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"Do you think to drive a wedge between my captains and me? You are indeed foolish. But no matter. The largest ship, the one now coming up along the starboard side of this pathetic little Kilji war cruiser, is my flagship, the FateSpinner."
―Jixtus on the FateSpinner compared to the Whetstone[1]

The Kilji war cruiser, also known as the Kilji battlecruiser, was a type of cruiser and flagship deployed by the theocratic government of the Kilji religious species of the Kilji Illumine. Developed by the Kiljis as a part of their battle fleet, the Illumine Kilhorde alongside their smaller Kilji picket cruisers to conquer nations of the Unknown Regions to enlighten them to the Kilji philosophy, the war cruiser saw use throughout the Republic Era. It was considered mighty and powerful by the Kiljis, while, in contrast, the Chiss members of the Chiss Ascendancy, their nation, considered them a weak and lesser threat that could be used to fight small groups of pirates, as a patrol ship, as the warship was inefficient through its control and combat doctrines, which made the Kilji vassals, the enlightened servants of the Kiljs.

After the beginning of the Kilji conquests, the cruiser class was used by the top officers of the Kilhorde. One model of the class, the Whetstone was used by Generalirius Nakirre, the ruler of the Illumine and Kilhorde, as his flagship in which he traveled across the Unknown Regions, mainly across the Chiss Ascendancy. General Crofyp, one of Nakirre's chief generals in the Kilhorde, used his own war cruiser, the Anvil, which was part of his task force, it was destroyed during the general's attempt to retrieve refugees which they would carry on the war cruiser.

The Kilji war cruisers could be used in orbital bombardment, ship-to-ship combat, and could bombard a planet and travel across its atmosphere, being able to use its laser cannons, missile launchers, electrostatic barriers, peace-sealing on space and on atmosphere. It held at least one docking bay.

Characteristics[]

"The FateSpinner is about to pass in front of us. When it does, we're going to show Jixtus what a Kilji war cruiser can do."
―Qilori on the future destruction of the FateSpinner[1]

The war cruisers were bigger than a Chiss heavy cruiser (pictured)

The Kilji war cruiser, or Kilji battleship, was used by the Illumine Kilhorde, the battle fleet of the Kilji Illumine, the theocratic nation of the Kilji species, against other nations during the Kilji conquests. The cruisers were larger than a Kilji picket cruiser, however, it was much smaller than a Grysk WarMaster. It was armed with laser cannons, electrostatic barriers and missiles. Its weapons could be charged instantly. The Kilji war cruiser was the largest warship in the Kilhorde. A Kilji war cruiser could easily destroy a Chiss heavy cruiser, being able to destroy one in a few minutes. One cruiser could carry several passengers and had a modified gravity.[1]

The war cruisers could engage in space warfare (pictured)

The Kilji war cruisers were armed with several weapon clusters, consisting of laser cannons and missile launchers, the war cruisers also held electrostatic barrier nodes across its nyix-alloy hull. Its laser cannons and missile launchers could be controlled by a single Kilji vassal. The war cruiser's bridge was where the vessels' two escape pods where located, one was on the vessels' portside, covered by an orange-rimmed door, and the other pod was located on the bridge's starboard. The war cruiser's navigator's station was located closer to the portside pod. The bridges contained a large viewport on its front, which provided a panoramic view of the starship's location and also made the crew vulnerable, which proved fatal during an attack carried out by General Crofyp's war cruiser Anvil. Kilji vassals filled several stations, including a sensor station, a helm station from where the warship could be piloted, the navigator's station, and a station at the center which was occupied by the vessel's commander. Kilji war cruisers were equipped with two escape pods, and could be complimented by Kilji picket cruisers. Kilji war cruisers could travel through hyperspace.[1]

Role[]

"Single alien warship moving into high orbit, […] Configuration and size match the battle cruiser that was reported over Avidich two days ago. The three Clarr destroyers that were in that sector are moving to intercept, and the two frigates have taken up equatorial guard positions in case this is a feint or first of a two-prong. System Patrol's ships are moving into backup positions."
―Lieutenant Clarr'upi'ovmos[1]

The Kilji war cruiser was used by the Kilji Illumine as a flagship, battlecruiser, passenger transport and attack cruiser in orbital and aerial bombardment, as well as space warfare. Chiss Captain Clarr'os'culry (Core name "Roscu") considered the war cruisers only able to serve as a patrol ship against pirates.[1]

History[]

"They're sister ships to the Kilji warship Whetstone."
―Senior Captain Thrawn[1]

The Kilji war cruisers could engage in aerial and orbital bombardment (aerial bombardment pictured)

The Kilji war cruiser was part of the Illumine Kilhorde, the Illumine's battle fleet, which was formed after the Kiljis wished to expand their territory and spread their religious beliefs and what they called "enlightenment." The warships were the biggest and most powerful of in the battle fleet, being used by the fleet's top generals and its leader, Generalirius Nakirre, who was also the leader of the Illumine.[1]

In 18 BBY,[3] during the Kilji conquests, a Kilji war cruiser, the Whetstone, was used by Nakirre and his Grysk ally, Jixtus, who provided guidance to the Kilji in his nation's conquests. It traveled to the Zyzek system, where it almost confrontated Chiss Senior Captain Thrawn's Springhawk, a Chiss heavy cruiser with two thirds the size of a war cruiser. Later, the warship traveled across the Chiss Ascendancy, the nation of the Chiss, traveling to the Unknown Regions planet of Rhigar, where Nakirre and Jixtus met Clarr family Patriarch Rivlex, which was not possible, and therefore, was met with Captain Roscu, who boarded the vessel and met the "aliens" on the ship's meeting room.[1]

The war cruisers were used in the Illumine Kilhorde, the Kilji's battle fleet (a fleet pictured)

Afterward, the Anvil, commanded by General Crofyp of the Illumine another war cruiser, was dispatched to the Rapacc system with the Hammer, a Kilji picket cruiser to retrieve some refugees. There, the Anvil was destroyed, however, the Hammer escaped. The Whetstone later attacked the FateSpinner, Jixtus' flagship, above the Sunrise system with all its weapons, including the missiles and spectrum lasers, after Jixtus killed Nakirre following a report of the Kilhorde's destruction at the hands of the Paataatus Hiveborn from Thrawn, which contacted the Kilji and the Grysk through the war cruiser's comm.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Kilji war cruisers appeared in the 2021 novel Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil, the second volume in the Star Wars: The Ascendancy Trilogy written by Timothy Zahn.[1]

Appearances[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil
  2. The events of Thrawn: Alliances set during the Clone Wars take place after Ahsoka Tano had left the Jedi Order. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both the end of the Clone Wars and Tano's departure from the Order to 19 BBY. As the main events of Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising take place concurrently with the Clone Wars events of Alliances, Chaos Rising must be set in 19 BBY. Furthermore, during the main events of Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil it is established that the attack on Csilla, which is depicted as part of the main events of Chaos Rising, took place "last year." Therefore, the main events of Lesser Evil must be set around 18 BBY.
  3. The events of Thrawn: Alliances set during the Clone Wars take place after Ahsoka Tano had left the Jedi Order. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both the end of the Clone Wars and Tano's departure from the Order to 19 BBY. As the main events of Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising take place concurrently with the Clone Wars events of Alliances, Chaos Rising must be set in 19 BBY. Furthermore, during the main events of Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil it is established that the attack on Csilla, which is depicted as part of the main events of Chaos Rising, took place "last year." Therefore, the main events of Lesser Evil must be set around 18 BBY.
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