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Manufactured by Sienar Fleet Systems,[1] Obsidian 7,[2] also designated Obsidian Seven,[4] was the designation of a TIE/LN starfighter serving the Imperial Navy's Obsidian Squadron[2] by 3 ABY.[5] Modified for upper atmosphere pursuits[4] and maneuvers, Obsidian 7 was operated by a TIE pilot nicknamed "Winged Gundark" for[2] an impressive number of career kills[6] in high-altitude battles[2] by 3 ABY.[5]

During that year, the Galactic Empire took over the planet Bespin, with the intent to capture the YT-1300 light freighter Millennium Falcon. When the Millennium Falcon subsequently escaped from from Bespin's Cloud City,[5] Obsidian 7 was among the TIE fighters that pursued the freighter into space.[4] However, the squadron was unsuccessful in their pursuit, with the Millennium Falcon managing to evade Imperial capture. Obsidian 7 was armed with a pair of L-s1 laser cannons.[3]

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The Obsidian 7 name was coined by Decipher, Inc.'s 1997 Cloud City Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game.[2] It would later be mentioned in 1998's Star Wars: Behind the Magic, where it received the alternate spelling of "Obsidian Seven." That source further linked Obsidian 7 to one of the TIE fighters seen in the 1980 original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.[4] Before the film's May 21, 1980 release,[7] Obsidian 7 first appeared simultaneously in The Empire Strikes Back Storybook[8] and the film's novelization,[9] both released April 12 of the same year.[10][11] In 2012, Fantasy Flight Games released the TIE Fighter Expansion Pack for the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game; the pack included a card for "Winged Gundark," which depicted the pilot flying a TIE fighter. However, Obsidian 7 was never specified to be the TIE fighter represented on the card.[12]

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