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The YV-865 Aurore-class freighter was a highly-durable model of freighter built by the Corellian Engineering Corporation. Due to their excessive use by the Zygerrian Slave Empire, they were often nicknamed Zygerrian slave ships.


YV-865 Aurore class freighters[4] were large and blocky spacecraft with spacious cargo holds, large enough to hold a blixus or, in the case of the Zygerrians, numerous slaves. The powerful twin thruster engines, albeit considered primitive by the time of the Clone Wars, sat on two articulated boom arms that extended from each side of the ship's primary hull. These boom arms would fold up while the craft was landing, using the engines as supports. Despite its size and large cargo complement, the vessel could be competently operated by a single pilot.


During the Clone Wars, it was used as a slave transport by the Zygerrian Slave Empire (giving it its nickname), who outfitted the storage bays for live cargo. Darts D'Nar, a Zygerrian slaver, captained a reddish-colored Zygerrian slave ship named the Tecora.[6] The Spartan was another ship used as a slave transport, holding the captives Obi-Wan Kenobi, CT-7567, and Roshti to the facility on Kadavo.[7]

However, its use was not limited to the Zygerrian Slave Empire, being used as a general-purpose freighter across the galaxy. One was owned by the Banking Clan at the Cybloc transfer station,[5] as well as by Preigo and his traveling circus.[8]

Years later, the Mining Guild was known to use such vessels as well. Two years prior to the Battle of Yavin, an Aurore class freighter was patrolling the Sereeda Waypoint with two TIE fighters and encountered a rebel attack shuttle.[3]

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