The Impavid was a Venator-class Star Destroyer serving in the Republic Navy's Coruscant Home Fleet—which was tasked with defending the Republic's capital planet of Coruscant—during the Clone Wars. In 19 BBY, when the Separatists invaded the Coruscant system, the Impavid was orbiting the capitol planet when it was hit by a Separatist cruiser exiting hyperspace. Seeing the collision, General Saesee Tiin flew aboard the Impavid in his personal starfighter where he was informed by the Impavid's clone commander that the Star Destroyer was too heavily damaged to continue fighting. Taking command of the Impavid, General Tiin ordered the destroyer to pass over the Separatist Providence-class carrier Prosperous. With the Impavid directly over the Prosperous, Tiin and several of the Impavid's clone marines boarded the enemy vessel and seized the Prosperous.
The Impavid was a Venator-class Star Destroyer—manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards—in the Republic Navy during the war between the Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems. The Impavid had six engines and two command towers installed, as well as several turbolasers. The Star Destroyer had at least two hangar bays, having one large dorsal flight deck on its bow—which had several ARC-170 starfighters stationed aboard—and a smaller hangar one the ship's left side.
- "Prepare to board!"
- ―General Tiin before abandoning the Impavid
During the Clone Wars, the Impavid served in Coruscant Home Fleet, which was the defense fleet for the Republic's capital world of Coruscant. In 19 BBY, towards the very end of the war, the Confederacy launched a full scale attack on the Coruscant system, catching the Republic unprepared. The Impavid itself was in orbit over Coruscant when the battle started, with dozens of Separatist cruisers and warships exiting hyperspace around the Star Destroyer. However, there were too many Separatists ships around the Impavid for the destroyer to avoid, and the Impavid was hit on its left side by a Confederate Providence-class carrier/destroyer leaving hyperspace. The collision heavily damaged the Republic vessel, with its bow trailing a large amount of fire and had the ship's hull beginning to tear apart.
The collision between the two ships was witnessed by High Jedi General Saesee Tiin, who was flying in his personal Jedi starfighter, having taken command of the Republic's space defense. General Tiin landed in the doomed Impavid's main hangar, where the ship's clone commander informed the Jedi Master that the Star Destroyer was lost and needed to be abandoned. Tinn decided to take command of the Impavid, coming up with a plan to escape the failing vessel.
The Jedi General ordered the Impavid to pass over a nearby Separatist cruiser, the Providence-class carrier Prosperous, with the Impavid firing its turbolasers at the Separatist cruiser. After donning pressurized space suits, Tiin and hundreds of the Impavid's clone marines jumped out of Impavid's left side hangar, towards the Prosperous. Flying through debris-filled vacuum, Tiin and the clone marines landed on the Prosperous's hull, and—fighting their way into the Confederate capital ship—managed to capture the Prosperous and return to Coruscant.
Commander and crewEdit
At the time of the Battle of Coruscant, the Impavid was crewed by hundreds of elite clone marines, led by a clone commander. After the Impavid was damaged during the battle, Saesee Tiin took command for a short time, ordering the Impavid's clone troopers to abandon the failing destroyer and to seize the Prosperous.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Impavid first appeared as an unnamed Star Destroyer in the 23 episode of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series, which first aired March 23, 2005. The Impavid's name was later identified in Saesee Tiin's Databank entry on StarWars.com and was given an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, published December 9, 2008.
In the Clone Wars episode, when the Impavid is shown being hit by the Separatist cruiser coming out of hyperspace, it appears to be ripped in half by the collision. However, in the very next scene, the Impavid is shown—although heavily damaged—in one piece. For the rest of the episode, the Impavid is drawn as one full ship, and due to this, this article assumes that the Impavid remained intact during the events of the episode.
- (First identified as the Impavid)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Venator-class Star Destroyer technical specifics — Based on standard
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 85 ("Impavid")
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (novel)
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia