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Sarkli is an antagonist from the Star Wars expanded universe. He is the nephew of Admiral Piett and a pilot of the Rebel Alliance's Rogue Squadron who later defects to the Galactic Empire, and serves as the main antagonist of the Nintendo GameCube game Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike.

Biography

Rogue Squadron

Sarkli started out as a member of Rogue Squadron as a wingman to Luke Skywalker alongside Wedge Antillies. He participated in the defense of Yavin 4 when the Empire launched a counterattack on their base in the aftermath of the destruction of the first Death Star, even saving Luke's life a few times.

Sarkli would later accompany Luke on a mission to the planet Dantooine to recover an Imperial officer named Tycho Celchu, who wished to defect from the Empire to the Rebel Alliance. Sarkli is instructed by Luke to remain with the Rebel camp, to which Sarkli voices his disapproval, but does nonetheless. During Skywalker's absence, the team was wiped out by a sudden Imperial ambush by the Empire's elite storm commandos, leaving Sarkli the only survivor, who reported what was happening to Skywalker when he and Celchu were arriving back to the landing area. Sarkli was impressed by the storm commandos, and decided he wanted to defect to the Empire.

Shortly after, Sarkli again flies with Rogue Squadron as one of Luke's wingmen as part of a mission to the planet Ralltiir to rescue a group of Rebel scientists under siege by Imperial forces. During the battle, Sarkli officially defects to the Empire, openly declaring that the Empire was where "someone of [his] caliber" belonged.

Service to the Empire

Sarkli would make a name for himself in the Empire rather quickly, working his way to become captain of his own squadron of storm commandos, while also becoming a renowned spy, finding personal favor with Emperor Palpatine himself.

Shortly after the Battle of Hoth, Rogue Squadron (now commanded by Wedge Antillies) were dispatched to the planet Bakura to recover a group of scientists captured by the Empire from Hoth who were being held aboard an orbital detention station. Sarkli interfered in the mission, piloting an Imperial escort carrier, where he boarded and destroyed a Rebel transport carrying several of the scientists that were rescued before fleeing to Geonosis. He was pursued there by Wedge, luring him and Rebel reinforcements into a trap.

After Wedge crashes onto the surface of Geonosis, he encounters Sarkli piloting an old Republic gunship. Wedge finds an E-Web blaster turret and uses it to bring down the gunship.

Sarkli would survive this encounter and would go on to serve aboard the second Death Star. During the Battle of Endor, Sarkli and his storm commando squad are assigned to the shield bunker. His unit failed to prevent a Rebel strike team led by General Han Solo from entering the bunker and planting explosives. In a last ditch effort, Sarkli confronted Solo with a blaster rifle and attempted to block his escape from the exploding bunker, with Solo telling him that the Empire was finished, and Sarkli had chosen the wrong side. The two men simultaneously tried to kill each other and retreat from the bunker. Sarkli ultimately received a fatal wound from Solo's blaster near the main entrance after a short skirmish through the hallways, falling to Solo despite his skill with a blaster.

Other Media

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Sarkli makes a brief, voice-only appearance in the non-canonical ending of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, where he is commanded by Emperor Palpatine to destroy the Dark Apprentice (the secret Sith apprentice of Darth Vader.)

Quotes

You won't stand a chance, I'm coming with you. (Luke Skywalker: Will be fine but we need your help now Sarkli.)
~ Sarkli trying to convince Luke Skywalker to let him come with him and Wedge Antilles to get to the general.
As you wish Commander Skywalker.
~ Sarkli obeying Luke's orders to join the others and escort the transports past the blockade.
What do you mean stay behind? You're gonna need my help to get outta there in one piece. (Luke Skywalker: It'll move faster by myself, stay here with the rest of the team. )
~ Sarkli asking Luke why does he want him to stay behind and guard the landing zone when he goes to rescue Tycho.
Very well, I'll stay in touch with you over com line.
~ Sarkli telling Luke he'll stay in contact with him when he sets off to rescue Tycho.
Luke, this is Sarkli, we're under attack! Get back to the landing zone, we got to evacuate. (Luke Skywalker: We're on our way Sarkli. )
~ Sarkli contacting Luke telling him the landing zone is under attack as he's on his way back after rescuing Tycho.
The empire is where someone of my belongs. You walked us right into their arms.
~ Sarkli betraying Luke saying the empire is where he belongs.
Rebel scum, where do you think you're going!? Stand down and prepare to be boarded!
~ Sarkli arriving at Bakura piloting an Imperial Escort Carrier preparing to capture a group of scientists on board one of the Rebel Transports.
Follow me if you dare!
~ Sarkli destroying one of the Rebel Transports after capturing the group of scientists on board it.
Surrender, and I may sure you mercy. (Wedge Antilles: Who are you!?)
~ Sarkli arriving in the Escort Carrier at Geonosis telling Wedge to surrender.
You know who I am, the empire maintains order. People like you, disrupt that order.
~ Sarkli telling Wedge he knows who he is and the empire maintains order.
*laughs evilly* You're just like Skywalker. Without your men, you're nothing! Run coward, run! (Wedge Antilles: "Blast! That thing's got a lot of fire power!")
~ Sarkli showing up piloting an old Republic Gunship telling Wedge he's nothing.
You think you can damage me!?
~ Sarkli asking Wedge if he could damage the Republic Gunship he's piloting when he starts shooting at it with E-Web Blasters.
Dare you!
~ Sarkli when Wedge shoots at the Republic Gunship damaging it.
You will all pay! AW!
~ Sarkli when Wedge damages the Republic Gunship causing it to crash.
What the!? One of own walkers is attacking!
~ Sarkli noticing one of the Imperial AT-STs is attacking which is being controlled by Chewbacca.
These creatures are no match for us, look at them scatter.
~ Sarkli pleased to watch the ewoks retreat.
What are you doing you fool!?
~ Sarkli asking someone what are they doing.
Attention all walker units, beware of traits.
~ Sarkli telling all walker units to beware of traits.
They captured one of our own walkers!
~ Sarkli noticing one of the AT-STs gotten captured by the Rebels, being controlled by Chewbacca.
Ha ha ha, look at the pathetic war machines!
~ Sarkli impressed with the Imperial Walkers fighting.
Crash these Rebels, for the glory of the empire, I got the enemy in my sights!
~ Sarkli wanting to defeat the Rebels.
This is the end Solo, you'll never leave this bunker alive! (Han Solo: Sarkli! )
~ Sarkli telling Han Solo he'll never get out of the Shield Generator alive after he places the charges.
You may have ensured the destruction of this bunker, but you, will not escape! (Han Solo: The empire is finished Sarkli, you choose the wrong side! )
~ Sarkli preparing to shoot Han to prevent him escaping the bunker.
You'll have to do better then that!
~ Sarkli telling Han he'll have to do better before he shoots him to death before escaping the Shield Generator before it blows up.
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