent a resourceful
and cunning Imperial officer like Moradmin from making a miraculous, last minute (second?) escape from certain death? In our best Yoda impression: "Hmmmm?"
While wishful thinking by Bast fan girls may not be enough to make Mr. Chee rethink the entire SWEU situation, Chief Bast was clearly alive after
Yavin IV according to the package back of
Hasbro's Death Star Briefing
Room action figure set.
Imp Chick Gia Octavia noted
that the written bio (vetted by someone at Lucas Licensing!) for Chief Bast reads: "Personal assistant to Grand Moff Tarkin aboard the Death Star, Bast
shares Tagge's opinion that the Rebellion is more powerful than many
Imperials believe. He is one of very few Imperial officers to
successfully evacuate from the Death Star before its destruction."
Despite what some Star Wars (ie: pro-Rebel) fans may claim, it really was Chief Moradmin Bast, played by actor Leslie Shofield, (not his twin, or a look alike, according to a lame
explanation for the discrepancy in Bast's Wookiepedia entry) striding along side Lord Vader
during the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special - a production that depicted Imperials in a most
Sigh. No matter which way the canon holocron blows, in our heart of hearts, we Imp Chicks know that our beloved Bast Lives!
Info from theforce.net about
Death Star Survivors Chief Bast, General Tagge, and General Veers, that also includes
a large scan of the Bast game card.
The part of Chief Bast was portrayed by actor Leslie Schofield.
We’d love some fanfic featuring the shrewd Imperial Chief
Bast! His card bio claims he is cunning and hunts big game.
Your story doesn’t have to be romantic or mushy...although
that would be nice! We Imperial Chicks like guy type fiction, too, especially
if it has our Imperial men being manly in it!
Chief Bast has a small, but interesting role in our Angel
of the 501st story. The author gave Bast the first name of Aaron (before Moradmin became canon) and has him getting together
with General Veers and Baron General Tagge for a yearly hunt to celebrate their good fortune
of not being blown to bits by Rebel terrorists during the Battle of Yavin IV.
NEW FICTION UPDATE: An answer to our plea...a thoroughly romantic (and exciting!) Bast tale,
entitled Refugees...written by ChristineX
of fanfiction.net. The story has our
intrepid Imperial Moradmin Bast narrowly escaping the Death Star's
destruction...with an unpredictable Rebel prisoner in tow. Do check it out!