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This never-made-padwan wash-out from the Jedi Corps was settling into the life of the Jedi Agricultural Corps as the Clone Wars heated up. Resentful of not being chosen as a Padawan, even as the Jedi couldn't afford to be so picky, he was an obvious candidate for training as a Dark Side Adept. After being discovered by Sly Moore at the cessation of hostilities, he was shipped off to Byss where he skipped over Vader's "training" and went immediately to work for Palpatine himself.
His basic modus operandi was in a way very similar to Bruce Wayne's: womanizing playboy by night, talented infiltrator by very late night. Though his Force skills were, indeed, limited, his charming personality easily made him popular enough to win a seat on the Imperial Ruling Council. Having got there on his own, no one suspected him of having direct ties to the Emperor. He was thus perfectly placed to watch his Master's political back.
He was the biological father to Irek Ismaren, son to another Hand, Roganda Ismaren, but it's likely that he wasn't a big part of his child's life, as Roganda publicly claimed that the father was the Emperor himself.
His role from all but the first few weeks of the new Empire all the way to the Battle of Endor has yet to be related.
Provided you accept the major events of the post-ROTJ timeline, though, his role in the end run of the Empire is well-documented. According to the literature written in the 1990s, the Empire, after the death of Palpatine, underwent a series of power grabs by various important leaders. Quest had maintained his position on the Imperial Council throughout the Galactic Civil War and so was one of these "important" leaders. He carefully cultivated various relationships with other "big guns", and seemed on the precipice to supreme power when the first of Palpatine's clones returned.
He had little choice but to at least feign loyalty yet again. Still, having nearly tasted the wine from the Emperor's cup, he was still thirsty for power. So he used his position with the Emperor's clone to place Connor Jax, one of his allies, in a key position. After the last of the Emperor's clones was killed by a scheme hatched by Quest, Jax was in place to seize power and make Quest head of the Imperial Ruling Council.
Unfortunately, Jax was quickly murdered by Kir Kanos that same year, and the relationship between Jax and Quest was laid bare. Quest was summarily stripped of his privileges, imprisoned, then left for dead on Nar Shaddaa.
Almost 10 years later, with the last remnants of the Empire all but swept away, Quest resurfaced as a nearly senile older man. He was seen on a Luxury Liner by another former Emperor's Hand, Jeng Droga. Droga, after all these years, was still loyal to Palpatine and knew of Quest's role in the final death of the Emperor. She put a bounty on Quest's (live) head. Boba Fett's daughter, Ailyn Vel, collected the bounty by delivering Quest alive. Droga then summarily executed him--making him one of the last of the old Imperial leadership to die.
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Star Wars: Evasive Action (2005)
Galactic Empire (First)
Galactic Republic (Old)
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