Turr Phennir was a Human male who served for years as an ace starfighter pilot in the Galactic Empire's 181st Imperial Fighter Group. 'Recruited into the group by Major Soontir Fel around 1 ABY, Captain Phennir spent the next several years battling forces of the Rebel Alliance, the Empire's opponent in the ongoing Galactic Civil War. By 4 ABY, he was a major and the fighter group's executive officer. Phennir and the 181st flew in the Battle of Endor that year, which saw Galactic Emperor Palpatine die aboard the Empire's second Death Star battlestation. The defeat caused the Empire to fracture, but the 181st remained loyal to the throne and were called on to defend the planet Brentaal IV from the New Republic, the Alliance's successor state. Phennir had no faith in the Empire's new leadership and urged Fel to seize the planet as his own warlord holding, but the 181st instead flew into a battle that scheming Imperial Intelligence Director Ysanne Isard had already decided they would lose. When the New Republic conquered Brentaal IV and captured Fel, command of the 181st was given to Phennir.
If the player controlling Turr Phennir has initiative and Turr Phennir attacks an enemy ship of the same pilot skill, he may use his ability before the enemy ship attacks. If Turr Phennir is no longer a valid target after resolving his ability, the enemy ship cannot attack Turr Phennir. (X-Wing FAQ, Version 3.1.1, Updated 07/24/2015)