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"Ahsoka, Rafa, welcome aboard the…the Silver Angel!"
"The Silver Angel? Hmm. You should rethink that."
―Trace and Rafa Martez — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Silver Angel was a repurposed Nebula-class freighter assembled and modified by the mechanic and aspiring pilot Trace Martez, who lived on Level 1313 of the planet Coruscant during the Clone Wars. Assembled mostly from spare parts gathered in Coruscant's underworld, Martez sought to build a starship much faster than the average Nebula freighter, adding her own special modifications. The Silver Angel was a personal labor for Martez, who hoped to craft a vessel capable of taking her away from the planet where her parents were killed. Work on the vessel was completed in 19 BBY, and after its owner befriended the former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, the ship saw its first flight when Trace accepted a job from her sister Rafa to ferry sansanna spice aboard the Angel from Kessel to Oba Diah.

When Trace discovered that they were working for the dangerous criminal organization known as the Pyke Syndicate, however, she grew fearful of what the crime lords could do to her and her ship and dumped the spice into hyperspace. The crew attempted to deceive the Syndicate's leader, Marg Krim, and avoid his wrath, but the Pykes saw through their ruse and captured them, impounding the Angel at Krim's palace. After escaping the Pyke's dungeons, Tano helped the Martez sisters fight their way to the Angel and flee from the Syndicate's palace before returning to Coruscant, at which point she departed their company with the Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Well, if you're a Jedi, I assume you're a good shot?"
"Yes."
"Then shoot something!"
―Trace gives the Angel's guns over to Ahsoka — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Silver Angel's laser turret

Although recognizably a Nebula-class freighter, the Silver Angel contained a number of modifications made by its owner, Trace Martez, who streamlined the vessel in order to make it faster than the average freighter.[2] The ship's speed was of particular pride to Martez, who often bragged of her vessel's capabilities to anyone who would listen, even before she had actually flown the ship for the first time. Martez's ship shared its name[1] with the Angels, a species of beings who inhabited the moons of Iego.[5]

Assembled from spare parts, the ship had a variety of systems, including a hyperdrive, a communications interface, and air brakes,[1] as well as front- and rear-facing deflector shields and six engines.[3] As a freighter, the ship had enough capacity to carry at least three containers of unrefined spice.[1] For offensive capabilities, the Angel had one ventral retractable laser turret that could fire on pursuing spacecraft.[3] The ship's cockpit had a similar design layout to the VCX-100 light freighter.[6]

History[edit | edit source]

Assembly[edit | edit source]

"It's not safe down here or anywhere on Coruscant. That's why I've got my ship, so I can make my living in the stars."
―Trace Martez — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Living in the seedy underworld of[7] the planet[8] Coruscant with her sister Rafa during the Clone Wars, the young mechanic Trace Martez dreamed of becoming a pilot and flying away in her own starship.[7] Although the sisters had little money, Trace was determined to realize her dream. By working odd jobs on Level 1313 of the underworld and accepting help from her older sister, Trace was able to earn enough credits to acquire the materials to build a ship. Martez assembled the ship piece by piece, constructing it in a hangar the sisters had inherited from their parents. Over time, Trace used the parts she had gathered to build a heavily modified Nebula-class freighter. The ship became Trace's pride and joy, and she gave it the name Silver Angel.[1]

Martez was working on the Angel when a stranger crashed onto her landing pad.

Martez was working on her ship[2] in 19 BBY[4] when the Force-Sensitive Outcast Ahsoka Tano crashed her Joben T-85 speeder bike onto the hangar's landing pad. Trace assisted the stranger and introduced herself to the Togruta, who took note of the freighter in the garage and identified it as a Nebula-class. Martez was impressed with Tano's eye for ships, and offered to repair her bike for a price. The two became quick friends, with Tano saving the young mechanic from the debt collector Pintu Son-El and assisting her in catching a renegade binary loadlifter—one of three droids that Rafa intended to sell to the criminal Lokann. Although Trace was welcoming to Tano, Rafa did not trust her sister's new companion.[2]

In service of the Pykes[edit | edit source]

"Trace, please, I need your help with this."
"You mean, you need the best pilot around and the fastest ship you know?"
"Yes, to both of those."
―Rafa convinces her sister to fly to Kessel — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

After selling the loadlifters, Rafa made a deal with the Pyke Syndicate crime lord Marg Krim to transport sansanna spice from[1] the planet[9] Kessel to the Pyke Palace on Oba Diah. After the pilot she originally hired pulled out of the job, she was forced to turn to her fledgling-pilot sister, who was not informed of the journey's purpose. Trace was eager to finally pilot her ship, however, and welcomed Rafa and Tano aboard the maiden voyage of the Silver Angel, ignoring her companions' criticisms of the vessel's name. Despite never having earned a pilot's license, Trace flew her vessel out of Level 1313 and took to the skies. Against Tano's warnings, she piloted the ship into a restricted military air lane being used by Low Altitude Assault Transports that were boarding a Venator-class Star Destroyer. Republic Navy Admiral Wullf Yularen, the commander of the Star Destroyer, hailed the Angel's crew and threatened them with incarceration. However, they were allowed to pass when Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, who was aboard the Star Destroyer, sensed his former apprentice's presence aboard the ship.[1]

The Silver Angel lands at the spice mines of Kessel.

Trace piloted the Silver Angel away from Coruscant and, forgetting to disengage the air brakes, made the jump to hyperspace, excitedly proclaiming that it was her first time doing so. The brakes made for a rough ride through hyperspace, causing the ship to rumble and creak as it traveled to the Outer Rim. Trace finally remembered to disengage the brakes after noticing Rafa and Tano's discomfort with their trip. Trace brought the ship out of hyperspace and entered[1] the Akkadese Maelstrom, a giant cluster of gas and debris that surrounded Kessel.[9] She landed the vessel at the palace of King Yaruba, the ruler of the planet. Yaruba's majordomo, Kinash Lock, sent the Silver Angel and its crew to retrieve shipments of spice from the mining sector of the planet, assuring the cautious Tano that the shipment would be used for medicinal purposes.[1]

As Trace made the Kessel Run to deliver their shipment to Oba Diah, Tano realized that they were delivering to the Pykes and told the sisters that the gangsters were not to be trusted, warning Trace that they might steal her ship. As Tano and Rafa argued over the best course of action, Trace, angered at the possibility of losing the ship she had worked so hard to assemble, dumped the shipment of spice into hyperspace as a result. Rafa, in the wake of losing 30,000 credits worth of spice, threatened Trace with the prospect of giving the Angel to the Pykes to make up for the lost cargo. At Tano's insistence, however, the three agreed to continue to Oba Diah and attempt to deceive the Pykes.[1]

Impounded on Oba Diah[edit | edit source]

"I never figured when I took my ship out for the first time, I'd wind up in a place like this."
―Trace, imprisoned on Oba Diah — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Silver Angel arrives at Marg Krim's palace.

Once the Silver Angel arrived at the Pyke Palace, Krim greeted the spicerunners and demanded to see their cargo. Unbeknownst to the sisters, Tano successfully used the Force to perform a mind trick on Krim and convince him to pay the sisters without having seen the shipment. Convinced they were in the clear, Trace told Tano to fire up the ship's engines as she and Rafa unloaded the empty containers. As they began to leave, however, Krim's majordomo, Fife, found his superior's behavior suspicious and demanded that the Pykes be given the codes to open the crates, but Trace began to take off. Fife forced the containers open and discovered them to be empty, before ordering patrol ships to block the freighter's escape. Before Trace could flee the planet, the Pyke ships caught the Silver Angel within a tractor beam and captured its crew.[1]

Tano and the Martez sisters were thrown into the Pykes' dungeons and tortured to reveal what had happened to their spice. Their ship, meanwhile, was kept on a landing pad outside the palace. The trio managed to escape from their confinement, and made their way to the city beneath the Pyke headquarters. As they wandered the seedy streets, Trace climbed on top of a structure and pointed out the Angel's silhouette to her companions. Although she desired to retrieve her ship, Rafa considered it too dangerous and told her sister that they would escape on the first vessel they could find. Trace reluctantly agreed, on the condition that Rafa would pay for a new ship when they returned home; neither sister would get their wish before the group was once again captured by the Pykes.[10]

The Martez sisters loaded the Silver Angel's hold with stolen spice.

In a bid to free her companions, Tano lied to Krim, telling him that the sisters had hidden the spice on another planet. He allowed the sisters to leave to retrieve the spice while keeping Tano locked away in the dungeon. Rafa and Trace boarded the Angel and departed from Oba Diah, later landing at Orondia Refueling Station. The sisters decided to return and rescue Tano, but they knew that they could not return to Krim empty-handed, so they conspired to trick the unwitting Toong workers on the Pykes' shipping docks into loading spice onto the Angel, hoping to then bring those shipments to Krim himself. As they returned to Oba Diah, Rafa hailed the Toongs from the Angel under the alias of "Transport 1519" and ordered the workers to perform a "special request pickup."[3]

Escaping to Coruscant[edit | edit source]

Trace: "We might have lost the rear deflectors, but we still have the front."
Tano: "Uh, this isn't a good idea."
Rafa: "Yeah. I'm gonna agree with Ahsoka on this one."
―The Silver Angel crew as Trace flew headfirst towards a Pyke ship[src]

After a small skirmish with the Toongs and their Trandoshan manager, the sisters flew to the Pyke Palace with the stolen shipment, eager to rescue Tano and leave the planet for good. However, Krim ordered for their immediate execution after pressure from his superior, the renegade Sith Lord Maul. Pursued by patrol ships, Trace piloted the Angel through the canyons of Oba Diah, giving control of the ship's rear gun to Tano while Rafa monitored the scanners. Tano managed to destroy two Pyke ships, but a third ship shot out the Angel's gun and rear deflector shields, leaving the ship defenseless from behind. Putting her faith in the front shields, Trace turned the ship around and flew headfirst towards the remaining fighter. As the Angel barreled forward, the smaller ship veered to the right to avoid a head-on collision and crashed into the mountainside instead.[3]

During their escape, Trace piloted the Silver Angel while Tano manned the laser turret.

Confident in their escape, Trace flew the ship into the planet's upper atmosphere, unaware that they were being followed by the Kom'rk-class fighter/transport[3] Gauntlet.[11] Trace flew the ship back to Coruscant and landed in the sisters' hangar, completing the first voyage of the Silver Angel. As the trio discussed their adventure outside the ship, they were interrupted by the Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze, who had followed them from Oba Diah. She requested Tano's help in defeating Maul,[3] who had forcibly taken over her homeworld Mandalore.[12] After bidding Trace and Rafa farewell, Tano departed with Kryze, leaving her bike with the sisters "just in case."[3]

Owners and operators[edit | edit source]

"Trace's flying is more of a dream than a reality."
"What did you say?"
"Oh, I-I said the ship flies like a dream."
―The Martez sisters — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The crew of the Silver Angel discussing the Pykes

The Silver Angel was owned and maintained by the mechanic Trace Martez, who assembled the ship in her family's hangar after her mother and father were killed[1] in the collateral damage of the Jedi Order's pursuit of Ziro the Hutt[10] that took place in 21 BBY.[13] Trace desired to fly across the galaxy and viewed the Angel as her escape from the squalor of Coruscant's underworld and the Jedi who led wars on the upper levels.[7]

During their mission and subsequent escape from the Pyke Syndicate, Trace piloted the ship throughout the adventure, while her sister Rafa would often handle the vessel's communication systems and talk her way through dangerous situations.[1][3] When the Angel was pursued by Pyke ships on Oba Diah, Trace gave control of the weapons systems to Ahsoka Tano, whose Jedi training allowed her to swiftly take out their pursuers with the ship's turret.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Silver Angel was first seen in a TV spot for the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on March 17, 2020,[14] and later properly appeared in "Gone with a Trace," the fifth episode of the season. The episode was directed by Saul Ruiz and Kyle Dunlevy, written by Dave Filoni and Charles Murray, and released on Disney+[2] on March 20, 2020.[15] The ship was not identified by name until the next episode, "Deal No Deal,"[1] which was released a week later on March 27.[16] On the second volume of the season's soundtrack, the name of the ship is written incorrectly on the fifth track, "Launching the Silverangel."[17]

The Clone Wars cancellation and revival[edit | edit source]

Concept art of the ship's cockpit during the "Twins" season seven production in 2018.

The story arc that features the Silver Angel began production in 2012 with intent to release during the sixth season of The Clone Wars. After Lucasfilm's acquisition by The Walt Disney Company, production on The Clone Wars was halted in 2013, its sixth season truncated, and the rest of the episodes for seasons seven and eight were canceled, including the episodes that featured the Silver Angel.[18]

Glimpses of these episodes were revealed at Celebration Europe in 2016 by Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo, including some concept art of the Silver Angel, then known as the Black Ace.[18] In 2018, production began on a revival final seventh season of The Clone Wars for Disney+. The episode arc featuring the Silver Angel was picked up for production and completed, although many changes were made since its initial conception in 2012.

In addition to the ship's name change, several key characters were replaced, such as Nyx Okami being removed in favor of Trace and Rafa Martez.[18] In concept art created in 2018 for the final season, the Silver Angel was still referred to as the Black Ace.[19] The ship's exterior was drawn by JP Balmet and lighting scenery concepts by Jason Boesch also include the vessel.[19][20]

Rebels inspiration[edit | edit source]

"While there were some components from the design of the Silver Angel utilized for the Ghost, there was no way that we were going to make the new feature starship in Rebels a reuse or repurpose of something else. We mainly took control panels and arrangements and reused and repurposed them the same way a live-action set would."
―Dave Filoni on the ship's similarities to the Ghost[src]

During development of Star Wars Rebels in 2013, the cockpit concepts originally intended for the Silver Angel were repurposed as the cockpit of the Ghost, the ship flown by the main characters of Rebels. The series' creators felt its interior worked very well and did not expect that the Black Ace design would otherwise be used, as the possibility of more The Clone Wars episodes seemed unlikely at the time.[6]

Nevertheless, the full design of the Ghost's cockpit was not an exact replica of the Black Ace design. Series creator and executive producer Dave Filoni clarified that only pieces of the concept were used, much like how a live-action set would repurpose props and layouts.[21] When production began on the seventh season of The Clone Wars in 2018, after Star Wars Rebels production had completed, further revisions were made to the Black Ace concept design, differentiating it even further from the original 2012 iteration or the Star Wars Rebels iteration.[19]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

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  1. 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 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deal No Deal"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gone with a Trace"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Together Again"
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Gone with a Trace" depicts the first meeting of Trace Martez and Ahsoka Tano, who, according to The Star Wars Book, abandoned the Jedi Order 19 years before the events of the film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The episode also takes place before the Siege of Mandalore, which is again dated by The Star Wars Book to 19 years before the events of A New Hope. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the film's beginning to 0 BBY, the events of "Gone with a Trace," which include the appearance of the Silver Angel, must take place in 19 BBY.
  5. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  6. 7.0 7.1 7.2 StarWars-DatabankII.png Trace in the Databank (backup link)
  7. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  8. 9.0 9.1 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  9. 10.0 10.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dangerous Debt"
  10. StarWars-DatabankII.png The Gauntlet in the Databank (backup link)
  11. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
  12. The Star Wars Book dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "ARC Troopers" and "Heroes on Both Sides" to 21 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which are stated to have begun in 0 BBY in Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Since StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) places "Hostage Crisis" between "ARC Troopers" and "Heroes on Both Sides," the events of "Hostage Crisis," which include Ziro's escape, must have taken place in 21 BBY.
  13. SWYTlogo.png Star Wars: The Clone Wars | Official TV Spot | Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  14. Disney.com Episode 705 "Gone With a Trace" on Disney.com (backup link)
  15. Charlie Ridgely. Everything Coming to Disney+ in March. ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on March 16, 2020. Retrieved on February 20, 2020.
  16. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Final Season (Episodes 5-8)
  17. 18.0 18.1 18.2 StarWars.com SWCE 2016: Ahsoka's Untold Tales Panel Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link)
  18. SWYTlogo.png Clone Wars Download: "Dangerous Debt" on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
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