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|Mother||Countess Elania Blackstar|
|Positions||Task Force Commanding Officer|
|Prior Service||3rd Fleet, 13th Group CAPCOM, 11th Group CAPCOM, Hapan Planetary Defense Force|
Cataldo Blackstar is a male Hapan serving in the Galactic Empire as a Task Force Commanding Officer. Though he had an easy childhood, he longed for adventure among the stars. Realizing that he would remain a second class citizen as long as he lived in the Hapes Cluster, he abandoned a life of ease for the wider galaxy. After a series of misadventures and a poor encounter with the New Republic, Cataldo sought out the Galactic Empire. Seeking to one day command a capital ship of his own, he entered into the Imperial Academy on Prakith. After graduating with honors, he requested admission into the Imperial Navy.
Count Cataldo Blackstar was born on the Hapan world of Gallinore in 5 BCGT to Countess Elania and Count Antonius Blackstar. The oldest child, Cataldo has one brother, Tobias Blackstar. As Hapan culture places a female's position over that of the male's, he is primarily known on his homeworld for being the firstborn son of Countess Elania Blackstar. His father Antonius Blackstar is a well known gem cutter of the planet's famed rainbow gems. As a male, Cataldo has no claim to his mother's title should she bear a daughter. Because of this, and the general disdain he suffered as a result of his sex, from an early age Cataldo sought ways in which he could leave Gallinore for the wider galaxy.
Blackstar was afforded private schooling for most of his early life which included study of mathematics, art, and history. As is standard for the child of a noble hourse in the Hapes Cluster, he also received training in hunting, musical instruments, and politics. After posting excellent grades at the close of his secondary education, Cataldo was accepted into the University of Gallinore's Spacecraft Command Theory program. He completed the program after the standard two years of classroom education and one year practical with the Planetary Defense Fleet. His final dissertation studied the effects of Hapan culture on command theory focusing on the disparity between gender roles within the military. Because of the controversial nature of his dissertation, he was not offered a commission within the Planetary Defense Fleet upon graduation.
|Hapan Flight Warrant Count Blackstar|
When Cataldo learned that he would not be offered a position within the Planetary Defense Fleet, he requested a shuttle from his family's estate to travel the galaxy on a sabbatical. With the request granted, and with a reasonable amount of funding, he departed Gallinore and immediately pierced the Transitory Mists, exiting the Hapes Cluster. His first encounter in the wider galaxy found him in Mandalore space, immediately pursued by their sector security for having the incorrect IFF codes. Jumping to hyperspace as quickly as he could, Cataldo escaped the Mandalore and found himself landing on a world controlled by the New Republic.
Contact with the Galactic Empire
Following some time on a world of the New Republic, and not wishing to return to Gallinore, Cataldo set a course for Imperial space. As his knowledge of galactic geography was not well developed due to the isolated nature of Hapes, he struck out for Corellia, a well known location for pilots seeking adventure. Arriving in system, he was awestruck by the sheer size and might of the Imperial Star Destroyers patrolling the sector. After making planetfall, he immediately began seeking information as to how he could learn more about becoming a member of the Galactic Empire.
His initial contact with an Imperial Recruitment Officer went well. After presenting his educational credentials, he was conditionally offered a position at the Imperial Academy on Prakith. This was contingent upon successful screening and graduation of Imperial Initial Entry Training at a local training facility. Selling his shuttle, Cataldo sent his remaining large personal items via courier to Gallinore, and entered into Imperial service.
Imperial Academy on Prakith
Three months after entering into Imperial service, Cataldo completed Imperial Initial Entry Training and began transit to the Imperial Academy on Prakith. Arriving on the planet, he was assigned Kal Eysar as his Training Officer. Over the course of his study, his Training Officer imparted on him the knowledge needed to serve with distinction as an Imperial officer. After long nights studying and difficult practical exams, Cataldo graduated the Imperial Academy's Imperial Basic Training course with honors.
