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Flash Speeder
Seraph-class urban landspeeder
Production information
Manufacturer

SoroSuub Corporation

Product line

Landspeeder

Model

Seraph-class

Class

Repulsorcraft

Technical specifications
Length

7.54 meters[1]

Maximum speed

200 km/h[2]

Maximum altitude

2 meters

Armament
Crew

Pilot (1)[3]

Passengers

3

Cargo capacity

10 kg

Usage
Role(s)
  • Transport
  • Reconnaissance
  • Motorized infantry
Year introduced

c.62 BBY

Era(s)
Affiliation
"I always thought the Flash speeders were only good for joyriding. Then the Trade Federation invaded and I found out why we keep these green genies around. I just closed my eyes, and the next thing I knew, I was ten kilometers away from Theed"
―RSF lieutenant Gavyn Sykes[src]

The Seraph-class urban landspeeder, also known as the Flash Speeder, was a small landspeeder used by the Naboo Royal Security Forces.

DescriptionEdit

FlashSpeeder ep1ig

Flash speeder schematics.

The Seraph-class urban landspeeder was a modified variant of the Seraph-class landspeeder which was a civilian model.

The military variant was used by the Royal Naboo Security Forces as a patrol craft, and personnel transport. To assist in these duties, the Seraph was armed with a rotating blaster turret which was positioned on the rear of the vehicle. The Seraph was operated by a single driver, and up to three passengers could be accommodated in its open-topped interior.

The vehicle's repulsorlift engines allowed it to reach a height of two meters above ground level, and gave the Seraph a maximum speed of 200 kph. Designed for urban environments, the Seraph was suited more to patrolling city streets than traversing uneven terrain.

HistoryEdit

Flashspeeder console

A flash speeder console display.

Introduced thirty years before the Invasion of Naboo, the Seraph-class urban landspeeder was designed to complement the larger Gian Speeder. Members of the RSF had long felt that the Gian Speeder was not maneuverable enough for patrolling in cities, and their suggestions led to the creation of the vehicle. The new craft proved popular with RSF members in the capital city of Theed, and other cities, such as Keren, soon made use of the Seraph.

Seraph-class urban landspeeders saw little combat prior to the Invasion of Naboo, mainly limiting their actions to criminal pursuit and officer dispatch. Occasionally, the vehicles were deployed to hunt gun runners in the service of Borvo the Hutt or frighten away wild animals that had intruded city limits.

Flashspeeder-ug

A flash speeder.

During the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY, many of the Seraph-class vessels in service to the RSF were destroyed by the invading droid forces of the Trade Federation. As resistance cells began to form across the planet, the remaing Seraphs were used to pass messages between cells and for reconnaissance missions. When Queen Padmé Amidala joined forces with the Gungans to ignite the Second Battle of Theed, Seraph landspeeders were used to transport her, Captain Quarsh Panaka, and a strike force to Theed's secret tunnels, allowing them to invade the palace and capture Nute Gunray.

An unarmed, unshielded model was used by civilians during the invasion.

Following the Battle of Naboo, heavily armored variants of the Seraph were commissioned and added to the RSF motor pool.

During the early days of the Galactic Civil War, several RSF Seraph landspeeders mysteriously disappeared only to resurface later in the hands of the fledgling Rebel Alliance.

BFN CivSpeeder01

The civilian version

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Behind the scenesEdit

Seraph-class urban landspeeders first appeared in 1999 with the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

The speeder was also seen in the 2001 video game Star Wars: Battle for Naboo.

A Flash Speeder deed was a special pre-order reward from GameStop when pre-ordering the Jump to Lightspeed expansion for Star Wars Galaxies. Other than its unique appearance, it was like any other vehicle in-game in terms of performance. It did, however, have ability to be quickly be re-granted in-game using a special command in case your current speeder had been destroyed.

AppearancesEdit

Non-canonical appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Flash Speeder in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. The Official Star Wars Fact File
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections

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