Casta signing in. Thrawn has recently toppled Mara Jade to become my all-time favorite character. Some quotes on Thrawn's tactical genius: TLC (paperback, pg 122): mara jade: "There isn't anything. not with thrawn. He has no patterns; no favorite strategies; no discernible weaknesses. He studies his enemies and tailors his attacks against psychological blind spots. He doesn't overcommit his forces, and he's not too proud to back off when it's clear he's losing. which doesn't happen very often." pg 121. "Yes, Thrawn was one of the best. Brilliant and innovative, with an almost compulsive thirst for victory." What makes Thrawn even more special than others, is that he fared well in most of his battles against New Republic, despite the alleged crumbling Empire beside him and the death of the Emperor. Grace under fire, and he was cool enough to pull them all together. Even more, he was the LAST of all Grand Admirals. The New Republic defeated Thrawn's forces by neither tactical ingenuity or formidable military forces, rather it's a luck/coincidence. Thrawn was stabbed by Rukh, and that chops the head of the Imperial Navy. Daala? Tactically traumatized.