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"That refueling station is a valuable resource to General Organa. You must make sure it does not fall into her grasp. [...] If you cannot secure the Colossus for the First Order, then destroy it. Fail, and I will see to your execution personally."
―Captain Phasma, to Commander Pyre[src]

In 34 ABY, early in the First Order–Resistance war, forces of the First Order were sent to hunt down the Colossus, a mobile supertanker fuel depot allied with the Resistance that had escaped the planet Castilon after driving out a First Order occupation.[24]

PreludeEdit

Prior to the outbreak of the First Order–Resistance war, the First Order sought to exploit the Colossus, a refueling platform on the planet Castilon, as a military supply line for their fleet,[29] as part of their plans to control every remaining supertanker fuel depot in the galaxy to benefit their war effort.[11] The First Order tried to convince Captain Imanuel Doza, the ruler of the Colossus, to accept First Order "protection" from pirates.[30] The First Order hired Kragan Gorr and his Warbird gang to raid the Colossus several times.[31]

After a kidnapping attempt on Captain Doza's daughter Torra[32], Doza accepted First Order occupation of the Colossus.[33] Around the time of the Hosnian Cataclysm, the Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono and former New Republic starfighter pilot Jarek Yeager led a successful revolt against the First Order and retook control of the Colossus. The Colossus then fled into hyperspace.[1]

The huntEdit

Fearing that Resistance General Leia Organa would gain access to the Colossus, Captain Phasma ordered Commander Pyre and First Order Security Bureau Agent Tierny to deny the refueling platform to the Resistance. If they could not recover the station, she ordered them to destroy the Colossus. Agent Tierny and Commander Pyre enlisted the Colossus resident Tamara Ryvora's help in locating the platform, playing on her resentment towards her former friend Xiono and employer Yeager for their so-called "betrayal". To win Ryvora's favor, Agent Tierny secured her a place in the First Order TIE corps.[24]

The stowaway droidEdit

The Colossus exited hyperspace several parsecs from the Ileenium system, the home of the Resistance base on the planet D'Qar. Due to the recent battle, the Colossus had sustained significant damage to its laser cannons, deflector shields, sublight engines, and gravity systems. Xiono, Torra, the Nikto mechanic Neeku Vozo and Xiono's BB-series astromech droid CB-23 attempted to repair the ship's gravity systems but came under attack from a First Order BB-series astromech droid called MB-13A, which had remained aboard during the escape. MB-13A tried to send a signal to the First Order, but Xiono and Torra managed to flush the droid out into space.[24]

Dogfight in the Ileenium systemEdit

Feeling guilty for concealing his identity as a spy, Xiono sent a comlink transmission to Ryvora, apologizing for not being honest with her.[24] While Ryvora was listening to Xiono's message, she was discovered by Jace Rucklin, another former Colossus resident who had become a First Order TIE Fighter Pilot cadet. Rucklin convinced a conflicted Ryvora to report the comlink transmission to Commander Pyre and Agent Tierny. The First Order used Xiono's comlink transmission to track down the Colossus.[26]

Meanwhile, the Colossus arrived in the Ileenium system. However, they discovered that the Resistance had already evacuated D'Qar. The platform was also unable to replenish its depleted food, water, and fuel stocks since the Resistance base had already been destroyed by First Order forces. The Colossus was unable to jump into hyperspace since its hyperdrive had been depleted of coaxium fuel.[26]

With the approval of Captain Doza and Yeager, Xiono, Vozo, CB-23, and the Warbird pirates undertook a salvage mission to obtain coaxium from the wrecked Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought Fulminatrix. Before they could complete their excavation mission, Commander Pyre's Resurgent-class Star Destroyer exited hyperspace and dispatched a battalion of TIE/fo space superiority fighters to attack the Colossus.[26]

Ace Squadron, led by Ace leader Hype Fazon, led the First Order TIEs on a chase while Team Fireball and the Warbirds completed their excavation of the coaxium fuel. While returning to the Colossus, the pirates managed to shoot down a TIE fighter with one of the sail barge Galleon's laser cannons. Kaz and Neeku managed to load the coaxium into the receptacle in the Colossus' hyperdrive chamber while Ace Squadron returned to their hangars. The Colossus managed to escape into hyperspace just before Commander Pyre's gunners could destroy it.[26]

