- "I'm telling you, Captain Tekba, this is the same kind of missile that destroyed Pinnacle Base! It has full shields and is armed to fend off attacks. You have about ten minutes to jump to hyperspace!"
- ―General Lando Calrissian warns Captain Tekba of the Galaxy Gun's attack
Captain Tekba was a Mon Calamari male who commanded the New Republic troopship Pelagia during the late Galactic Civil War. In 11 ABY, while the Pelagia was en route to reinforce a New Republic siege of an Imperial shipyard on the Galactic Rim, it stopped to pick up an X-wing fighter flight group in the Ottega system. At that moment, a particle disintegrator warhead was fired at Tekba's starship from the Galaxy Gun, Emperor Palpatine's newest superweapon.
Although General Lando Calrissian warned Tekba of the missile, which was approaching his position through hyperspace, Tekba did not have enough time to retreat and instead attempted to intercept and destroy the warhead. However, his effort failed, and the missile destroyed the Pelagia, killing Tekba and a hundred thousand of the New Republic's best troops that it had been carrying aboard.
New Republic serviceEdit
- "This is Captain Tekba, go ahead Alliance Command."
- ―Captain Tekba, receiving a communication
Tekba was a Mon Calamari male who served in the New Republic's naval forces during the later stages of the Galactic Civil War. By the year 11 ABY, Tekba had attained the rank of captain and was in command of the troopship Pelagia. During that time, the New Republic was caving in under the onslaught of the reborn Galactic Emperor Palpatine, who used his newest superweapon, the Galaxy Gun, to spread a reign of terror across the galaxy.
The Galaxy Gun was capable of firing particle disintegrator warheads that traveled through hyperspace and could destroy entire celestial bodies, as was the case with the moon of Da Soocha V, where the New Republic had operated its Pinnacle Base, as well as two other targets.
Sometime after the destruction of Pinnacle Base, Tekba and the Pelagia were assigned to reinforce a New Republic siege of an Imperial shipyard that was taking place on the Galactic Rim. Loaded to its brink with a hundred thousand of the New Republic's finest ground troops and heavy armor, the Pelagia embarked on a journey toward the shipyard.
Doomsday weapon strikes againEdit
- "What? Impossible! Our fire doesn't penetrate those shields! Let's hope your shields are as good, Captain Tekba."
"Take evasive action! Take evas…"
- ―Green Leader and Captain Tekba, moments before the destruction of the Pelagia
On the way, however, the Pelagia made a stop in the Ottega system to rendezvous with Green Group, a flight group of T-65 X-wing starfighters. Learning of that rendezvous spot, Emperor Palpatine, stationed on his throneworld of Byss, fired the Galaxy Gun at the Pelagia. As the particle disintegrator warhead was traveling toward Tekba's ship, it was detected by New Republic long-range sensors.
While the X-wings of Green Group were still in the process of docking with the Pelagia, Tekba was contacted by General Lando Calrissian of the New Republic High Command. Calrissian warned Tekba of the approaching missile, informing the Mon Calamari of its destructive capabilities and surmising that the Pelagia only had ten minutes to escape. However, Tekba realized that he would be unable to bring his ship to safety in time, as the Pelagia would require at least thirty minutes to reach lightspeed. As such, Tekba began preparing the forces under his command to take a stand against the warhead.
As the missile emerged from hyperspace, Tekba contacted the X-wings of Green Group that were still in space near the Pelagia, asking them to provide assistance. Tekba launched the Pelagia's own starfighter complement and sounded a full battle alarm, bringing all of the troopship's defense cannons to fire at the warhead. Yet even the combined firepower of the Pelagia and the X-wings was not enough to penetrate the warhead's deflector shields. Tekba was soon notified of the futility of their attack by Green Leader in charge of Green Group. As the missile approached the Pelagia, Tekba desperately attempted to perform evasive maneuvers, but it was to no avail. The warhead exploded on impact with the troopship, annihilating the Pelagia and killing Tekba as well as all those aboard.
- "The Rebel troopship is returned to the void! The Rebel Alliance will know their day is over."
- ―Emperor Palpatine, reacting to the death of Captain Tekba and the destruction of the Pelagia
In the meantime, Emperor Palpatine, who was watching the attack through a live feed transmitted through subminiature probe drones that had followed the missile, was ecstatic at the destruction of the New Republic warship.
The Emperor demonstrated the event to the ruler of the Gama-Senn species, using the fear of the Galaxy Gun to bring the species under his rule. The news of the Pelagia's destruction and the loss of Tekba and all the troops aboard was another major blow to the New Republic, whose new base on the Space City of Nespis VIII soon became the next target of Palpatine's weapon.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Battle stations! Tactical, bring all weapons to bear on that missile!"
- ―Captain Tekba, commanding his crew
Captain Tekba was the commanding officer of the Pelagia, a major New Republic troopship that was capable of ferrying over a hundred thousand troops. However, Tekba was not particularly impressed with his command, referring to the vessel as an "old hunk."
Ordered by his superiors to reinforce the siege of an Imperial shipyard, the Mon Calamari was intent on completing that mission and was later hesitant to abort docking procedures with the X-wings of Green Group, even after he was informed of the incoming Galaxy Gun attack. When faced with the prospect of destruction by the Galaxy Gun, Tekba hastily attempted to organize a defense, giving frantic orders to the crew of the Pelagia, but he was unable to stop Palpatine's superweapon. Tekba had black eyes and dark skin.
Behind the scenesEdit
Tekba first appeared in the 1995 Dark Horse comic book Empire's End 1: Triumph of the Empire, written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Jim Baikie. He later appeared in the audio drama adaptation of the comic book, which presented a minor inconsistency, as Tekba was contacted by Chief of State Mon Mothma, instead of Lando Calrissian, who performed the task in the comic.
The Essential Atlas, published in 2009, placed the destruction of the Pelagia on the Braxant Run hyperlane in the Outer Rim Territories, while placing the Ottega system, where the attack occurs in the original comic, in the Mid Rim.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The New Essential Chronology dates the events of Empire's End 1: Triumph of the Empire, in which Captain Tekba dies aboard the troopship Pelagia in the Ottega system, to 11 ABY.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 Empire's End 1: Triumph of the Empire
- ↑ Dark Empire II 5: The Galaxy Weapon
- ↑ X-wing starfighters used by the New Republic as the T-65 X-wing starfighter. identifies
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Empire's End audio drama
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Essential Atlas