- "Two fighters against a Star Destroyer?"
- ―Derek Klivian, to Leia Organa
Derek "Hobbie" Klivian was a male human from the planet Ralltiir who served as a pilot for the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. He attended the Skystrike Academy with Wedge Antilles and Rake Gahree. He and Antilles defected to the rebellion after making contact with Sabine Wren. After the Battle of Yavin, Luke Skywalker invited Klivian to join Rogue Squadron. Klivian accepted and served the unit with distinction during the Battle of Hoth where he died.
Serving the rebellionEdit
- "We made our choice."
- ―Derek Klivian to Sabine Wren
Klivian ("Hobbie") was sent to Skystrike Academy, an elite flight academy on the planet Montross, training under Instructor Goran. There, he met Wedge Antilles and Rake Gahree. In time, the trio became discontent with the direction they felt the Empire was taking and made plans to defect to the rebellion. This information eventually made its way to one of the many Fulcrum agents, who passed the information to the Phoenix Cell.
The information also caught the attention of the Imperial Security Bureau, which dispatched Lothal sector's Governor Arihnda Pryce as well as agent Kallus to investigate the claims. Hobbie, Antilles and Gahree argued that they knew about their planned defection. However, fellow cadet Ria Talla, secretly undercover rebel Sabine Wren, overheard and told Antilles that she would help them defect.
Later, Hobbie and his friends found an opportunity to escape when Goran ordered the cadets to take part in a mock combat exercise in space. Sabine arranged for her rebel comrades Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus to rendezvous their CR90 corvette near the planet. At Sabine's signal, Hobbie and his comrades flew towards the rebel corvette. However, Pryce deactivated the TIEs' solar collector panels, leaving them derelict in space. Pryce also ordered Captain Vult Skerris to shoot one of the TIE pods as a warning; claiming the life of Rake. Hobbie, Sabine and Wedge were soon arrested by Imperial forces.
Following their capture, Wedge and Hobbie were thrown into a holding cell by Kallus. Inside the two debated their escape plans with Wedge suggesting they surprise the guards. A demoralized Hobbie was dubious of their chances of success due to the lack of an escape plan. Fortunately for them, they were rescued by Sabine, who had managed to knock out Governor Pryce. The defectors and Sabine then fled down a corridor only to run into Agent Kallus. However, the ISB agent had a change of heart due to his previous encounter with Sabine's rebel cell and allowed them to escape.
Heading to Hangar 24, Hobbie and his friends fled on a TIE bomber. They managed to flee into the atmosphere but were pursued by Captain Skerris. At the eleventh hour, they were rescued by Ezra's CR90 corvette and managed to flee aboard. Hobbie, Wedge, and their rebel rescuers then traveled to the Phoenix base on Atollon. There, Wedge and Hobbie were greeted by Commander Jun Sato who formally welcomed them into the rebellion.
- "Hobbie, Wedge, let's go! Move it!"
- ―Hera Syndulla to Wedge and Hobbie
A short while after his defection from the Empire, Hobbie, along with the rest of the Spectres and Phoenix Squadron were to take part in a training exercise. Shortly before they left, Hobbie and Wedge were conversing in the hanger despite the fact that they were behind schedule. They suddenly heard Hera Syndulla call for them, and in the shock to get ready, the two ran straight into each other. In their absence after they left, Chopper Base was infiltrated by the E-XD infiltrator droid EXD-9, who was searching the Outer Rim Territories for rebel bases. The Lasat Garazeb Orrelios, the inventory droid AP-5, and the astromech droid Chopper managed to capture and reprogram the droid as an improvised rigged bomb which destroyed an Imperial Star Destroyer.
Alliance to Restore the RepublicEdit
Battle of AtollonEdit
- "Hobbie, follow me."