Preparing for warEdit

Following the skirmish in the Ileenium system, Captain Doza assigned Yeager and Xiono to train the Aces, who were skilled racers but lacked combat experience. Despite Fazon's initial aversion towards teamwork, the enlarged Ace Squadron managed to build trust following an encounter with a jakoosk[34] on the ice moon of Celsor 3.[5] Meanwhile Ryvora, Rucklin and former Colossus resident Lin Gaava trained as First Order TIE fighter cadets. Ryvora's faith in the First Order was tested when she was reprimanded by Lieutenant Galek for valuing teamwork over following mission objectives.[34]

The Colossus' food supplies were replenished when Xiono and Torra successfully hunted and killed the jakoosk, convincing the civilians who had been planning to leave the station to stay onboard.[5]

The saboteurEdit

Tierny had the idea to hire a saboteur to infiltrate the Colossus and cripple it so it would be easy prey, a plan that Pyre was skeptical of. Nenavakasa Nalor, a Nikto engineer whose past as a slave had instilled in her the belief that it was always best to be on the "winning side", was hired for the job. She tracked it for several days before faking severe damage to her ship and sending a distress signal that was picked up when the station's long-range scanners were repaired. Yeager suspected a trap, but Xiono and Vozo, pointing out there was also a chance it wasn't a trap, persuaded him and Doza to okay a rescue, although Xiono was ordered to bring along San as she was a better shot than him.[27]

When Xiono and San docked with Nalor's ship, Xiono immediately invited her onboard the Colossus to help repair it after learning she was an engineer. Hitting it off with Vozo, Nalor used the repairs to cover for her sabotage of the station, actually fixing the platform too well by repairing and reactivating systems that the Colossus lacked the power to be able to have on constantly. After a suspicious San searched Nalor's ship with Xiono and uncovered the truth, the engineer fled, with Vozo seriously hurt by her deception.[27]

As Tierny and Pyre's Star Destroyer closed in, Vozo and Xiono worked to undo the sabotage, with the removal of a caseline Nalor had installed being the final piece necessary to allow the Colossus to activate its thrusters and escape, Nalor having already vanished into hyperspace aboard her own vessel. Displeased at the sabotage's failure, Tierny and Pyre agreed to have Nalor executed if they should meet her again.[27]

Supply runsEdit

The Colossus made several stops as various supplies became depleted. First, it stopped at Drahgor III when nearly out of fuel, as the planet housed a fuel refinery owned by the flock of station resident Flix. Although Flix was on bad terms with his cousin Flanx, who ran the refinery, an encounter with Karnex dragons repaired their relationship, gaining the Colossus the fuel for free.[6]

The station later stopped by the planet Ashas Ree, which had a single trading outpost, when supplies ran low. Captain Doza gave Freya Fenris, Torra and Xiono the last of the Colossus' credits, but the discovery that the outpost had been abandoned meant they didn't have to spend them, as Fenris ordered Torra and Xiono to gather the left-behind supplies since there was no use leaving them to waste. Xiono, however, had secretly allowed refugees Kel and Eila to stow away aboard his shuttle because they wanted some time outside, and he and the children discovered an ancient Sith temple, with archaeologist Mika Grey trapped inside. Grey had been attempting to recover an ancient Sith relic to keep it out of the First Order's hands, but eventually destroyed it to kill the squad of First Order Raiders who had been pursuing her, and had captured Xiono, Torra, Fenris, the children and their droids. Having lost her ship, Grey accepted an offer to come aboard the Colossus.[7]

