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"Vader Down. I repeat, Darth Vader has been shot down on Vrogas Vas."
Red Leader[src]

During the Galactic Civil War, a battle was fought on the planet Vrogas Vas between Darth Vader, Imperial Commander Karbin and his forces, and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Vader, who traveled to Vrogas Vas in search of Luke Skywalker, crash-landed on the planet after being shot down and was pursued by Rebel forces.

The battleEdit

Luke Skywalker, who had learned of the existence of a Jedi Temple on the planet Vrogas Vas, traveled to the planet, where a Rebel refueling base was located. Skywalker was stationed in orbit with Red Squadron. Blue and Yellow Squadrons accompanied him. During training exercises, the Sith Lord Darth Vader, whom had been looking for Skywalker since the Battle of Yavin, exited hyperspace, having learned of Skywalker's location from his ally, Chelli Lona Aphra.[3]

Yellow Squadron attacks Darth Vader

Yellow Squadron attacks Darth Vader's TIE Advanced.

Darth Vader immediately opened fire on the rebel space forces. Despite being vastly outnumbered, the Sith's TIE Advanced evaded the rebel's laser fire. The X-wings targeted Darth with proton torpedoes, but he detonated them early with the Force before they could hit his fighter. During the dogfight, Luke Skywalker, who had engaged Vader with Red Squadron, could sense the Dark Lord's presence. Vader could likewise sense Skywalker, noting his strength in the Force. Before long, the entirety of Blue and Yellow Squadrons were destroyed. Skywalker collided his X-wing head-on into Vader, sending both pilots crashing down onto the surface of the planet. [3]

The rebels regrouped, desperate to take advantage of their opportunity to kill Darth Vader. At the refueling base on the planet's surface, the local infantry garrison stationed there rallied for a ground assault on the Sith Lord. At the Alliance Fleet, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo were informed of the situation. An entire company was mobilized against Vader, and General Doddana had another one on the way to back them up. Organa, Solo, Chewbacca, and C-3PO departed for Vrogas Vas to assist Skywalker. Aphra, fearing Vader's wrath, made her way to the planet as well, along with her droids Triple-Zero and Beetee.[3]

Vader Dead Men

Darth Vader surrounded by Rebel troops on the surface.

Rebel forces failed to destroy Darth Vader in several strafing bombing runs. The rebel infantry company caught up with Vader and had him surrounded, demanding a surrender. The Sith refused, engaging them in battle and slaughtering many. Organa, Solo, and friends arrived shortly afterward, along with rebel reinforcements. Organa went with the rebels to face Vader in battle commanding Delta Squad, while Solo and Chewbacca left looking for Skywalker. [8] Arriving in-system around this time, Aphra took her two droids along with her on a journey to the surface of Vrogas Vas to find and capture Skywalker and bring him to Vader.[6]

Karbin-ready to go full ham

Commander Karbin brandishing his sabers.

Darth Vader bested Leia's squad and faced the princess. Organa called in a bombing run by Amber Wing on her position, hoping to kill Vader in the process. However, Amber Wing was unable to carry out her orders when they were intercepted by a TIE fighter squadron under the command of Imperial commander Karbin, a rival of Vader's who had tracked him down to Vrogas Vas in hopes of being the first to find Skywalker and bring him before Emperor Palpatine. Karbin confronted Vader and engaged him in a lightsaber duel.[7]

Elsewhere, Aphra and her droids managed to capture Skywalker. However, Solo came to the young Jedi's rescue, and he and Aphra simultaneously subdue each other with wasp-worms.[7] Chewbacca brought Solo back aboard the Millennium Falcon alongside Skywalker. However, the Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan prevented the Falcon's escape. Chewbacca and Krrsantan grappled with each other and Skywalker was sent by Solo to save Organa.[7]

Near the ruins of the Jedi Temple, Skywalker was fired upon by a squad of stormtroopers, but the troopers were attacked by BT-1, on orders from Aphra to capture Skywalker for Vader, allowing the rebel pilot to flee unharmed. However, Karbin's troops eventually caught up with Skywalker and apprehended him. Aphra contacted Vader and assisted him in killing Karbin by crashing her ship, the Ark Angel, into the Mon Calamari cyborg.[5]

Escaping Vrogas Vas

Han and friends escape Vrogas Vas with Aphra as their captive.

Krrsantan was defeated by Chewbacca and C-3PO. Vader brought down the transport carrying Karbin's forces and Skywalker, allowing the young Jedi to make his escape. The heroes met Aphra once again and Organa, having regrouped with the others in the chaos, took the archaeologist by surprise and knocked her out. Organa, Solo, Chewbacca, Skywalker, R2-D2, and C-3PO escape Vrogas Vas with Aphra as their prisoner whilst Vader looked on at the Millennium Falcon as it made its escape into hyperspace.[5]

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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) · Death Star · Yavin
0 ABY Taanab · Yavin 4 · Alderaan survivors · Cyrkon · Llanic
Rodia · Fex · Denon · Pasher · Omereth · Giju · Devaron · Cymoon 1 · Tatooine (II) · Monsua Nebula · Nar Shaddaa · Vrogas Vas · Coruscant (I) · Sunspot Prison · Ghost Moon · Harbinger · Tureen VII · Skorii-Lei (II) · Ocean planet · Horox III · Jedha
1 ABY Mid Rim Retreat (Haidoral Prime · Coyerti · Chonsetta system
Redhurne system)
3 ABY Rebel flotillla · Hoth (I) · Cloud City (I) · Cloud City (II)
Operation Ringbreaker (Mardona III · Obumubo · Najan-Rovi · Nakadia · Naator · Xagobah · Kuliquo belt) · Inyusu Tor
4 ABY Operation Yellow Moon (Basteel · Sesid · Jeresh · Shieldmaiden)
Invincible Faith · Tatooine (III) · Hudalla · Endor (I)
Coruscant civil war (Monument Plaza) · Endor (II)
Cawa City · Operation: Cinder (Fondor · Vardos · Naboo (I)) · Tayron
Iron Blockade (Bespin· Anoat (I) · The Crypt · Mataou · Hoth (II) · Anoat (II)) · Malastare · Akiva (I) · Naalol · Geonosis · Uyter · Sevarcos · Akiva (II)
5 ABY Vetine · Takodana · Hyborean Moon · Vorlag · Wild Space
Nag Ubdur (Govneh Ridge · Binjai-Tin) · Arkanis · Kuat · Kashyyyk
Chandrila · Chinook Station · Sullust · Naboo (II) · Jakku
Other Blacktar Cyst · Chargona · Crucival · Imdaar · Kuat shipyards
Related topics and articles
Galactic Empire · Hutt Clan · Jedi · Rebel Alliance · Sith
New Republic · Death Star · Death Star II
Imperial Senate · The Disaster · Royal Award Ceremony · Funeral of Anakin Skywalker
Liberation Day · Contingency · Imperial-Republic peace talks · Galactic Concordance
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