The Apailana's Promise, shortened to the Promise, was a Braha'tok-class gunship that served the Alliance to Restore the Republic before and during the Galactic Civil War. It bore two X-wings attached to its undercarriage and was crewed by a dozen navy veterans such as Commander Tohna and the rebel pilot Nemenov.
The Apailana's Promise was described as a "mean, compact dagger of a ship". Although not designed to, it carried two X-wings on its undercarriage—whose pilots had a special infamy for never setting foot on the Thunderstrike. Like all Braha'tok-class gunships, the Apailana's Promise could be crewed by 75 personnel and carry up to 15 passengers. The Apailana's Promise was subsequently crewed by a few dozen navy veterans, who owed Twilight Company nearly 50,000 credits, according to a running tally on the door of the Thunderstrike's starboard barracks.
Built by the Dornean Braha'ket Fleetworks Conglomerate, the Apailana's Promise stood at 90 metres long with a silver plated hull to deflect solar radiation. Its weaponary consisted of a complement of 8 double turbolaser cannons and 8 concussion missile launchers. The gunship could reach speeds of up to 800 kilometers per hour and was equipped with a class 1 hyperdrive that was located at the rear of the vessel. The ship's command bridge was located at the bow of the ship between its two sublight engines.
As a Braha'tok-class gunship, the Apailana's Promise was built for the defense of Dornea. It was designed for fast attack, bombardment and anti-starfighter roles but when part of the Alliance to Restore the Republic it became escort to the CR90 corvette Thunderstrike.
The Thunderstrike's escortEdit
During the Galactic Civil War, the Apailana's Promise was assigned as escort to the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, also known as Twilight Company, as escort to their CR90 corvette the Thunderstrike, carrying the company's two X-wing starfighters. The gunships crew of a few dozen navy veterans came to collectively owe Twilight Company nearly 50,000 credits and the pilots of the X-wings earned a special infamy of never setting foot aboard the Thunderstrike.
In 3 ABY, the Apailana's Promise traveled with Twilight Company to Haidoral Prime, where the company defeated the defending Imperial forces. During the campaign, Twilight soldiers extracted the planets governor Everi Chalis, whom wished to defect to the company and avoid punishment from her superiors for failing to defend against the rebels. Three days later, the two ships crossed paths with an Imperial reconnaissance squadron, leading to a short battle between the two opposing sides. Though both ships made it out intact, each took minor systems damage during the exchange of fire and the Apailana's Promise lost three of its crew. Days later, Twilight Company fought another campaign on Coyerti, where the Promise's X-wings assisted troops on the ground.
However, three days after their departure from Coyerti, the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise were attacked by an Imperial destroyer. The Apailana's Promise and its X-wings were quick to defend the Thunderstrike and they soon escaped, but not before one X-wing took a glancing hit and went offline. Thirty hours later, the two ships were ambushed in the Enrivi system by a light cruiser and a squadron of TIE fighters. The Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise proceeded to destroy their foe without much difficulty. Nineteen hours after that, the pair of ships entered the Chonsetta system, only to be attacked again by a squadron of TIE interceptors that had been hiding in a comet trail. The fighters ravaged the starboard side of the Thunderstrike before the corvette could escape with the Apailana's Promise.
On the Thunderstrike the chief engineer, M2-M5, discovered that it was being tracked because of a leak in the hyperdrive. Therefore Micha Evon, the captain of Twilight Company, held a meeting to discuss the matter, with members from the Apailana's Promise attending. Two of them suggested heading into Baskron Pirate territory and bargaining for materials to make repairs to the Thunderstrike. Commander Paonu, the Thunderstrike's naval captain, suggested having Chalis and select personnel escape on the Apailana's Promise to safety while the rest of Twilight Company faced obliteration. Chalis, on the other hand, suggested locating an imperial cargo transport and boarding it. With some altercations from First Sergeant Hazram Namir, the plan was approved and half of the officers stayed at the meeting to begin planning the raid.
