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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 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 its pursuit, with the Millennium Falcon evading 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] being used to name a TIE fighter that was previously pictured in 1996's Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded.[7] It was later 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,[8] Obsidian 7 first appeared simultaneously in The Empire Strikes Back Storybook[9] and the film's novelization,[10] both released April 12 of the same year.[11][12]

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