Admiral, have you wondered why the Emperor
gave such nasty names to his Star Destroyers? Executor, Agonizer, Iron Fist, Venom
? Teren Rogriss: I've heard every schoolboy theory proposed on that matter. Wedge:
This one comes from Luke Skywalker
Having exhausted the schoolboys, we now turn to the farmboys
? How charming. Wedge:
-who has a certain perspective on the matter the rest of us don't. He thinks it all has to do with corruption, with the seduction of the not-too-unwilling. [...] Put a man or woman in a situation where the actions he's obliged to take, such as serving Emperor Palpatine
, are a certain path to personal corruption. Fill his ears with words saying that his actions are honorable ones. But surround him with constant reminders of the wrongness that he's doing. Our victim will cling to the words but will, at some level, always be aware of the wrongness
- he can't escape it. The symbols, such as the names of the ships he commands, won't let him forget. He's always aware of his descent, of his slow transference to the dark side
. Skywalker thinks the Emperor found this knowing acceptance of corruption, this half-accepting, half-struggling process, particularly delicious.
But still, it was hard not to worry about what would happen if Sermung
ever fell. The Crystal Titan was a name that carried so much weight behind it. In some places, its mere utterance was enough to prevent war. And as long as those other
names were out there—names like the Mad Demon, the Living Void
, the Monster of the East
, and the Salesman of Death—as long as those existed, the Crystal Titan seemed entirely needed.