"This is the scientist's vessel. And look what I found hiding under a dead Imperial officer…"
―Leeha Narezz, after searching the Deference and finding Urrisov[src]

The Deference was a Pythar-class Imperial shuttlecraft that belonged to a scientist of the Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War between the Empire and the Galactic Republic. In 3665 BBY, the Deference was shot down during the Battle of Hoth and crashed into the icy surface of the planet Hoth, and the shuttle remained buried in a cave system for decades. During the subsequent Galactic War between the Empire and the Republic, the Deference was the subject of a Jedi mission to recover information from the shuttle's databanks.


"Find any profile that matches a Pythar-class Imperial shuttlecraft."
―Leeha Narezz, on the Deference[src]

The Deference was a Pythar-class Imperial shuttlecraft, a small, gray shuttle with short, curved wings on either side. The Deference had a minimum crew of one pilot, and contained databanks, which the Imperial scientist who owned the shuttle used to store his research.[1]


"My job was to slice the databanks of this old starship, but the White Maw beat us to them. They lifted the whole network."

The Deference was used by a scientist of the Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War with the Galactic Republic, during which the scientist updated the defenses of the space fortress of the Sith Emperor.[1] In 3665 BBY,[2] the scientist was piloting the Deference in the Hoth system when it was shot down during the Battle of Hoth, a major naval engagement between the Empire and the Republic. The Deference crashed in the Highmount Ridge region—which killed its scientist pilot—where it broke into a cave system within the ridge. Imperial Intelligence recorded the Deference's loss, but the Empire made no attempts to recover the starship.[1]

Around 3642 BBY,[3] the Republic Strategic Information Service intelligence organization raided an Imperial Intelligence base and learned of the Deference's existence, and the SIS notified the Jedi Master Tol Braga, who was working on a plan to capture the Emperor. Braga then dispatched the Jedi Knight Leeha Narezz to Hoth to recover the Deference so that their strike team could obtain the schematics for the Sith Emperor's space station. However, the White Maw pirates came across the wreck before Narezz could locate it, and they stole the shuttle's databanks—but they missed the decryption file, leaving them unable to read the information.[1]

An Imperial salvage team soon came across the Deference and began to excavate the shuttle, though they were interrupted by the arrival of Narezz and the Jedi Knight known as the Hero of Tython, another member of the strike team. The Emperor's Imperial Guard attempted to capture the two Jedi in the caves, though the Republic Military's Sergeant Fideltin Rusk and his squad forestalled their efforts, and Narezz and the squad searched the shuttle for their prize—only to find that the databank was gone. After questioning an Imperial technician named Urrisov who had been captured during the fight, the Jedi and Republic troopers learned of the White Maw's acquisition of the databank,[1] and they were able to track down the databank and acquire the schematics of the space station.[4]

Commanders and crew[]

The Deference was owned by an Imperial scientist who also served as the shuttle's pilot. The scientist went down with his vessel during the Battle of Hoth and died when the shuttle crashed on the ice planet.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Deference first appeared in the Jedi Knight-class mission "Sub-Zero Showdown" in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a video game released by BioWare and LucasArts in 2011. Locating the shuttle is the objective of the player's mission.[1]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Jedi Knight Mission: "Sub-Zero Showdown" on Hoth
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural
  3. SWTOR mini.png STAR WARS: The Old Republic - Question ! :) - Page 3 on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) places Star Wars: The Old Republic's base game content about ten to twelve years after the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, which is dated to 3653 BBY by Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia. The Prologue and Act I of the class storylines are assumed to take place in 3643 BBY, as they are roughly concurrent to each other and the Jedi Knight Act I storyline is dated to 3643 BBY by The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2. Additionally, SWTOR mini.png Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) and Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia establish that the Battle of Ilum and the end of Act III for the class stories occur in 3640 BBY. Additionally, Act II for all classes, while featuring conflict between the two factions, occurs prior to the official collapse of the Treaty of Coruscant, which The Old Republic: Annihilation places in the middle of 3641 BBY. Taken together, this means that base game content spans from 3643 BBY to 3640 BBY, and the class storylines extend over this period, this article assumes that Act II takes place within 3642 BBY and the first half of 3641 BBY.
  4. SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Jedi Knight Mission: "The Imperial Guard" on Hoth
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