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The BC-714 luxury transport, also known as the InterGalactic Banking Clan ship, was a space transport designed by the Techno Union for the InterGalactic Banking Clan. As the BC-714 was one of the fastest starships in the galaxy, the Banking Clan used it as a transport vessel for Muun species executives to systems they had business dealings with. It had a luxurious interior, so that passengers often despised less comfortable vessels. San Hill, the IGBC's chairman, used a BC-714 luxury as his personal starship. At some point during the Clone Wars, a convoy led by General Grievous' flagship, the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence, contained a pair of BC-714s.

CharacteristicsEdit

Bc transports Malevolence

Grievous' flagship Malevolence with a pair of BC-714 luxury transports

The BC-714 luxury transport was one of the fastest and most comfortable transport vessels in the galaxy. Smooth, lean, and rocket-shaped, the 55.2 meters long BC-714 was designed with aerodynamic flight in mind. The transport contained Twin-Ion engines, which provided enormous thrust both in atmosphere and out. The thrusters enabled it to reach an atmospheric speed of 1,800 km/h. The ship was also equipped with an advanced hyperdrive which had a rating of one, as well as a backup with a rating of six. The ship was equipped with a navigation computer. Two variations of the ship existed, one which was equipped with twin engines,[1] and one with four,[3] though the difference in configuration did not effect the performance. Both variations of the ship were identical in all other aspects.[1]

A pleasure yacht at heart, the BC-714 offered many amenities for the wealthy, such as luxurious staterooms for passengers, a twenty seat holotheater, and dining rooms that rivaled the finest restaurants on Muunilinst. Seventeen crew members were needed to fly the ship on a normal flight, with provided quarters for thirty passengers. Although unarmed, the BC-714 compensated its lack of weaponry with sheer speed and heavy shields, which made it ideal for the Muun species executives who used the ship as a symbol of their status. It had a cargo capacity of up to eighty metric tons and could carry consumables for up to 6 months, though there was not enough space to take any additional complement vessels.[1] A new BC-714 luxury transport was priced at AurebeshSans-Serif credit1,700,000, while a used one featured a value of AurebeshSans-Serif credit980,000. The ship's availability was restricted to members of the InterGalactic Banking Clan.[1]

HistoryEdit

The BC-714 luxury transport was designed and produced by the Techno Union on behalf of the InterGalactic Banking Clan.[1] The ship was also referred to as the "InterGalactic Banking Clan ship" due to its use by the finance conglomerate.[2] The transport was used as a luxury vessel for the Muun executives of the Banking Clan and gathered much prestige. It was so comfortable, that most of the passengers despised other, less luxurious vessels after traveling on it.[1] San Hill, the IGBC's chairman, used a BC-714 as his personal starship during the Separatist Crisis.[4] In the Clone Wars, a pair of these ships served in a Separatist convoy led by General Grievous' Subjugator-class flagship, the Malevolence.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"For the Commerce and Banking Clan ships, George wanted designs that harkened back to 1950s-style rocket ships."
―Marc Gabbana[src]
IGBC ship concept

Marc Gabbana's concept art

The BC-714 luxury transport was developed by Marc Gabbana[5] for George Lucas' 2002 film, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, as a starship for the InterGalactic Banking Clan.[2] George Lucas requested a retro-style design for the Banking Clan's and Commerce Guild's starships, similar to rocket ships seen in 1950s Science Fiction films. When Gabbana created the Banking Clan ship, he designed it to be capable of vertical take-offs and landings. Since the first concept art looked too sleek, he bulked the starship up to fit them into the Star Wars universe. In the end he added a dark opening near the ship's top to break up its cylindric form.[6]

The InterGalactic Banking Clan's entry in the old Databank on StarWars.com stated that the starships were not seen clearly in the finished movie.[2] According to Kevin Beentjes' StarWars.com blog entry "Back From the Drawing Board, Part 2: Repurposed Star Wars Technology", the starship hasn't been in the film at all.[5] Its name was first mentioned in the 2009 WotC roleplaying game supplement book The Clone Wars Campaign Guide.[1] On its card in the Attack of the Clones edition of the Star Wars Trading Card Game there are four ion thrusters[3] instead of the Twin-Ion engine mentioned in the The Clone Wars Campaign Guide.[1]

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