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"Now they understand. I feel their terror. Most satisfactory."
"The next target, my Lord?"
"Hope. Hope dies."
―Darth Vader and Admiral Kendal Ozzel[src]

In 1 ABY, the Galactic Empire launched an attack on the Rebel Alliance's Mako-Ta Space Docks[3] after Queen Trios revealed to Darth Vader the location of the rebels.[1]

PreludeEdit

"Friends, dignitaries, allies what you have seen today is strength. The fleet is our hidden blade…but all of you should know, it is there. When it is needed, we will be here for you."
Chancellor Mon Mothma[src]
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The Alliance had obtained a number of Mon Calamari cruisers following the mutiny on Mon Cala.

After the mutiny on Mon Cala, the Alliance to Restore the Republic held a party at their base at the Mako-Ta Space Docks to celebrate their victory and show their fleet to their allies. During this party, Leia Organa spoke with the Monarch of Shu-Torun, Queen Trios as Mon Mothma prepared to give a speech. She told Trios how they outfitted the cruisers with Shu-Torun technology to thank her for her help in getting them the cruisers. Alliance starfighters, which included Luke Skywalker among its pilots, did a flyby before landing in the hangar of General Jan Dodonna's cruiser. The mood among the Rebels was high and some believed the Galactic Empire did not stand a chance against the Rebellion now.[3]

At the same time of the party, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and C-3PO traveled to the Ring of Kafrene, where they had an run-in with two of Jabba the Hutt's bounty hunters.[3]

As the rebel sub-groups reported to Organa, and General Vanden Willard, of Delta Group, told Organa to wish Mothma good luck in her speech. Mothma gave her speech and promised that the fleet would help their allies whenever they needed it, but when the ships were about to jump to hyperspace they could not. Leia asked where Trios was but she had already left for her ship. The party was then interrupted by the arrival of Death Squadron, which had been secretly contacted by Trios shortly before.[3]

The attackEdit

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The Executor and its escort fire on Willard's cruiser

After the Empire's arrival at the docks, Darth Vader told his ships to wait for the rebels to take in their situation. The cruisers attempted to scramble their fighters and realised that their cargo bay doors would not work, neither would their turbolasers or their propulsion engines. Now satisfied, Vader ordered the closest cruiser to be destroyed, the closest being Willard's cruiser. Willard told his crew to divert all power to the shields, but they didn't hold and he wasn't able to fully say his last words before he was incinerated as his ship blew into a fireball. Admiral Ozzel asked Vader what their next target was and he told him hope, before saying that hope was to die.[3]

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Trios' ship attempts to leave the spacedocks as the fighting ensues

As the Star Destroyers began engaging the rest of the cruisers, Queen Trios made it to her ship and they attempted to flee the spacedocks. However, the rebel command refused it's departure and Organa sent on a boarding party, led by her and General Bandwin Cor, to capture Trios and find a way to regain control of the cruiser's systems. Trios ordered a defensive line and her soldiers engaged the rebels. Organa was almost killed but Cor pulled her back, telling her she was too valuable to lose. They broke the defensive line and the remaining Shu-Torun soldiers fled the scene. Trios was notified this and she made for an escape pod as the rebels entered the room. Organa chased Trios but she made it into an escape pod before she could catch her and launched it.[4]

Generals Cor and Davits Draven began looking into the database on Trios ship but could not find a way to regain control of all of the cruiser's systems. However, he discovered that while the hanger doors could not opened manually, they could still open automatically when a ship flies into the cruiser, meaning there was still a chance to get the fighters out of the cruisers. Cor volunteered to take his shuttle there and try. He flew it towards the cruiser but was soon shot down by TIE fighters. Shortly after, another cruiser exploded after taking too much turbolaser fire from the Star Destroyers. Organa said that they had to keep trying if they wanted to survive.[4]

Shortly after, the Millenium Falcon arrived after escaping the Ring of Kafrene. Han Solo was surprised to see Death Squadron there and raised Organa on the comms. She told him to fly at the hanger doors of the cruiser in order to have them open. Solo complied and they were soon engaged by TIE fighters. Vader was notified of the Falcon's arrival and he left the bridge to reach his TIE advanced. The Falcon managed to shoot down at least one of the TIE fighters and destroyed a couple of the turbolasers on one of the Star Destroyers. It then flew towards General Jan Dodonna's cruiser to get it's hanger doors open. However, Vader reach him in his TIE advanced and began to engage the light freighter before it could make it to the cruiser.[4]

