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ST 321 was equipped with sensor jammers, specialized tactical displays, and other modified features, such as advanced targeting systems. The "ST" in the shuttle's designation stood for "space transport." It is escorted by a contingent of TIE/LN starfighters, one of which included Black 11.
- "Command station, this is ST-321. Code clearance blue. We're starting our approach."
- ―Captain Yorr, approaching the second Death Star
One of ST 321's earliest uses was in 18 BBY, where it was returning Palpatine and Vader from Yinchorr. It was boarded by six Stormtroopers cloned from Sa Cuis's genetic template led by the treacherous Emperor's Hand Sheyvan, who intended to usurp Emperor Palpatine during his rule. Vader, alongside Lieutenant Erv Lekauf and cloned Stormtroopers derived from the latter's template, fought back, resulting in Vader killing Sheyvan in a quick duel. Lekauf, however, was severely burned from the fires aboard the vessel.
Throughout the Imperial Period and the Galactic Civil War, Vader utilized the shuttle for instances that required him to make a personal appearance to motivate the Imperial forces. In 1 ABY, Vader—accompanied by a unit of Triumphant-class dark troopers—used this shuttle during the operations Molecular Clamp, Sieve, Green Light and Take Down to travel to the cities of Bestine, Coronet and Theed, respectively. In addition, he also used the shuttle to travel directly to Theed during Empire Day Festivities to personally present several dedicated Imperial officers with awards for acts of service and loyalty to the Empire. A year later, Vader later used the shuttle to travel to Bespin during its occupation by Imperial Forces to coerce its administrator, Lando Calrissian, who was also a former acquaintance of Han Solo, into delivering him, Leia, and Chewbacca to him. After losing Luke Skywalker during their duel, he used the shuttle to return to the Executor.
Shortly before the Battle of Endor, the ST 321 brought Darth Vader from the Star Destroyer Avenger to the second Death Star. This was the shuttle Luke Skywalker used to escape the second Death Star along with his deceased father. He managed to get to the shuttle relatively easily as the Imperials were in the middle of an evacuation at the time.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Return of the Jedi radio dramatization states that Luke escaped the second death star in Emperor Palpatine's shuttle. The novel The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader counters this by stating that the escape was made in Vader's shuttle. This is supported by Starships of the Galaxy, which states that Palpatine's shuttle was destroyed with the second Death Star.
The shuttle later reappeared in the 1997 re-releases of The Empire Strikes Back when Vader returned to the Executor during the film's climax, largely due to their reusing the scene of Darth Vader's arrival on the Death Star II from Return of the Jedi.
- "A Two-Edged Sword"—Star Wars Insider 85
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (post-1997 releases)
- The Empire Strikes Back: A Storybook (Indirect mention only)
- Shadows of the Empire novel
- Shadows of the Empire audio book (Indirect mention only)
- Shadows of the Empire junior novelization (Indirect mention only)
- The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novel
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1: In the Hands of Jabba the Hutt
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 4: The Final Duel
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Second Edition
- Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading cards (Card: Vader Grows Wary of Xizor) (Indirect mention only)
- "What's New in the Trilogy"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 10 (Indirect mention only)
- "Dark Father"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 11 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Special Edition Limited (Card: Vader's Personal Shuttle)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Colonel Jendon)
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Third Edition
- Rebellion Era Sourcebook (Picture only)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 8 (LOB3, Lobot) (Indirect mention only)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 11 (STA4, Imperial Star Destroyer) (Picture only)
- "The Ultimate Return of the Jedi Insider's Guide"—Star Wars Insider 67
- Star Wars Trading Card Game – The Empire Strikes Back (Card: Vader's Imperial Shuttle)
- Star Wars PocketModel TCG – Base Set (Card: Darth Vader's Lambda-class shuttle)
- Starships of the Galaxy, Saga Edition
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- X-Wing Miniatures Game – Lambda-class Shuttle Expansion Pack (Card: Captain Yorr)
- X-Wing Miniatures Game – Lambda-class Shuttle Expansion Pack (Card: Colonel Jendon)
- X-Wing Miniatures Game – Lambda-class Shuttle Expansion Pack (Card: ST 321)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Two-Edged Sword
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Special Edition Limited
- ↑ Star Wars PocketModel TCG – Base Set (Card: Darth Vader's Lambda-class shuttle)
- ↑ Galaxy Guide 8: Scouts, by Bill Olmesdahl and Bill Smith, West End Games, 1993
- ↑ Star Wars Trading Card Game – The Empire Strikes Back (Card: Vader's Imperial Shuttle)
- ↑ "Two-Edged Sword"—Star Wars Insider 85
- ↑ The Force Unleashed databank entry: Imperial Shuttle.
- ↑ Star Wars Galaxies
- ↑ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization
- ↑ The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader