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- "I'm hit. Got my Artoo unit and punched a hole in my canopy…"
"Break off and return to base, Rogue Two."
"Hey, I can still shoot and I got manual."
- ―Will Scotian and Luke Skywalker, during the Battle of Gall
Will Scotian, a Human male, hailed from the planet Brentaal IV, in the Core Worlds, where he grew up dreaming of becoming a hero and of finding fortune among the stars while watching transports take off from Brentaal's immense spaceport. Scotian learned to pilot simple cargo skiffs for a local freight hauler and apprenticed aboard bulk freighters, before joining the Rebel Alliance as a starfighter pilot. Scotian loved pushing his fighter to the limit, which proved adventurous during his training, and his excellent combat record while serving at the Rebellion's Oracle Base in the Brak sector earned him a position in the elite Rogue Squadron, at the request of Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles. Scotian flew under the call sign Rogue Two.
Scotian participated in Rogue Squadron's failed mission to help Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Lando Calrissian rescue the carbonite-encased Han Solo from the bounty hunter Boba Fett on the moon of Gall in 3.5 ABY. During the Battle of Gall, Scotian and Rogue Squadron fought to hold off two Imperial-class Star Destroyers and 144 TIE starfighters while the Rebels sneaked into the Imperial Enclave on Gall's surface in pursuit of Fett. Two TIE Fighters badly damaged Scotian's X-wing starfighter early in the engagement, forcing him to evacuate the combat zone, while Fett eventually escaped with Solo.
By the years of the New Republic, Scotian's service with Rogue Squadron had come to an end, although he experienced a short return to the squadron in 7 ABY, following the liberation of the galactic capital planet of Coruscant from Imperial control. The regular members of Rogue Squadron had resigned their commissions in the New Republic to wage an unsanctioned war against the forces of Imperial de facto leader Ysanne Isard, which prompted the New Republic to organize a temporary, ersatz Rogue Squadron, consisting of former squadron members, including Scotian, for morale purposes. Once Isard was defeated, the real Rogue Squadron returned to the New Republic, and Scotian returned to his previous unit.
- "Rogue Two, that's affirmative, lock and load."
- ―Will Scotian
A Brentaal native joins Rogue SquadronEdit
Will Scotian, a Human male native of the Core World Brentaal IV, grew up dreaming of becoming a hero. In his youth, Scotian often watched transports taking off from Brentaal's huge starport, and, like many of his peers who did the same, he yearned to make a fortune out among the stars. Scotian began his piloting career by learning to handle simple cargo skiffs for a freight hauler near his home. Later, he apprenticed aboard bulk freighters, one day abandoning his job and jumping ship to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
Scotian began training to pilot starfighters while with the Rebel Alliance, which proved to be something of an adventure because of his brash nature. He enjoyed pushing his fighter to the limits, and the outstanding combat record Scotian compiled while serving at the Rebellion's Oracle Base in the Brak sector caught the attention of Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles, who requested Scotian be transferred into the elite Rogue Squadron. Scotian's self-confidence in his abilities helped him fit in well with the Rogues. He learned much from his fellow pilots, but his brashness still tended to result in reckless and unconventional maneuvers.
To rescue Han Solo from GallEdit
- "Negative, Will, there's too many for that. Take a walk."
"Copy, Rogue Leader. Rogue Two returning to base. Good luck, guys! I'll put the kettle on for tea."
- ―Luke Skywalker denies Will Scotian's request to continue fighting during the Battle of Gall
By 3.5 ABY, Scotian flew under the call sign Rogue Two, the eventual successor of former Rogue pilot Zev Senesca, who died during the Battle of Hoth. That same year, Scotian and the Rogues had sneaked into the Zhar system of the Outer Rim Territories to set up a temporary base on the moon of Kile, as part of a mission to help Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Lando Calrissian rescue the carbonite-frozen Han Solo from the bounty hunter Boba Fett. The Rebellion had learned that Fett was holding Solo at the Imperial Enclave on the nearby moon of Gall, in preparation for delivery to the crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Scotian and the Rogues planned to attack the Imperial Enclave's naval forces in orbit over Gall, which they hoped would create enough of a distraction to allow Organa and Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon, and the mercenary Dash Rendar, piloting his ship, the Outrider, to sneak in and free Solo.
Despite Skywalker joining Rogue Squadron as the unit's thirteenth member, flying as honorary Rogue Leader, the Rebels were vastly outnumbered. Scotian's squadron was required to keep occupied two Imperial-class Star Destroyers and their combined complement of 144 TIE starfighters. During the battle over Gall, Scotian was forced to quickly evacuate the area after Rogue Squadron met the first wave of attacking TIE Fighters. Two TIEs had maneuvered into pursuit of Scotian's X-wing starfighter, and even though Rogue Six, Wes Janson, warned him of the threat, Scotian suffered laser damage to his X-wing's R2 unit and overhead canopy. Scotian was able to patch his canopy's leak, and though he resolved to continue fighting, claiming he still maintained manual and weaponry control on his fighter, Skywalker nevertheless ordered him to return to the Rogues' base on Kile. There were simply too many enemy fighters to risk Scotian's continued presence.
Scotian left what would turn out to be a failed mission for the Rebellion. Rogue Squadron held off the bulk of the Imperial Enclave's naval forces, despite losing Rogue Five, Dix Rivan, in the process, but Organa and Calrissian failed to rescue Solo from Fett, who escaped Gall with his carbonite-encased prisoner.
