- "I know that you have wrested control of not only the Vigilance, but of the Ravager, too. And likely the fleet that goes with it. Imagine that. Little Rae Sloane, manning an entire Super Star Destroyer all by herself. Our last, isn't it?"
- ―Valco Pandion, to Rae Sloane
The Ravager was an Executor-class Star Dreadnought of the Imperial Navy. It was also one of the largest and most powerful military warships ever constructed by the Galactic Empire. By the time of the Rebellion on Akiva, the Ravager was known to be the last remaining Super Star Destroyer in the Imperial Navy, commanded by Fleet Admiral—and later Counselor to the Empire—Gallius Rax, who was presumed dead by the majority of the Imperial remnant in the months following the Battle of Endor.
One of the largest and most powerful vessels ever created for the Galactic Empire, the Ravager was 19,000 meters long, and boasted more than 5,000 turbolasers and ion cannons. Like other Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts, the center of its arrowhead-shaped hull was covered by a city-like superstructure, while the underside hosted most of the engineering systems. The aft end of the Ravager was marked by a trapezoid command tower crowned by two geodesic communication and deflection domes. At the bottom end of the hull were 13 engine thrusters responsible for its movement.
Constructed by Kuat Drive Yards, the Ravager served as the flagship of Gallius Rax. In the months following the pivotal battle of Endor that saw the Alliance to Restore the Republic destroy the Galactic Empire's second Death Star and the Executor, flagship of Darth Vader's Death Squadron, it eventually became the last known Super Star Destroyer in Imperial possession. Due to this, the Ravager became the most prized ship in the Imperial Navy, sought by self-appointed Grand Moff Valco Pandion. Aware of its power, Pandion attended the Imperial meeting on Akiva to seize control of the Ravager, rumored to be in possession of Admiral Rae Sloane, commander of the Vigilance. Secretly an envoy of Rax, Sloane returned to the bridge of the Ravager, then located near the Vulpinus Nebula, to report the failed negotiations to him after the Rebellion on Akiva.
In 5 ABY, the Ravager continued to serve as the headquarters of the now-Grand Admiral Sloane, who commanded Imperial forces in the Vulpinus Nebula. In reality, Sloane served as a front for Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, who posed as her adviser. Under Rax's orders, Sloane convened the Shadow Council to rebuild the Empire. The Ravager also had a private upper garden for Rax, who used it for recreational purposes. Rax used the Ravager to initiate the attack on Chandrila. Following Sloane's disappearance on Chandrila, now-Counselor to the Empire Rax used the ship to command the remnants of the Imperial fleet scattered across the galaxy.
Months later, during the Battle of Jakku, the Ravager was lost to heavy fire, with significant damage to the ventral portion. The craft descended into Jakku's atmosphere and slowly inverted before crashing into what became known as the Graveyard of Giants. In 34 ABY, twenty-nine years after its crash, Rey piloted the Millennium Falcon through the wreckage of the Ravager while evading a First Order TIE fighter while escaping, with Finn and BB-8, from Jakku.
Behind the scenesEdit
Ravager first appeared in the 2015 canon novel Aftermath. In the video game Star Wars Battlefront, the vessel was seen crashing during the beginning of matches on the Graveyard of Giants map. The Ravager's wreckage then appeared in the film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
- Aftermath (First appearance)
- Aftermath: Life Debt
- Star Wars Battlefront (DLC) (First pictured)
- Aftermath: Empire's End
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (Wreckage only)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel (Wreckage only)
- The Force Awakens, Part II (Wreckage only)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Rey's Survival Guide
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Aftermath
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Aftermath: Life Debt
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront - "The Battle of Jakku"