Grand Admiral Carlyle Rausgeber,

I will not indulge you with unnecessary detail, but I doubt you'd care much either way. I will elaborate, however, that my presence so far as naval command will be absent over Dantooine. The planet beckons to me. I cannot explain how, why, or even properly elaborate as to what I mean. I doubt I could if I tried. I have heard much of the world's supposed connection to 'the force'. Be it rumors or otherwise, it undeniably pulls at my affliction.

I will be joining the Imperator and the 501st with boots on the ground. Far from my forte, as I'm sure you're aware. But, at the risk of sounding mad, this call is not something I feel that can ignore. Given my condition, this choice is not something that gives me confidence in my longevity during or beyond the operation.

With this address, I am making the executive order to give you, Grand Admiral Carlyle Rausgeber, complete command of the New-Imperial Armada during the course of this operation. Your talents and achievements grant me the confidence to bestow this responsibility onto you. This is not an order. You are free to decline if you so prefer. Though, I have a feeling this is an opportunity you wouldn't dare squander.

As Vizier Admiral Regent, the armada is at your whim. Do not betray my conclusion that you are the right man for the job. Do not fail us.


From the office of the Grand Vizier