Vult Skerris was a human male who served as a captain and later received a promotion to commander in the Galactic Empire. His TIE interceptor featured striking red markings that symbolized his combat prowess. He was an instructor at Skystrike Academy, demanding the best from his students -- and a strict adherence to orders. He was later given control of the TIE Defender by Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Vult Skerris was a Captain TIE Fighter pilot who flew a TIE Interceptor. He was stationed at the Skystrike Academy on Montross. Skerris and two other TIE Interceptors took part in an attack on a rebel convoy near Teralov. Skerris and his fellow pilots wiped out the escort A-Wing Starfighters before strafing the rebel transport. The rebel pilot pleaded for mercy and stressed that they were an unarmed transport. However, Skerris was unmoved and fired a final salvo, which hit the transport's command bridge.
Later, he took part in a simulated combat exercise at Skystrike Academy. The exercise involved him and two cadets Wedge Antilles and Ria Talla flying in simulator pods. During the exercise, Skerris operated a simulated copy of the rebel freighter Ghost which destroyed Wedge and Ria's simulated TIE Fighters. Following the exercise, he took the opportunity to lecture Wedge and Ria on the merits of obeying orders. He personally addressed the two cadets and made sure that they understood his orders. Unknown to Skerris and Commandant Argin Relik, Ria was actually an undercover rebel agent named Sabine Wren - normally a crew member on the ship that had "killed" her, no less - who was on a mission to extract Wedge and two other defectors from the Academy.
When Sabine along with Wedge, Derek Klivian, and Rake Gahree attempted to escape in their stolen TIE Fighters and board a waiting Alderaan Cruiser, Governor Arihnda Pryce deactivated the fighters' solar collector panels; leaving them stranded in space. She then sent Skerris and two other TIE Interceptors to attack the rebels. Under Pryce's orders, Skerris fired on one of the cadets' TIE Fighters; killing Rake. The Imperial attack also damaged the Alderaan Cruiser, forcing the ship to jump into hyperspace.
After Sabine, Wedge, and Hobbie escaped the Academy in a stolen TIE Bomber, Skerris pursued the fugitives in his TIE Interceptor. During the pursuit, Skerris derided the cadets as young fools. While flying through Montross' atmosphere, Skerris managed to inflict damage on the TIE Bomber. However, Sabine and her friends were able to escape when her colleagues returned in their rebel cruiser. Taking off his helmet, Vult could only watch as the rebels escaped into hyperspace with the defectors.
Following the incident Skerris received a promotion to Commander and was later called upon to pilot the prototype TIE Defender into action by Thrawn in an effort to apprehend Mon Mothma, who was traveling aboard the Ghost through the Archeon Nebula. Accompanied by a pair of TIE Interceptors, Skerris attacked the Gold Squadron escort of Y-Wing Starfighters. He survived after both his wingmen perished on approach to a forming sun in the nebula, and then engaged Jon Vander and Ezra Bridger, the last two fighter pilots in the escort. They succeeded in disabling his ship with an Ion cannon, though Vander was confident Skerris would recover.
Personality and Traits
Skerris was a ruthless pilot who was willing to shoot down unarmed opponents including rebels and defectors like Rake. He despised the Rebellion and regarded the defecting cadets as "young fools." Skerris was visibly disappointed when Sabine and the defectors managed to escape into space.
- He is voiced by Mario Vernazza.