This cruiser was a class of Mon Calamari starship that was active during the Imperial Era. It was part of the Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet and later the naval forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The Geist was of this class, as was Commander Lajaie's cruiser.
- "All those with access to pods, evacuate."
- ―Commander Lajaie, evacuating his cruiser
This Mon Calamari cruiser was a class of cruiser utilized by the Mon Calamari of the planet Mon Cala. It was equipped with five engines and had two blunt wings, one on its port and the other on its starboard side. The cruiser had its bridge situated in one of two towers on its dorsal side, and could be optionally outfitted with a longer tower on its ventral side. The cruiser was also equipped with escape pods, a deflector shield generator, a hyperdrive, and had at least two hangar bays which could allow the cruiser to launch starfighters.
Mutiny on Mon CalaEdit
This Mon Calamari cruiser was active during the reign of the Galactic Empire. During the Empire's occupation of Mon Cala, Imperial forces commandeered the monarchy's Mon Cala Mercantile Fleet, and renamed it the Mon Cala Imperial Trade Fleet. By the time of the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, these cruisers served in the trade fleet.
After a rebel team led by Princess Leia Organa attempted to persuade Grand Admiral Urtya to mutiny against the Empire failed, the team managed to record Mon Cala King Lee-Char's final words before he was killed by Imperial stormtroopers. Although Urtya managed to seize the recording, he decided to send the recording to all starships of the trading fleet, causing their Mon Calamari crews to mutiny. Several ships were above Mon Cala, including two of this class of Mon Calamari cruiser, when they revolted and were met with an Imperial blockade commanded by Admiral Meori.
Rebel Alliance forces led by Admiral Gial Ackbar arrived to reinforce the mutineering vessels, and after the Aurora Flare managed to break the blockade by self-sacrificing itself and destroying the Imperial flagship, the Mon Cala and Rebel Alliance starships jumped to hyperspace and retreated. Months later, at least four of these Mon Calamari cruisers were at the Rebel Alliance Mako-Ta Space Docks, where they and many other Mon Calamari starships had been refitted with Shu-Torun systems and had integrated with the Alliance Fleet. At least two of these Mon Calamari cruisers served as flagships, the Geist serving as the flagship of Gamma Group, and Commander Lajaie's cruiser as the flagship of Beta Group.
Assault on the Mako-Ta Space DocksEdit
- "General Syndulla here. My cruiser's up and ready."
- ―General Hera Syndulla, reporting that the Geist regained its systems
The Shu-Torun systems, provided by Queen Trios, were rigged for sabotage however, as Trios was secretly an agent for the Sith Lord Darth Vader. When Vader's Imperial Death Squadron arrived and attacked the Alliance Fleet was caught defenseless and exposed. The Imperial fleet attacked various Mon Calamari vessels, including these Mon Calamari cruisers. Commander Lajaie's cruiser, a Mon Calamari cruiser of this class, was then attacked by Imperial forces as they attempted to break through the system failure. Not having enough time, Commander Lajaie ordered all crew to evacuate the cruiser with the escape pods and for those who survive to inform other rebel personnel that some operation systems could be bypassed. Eventually, Lajaie's cruiser was destroyed and exploded.
Eventually, rebel forces realized that the hangar doors on their vessels would open if it detected a rebel transponder. After Luke Skywalker and the newly created Rogue Squadron managed to launch from the MC80A star cruiser Republic, and flew near a hangar door of the Geist, allowing the Geist to deploy its starfighter complement.
During the battle, Leia Organa led a team to board the Executor and obtain the codes to bypass the Shu-Torun systems. Eventually, the Republic, managed to break through the sabotage and escape the battle. Regrouping, the Republic and surviving rebel forces returned and managed to transfer the codes to all other surviving rebel starships, allowing the survivors to escape.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars 48: Mutiny at Mon Cala, Part V (First appearance)
- Star Wars 49: Mutiny at Mon Cala, Part VI
- Star Wars 50: Hope Dies, Part I
- Star Wars 51: Hope Dies, Part II
- Star Wars 52: Hope Dies, Part III
- Star Wars 53: Hope Dies, Part IV
- Star Wars 54: Hope Dies, Part V
- Star Wars 55: Hope Dies, Part VI
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars 52: Hope Dies, Part III
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars 55: Hope Dies, Part VI
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars 53: Hope Dies, Part IV
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars 50: Hope Dies, Part I
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Star Wars 48: Mutiny at Mon Cala, Part V
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Star Wars 49: Mutiny at Mon Cala, Part VI