- "I got us here by finding a goal that seemed worthy of Twilight Company. I think that was my mistake. I should have focused more on finding a way to fight worthy of all of you. If we'd done that, maybe the goal would have appeared without trying. Maybe the answers would seem obvious."
- ―Hazram Namir reflects on leading Twilight Company through Operation Ringbreaker
Operation Ringbreaker was a failed campaign that took place in 3 ABY, during the Galactic Civil War. Formulated by the ex-Imperial Governor Everi Chalis, its ultimate target was the Galactic Empire's Kuat Drive Yards, the primary producer of the Galactic Empire's Star Destroyers, and involved a succession of attacks on weaker Imperial targets in order to force redeployments from the planet Kuat's security to weaken the shipyards for a final attack.
Operation Ringbreaker was proposed to and conducted by the Rebel Alliance that Chalis had defected to, the 61st Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company. Agreeing to the campaign, the company fought the Empire across a number of locations as part of Operation Ringbreaker, including the planet Mardona III, the gas giant Najan-Rovi, the moon of Obumubo, the agriworld Nakadia, the planet Naator, the astronomical object Xagobah, and the asteroid field Kuliquo belt.
Meanwhile, the Imperial Prelate Verge and Captain Tabor Seitaron tracked Twilight Company's attacks and begun predicting the company's next move in order to intercept them and capture Chalis, secreting TIE/IN interceptor squadrons near three locations. Twilight Company indeed arrived at one of them, the volcanic planet Sullust. After the company captured the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility on Sullust, the interceptors of Vixus Squadron ambushed and shot down their troop carrier, the Thunderstrike and stranded the ground forces.
Twilight Company dug in at the Inyusu Tor facility and their leader, Hazram Namir, led a mission down to Sullust's capital, Pinyumb, to find the Sullustan resistance rebel cell. While split from his team, Namir witnessed first hand how Twilight Company's attack had made the Empire subjugate Pinyumb and made a new plan with the Sullustan resistance members to fight for Sullust. Returning to his company, Namir went and ended Operation Ringbreaker, much to Chalis's resistance, and Twilight Company instead fought Imperial reinforcements at Inyusu Tor.
- "If we succeed, our attack will cripple the Empire's fleet-building capacity and deny repairs and upkeep of current vessels. Star Destroyers may be nearly indestructible, but they're the most resource-intensive ships this galaxy has ever seen. Kuat possesses the only shipyards capable of supporting and maintaining more than a handful at a time."
- ―Everi Chalis, during her proposal of Operation Ringbreaker
Operation Ringbreaker was a campaign devised by Everi Chalis, a former governor in the Galactic Empire who had defected to the Rebel Alliance. The campaign targeted the Kuat Drive Yards, the Galactic Empire's manufacturing hub at the Core Worlds planet Kuat and the primary source of the Imperial Navy's Star Destroyers. The process of Operation Ringbreaker involved a succession of attacks on soft Imperial targets by the Rebel Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company, in order to force Imperial Military redeployments from the Driveyards, weakening its security enough that the 61st could make an attack that would sabotage and cripple the Empire's Star Destroyer production and repair and restrain the faction's ability for fast deployment of ground forces.
The Rebel Alliance Intelligence Service listed the process of Operation Ringbreaker in two phases, the first phase involved the succession of attacks before Kuat, which involved nine targets chosen by Chalis. The target locations each supplied resources for the Empire's war effort and most were situated within the vicinity of the Rimma Trade Route, although the journey between them was ultimately an indirect path to Kuat. The locations were as follows:
- Mardona III
- Kuliquo belt
Alliance Intelligence considered the second phase to be the final attack on the Kuat Drive Yards, the objective being the sabotage of the shipyards.
- "High Command and the rebel flagships are dispersed, not destroyed. Princess Leia Organa is the target of an unprecedented manhunt. Emperor Palpatine, the moffs, Darth Vader—they've done what they do best, deploying overwhelming force to scour the Outer Rim of their enemies. And to cover those vast territories, they've moved whole fleets out of position. For the first time in years, the Core Worlds' defenses are enervated."