Missed reunionEdit

While travelling through the Outer Rim, Torra's birthday came around. For six years, ever since the formation of the Resistance, the Dozas had left Castilon annually on that day to meet up with Torra's mother Venisa, who had left at that time to join the group. Captain Doza activated a signal beacon so Venisa would know where to meet, trying to keep up the tradition, but the beacon also attracted the attention of the Colossus' First Order pursuers. A skirmish ensued, during which the Aces fought to defend the station while Doza awaited his wife's arrival. However, the Colossus was eventually forced to retreat without meeting Venisa when its shields became nearly depleted. Ironically, Venisa arrived at the rendezvous point immediately after the space station's departure, and she and her droid Torch were then captured by Agent Tierny. Venisa and Torch swiftly escaped the Star Destroyer, with Venisa imparting some advice to a conflicted Ryvora before doing so. On the Colossus, Torra considered heading out on her own to see her mother, but was talked out of it by Xiono, who, along with the rest of the Aces, gave Torra a gorg birthday cake in order to make her feel better.[8]

Underworld encountersEdit

With the Colossus running low on money, Fazon had the idea that Captain Doza take the station to Vranki's Hotel and Casino in the Voxx Cluster, where Fazon had raced prior to coming to the fuel depot, in order to earn money. There, manipulation by casino owner Vranki the Blue nearly led to the Aces being forced to stay at the casino and race for the Hutt before Xiono and Torra managed to win the final race Vranki set them, freeing the Aces and earning the Colossus 500,000 credits.[9]

Later, the Colossus passed through space controlled by the Guavian Death Gang. Eager to leave the area as soon as possible without being noticed, Doza had the station pass through a large asteroid field on the way out of the region. However, the Colossus was seen by a Guavian scout, who escaped after Xiono's Fireball malfunctioned and prevented him from pursuing. Subsequently, Guavian forces confronted the space station on the edge of the asteroid field, demanding a "toll" of one million credits or else the Colossus would be seized and the residents handed over to the First Order. Doza refused, and in the ensuing skirmish, the Aces managed to destroy most of the Guavian ships after Xiono hit on the idea of taking advantage of their lesser maneuverability compared to the Aces' starfighters. The Colossus subsequently escaped into hyperspace after clearing the asteroids.[10]

Another stationEdit

The Colossus' trans-binary deflector, an important part that protected the station's residents from cosmic rays, eventually began to fail. The part was vital, as without the protection it provided, cosmic rays would kill the station's residents. To that end, Xiono, Vozo and CB-23 were sent to infiltrate the Titan, a supertanker fuel depot under the control of the First Order, and steal a replacement. Coincidentally, the Titan was hosting an important meeting attended by General Armitage Hux, as well as Commander Pyre, whose attendance led to Ryvora and Rucklin being sent onboard the Titan for a supply run.[11]

Inevitably, Xiono and Vozo were recognized as a result, but Ryvora's conflicting loyalties led her to covertly assist Xiono and Vozo when she overheard them talking about the true purpose of their mission, allowing the mission to succeed. Hux was furious with Pyre for the escape of the Resistance infiltrators, especially since the Colossus was now the only extant supertanker fuel depot the First Order did not control. He ordered Commander Pyre to destroy the station. Suspecting Ryvora of aiding the Resistance agents, Agent Tierny told Pyre that they could use her to hunt down and destroy the Colossus.[11]

Escape on VarkanaEdit

After receiving a distress call from the Resistance operative Norath Kev, Xiono, Yeager, Synara San, and CB-23 undertook a mission on the planet Varkana to rescue the spy. Their mission was complicated by the presence of the bounty hunter Ax Tagrin, who alerted the First Order.[19] Though Xiono and Kev managed to escape, Tagrin captured Yeager, Synara, and CB-23.[35]

To avoid First Order detection, Captain Doza brought the Colossus into a nearby red gas giant. Tagrin was able to use Yeager's Star Commuter 2000 shuttle's transmitter to detect the Colossus. Commander Pyre dispatched his Star Destroyer under the command of Lieutenant Galek to pursue the station. Doza took the Colossus into hyperspace but the Ace Squadron stayed behind to rendezvous with Xiono's team.[35]

After Xiono's team managed to escape Tagrin and the First Order and flee offworld, Ace Squadron rescued them from TIE fighters. Approaching Varnaka's upper atmosphere, they were intercepted by three squadrons of TIE fighters dispatched by Pyre's Star Destroyer. However, Torra arranged for the Colossus to pick them up. The station exited hyperspace and picked up the ships before retreating again.[35]

