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"What--why are you ransacking your own ship? Oh...This isn't your ship. You stole it."
"Actually we stole it, me and roundy here."
―Finn and DJ after departing Canto Bight[src]

The Libertine, christened by its first owner as the Steadfast, was a Star Yacht that Finn, Rose Tico, BB-8 and DJ used to escape from Canto Bight. Its previous owner was Korfé Bennux-Ai, a manager of the Sienar-Jaemus corporation who sold weapons to independent worlds during the war between the First Order and the Resistance.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Libertine was a custom Star Yacht manufactured by Guild d'Lanseaux in the Chardaan Orbital Yards a century before[1] 34 ABY[4], and to signal the wealth of its owner, was crafted by hand by organics. Like all Guild d'Lanseaux products, the Libertine was uniquely designed. It had a chromium detailed streamlined hull with hull plates being interwoven with radiation shielding and had highly reflective hull coating, which contained an abundance of technology. In the bow of the Libertine, which had two frontal tips, the sensor spines and the repulsorlift maneuvering vanes, both on the starboard and port of the starship.[1]

The bow contained a communications spine on the hull. The sensor spines ran from the front tips of the ship, and ended at the midsection with the atmospheric processors on both sides. The sensor spines contained power relay conduits, power converters for forward systems, and 12 stage dynamo power generators. Inside the repulsorlift maneuvering vanes were the overlocked forward repulsors which allowed for nimble micromaneuvers.[1]

Inside the bow was the forward deflector shield projector, the emergency beacon, and the sensor node, with atmospheric intake vents on the exterior. Inside, the Libertine featured luxurious amenities, with a high quality holoprojector pedestal at the center of the lounge. The lounge could seat fourteen passengers, and included locked compartments for valuables. The deluxe sleeping cabin was in the bow and was furnished with rare woods, and the midsection featured a deployable staircase for boarding. The midsection also a flight computer hub. On the midsection's outside was the turbo injectors and part of the bespoke d'Lanseaux engines which continued to the rear of the ship, which deliver top-rated speed for a civilian vessel,[1] as part of the recessed sublight drive.[5]

In the rear of the ship was the cockpit which was slightly elevated, which included a navigator's station, a comms station, and a captain's chair. Below the cockpit was the ship's hyperdrive, the rear landing gear, the casing for the magnetic turbine, the hydraulic system, the thrust cupola, the maneuvering thrusters, the power cells, and the compact fusion reactor. The rear stabilizer at the stern, used for atmospheric flight, contained the aft repulsorlift array and the acceleration compensator. The Libertine was also equipped with an anti-theft system and a safe, along with antishock fields, that when working in conjunction with the acceleration compensator, ensured a ride as smooth as a luxury airspeeder or groundcoach.[1]

The Libertine had no weapons and capable defensive systems, which were reflective of a safer galactic era, and also reflected on the safeguards of wealth and status.[1]

HistoryEdit

Early serviceEdit

The Libertine was built in 66 BBY[3] by the Guild d'Lanseaux in the Chardaan Orbital Yards. The Bureau of Ships and Services listed that the first owner of the vessel was Valis of Kuhlvult, a Kuati diplomat, who had christened the vessel as the Steadfast. Eventually, the Steadfast was at some time in its service renamed as the Libertine and was owned by Korfé Bennux-Ai, an individual born into wealth on Celanon and a top-ranking manager for the Sienar-Jaemus corporation. Bennux-Ai also made a fortune selling starfighters to wary star systems seeking to bolster their defenses against the First Order. The Libertine's lounge was used by Bennux-Ai to negotiate and make deals, celebrate completed sales, and, if he had bad luck or failed a sale, drown his sorrows.[1]

A new ownerEdit

Rose and Finn on Libertine

Finn and Rose aboard the Libertine after DJ steals it.

In 34 ABY,[4] Bennux-Ai would become frustrated by a failed negotiation with Zygerrian slavers, and so he ordered his pilots to divert the Libertine to Cantonica so that he may enjoy the night on Canto Bight.[1] On Canto Bight, the Libertine was stolen by DJ, an unprincipled criminal and slicer who had escaped from the Canto Bight police headquarters.[2] DJ was able to steal the Libertine by evading guards and uses a computer spike and key bypass to slice through the anti-theft systems, and boarded it with Resistance droid BB-8.[1]

DJ was able to pilot the Libertine to rescue Finn and Rose Tico, members of the Resistance, a private paramilitary force focused on countering the First Order, who were escaping the Canto Bight Mounted Police on a fathier. Finn and Rose had previously encountered DJ when they undertook a mission to Canto Bight in order to locate and recruit the Master Codebreaker, a capable slicer, who was in Canto Bight. Rose and Finn however, were arrested by the Canto Bight Police Department for illegally parking their Resistance transport pod on a beach. Once everyone was on board, DJ wasted no time to plunder the cabinets, locked compartments, and the safe of the Libertine, and was able to gain access to its databanks, finding a catalog of starfighters for sale.[5] Escaping from Canto Bight, Rose and Finn were successful in recruiting DJ to help them slice the Shipboard Tracking Control Complex, a device used for hyperspace tracking on board the First Order Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy, so that the besieged Resistance navy could escape the clutches of the First Order, by payment in form of her medallion.[2]

Once the Libertine arrived at the attack on the Resistance fleet, it was able to dock with the Supremacy, allowing DJ, Finn, Rose, and BB-8 to board the vessel where they donned First Order officer military uniforms and BB-8 a canister. They were able to deactivate the Shipboard Tracking Control Complex, yet were captured by Colonel Ansiv Garmuth of the First Order Security Bureau and Captain Phasma when BB-9E exposed the boarders. Once they were captured, DJ sold the evacuation plan of the Resistance to Crait in exchange for his freedom and a large sum of money.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Libertine first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, released on December 15, 2017[6], and was identified simultaneously in Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary and Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections, released on the same day with the film.[7][8]

The set for the Libertine, as revealed in The Last Jedi's blooper reel,[9] included a refresher with instructions.[10] This is the latest of several references in the Star Wars films to 2001: A Space Odyssey.[11]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in 34 ABY. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi takes place immediately after the end of The Force Awakens. The Libertine appears during the events of Episode VIII The Last Jedi. The Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections states that the Libertine was built a century before the events in Episode VIII The Last Jedi. Therefore, using simple math, we can deduce that it was built in 66 BBY
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  6. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. DK-Logo Star Wars The Last Jedi™ The Visual Dictionary on Dorling Kindersley's official website (backup link)
  8. SWCustom-2011 New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Books and More Revealed at SDCC 2017 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  9. TwitterLogo @rianjohnson (Rian Johnson) on Twitter "Incidentally my favorite TLJ easter egg is a super cheeky 2001 reference @kev_jenkins and I convinced ourselves to do. It got cut out of the movie (probably for the best) but you can glimpse it in the gag reel." (screenshot)
  10. SWYTlogo Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Blooper Reel on the official Star Wars YouTube Channel
  11. SWCustom-2011 The Cinema Behind Star Wars: 2001: A Space Odyssey on StarWars.com
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