- ―Everi Chalis, during her proposal of Operation Ringbreaker
During the Galactic Civil War, the Alliance launched a campaign into the Mid Rim Territories, bolstered by its victory at the Battle of Yavin where the DS-1 Death Star Mobile Battle Station was destroyed. The campaign came to a halt after nine months and a retreat began soon after. In 3 ABY, nine months into the Alliance's withdrawal from the Mid Rim, Twilight Company attacked the planet Haidoral Prime, where Governor Everi Chalis chose to defect to the company. Chalis offered her knowledge of the Empire's industrial infrastructure to the Alliance and made a schematic of everything that she knew about it.
The Alliance High Command invited Chalis and Twilight Company's Captain Micha Evon to a grand strategy conference at Echo Base, the High Command's secret base on the ice planet Hoth. However, shortly after the conference, the Empire invaded Hoth, scattering the High Command and resulting in the death of Evon. Around the same time, the Imperial Prelate Verge and Captain Tabor Seitaron, who were tasked with hunting Chalis, sent an team of spies to infiltrate Twilight Company's CR90 corvette, the Thunderstrike, while it was separately in the Elochar sector, leading to the deaths of more of the company's command structure.
- "All that said, the Kuat star system's space-based defenses are formidable, even with fleet elements diverted to the Outer Rim. We need to soften them further in order to safeguard the Thunderstrike's passage to the shipyards. To that end, we must take an indirect path to Kuat and strike these designated targets. No sieges, no prolonged attacks—these are surgical strikes against logistical hubs. We destroy these, and the Empire must react by reassigning ships and officers—either to repair damage or to compensate by bolstering efficiency elsewhere."
- ―Everi Chalis, during her proposal of Operation Ringbreaker
Twilight Company retreated to the pirate backwater planet Ankhural where they were reunited with Chalis and what remained of her escort to Hoth, First Sergeant Hazram Namir. The late Evon received a funeral and the Thunderstrike and its escort, the Braha'tok-class gunship Apailana's Promise, received repairs. Meanwhile, Chalis observed the state of the war through unsecured broadcasts that made it to Ankhural, with Imperial forces chasing the Alliance deep into the Outer Rim Territories, including a widescale manhunt for the rebel hero Princess Leia Organa. The ex-governor deduced that Imperial forces were being pulled from the Core Worlds for the war effort, enervating the Imperial security in that region.
Taking advantage of the Empire's new weak spot, Chalis formulated Operation Ringbreaker and went on to propose it in the next meeting held between Twilight Company's senior members. She outlined her proposed campaign and the impact of sabotaging the Kuat Drive Yards to the other attendees in the meeting, answering concerns from those who were skeptical of whether the plan could be successful. The senior members argued, some debating tactics of a shipyard invasion. Namir then chimed in, asking the meeting whether anyone had any alternative plans for Twilight Company. After Chalis was made to leave the meeting, the rest of the attendees discussed how they might agree on Chalis's plan, which ultimately came to a voice vote. The vote came in favor of Operation Ringbreaker.
The battles begin
- "Who are these guys?"
"Labor oversight. Some rebels hit a supply depot on Mardona the other day. Need to make up for production somewhere."
- ―Two workers on Sullust
After approving Operation Ringbreaker, the senior Twilight Company members made Namir the acting leader of the company. The Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise then departed Ankhural shortly after for their first target, the planet Mardona III. At Mardona, which served as a warehouse hub for the Empire, the vessels deployed Twilight soldiers to descended into the underground systems of the planet's mega-spaceport where the storage facilities were kept, harrying the security and sabotaging the tramways. Twilight squads also planeted many ion mines in the tramlines and junctions as well as underground warehouse entrances.
When Imperial armored worm vehicles began sweeping the underground sectors, Twilight Company occupied a housing block as a fallback point and continued its operations. One worm vehicle nearly obliterated a Twilight squad, leaving one survivor. Subsequently, other members of the company hunted down the vehicle and destroyed it and its crew. The company departed Mardona III shortly after. As a result of the attack on Mardona, Imperial forces were pulled over to the volcanic planet Sullust as labor oversight in order to make up for the hindrance in production.
- "The One-Oh-Seventh Stormtrooper Legion specializes in putting down slave revolts and worker uprisings. Three full battalions have now been pulled from stable, predictable Kuat and reassigned elsewhere, thanks to us. And—thanks to the reliable idiocy of so many old friends on the Imperial Ruling Council."
