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"Sir, the Carrion Spike has reverted to realspace, bearing zero-zero-three ecliptic. Target is acquired, firing solutions have been computed, and all starboard batteries are standing by."
"Prepare to fire on my command."
―The Conquest's commander and Vice Admiral Rancit[src]

The Secutor-class Star Destroyer, was a type of Star Destroyer used by the Imperial Navy that featured multiple batteries and escape pods. The Conquest was a Secutor-class Star Destroyer that served as the command ship of Imperial Naval Intelligence Agency Vice Admiral Rancit in 14 BBY.

CharacteristicsEdit

"Commander, direct your technicians to scan the Carrion Spike for life-forms."
―Darth Vader, to the Conquest's commander[src]

A model of Star Destroyer that served within the Imperial Navy, the Secutor-class Star Destroyer featured a command bridge with an elevated walkway and viewports, that featured forward chairs with a communications board behind them. It also boasted multiple batteries and a life-form scanner, as well as escape pods.[1]

RoleEdit

The Secutor-class Star Destroyer could be used as a command ship capable of leading a flotilla in defense of a facility, and could destroy a corvette with its batteries.[1]

HistoryEdit

"Admiral Rancit is to be escorted to and placed inside an escape pod. I will give the order to launch the pod, and Admiral Rancit, one removed to a distance from this vessel, will issue the fire order that destroys it."
―Darth Vader[src]

The Secutor-class Star Destroyer was used by the Galactic Empire's navy[1] in 14 BBY.[2] At that time, the Secutor-class Conquest served as the command ship of Naval Intelligence Agency Vice Admiral Rancit. Ranict, who was dissatisfied with his position within the Empire, assembled a rebel cell who stole the Carrion Spike, personal corvette of Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. The cell then attacked several Imperial operations. Rancit, however, planned to betray the group, and win favor with the Emperor for their defeat.[1]

Rancit, in the Conquest, led a myriad of ships around at the Imperial Navy Deepdock Facility Two over Carida, which he had instructed the cell to attack next. However, the group had become aware of Rancit's planned betrayal, and sent the Carrion Spike on autopilot to Carida, where in order to fake their deaths. After the corvette reverted into realspace, and just as the Vice Admiral was about to order the destruction of the ship from the Conquest's bridge, Darth Vader arrived and instructed the ship's commander to scan the Carrion Spike for life-forms. After the scan came back negative, Vader outed Rancit as a traitor, and the one who had orchestrated the recent chain of events. The Sith Lord then instructed the Conquest's crew to order the rest of the flotilla to stand down. For Rancit's execution, Vader had his stormtroopers escort the Vice Admiral to an escape pod, which would launch to a distance from the Conquest. Then, Rancit was to order his crew to destroy the pod, with him inside.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Secutor-class battlecruiser SoT

A Legends depiction of the Secutor class

The Secutor-class Star Destroyer was first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in the 2014 novel Tarkin, which was written by James Luceno.[1] The Secutor class originated in Star Wars Legends as a background ship in Dark Empire 2: Devastator of Worlds, a 1992 comic book written Tom Veitch, that formed part of the Dark Empire series.[3]

Although unnamed in the issue, a full specification was designed by fan Ansel Hsiao, which was featured in the 2012 reference book The Essential Guide to Warfare, which was written by Jason Fry. Although the ship's name wasn't mentioned in the book itself,[4] Fry stated in his endnotes that the name and some of Hsiao's specifications had been approved by Lucasfilm.[5]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 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 Tarkin
  2. The introductory paragraph of Tarkin states that the events of the book take place five years after the rise of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, the events of Tarkin must take place in 14 BBY.
  3. Dark Empire 2: Devastator of Worlds
  4. The Essential Guide to Warfare
  5. Tumblr Jason Fry's Dorkery — EG to Warfare: Endnotes Pt. 7 on Tumblr (backup link) "For those who like this sort of thing, here are official dimensions and Anaxes class designations for Ansel’s original creations and interpretations of briefly glimpsed background ships. All this has been approved by Lucasfilm, so it’s canon: […] Secutor-class Star Destroyer […]" (screenshot)