This mission to Coruscant was performed by Rogue Squadron in 7 ABY, when they infiltrated to Coruscant in preparation of an attack to Imperial capital. Their mission was to scout the planet and assess public opinions of Empire and the New Republic. They also made two attempts to bring down the planetary shield. Their first attempt was not successful but the second one brought down the shield and the New Republic force was able to begin their attack and conquer the planet.
In 7 ABY the New Republic Provisional Council decided to move against the capital world, Coruscant. They made several different plans how to conquer the planet but none of them was truly practical and they had to be discarded one after another. Admiral Ackbar, the Supreme Commander of New Republic Armed Forces wanted to send military specialists and starfighter pilots to scout the planet and find possible weaknesses from its defenses.
In an attempt to distract the Galactic Empire they arranged Rogue Squadron to release 16 Black Sun criminals from Kessel who were then transported to Coruscant. Other, more trustworthy, agents were also sent there while some—like Iella Wessiri—already lived on the planet. For the pilots they would send, Admiral Ackbar and General Airen Cracken found the Rogue Squadron to be most suitable to perform the mission.
Members of Rogue Squadron were inserted separately or in small groups to Coruscant. Erisi Dlarit and Corran Horn were travelling together disquised as a Kuat noble and her telbun in the ultra-class aboard Jewel of Churba, while Commander Wedge Antilles and Pash Cracken were on board the same ship in a lower class impersonating Imperial officers. Upon arrival they met their Intelligence contacts who helped them to take up their new identities.
Other members of Rogue Squadron were brought in by Mirax Terrik in Pulsar Skate. Terrik's exit identity was revealed to the Imperials and she could not get away from the planet and was only barely able to avoid capture. She later met with Antilles, Cracken and Iella Wessiri in Galactic Museum in hopes to find out what she should do next.
Showdown in the HeadquartersEdit
While performing their part of the mission Horn, Dlarit and Winter had a close call in the Grand Corridor in the Imperial Palace with Imperial Intelligence agent Kirtan Loor, who would have been able to recognize Horn and reveal their presence in the capital. This event and his conversation about Tycho Celchu with Winter gave Horn a lot of things to think about and he decided to clear his head by walking around. He found himself from a cantina called the Headquarters where he observed a meeting between Celchu and a Duros weapons dealer, Lai Nootka. When Horn attempted to follow Celchu and the stranger—who Horn believed to be Loor since he was not able to see the individual's face—members of the Black Sun stopped him and called in their leader, Zekka Thyne.
Horn escaped from Thyne's people and got outside the cantina where he stole a speeder bike and used it to get away from the Black Sun members. His attackers obtained speeders of their own and pursued him across the city. Using a line one of the Black Sun speeder bikes got a hold from Horn's speeder. In a desperate attempt to get rid of the other bike Horn flew in a way that it hit to the side of a building breaking a window. Accidentally the window belonged to one of the safehouses the New Republic agents had been able to establish in Coruscant and was currently occupied by Antilles, Cracken, Wessiri, Terrik and Winter, who all survived the crash with minimal damage. With that move Horn was able to get rid of most of the speeder that was connected to his, but a sidepod stayed with him making it harder for him to control his speeder. As a last choice option Horn pointed the speeder bike toward a large warehouse door and jumped off letting the bike crash through out of control.
Firefight in Alien Combine warehouseEdit
Gavin Darklighter, Riv Shiel, Nawara Ven, Rhysati Ynr, Aril Nunb and Ooryl Qrygg met a group of Alien Combine members in a cantina after a squad of stormtroopers had sweeped the place collecting Quarren. Asyr Sei'lar believed that Darklighter was a bigot and decided that Alien Combine should kill him as an example for Imperials. For this purpose all six members of Rogue Squadron were taken into a warehouse that functioned as the headquarters for the Alien Combine.
Ven quickly entered to his role as a lawyer and tried to reason with the leaders of the Combine doing his best to convince them that Darklighter was not a bigot. Before the Combine was able to decide one way or another they came under attack of Imperial troops and the speeder bike Horn had been flying came through another door causing confusion. During the fight that followed Darklighter saved Sei'lar's life convincing the bothan that he was not a bigot. Horn joined forces with Darklighter, Sei'lar and others but they were unable to find Nunb—who unknown to them had been captured by the Imperials who wanted to use Sullustans in their experiments with the Krytos virus. Horn and Darklighter trusted some of their mission to Sei'lar who then got a better understanding of what had happened in the cantina and in the warehouse.
First sabotage attemptEdit
- "We have a new mission and you're here to help plan it out."
"I'll do my best, sir."
"Let's hope we can all do our best, and then some. We've got to come up with a plan that will let us, with a minimal amount of lead time, take over or destroy whatever we need to bring down Coruscant's shields and leave the world open to invasion."
- ―Wedge Antilles and Corran Horn
When the members of Rogue Squadron were reunited with each other and were joined by the Alien Combine they learned that their original mission parameters had been changed. Antilles had been told to form a plan to take down the planetary shield and to be ready to perform that with a short notice. He called in a planning session with himself and Horn from the Rogue Squadron, Wessiri and Winter from New Republic Intelligence, Sei'lar and Dmaynel Kiph from the Alien Combine and Thyne and Vorru from the Black Sun.
They decided to try to insert sliced computer cores to the main computer that controlled all the systems in Coruscant. In that way they could have used control codes to bring down the shield when ever they wanted. Winter and her people were ordered to create the sliced program that would be inserted to the computer cores during manufacture by the members of Alien Compine who were working in the factory that was producing the cores. In the end three auxiliary memory cores were equipped with the special slicing program that would give access to the shield.
The operation to deliver the sliced memory cores went mostly well and in the end the Imperial technician who was responsible for choosing the cores took one of the modified ones. When the technician was heading out a large force of Imperials raided the warehouse in an attempt to slow down the expected New Republic attack against Coruscant. Antilles quickly realized that Thyne had sold them out and that the Black Sun lookouts had not reported the arrival of the Imperials. All New Republic personnel were able to escape from the ambush but Antilles had to call in his secret back up that had been concealed from all the other members of the task force—Tycho Celchu and Rogue Squadron's protocol droid Emtrey were on Coruscant and had been buying equipment and established hiding places for the squadron.
During the fight Horn and Terrik got separated from the rest of the unit and met Inyri Forge, who took them to one of the Black Sun hiding places. There Horn was threatened by Thyne, but relizing that Thyne had left her to die in the hands of the Imperials Forge shot Thyne before he killed Horn. From Thyne Horn learned that there had been another traitor among the group beside Thyne himself, who had revealed everything he knew about the operation to Loor. In the end Terrik, Horn and Forge joined the other Rogues and found out how Celchu and Emtrey had rescued them from stormtroopers. Learning that Celchu was alive alerted Horn to the possibility of his betrayal and he filed in a report concerning the meeting he had witnessed in the Headquarters two weeks earlier.
Staging for the final attackEdit
- "We've got forty-eight hours to bring Coruscant's shields down."
- ―Tycho Celchu
Right after their first attempt to sabotage the shields failed Celchu delivered a message that had come through to Antilles that they had only forty-eight hours to fulfill their mission. During their planning several alien members of the Rogue Squadron were already coming down ill from the Krytos virus and it was clear that they would not be capable to fly. Horn was afraid that their mission was doomed to failure because of Celchu's presence among the planning group—he believed that the Captain would betray them to the Empire—but Antilles gave strict orders not to communicate to anyone outside the group to make sure no one would be able to reveal their new plan to the enemy.
They planned to hijack a construction droid and use it to force the personnel evacuate from a computer control station. They would take control of the abandoned station and use it to move one of the Orbital Solar Energy Transfer Satellites to vaporize one of the water reservoirs. That would create a massive thunderstorm that would bring down the energy grid that fed energy to the planetary shields. With the shields down New Republic would be able to bring its fleet over the planet and send down troops to take control of the planet. The plan was successful with only minor difficulties that were solved as they appeared and the New Republic invasion of the planet started on schedule.
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