Manufactured by the Commerce Guild, this cruiser served as a rapid deployment carrier for OG-9 homing spider droids and DSD1 dwarf spider droids. Capable of carrying thousands of spider walkers into combat, the Diamond-class cruiser was a valuable asset for the Commerce Guild. The cruiser was armed only with a number of laser cannons, though upon leaving the transport, the cruiser's droids could provide cover fire during takeoff.
An arc-shaped vessel powered by three sublight drives, the Diamond-class cruiser became part of the Separatist starfleet in the lead-up to the Clone Wars. Over forty Commerce Guild transports were present at the outbreak of the Clone Wars on Geonosis, having transported war machines and Guild officials to the official forming of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
When the Grand Army of the Republic invaded the Separatist stronghold, Commerce Guild pilots immediately prepared their vessels for lift off, gathering up as much of their cargo as they could. Of the forty-one transports docked on Geonosis, thirty-six escaped the battle to regroup and rejoin the war.
Commerce Guild President Shu Mai used a modified Diamond-class cruiser as her personal flagship, using it to travel to and from Separatist strongholds on Castell, Felucia, Utapau, and Mustafar. Several Diamond-class vessels also participated in the First Battle of Tythe.[source?]
Behind the scenes
Commerce Guild starships are briefly seen during the chaos of the Battle of Geonosis, docked behind exploding IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tanks as the conflict rages. These ships are also seen as static objects in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns.
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- Jedi Trial
- Obsession 3
- Obsession 4
- Labyrinth of Evil (First identified as Diamond-class cruiser)
- Reversal of Fortune
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- The Art of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 116 (Commerce Guild Ship)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (First identified as Diamond-class courier ship (under Commerce Guild cruiser))