The Jedi Order
The master of Padawan Lorana Jinzler. He led the Outbound Flight project, but due to his arrogance and events outside of his control, the project failed when the Outbound Flight was attacked by a Chiss security team led by Thrawn, resulting in his death.
Palpatine used samples of C'baoth's DNA to create a clone of him, Joruus C'baoth, as one of his men.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Believes that the ability to use the Force means that Jedi ought to take charge, and that being a Jedi means being able to do whatever he wants.
- Badass Bureaucrat: He's a well-respected diplomat by the time the novel opens, due to his bluntness and willingness to see both sides. It's how he leverages support for Outbound Flight, solving a mining dispute by catching a missile aimed at the negotiaters using the Force, then berating both sides into accepting a compromise while still holding the missile in place with the Force. Unluckily for him, it's all part of Palpatine's plan.
- Badass Grandpa: An interesting subversion of not the Badass but the Grandpa part: covers for various editions of Outbound Flight make him appear a white-bearded old man, albeit one with immense strength in the Force - but according to the official Legends canon he was only 43 at the time of his death.
- Badass on Paper: Notably subverted: Obi-Wan regards him as a Shameless Self-Promoter and as being impossibly overblown. Yet doing one Force-meld to control Outbound Flight's weapons exhausts Obi-Wan. He's staggered when C'Baoth casually mentions he's performed 4 already since they set out, with no sign of fatigue, leaving Kenobi to reluctantly wonder if C'Baoth might be as powerful as he's claimed.
- FaceHeel Turn: Falls to the Dark Side after Thrawn's forces kill the other Jedi aboard, and almost Force Chokes him to death before Doriana uses the radiation bombs to off him for good.
- Fantastic Racism: Regarded Force-users as inherently superior to any being who wasn't Force-sensitive. This saw him gradually subvert the legal chain of Republic command on Outbound Flight as he concentrated more power in the hands of the Jedi.
- Foregone Conclusion: His death and Thawn's involvement in it were confirmed all the way back in Heir to the Empire, making Outbound Flight a major case of this.
- Jerkass: A smug person who regarded non-Force sensitives as inferior. Even Palpatine couldn't stand him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's not wrong to say the Republic he and the colonists are leaving behind is hopelessly bloated and corrupt, it's just he wants to swap that for a Jedi-led government which isn't necessarily better (at least under him).
- Legacy Character: His clone, Joruus C'Baoth, goes on to create major problems for Luke Skywalker in The Thrawn Trilogy a good 36 years later.
- Pet the Dog: He's much nicer to Anakin than to either Obi-Wan or his own Padawan and genuinely seems to mean it.
- Shameless Self-Promoter: Obi-Wan regards him as this. Notably, backstory in the original Thrawn Trilogy had him declare himself a Jedi Master, in total contradiction to the Jedi Council system seen in the films.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: He's arrogant and authoritarian, certainly, but he's still considered good at the start of "Outbound Flight". Then he starts to exhibit increasingly authoritarian tendencies once the mission starts, essentially taking over the ship to the alarm of his fellow Jedi. Thrawn's attack and the deaths of the other Jedi finally push him over the edge, leading him to fall to the Dark Side.
- Underestimating Badassery: Has zero time for Thrawn or his warning of the mysterious force in the Unknown Regions. Pays for it with his life, and those of all 50,000 colonists aboard.
- Villainous Legacy: Aside from the small matter of his mad clone trying to destroy the New Republic decades later, his draconian tendencies towards non-Jedi were the reason Outbound Flight's survivors feared and hated the Jedi with such a passion.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mediates between C'baoth and the Muggle colonists onboard Outbound Flight.
The Padawan of Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth. Her parents were employees at the Jedi Temple, but were dismissed after Lorana was taken in by the Jedi. As a Jedi Knight, she was selected by her master for the Outbound Flight exploration mission. When Commander Thrawn attacked the Outbound Flight, she, Syndic Thrass, C'baoth, and Jorj Car'das worked together to amend the situation, but Lorana and Thrass gave up their lives to safely crash the Outbound Flight on a planetoid in the Redoubt. Their remains wouldn't be found until about half a century later when the Outbound Flight is rediscovered.
- Always Someone Better: How she feels when she saw her master praising Anakin, and almost generally because of her master's ego. Also this to her brother Dean, since her parents always had nothing but praise for her, even though they never actually saw her after sending her to the Jedi.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Never one ever learned that she and Thrass sacrificed their lives to save some of the members of Outbound Flight.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gave her life to safely crash the remains of Outbound Flight and save those who remained aboard.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: A Humble Hero, she never argued or fought with C'baoth, just meekly agreeing with him.
- It Has Been an Honor: With Thrass before they die.
- Laser Blade: Her lightsaber color is green.
- Nice Girl: A genuinely kind and sweet young woman, contrasting with her Jerkass master.
The New Republic
Mara Jade Skywalker
Aristocra Chaf'orm'bintrano, "Formbi"
Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo, "Thrawn"
Aristocra Mitt'ras'safis, "Thrass"
- Early-Bird Cameo: His remains first appear in Survivor's Quest. This isn't explained until later when Outbound Flight get released, where it is revealed that the remains belong to Thrawn's late brother, Thrass.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: How evil Thrawn is is up to your interpretation, but he clearly loved his brother.
- Famous Last Words: To Lorana, as they pilot the Outbound Flight into crashlanding on a planet in the Redoubt."Then, let us bring this part of history to a close. May warriors' fortune smile on our efforts."
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Not that Thrawn isn't foolish, but he doesn't care about the Chiss's rules of engagement and politics, so Thrass is trying to keep him from getting into trouble.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: He has never been brought up outside of Outbound Flight or Survivor's Quest. To be fair, Thrawn has no reason to bring him up as he isn't relevant to his situations later.
- Dead All Along/Never Found the Body: Nobody ever found out what happened to the Outbound Flight, so nobody ever knew what happened to Thrass and they assumed either he died or would eventually come back. It isn't until a little less than half a century later that the Chiss discover his remains aboard the returned Outbound Flight.
- Dramatic Irony: When he was alive, he tried to keep Thrawn out of trouble with the Chiss Ascendancy. After Thrass is gone, Thrawn gets exiled for pre-emptive attacks.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and Lorana pilot the Outbound Flight into the remote and highly radioactive Redoubt to keep its technology from falling into Formbi's hands.
- It Has Been an Honor: Has one with Lorana before they die.
- One-Shot Character: He's only appeared in Outbound Flight. Technically, he appeared in Survivor's Quest... as a body that's been dead for decades.
- Together in Death: Thrawn never got to learn that his brother had died, but as Thrawn gets assassinated years later, he's at least with his brother again.
- Canon Immigrant: She was brought into the new EU via The Cameo at the end of Thrawn.
- Ink-Suit Actor: In her depiction in the Legacy Era Campaign Guide for Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Roleplaying Game resembles Ari Roselani, who she is a Shout-Out to.
- Odd Name Out: As a senior officer of the Defense Hierarchy, her family name and the privileges that went along with it were stripped from her so that she doesn't have any loyalty to a group of Chiss over another. Whatever family she used to be a part of before is unknown.
- One-Shot Character: In Legends, she's only appeared in Outbound Flight.
- Shout-Out: To Ari Roselani, who cosplayed as Thrawn and met Timothy Zahn a couple of years before Outbound Flight was released. Apparently, the two became friends. Nowadays, she's a photographer.
- Woman in White: She wears a white uniform.
Crew of the Bargain Hunter
Dubrak "Rak" Qennto
The captain of the Bargain Hunter.