The Apailana's Promise traveled with the Thunderstrike to the Redhurne system, a star system ravaged centuries earlier when its star went supernova. The two ships hid in separate spots, the Thunderstrike being in the crescent of a shattered moon and the Promise behind an asteroid belt which had once been part of a planet. They awaited an imperial freighter to attack, hoping that imperial forces would not arrive first to pursue them. An imperial heavy freighter arrived just two hours into the wait, and Chalis contacted it, using her clearance codes, to make the vessel change course. Once it did, both the Apailana's Promise and the Thunderstrike ambushed it from each side. Flanked both ways, the freighter chose to veer away from the Promise to avoid its considerable firepower and move towards the Thunderstrike.
With the imperial heavy freighter approaching and firing at the Thunderstrike, the corvette returned fire launched at least six boarding pods at it, carrying squads of rebel troopers to board it. The Apailana's Promise, meanwhile, was tasked with dealing with the TIE fighters that defended it. The Thunderstrike's kept firing on the freighter, trying to disable critical systems and keep its crew busy. However, an imperial Gozanti-class cruiser soon arrived at the Redhurne system and set a course for the battle. Captain Evon therefore gave the squads five minutes to return to their boarding pods and get back to the Thunderstrike. Once all the squads returned, the two ships jumped out of the system under heavy fire, dealing scars to both of them. The Apailana's Promise had also lost its deflector shield generator trying to block fire onto the corvette. The mission, however, was a success, with the needed supplies obtained and just eight casualties from the boarding party.
Infiltration of the ThunderstrikeEdit
- "The Thunderstrike and the Promise will rendezvous with three other battle groups in deep space. We've allocated a month to get both ships back in shape and let the company heal up."
- ―Micha Evon
With the supplies obtained to repair the Thunderstrike, Captain Evon arranged for the corvette and the Apailana's Promise to meet with three other battle groups in the Elochar sector, allocating a month for both to get repairs. In the meantime, he and Chalis had been invited to a strategy conference with the Alliance High Command at their secret base on Hoth. As Evon, Chalis, as well as Namir and two other soldiers, traveled to Hoth, the Thunderstrike and the Apailana's Promise made their way to the Elochar Sector and joined a flotilla of a dozen rebel ships.
Ten days after their arrival, a light freighter named the Trumpet's Call jumped out of hyperspaces to the flotilla from a battle without working life support. The Thunderstrike was quick to take the surviving crew aboard. However, what the rebels did not realize was that the survivors were actually imperial spies who had killed the real crew. The spies attacked the Thunderstrike's bridge and killed its leading officers, including Commander Paonu and Evon's second, Lieutenant Sairgon. Sairgon was able to get a message out to the rest of the flotilla before his death, and the rest of the ships, excluding the Apailana's Promise fled.
Prelate Verge arrived in the Elochar Sector aboard his Imperial-class Star Destroyer the Herald and demanded for Chalis. Aboard the Thunderstrike, the imperial spies were killed by the Twilight soldier Brand, who retook the bridge. Meanwhile, the Apailana's Promise, which did not know what was going on, put itself between the Thunderstrike and the Herald to protect the former from turbolaser fire. Back on the Thunderstrike's bridge, Brand plotted coordinates into the navigation computer and sent the same to the Promise. The remaining of bridge crew piloted the Thunderstrike out of the system with the gunship, taking a few hits along the way.
- "Your company, your show. The Promise will back you either way."
- ―First Officer Sharn pledges the support of the Apailana's Promise
The Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise retreated to the planet Ankhural. While the Thunderstrike landed in an abandoned podracing track to receive repairs on the ground, the Promise had its own repairs done in orbit by a skeleton crew. Namir and Chalis soon arrived with news that Howl and the rest of their group had been killed during an attack on Hoth by imperial forces led by Darth Vader himself. The late captain received his own funeral, with at least one of the Promise's X-wing pilots, Nemenov, making a rare appearance among the soldiers of Twilight Company.
