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Battle of Khuiumin
Conflict

Imperial Period conflicts

Date

before 0 ABY

Place

Khuiumin

Outcome

Victory for the Galactic Empire

Combatants

Galactic Empire

Eyttyrmin Batiiv pirates

Commanders
Strength

140 ships including the Backstab

Casualties

86 dead, 258 wounded

7725 dead

The Battle of Khuiumin was fought between the Galactic Empire and the Eyttyrmin Batiiv pirates. For years, the infamous pirates had been using the Khuiumin system as a base of operations. The Emperor finally dispatched the Victory-class Star Destroyers Bombard, commanded by Captain Dadefra, and Crusader, commanded by Zlece Oonaar, to put an end to their threat. Although the Eyttyrmin Batiivs were aware of the impending Imperial attack, they were confident in their ability to defeat a pair of "antiquated" Victory-class ships. Instead of fleeing, the pirates chose to gather their forces and make their stand at Khuiumin.

The pirate armada numbered over 140 ships, including about 70 starfighters, 50 missile boats converted from yachts and other civilian ships, several dozen cargo vessels armed with with improvised weaponry, and 28 stolen Corvettes and patrol ships.

Bombard and Crusader exited hyperspace and launched their TIE fighters. While Crusader offered supporting fire from a distance, Captain Dadefra chose to plunge his Star Destroyer into the middle of the pirate fleet. Although it was screened by TIE fighters, the Bombard took heavy damage. However, through a bold move by the Imperials the tide of the battle began to turn in their favor.

Using her tractor beam projectors, Bombard managed to grab hold of several Corvettes. Turbolaser fire stripped the Corvettes of most of their weaponry, and the helpless ships were reeled in to shield the Star Destroyer from the other pirate ships. The Eyttyrmin Batiivs were caught in a dilemma: they weren't able to get a clear shot at the Star Destroyer, but they were also unwilling to destroy their own comrades. Captain Dadefra ordered his ship to jam communications, sowing even more confusion amongst the pirate fleet. The pirates made repeated, uncoordinated attempts to destroy Bombard's tractor beam projectors, but they were beaten back with turbolaser fire and volleys of concussion missiles.

While the pirates continued to make futile attacks upon his ship, Captain Dadefra deployed his Zero-G Assault Stormtroopers. Braving enemy fire, the troopers flew across space and seized control of the nearby Corvettes. Dadefra then sent half of Bombard's gunners to his newly-acquired ships. Suddenly faced with not only Star Destroyers, but their own Corvettes, the Eyttyrmin Batiiv forces panicked and flew into disarray. Most of the pirates tried to flee the system by escaping into hyperspace. However, they were easily intercepted by Crusader, which had remained at a distance for this exact purpose. Another group of pirates fled to their base on Khuiumin's surface, where they prepared their defenses for one final stand. The Eyttyrmin Batiivs who chose to continue fighting were annihilated.

Less than a day after the battle, Crusader delivered the final blow to the base on Khuiumin. A barrage of assault concussion missiles shattered the base's shields and destroyed the remaining pirates.

The Eyttyrmin Batiivs were completely routed. In a single battle, their once sizable fleet was wiped away. Out of 8,000 pirates, less than 275 managed to escape with their lives. Imperial casualties numbered only 86 dead and 238 wounded. The few surviving pirates took with them a single Corvette, the Backstab, whose Captain Jacob Nive led them as the Khuiumin Survivors.

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