- "Signal intelligence just finished decryption on a batch of Imperial transmissions broadcast before what was left of their fleet turned and ran. The good news is that they're in total chaos. The bad news is that we've got an Imperial holdout on the far side of the moon and they're dug in, waiting for any opportunity to counterattack. Seems no one told them they lost."
- ―General Han Solo, to the Pathfinders
The morning after the Battle of Endor, a Rebel Alliance strike team known as the Pathfinders carried out an assault on an Imperial outpost on Endor. The base was manned by Imperial holdouts who were looking for an opportunity to counterattack after the Galactic Empire was defeated during the Battle of Endor. Not wanting to leave any Imperial forces behind on the moon, General Han Solo led a strike team of Pathfinders and native Ewoks in an assault on the outpost. The Pathfinders arrived on a transport piloted by Lieutenant Shara Bey and took out the bases defenses with the transport's weapons, before moving on to capture the base itself. Once inside, they were able to gather Imperial intelligence stating that the Empire still had plans after the Battle of Endor, meaning that, despite what the Rebellion had hoped, the Galactic Civil War was not yet over.
In 4 ABY, during the later stages of the Galactic Civil War, the Alliance to Restore the Republic launched a massive attack against its wartime enemy, the Galactic Empire, over the forest moon of Endor. Their objective was to destroy the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station, an Imperial battle station capable of destroying entire worlds, and kill the Emperor. The Alliance Fleet assaulted the Death Star and the Imperial fleet over Endor while General Han Solo of the Rebellion led a team known as the Pathfinders onto the surface of Endor to destroy the generator powering the Death Star's shields. The strike team was assisted by the planet's native species, the primitive Ewoks, along with whom they were able to overwhelm the Imperial troops on the moon and destroy the generator. The battle in orbit led to the death of the Emperor and his chief enforcer, Darth Vader, as well as the battle station's destruction.
The battle's end saw the retreat of most Imperial forces from Endor, however one outpost remained on the far side of the moon from where the Rebels were located. The Rebels themselves regrouped on the surface in order to celebrate in Bright Tree Village, the home of the Ewoks who helped them defeat the Empire. Many Rebels celebrated their victory, including Rebel pilot Shara Bey and her husband, Pathfinder Kes Dameron.
- "The Ewoks did us a good turn, and General Madine feels—and I agree—that it would be rude to leave a company of bucketheads in their backyard. So we're going to finish this, once and for all."
- ―General Han Solo, to the Pathfinders
The morning after the Battle of Endor, Solo reassembled the Pathfinders and told them that, while the Empire was in complete chaos after their loss, the Rebels had discovered an Imperial outpost on the far side of the moon. Knowing that the Imperial holdouts were looking for an opportunity to counterattack against the Rebel Alliance, and not wanting to leave Imperials on the moon for the Ewoks to contend with alone, Solo and Alliance General Crix Madine determined that the Pathfinders would attack the outpost. Solo outlined the plan for the Pathfinders, which was to hit the base as hard as they could with limited air cover, and Bey volunteered to be the pilot that provided air support.
Bey piloted the Rebel soldiers and the Ewok warriors who accompanied them to the base, bringing the transport in hot in order to mask their approach. Once the ship was above the base, the Rebels opened fire on the company of Imperial troops on the ground, including stormtroopers and an All Terrain Scout Transport. The Imperial troops were quickly overwhelmed, and the Pathfinders disembarked from the transport in order to fight the Imperials head-on. They fought their way toward the base while Bey continued firing on the outpost with the ship, taking out its defenses. While Bey kept the ship parked outside, the Pathfinders entered the base and found a great deal of data in the Imperial computers. They returned to the transport once they were finished analyzing it, bringing with them information about Imperial communications traffic and even plans that the Empire had for after the Battle of Endor. This information led Solo to one conclusion: the war was not yet over.
- "You guys were in there a while."
"Yeah, there was a lot of data in their computers. Lot of comms traffic. Lot of plans. It's not over yet."
- ―Shara Bey and Han Solo
The war continued on for some time after the Rebels left Endor. The Pathfinders engaged in multiple assaults after the battle, including a raid on an Imperial Security Bureau black site at the Wretch of Tayron. This allowed the Rebels to gain critical intelligence needed to combat Operation: Cinder, the Empire's post-Endor operation designed to destroy multiple worlds in retaliation for the Emperor's death.
Behind the scenes
The assault on the Imperial outpost on Endor was depicted in the 2015 comic book Shattered Empire 1 by Greg Rucka, with art by Marco Checchetto. The comic tells the story of the events immediately following the film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing series.
- Shattered Empire 1 (First appearance)
Notes and references
- The events of the riot in Monument Plaza on Coruscant are depicted as taking place at the same time as the Rebellion's celebration on Endor in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. As such, the assault on the Imperial outpost takes place after the riot.
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Shattered Empire 2 refers to events that took place after the Battle of Endor. Because the assault on the Imperial outpost took place the morning after the Battle of Endor, it is the last known battle before the Beltire Liberation.
- Shattered Empire 1
- The assault on the Imperial outpost takes place the day after the Battle of Endor, which was depicted in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Return of the Jedi in 4 ABY.
- The novels Aftermath and Lost Stars suggest that, in the year after the Battle of Endor, the Galactic Civil War is nearing its end.
- Shattered Empire 2
- Shattered Empire 3