- "It was I who allowed the alliance to know the location of the shield generator. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. An entire legion of my best troops await them. Oh...I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive."
- ―Palpatine to Luke Skywalker, regarding the vulnerability of the Endor shield generator.
Tempest Force was an Imperial Army, Stormtrooper Corps and Navy joint-task unit stationed on Endor's forest moon during 3–4 ABY. Led by Colonel Dyer, Commander Igar, and Major Hewex, the unit was comprised of some of the Imperial Military's best troops, with the total force strength being comparable to a legion within the Stormtrooper Corps. It was tasked with guarding the shield generator bunker on the Forest Moon from the Alliance to Restore the Republic Endor strike team. To train and prepare for the operation, Tempest Force participated in the subjugation of Kashyyyk.
Battle of Endor[edit | edit source]
Tempest Force's mission was to defend the Imperial installation, including the shield generator and landing platforms, on the forest moon. Members of this force participated in several duel-sized skirmishes with Rebel forces before the primary engagement in space above Endor.
During the Battle of Endor, the garrison were supplemented by additional legions of stormtroopers. Tempest Force was known to consist of at least one AT-AT, at least 39 AT-STs, stormtroopers, Navy troopers, and many scout trooper patrols. The Galactic Emperor Palpatine also implied, when revealing to Luke Skywalker onboard the Second Death Star that the Rebel forces were walking into a trap, that Tempest Force's overall size was comparable to that of a legion.
Notable members[edit | edit source]
Leaders[edit | edit source]
Tempest Scouts[edit | edit source]
- Lieutenant Arnet—Imperial Army pilot of Tempest Scout 1
- Major Marquand—Imperial Army pilot of Tempest Scout 2
- Lieutenant Watts—gunner of Tempest Scout 2
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- Major Hewex—leader of Navy troopers assigned to bunker
- Imperial Navy trooper Fenson
- Imperial Navy trooper Vesden
Ground troops[edit | edit source]
- Lieutenant Renz— assumed command of ground troops upon the incapacitation of Colonel Dyer
- Sergeant Hume Tarl
- Sergeant Wallen
- Corporal Drazin
Scout troopers[edit | edit source]
- Lieutenant Grond—coordinator of scout trooper actions
- Sergeant Barich
- Sergeant Elsek
- Sergeant Irol
- Corporal Avarik
- Corporal Drelosyn
- Corporal Misik
- Corporal Oberk
Vehicles[edit | edit source]
- At least 1 All Terrain Armored Transport
- At least 39 All Terrain Scout Transport/Legends
- At least twelve 74-Z speeder bikes
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Although not named in Return of the Jedi, the Endor expansion of the CCG goes into detail regarding Tempest Force. Many of the cards also reference to the subjugation of Kashyyyk. It is possible that an earlier version of Tempest Force was present there.
In one of the deleted scenes for Return of the Jedi, Moff Jerjerrod's dialogue referred to the unit as being composed of "several battalions", even though Palpatine in the movie itself implies that its size was comparable to a legion.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novel
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Word Puzzles (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt (Picture only)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Endor Limited
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars: The Card Game – Core Set (Card: The Endor Gambit) (Picture only)