The Ionic Ring was a weather-control starship created by Professor Renn Volz during his time at the Maw Installation, and used by the Galactic Empire as a superweapon. It was named after its Ion Ring or Climatizer, the weapon built into it.
- "With this ship, I'll have the Rebellion begging for mercy!"
"My invention was meant to stop suffering, not to create it—!"
- ―Bzorn and Renn Volz
The Ionic Ring was created by Professor Renn Volz during his tenure at the Maw Installation. Volz believed he was working for the good of the entire galaxy. He envisioned the ship as a climatizer, capable of altering the destructive forces of nature to terraform any wasteland into a paradise of a livable world. However, the Galactic Empire intended to use it as a weapon against planets harboring Rebel cells.
After its first successful testing on the planet Zerm, the Ionic Ring was commandeered by Imperial Captain Bzorn, who had been tasked by Lord Vader to locate and punish Rebel planets. It was used to devastate the planet Rion, unleashing destructive storms. Afterward it was turned on Volz's homeworld of Little Kessel.
Before the Ionic Ring could be used to fully destroy Little Kessel, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca rescued the professor who, devastated that his technology would be used for destruction by the Imperial military, took it upon himself to destroy the ship and the Ion Ring. He reversed the flow of the ship's ion units, causing a meltdown that destroyed the superweapon. The four were barely able to escape with their lives aboard the Millennium Falcon.
Behind the scenes
- The Second Kessel Run (First appearance)
- "The Unseen Planets of Star Wars" – Star Wars Insider 36
- "ComicScan: Coming Full Circle" – Star Wars Galaxy Collector 3
- Rebellion Era Sourcebook
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia