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- "That's it for the fighters. I enjoyed that."
- ―MK-09, after an engagement with attacking forces
MK-09, nicknamed Emkay, was a heavily modified MK-series maintenance droid. He was owned by the Azzameen family during and before the Galactic Civil War. He often accompanied Ace Azzameen during his life, acting as a receiver for different assignments given by Tomaas Azzameen, Ace's father, and other members of the Azzameen household, as well as keeping tabs on Ace's adventures. The droid flew as copilot for Ace originally during various shipping runs, and later in missions that dealt with helping the family through situations, and even the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Emkay was specially modified to fly a number of ships, including the family's YT-1300 freighters, the Selu and Sabra, as well as the more advanced YT-2000 light freighter Otana.
MK-09 was considered a very aggressive, but also very friendly, droid, with a sense for adventure and excitement. He shared the same sense of distaste against the rival Viraxo shipping company that the Azzameen family did. After the involvement of the Galactic Empire in the Azzameen's affairs, MK-09 developed a distaste for the Imperial organization as well. Emkay suggested to Ace, his sister Aeron Azzameen, and brother Emon Azzameen that they join the Rebel Alliance, citing Luke Skywalker's success at the Battle of Yavin.
After the deaths of father Tomaas and brother Galin Azzameen and Imperial nationalization of their previous home, Azzameen Home Base, and the family company, Ace enlisted into the Rebel Alliance. Once accepted and trained, Ace and Emkay were stationed aboard the cruiser Defiance and later the cruiser Liberty, where the droid remained mostly idle until pressing family matters put him back into the action he preferred. MK-09 also assisted the Rebel Alliance by participating in the mission to steal the Lambda-class T-4a shuttle Tydirium, and even the pivotal Battle of Endor.
- "Greetings, Ace! Come aboard! I have much to talk to you about."
The Kalibac Industries MK-series maintenance droid MK-09 served the Azzameen family and their trading business, Twin Suns Transport Services, around 3 ABY; members of the family affectionately referred to the droid as Emkay. During this time, MK-09 was stationed aboard the family's YT-2000 light freighter Otana. When not aboard the Otana, Emkay served on Azzameen Station monitoring shipping information, including statistics on Viraxo Industries—competitors of Twin Suns Transport Services—and maintaining the family's starships. The droid also spent time piloting craft in the family's combat simulator.
The droid was assisting family patriarch Tomaas Azzameen on the Otana during a delivery to the Alliance to Restore the Republic's covert base on the planet Hoth. While making the delivery, an Imperial force entered the system and the Battle of Hoth erupted. Emkay was aboard the Otana undergoing minor updates to his systems when Tomaas and his eldest son Galin entered the ship and prepared to leave. The three escaped the invading Imperial forces with help from the Alliance and left with the first wave of Rebel evacuees.
Training an aceEdit
- Emon: "Alright, Emkay, try not to hit anything on your way out."
- MK-09: "Sir, my flight record is quite unblemished!"
- Emon: "I know, I'm just razzing you a little."
- ―Emon Azzameen, razzing MK during Ace's training[src]
Following the Otana's escape at Hoth, Tomaas determined it was time to train his youngest son, Ace, how to fly for the family company. To assist Ace's tutelage, his father enlisted the help of two of Ace's siblings, Aeron and Emon, and assigned MK-09 to serve Ace directly. Ace's sister Aeron e-mailed Emkay after the droid's reassignment and told the droid he was to accompany Ace on any family missions. She also sent him data on Azzameen trade routes, starship identification material, and information on the family's modified Corellian freighters—including combat tactics and turret instructions for use aboard the ships—to prepare MK-09 for his new position. Being assigned to Ace, MK-09 displayed family mission details through his onboard holoprojector and briefed the new pilot on said missions.
Emkay met Ace inside the cockpit of the family's YT-1300 light freighter Sabra in the hangar of Azzameen Station for Ace'began his first spaceflight. As the Sabra left the hangar of Azzameen Station, Aeron instructed from the Sabra's identical sister ship, Selu. The freighters made their way to pick up a pair of cargo canisters en route to Harlequin Station. Ace piloted the craft and engaged its hyperdrive, launching both him and MK-09 into their first trip through hyperspace. Arriving at Harlequin Station, Emkay instructed Ace on dropping off their cargo before retrieving the return package. However, the arrival of two Viraxo-allied Pursuer-class enforcement ships, the Enkidu and Gilgam, interrupted the training exercise. Harlequin Station, defenseless against the raiders after the departure of its protection craft Kouerd, called upon the Azzameens for protection. Excited at the prospect of battle, MK-09 urged Ace to intercede on the station's behalf. Eventually, the two invaders were chased off; Harlequin station was grateful, but animosity between the Azzameens and the Viraxo was beginning to build.
For the next training mission, Ace would be led by his brother Emon through a series of targets for turret practice. With Ace in the laser cannon turret, MK-09 flew the Sabra alongside Emon's Firespray-31-class starship Andrasta. However, Emon instructed the droid not to fire the Sabra's forward lasers, as it was a training exercise for Ace, not MK-09; this disappointed the droid. As Ace practiced, MK-09 piloted the ship, adapting to Ace's shooting. Emon concluded the lesson with a trip to Dunari's Rest to celebrate. There, the Azzameens again encounted Viraxo presence in the form of the Enkidu and two Razor-class starfighters. Emon moved to engage the Enkidu, leaving Ace and Emkay to fight the starfighters. As Ace destroyed one with the Sabra's turret, MK-09 rammed the other, obliterating it without the Sabra sustaining damage. Following the dogfight, the Azzameens fled the system at the casino's request.
- "I say we fight. We can run rings around any Viraxo pilot!"
- ―MK-09, offering a suggestion on how to deal with an intruder
MK-09 flew his next mission with Ace when Aeron requested Ace's help after accidentally deleting data on three areas in the family's secret cargo fields. In order to rebuild the missing data, the cargo containers located in the fields needed to be visited and inspected manually. Co-piloting the Sabra with Ace at the helm and Aeron flying the Selu offering advice, the droid helped instruct the young Azzameen on inspecting the containers. Due to his programming, MK-09 stayed silent after Ace chose a less-efficient pattern to scan the containers in the first area; instead, the droid focused on scanning the sector for any intruding forces.
In the second field, his scanning identified the cargo ferry Raider attempting to steal one of the Azzameens' pressure tanks. After a brief skirmish that saw the destruction of the Raider, Ace, Aeron, and Emkay finished their scan and moved to the third area, where more interlopers were discovered. Again, the Enkidu, with a pair of Razor-class fighters as an escort, was interfering in Azzameen affairs; upon their identification, Emkay moved to the Sabra's turret and disabled one of the Razors, forcing it to crash into a container. The Enkidu, perched atop a Class-L cargo container, exited the system after the Selu approached. With the area clear, scanning resumed, eventually resulting in MK-09's discovery of contraband spice planted in the container that the Enkidu accessed. Realizing this was an effort to sabotage the Azzameens and their company, MK-09 remarked that the containers in the affected fields would have to be moved. At Emkay's suggestion, Aeron took the container back to Azzameen Station to allow the family to decide what to do about their escalating conflict with the Viraxo.
Eventually, Antan Azzameen, brother of Tomaas and co-owner of Twin Suns Transport Services, was informed of the escalating conflict with the Viraxo, leading to the attempted sabotage. He reprimanded Tomaas' children for provoking the Viraxo, and, with Tomass and Galin out of town on business, devised a plan to serve some retribution by using the same illegal spice the Viraxo had used in their sabotage attempt. Aeron was to deliver the spice to the Viraxo orbital station Viraxo 54 in a disguised Selu—now the Venix thanks to false transponder codes—and Ace, Emkay, and Emon were to subsequently cause a disturbance to attract Imperial attention; Antan hoped that the discovery of the spice Aeron left in Viraxo space would cause the rival company to fall out of favor with the Empire, effectively crippling the Viraxo. Ace, again flying the Sabra with MK-09 as copilot, and Emon, flying the Andrasta, exited Azzameen Station and flew to the Viraxo facilty. The Selu and Andrasta entered the system and engaged the Razor-class starfighters emerging from the base; in the fight, MK-09 manned the turret gun on the Sabra. From his dorsal vantage point, Emkay witnessed Andrasta engage the Enkidu to the latter ship's destruction.
However, the plan failed as Aeron's brothers had entered the system too early. During the following argument, the droid attempted to calm the quarreling siblings to no avail. Aeron attempted to bluff her way to the planned exit vector, but the station disabled her's masquerading YT-1300 and stranded the young human female. While Emon moved his ship to retrieve her, Emkay continued firing at the Viraxo starfighters to protect Ace's flank. Once the pickup was complete, Emon left the system, tasking Ace with the destruction of the disabled Selu before the arriving Imperials could identify it. The Sabra destroyed the sister ship and escaped the system with mere seconds to spare.
The fall of the familyEdit
- MK-09: "Really! I hardly think this is the time for an argument!"
- Emon: "Shut up, Emkay!"
- Aeron: "Shut up, Emkay!"
- ―Emkay attempts to quell a dispute between Aeron and Emon and is met with hostility[src]
Once Tomaas returned from his trip, he was shocked that Antan would use his children to exact such revenge against Viraxo Industries rather than approach a diplomatic solution. In spite of this, his father recognized Ace's piloting abilities as well as MK-09's role in training. Because of Ace's skills, Tomaas enlisted him and MK-09, along with Aeron and Emon, to fly cover for the Twin Suns Transport Services GR-75 medium transport Vasudra on a mission. The Vasudra was to collect a black market shipment of the healing substance bacta for the Alliance from a pirate group. After being escorted to the meeting grounds by the SCT Scout craft Ravenno and docking with the waiting Xiytiar-class transport End Run,
Azzameen suspicions rose as problems with the pumps were reported and technicians from the End Run were dispatched. Their suspicions were confirmed as the technicians made their way to the Vasudra's engines, intending to cripple the transport; as the family realized this, a DP20 gunship, the Loose Cannon, and its CloakShape fighter escort entered the system and engaged Azzameen forces. Ace, in the Sabra, was told to engage the technicians; Emkay, not receiving targeting commands, targeted and engaged the attacking CloakShape starfighters. After the Azzameens defeated the pirate craft, the End Run surrendered and transferred the remainder of its bacta cargo. The pirates then escaped at Tomaas's insistence, much to both Emon and MK-09's chagrin.
When it was time to deliver some of the procured bacta, Tomaas called upon Ace and Emkay to fly as escorts for the Vasudra in the Otana—the Azzameen ship the droid most wanted to pilot— and the two craft and Emon's Andrasta flew to the Alliance outpost Hospital. However, shortly after the family's arrival, the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Corrupter entered the system; now under Alliance scrutiny due to the timing, the Azzameen escort ships were nevertheless called to assist Alliance starfighters to defend both the outpost and the Vasudra, now attempting to offload its bacta cargo. Emkay assisted Ace in the Otana monitoring communications and targeting enemies. Though a majority of their personnel escaped, the Rebellion lost the battle; Hospital was destroyed, forcing the Otana and Andrasta to retreat. The Vasudra, disabled in the battle, did not return to Azzameen Station; Tomaas and Galin, both still aboard the ship, were considered lost.
