The Ryloth Insurrection
Slavin fought the Free Ryloth Movement. At first, Slavin and his troopers' attacks were clumsy. However, Slavin was able to make his attacks more swift and precise when Grand Admiral Thrawn arrived. Slavin and his forces were then able to occupy the Tann Province. There, Slavin established his headquarters in Syndulla's House.
Trouble with the Syndulla
Later, Cham's daughter Hera Syndulla and her fellow rebels C1-10P and Ezra Bridger infiltrated the Syndulla residence in an attempt to retrieve the Kalikori, a priceless Twi'lek artifact that belonged to Hera's late mother. Hera and her rebel team had managed to retrieve the Kalikori from Cham's office and tried to sneak out through the front door. However, Captain Slavin entered the building with Thrawn and two Stormtroopers. After ordering the Stormtroopers to stand guard, Slavin told Thrawn about the recent rebel attack at Tulara Ravine. Despite having increased operations, Slavin was perplexed at why the rebels were attacking far from their base. At that point, Thrawn sensed movement behind the separators and remarked that the rebels were nearer than they thought.
After a failed attempt to escape through the basement, Hera and her team made a second attempt to go through the front door. Chopper, who was disguised as an Imperial astromech droid, tried to distract the Stormtroopers while Hera headed to the door. However, Hera ran into both Slavin and Thrawn. Mistaking Hera for a servant, Slavin told her to move out of the way and reprimanded her for leaving the kitchens. Hera apologized and turned to retreat. However, Thrawn took an interest in her and ordered his men to arrest her. Ezra, who was disguised as a Scout Trooper, cuffed Hera.
Slavin followed Thrawn and Hera into his office. There, Hera pretended to be an impoverished servant who wanted to steal the Kalikori only to feed her family. Slavin wanted to make an example of Hera. However, Thrawn deduced that the Kalikori was more valuable then Slavin realized and asked the Captain if he understood the significance of the object. When Slavin described the Kalikori as a "primitive trinket", Thrawn pointed out that it was a priceless Twi'lek heirloom.
When Thrawn questioned Hera further, Slavin disparaged the Twi'lek woman as a mere servant. At that point, Hera spoke up and told the Imperials that her people would never give up their struggle to be free. Slavin was about to chastise Hera when Thrawn scolded him for embarrassing himself. Thrawn then pointed out that the servant was none other than Hera Syndulla, the daughter of the Twi'lek rebel leader Cham Syndulla. Thrawn then stunned Ezra after the Scout Trooper made a sudden move. Slavin was shocked that Thrawn had outed Hera's rebel colleague and asked how he knew. Thrawn coolly responded that the rebels always had friends around them.
Slavin later accompanied Thrawn to Hera's cell where Thrawn talked about the significance of the Kalikori. When Slavin interjected again, Thrawn apologized for his colleague's behavior and thanked Hera for her "hospitality." After leaving the cell, Thrawn gave Slavin orders to deliver the Kalikori to his Imperial Light Cruiser. When Slavin suggested destroying the object, deriding it nothing more than a "piece of trash", Thrawn briefly lost his temper and grabbed Slavin by the collar of his tunic. After regaining his composure, Thrawn apologized and lamented that Slavin did not appreciate art like he did. He then departed to observe an "experiment" while leaving Slavin in charge of further operations.
Assuming command, Slavin contacted Cham via hologram and offered a deal. If Cham agreed to surrender himself by dawn, he would free his daughter Hera and Ezra. If he refused, Slavin threatened to execute the prisoners. Cham agreed to the deal. Slavin then proceeded with the second stage of his plan which involved positing gunners around the hangar bay to trap the rebel ship, the Ghost. However, Chopper discovered Slavin's plans and alerted Hera; who ordered the droid to steal explosives from the Imperial armoury and plant them around her house.
At dawn, Slavin led Hera and Ezra to the hangar to initiate the exchange with Cham. Cham arrived aboard the Ghost and Slavin agreed to a simultaneous exchange. As Hera met her father, she apologized that she was about to destroy the house. At that point, Chopper emerged and ignited the explosives; knocking Slavin and his men to the ground. Slavin ordered his men to fire. One of them fired a rocket at the Ghost but Hera's fellow rebel Kanan Jarrus used a lightsaber to deflect the rocket back at an All Terrain Defense Pod's leg; knocking it to the ground. Slavin sustained a wound on one of his arms and watched as the rebels fled aboard the Ghost. When a dejected Slavin contacted Thrawn to inform the Grand Admiral of the debacle, Thrawn calmly responded that he found the "experiment" enlightening.
Personality and Traits
Slavin was a clumsy strategist who failed to contain the Free Ryloth Movement until Grand Admiral Thrawn arrived on the scene. Under Thrawn's guidance, Slavin made gains against the Free Ryloth rebels. Slavin was a rude and haughty man who looked down on the Twi'lek servants at the former Syndulla household. He had little appreciation for art and dismissed the Kalikori as a primitive "trinket" that should be destroyed. Slavin's contempt for art exasperated Thrawn to the extent that the Grand Admiral once grabbed Slavin by his tunic. While Slavin devised a plot to trap both Cham and the Ghost Crew by proposing a prisoner exchange, he failed to take into account the presence of the disguised rebel droid Chopper.
- "Hera's Heroes" (First appearance)