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Battle of Polis Massa
Conflict

Galactic Civil War (Operation Skyhook)

Date

0 BBY

Place

Polis Massa

Outcome

Pyrrhic Imperial victory

Combatants

Galactic Empire

Alliance to Restore the Republic

Strength
Casualties

Many stormtroopers, several officers

No survivors

"By the time of the raid on Polis Massa, the men of the 501st were starting to get a little sick of this so called Rebellion. In the past, we'd secretly enjoyed putting down a local insurrection or two. They kept the troops sharp and the Empire feared. But these rebels were different. They were organized, they were growing, and they were everywhere. The raid on Polis Massa was a perfect example of how things were starting to fall apart. We were supposed to go in, wipe out a small band of Rebels and recover some stolen Imperial plans on an encrypted holodisk. Before we knew it, we were nearly overrun by Rebel forces, with the holodisk nowhere to be found."
―Unnamed 501st stormtrooper

The Battle of Polis Massa was a large skirmish between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance on the mining asteroid colony of Polis Massa. This colony was being used by the Rebels in the early days of the Galactic Civil War.

Contents

Prologue

When cleaning up after the seemingly minor Death Star Uprising, the Empire had discovered that a few Rebels were able to transport vital information on Imperial plans away from the Death Star. Imperial intelligence uncovered an active Rebel base on Polis Massa and Darth Vader decided to send troops from his elite fighting legion, the 501st Legion, to recover the plans there, before the Rebels decoded them.

The battle

Once the 501st Legion arrived at the asteroid base, they executed their raid, taking control of the Rebel radar facility effortlessly.

Next, they attempted to storm an elevated command room where the holodisk, supposedly holding the stolen plans, had been located. However, approaching the stairs to the room, dozens of Rebels, including Wookiee Warriors, swarmed the hallway at the base of the stairs, killing nearby stormtroopers. A new Imperial wave cut down the exposed Rebels in short order.

The data was then removed from the disk and uplinked to the Imperial systems while the 501st were forced to hold strong the radar-communications facility which was now surrounded on all sides by Rebel soldiers.

Meanwhile, Imperial agents analyzing the data on the holodisk were shocked to discover it was a decoy. The 501st were left entirely cornered in the radar area.

Rebel charges were held off until uplink was complete. When 501st were contacted about the questioned legitimacy of the holodisk—now fighting for a lost cause and without further orders—their leaders commanded the men to fight on nevertheless. The tides turned miraculously and the 501st, in an astounding maneuver, broke free and scattered into the rest of the base.

While regrouping in different sections of the base, the 501st Legion was thankful to be at last given further instructions: they had to destroy a databank, in an area called the Cavern, through which Rebels were using to eavesdrop on the Empire's transmissions. Determined to stop this, the stormtroopers of the 501st fought their way deep into the base and destroyed the databank.

Secretly, exhausting stealth work by Bothan spies on the Rebel side had enabled them to beam the plans out of the Empire's grasp once again, substituting them with the copies on the holodisk.

However, if with no other objectives, the 501st Legion at least wanted to crush the Rebels of this base—the insurgents who had humiliated their legendary reputation in an obvious ambush—and escape from the asteroid with their lives. In the end, both would occur.

Members of the 501st Legion fight off Rebel Alliance intruders.

Rebel and Imperial sides piloted the same AAC-1 Hovertanks in the outside perimeters of the base until Rebels captured the central hangar. Always prepared, stormtroopers raided the hangar furiously, though, and it was firmly secured.

Aftermath

"Although the raid on Polis Massa was only a partial success, we finally had a lead on who had acquired the Death Star plans, which suited the 501st just fine"
―501st stormtrooper

When fighting died down, 501st officers now realized how much they had really diminished the Rebel defenders. With just a few more firefights, the base had been eradicated of Rebels completely. The conquered stronghold was not occupied for much longer, however, before the 501st shut it down and were shipped off on another mission to the Tatooine system.

It was not too long later that a rogue ambassador CR90 corvette, Tantive IV of Alderaan, had been traced by the Empire-acquired holodisk and was suspected to be the location of the genuine plans. The Empire was not about to be fooled again. Darth Vader would be leading the next attack personally.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
Operation: Skyhook / Death Star I campaign
Orron III · AX-235 · Death Star · Polis Massa
Kalla VII · Despayre I · Despayre II · Danuta
Toprawa · Tatooine · Alderaan · Yavin IV · Yavin
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Star Wars Fanon

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Battle of Polis Massa
Conflict

New CIS/GDE Wars

Date

25.8 ABY

Place

Polis Massa

Outcome

GDE/New CIS victory

Combatants

Galactic Droid Empire/New confederacy

New Empire

Commanders

Unknown

Strength
Casualties

Medium

Grashk, medium amount of Star Destroyers, loss of Star Forge

"I have heard of that Star Forge...it was in the ancient Sith books I found on Agon Nine!"
—Tyler

The Battle of Polis Massa happened when the New Empire tried to hide the construction of a new Star Forge from the New CIS/GDE.

The Battle

When Tyler sensed the Star Forge being built, the New CIS/GDE attacked it, not to destroy it, but to disable/capture it by stealing the schematics for the weapon, going aboard and disabling it.
Troyb was the distraction. He sent in the Federation swarm, the Medal, and the Warlord with some Trade Federation cruisers to draw the attention of the Imperials as Tyler went on the sabotage mission.
Tyler landed on Polis Massa safely. However, Grashk, a Wookiee bounty hunter, was there and tried to kill Tyler. Tyler quickly blocked the laser bolts using the common Zastra technique, getting rid of the Wookiee. He then stole the schematics with minor problems from the local Polis Massan militia.

Vulture droids get ready to fight several Star Destroyers.

Meanwhile, taking heavy fire from enemy ships was Moff Vered, who was killed by Troyb. Troyb, winning the space battle, was not worried about Tyler, as he had watched the Sith kill guard after guard on a New Republic ship.
Tyler landed in the hangar bay and disabled the Star Forge. After that, the battle was given up by the Imperials and they fled the system. The New CIS/GDE now had the Star Forge II.


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