- "Preliminary results indicate that the energy released during the test-fire had the destructive power of the combined batteries of a qaz-class Star Destroyer."
"An encouraging beginning."
- ―Orson Krennic and Mas Amedda
The qaz-class Star Destroyer (IPA: /kæz/) was a type of Star Destroyer used by the Galactic Empire that was in use shortly after the Clone Wars, and continued to serve within the Imperial Navy until after the Battle of Yavin. One ship of this class was the Malevolence.
- "Recent transfer, from the new ship Malevolence."
"Oh, yeah? That's a qaz-class ship, right? I'd like to hear what it's like on one of those—"
- ―Leia Organa and TK-5648.
Shortly after the end of the Clone Wars and subsequent rise of the Galactic Empire, a test-firing commenced of a kyber crystal powered weapon that would later evolve into the superlaser of the Death Star. Upon the orders of Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic, two beams were fired from a Star Destroyer, which then merged into one and successfully disappeared into the two black holes known as the Hero Twins. Following the test-firing, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda was informed by Krennic that preliminary results indicated that the energy released by the weapon had the same destructive capacity of the combined weapons systems of a qaz-class Star Destroyer, a result which pleased Amedda.
The Malevolence was a new qaz-class Star Destroyer in the Imperial military at the time of Rebel operative Leia Organa's mission to the planet Tibrin, which occurred shortly after the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY. In order to infiltrate the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Stormbringer, where her associate Luke Skywalker was being held, Organa pretended to have previously served on the Malevolence. Upon boarding the Stormbringer, TK-5648, a stormtrooper who was doing checks on personnel coming aboard, expressed surprise upon hearing the cover-story, and openly wondered what it would be like to serve on a qaz-class.
Behind the scenesEdit
The qaz-class was first mentioned in James Luceno's 2016 novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. Pronounced "kazz" in the audiobook, the designation is neither capitalized nor italicized in text, unlike many other starship classifications in the book, such as the Imperial-class Star Destroyer.
The qaz-class was mentioned again in Landry Q. Walker's "The Trouble at Tibrin, Part II", a comic included in Star Wars Adventures 5. Although comic's text is in block capitals, meaning it can give no additional information about the capitalization of "qaz", it too left the word unitalicized.
- Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel (First mentioned, simultaneous with Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel audiobook)
- Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel audiobook (First mentioned, simultaneous with Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel)
- "The Trouble at Tibrin, Part II"—Star Wars Adventures 5 (Mentioned only)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - The Official Mission Debrief (Indirect mention only)