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"This'll be rough!"
―Conunda warns those on board the Fortitude before landing on the Steadfast[src]

Dreanna Conunda was a human female pilot. She served as a flight instructor at the New Republic academy on Chandrila, and also worked as a test pilot for the Corellian Engineering Corporation. By the time of the war between the First Order and the Resistance, Conunda had joined the Resistance, and acted as the pilot of the transport Fortitude.

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Fortitude flyer[]

"I know it's a rough ride… but stay locked on Rey's course."
―Poe Dameron directs Conunda and the other pilots as they fly through the Galactic Barrier[src]

Captain Dreanna Conunda was a human female who, during the reign of the New Republic, served as one of the youngest flight instructors at the training academy on the planet Chandrila. As well as teaching, Conunda flew as a test pilot for the Corellian Engineering Corporation, splitting her time between the roles as the school year permitted. However, during the war between the First Order and the Resistance, she worked instead as the Resistance pilot of the YC-123B transport hauler Fortitude, which earned the nickname of "lucky lander" among the troops for its successful track record of dropping off or picking up soldiers from combat zones. Based at the Resistance base on the moon Ajan Kloss, Conunda flew with Lieutenant Gandris Dyun as her co-pilot on the Fortitude,[1] and the ship's crew earned a reputation of being unconventional.[3]

Dreanna Conunda piloted the Fortitude through the Galactic Barrier.

In 35 ABY,[4] the Resistance planned out an attack on the First Order and Sith Eternal forces that were preparing to launch from the Unknown Regions planet Exegol. The droid D-O had provided information on the surface of the planet that revealed that the enemy fleet was dependant on a navigation tower to launch, so the Resistance's plan was to deploy a landing team to destroy the tower. The team, including a large number of orbak riders from Company 77, were all loaded onto the Fortitude, which would serve as the sole insertion vehicle for the ground forces. Conunda and the rest of the Resistance's forces then used a route provided by the Jedi Rey to fly through the Galactic Barrier, a hard to navigate region of hyperspace anomalies that separate Exegol from most of the known galaxy.[2]

The Battle of Exegol[]

"Head's up!"
"I see it! I’ve got a visual on the nav tower!"
―Dreanna Conunda alerts Finn to the navigation tower[src]

During the journey, General Finn, one of the new leaders of the Resistance, took Dyun's place in the cockpit and the pair were sat together when they first arrived above Exegol and witnessed the many Xyston-class Star Destroyers of the Sith fleet, which immediatly opened fire on the Resistance vessels. Resistance general Poe Dameron ordered his forces to get level with the Star Destroyers so they could no longer fire without hitting each other, and Conunda dodged incoming fire as she took the Fortitude down toward the navigation tower[2] which she pointed out to Finn.[3] Realising the Resistance's plan, the First Order transfered the navigation signal to the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast. Seeing the navigation tower power down, Dameron initially called off the ground invasion, but sensing the signal's new origin point through the Force, Finn directed Conunda to land the Fortitude on the surface of the Steadfast. Finn then left the cockpit to join the landing team in the rear and Dyun moved up to take his place beside Conunda,[2] who shouted back to the rest of the ship that the new landing would be rough.[5]

While the Reistance's starfighters focused on providing them cover, the captain and her co-pilot then sucessfully evaded fire from TIE/dg starfighters and landed on the Star Destroyer surface and opened the drop down loading doors of the Fortitude. Led by the charging orbak riders, the Resistance ground forces deployed onto the Destroyer and engaged the Sith troopers that arrived to stop them. The Fortitude remained landed on the ship as Finn and his forces sucessfully managed to disable the Steadfast's navigation tower, after which the surviving ground forces retreated back into the Fortitude. With the insertion complete, Conunda launched from the ship, although Finn and his ally Jannah remained behind in order to destroy the Steadfast completely and prevent it restarting the signal. Ultimately, the arrival of the Citizens' Fleet in support of the Resistance and Rey's defeat of Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious on the surface below allowed the Resistance to claim victory at Exegol and wipeout the enemy forces. The Fortitude then left Exegol with the rest of the fleet and returned to Ajan Kloss, where it landed at the base so the Resistance and its allies could celebrate.[2]

Personality and traits[]

Conunda flew with co-pilot Gandris Dyun, with whom she was rumoured to have more than a professional relationship.

Despite the fact that her own insturctors had assumed that she would be more interested in small, agile craft, Dreanna Conunda was drawn to flying large haulers due to the sense of power their thrusters generated and the inherent challenge of piloting the bulky vessels in and out of spacedocks. The light touch this required was what was required for her to land on Exegol.[1]

When flying with Dyun, Conunda narrowed her focus to the safest path to and from the landing zone while undertaking dangerous insertion or extraction missions. The co-pilot would then keep the transport's defenses active and maintain a wider situational awareness to warn her of encroaching threats or unforseen hazards. This working relationship mostly consisted of unspoken communication, which Conunda and Dyun had the compatability and chemistry to pull off, with some Resistance staffers even whispering that the pair's relationship went beyond professional. Conunda had light skin and dark eyes.[1]

Equipment[]

Dreanna Conunda wore a yellow flight suit with a white vest, harness, and life support system. She also wore gray gloves and a white flight helmet that bore both a blue and yellow Rebel Alliance starbirds and a black and red bulls that was a nod to her abilitiy to stick a landing.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Dreanna Conunda was portrayed by Andreea Diac[6] in the 2019 sequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. In the film's credits, the character is listed only as "Lander Pilot"[2] and the character's name, including a tuckerization of Andreea, was provided by the accompanying reference book Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, which was written by Pablo Hidalgo.[1]

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