- ―Everi Chalis, to Hazram Namir
Twilight continued to its next target, the dockyards of the Gas giant Najan-Rovi, where the company laid waste to the many Imperial luxury transports that were serviced there in order to force the Corellian Engineering Corporation to increase its production efforts and force a transfer of security from Kuat. Twilight then moved to the moon of Obumubo, where it obliterated Obumubo Imperial garrison. Chalis believed that the death of an Imperial Military figure on Obumubo would cause someone to be promoted from Kuat and bring their security with them.
Meanwhile, Prelate Verge and Captain Seitaron had noticed Twilight Company's attacks around the Rimma Trade Route and begun narrowing down possible targets of the company. The company's next attack was on the plastoid factories of the agricultural world Nakadia. The company was ultimately successful, but suffered unprecedented casualties when the local security deployed its stockpile of bioweapons on Twilight troops. Twilight Company then moved to the Mid Rim planet Naator and the Outer Rim astronomical object Xagobah, winning at both locations in spite of the casualties taken.
Afterwards, Twilight Company put in for repairs at the junker world Heap Nine for a night. Once finished, the company moved to the asteroid field Kuliquo belt, where twenty soldiers were sent to sabotage machinery. Chalis then learned that three battalions of the Empire's One-Oh-Seventh Stormtrooper Legion were pulled from Kuat and reassigned elsewhere as a result of Twilight Company's attacks. In the meantime, Verge and Seitaron, who had been too late to intercept the company at Nakadia and the Kuliquo Belt, narrowed down the next possible targets of Twilight Company to three locations, Sullust, Tshindral and the Mid Rim planet Malastare. Verge secreted TIE/IN interceptor squadrons near each location.
A change in goal
- "The point is: I think it's time to forget Kuat. I think if we're going to die, we should do it here, helping the people of Sullust, instead of marching into the Core Worlds and spitting in the face of evil. That's the best way to do right by the company and everyone in it."
- ―Hazram Namir proposes ending Operation Ringbreaker to his old squad
Twilight Company traveled to Sullust to capture and sabotage the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility, located up the Inyusu Tor volcanic mountain near the Sullustan capital of Pinyumb. They successfully captured the facility but as the Thunderstrike came to pick them up, it was ambushed and shot down by the TIE interceptors of Vixus Squadron. The Apailana's Promise retreated with its two X-wing starfighters, leaving the ground forces stranded on Sullust. Rescuing survivors from the crashed Thunderstrike, Namir and his forces dug in at the Inyusu Tor facility, preparing it for defense. The unit commander also led a mission, including himself and Chalis, down to the city of Pinyumb to make contact with the local Sullustan resistance rebel cell. Namir's group found the city in lockdown from their attack on the facility.
Namir's group was then attacked by local Imperial security, which dispersed the rebel team. Although initially captured, Namir was rescued by the Sullustan resistance fighter Nien Nunb, who led the man on a relief mission for the Pinyumb residents affected by the Imperial lockdown and raids in Pinyumb. Witnessing how Twilight Company's attack had affected the civilians, Namir had a change of heart and formulated a new plan for Twilight Company with the rest of the Sullustan resistance at their hideout. The unit commander believed that Operation Ringbreaker would leave his company broken if it survived to complete it and felt that fighting for the people of Pinyumb was a more worthy goal for his troops.
Once he had coordinated a battle plan with the Sullustan resistance, Namir returned to Twilight Company at the Inyusu Tor facility. Chalis, who had returned the night before, had already organized her own plan for the company which involved stealing ships from the Pinyumb spaceport and escaping under the cover of the Apailana's Promise to continue Operation Ringbreaker. After discussing his new intentions with his old squad, Namir went and confronted Chalis, attempting to talk her out of her plans and Operation Ringbreaker. Chalis dismissed his arguments and pointed a snub pistol at Namir in an assertion of control. For Namir's fortune, the Besalisk soldier Gadren grappled and immobilized Chalis, allowing Namir to go forth with his plans.
Behind the scenes
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First appearance, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 34 (Databank A-Z: Davish Krail–Kuat Drive Yards)
- "The Battle of Hoth and the Second Death Star" – Star Wars Encyclopedia (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
Notes and references
- Battlefront: Twilight Company
- Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
- The main events of Battlefront: Twilight Company are set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Those events must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY.
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem
- Star Wars: Complete Locations