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Zaarin was an Imperial Admiral in service during the Galactic Civil War. He was placed in charge of the research and development of new TIE Fighter models, including the the TIE Advanced and TIE Defender, by Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. In order to ensure that the Imperial fighters could operate without support, Zaaroin negotiated with the Habeen to obtain TIE hyperdrive technology. While he openly supported the Emperor's plans to capture Admiral Harkov following the defection of his fleet, Zaarin was plotting to move his fleet to Coruscant to kill Palpatine. He chose to make his move shortly after the death of Prince Xizor, when Lord Vader had been dispatched to clean up the remnants of Black Sun. Using the cover of Imperial fighters, he outraced Imperial pursuit in the Glory and reached Coruscant ahead of Vader, but was unable to capture Palpatine's shuttle. Vice Admiral Thrawn arrived and chased Zaarin into hyperspace. Zaarin later re-appeared, and tried to steal the prototype hibridium-based cloaking device design from Thrawn. Zaarin nearly succeeded, capturing the CR90 corvette Vorknkx, which had been equipped with a cloaking device from the research lab in the Iast System. However, Zaarin attempted to flee into hyperspace with the ship cloaked. The cloaking device had not yet been perfected for use in hyperspace, and the device exploded. The corvette and her crew, including Zaarin, were destroyed upon entering hyperspace.