The Atrivis Day group was four BFF-1 bulk freighters used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic to ferry supplies. They were part of a convoy traveling to the Organarms Deep Space Manufacturing Facility that encountered an Imperial Missile Boat. Their presence in this engagement was later replayed in an Imperial simulator mission, training pilots for the Missile Boat.
Atrivis Day was the operational name for a group of four BFF-1 bulk freighters working for the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the early years of the Galactic Civil War. Individually, the freighters were named Atrivis Day 1, 2, 3 and 4. The freighters were equipped with shields and hyperdrives.
At the start of the Zaarin insurrection in 4 ABY, the Atrivis Day group was part of an Alliance convoy hauling supplies to the Organarms Deep Space Manufacturing Facility. In addition to Atrivis Day, the convoy was composed of the Container transport group Kempman, the Modular conveyor group Altar Moon, the freighter group Rimrunner and eight other container ships. Military support was provided by the Nebulon-B escort frigate Dahome as well as fighters from Red, Gold, and Blue Squadrons.
Atrivis Day was at the forefront of the convoy, hauling raw materials. However, upon reverting from hyperspace, they found the Organarms facility destroyed, the target of a lone Imperial Missile Boat, still in-system. This enemy craft was joined shortly after by the Imperial Strike-class medium cruiser Arjun. As the small Imperial craft moved to engage the four freighters, the rest of the convoy began to arrive in-system, beginning with a number of Y-wing starfighters and Z-95 Headhunters from Red Squadron, who moved to attack the Imperial forces.
The role of the Atrivis Day group at this battle was later included in an Imperial simulation used to train pilots for the Missile Boat. Such notable pilots as Maarek Stele, an eventual Emperor's Hand, trained on this mission.
Behind the scenes
The Atrivis Day group was created for LucasArts' Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire (1994), the expansion pack to their video game Star Wars: TIE Fighter. There, they appeared in the first simulator mission, training the player in the use of the Missile Boat. These simulator missions were based on in-universe historical missions. Consequently, the actual existence of Atrivis Day in canon is confirmed, but the specific outcome of the original engagement is not. Instead, the simulation allows the player to accomplish the mission to varying degrees of completeness. As the destruction of the Atrivis Day group is only a secondary goal for the player, the mission can be accomplished with or without their destruction, leaving uncertainty as to their final in-universe fate.
- Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire (Simulator appearance only)
- TIE Fighter Collector's CD-ROM: The Official Strategy Guide
- TIE Fighter: Defender of the Empire Campaign Disc: Official Secrets & Solutions