Sometime after the funeral, Chalis proposed her new plan for Twilight Company during a meeting between the high ranking members of the battle group. Named Operation Ringbreaker, it targeted the Kuat Drive Yards and over half a dozen other worlds before to draw more Imperial forces away. First officer Sharn, the second in command of the Apailana's Promise, was there to represent the gunship and pledged its support to Twilight Company whether they agreed to Chalis' plan or not. A vote was then carried out, which was in favor of Operation Ringbreaker.
The Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise soon departed from Ankhural and began Operation Ringbreaker. Commander Tohna, an officer aboard the Promise, was transferred to the Thunderstrike to take charge of its bridge crew. He left the gunship with high praise from his peers. The two ships soon arrived at their first target, Mardona III. Tohna and the crew of the Apailana's Promise had planned the insertion of Twilight Company onto the planet. It involved the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise flying through the atmosphere at close proximity, pursued by hundreds of TIE fighters. Any enemy starfighters that attempted to weave between them were destroyed by the clashing shields. The Promise to pull its X-wings out of the fight before they could be destroyed. Once the dropships deployed the troops from the Thunderstrike, the corvette and the Apailana's Promise left the system. Namir signaled for them to return on the evening of their fifth day on Mardona III. Under the cover of a storm, Twilight Company escaped.
After Mardona III, Twilight Company wrecked the dockyards of Najan-Rovi, brought down the imperial garrison on Obumubo and devastated the plastoid factories on Nakadia. After two more victories on Naator and Xagobah, they stopped on the junk world of Heap Nine. Twilight Company then sabotaged machinery in the Kuliquo belt. After this, it was just Sullust and Malastare left until Kuat.
- "Twilight? This is the Promise. We've been ambushed—the whole blasted swarm came in from behind the moon. They were waiting for the Thunderstrike to hit atmo…"
- ―A female officer on the Apailana's Promise as Vixus Squadron ambushes the two ships on Sullust
The Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise jumped out of hyperspace so close to Sullust that the sudden clench of gravity almost ripped them apart. Twilight Company was dropped onto the surface to capture the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility. A day later they returned to pick them up from the Inyusu Tor facility. However, once the ships came into orbit, they endured a heavy TIE fighter presence and Tohna decided that the Thunderstrike would fly in low to cover the returning dropships while the Promise covered its flank. The gunship realized that they had been ambushed by Vixus Squadron, which had been hiding behind Sullusts moon until the Thunderstrike had entered orbit. A female officer aboard the Apailana's Promise reported this down to Namir on the ground and he ordered the ships pull up. But it was too late for the Thunderstrike, and only the Promise and its X-wings were able to flee the Sullust as the corvette was shot down and plummeted to the ground.
Now stranded on Sullust, Twilight Company began setting up defense at the Inyusu Tor facility. A team was trying to make contact with the Apailana's Promise and determine its position. Though they could not maintain a channel with the gunship for more than a minute and it did not have the capacity to carry the whole of Twilight Company off of Sullust. After Namir failed to return from a mission into the nearby city Pinyumb, Chalis took charge and devised a plan to hijack ships in the Pinyumb spaceport and escape under the cover of the Promise. Namir soon returned with his own plan to hold the facility and work with the local rebel cell at Pinyumb to liberate the city.
Twilight Company held at Inyusu Tor from Imperial reinforcements. However, the Herald was present and began bombarding outer positions, hitting the defenses hard. The Apailana's Promise returned to Sullust with its X-wings and they distracted the Herald whilst the ground battle raged on below. Chalis took a shuttle up to the Herald where she set of around twenty Ion bombs, crippling the Star Destroyer's power. The Herald retreated into orbit and the battle soon came to an end. The Apailana's Promise had come out with its laser batteries drained and its deflector shields overheated but its hull still intact.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First appearance, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook (First appearance, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 2.42 2.43 2.44 2.45 2.46 Battlefront: Twilight Company
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Knights of Fate
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- ↑ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story