Shortly after, warrants for the Azzameen family were issued due both to their assistance at Hospital and their interference at Viraxo 54, and the family made preparations to flee their holdings. While not one of the members of the family listed in the warrant, MK-09 considered himself to be among them. Ace and Emkay, in the Otana, accompanied Aeron in the Selu to retrieve property from the family company's main base of operations, Twin Sun Station. As Ace piloted the Otana to retrieve a container of warheads intended for the Alliance, his droid copilot scanned the sector and was the first to announce the arrival of a joint Imperial and Viraxo strike force. Comprised of the Imperial Victory II-class Star Destroyer Furious, the Viraxo CR90 corvette Blast Radius, and miscellaneous escorts and transports, this fleet approached Twin Sun Station, intending to capture the base. The Otana, warheads in tow, held off the attackers long enough for Aeron to empty the family's safe aboard the station; their mission a success, the two freighters exited the system as the station was disabled.
The Otana and Sabra returned to Azzameen Station; Upon arrival, Ace assessed the the warhead container and found that it escaped the battle without damage. Emkay suggested a more prudent approach to the battle, which earned the droid the disabling of his communication circuits—both internal and external. The pilots of two Corellian freighters met with Emon, patrolling the sector. He reported that their uncle Antan, who had just flown with Emon to one of the Azzameen's cargo facilities, had been captured after an ambush by Viraxo forces. Without Antan, the Azzameen children had no plan; at some point, MK-09's communication circuits were restored, and it was the droid who suggested that the Azzameens seek asylum with the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Though wary of the Alliance's response, especially due to the aroused suspicions from the botched bacta delivery, the arrival of Admiral Garreth Holtz in the Corrupter forced the Azzameens to flee their home and approach the cruiser Defiance in the Outer Rim Territories.
Aiding a rebellionEdit
- MK-09: "So, Aeron, your friend Olin hasn't been around lately. Why?"
- Aeron: "I didn't want to say, but he's joined the Rebellion as a pilot."
- MK-09: "Really? Wow! We should do that! I'll bet one of us could be the next Luke Skywalker!"
- Aeron: "Who?"
- MK-09: "You know, the guy in the bootleg holo Olin showed us. The guy who took out the Death Star at Yavin!"
- Aeron: "Well, I hate to rain on your parade, Emkay… but I don't think the Alliance is accepting droids as pilots."
- ―Aeron and MK-09 discuss their friend Olin Garn and his involvement with the Rebel Alliance.[src]
Thanks to the word of family friend and Alliance pilot Olin Garn, the Azzameens were granted clearance to come aboard the Mon Calamari MC80 Star Cruiser. Ace made contact with Rebel trainers once aboard and enlisted in the Alliance naval forces. MK-09 accompanied Ace in his new home, though also spent time with the other Azzameen children. As Ace trained, Emkay offered tips on the trials in the Alliance's proving grounds and tracked the new recruit's kills. The droid also continued to monitor Ace's growing collection of souvenirs, stored aboard one of the family's Corellian freighers. When visiting the Defiance, MK-09 would situate himself in the concourse to alert Ace to e-mails received and inform him if the family needed the Alliance pilot.
- "Time to leave this party, Ace. Let's get outta here!"
- ―MK-09 urges Ace to leave after successfully completing an assignment
One such family brief came shortly after Ace's starfighter career began. After receiving word on the captured Antan's location from an Azzameen mole located on the Viraxo XQ5 Platform Viraxo Industries, Emon sent MK-09, piloting the Otana, back to the Defiance to collect Ace for a mission to rescue Antan. After the Otana rendezvoused with Emon's Andrasta, the two craft left for the platform. At Ace's command, MK-09 entered the Otana's turret and prepared to protect the YT-2000 against starfighter attacks, though the two intended to make their way to the platform without incident. However, multiple Planetary Defender starfighters intercepted both Azzameen craft, forcing the Andrasta to engage and protect the Otana.
Once docked with Viraxo Industries, Emkay disembarked the Otana to retrieve Antan from his cell, which had been manipulated by the mole to be close to the platform's dorsal airlock. The droid made his way through the facility, disabling security systems and eventually freeing the captive Azzameen. Once the two exited the platform and reunited with the waiting Ace, the Otana was forced to flee as a Star Destroyed entered the system. Eventually, after transferring Antan to the Andrasta, Emkay dropped Ace off at the Defiance and piloted the Otana back to the other Azzameens.
Emkay would again pilot the Otana to retrieve Ace, now a Flight officer, from the Defiance for another family mission, this time assigned by Aeron. The two would be retrieving a damaged Viper probe droid in the Saila Na system, which she suggested would prove useful in tracking Viraxo movements. Shortly after exiting hyperspace close to the probe droid pod, the Muurian transport Pelican and its escort of R-41 Starchasers entered the system with seemingly the same mission goals. The incoming starfighters intercepted the Otana and the Pelican approached and captured the probe droid. Emkay, controlling the Otana's turrets, engaged the Starchasers as Ace concentrated on disabling and destroying the transport.
With the probe retrieved, Ace and Emkay moved on to the second phase of the plan: passing through the civilian customs checkpoint Tinoon Station. While Emkay initially feared that passing the checkpoint would be the most challenging part of Aeron's plan, a pirate force, consisting of Y-wings and a pair of Marauder-class corvettes, entered the sector and engaged both the Otana and the station. Due to either the pressing odds, importance of the mission, or the lack of necessity in protecting the customs station, Emkay acted somewhat against his typical nature, as he suggested more than once that they fly through the screen and into hyperspace, avoiding any sort of combat entirely. However, the suggestions were ignored and Emkay was dispatched to the turret to destroy offending starfighters and incoming warheads. Once the fight ended, Tinoon Station thanked the crew of the Otana for their support in the battle and allowed them to pass the checkpoint without incident or inspection. Leaving Tinoon Station, the Otana and the probe droid pod successfully rendezvoused with Aeron, in the Sabra, currently flying in an asteroid field. After the exchange, the Otana made its way back to the Defiance, where Emkay was left again as Ace furthered his Alliance career by beginning a pursuit of the Star Destroyer which nationalized the Azzameen home.
Aboard the LibertyEdit
- Aeron: "I've missed you, kiddo, since you joined the Rebellion. I hear of so much activity going on… I worry about you."
- MK-09: "Do you worry about me, too?"
- Aeron: "Of course I do, Emkay. You're expensive to repair."
- MK-09: "I will delete that remark from my memory banks."
- ―Aeron, originally referring to Ace, playfully teases MK-09[src]
MK-09 continued to visit Ace after the Ace's transfer to the Alliance Star Cruiser Liberty due to the flight officer's outstanding mission performance. Some time after the transfer, Emon sent Emkay to the Liberty in the Otana to retrieve Ace for a family mission. Emon relayed that Antan had discovered K'Armyn Viraxo, head of Viraxo Industries, would be traveling in his personal luxury yacht Highroller. Antan saw this as a ripe opportunity for vengeance against the Viraxo for their role in the Imperialization of Azzameen assets and the deaths of Tomaas and Galin.
By now, the thrill of piloting the Otana waned for Emkay, and he began to resent his job of shuttling Ace to various missions—though the droid was still fond of flying as copilot in battle. Nevertheless, he complied and the Otana set off to rendezvous with Emon's Andrasta. Once reunited, the two craft made their way to Destreg Spaceport in orbit around the planet Destreg II, where Antan believe the Highroller would be passing through. Indeed, shortly after the brothers' arrival, the yacht, along with an escort of R-41 Starchasers, entered the system. The fighters turned to engage an oncoming Otana, but, rather than fight them, Ace piloted the craft through the fighter screen; Emkay, expecting a fight, was impressed with the Alliance pilot's tactics. When the Otana reached the Highroller, MK-09 performed a scan for lifeforms but found none aboard the craft. Though disappointed and frustrated, Ace nevertheless destroyed the vessel and engaged the incoming R-41 fighters.
Displeased with the exchange of fire, the spaceport called Imperial authorities and demanded the Azzameens departure. However, before they could leave, a small collection of bounty hunters flying Muurian transports and Z-95 Headhunters entered the system to collect on the Viraxo bounty on the Azzameen brothers. Ace, Emon, and MK-09 successfully defeated this bounty hunter force and returned to the Liberty. Afterward, Ace and MK-09 received word from Antan, who apologized for his misinformation and for sending them into the bounty hunter trap.
Following their campaign to track and destroy the TIE Experimental Project and its production facility, the Alliance was in desperate need of warheads and began looking towards external and unorthodox methods to obtain the ordinance. Aeron, noting this as an opportunity to simultaneously help the Rebel Alliance and hurt Viraxo Industries, discovered a cache of warheads stored in containers at the Viraxo storage platform 1; with Antan's permission and a collection of transports from their company, she formed a plan to steal and sell the containers to the Alliance.
MK-09 and Aeron traveled to the Liberty, this time flying the Sabra, and collected Ace for the mission to covertly inspect the containers. As Emkay noted, the Azzameens were not adept at clandestine maneuvers, and the attempt at covert maneuvers was unsuccessful; Viraxo Razor-class fighters attacked the Sabra, and Ace was forced to rapidly scan the containers while under attack. With Aeron in the turret of the Sabra, MK-09 relayed information to Ace in the cockpit, and offered to control the turret in Aeron's stead when Ace's patience with the droid began to wear thin. With the scanning of the containers complete, the Sabra was free to fully engage the enemy starfighters and Gun Emplacements around the facility as the Magnum transports entered the system.
Before the warhead transfers were complete, though, the intended recipients of the weapons entered the system. While MK-09 was unable to determine their origin, Aeron noted that the newcomers—the Bulk freighter XTS-673 and a complement of Supa Fighters— were part of the criminal organization Black Sun. Aeron also realized that the arrival of the Black Sun flight group indicated that the Azzameens had again fallen into a trap. The Sabra moved to intercept the bulk freighter and the fighters; due to Ace's distraction, Magnum group was able to complete the transfer and return safely to the Rebel rendezvous point, and the Sabra followed shortly thereafter.. Both Ace and Aeron received the Alliance Civilian Battle Award for their independent civilian actions in securing the arms and assisting the Rebellion; Ace would pin his upon Emkay for storage when the droid was aboard the Liberty.
During Ace's continuing tour, his squadron was called upon to investigate an Imperial sensor station and research facility located near Kuat. Ace and company successfully completed their investigation and discovered the location of an Imperial defector who had been feeding the Alliance information. Antan heard of this successful attack on the sensor station and decided to use the confusion sown for the Azzameens' goals once again. Determining that the communication satellites which surrounded the station would be only lightly defended following the attack, Antan instructed Aeron to install a listening device on one of the satellites damaged by the battle; this listening device would further their resources against the Viraxo, as it could intercept messages between the company and the Empire. Aeron took MK-09 along in the Sabra to again meet her brother Ace aboard the Liberty, and the trio left for Kuati space. The Beta-class ETR-3 escort transport Minelayer, laying mines, and its accompaniment of Alpha-class Xg-1 Star Wings protected the system. Ace and Emkay dispatched the protecting forces and began their mission of identifying potential locations. Once a suitable satellite was found, Aeron disembarked from the freighter and began attaching the device. During this procedure, however, the Gamma-class assault shuttle Omicron entered the system and deployed squads of Zero-G spacetroopers who made their way toward Aeron. The Sabra managed to protect the vulnerable Aeron and destroyed both the spacetroopers and the Omicron before collecting Aeron and escaping the system. After the mission, MK-09 departed the Star Cruiser with Aeron.
Some time later, Aeron once again noted an opportunity to assist the Rebellion, harm the Viraxo, and make a few credits in the process. She planned to attack and raid Viraxo Industries platform VXO-33274, stealing vital supplies, and then transport them to Vergesso Base to assist the struggling Rebel presence. Taking MK-09 along in the Otana, Aeron collected Ace from the Liberty and the Azzameen trio traveled to the repair yards of Bilbringi V, where they were to rendezvous with a motley group of freighters commanded by former employees of Twin Suns Transport Services. Following the meeting, the Otana escorted these freighters through hyperspace to VXO-33274, where the ship encountered a small Black Sun force of Supa Fighters and the IPV-1 System Patrol Craft Scylla protecting the platform. With assistance from a hired squadron of Toscan 8-Q starfighters, Ace eliminated the patrol craft from a turret aboard the Otana as MK-09 piloted the ship. While the Azzameen-allied craft attempted to dispatch the remaining Supa Fighters protecting the base, Juno Group and Lara Group entered the system and began making off with containers surrounding platform VXO-33274.
Before they could escape to the Vergesso Asteroids, though, a larger Black Sun force, consisting of the Marauder-class corvette Charybdis and a complement of Razor-class and Supa starfighters. With Ace back in the pilot's seat of the Otana, he ordered the supporting Toscan fighters to disable the Charybdis, and he and Emkay concentrated their attention to the Razor-class starfighters, destroying all twelve between the two of them. After the removal of the entire Black Sun presence, Juno Group and Lara Group completed their collection assignment and made the jump to Vergesso Base; the Otana followed, as Aeron needed to be delivered to the asteroid base as well. Before the Aeron could dock and deplane, though, four Supa Fighters which had managed to track the freighters arrived and engaged, focusing their attention solely on the Otana. Though damaged significantly in the battle at VXO-33274, the Otana eliminated this force thanks to Ace's piloting and Emkay's gunning. With Aeron dispatched at Vergesso Base to oversee the transfer, Ace and MK-09, aboard the Otana, returned to the Liberty.
Darker times for the familyEdit
- "Did someone call for a ride?"
"Stow it Emkay! Get your rusted bolts over here!"
- ―A panicked Aeron, trapped aboard Vergesso Base, hails MK
MK-09 remained on the Otana as Ace continued to fly for the Alliance. Shortly after the Azzameen equipment transfer at Vergesso Base, however, a large fleet of Star Destroyers and support craft, including Darth Vader's massive Super Star Destroyer Executor,, attacked the rebel base. Aeron, still aboard the doomed asteroid, frantically contacted Emkay and informed her of her plight. The droid, sitting aboard the Otana, then alerted and retrieved Ace and the two set out for the asteroid base, reusing the course utilized in the ship's recent trip.
Due to the presence of the immense battlecruisers, the Otana had exited hyperspace much further than anticipated and would have to navigate through the capital ship screen to reach Aeron. Barely escaping attacks from the ships, Ace finally piloted the Otana to a close enough proximity to receive Aeron's panicked signal from onboard the asteroid base. Eventually, the Otana reached the damaged but as-of-then undestroyed base and docked with the upper airlock; MK-09 left the transport, sought Aeron, retrieved her, and directed her back to the ship. Once the two were aboard with Ace, the Otana fled the doomed station en route to the exit vector—again located beyond the Star Destroyers. Once clear of the Executor, Ace engaged the hyperdrive and the Azzameen trio escaped. Safely aboard the Otana and in hyperspace, Aeron congratulated her brother and playfully insulted MK-09. MK used this as an excuse to question Aeron's actions, by threatening to report her location to Antan; however, he was cut off with a seemingly-empty counter-threat, enough for the droid to drop the issue and concentrate on piloting back to the Liberty.
MK-09, having been out of the action for some time and longing to rejoin the fray, would later be contacted by Dunari, a longtime friend of his father Tomaas. After picking Ace up from the Liberty, the droid relayed the message; solemnly, Dunari stated that Ace's brother Emon had been captured and was held in Quesna Base under Imperial charges. Following Dunari's plan, Ace and Emkay, flying the Otana, anonymously transported a bomb, stolen from an Imperial scrapyard and disguised as a Tibanna gas container, which would detonate when approaching the station. With the station distracted by the chaos of the explosion, Dunari's Muurian transport Deadman's Hand docked with Quesna Base and Dunari made his way through the station to rescue Emon. Ace turned turret controls over to Emkay as the former protected the Deadman's Hand. As Ace took on the IPV-1, the droid scored three kills against the attacking TIE/LN fighters. With the station's defenses extinguished, Dunari left Quesna Base, Emon aboard his transport, and left the station completely undamaged. The two ships parted ways, Ace and Emkay returning to the Liberty and Dunari taking the beaten and injured Emon to his casino. Unfortunately for Dunari and Emon, an Imperial counterattack would force the evacuation of Dunari's Rest; Ace's squadron was called in to protect the craft leaving the doomed casino. Emkay was unable to assist in this battle, as Ace utilized his one-man Alliance fighter, but did assist in cleanup at the Azzameen outpost, where Dunari's men briefly stayed, following the evacuation.
The Azzameens strike backEdit
- "Make sure to protect Emkay."
"Yes, I would like that very much."
- ―Emon instructs Ace after a surprise mercenary attack
Emkay was contacted by Aeron shortly after the battle at Dunari's Rest as she had determined that recovering files from the family's discarded datacore would assist in tracking the leak of information on family activities. After retrieving Ace in the Otana, the two met with a recovered Emon en route to a scrapyard near Tolig IV, where Aeron had tracked the datacore. After Ace identified the datacore among the refuse, Emkay left the Otana through the dorsal airlock and made his way through the short expanse of space to the junk container holding the datacore. Shortly after his exit, however, a group of T-wing interceptors entered the system and made their way to the Azzameens. Emon and Ace defended MK-09, still slicing the datacore to find the necessary files through the hail of lasers and starcraft. His download complete, MK-09 detatched from the container before locating Ace; realizing that the Otana was still occupied in its dogfight, Emkay began sailing into open space, sending out calls for assistance all the while. Eventually, with the fighters destroyed, Ace piloted the Otana toward the prone droid. Much to Emon's amusement and MK-09's dismay, the Otana sped towards the latter at full speed, only slowing the craft moments from impact to allow MK-09 to board. The pair of Azzameen craft exited the system, their mission a success, and Ace returned to the Liberty as Emon took the data with him to be analyzed.
Assistance to the AllianceEdit
Emkay would begin helping the Rebellion directly soon after. The Hurrim, a mercenary group, had been constantly harassing Alliance endeavors in several systems, so the Alliance entrusted Ace, Aeron, and Emkay with locating the mercenary headquarters. The trio left in the Otana, planning to board the bulk cruiser Redhawk—known to have ties to the mercenary group and currently docked with the XQ5 Platform Cargo Station—and obtain the flight logs within its central computer in order to locate the base. This plan worked without much of a hitch, though an escort of Preybird-class starfighters entered the system and began attacking the docked light freighter. MK-09 expressed a desire to enter one of the turrets to fend off this threat but was unable to as he was downloading data from the bulk freighter; instead, Ace too to the turrets to repel the attacking mercenaries.
Once Aeron had completed the download and reboarded the ship, the Otana entered the sliced coordinates into the Otana's navigation computer and the ship set off. Unfortunately for the Azzameens, the flight log had altered, as noted by Emkay; rather than a mercenary base, the Azzameens found themselves in the midst of a collection of Star Destroyers firing their turbolasers. MK-09's sensors indicated that the trio had entered the Carida Training Facility instead of their intended destination. Ordered to stand down, the Imperial Star Destroyers continued their bombardment of the target—now including the Otana—forcing Ace into a series of evasive maneuvers to give Emkay time to create a new exit vector. In addition to finding an escape route, MK-09 managed to identify the five Star Destroyers. Once complete, Ace ignored the Imperial order to stop and instead made haste towards this exit, located behind the wall of Star Destroyers.
After evading the turbolaser fire and fighter patrols sent to capture the Otana, the Azzameens finally exited the Carida system and returned to the XQ5 Platform the Redhawk was stationed only minutes before. The bulk cruiser, however, was absent upon the Otana's re-arrival, as it had left the station towards the mercenary base. Aeron decided to check through the flight logs aboard the platform, leaving Ace in the gunnery station and Emkay managing the download. With the information on the Redhawk's whereabouts collected and input into the navcomputer, the Otana left, avoiding station defenses, and entered hyperspace. Upon arrival at these new coordinates the trio was stunned to find that the mercenary base holding the Hurrim mercenaries was none other than their own former home, Azzameen Station. The station had been renamed "Falcon's Nest" and a scattered assortment of craft and static defenses now occupied the sector; Ace flew the Otana close enough to inspect the station, prompting several Hurrim fighters to engage the freighter. Though Ace immediately attempted to engage this offensive presence—feelings shared by Emkay—Aeron simply wanted to return to the Liberty and inform the Rebellion so that a proper counter-attack could commence. Ace agreed with Aeron's suggestion and the trio returned to the Liberty.
- "I am picking up a few fighters and some gun platforms. I thought there would be more."
- ―MK-09, expressing a deflated hope of a more epic battle to recover his home
This Alliance counter-attack came soon after the return of the Otana. Due to the family's familiarity with the station, Emon and Aeron were called in to assist with the Alliance attack. MK-09 would operate the ventral turret on the Otana, though the ship would be piloted by Aeron; Emkay's normal flying partner, Ace, would be instead flying a B-wing starfighter with his Alliance squadron. This strike team, consisting of the B-wing squadron, Emon in the Andrasta, and Aeron and Emkay in the Otana, left the Liberty and made the jump back to the mercenary base. Once there, Aeron spotted uncle Antan's Action VI transport and pointed it out to the other Azzameens, though the ship fled before it could be hailed.
