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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 their Muun executives to travel to systems they had business dealings with. The transport had a luxurious interior, which often led to its passengers despising less comfortable vessels. San Hill, the IGBC's chairman, used a BC-714 luxury transport 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

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 meter-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 a navigation computer and an advanced hyperdrive which had a rating of one, as well as a backup with a rating of six. Two variations of the ship existed, one which was equipped with twin engines,[1] and one with four.[3]

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

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 a dining room 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 InterGalactic Banking Clan executives of the Muun species 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 six months. Usually the ship did not carry any additional complement vessels. A new BC-714 luxury transport was priced at AurebeshSans-Serif credit1,700,000, while a used one cost 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 for interstellar business travel.[3] The transport was used as a luxury vessel by the Muun executives of the Banking Clan and gathered much prestige. The BC-714 was so comfortable that most 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 BC-714 luxury transports 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 of the InterGalactic Banking Clan ship

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] 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, the artist 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 original Databank on StarWars.com stated that the starships are 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 doesn't appear in the film at all.[5] The BC-714's name was first mentioned in the 2009 Star Wars Roleplaying Game supplement book The Clone Wars Campaign Guide.[1] The ship's card in the Attack of the Clones edition of the Star Wars Trading Card Game depicts it with four ion thrusters[3] instead of the twin-ion engine mentioned in the The Clone Wars Campaign Guide.[1]

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