Considering he's a main character in the Star Wars saga, it's pretty bizarre that Emperor Palpatine has gone over three decades with naught but a surname to his, err, name. But a new Star Wars novel coming out plans to reveal his forename for the very first time - and it's really dumb.

A panel for the recent release of Star Wars: A New Dawn at NYCC revealed the name would début in Tarkin, a new book due out next month by James Luceno. However, it seems a user over at Wookieepedia has nabbed an early review copy of the novel and found out Palpatine's name - allegedly found on page 93 of the novel, according to the source.

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So drumroll please, Emperor Palpatine's new name is...

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Sheev!

Err, yeah. Ol' Sheev Palpatine. Look, just be thankful it wasn't Bernard, okay?

Take this with a pinch of salt, as of course Wookieepedia is a database that can be edited by anyone, so this could all be an elaborate joke someone made to capitalise on the news at NYCC - but at the same time, 'Sheev' kinda fits in line with Star Wars' ridiculous names for people. I mean, this is the universe that's given us Jagged Fel, Mon Mothma, Elan Sleazebaggano (oh I'm sorry, Elan Sel'Sabagno), Finis Valorum and Savage Opress. I mean hell, even that one dude who runs through Cloud City with an ice cream maker has a goddamn name (that's Willrow Hood to you, fact fans). Sheev seems practically normal considering some of the wacky names floating around in the galaxy far, far away.

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While Wookieepedia is sticking to its source, we won't really know if The Emperor's name really is Sheev until Tarkin releases on November 4th - but odds are, it's likely to be true.

And very, very silly. Don't forget that bit, either.

[Star Wars Underworld]


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