The TIE/dg starfighter, also known as the TIE dagger, or the Sith TIE fighter,[source?] was a type of Sith-affiliated TIE line starship that was forged in secret by forces under the command of the reborn Emperor Palpatine, along with the Xyston-class Star Destroyer, the AAL-2100/9.5 atmospheric assault lander, and other new technology created by the Sith Eternal.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The TIE/dg was part of the TIE line of ships that had previously served as the starfighter of choice for both the Galactic Empire and First Order. It had an armament of laser cannons beneath the ball cockpit, and two heavy laser cannons between the solar collector wing and the suspended winglet. These cannons gave it a deadly punch in starfighter combat. It was manufactured by Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems and had red designs representing their loyalty to the Sith. It had a cockpit, two triangular-shaped wings that featured solar collectors, and twin ion engines.
The TIE/dg replaced the two handle yoke of the original TIE's design with two independent control columns, which had levered handgrips that offered a greater degree of movement. Feedback on the columns created a strong sense of connection between the fighter and pilot.
History[edit | edit source]
The TIE/dg was a new generation of starfighter that saw use during the war between the First Order and the Resistance. It was one of the three ship classes used by the Sith Eternal, the others being the Xyston-class Star Destroyer and the AAL-2100/9.5 atmospheric assault lander. The TIE fighter was launched from hanger bays of the Xyston-class Star Destroyer, adjacent to the axial superlaser. This ship proved its excellence in dogfighting at the Battle of Exegol, as alongside the Star Destroyers that made up the Final Order, it nearly obliterated the Resistance. After Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca arrived with a fleet of starships the Sith Eternal forces were defeated.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The TIE/dg starfighter features in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. The ship was first introduced with the reveal of the cover for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary during the Lucasfilm Publishing panel held at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2019. The starfighter's official name was first identified in Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition.
The concept of a TIE starfighter with twin triangular wings first appeared in Canon through the comic story "Intermission" Part I, as a model piece in one of Madam Synata's Genius of A Thousand Faces Museum's dioramas. The museum featured events from galactic history, as depicted in the plays of actress Risha Synata.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- 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: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel audiobook
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel Adaptation
Sources[edit | edit source]
- (First mentioned)
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition (First identified as TIE/dg starfighter)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide (as TIE dagger)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Official Collector's Edition
- "Battle Beyond the Stars"—Star Wars Insider 194
- (Picture only)