Following his graduation of Imperial Basic Training, Cataldo requested a position within the Imperial Navy. His request was granted and his career in the Imperial Navy began. After spending time with the fleet he recognized the strengths of both the INSC and CAPCOM. Though it was a tough decision, he decided to pursue a career in CAPCOM should he be granted permission.
Following successful completion of his first exercise, Cataldo was presented with the Mentioned in Dispatches award.
Blackstar was later placed in command of his first vessel and chose Ensign Jay'Shua Shean as his Executive Officer. Continuing operations throughout the Galactic Center, Cataldo took part in several named assignments and missions. After a break in service, in which he took a position with the Black Sun Syndicate to manufacture data cards, Cataldo returned to the Galactic Empire where he took command of his first Star Destroyer.
While on leave, Cataldo Blackstar prefers to dress in plaid. He cultivates a fine mustache and enjoys woodworking. He may or may not have a permanent address and/or credits. End of speech.
Imperial Service Record
|Grade||Insignia||Rank||Time Held (Combine Time)||Branch|
|[T-1]||Recruit||Year 18 Day 91 - Year 18 D101||Imperial Academy|
|Grade||Insignia||Rank||Time held (Combine Time)||Branch|
|[O-1]||Ensign||Y18 D102 - Y18 D203||Imperial Navy|
|[O-2]||Lieutenant Junior Grade||Y18 D204 - Y18 D303||Imperial Navy|
|[O-3]||Lieutenant||Y18 D303 - Y19 D41||Imperial Navy|
|[O-4]||Lieutenant Commander||Y19 D42 - Y23 D189||Imperial Navy|
|[O-5]||Commander||Y23 D190 - Y23 D217||Imperial Navy|
|[C-4]||Admiral||Y23 D218 - Present||Imperial Navy|
Awards and Accolades
|Ribbon||Name||Date Awarded||Awarded by||Citation|
|Imperial Academy Honours Graduate [IABG-H]||Y18 D102||Commandant Angelus Devaron||For graduating from the Imperial Academy with outstanding scores.|
|Mentioned in Dispatches [MID]||Y18 D154||Lord Admiral Graeda L'Annan||Ensign Blackstar put together a series of attack runs during Operation Crossworld to be deemed noteworthy by Commodore Hatori Hoorl.|
|Letter of Commendation [LOC]||Y18 D259||Admiral Kef Drenall||Recommended by Commodore Hatori Hoorl. For scoring the second-highest amount of kills as well as contributing significant activity throughout Operation: Killer Instinct.|
|Imperial Service Medal [ISM]||Y18 D338||Chief Elaine von Veritrax||For time honorably served in the Galactic Empire.|
|Imperial Victory Medal [IVM]||Y21 D246||Lord Seele||For service with Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War against the New Republic.|
|Unit Distinguished Service [UDS]||Y23 D53||Lord General Arya Solus||For exceptional performance in the Amber Taskforce as a part of Operation Cupitor.|
|Imperial Service Medal - 1 Year [ISM-1]||Y23 D63||Chief Patrick Bisson||For time honorably served in the Galactic Empire.|
|Letter of Commendation - 2nd Award [LOCx2]||Y23 D99||Rear Admiral Thokul Tovcor||For showing meticulous ability in hunting down hostile creatures and bandits, something uncalled for a member of the Navy, culminating with the confiscation prohibited items and the extermination of a sarlacc.|
|Mentioned in Dispatches [MIDx2]||Y23 D162||Lord Admiral Cihl Rezik||For recognition by MCOMD for actions taken during Fleet operations which contributed to the continued security of Imperial territory.|
|Qualification||Name||Date Awarded||Awarded by|
|Basic Capital Command Badge||Y18 D354||Admiral James Hudson|
|Elite Capital Command Badge||Y23 D44||Lord Admiral Cihl Rezik|
|Basic Starfighter Wings||Y23 D270||Admiral Hatori Hoorl|