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"That doesn't look like any Star Destroyer I've ever seen. How did they snag us?"
―ZO-E3 upon sighting the Interdictor[src]

The Interdictor-class was a model of Star Destroyer derived from the Imperial-class Star Destroyer that was active during the Imperial Era. The Galactic Empire utilized the Interdictor-class and the other models of the Imperial-class to inspect vessels along their patrol routes. As an Interdictor vessel, it had four gravity well projectors and was 1,600 meters in length. Admiral Gable Karius, commander of the Imperial garrison stationed at Fortress Vader on Mustafar, utilized one such Interdictor to capture a smuggler, their First Mate, and their starship, the Windfall.

Characteristics[]

"What in the… galaxy? That's impossible, something's pulled us out of hyperspace and put us down in the Atravis sector. We're in the Outer Rim."
―ZO-E3, upon the Windfall's capture[src]

Admiral Karius transmits from an Interdictor-class.

The Interdictor-class was a class of 1,600 meter-long Star Destroyer and interdictor vessel, derived from the Imperial-class Star Destroyer.[1] As such, it was dagger-shaped with a raised command structure atop of which the conning tower sat. Distinct from the other Imperial-class vessels, however, was a separation on the command levels, with a large substructure beneath the hull where the bridge was situated.[7] Two deflector shield generator domes[2] were positioned atop its command structure at the port and starboard sides,[7] with a communications tower between them.[3] The hull was gray in color.[7]

The Interdictor was equipped with turbolasers[3] which were behind four gravity well projectors.[4] The Interdictor-class had a small ventral hangar bay placed forward of a larger ventral hangar,[5] and a ventral solar ionization reactor[2] between its projectors.[5] The Interdictor-class was further equipped with three Destroyer-I ion engines and four Gemon-4 ion engines for emergency use.[2] The interior of the Interdictor-class consisted of hallways and compartments, which included walls lined with controls and at least one viewscreen that could be used to communicate with other starships.[5]

Role[]

At times, Interdictor-class starships deployed with other Imperial-class Star Destroyers of the Galactic Empire to pull vessels from hyperspace at key locations along their patrol route and board them for inspection.[1]

History[]

"This is Admiral Karius of the Galactic Empire. Surrender control of your ship immediately."
―Admiral Karius from the Interdictor to the Windfall[src]

One such Interdictor was under the command of Admiral Gable Karius, commander of the garrison stationed on Fortress Vader, above the volcanic planet Mustafar[5] between 2 BBY and 0 BBY.[6] During the vessel's time there, it captured the smuggling starship Windfall, pulling it out of hyperspace and placing it above Mustafar. ZO-E3, First Mate of the Windfall, was confused on how they could have been caught in hyperspace and placed in the Atravis sector of the Outer Rim Territories.[5]

Admiral Karius captained an Interdictor-class.

Following an encounter with TIE fighters, and once the Interdictor-class came in view of the Windfall's cockpit, ZO-E3 stated that the Star Destroyer was unlike any she had previously witnessed. ZO-E3 and her captain, a Force-sensitive smuggler, were soon contacted by Admiral Karius, who communicated via a two-way viewscreen from the Interdictor. Subsequently announcing himself, the admiral ordered the Windfall to cede control of their ship to the Star Destroyer. After initial backlash, the crew conceded and allowed the Empire to take control and move the ship from Mustafar's orbit to the hangar of Fortress Vader on the surface while under a TIE escort.[5]

By 0 ABY,[8] a particular model of Interdictor cruiser, the Immobilizer 418 cruiser, was no longer manufactured by the Empire due to its vulnerabilities. The Empire favored placing the gravity well projectors on Star Destroyers instead, as they were more difficult to eliminate.[9] The Empire also canceled production of the Interdictor-class heavy cruisers, as they ultimately proved an easy target for rebels; their gravity well projectors were instead placed inside standard Star Destroyers.[10] Rebel Alliance lieutenant and Jedi Luke Skywalker recounted the Immobilizer 418 cruiser's halted manufacturing and the implementation of the projectors on Star Destroyers after he and his ship, the Desert Jewel, were pulled out of hyperspace by an Immobilizer in the Daalang system and fought against Imperial forces.[9]

Behind the scenes[]

"The script only ever just referred to it as a Star Destroyer."
―Pablo Hidalgo, on Twitter[src]

