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"New Republic forces chased the Arbitrator into a black hole."
Statura, in an annotation of The Rebel Files[src]

The Arbitrator was an Executor-class Star Dreadnought in the Imperial Navy. Around the time of the Galactic Civil War, the command ship was considered to be one of the Empire's most critical Super Star Destroyers. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, the Arbitrator was pursued by several New Republic starships. Attempting to escape them, the dreadnought jumped to erroneous hyperspace coordinates, which resulted in a destruction of the vessel after it was pulled into a black hole.

DescriptionEdit

As an Executor-class Star Dreadnought, the Arbitrator measured 19,000 meters long and was armed with 5,000 turbolasers,[2] as well as ion cannons[5] and concussion missile tubes. The ship was propelled by thirteen engine thrusters,[3] allowing it to travel at 100 kilometers per hour, and it was equipped with a class 1 hyperdrive. Additionally, the Star Dreadnought featured a titanium-reinforced hull[1] and at least one hangar bay, accommodating TIE/ln space superiority starfighters, TIE/IN interceptors and TIE/sa bombers[3] that formed part of its complement of over one thousand ships. The Arbitrator was manned by thousands of crew.[1]

The ship also transmitted tracking data to the Hall of Imperial Register on the Imperial planet Coruscant, allowing for a black box recording of information so it could be discerned what occurred before the ship was destroyed, captured or surrendered.[4]

HistoryEdit

Grand Admiral Sloane

Grand Admiral Rae Sloane learned of the Arbitrator's fate.

Originally constructed at Kuat Drive Yards,[1] the command ship Arbitrator was mentioned in The Rebel Files, a compilation of information, reports, and accounts belonging to the Rebel Alliance,[2] between 0 BBY and 3 ABY,[9] around the time of the Galactic Civil War. It was mentioned in a list compiled by Alliance Admiral Ackbar regarding the Imperial Navy's most critical Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts, both those in service and those under construction.[2] Before the Battle of Endor[4] in 4 ABY,[7] the Arbitrator was one of the Empire's thirteen Super Star Destroyers,[4] a title given to several classes[10] of Imperial capital ships. After the battle, which saw the Alliance defeat the Empire after the Emperor and the second Death Star were destroyed, the Empire fractured, and the Rebel Alliance transitioned into the New Republic.[4]

Sometime after the battle, between[6] 4 ABY[7] and 5 ABY,[8] the Arbitrator was pursued by forces of the New Republic's fleet. In an attempt to escape, the ship made a bad hyperspace calculation, causing it to be evaporated after it was sucked into a[4] black hole.[2] In 5 ABY,[8] after the vessel's destruction, Imperial Grand Admiral Rae Sloane of the Executor-class Ravager visited Coruscant to research Gallius Rax, her mysterious superior. While at the Hall of Imperial Register, Sloane discovered that eleven of the thirteen dreadnoughts originally in the Empire's service, including the Arbitrator, had been destroyed, captured or surrendered, with the only two remaining being the Ravager and the Eclipse.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Arbitrator was first mentioned in the 2016 novel Aftermath: Life Debt, the second entry in the Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, written by Chuck Wendig.[4]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Star Wars: The Rebel Files establishes that the Arbitrator is an Executor-class Star Dreadnought, which is manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards, travels at 100 kilometers per hour, has a class 1 hyperdrive and a titanium-reinforced hull, and carries over one thousand ships and thousands of crew, according to Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Star Wars: The Rebel Files establishes that the Arbitrator is an Executor-class Star Dreadnought, which has concussion missile tubes and thirteen engine thrusters, and carries TIE fighters, TIE bombers and TIE interceptors in its main hangar bay, according to Ultimate Star Wars.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Aftermath: Life Debt
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Rebel Files establishes that the Arbitrator is an Executor-class Star Dreadnought, which is armed with ion cannons according to Encyclopedia-Logo Super Star Destroyer in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Aftermath: Life Debt places the destruction of the Arbitrator between its main story narrative and the Battle of Endor.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY and the events of Shattered Empire, Part IV, which take place three months after the battle, to 5 ABY. Furthermore, the novel Aftermath states that months have passed since the Battle of Endor, while Aftermath: Life Debt begins two months after the end of Aftermath. Therefore, the events of Aftermath: Life Debt begin at least four months after the Battle of Endor, which corresponds to 5 ABY. Additionally, Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Jakku, as depicted in Life Debt's sequel, Aftermath: Empire's End, to 5 ABY as well, thereby firmly placing Aftermath: Life Debt in 5 ABY.
  9. Star Wars: The Rebel Files states that The Rebel Files' "Alliance Chron 3" section, which mentions the Arbitrator, was compiled in 19–22 AFE. Using the dating system in Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, it can be deduced that this equates to 0 BBY3 ABY.
  10. Star Wars: Complete Locations