Governor of the Outer Rim Territories] and a native of Eriadu, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin was one of Emperor Palpatine's most loyal administrators, a true adherent to the philosophy behind the Imperial doctrine. Shortly after the fall of the Old Republic and the rise of the Empire, a young Captain Tarkin oversaw the construction of the first Death Star with Palpatine and Darth Vader.
Being a man with an almost unquenchable thirst for power, Tarkin was promoted to the rank of Grand Moff and placed in charge of the Death Star by the Emperor himself when the battle station was finally completed years later, and carried such political clout and favor with Palpatine that he was above even Darth Vader himself. Tarkin is the man responsible for the destruction of Princess Leia Organa's homeworld of Alderaa when he used it to test the battle station's destructive capabilities. He ultimately perished aboard the Death Star when it was destroyed by Luke Skywalker at the Battle of Yavin, after he foolishly ignored warnings that the Rebel Alliance] had detected a weakness in the battle station.
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