Rapid assault/deployment craft
Long-range encrypted holotransmitter
- "Welcome aboard the Rendili Hyperworks BT-7 Thunderclap: a rapid assault craft designed especially for Republic Special Forces at enormous taxpayer expense."
The BT-7 was state of the art for its era, the armor plating, heavy laser cannons and modular shield systems were the best available. The hull was also shaped to help deflect laser bolts in case of shield failure. It had lodgings for several troops and contained a command center, a briefing room, a very spacious cargo bay, a medical bay and an armory. There was also room for recreational activities.
Facilities and accomodationsEdit
- "Get in the house, Arra!"
- ―Zeerid Korr to his daughter Arra upon seeing a BT-7 Thunderclap
The Thunderclap was the Galactic Republic's largest and most sophisticated rapid assault ship in service during the Great Hyperspace War onward. This made it a favorite for use by the Republic Special Forces. Former Jedi Knight Aryn Leneer used a BT-7 Thunderclap to visit Zeerid Korr and his daughter, Arra Yooms, on the planet Dantooine soon after the Sacking of Coruscant and Leneer's fight against Sith Lord Darth Malgus. When Korr first saw the ship, he thought that the Exchange—a very large criminal organization—was coming to kill him for ruining their operations. When his daughter came out of his house to see him, Korr told her to get back in the house. However, when he saw that it was Leneer, he was relieved, surprised, and happy.
After the Republic Special Forces unit known as Havoc Squad dealt with Jek Kardan, the former commander of the squad, on the galactic capital planet Coruscant, General Elin Garza, the leader of the Republic's Special Forces, transferred a BT-7 Thunderclap to be used by the squad's commander and the rest of the unit. The ship was to be used for tranportation while the squad hunted down former members of the unit who had defected to the Sith Empire. As of the squad first mission with the ship, the ship's crew consisted of the leader of Havoc Squad and the commander's Cathar squadmate, Aric Jorgan as well as a C2-N2 maintenance droid who was assigned as the vessel's steward. Around the same time, a Republic Flight Commander named Judin asked the commander's to make the BT-7 Thunderclap part of the Coruscant Aegis, an elite squadron formed to drive back a recent Imperial offensive. Upon accepting the request, the commander and the ship were given the call sign "Meteor" and were assigned to strike the Empire across the galaxy, although independently from the other ships in the squadron. The squad's first mission with the ship was to travel to a space station known as Port Raga in order to rescue a Cathar senator named Zorin Krasul and capture or kill Zora, one of the Havoc Squad defectors, who went by the nickname "Wraith." Once Havoc Squad had arrived in their ship at Port Raga, they were able to fight through Zora's Imperial and defector allies and rescue Senator Krasul, while Zora escaped the station.
After dealing with the situation on Port Raga, Havoc Sqaud was assigned by General Garza to handle operations on the planet Taris and Nar Shaddaa, the moon of Hutta. First, Havoc Squad went to Taris on their ship, where they were able to defeat the Havoc Squad defector named Ryler Dorant, before he was able to attack Republic forces on the planet with a bioweapon based on the Rakghoul disease that would turn infected individuals into Rakghouls, a type of mutated creature that had lived on Taris since before the Jedi Civil War, which occured over three hundred years previously. In addition, Havoc Squad recruited Sergeant Elara Dorne, an Imperial defector and Republic field medic who had aided the unit in their operations on the planet. Sergeant Dorne became Havoc Squad's medic as well as part of the crew on the squad's BT-7 Thunderclap. At the conclusion of the mission to Taris, the squad traveled on their ship to Nar Shaddaa, where General Garza assigned them to deal with a M1-4X, a prototype Republic war droid whose construction had been completed by Republic defectors working with the Havoc Sqaud defectors. After Havoc Squad defeated the war droid and Captain Andrik, the leader of the defectors, M1-4X was repaired and added to Havoc Squad in order to aid the unit in their missions.
Behind the scenesEdit
The "BT7 Thunderstrike" first appeared in Paul S. Kemp's novel Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, which was published on March 22, 2011. However, the name of the ship was changed to BT-7 Thunderclap after the novel's release, a fact which was confirmed by Kemp. The ship makes its first appearance as the BT-7 Thunderclap in the 2011 MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic where it is the ship utilized by members of the trooper class. In addition to being the trooper class ship, the BT-7 Thunderclap appears in many space combat missions for both Republic and Imperial-aligned players. Like all of the other player ships in The Old Republic, the BT-7 Thunderclap can be upgraded with various new weapons and defensive components that help the player survive increasingly challenging missions. While the player may use the BT-7 Thunderclap to travel to other locations and complete other missions, the events detailed in the article are all the missions that are guaranteed to occur on every playthrough where the player chooses only light side options. Other missions may occur depending on the gender and alignment of the trooper character. Also, every space missions for the Republic classes can be completed with the Trooper class in the BT-7 Thunderclap, but the player is not required to complete any of the space missions to complete the game. The ship also has its own entry in the starships section of the The Old Republic website's Holonet.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived (First appearance) (as "BT7 Thunderstrike")
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: The Old Republic
- ↑ Email from Paul S. Kemp
- ↑ It is assumed that the Republic classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic choose the options that provide the most light side alignment points.