Prior to this, the long dead Sith Lord Exar Kun had been defeated for all time and his grip on Kyp Durron ended. Earlier, under the influence of the Sith Lord, Kyp had destroyed the Cauldron Nebula and Carida. With the vile spirit destroyed, Kyp came back to his senses and surrendered to Han Solo. At the New Republic Senate on Coruscant, Chief of State Mon Mothma decided that the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker should decide the punishment for Kyp Durron. Skywalker decided that the Sun Crusher had to be destroyed and that Kyp Durron would do it to pay back for the carnage he had caused. Together, they would go to the Maw Cluster and plunge the superweapon into the galaxy's black holes where it would be destroyed for all time.
Meanwhile, with Daala's forces driven from the Maw Installation, the New Republic sent a force to occupy it. Accompanying the task force were the Wookiee Chewbacca—who wanted to free the remaining Wookiee slaves at the installation—and the former Imperial scientist Qwi Xux. However, she would never regain her lost memories. The New Republic task force traveled through the dangerous black hole cluster and eventually reached the Maw Installation. Unfortunately, the Twi'lek administrator Tol Sivron took the Death Star prototype and escaped into space.
Upon capturing the installation, the New Republic troops confiscated documents and unfinished works that had been under development by the scientists at the Installation for use by the New Republic. Though Qwi Xux could not recall any details during her visit, she discovered the true colors of the Empire that she had served and realized that they had misled her. Unfortunately, they were interrupted by the arrival of Daala's flagship Gorgon—the sole remaining Star Destroyer in her guardian fleet. The other, Basilisk, was destroyed when Kyp Durron obliterated the Cauldron Nebula with the Sun Crusher in an attempt to destroy Daala and her fleet.
Upon seeing the New Republic stripping away the weapons discoveries in the Maw Installation, she was furious since Grand Moff Tarkin had assigned the station to her and was willing to destroy herself and the New Republic force. With her remaining Star Destroyer, Daala assaulted the New Republic forces as they scrambled to defend themselves. Meanwhile, Tol Sivron took the Death Star Prototype out of the Maw Cluster to the nearby Kessel system and used the superweapon's super laser to destroy Kessel’s Garrison Moon. However, upon receiving coordinated resistance from Smugglers' Alliance vessels, Sivron retreated back into the Maw since the prototype had no TIE Fighter escorts and strategic defenses.
Unaware of the chaos, Skywalker and Durron arrived at the Maw Cluster on their mission to destroy the Sun Crusher. Upon arriving, they saw the scrambled New Republic forces and an asteroid field which had formerly been Kessel's Garrison Moon. Racing towards the Maw Installation, the Jedi watched as the Death Star Prototype appeared in space to join Daala’s Star Destroyer. Unknown to Sivron, Han Solo had managed to hide the Millennium Falcon within the tangled superstructure of the Prototype as it retreated from Kessel. Along with Lando Calrissian and Mara Jade, Solo worked to sabotage the prototype's main reactor before Sivron could fire on the Maw Installation. The Falcon retreated from the Prototype as Sivron’s teams worked desperately to repair the damage done to the reactor.
Meanwhile, Kyp Durron, wanting to make up for the suffering and deaths he had caused, raced back to the Sun Crusher. He used it to engage the Death Star Prototype while Chewbacca led an attack on Daala's Star Destroyer. As the New Republic force evacuated the Maw Installation, Daala opened fire on the installation's main power reactor which exploded in a brilliant flash, apparently destroying Gorgon. However, the explosion blinded the sensors and Daala escaped to the Deep Core to join the remnants of the Empire.
Piloting the Sun Crusher, Kyp fired his two remaining resonance torpedoes into the Death Star Prototype, but was dismayed to find that the damage they caused was insufficient to destroy or even disable the battle station. Kyp then led the prototype on a chase through the dangerous black holes of the Maw Cluster. In a final gambit, the Jedi Knight lured the prototype too close to a black hole, but just as the prototype reached the point of no return Tol Sivron managed to score a direct superlaser hit on the Sun Crusher, overwhelming its armor and causing it to lose engine power. As both the Sun Crusher and the Death Star Prototype descended into the bottomless pit of the black hole, a small message pod was launched from the Sun Crusher. When the pod was recovered by Han Solo, he was astonished to find that Durron had managed to cram himself into the pod, breaking a lot of bones in the process. Kyp's survival was due to his innate ability to use a Jedi technique almost to the point of suspended animation. Kyp recovered from his wounds and served as a Jedi Knight for the New Republic.
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- The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology
- "So You Want To Be A Jedi..."—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 13 (Indirect mention only)
- The Essential Chronology
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 85 (ACA4, Founding the New Jedi Academy)
- The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (First identified as Battle of the Maw)