Pursuit on Aeos PrimeEdit

Later, the Colossus traveled to the remote ocean world of Aeos Prime. After the Aeosian Queen granted the Colossus residents sanctuary,[36] Xiono attempted to rendezvous with Resistance agent Norath Kev. While leaving Aeos Prime in the Fireball, Xiono was pursued by a spider probe droid. Commander Pyre had dispatched several probe droids to hunt down the Colossus.[28]

Xiono managed to destroy the probe droid but not before it transmitted his whereabouts to Commander Pyre. Xiono managed to warned Captain Doza and Yeager, who prepared the Colossus for departure. Commander Pyre brought his Star Destroyer to Aeos Prime and deployed several TIE fighters and First Order bombers to destroy the Colossus. The station was defended by Ace Squadron and their new Aeosian allies, who rode Krakavora steeds.[28]

During the dogfight, Xiono flew Yeager's racer and attempted to missile strike on the Star Destroyer's bridge. However, First Order TIE cadet Tamara Ryvora intercepted and destroyed the missile. Despite their efforts, the Colossus managed to escape into hyperspace. Commander Pyre's forces lost several TIE fighters and at least one bomber. Due to her services, Ryvora was promoted to Second Squadron Commander by Agent Tierny and Lieutenant Galek.[28]

Loyalty testedEdit

As the hunt continued, Agent Tierny summoned Ryvora to her office. Tierny confided that she had doubted Ryvora's loyalty until she had surrendered her comlink from the Colossus. Ryvora later saw action during a skirmish with Commander Venisa Doza, Jade Squadron and the Aces, who had broken through the First Order's blockade of Dantooine. Following the death of Lieutenant Galek during the dogfight, Ryvora was promoted to Squadron Leader of her own squadron.[21]

Following the suppression of the Aeos system, Ryvora was horrified by the destruction of the Aeosian village that had aided the Colossus. She contacted Xiono and Yeager and made arrangements to defect from the First Order.[22]

The final huntEdit

Displeased that Commander Pyre and Agent Tierny had failed to capture or destroy the Colossus, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren ordered the two to redouble their efforts to capture the rogue refueling station on pain of death. An opportunity arose when Ryvora took her TIE/sf squadron on a training mission to the planet Castilon, intending to rendezvous with Xiono and Yeager. When Rucklin realized Ryvora's disloyalty, he attempted to stop her but was knocked out. After Ryvora shot down the other two TIEs, she reunited with Kaz, Yeager, and CB-23 aboard their Atmospheric Assault Lander.[22]

Commander Pyre and Agent Tierny caught up with Ryvora, trapping her and her friends' shuttle in their tractor beam. Tam and Rucklin were captured by Pyre and Tierny, who sentenced them to death. Rucklin, who was still loyal to the First Order, revealed that the Colossus was in the Barabesh system in an attempt to save his life. However, his pleas were ignored. Meanwhile, Xiono, Yeager, and CB-23 managed to escape and infiltrated the Star Destroyer.[22]

Pyre and Tierny ordered the Star Destroyer to set a course for the Barabesh system, intending to destroy the Colossus once and for all. They also gave orders to hunt down the remaining fugitives. Xiono and Yeager managed to free Tam and Rucklin from their captors. Tam agreed to help her friends send a warning to the Colossus in the engineering deck. With Rucklin still loyal to the First Order, Ryvora knocked him unconscious.[22]

Reaching the depths of the engineering decks, they managed to send a subspace frequency to the Colossus, warning the station that the First Order had tracked them down. Though the group reached a hangar, they were captured by Commander Pyre and his stormtroopers. CB-23 managed to escape and hide in the ship's crawlspaces.[22]

Tam, Kaz, and Yeager were brought onto the Star Destroyer's command bridge where Pyre and Tierny intended them to watch the destruction of the Colossus. However, the Colossus residents had decided to join the fight against the First Order instead of fleeing. Ace and Jade Squadrons launched attacks on the Star Destroyer's engines while the residents repelled First Order boarding parties.[22]

