- "Imperial Two-class. They're trying to hail us now."
- ―Carklin Ryoon, upon seeing three Imperial II-class Star Destroyers emerge from hyperspace
The Imperial II-class Star Destroyer, alternatively spelled as Imperial Two class, and also known as an Impstar-Deuce, was a Star Destroyer model manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards for use by the Imperial Navy. The class served as the successor to the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer in the Imperial line, which was also used by the Galactic Empire. Armed with a plethora of weapons, including turbolasers and ion cannons, the 1,600 meter long capital ship could be used to subjugate a planet or serve as a command ship for other vessels.
The Torment was a ship of this class that took part in the assault on Naboo as part of Operation: Cinder. Later in the Contingency, at least three Imperial IIs took part in the Battle of Jakku, which they fled from, only to be destroyed by the Liberty's Misrule of the Sovereign Latitudes of Maracavanya.
Built by Kuat Drive Yards for the Imperial Navy, the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer was a capital ship model of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer line that replaced the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer. Like its predecessor, they were painted a light shade of gray, were wedge-shaped, had a raised bridge tower, and measured 1,600 meters in length. They, however, featured a communications tower between their two deflector shield generator domes, whereas standard Imperial I-classes had a tractor beam targeting array in the same location.
Engines and powerEdit
Ships of the class were propelled by three KDY destroyer-I ion engines, although they also had four backup Cygnus Spaceworks gemon-4 ion engines. This allowed for speeds of sixty MGLT in realspace and nine-hundred and seventy-five kilometers per hour in an atmosphere. A hyperdrive was also equipped, allowing the ships to travel in hyperspace. The ships were powered by a solar ionization reactor located on the ventral hull.
Weapons systems and carrying capacityEdit
- "The Impstar-Deuce has a complement of seventy-two TIE fighters, princess."
- ―Shara Bey, to Leia Organa, upon their approach to the Torment
Like all Imperial-class vessels, Imperial II-class Star Destroyers were armed with sixty turbolaser batteries, sixty heavy ion cannon emplacements and ten tractor beam projectors. The ships carried with them seventy-two TIE/ln space superiority starfighters, at least three Lambda-class T-4a shuttles, at least two All Terrain Armored Transports and at least two All Terrain Scout Transports, the latter two of which were transported to planetary surfaces by at least two Gozanti-class cruisers. All these vessels were stored in the ships' two large hangar bays, which were located side-by-side in the forward wall of a large, open space in the ventral hull.
Nine-thousand seven-hundred stormtroopers crewed the vessels, along with various other Imperial Military personnel such as Imperial officers and TIE fighter pilots. MSE-6 series repair droids were also present in the ships' various corridors Two years worth of consumables were held on the vessels to maintain the crew.
- "Clear the bridge."
- ―Captain Lerr Duvat, upon the arrival of the messenger
The command bridge of the Imperial II class was arranged almost identically to that of the Imperial I class, with a command walkway and two pits where Imperial technicians operated their console stations, which were arranged perpendicular to the central walkway.
An Imperial II-class Star Destroyer was capable of commanding an assault on an entire planet, which could include controlling smaller siege vessels or using its large carrying capacity to deliver a surface assault force.
Kuat Drive Yards started manufacturing the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer after the run of the Imperial I class ended with the Devastator, a ship which would go on to become the flagship of Darth Vader. Some Imperial Is, such as the Devastator, were upgraded to feature bridges with communication towers, like Imperial IIs.
The Torment's attackEdit
- "I've got an Imperial-class Star Destroyer at two-two mark six…"
"…Looks like a Deuce."
"Well, we knew this wouldn't be easy…"
- ―Shara Bey, Leia Organa and Sosha Soruna discuss the Torment
Seventeen days after the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, which saw the death of the Emperor Palpatine, the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Torment was visited by a messenger droid, who delivered a posthumous message from the Emperor ordering the ship's captain, Lerr Duvat, to scour the planet Naboo using weather-altering satellites, as part of the Contingency's Operation: Cinder.
Duvat, assisted by Lieutenant Gulin, immediately set course for Naboo, and upon his arrival, deployed the satellites to create storms across the planet. However, a group of N-1 starfighters piloted by Shara Bey, Leia Organa and Sosha Soruna attacked the satellites and the Star Destroyer's complement of TIE fighters.
Just as the three starfighters were about to be destroyed by the TIEs, the MC80 star cruiser Restoration arrived along with Danger Squadron, a squadron of X-wing starfighters. Together, they destroyed the remainder of the satellites, saving Naboo, and then the Torment itself, despite it attempting to withdraw. It did, however, manage to deploy part of its planetary assault force before it was destroyed, which briefly attacked Theed before being neutralized by an ion pulse, and then captured.
Eleodie Maracavanya's findEdit
- "These ships are running. Look at the battle damage—they've taken fire, and recently. And behold those hyperspeed vectors—they're coming from near to the Unknown. They're coming from Jakku. We do a little cleanup here for the New Republic, then we send them the bill."
- ―Eleodie Maracavanya explains to zher crew why zhe wants to destroy the three Imperial II-class Star Destroyers
In 5 ABY, three Imperial II-class Star Destroyers fled from the Battle of Jakku, which saw the last stand between the last major Imperial remnant and the New Republic. After jumping out of hyperspeed in Wild Space, their captains attempted to seek solace with a small fleet of ships led by the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Liberty's Misrule, which they thought was another Imperial remnant.
However, it was actually under the command of pirate Eleodie Maracavanya of the Sovereign Latitudes of Maracavanya. Maracavanya deduced where the ships had come from, and ordered the destruction of the vessels, much to the surprise of crew member Carklin Ryoon. Zhe then elaborated on zher decision, citing that the New Republic could grant the group some legitimacy if they destroyed the vessels, as it was likely they would appreciate the cleanup following their battle. All vessels then opened fire on the three Star Destroyers, with Maracavanya believing they stood no chance of survival.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Imperial II-class Star Destroyer debuted in the new Star Wars canon in Shattered Empire, Part II, a 2015 comic. Although the Torment's class wasn't mentioned in the issue, it would later be identified as an Impstar-Deuce next issue of the series, Shattered Empire, Part III. The class' full name was revealed in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide.
The Imperial II-class Star Destroyer's first Star Wars Legends appearance was in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novelization, a 1980 novelization of the film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. The Imperial II-class then reappeared in the film The Empire Strikes Back, released shortly after in the same year.
However, in the new canon, it isn't known if the class appears in in The Empire Strikes Back, not any other content that features Imperial-class Star Destroyers with communications towers. This is because an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer could be upgraded, giving it the same communications tower an as an Imperial II.
On the first page of Shattered Empire, Part II, illustrated by Emilio Laiso, the Torment was mistakenly depicted with the targeting array of an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer. This was rectified in the last page of the same issue, this time drawn by Marco Checchetto.
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Shattered Empire, Part II (First appearance)
- Shattered Empire, Part III (First identified as Impstar-Deuce)
- Aftermath: Empire's End (First identified as Imperial Two-class Star Destroyer, simultaneous with Aftermath: Empire's End audiobook)
- Aftermath: Empire's End audiobook (First identified as Imperial Two-class Star Destroyer, simultaneous with Aftermath: Empire's End)
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide (First identified as Imperial II-class Star Destroyer)