In the days following the Gall mission, Rogue Squadron abandoned their base on Kile and returned to the Alliance Fleet. No sooner had Rogue Squadron arrived, however, than they received a message requesting their assistance to help Skywalker, Organa, and Calrissian escape from the clutches of the Black Sun crime syndicate on the Imperial capital planet of Coruscant. Rogue Squadron engaged both Imperial and Black Sun forces in a three-way battle in orbit over Coruscant, in which Skywalker and party escaped, and Black Sun suffered a crippling defeat.
An ersatz Rogue SquadronEdit
- "It's not ersatz. Just sort of auxiliary. For morale purposes, the Alliance needed a visible Rogue Squadron…We brought in some Rogue Squadron veterans—Riemann, Scotian…"
- ―Derek "Hobbie" Klivian
Scotian survived to see the Rebel Alliance's eventual transition into the New Republic, following the massive Imperial defeat at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, although at some point his service with Rogue Squadron came to an end. Scotian would return to Rogue Squadron in 7 ABY, albeit in a temporary role, coinciding with the New Republic's defeat of Imperial de facto ruler Ysanne Isard and the liberation of Coruscant from Imperial control. The official members of Rogue Squadron had resigned their commissions with the New Republic and their positions in the squadron to wage an unsanctioned civilian campaign to defeat Isard. In the true Rogue Squadron's absence, the New Republic cobbled together an ersatz Rogue Squadron, consisting of former squadron members, for appearance's sake to maintain morale. Among those brought back was Scotian.
Following the defeat of Isard, the real Rogue Squadron accepted an offer to return to the New Republic with their positions reinstated, leaving the temporary Rogue Squadron members, including Scotian, to return to their original units. The ersatz Rogue Squadron escorted the real Rogues through the skies of Coruscant upon their triumphant return to the New Republic capital. In one last show of bravado before disbandment, Scotian and his squadron engaged the real Rogue Squadron in a friendly competition of precision flying that wowed the Coruscanti crowds that had gathered to welcome back the returning unit.
Lieutenant Derek "Hobbie" Klivian, the temporary Rogue Squadron's commanding officer, provided Wedge Antilles with the personnel files of his temporary unit for inspection before it was disbanded. Antilles was in the infancy stage of creating a new starfighter-commando unit, eventually named Wraith Squadron, although Scotian would not be selected for inclusion.
Personality and traitsEdit
Growing up watching starships depart from the large spaceport on Brentaal IV, Will Scotian always dreamed of finding adventure and fortune among the spacelanes. He received his chance after joining the Rebel Alliance as a starfighter pilot. His starfighter training was a bit adventurous, since Scotian enjoyed pushing his craft to its limit, but he nevertheless demonstrated excellence in combat. Scotian's exceptional abilities earned him a position with the elite Rogue Squadron, where his blaster-sure personality helped him fit in well with his fellow pilots.
If there was ever a fault in Scotian's combat abilities, it was that he was overaggressive and often had to be ordered to withdraw from a combat zone, even if his starfighter was badly damaged. Scotian would never willingly leave a battle, believing he was invincible and that heroism in a crippled starfighter was just part of his job description.
Behind the scenesEdit
The character "Will" first appeared in the May 1996 novel Shadows of the Empire, by Steve Perry, in which he is one of two Rogue Squadron pilots downed during the Rebel Alliance mission to rescue Han Solo from Boba Fett on Gall. The character was later provided a last name, "Scotian," and a brief background history complementing his involvement in the novel in the subsequent June 1996 Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook, by Peter Schweighofer. In 2013, Scotian was established as one of the extra Rogue Squadron pilots seen in The Empire Strikes Back in the Rogues Gallery feature of Star Wars Insider 146.
Relationship to Pedna ScotianEdit
A character named Pedna Scotian, also a Rogue Squadron pilot, appears in the February 1999 novel X-Wing: Solo Command, by Aaron Allston, although The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, released in 2008, confirms that there is no familial relationship between Will Scotian and Pedna.
In comments made on the author's Web site, Allston explains that Will Scotian helped rescue Pedna, a Chev slave, during a Rebel Alliance raid on mercenaries supporting the Empire in his post-Rogue Squadron days. Recognizing the Human cultural trend of having two names, Pedna, who did not know her own family or clan name, adopted the surname "Scotian" in honor of her rescuer. Months after Will Scotian was transferred back to his unit after serving in the temporary Rogue Squadron, Pedna Scotian was likewise transferred into Rogue Squadron, but no one knew if her assignment was because of her flying skills or some sort of administrative error, such as someone believing he was actually transferring Will Scotian into the squadron. Nevertheless, these events simply reflect Allston's personal backstory for the characters and have never been officially included in Star Wars canon.
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance) (Retcon)
- Shadows of the Empire novel
- X-Wing: Wraith Squadron (Mentioned only)
- Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook (First identified as Scotian)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire trading cards (Card: ) (Indirect mention only)
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Third Edition (under Rogue Two)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Rogues Gallery: Clearance for Immediate Launch"—Star Wars Insider 146
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 X-Wing: Wraith Squadron
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Shadows of the Empire novel
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 X-Wing: Solo Command
- ↑ Allston, Aaron (2009-10-07). (AaronAllston.com) FAQ: Star Wars Novels. AaronAllston.com. Retrieved on October 24, 2010.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 "A Day in the Life"—Star Wars Tales 12