- "We have a ship down. We lost a Destroyer."
- ―A First Order officer, in regards to the Sutta
The Sutta was a Xyston-class Star Destroyer of the Sith Eternal's Final Order fleet that was helmed by Captain Strok. The Sutta and the other vessels of the fleet were activated on the Sith planet of Exegol on the direct command of Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. After the Derriphan briefly left Exegol and destroyed Kijimi, the Resistance, led by Generals Poe Dameron and Finn, launched an attack on the Sith fleet and the First Order flagship Steadfast.
The Sutta like other vessels in the fleet, attacked Resistance forces, until the Citizens' Fleet arrived to reinforce the Resistance and defeat the Sith Eternal forces. The Sutta was the first Star Destroyer that was targeted, and following the destruction of its axial superlaser, was destroyed by multiple explosions that obliterated it.
The Sutta was a Xyston-class Star Destroyer, which were manufactured by Kuat-Entralla Drive Yards. As a Xyston-class Star Destroyer, the Sutta was 2,406 meters in length and 682 meters in height. It was based on an upscaled version of the old Galactic Empire's Imperial I-class Star Destroyers and as such featured two deflector shield generator domes on top of the ship's conning tower where the bridge was situated. It was armed with an axial superlaser that was capable of destroying entire planets, and was fed directly from the ventral solar ionization reactor.
It was further equipped with forty heavy turbolaser batteries, forty ion cannons, forty point-defense laser cannons, thirty-five variable-ordnance warhead launchers, and ten heavy tractor beam projectors. It also featured launch bays adjacent to the superlaser, as well as seven ion engines and a hyperdrive. Like all other Sith Star Destroyers, the Sutta featured the red lines of the Sith Eternal.
- "Just… shoot stuff! Uh, I mean, hit those underbelly cannons with all you've got. Every one we knock out is a world saved."
- ―General Poe Dameron to his allies as they target the Sutta
Like the other Star Destroyers of the Final Order fleet, the Sutta was manufactured by Kuat-Entralla Drive Yards in the Exegol shipyard below the surface of the Sith planet. Following the arrival of Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader of the First Order, to the Sith Citadel on Exegol and his encounter with Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious in 35 ABY, the entire 1,080 Star Destroyers of the Sith armada broke through the surface of the planet, poised to leave Exegol and conquer the galaxy. One ship of the armada, the Derriphan, was briefly sent out to the wider galaxy and destroy Kijimi. Following its return to the fleet, the Jedi Rey and daughter to Sidious' clone, arrived on Exegol to confront the Sith Lord. Under the joint leadership of Generals Poe Dameron and Finn, the Resistance, which had been engaged in a war against the First Order, followed Rey to the Sith world and attacked the Sith fleet, beginning the Battle of Exegol.
Initially arriving to destroy the navigation tower on the surface of Exegol to prevent the launch of the Final Order fleet, the Resistance starfighter were met with a barrage of laser fire from the Sith Star Destroyers, and were soon confronted by TIE/dg starfighters. After the tower was deactivated and the signal transferred to the First Order flagship, the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast, the Resistance fighters soon became overwhelmed by Sith Eternal forces. Resistance soldiers onboard the hull of the Steadfast attempted to disrupt the signal, which they succeeded in doing momentarily. As Resistance forces dwindled, General Lando Calrissian arrived with the Millennium Falcon at the forefront of the Citizens' Fleet, an expansive 14,000 strong allied fleet from all parts of the galaxy. With the new reinforcements, General Poe Dameron ordered the others to focus on the superlasers of the Star Destroyers.
Subsequently, the Sutta was the first Sith Star Destroyer to be targeted by Resistance and allied forces. The Falcon, RZ-2 A-wing interceptors, T-70 X-wing starfighters, and a B-Wing Fighter focused their fire on the Sutta's underbelly axial superlaser, resulting in a chain reaction of explosions from the cannon to the reactor. Following the detonation of the reactor, more explosions tore through the midship, and engulfed the command structure in front of the tower. More explosions followed, and the Sutta was consumed by the destruction. Following the loss of the Sutta, a crew member aboard the Steadfast's bridge announced that they had lost a Destroyer. Various other Sith Star Destroyers eventually followed the Sutta in destruction, with the Resistance and its allies eventually emerging victorious from the battle, which witnessed the complete destruction of the Sith Eternal forces and Darth Sidious.
Commanders and crew
The Sutta, like the other Sith Star Destroyers of the Final Order, was under the overall command of Allegiant General Enric Pryde under the direction of Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, with Captain Strok serving as the commanding officer of the ship while on Exegol.
Behind the scenes
The Sutta first appeared in the final film of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, which was released in 2019. Its name was revealed in the 2021 reference book Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy. In the functioning Sith language created by Ben Grossblatt for the Star Wars Legends book Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, sutta means "spear."
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition audiobook
- Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy (First identified as Sutta)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary establishes that the Xyston-class Star Destroyer is 2,406 meters in length, 682 meters in height, has a ventral solar ionization reactor that feeds directly to the axial superlaser, two deflector shield generator domes situated on the conning tower, forty heavy turbolaser cannon turrets, forty ion cannons, forty point-defense laser cannons, ten heavy tractor beam projectors, and thirty-five variable-ordnance warhead launchers. It also states that the Star Destroyer contains hangars adjacent to the superlaser. Since Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy establishes that the Sutta was a Xyston-class Star Destroyer, it must have these characteristics.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker occur thirty five years after the Battle of Yavin. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Yavin to 0 BBY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker must occur in 35 ABY.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- E-mail from Ben Grossblatt on the Sith language