Thrawn is invited by Emperor Palpatine to tour the Death Star under construction. When he arrives he learns that the Empire has built a technological terror that can be easily dismantled by the enemy with simple tactics. However, Thrawn thinks his presence on the station is to take a demotion for his failures with the fleet. Failures done by those Imperials to sabotage his leadership because they hate aliens. Rather than placing blame on them, he will confront Emperor and Lord Vader for his resignation, and return to Chiss space. Then, after his tour of the Death Star, he speaks to Vader, and then, the Emperor who have given him a different mission.