- "This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it."
- ―Zigmund Motti
After joining the Imperial Navy as an adult, Motti ascended quickly through the Imperial ranks. He served aboard the Strike-class cruiser Ion Storm under Captain Jaim Helaw, who acted as somewhat of a mentor to him, and soon received a promotion to first lieutenant. Eventually, he worked a brief stint on Imperial Center, and with the help of contacts he had made on the capital, he rose past Helaw. He was friends with Otto Oktavia, an Imperial general with several failures on his record, particularly various losses in battle. Motti was able to transfer his friend to an outpost on the planet Lok, saving him from the wrath of the Dark Lord, Darth Vader.