- "The ship was hit by a strange T.I.E. Fighter that was tumbling out of control. Our hyperdrive initiated and drove us straight into this planet."
- ―The survivor of the Tzarina crash, to a passing-by spacer
Behind the scenesEdit
The "strange T.I.E. fighter" was mentioned in a quest of the defunct Star Wars Galaxies massively multiplayer online game. In Galaxies, the name of the craft was spelled as a proper acronym, with each letter having its own termination mark. However, most sources, including the 2003 reference book The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, refer to the models of the whole TIE Series without punctuation. The only exception is the T.I.E. starfighter, the forerunner to the standard Imperial vessel.
The description of an unusual TIE fighter tumbling out of control in the Yavin system matches the fate of the advanced prototype piloted by Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, during the Battle of Yavin sequence. However, the 2003 comic Empire 14: The Savage Heart showed the whereabouts of Vader's fighter, and no mention of a collision with another starship was made.
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (First appearance)