The Mission to Danuta was an early operation of the Galactic Civil War and the second phase of Operation Skyhook. After Rianna Saren informed the Rebellion about the Destruction of Despayre and the plans of the Death Star being held on Danuta, it was decided to steal those schematics in order to find a weakness to the new Imperial weapon. Rebel leadership decided that sending a team of commandos to fulfill the mission would risk too much collateral damage to the city of Trid, so they instead hired Saren and Kyle Katarn to infiltrate the facility and steal the plans. Katarn and Saren worked separately, having no contact with each other throughout the mission.
- "I'm dropped outside the monolithic Imperial base. Getting here was the easy part, it seems. Somewhere inside is the only thing that can save the Rebel Alliance from total annihilation. And the only obstacle between me and heroic success is a battalion or so of Imperial stormtroopers, commandos, and officers—and the fact that I have no idea where to look. Time is also running out. Kyle be nimble, Kyle be quick..."
- ―Kyle Katarn
- "This is too easy."
- ―Kyle Katarn
Kyle Katarn, a former Imperial-turned Rebel agent, was sent into an Imperial facility to take a supplemental set of the Death Star plans. He infiltrated the complex with the assistance of Meck Odom, an Imperial officer and longtime friend who gave Katarn information on when to pass through the south perimeter gate, how to enter through an air shaft, and what kind of security to expect inside the facility. Odom was further able to override the south perimeter gate's collateral security systems, which were his duty to watch.
Simultaneously, Jan Ors secured an escape route with the Moldy Crow by destroying the Imperial TIE Fighters at Trid's spaceport; all but one were destroyed on the ground. Guaranteed that no fighters would pursue them, Ors then staged a diversion at the Trid facility by detonating a small bomb near the north perimeter, forty-five minutes after Katarn was to enter the base, and then flying by in the Crow fifteen minutes later to fire upon any personnel who were sent to investigate. It was during this run that she destroyed the base's AT-ST and killed Major Horst, the facility's officer-of-the-day, who had decided to investigate the perimeter disturbance personally.
During this diversion, Katarn cut through the station's reduced defenses. Despite his skill and adrenaline, Katarn was on a few occasions saved by luck, and in the most intense moments of fighting he found himself beginning to draw on the Force to sense things before seeing them—a reliance he did not yet fully understand. However, despite lower resistance, the facility was still heavily fortified with various security systems. To this end, Katarn needed a red banded key to access a lift, leading to a security room. The security room contained a control panel which opened the staircase leading into the control room. Aiming to preserve his accomplice's anonymity, Katarn wounded Odom with a careful shot that incapacitated without killing him. After retrieving the memory matrix, Katarn then met Ors and the Moldy Crow at the rendezvous point on the roof, escaping with the plans that ensured the obtainment of a complete layout of the Death Star.
Behind the scenes
The Mission to Danuta originally appeared in the demo to the video game Star Wars: Dark Forces, and it serves as that game's first level. The briefing for the level in Star Wars: Dark Forces states that the mission belongs to the "second phase" of Operation Skyhook. It tells nothing about which was the first phase (although it would supposedly refer to the missions of Star Wars: X-Wing) and what missions comprised the phases of the whole operation.
The novella Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire expands on the background and mission itself, adding the contributions of Meck Odom and Jan Ors. It describes the Trid facility as much more heavily guarded than the gameplayer (who is only seeing a portion of the mission) might have believed. A scenario for the Dark Forces version of the mission was created for Star Wars Miniatures. Titled Destiny on Danuta, it is part of the Kyle Katarn's Tale series of scenarios.
The video game Star Wars: Lethal Alliance attributes Rianna Saren as having completed the Mission to Danuta and stolen the Death Star plans located there. It presents a different version of the mission than that described in the Dark Forces series. The relation between Katarn's mission and Saren's mission has not yet been clarified in official sources.
- Star Wars: Dark Forces (First appearance)
- Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
- Death Star (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Lethal Alliance
- Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (Mentioned only)
- Dark Forces: Official Player's Guide
- The Dark Forces Saga, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 140 (KAT7-8, Kyle Katarn) (First identified as Mission to Danuta)
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Essential Atlas
Notes and references
- Fan-created remake of the Dark Forces level for the Mysteries of the Sith game engine
- Fan-created remake of the Dark Forces level for the Jedi Academy game engine