"Isn't that the ship that wiped out Arnod's flight back in the asteroid field? The one from the Battle of Yavin?"
Flight Lieutenant Rignik, referring to the Millennium Falcon[2]

Arnod served the Galactic Empire's Navy as a TIE pilot during the Galactic Civil War fought between the Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[2] By 3 ABY,[1] Arnod was attached to the Imperial Death Squadron,[3] and led a flight[2] consisting of at least three other TIE/LN starfighter pilots.[3]

In 3 ABY,[1] the Empire participated in a victory against the Alliance at the Battle of Hoth, where the Alliance was forced to evacuate their headquarters on the planet Hoth. Arnod's flight of TIE/LN starfighters accompanied the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Avenger in pursuing the Alliance's YT-1300 light freighter Millennium Falcon through the Hoth system following the freighter's escape from Hoth.[3]

In their pursuit of the Falcon, Arnod's flight followed the freighter as it went into the Hoth asteroid field in an attempt to elude the TIE/LN starfighters.[3] Arnod and the other TIE pilots were killed[1] when their starfighters all struck asteroids during the pursuit.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Arnod's starfighter was created for 1980's original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,[3] released May 21 of that year.[4] Prior to the film, the starfighter first appeared simultaneously in The Empire Strikes Back Storybook[5] and the film's novelization,[6] both released April 12 of the same year.[7][8] In 1990, the pilot's name was first identified in "Dark Voyage to Tatooine," a story published in West End Games' sourcebook Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi written by Michael Stern.[2]



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