This was a battle fought on a starship between the forces of the Galactic Empire—led by Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader—and the Jedi Knight Gira, who was protecting a group of Padawans who survived the Great Jedi Purge. Gira fended off the stormtroopers, but was ambushed by Vader. After a brief lightsaber duel, Vader convinced the Jedi to join him, promising to spare the lives of the Padawans, who were aboard an escape vessel. The Sith betrayed Gira, ordering the ship's commander, who had also betrayed Gira, to activate the explosives that were placed aboard the Padawan's ship. After this, Vader left Gira, and the Jedi committed suicide.

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Behind the scenesEdit

The battle first appeared in the story "The Duty", which was featured in Star Wars Tales 12 and written by Christian Read. The story was later compiled into a trade paperback version, Star Wars Tales Volume 3. Plausible stories in Star Wars Tales 120 were initially viewed as S-canon until referenced in a non-Tales source, at which point the subject matter was elevated to C-canon status.[3] The battle was later mentioned in Gira's entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, treating the battle as a unique event and raising its existence in The Duty to C-canon.

In The Duty, the battle is said to have taken place in a base.[2] However, Gira's entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia states that the battle took place on a starship.[1]



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