|StarViper-class attack platform|
StarViper-class attack platform
16 MGLT/s [source?]
- "Please repeat the communication, over."
- ―A Zann Consortium StarViper pilot
The StarViper was equipped with dual laser cannons of medium destructive power, and unlike other starfighters, it was a short but tall fighter, lacking a fuselage. It had decent armor and was fairly quick, but was expensive, which meant that it was not deployed in large squadrons.
The StarViper was also able to release buzz droids that would harm nearby craft.
The Virago was commissioned by Xizor as his personal starship. He collaborated directly with MandalMotors on its design, and he purchased all production rights upon completion to ensure the ship would remain unique. Xizor's personal version of the ship featured a super-advanced targeting computer that greatly increased the performance of whatever weapons the ship happened to be using. Following Xizor's death, MandalMotors reacquired the production rights and released a StarViper variant less powerful than Virago to the open market. In addition, Mandal Hypernautics began producing the fighter.
StarVipers formed the main starfighter force of the Zann Consortium, and they were modified to carry and deploy swarms of old Pistoeka sabotage droids that the Consortium obtained via the black market, proving superior to interceptors such as the RZ-1 A-wing interceptor and TIE/IN interceptor. Additionally, these fighters were also employed in small numbers by the Mandalorian forces present on Mandalore during the Galactic Civil War.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Forces of Corruption campaign from Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption depicts the Zann Consortium deploying squadrons of StarVipers as early as 1 BBY during the Mission to Mandalore. The game version of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire depicts the Outrider fighting off dozens of these fighters. Both of these instances are contradicted by the fact that the StarViper was limited to a single ship, the Virago, at the time. Only after the death of Prince Xizor in 3.5 ABY did Mandal Hypernautics start producing StarVipers in numbers.
Canderous Ordo's Basilisk war droid, as seen in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, is strikingly similar in appearance to the StarViper. It was retconned that the ship was based on one of the Mandalorian Basilisk war droid models, which, according to Chris Avellone, was done deliberately to improve on the designs done for the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi series by Dark Horse Comics:
- "The Basilisk war droid version presented in K2 was an intentional departure from the ones presented in Tales of the Jedi, and we are happy, because frankly, those look really stupid […] So yes, the Basilisk droid version was an intentional departure from the older models, and we take full responsibility. It is noteworthy that LucasArts and Lucasfilm agreed with our decision on the first pass…"
- ―Chris Avellone.
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Appeared in loading screen)
- Shadows of the Empire novel (First appearance)
- Shadows of the Empire comic
- Shadows of the Empire game
- Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (Mentioned only)
- The Mandalorian Armor (Appears in flashback(s))
- Slave Ship (Appears in flashback(s))
- Hard Merchandise (Appears in flashback(s))
- Shadows of the Empire: Evolution (Appears in flashback(s))
- Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire toy line
- The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
- The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading cards (Card: Battle Over Coruscant: Part II) (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading cards (Card: Battle Over Coruscant: Part III) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading cards (Card: Virago)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading cards (Card: Dash Attacks Xizor's Skyhook) (Indirect mention only)
- "Filling in the Shadows"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 9 (Picture only)
- "A Guide to the Vehicles in Shadows of the Empire"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 9
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Limited Collector's Edition
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Embossed Metal Collector Cards (Card: ISSUE 6: Han Delivered)
- Star Wars: The Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt
- The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption: Prima Official Game Guide
- Starships of the Galaxy, Saga Edition
- Scum and Villainy
- "X-Wing Miniatures Game - StarViper Expansion Pack" (Card: Autothrusters)
- "X-Wing Miniatures Game - StarViper Expansion Pack" (Card: Black Sun Enforcer—StarViper)
- "X-Wing Miniatures Game - StarViper Expansion Pack" (Card: Black Sun Vigo—StarViper)
- "X-Wing Miniatures Game - StarViper Expansion Pack" (Card: Guri—StarViper)
- "X-Wing Miniatures Game - StarViper Expansion Pack" (Card: Prince Xizor—StarViper)
- "X-Wing Miniatures Game - StarViper Expansion Pack" (Card: Virago)