The Siege of Inyusu Tor was a battle that occurred during the Galactic Civil War between the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company, and the Galactic Empire on the volcanic planet Sullust. The planet, specifically the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility, was targeted in 3 ABY as a part of Operation Ringbreaker, a campaign that targeted Imperial installments along the Rimma Trade Route to divert forces of the Galactic Empire from the Kuat Drive Yards, leaving it less prepared for a projected attack by the company.
Twilight Company, aboard the CR90 corvette Thunderstrike and the Braha'tok-class gunship Apailana's Promise, arrived at Sullust just half a million kilometers from the world, deploying the company swiftly via dropships. Twilight Company then attacked the Inyusu Tor facilitys entrance before later using hijacked vehicles to burrow into the complex, overwhelming its security squads.
With the facility captured, the Twilight Company's engineers rigged it to flood with magma. When the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise returned to extract the troops, however, the Empire's Vixus Squadron ambushed the starships and shot down the Thunderstrike. With the Apailana's Promise having fled Sullust, Twilight Company was forced to set up defense at the Inyusu Tor facility, conducting a rescue mission for survivors aboard the crashed Thunderstrike.
Hazram Namir, the assumed captain of the company, led a mission to Sullusts capital city Pinyumb to locate the local rebel cell, the Sullustan resistance. During the search, though, Namir and his team were attacked by stormtroopers in the city. Being separated from his remaining troops, Namir was rescued by the Sullustan resistance fighter Nien Nunb, who led the captain back to the rest of his cell.
Realizing that the Sullustan resistance was not equipped to assist Twilight Company, Namir devised a new plan for his company to defend the Inyusu Tor facility while the resistance and the local protest union liberate Pinyumb. The captain returned to the processing facility and prepared Twilight Company for the inevitable assault from the Empire's forces on Sullust.
The eventual attack was kick-started by the arrival of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Herald at the planet. Forming three rough lines of defense, Twilight Company fended off the Imperial ground forces. Although the Herald was able to incinerate a number of outer defenses, the Apailana's Promise and its two T-65B X-wing starfighters returned and distracted the Star Destroyer.
Using excavating machines, a number of the company's personnel dug ports for lava to flow and strand the attacking ground forces, as well as flow down to Pinyumb's Imperial security posts. Late into the battle, the former Imperial governor Everi Chalis attempted to escape Sullust on a stolen shuttle but was caught by the Herald, which pulled her in on a tractor beam.
After leaving her shuttle aboard the Herald, Chalis greeted her Imperial captors, Prelate Verge and Captain Tabor Seitaron, before setting off twenty ion bombs that she had brought on the shuttle. This cause a power surge in the Star Destroyer. Verge and Chalis then wrestled before Seitaron broke it up with his blaster, killing Verge. The captain then ordered the Herald to withdraw from Sullust to save it from crashing, with Chalis escaping.
Shortly after the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY, the Rebel Alliance's Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company, initiated Operation Ringbreaker. Devised by the former Imperial governor turned rebel asset Everi Chalis it sought to force Imperial redeployments from the shipyards at the planet Kuat by attacking soft targets along the Rimma Trade Route, thus making a projected attack on the shipyards more winnable for the company. Although the individual battles cost numerous casualties, Twilight Company won at each world, leaving only the planets Sullust and Malastare before Kuat.
Meanwhile, Prelate Verge and Captain Tabor Seitaron, who sought to bring justice to Chalis for defecting to Alliance, were attempting to predict Twilight Company's next move. Operating aboard the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer, the pair whittled down possible targets to a handful of worlds, including Sullust, and prepared each for an anticipated attack.
Capture of Inyusu TorEdit
- "Twilight? This is the Promise. We've been ambushed—the whole blasted swarm came in from behind the moon. They were waiting for the Thunderstrike to hit atmo—"
- ―A female officer on the Apailana's Promise
Twilight Company jumped out of hyperspace aboard their starships, the CR90 corvette Thunderstrike and its escort the Braha'tok-class gunship Apailana's Promise, a mere half million kilometers from the planet in an effort to rapidly deploy dropships to assault the Inyusu Tor mineral processing facility before Imperial orbital defenses could scramble a defense in time. The attack on the facility began with the assault on the Inyusu Tor mountain. News of Twilight Company's arrival at Sullust reached the Herald, and Verge and Seitaron had the Imperial TIEs of Vixus Squadron travel to Sullust.
Twilight Company's lack of equipment prevented them from being able to attempt a breach of the facility, so Hazram Namir, the tentative captain of the company, sent a group of scouts, engineers, and sentries to assault the main entrance. Imperial Navy Troopers and stormtroopers lined up along the walls of the main entrance. Imperial airspeeders were additionally deployed from the garrison nearby at Sullust's capital city Pinyumb, but were unable to use their sweep bombs in fear of damaging the facility. Namir took a PLX-1 portable missile launcher and shot one of them down.
In the second phase of the attack, rebel squads used hijacked mining vehicles burrowed their way into the mine. The facilitys security squads were ultimately overwhelmed by the rebels on the inside and outside. This ensured victory for Twilight Company, with only four fatalities and sixteen injuries. After the Sullustan workers fled the site, Twilight Company prepared for their pick up, rigging the facility to flood with magma and seizing any supplies worth taking. When the Thunderstrike and Apailana's Promise returned to pick up Twilight Company the next day, Vixus Squadron ambushed the two vessels from behind Sullust's moon. The Thunderstrike was shot down and the Promise fled with its two X-wing starfighters, stranding Twilight Company on the planet.
