"No one deserved to be sent to Praktin or Blacktar Cyst."
―Philap Bygar, to Howl and his colleagues — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

Blacktar Cyst was a terrestrial astronomical object where both the Rebel Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry, also known as Twilight Company, and the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing were deployed sometime by 3 ABY. During the subsequent battle, the soldier Pol Andrissus received scarring injuries that caused him to develop a stutter. In the wake of the fighting, First Sergeant Hazram Namir started an on going argument with Captain Micha Evon, known as Howl, and lost another argument with the fellow soldier Brand.

In 3 ABY General Philap Bygar cited Twilight Company's troubles on Blacktar Cyst when commending their past service to Howl, Namir and three other company members at the Alliance's base on the planet Hoth. On the planet Troithe around 5 ABY, stories of the battle on Blacktar Cyst were told by an infantrywoman of Twilight Company at a refugee camp and among members of the 204th at the Taa Complex some days later.


The battle[]

"Howl's a genius. You won that argument on Blacktar Cyst."
―Hazram Namir, to Brand[1]

Sometime by the year 3 ABY,[2] Rebel Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry, better know as Twilight Company was deployed to Blacktar Cyst, leading to a battle[1] in which the Galactic Empire's 204th Imperial Fighter Wing took part.[3] The Twilight Company soldier Pol Andrissus was wounded by shrapnel, which heavily scarred and disfigured his face, leaving the soldier with a permanent stutter due to shrapnel that had reached his brain. The rebel First Sergeant Hazram Namir lost an argument with another rebel soldier, the ex-bounty hunter Brand, about whether the company's Captain Micha Evon, nicknamed Howl, was a genius or not.[1]

Yrica Quell (pictured) fought with the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing at Blacktar Cyst, and chose not to reveal such to members of Twilight Company.

In the wake of Twilight Company's deployment to Blacktar Cyst, Howl had a long-lasting debate with Namir about whether the latter underestimated his men and their motivation to fight. The Alliance General Philap Bygar of Alliance High Command believed the company never should have been sent to Blacktar Cyst and voiced this to Howl, Namir and a few others from company during their visit to the Alliance's secret base on the planet Hoth[1] in 3 ABY.[2]

Following the Battle of Endor[4] in 4 ABY,[5] the Alliance eventually became the New Republic.[4] Around 5 ABY,[6] Twilight Company, as part of a New Republic battle group, fought on the planet Troithe as a part of a campaign in the Cerberon system. During a social gathering between some of the company's soldiers and the New Republic's Alphabet Squadron at a refugee camp, one Twilight infantrywoman told her point of view of the fighting on Blacktar Cyst. Alphabet Squadron's commander, Yrica Quell, was a former member of the 204th and noticed that her memory of the battle was different to the soldier's, but decided not to admit to having taken part on the enemy's side. At the Taa Complex greenhouse on Troithe some time later, Soran Keize, the field promoted colonel in charge of the 204th, joined some 204th pilots in telling stories, including the battle of Blacktar Cyst, around a fire.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Blacktar Cyst was first mentioned in the 2015 novel Battlefront: Twilight Company, written by Alexander Freed.[1]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  2. 2.0 2.1 The main events of Battlefront: Twilight Company are set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Those events must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shadow Fall
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alphabet Squadron
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  6. StarWars.com In Shadow Fall, the Dark Secrets of Alphabet Squadron Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that 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.
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