Once the fighter squadrons diverged on the invaders, Aeron and Emkay targeted the incoming Preybird-class fighters and kept them occupied as the Alliance force moved to eliminate the station's defenses and disable the Falcon's Nest itself. With the main defenses destroyed, Storm Unit, the assault transport responsible for transporting the strike team intended to capture the base, approached the hangar; the arrival of the Marauder-class corvette Plaque, along with its accompanying squadrons of IRD Fighters, forced the Otana, as well as the rest of the fighters in the Alliance force, to engage the corvette and protect the transport. Storm Unit successfully entered the base as the Redhawk exploded from the Rebel attack. After clearing the base of Hurrim mercenaries, however, the strike force found the station filled with bombs set to explode within around three minutes.
Aeron instructed Emkay to enter the hangar, where Aeron made her way to the commandos and aided in diffusing the bomb. Skipray Blastboats entered the sector during the boarding operation; Ace supplemented Emkay's turret protection in repelling this new force as Aeron successfully disarmed the bombs with only seconds to spare. After the battle, Falcons's Nest‐now, once again, Azzameen Station—was returned to the Azzameen family for their outstanding service as well as assistance in recovering the base.
Soon after, MK-09 would once again be used by the Rebellion, this time to secure the Lambda-class T-4a shuttle Tydirium and the codes contained within the vessel, located in Outpost 327, over the planet Zhar. Emkay left with Ace in the Sabra, filled with a team of commandos. The team made their way to the customs station located just inside Zhar space, where they transmitted a fake manifesto of the cargo aboard the YT-1300. Emkay managed all communications, which included a fair share of bending the truth, allowing Ace to focus on piloting the craft while casually avoiding patrols who could detect the real contents. After a few moments, a course was given to the platform holding a number of ships, which the Sabra followed. Shortly after reverting to realspace, Ace once again avoided any patrols, while Emkay told control what they were carrying. Once the ship was docked safely inside the station, Emkay left the line open as the commandos stealthily made their way to steal the shuttle. Once again, Emkay was able to stall long enough for the commandos to finish their mission. Unfortunately, while the Imperial officer may not have realized the real reason for the delay, he did decide that it was worth looking into—however, Ace didn't give him a chance, as he blasted out of the hangar. With TIEs incoming, the Sabra hailed Rogue Squadron, which responded and entered the system. The Tydirium continued its run unnoticed and unscathed, and, once it made the jump to lightspeed, the mission goals were satisfied, allowing both the Sabra and the Rogues to break the dogfight and head home.
A new source of hopeEdit
Resting once again aboard the Liberty, Antan Azzameen once again hailed the surviving Azzameen children, with news about father Tomaas and eldest brother Galin—they had both survived, but were captured by the Empire and held at an Imperial prison over the mining planet of Kessel, Kessel Station. Mildly suspicious, but also hopeful, the Azzameen children made their way, Emon in his Firespray-class starfighter and Ace, Aeron, and MK-09 in the family YT-2000, back home to Azzameen Home Base, where Antan was waiting. Emkay began to fire off a string of questions and accusations; however, at the command of Emon (and agreement from Aeron), he was switched off, missing the following conversation. At the termination of said conversation, however, Aeron reactivated him, and he demanded to know the extent of the information he missed. However, this request was ignored as the group solemnly made their way to the hyperspace point.
Once in the proximity of Kessel Station, Antan urged the Sabra to dock, insisting he had all the proper clearance codes. None of the young Azzameens, MK-09 included, had a good feeling about this entire operation. Their fears were realized when, all of a sudden, an Imperial-class Star Destroyer and its escort arrived in-system and demanded the surrender of the two Azzameen ships, whom Antan had managed to betray. Immediately MK was tasked with finding a new exit vector, as the Star Destroyer had successfully managed to block the previously calculated coordinates. However, as the droid noted, deciphering a safe route in the midst of the Maw quickly was next to impossible. As Ace and Emon fought off attackers, Emkay continued to scramble, unsuccessfully. Luckily for the family, Dunari in his Muurian transport entered the system, and provided the Otana and Andrasta the coordinates needed. The group successfully escaped Kessel Station; however, the course had landed them in asteroids located near the planetoid. Avoiding and destroying the static gun turrets on the way through, Ace, Aeron, Emkay, Emon, and Dunari made it safely through, arriving back above Sullust, where the fleet was stationed in preparation for the attack on the second Death Star.
The time for what called to be one of the Rebellion's greatest victories soon followed Antan's treachery and the panicked escape from Kessel Station. The Rebel fleet, Ace and Emkay included, gathered at Sullust and soon left along the Sanctuary Pipeline to Endor. MK-09 and Azzameen worked together along with the crew of the Millennium Falcon in their attack on the second Death Star. It is known that both he and Ace survived the battle, and were stationed aboard the Independence, as the Liberty had fallen victim to the Death Star's blast. Both he and Ace were granted at least a short amount of leave time after the battle, to go speak to relatives about the death of the Emperor. Some time later, MK-09 compiled an account of his and Ace's experiences with the Rebellion, leading up to the Battle of Endor.
- "Do something about that trigger-happy droid, will you?"
"I can see I'm not wanted here."
- ―Emon, expressing concern about MK-09's aggression circuits after a successful mission
MK-09 was a heavily-modified Kalibac Industries MK-series maintenance droid. His single photoreceptor was mounted atop a trapezoidal head. This head could swivel along its connection point at its body. The neck could also extend to closely view objects or increase his height. Between the torso and lower track platform, the droid could swivel 360 degrees. A holoprojector was located on the droid's midsection to display Ace's objectives in various family-related assignments.
Most of his modifications dealt with his ability to pilot various light- to medium-types of starships, including one-man starfighters. Two basic manipulators located at the tips of the flanking arms were the most modified; these allowed Emkay to not only pilot/copilot, but also repair various ships. The droid also either was fitted with standard, or custom modifications, to allow him to maneuver freely in space; whether this was a series of thrusters or some other system is unknown.
- "Rumor has it that Darth Vader is searching for Luke Skywalker. There is a large bounty for his capture, too. I suppose blowing up the Death Star was bound to attract Vader's attention.
I would hate to be him.
Actually, I'd hate to be ANY human."
- ―MK-09 shares information with Ace over an e-mail message
Emkay was a brash, headstrong droid. While copiloting with Ace, the droid frequently looked to engage in a dogfight. He also expressed a great deal of enjoyment when in battle; this enthusiasm caused those familiar with the droid to often suggest toning down his aggression circuits. Even with the aggression shown towards enemies, MK-09 showed kindness and understanding to those near him. In addition, MK-09's behavioral processor did not possess an embarrassment program.
Though he endeared his biological owners, MK-09 preferred his status as a droid and commented to Ace as much in an e-mail. On more than one occasion, Emkay acted as a mediator between his owner's children. However, these attempts were often rebutted back at the droid and met with failure. The droid also attempted to liven grave situations with a witty statement or question; more than once this was also met with friendly hostility. Emkay sometimes expressed the feeling that droids were often underappreciated and taken for granted. After learning of Ace's Rebel Alliance training mission where the rescue of an R2 unit was the goal, Emkay complained about the droid's exploitation. He also felt that he personally was not given the credit he deserved for his efforts assisting Ace and the other Azzameens on various missions.
While under the care of Ace Azzameen, MK-09 would inform Ace of different missions and assignments available to him. He also managed Ace's e-mail service—which he occasionally snooped in (though with good intentions)—as well as notified Ace of different trinkets and medals Ace received in his adventures. MK regarded normal affairs, such as deliveries and cargo inspections, as mundane and boring. However, he still performed his duties with accuracy and a sense of duty. During these runs, he would often utilize small-talk to "encourage" the Azzameens to join the Alliance. Eventually his suggestions were observed by at least Ace.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "That's the spirit! Kick them where it hurts!"
MK-09 was voice-acted by Daniel Hagen in Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance. Some of Hagan's other Star Wars works include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as various minor characters, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter as an alien thug. In the game, MK-09 acts as the voice of the silent protagonist Ace; when flying together, Emkay informs the player of important mission updates and helps progress the plot. Likewise, in the main game concourse MK-09 initially acts as the main vehicle for displaying mission info for the player; once transferred to the Liberty Emkay acts more of a trophy facilitator.
MK-09 has an in-flight engine polygon model, exiting to space in a few missions. However, he is still seen seated in the cockpit in the copilot's seat if the player steers the view, due to the limitations of the game engine. In effect, this creates a "clone" of the droid, which can be attributed simply to game mechanics, rather than two separate droid units.
In the final mission, the in-flight model of the Millennium Falcon places Ace and MK-09 as pilot and copilot respectively. This contradicts known established movie canon, and several other higher sources, which place Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb at the helm. However, the sight of Ace and Emkay in the Battle of Endor places them, to an unknown degree, in the midst of the battle aboard the Falcon, as is the case for Keyan Farlander in the Battle of Yavin.
- Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (First appearance)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 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 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 1.49 1.50 1.51 1.52 1.53 1.54 1.55 1.56 1.57 1.58 1.59 1.60 1.61 1.62 1.63 1.64 1.65 1.66 1.67 1.68 1.69 1.70 1.71 1.72 1.73 1.74 1.75 1.76 1.77 1.78 1.79 1.80 1.81 1.82 1.83 1.84 Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ Scavenger's Guide to Droids
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.42 5.43 5.44 5.45 5.46 5.47 Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- ↑ Shadows of the Empire (novel)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader depicts a much different capture of the same vessel, without giving mention to the Mission to Zhar at all. Leland Chee stated that there were in fact two captures of the same vessel; somewhere along the lines, the commando team led by Ace are captured, and the Tydirium relocated to another Imperial base, where Rogue Squadron and Wedge Antilles captured it. This information, however, has been contradicted again by Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections, which states that the Mission to Zhar only captured codes for the shuttle, and not the physical shuttle. This new contradiction has yet to be retconned.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections attempted to reconcile the conflict between the capture of the Tydirium by two different individuals in two different locations and at two different times by claiming that Ace's theft was of only the codes for the vessel, not the actual Lambda-class shuttle itself. How this fits into the on-screen events of the Tydirium's capture and escape to hyperspace is unknown.
- ↑ As the game's in-flight model of the Millennium Falcon shows Ace Azzameen and MK-09 as pilot and copilot, the two are assumed to take a role, while unknown, aboard the Falcon in the battle.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- ↑ MK-09 was able to maneuver ingame in space with no outside interference (such as a tractor beam). This leads the implication that the droid has at least a minor system of space travel.
- ↑ While Ace is the only Azzameen who is shown enlisting, his siblings did participate in some Rebellion actions.
- ↑ The game engine restricts ship models to a ship model and cockpit view. Neither model view can be swapped once the engine is initialized, thus leaving the cockpit semi-static; any gameplay changes (such as the exit of a character stationed in the cockpit) are unable to change the existing cockpit models.