The Interdictor-class Star Destroyer in the Star Wars Legends continuity

The Interdictor-class was first indirectly mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in the novel Heir to the Jedi, authored by Kevin Hearne[9] and published on March 3, 2015.[11] The starship was subsequently identified in the twentieth issue of Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon by De Agostini,[1] which was released around May 20, 2015.[12] The Interdictor-class made its visual debut simultaneously in a news segment on The Star Wars Show[13] and in a promotional image in a news article on the StarWars.com website.[14]

Both the show and the article announced the virtual-reality video game Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I on September 26, 2018 as the first episode of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series produced by ILMxLAB.[14] The Interdictor-class appeared in the game itself in 2019.[5] The Interdictor-class was simply referred to as a Star Destroyer in the script for Vader Immortal, according to Lucasfilm Story Group executive Pablo Hidalgo.[15]

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the Interdictor-class Star Destroyer first appeared in the fifth issue of the Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron comic-book series, which was published by Marvel Comics[16] on February 13, 1996.[17] The issue was authored by Darko Macan and Michael A. Stackpole, with illustrations provided by Edvin Biukovic.[16] The vessel subsequently received its name in The Official Star Wars Fact File's twenty-first issue, which was published in 2002.[18]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 20 (Starship Fact File: Imperial Capital Ship)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I depicts the Interdictor-class with what ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: Star Destroyer - Blueprints) identifies as a solar ionization reactor, two deflector shield generator domes, three destroyer-I ion engines, and four gemon-4 ion engines, the latter of which are for emergency use.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 AltayaCite.svg "Ships of the Empire and the Rebellion" – Star Wars Encyclopedia depicts the Interdictor-class with what ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: Star Destroyer - Blueprints) identifies as a communications tower. It also depicts the Interdictor-class with turbolasers behind the gravity well projectors.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 20 (Starship Fact File: Imperial Capital Ship) establishes that the Interdictor-class is equipped with gravity well projectors. AltayaCite.svg "Ships of the Empire and the Rebellion" – Star Wars Encyclopedia depicts the Interdictor-class with four hemispherical domes, a characteristic of gravity well projectors such as the G-8 experimental projectors.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWYTlogo.png Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Live Stream - Day 1 | The Star Wars Show LIVE! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) states that Vader Immortal is set days after Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Mon Mothma, who is mentioned in Secrets of the Empire, became actively involved in what became the Alliance to Restore the Republic after the events of the Star Wars Rebels episode "Secret Cargo," where Mothma denounces the Galactic Empire and the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance takes place. Therefore, Secrets of the Empire and Vader Immortal must take place after the events of "Secret Cargo." Star Wars: On the Front Lines establishes that these events took place two years before the Battle of Yavin, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 0 BBY. Therefore, the events of "Secret Cargo" must take place in 2 BBY. Additionally, SWYTlogo.png Vader Immortal First Look and Meet the Cast of Star Wars Resistance on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link) states that Vader Immortal takes place prior to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the events of which Galactic Atlas also places in 0 BBY, placing Vader Immortal between these two years.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 AltayaCite.svg "Ships of the Empire and the Rebellion" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  8. Heir to the Jedi establishes that Luke Skywalker had not heard from Obi-Wan Kenobi since the Battle of Yavin, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 0 BBY. Galactic Atlas additionally places the events of Darth Vader (2015) 4 to 0 ABY. In Star Wars (2015) 1, Skywalker hears from Kenobi, and as the latter comic's events take place after the battle but prior to Darth Vader 4, the events of Heir to the Jedi must also take place in 0 ABY.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Heir to the Jedi
  10. Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 87 (Starship Fact File: Imperial Interdictor Cruiser)
  11. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi on Amazon.com (backup link)
  12. The second issue of the De Agostini weekly magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon was set to be published on January 14, 2015, according to Wyman, Chris: De Agostini Publishing: Build the Millennium Falcon Magazine & Model (08-01-2015). theforce.net. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Therefore, it can be calculated that Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 20 was published around May 20, 2015.
  13. SWYTlogo.png Vader Immortal First Look and Meet the Cast of Star Wars Resistance on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  14. 14.0 14.1 StarWars.com Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  15. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pabl0hidalgo) on Twitter: "The script only ever just referred to it as a Star Destroyer. As to what the CG asset was named or how its design came about, I don't know that story." (backup link)
  16. 16.0 16.1 X-Wing Rogue Squadron 5
  17. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1995) #5 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  18. The Official Star Wars Fact File 21 (SKY9, Luke Skywalker)
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