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The newly founded Rogue Squadron forms up

The Millenium Falcon tried to evade Vader's TIE advanced but could not shake it off. At that same time, Commander Lajaie's cruiser was being crippled under fire. Lajaie ordered his men to abandon ship and they jettisoned on the escape pods. At they did that, Vader told Ozzel to get rid the escape pods. As TIE fighters massacred the pods, Lajaie's cruiser exploded and Solo saw an opportunity from it. He flew into the fire ball to lose Vader. Vader followed him in and tried to follow the Millenium Falcon. However he failed to do so and Solo made some distance between the two ships. Solo then put a plan into action: he had Chewbacca put C-3PO into an escape pod and launched him into Dodonna's cruiser. Skywalker found 3PO after the droid crawled it's way into the airlock and he told him about how the hanger doors could open automatically.[6]

Skywalker saw rushed to his X-wing starfighter and Dodonna told him to stop. Skywalker refused and he flew at the doors, opening them for him. The rest of the pilots followed in their X-wings and when Wedge Antilles asked what their callsign was, he thought of Jyn Erso and named them Rogue Squadron.[6]

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Galactic Civil War
(0 BBY5 ABY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Jedi Purge · Jedha insurgency

Concurrent: Campaigns of Saw Gerrera's Partisans · Ryloth insurgency

Next: Cold war

Battles of the Galactic Civil War
0 BBY Scarif · Tatooine (I) · Operation Mad Rush (Vir Aphshire) · Death Star · Yavin
0 ABY Taanab · Yavin 4 · Alderaan survivors · Cyrkon · Llanic
Rodia · Fex · Denon · Pasher · Omereth · Giju · Tertiary Usaita system · Devaron · Tibrin · Kuat shipyards · Imdaar · Cymoon 1 · Tatooine (II) · Monsua Nebula · Nar Shaddaa · Vrogas Vas · Coruscant (I) · Sunspot Prison · Ghost Moon · Harbinger · Tureen VII · C-3PO · Skorii-Lei (II) · Ocean planet · Akiva (I) · Horox III
1 ABY EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate · Jedha · Mon Cala · Mako-Ta Space Docks · Mid Rim Retreat (Phorsa Gedd · Haidoral Prime · Coyerti · Bamayar · Enrivi system · Chonsetta system · Redhurne system)
3 ABY Rebel flotilla · Hoth (I) · Cloud City (I) · Cloud City (II)
Operation Ringbreaker (Mardona III · Najan-Rovi · Obumubo · Nakadia (I) · Naator · Xagobah · Kuliquo belt · Inyusu Tor)
4 ABY Rebel convoy · Operation Yellow Moon (Basteel · Sesid · Jaresh · Shieldmaiden)
Invincible Faith · Hudalla · Endor (I) · Durkteel
Coruscant civil war (Monument Plaza) · Endor (II) · Beltire · Cawa City
Operation: Cinder (Fondor (I) · Naboo (I))
Tayron · Iron Blockade (Bespin · Anoat (I) · The Crypt · Mataou · Hoth (II) · Anoat (II)) · Malastare · Akiva (II) · Naalol · Geonosis · Uyter · Sevarcos · Akiva (III)
5 ABY Vetine · Takodana · Hyborean Moon · Vorlag · Wild Space
Nag Ubdur (Govneh Ridge · Binjai-Tin) · Arkanis · Kuat (II)
Kashyyyk · Chandrila · Chinook Station · Sullust (II) · Naboo (II)
Fondor (II) · Jakku
Other Allst Prime · Asyrphus · Beroq 4 · Blacktar Cyst · Chargona · Crait · Gorma · Grakkus · Kuat (I) · Magnus Horn · Nakadia (II) · Primtara · Rebel fleet · Skorii-Lei (I) · Sullust · Operations on Tatooine (Mission to recover Atom Edge's supplies · Bombing of the Imperial Listening Station · Operations against the Empire · Tatooine (III))
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