General Rom Mohc's superior knowledge of battle droids—in addition to his desire for retaliation against the destruction of the Death Star—drove him to unleash his own ultimate war droid: the dark trooper. Tak Base on Talay was the target selected for Mohc's demonstration of power, intended for Darth Vader to witness and approve.
The Arc Hammer and the Executor formed a small blockade of the planet Talay. From Executor's bridge, General Rom Mohc ordered Captain Nonam to dispatch the dark troopers to assault Tak Base. The dark troopers were deployed from the Arc Hammer, and headed for the planet.
The dark troopers easily pierced Tak's shields, and attacked with high precision and speed - the assault was so sudden that the Rebels had no chance to defend themselves let alone retaliate.
Captain Bok attempted an evacuation of the base with Toka's flagship, the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Grey Damsel, and managed to escape with an unknown number of Rebels. Bok wanted to also rescue Admiral Toka from the surface, however Toka insisted that Bok leave without him and save the others. The fate of the second Mon Calamari Cruiser is unknown, but it was likely disabled before it could lift off, or it was destroyed by the blockading Executor.
Admiral Toka managed to transmit a general distress signal, however the transmission was cut short, and Toka was shot by a dark trooper.
The crew of the Grey Damsel also suffered a similar fate, for they had failed to notice that a dark trooper had slipped aboard the ship. Bok and crew were all killed by the dark trooper as the ship entered hyperspace.
The dark troopers caused total devastation of the base and its surrounding city, resulting in a massive amount of Rebel and civilian casualties. Darth Vader was most impressed with the assault, and gave Mohc full support for the project.
Shortly after the battle, Mon Mothma received Admiral Toka's distress signal, in addition to a communication from Imperial defector Crix Madine, revealing some information regarding the dark trooper project. She recruited Kyle Katarn to infiltrate the remains of Tak Base, in order to gather more information on the dark trooper project. After evading the Stormtroopers garrisoned there, Katarn discovered an abandoned firearm that no humanoid was capable of utilizing. The weapon was later confirmed to be one used by dark troopers, and was traced back to weapon designer Moff Rebus on Anoat.
Meanwhile, the crewless Grey Damsel reverted from hyperspace near Tatooine, and crashed on the planet's surface. The single dark trooper was responsible for causing much chaos near Mos Espa, before it was eventually destroyed by locals.
Behind the scenes
The battle first appeared as a cutscene preceding the second level of Star Wars: Dark Forces. The Arc Hammer is shown deploying drop pods which are then fired towards the Rebel planet. Afterwards, Mon Mothma shows Kyle Katarn the distress signal of Admiral Toka.
- The Essential Guide to Droids (Indirect mention only)
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 33 (MIL5, Military Droids)
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- The Essential Atlas (Indirect mention only)
- Strongholds of Resistance
Notes and references
- Rebellion 16
- Star Wars: Dark Forces
- Shortly after the battle, Crix Madine provided the Rebel Alliance with some information regarding the Dark Troopers. Per The New Essential Guide to Characters, Madine informed the Alliance shortly before his defection and the release of the Candorian plague on Dentaal. This incident is dated 36:2:12 GrS in Galaxywide NewsNets.