The attack on Troithe, also referred to as the battle at Core Nine, was a surprise attack initiated by the New Republic against the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing during the Galactic Civil War. It was led by Wyl Lark's squadron and the 61st Mobile Infantry, to attack Colonel Soran Keize's forces at the Core Nine mining megafacility on Troithe. General Hera Syndulla later arrived with reinforcements, that included the Temperance and X-wings from Vanguard Squadron, following a distress call received from Chass na Chadic. Keize gathered all surviving TIE fighters aboard a bulk freighter. Using missiles recovered earlier from the Edict's crash site, Keize launched them toward the city below, leaving Wyl Lark to call off their pursuit of the freighter and prevent the missiles reaching the ground. Just before Keize's freighter entered hyperspace, Yrica Quell, onboard a cloaked starship she had found while trapped on an asteroid, secretly attached her ship to the hull of the freighter and escaped with Shadow Wing.
The Barma Battle Group had taken Troithe's capital in the First Battle of Troithe despite taking huge infantry losses. Despite their great victory over Shadow Wing at Pandem Nai, New Republic Intelligence still believed that Shadow Wing posed a huge threat. Intelligence officer Caern Adan, General Hera Syndulla, and Captain Yriqa Quell all gathered together to theorize about the Wing's location. They agreed that it had not joined another Imperial Battle Group. So they decided to lure the Wing into the Cerberon system. The ground forces would move for the capital directly, instead of surrounding it one sector at a time. This plan would leave considerable amounts of land on the continents to be controlled by Imperials or pro-Imperial guerrillas, which an invading force could use to retake the planet.
Shadow Wing's plan
Shadow Wing, although tempted by the prospect of penetrating Cerberon's defenses with the asteroid, decided to launch a full frontal assault instead, leaving almost half of the 61st Mobile Infantry Soran Keize decided this because of Shadow Wing's newly acquired Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Edict. Shadow Wing's plan consisted of two moves. The Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier Aerie would move with a small contingent of fighters to attack Catadra, while the Edict would advance on Troithe. Shadow Wing had not come to retake the Cerberon system, but rather to simply destroy as much of the New Republic army and fleet as possible and to give Shadow Wing a desperately needed victory.
- Shadow Fall (First appearance, simultaneous with Shadow Fall audiobook)
- Shadow Fall audiobook
- Victory's Price (Mentioned only) (First identified as assault on the Core Nine megafacility)
- Victory's Price audiobook (Mentioned only) (First identified as assault on the Core Nine megafacility)
Notes and references
- Shadow Fall
- Victory's Price
- Shadow Fall takes place approximately half a year after the Battle of Endor. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know establishes that a standard year was 365 days long, while the sixty-first issue of Star Wars: Build the Millenium Falcon sets the length of a standard month at thirty-five days, with half a year therefore being equal to approximately five months. Furthermore, Before the Awakening states that Kes Dameron and Shara Bey moved to Yavin 4 around six months after the Battle of Endor, with Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dating the move to 5 ABY. Therefore, Shadow Fall must also be set around that year. Furthermore, the attack on Troithe must also be set around 5 ABY. establishes that