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Starck was a Human male who served as an officer in the Army of the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. A colonel, Starck served in the Blizzard Force attack group under General Maximilian Veers, commanding the AT-AT walker Blizzard 4 and its group during the Battle of Hoth. In the prelude to the engagement, Starck attempted to impress the Sith Lord Darth Vader by taking Blizzard 4 and the accompanying walkers on a direct yet treacherous route through Hoth's Kerane Valley, which resulted in the loss of three walkers to shifting ice flows. Starck survived and regrouped with the rest of Blizzard Force. During the engagement with Rebel forces, Starck was killed when Blizzard 4 was destroyed by Rebel Commander Luke Skywalker.
A Human male, Starck served in the Imperial Army as a colonel in Blizzard Force, a ground assault unit assigned to the Imperial Death Squadron by 3 ABY. Starck commanded the AT-AT designated Blizzard 4, along with its accompanying group of walkers. When in battle, Blizzard 4 was charged with conquering terrain not covered by the primary assault and deploying soldiers to secure the area. The Empire had recently discovered the presence of a Rebel Alliance base on the frozen world of Hoth, but the presence of a strong deflector shield negated the effect of any orbital bombardment. Blizzard Force was deployed to Hoth's surface, tasked with destroying the Rebels' shield generator and any resistance they met.
The dropships transporting Blizzard Force landed in the Moorsh Moraine located to the north of the Rebel base. The assault force emerged from the moraine into the Kerane Valley; while the other groups took a safe yet indirect westerly pathway through the valley, Starck opted for a direct route in an effort to impress the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader. The move proved disastrous, as Starck lost three of the group's walkers to ice flows. Blizzard 4's group reunited with the main attack force on the North Ridge. From the top of the ridge they commenced their attack on the Rebel base. In the midst of the battle, Blizzard 4 crushed Rebel Commander Luke Skywalker's disabled snowspeeder after it had crashed in front of the walker. Skywalker used a harpoon gun to ascended to the underside of the AT-AT, cut open a small hatch with his lightsaber, and threw a grenade into the compartment before falling to the snow below. Blizzard 4 proceeded forward, but its advance was cut short when the grenade detonated a short amount of time later. The walker's head exploded, killing Starck. What remained of the walker collapsed to the ground.
Personality and traitsEdit
After landing on Hoth, Starck attempted to impress the Sith Lord Darth Vader by taking his AT-AT group on a treacherous route through the Kerane Valley. Though the Colonel survived, the move resulted in the loss of three walkers to ice flows, and Starck was forced to regroup with the rest of the assault force.
Behind the scenesEdit
Colonel Starck was briefly mentioned in Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy, a reference book released in 2004. Information on Starck from this source was repeated in Star Wars: Complete Locations, and the Colonel was briefly mentioned in Blizzard Force's entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
Though Blizzard 4 was destroyed during the Battle of Hoth, Starck's fate was originally left unclear. Star Wars: The Card Game, which included a card of the Colonel, cemented Starck's fate when it established that his command was "cut short" with the destruction of Blizzard 4.
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I ("Blizzard Force")
- Star Wars: The Card Game – A Dark Time (Card: Colonel Starck)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: The Card Game – A Dark Time (Card: Colonel Starck)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Reflections III (Card: Blizzard 4)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 79 ("Blizzard Force")