Platform 8127/121 was an Imperial Golan III Space Defense NovaGun space station that orbited the planet Esseles in 0 ABY. Measuring 2,600 meters in length, it had a considerable armament composed of turbolaser batteries, proton torpedo launchers, and tractor beam projectors. It was present when Imperial Advisor Coh Veshiv transferred from his personal corvette, the Empire Forever, to the seemingly Imperial frigate Far Orbit. However, the Far Orbit was actually a disguised Alliance to Restore the Republic privateering vessel, and its crew kidnapped Veshiv.
Description[edit | edit source]
Platform 8127/121 was a Golan III Space Defense NovaGun, an armed space station of the Golan space defense platform line produced by Golan Arms. Measuring 2,600 meters in length, it had a sizable armament of turrets—fifty turbolaser batteries, twenty-four proton torpedo launchers, and fifteen tractor beam projectors. Each tractor beam and turbolaser had a crew of three, while the proton torpedo launchers had crews of two.
While at full capacity, a total of 880 crew members and 228 gunners staffed Platform 8127/121. At a skeleton crew, the space station could still operate with 220 hands, while its weapons could be staffed by fifteen gunners. Platform 8127/121 possessed at least one deflector shield generator and also had sensor arrays. Capable of carrying 15,000 metric tons of cargo and up to three months worth of consumables, the Golan III also had room to carry a hundred troopers.
History[edit | edit source]
By 0 ABY, during the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Platform 8127/121 orbited the Imperial-controlled planet Esseles, which was located in the Core Worlds' Darpa sector. In 0 ABY, the Imperial Advisor Coh Veshiv visited Esseles on a fact-finding tour in his CR90 corvette, the Empire Forever. Following their arrival there, the CR90 stayed near jump point 180:45:115, which was in the sights and range of the Golan III's weapons. Shortly after Veshiv arrived at Esseles, the seemingly Imperial EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit turned up as well and requested an orbit of the world parallel to the Empire Forever's orbit; however, the frigate was actually a disguised Alliance privateering vessel, whose crew intended to capture Veshiv. Upon convincing the Empire Forever's captain, Annance, that the Far Orbit would take up the role of Veshiv's transport for the rest of his journey, Captain Dhas Fenoep Vedij of the EF76 arranged for the advisor to be transferred to his ship.
Vehsiv was taken to the Far Orbit in his personal shuttle, the Myrenia. Once the advisor and his shuttle were aboard the Nebulon-B, the Far Orbit jumped to lightspeed, and its privateer crew succeeded in capturing Veshiv. Because the frigate was in hyperspace, the Imperials in the shuttle could not contact the Empire Forever or Platform 8127/121 for assistance. Veshiv was then handed over to the Alliance for a cash reward.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Platform 8127/121 first appeared in the roleplaying game adventure The Capture of Coh Veshiv, from 1998's The Far Orbit Project by Timothy S. O'Brien. The Far Orbit Project was a supplement to West End Games's Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and was a sequel of sorts to the previous publication, Pirates & Privateers, carrying on that book's theme by following the privateer vessel Far Orbit. If the privateers reveal themselves as they attempt to capture Veshiv when he is on the Far Orbit but before the frigate jumps to hyperspace, it is possible for the Myrenia's crew to alert the Empire Forever and Platform 8127/121 to what is happening. If this is the case, the Far Orbit must jump away while being fired upon by the pair.