- ―Wedge signals Hobbie during the dogfight
Eventually, all of the individual rebel cells grouped together to reorganize into the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Just as Phoenix Squadron had been preparing to make an attack on the Imperial factory on Lothal, the Chiss Grand Admiral Thrawn managed to discover the location of Chopper Base, and subsequently launched an all-out attack in an attempt to finally thwart out their rebel actives, which had become a legitimate threat to the Empire. During the ground assault, Hobbie, Wedge and two other rebel pilots launched their A-wing starfighters in order to counter the AT-AT walkers that had been stationed on the planet's surface. With Wedge signalling Hobbie to follow him, the duo attempted to attack the walkers; however, Thrawn quickly took note of their excursion, and dispatched TIE fighters to repel them. The A-wings and the TIE-fighters consequently engaged in a dogfight. Towards the latter part of the battle, the two managed to escape, along with the remnants of Phoenix Squadron and General Jan Dodonna's Massassi Group to Yavin 4.
Rand Ecliptic mutinyEdit
Around this time, Klivian went undercover and attended the Prefsbelt Fleet Camp with one Biggs Darklighter. Together they were posted to the Imperial starship Rand Ecliptic, aboard which he had received the commission of first mate. In a similar manner to Sabine years before, Klivian assisted Darklighter to mutiny and defect to the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
Battle of ScarifEdit
By 0 BBY, Klivian was a member of Red Squadron, stationed at Base One on Yavin 4. During the mission to steal the technical readouts of the secret Death Star superweapon, he served as the standby for Red Six, although the position was ultimately filled by Jek Tono Porkins.
Battle of HothEdit
After the Battle of Yavin, Luke Skywalker invited Klivian to join Rogue Squadron. Klivian accepted and came to be stationed at Echo Base on the planet Hoth. After the rebel presence on the planet was discovered by Darth Vader's Death Squadron, Hobbie and other starfighter pilots attended a briefing by Princess Leia Organa prior to the impending Battle of Hoth. Klivian and Rogue Squadron would fly T-47 snowspeeders to delay the landing Imperial ground forces while the rest of the station evacuated. Once this task was completed, the pilots would escort each individual transport away from the base, past the Imperial blockade. Skeptical that two fighters would be able to fight their way past an Imperial Star Destroyer, Organa nevertheless assured him that the base's v-150 ion cannon would provide enough cover for the escape.
Behind the scenesEdit
Derek Klivian was portrayed by Richard Oldfield in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, in which he was credited only as "Hobbie (Rogue 4)." Hobbie appears as an Imperial cadet in Star Wars Rebels, voiced by Trevor Devall.
Klivian was originally scripted to die in The Empire Strikes Back by crashing his T-47 airspeeder into the "head" of Blizzard One, the All Terrain Armored Transport leading the assault on Echo Base. The scene was never finished, and thus never put in the final film. Sources like the Databank on StarWars.com or the Star Wars: Card Trader say that Klivian managed to eject from the cockpit of his snowspeeder before it could crash, though the reference book Star Wars: On the Front Lines later contradicted that by saying Klivian died during the Battle of Hoth. The author Daniel Wallace, in an interview with Eleven Thirty-Eight, clarified that the Lucasfilm Story Group pointed him to the planned scene, so he could incorporate it in the book. He also speculated that the planned scene took precedence before Star Wars Legends, where Klivian survived the battle and lived long after.
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Antilles Extraction"
- "Sons of the Sky"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine
- Star Wars Rebels – "Warhead"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- Star Wars 45: Mutiny at Mon Cala, Part II
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back junior novelization
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- Star Wars: Card Trader (First identified as Derek Klivian)
- Ultimate Star Wars (First identified as Hobbie Klivian)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Star Wars Rebels – "The Antilles Extraction"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Warhead"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- ↑ Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: )
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: Card Trader
- ↑ Nicholas W. Adams (2017-07-24). On The Front Lines – An Interview with Dan Wallace. Eleven Thirty-Eight. Retrieved on August 14, 2017.