CB-23 managed to lower the Star Destroyer's deflector shield, allowing the Aces and Jades to destroy the warship's engines. Tam, Kaz, Yeager, and CB-23 escaped the bridge and fled the stricken ship following a duel with Pyre. Tierny attempted to convince Supreme Leader Kylo Ren to send reinforcements but he was incensed with her failure and Force choked her.[22]

AftermathEdit

The destruction of Pyre and Tierny's Star Destroyer ended the First Order's hunt for the Colossus. The Colossus residents began rebuilding their lives while Tam was welcomed back as a hero by her friends, the Doza family, the Ace and Jade Squadrons.[22]

At least three ships belonging to Colossus residents, Jarek Yeager's racer, the Blue Ace, and the Fireball,[37] which was flown by Kaz,[38] joined the galactic armada which against the resurrected Emperor Palpatine's Final Order during the Battle of Exegol.[37] This battle marked the final demise of the Emperor and ushered an galactic-wide uprising against the Final Order.[23]

Behind the scenesEdit

The First Order's hunt for the Colossus comprises the main plot of Star Wars Resistance Season 2, and was first mentioned in season premiere "Into the Unknown".[24] The hunt first appeared in the following episode, "A Quick Salvage Run".[26]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "No Escape: Part 2"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  3. Resistance Reborn
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Reborn
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Hunt on Celsor 3"
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "From Beneath"
  7. 7.0 7.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Relic Raiders"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Rendezvous Point"
  9. 9.0 9.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Voxx Vortex 5000"
  10. 10.0 10.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Kaz's Curse"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Station to Station"
  12. Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
  13. Allegiance 2
  14. Allegiance 1
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Allegiance
  16. Star Wars Adventures 27
  17. Choose Your Destiny: A Finn & Poe Adventure
  18. Spark of the Resistance
  19. 19.0 19.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Missing Agent"
  20. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Mutiny"
  21. 21.0 21.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Rebuilding the Resistance"
  22. 22.00 22.01 22.02 22.03 22.04 22.05 22.06 22.07 22.08 22.09 22.10 22.11 22.12 22.13 22.14 22.15 22.16 22.17 22.18 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Escape"
  23. 23.0 23.1 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 24.14 24.15 24.16 24.17 24.18 24.19 24.20 24.21 24.22 24.23 24.24 24.25 24.26 24.27 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Into the Unknown"
  25. Star Wars Resistance executive producers stated at a Lucasfilm press event that the show's first season began six months before Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and eventually overlaps with the film. As No Escape: Part 1 depicts the Hosnian Cataclysm, which was shown in The Force Awakens, the overlap must have already happened or been in No Escape: Part 1. TwitterLogo Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "So excited to have @claudiagray writing a #StarWars novel with us. SW: New Republic: Bloodline coming 2016. Set 6 years before TFA." (screenshot) This tweet states that the events of Bloodline, including the formation of the Resistance, take place six years before the events of The Force Awakens. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of The Force Awakens take place in the year 34 ABY and so using simple math it can be concluded that the events of Bloodline take place in 28 ABY. Because a later episode of Star Wars Resistance, "Rendezvous Point," dates itself to be 6 years after the formation of the Resistance, simple math can again be used to find that the events of "Rendezvous Point" take place in 34 ABY. As "Into the Unknown" is set after "No Escape: Part 1" but before "Rendezvous Point," the events of the episode, including the start of the hunt for the Colossus, must also happen in 34 ABY.
  26. 26.00 26.01 26.02 26.03 26.04 26.05 26.06 26.07 26.08 26.09 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 26.14 26.15 26.16 26.17 26.18 26.19 26.20 26.21 26.22 26.23 26.24 26.25 26.26 26.27 26.28 26.29 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "A Quick Salvage Run"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Engineer"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "No Place Safe"
  29. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The New Trooper"
  30. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The High Tower"
  31. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Triple Dark"
  32. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The Doza Dilemma"
  33. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The First Order Occupation"
  34. 34.0 34.1 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Live Fire"
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "Breakout"
  36. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance – "The New World"
  37. 37.0 37.1 SWCustom-2011 Bucket's List Extra: 5 Fun Facts from "The Escape – Part 2" – Star Wars Resistance on StarWars.com (backup link)
  38. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
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