Hope is The Start to Great Things
High Ranking Rebel Officer, Who is a doctor at Engineering.
High Ranking Rebel Officer, who got to know the group of rebel heroes through the recent trap that was put forth with his daughter. Walex Blissex was a doctor and engineer of starship design, and later a general of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, esteemed and respected throughout the galaxy.
Walex Blissex was a starship engineer who designed all kinds of craft, from starfighters to battleships. At some stage in his career, he earned the title of doctor.3 One of his personal friends Shil Tervo, who he occasionally collaborated with.4 Due to his inability to operate a computer, Blissex was always aided by assistants and his daughter, Lira.5 In 22 BBY, Blissex was working at Kuat Drive Yards, with the title of Project Engineer.6 Inspired by the Aurek-class tactical strikefighters from the Old Republic,7 he designed and developed the Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor, a small craft purpose-built for use by the Jedi Order. Blissex was proud of his craft, and joined in the unveiling on Kuat with Senator Risi Lenoan and Jedi Knights Adi Gallia and Aayla Secura. Blissex took this opportunity to speak to HoloNet News.6
Blissex would adopt a number of Jedi modifications when designing the Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor, which added a standard astromech droid port forward of the cockpit. Blissex’s next design was the Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor, a bold new direction in starcraft design. That new design was a fast, agile craft intended to be an extension of a Jedi pilot’s abilities and reliant on their Force-enhanced senses. Lacking shields, and with its armor, sensors, and systems stripped down, the Eta-2 allowed its Jedi pilots to fly almost as fast as they could think.7
In the waning days of the Galactic Republic and the Clone Wars, Blissex, with the help of Bevel Lemelisk,8 designed the Victory-class Star Destroyer for Rendili StarDrive. The craft was considered to be among the best of its kind, and although it saw limited use by the Republic, it would be a mainstay of the Galactic Empire fleet in the future.2 Although the Victory-class Cruisers were originally designed to operate NTB-30 torpedo bombers alongside short-range A-6 Interceptors, their capacity was largely given over to snubfighters by the end, and Blissex worked on developing a new generation of X-wing and Y-wing starfighters designed to dogfight on equal terms with any starfighters in space.7 Around the same time of designing the Victory-class Destroyers, Blissex also created the initial design for the Gladiator-class Star Destroyer, envisioning it as an escort for the Victory-class.9
Blissex himself was never comfortable with devising war machines, but he acknowledged the need for them to keep the peace.1 During this time, Blissex was called upon the Kuat Systems Engineering once more to develop the Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighter, as a replacement for the V-19 Torrent. Blissex saw this as an opportunity to correct flaws he perceived in the Delta-7.10
Defection and heartbreak
When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine made his grab for power in 19 BBY, Blissex chose to disappear from the galactic spotlight. He was idealistic, and he vehemently disagreed with Palpatine’s policy of using weapons of mass destruction to police his new Galactic Empire, but he understood the threat that the Emperor posed to his safety. Rather than be forced to do that which he believed wrong, Blissex became one of the founding members of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Despite this, his daughter married Imperial Governor Denn Wessex of the Reglim sector and took her father’s intended place in the Empire. She designed the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer, working from her father’s designs for the Victory I-class.1
The Rebel Alliance
“Develop technology without wisdom or prudence and your servant shall become your executioner.” ―Walex BlissexThe RZ-1 A-wing starfighter, a co-development between Blissex and Jan Dodonna.
Following the Battle of Yavin, General Jan Dodonna realized that the Alliance needed a starfighter that could match the TIE Fighter for speed and maneuverability. He approached Blissex, and together they developed the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor.11 Blissex once more used the design of the Old Republic’s Aurek strikefighters as the inspiration.7 Though Mon Mothma was initially skeptical, she gave in to the now-popular Dodonna, and the craft was developed.11 For research, Blissex and Dodonna examined the sleek ships of the Tammuz-an space navy, such as the R-22 Spearhead.12 Mothma, however, refused to adequately fund the project, forcing Blissex to get the maximum output for the lowest amount of input. Putting his skills to good use, Blissex was able to successfully assemble the RZ-1, using components so common that they could be found anywhere in the galaxy, without sacrificing any performance whatsoever.11 Due to his service to the Alliance, he was given the honorary rank of general.13