The Ground Battle on Bespin occurred when Prince Xizor hired Tyber Zann to steal tibanna gas on Bespin. Sensing a trap, Zann formulated a plan to get rid of Xizor while keeping the tibanna gas for himself by planting evidence in the computer systems pointing to Black Sun.
- "If Xizor has his way, very. But he made the mistake of making it Bespin. That planet is under the personal control of Darth Vader now."
- ―Tyber Zann
Tyber Zann's raid on Bespin occurred after the beginning of the Imperial occupation of Bespin. Prior to the raid, Zann hired IG-88 in order to hack Imperial computers of Bespin central server cluster.
- "We don't have much time. Urai, you see to the Tibanna Gas. I'll go plant the evidence. IG-88, you get Vader's codes."
- ―Tyber Zann
When Tyber Zann, Urai Fen and IG-88 landed on a Bespin platform, Tyber was greeted by two stormtroopers. Urai sneaked up behind a stormtrooper and killed him, and Tyber shot the other. Consortium troops, soon arrived and were given a task.
Consortium troops killed the stormtrooper guards and destroyed the patrolling AT-ST's as Urai led five collector droids to collect the gas. Meanwhile, Tyber Zann planted evidence at four security outposts that the raid was conducted by Prince Xizor himself, as IG-88A hacked into the Imperial database and gained the information on Tyber's so-called hit list.
Darth Vader's interventionEdit
- "I'm severely displeased with your incompetance. I will see to these thieves myself."
- ―Darth Vader to an Imperial Field Commander
Shortly after the successful completion of the mission the forces were leaving when Darth Vader landed on the Bespin platform, where there were several Dark Side Adepts. Vader then killed the Field Commander for not preventing the theft of the tibanna gas. Knowing his forces were no match for Vader, and that he needed them to find the evidence that framed Xizor, Zann and his forces quickly retreated to the landing zone for pickup.
- "They got away with a large supply of Tibanna gas. With that much, they could supply a sizable fleet."
"Have you identified them?"
"We have found evidence that suggests the Black Sun criminal organization was responsible. We also have records that some of the local militia took bribes to let them land."
"Execute them immediately. Xizor will pay for this..."
- ―A stormtrooper and Darth Vader
From the evidence planted on the Bespin platform Vader was convinced that it was Xizor who committed the crime. Tyber Zann made a large amount of credits from selling part of the tibanna gas on the black market, and he kept part of the gas to power his own ships.
Eventually Grand Admiral Thrawn contacted Tyber sometime after the battle revealing that while the evidence he planted fooled Vader, he noticed the unique signature on it. Rather than telling Vader, he allowed Xizor to be killed.
Behind the scenesEdit
It is possible to kill Darth Vader after he lands.
Early in the mission, a reference to a scene in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope is made when a stormtrooper asks for Zann's identification, to which Zann responds that the stormtrooper "doesn't need to see" his identification. The stormtrooper then says "this one thinks he's a Jedi".
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption Expansion: Prima Official Game Guide (First identified as Ground Battle on Bespin)