Preparing for the counterattackEdit
Namir sent half a dozen search and rescue squads to the wreckage. Since, Imperial airspeeders were on route, the wounded needed to be moved immediately. Bacta and other medical supplies were taken out. Eventually heavier TIE/sa bombers arrived and began hitting the field. Imperial ground troops arrived and their scouting parties began to open fire. Namir gave the order to withdrawal. The Rebels worked throughout the night to fortify the mining facility. If any Imperials tried to copy the earlier Strategy of burrowing in using mining vehicles, the rebels would divert the magma flow. The next day Namir met with his senior staff to devise a plan.
Chalis decided to reach out to the local sullustan resistance for help. Namir, his squad, and Twitch, and her squad, went to the Sullustan capital of Pinyumb and found an abandoned safe house. As they searched around, Twitch's soldiers went down to the nearby spaceport but they were soon met by a squad of stormtroopers who chased them out. Twitch left them to find her squad and Namir was captured by the stormtrooper SP-475. The Sullustan resistance leader Nien Nunb then arrived and rescued Namir from SP-475 and her squad. Numb took him to help feed hiding Sullustans and they soon got to the Sullustan resistance safe house where the other resistance members were.
Namir realised that the group of four freedom fighters would be of no help but devised a plan: it would have the Sixty-First face the inevitable Imperial attack on Inyusu Tor and have the Sullustan resistance and willing members of the Cobalt Laborers' Reformation Front take Pinyumb. Namir went back to Inyusu Tor and saw that Chalis wanted to have the Sixty-First evacuate and continue Operation Ringbreaker and had already begun her plan. Namir insisted on his plan and the Besalisk Gadren captured Chalis, thwarting hers. Namir therefore prepared the Sixty-First for the coming attack.
On the Third Day of the Siege, the Imperial counterattack began. Stormtroopers and Navy Troopers climbed the mountain as air speeders took shots at Twilight scouts. The rebel defense consisted of three lines. The outer line only held a few dozen troopers hidden behind boulders and other cover. They couldn’t last long, but they could ambush Imperial troops and catch them off guard. The middle line was a trench that had a third of the company. It was close enough to the facility that the Empire wouldn’t bomb it. The trench also had an assortment of blaster cannons, mortars, and other light artillery The final defense line mirrored what the Empire had in the initial assault.
It worked well for the Imperials and would work well for the Rebels. A horde of white armored stormtroopers sprinkled with lightly armored navy troopers as well as a few AT-STs. The first move of the battle would be a dozen airspeeders releasing bomb on the outer facility. The outer squads were well concealed and took no damage. When the Imperial infantry charged and was in close range. The outer squads opened fire. Each rebel shot felled a soldier, but they were soon overwhelmed.
They started to retreat in twos or threes. Once the Empire reached the outer line, leftover Ion mines detonated. About 50 meters to the trench, the Empire paused to allow scout walkers to pass through. Only one was downed by artillery and another by an ion mine before they reached the trench. They cut thought the rebel squads and Namir ordered the inner artillery to fire. Entire squads were annihilated either by Twilight Company’s artillery or its walkers. The rest of the walkers were destroyed or retreated. Namir went down to the front lines and talked with Von Geiz. The airspeeders stopped firing as a Star Destroyer entered the atmosphere.
The Herald began to bombard the outer defensive positions, killing many Twilight snipers and scouts. Its cannon volleys closed in on the facility but were halted by the return of the Apailana's Promise which kept it distracted. As the defensive lines were pushed back, Twilight Company's chief of engineering, Vifra, and her team used machines donated by the Sullustan resistance to excavate ports for the facility's lava to flow towards the ground forces. The lava trapped the Imperial forces and killed many that couldn't advance fast enough on the facility. However the battle could not be won with the Herald still at play.
During the battle, Chalis fled to the nearby city of Pinyumb, killed an Imperial officer, and attempted to escape the planet in a shuttle. Chalis’ codes had been marked by the bridge crew and her ship was tractor beamed in. After being taken prisoner, Chalis revealed the shuttle had been rigged with ion charges and activated them, dealing major power loss to the Star Destroyer. Unable to power its weapons and maintain altitude, the ship began to drop towards the surface and was forced to leave the system. Even without the Star Destroyer's help, the Imperial ground forces stayed strong and stormed the facility. The fire fights led to the deaths of many on both sides including the Twilight soldier Roach. However the Imperial numbers rapidly deteriorated and they were ultimately defeated.
Pinyumb was taken by the joint force of the Sullustan resistance and the Cobalt Laborers and in the following days more uprisings broke out all over Sullust, delaying the inevitable Imperial counterattack. An interim government was installed in Pinyumb and heavy losses sustained by the Twilight Company ultimately cancelled Operation Ringbreaker, allowing the company to act as a temporary police force for the Sullustan people.
The victory on Sullust ultimately played a key role in the outcome of the Galactic Civil War, as the planet was eventually used as the staging ground for the Alliance Fleet before the Battle of Endor.
After the battle the Alliance returned to liberate Sullust completely. Sometime later, the Empire returned to the planet and reactivated an abandoned weapons factory, in an effort to covertly resupply their dwindling forces. The installation was destroyed by Lando Calrissian and Shriv Suurgav, shortly before the Battle of Jakku.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First appearance, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook (First appearance, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company)
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files (First pictured)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 1.49 1.50 1.51 1.52 1.53 1.54 1.55 1.56 1.57 1.58 1.59 1.60 1.61 1.62 1.63 1.64 1.65 1.66 1.67 1.68 1.69 1.70 1.71 1.72 1.73 1.74 1.75 1.76 1.77 1.78 1.79 1.80 Battlefront: Twilight Company
- ↑ Lost Stars
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- ↑ The section of Battlefront: Twilight Company where the Siege of Inyusu Tor takes place is set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The siege must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY.
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront II