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Biggs was a Human engineer serving aboard the Columbia (NX-02) by 2155 and through at least 2156. Biggs vented plasma from the warp conduits in order to make the Columbia appear to self-destruct to escape Romulan warships after a surprise attack. (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru; Star Trek: Destiny novel: Gods of Night)


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Final Fantasy

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Biggs and Wedge (ビックス Bikkusu; ウェッジ Wejji) are recurring characters and a running gag in the Final Fantasy series. They almost always appear always as a duo, and are named after Star Wars characters Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles, Luke Skywalker's Red Squadron wingmen in Episode IV: A New Hope.

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Final Fantasy

In the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Biggs and Wedge are some of the automatic names the player can choose for the Thief job.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

Main article: Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy IV)

Biggs and Wedge appear in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years as Red Wings soldiers who die protecting Prince Ceodore from an attack led by the mysterious maiden. The game reveals that Biggs and Wedge were actually the two soldiers who questioned Cecil about stealing the Water Crystal of Mysidia at the beginning of Final Fantasy IV.

Final Fantasy VI

Main article: Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy VI)

Biggs and Wedge, mistranslated as Vicks and Wedge in the original English translation, are two briefly playable characters, who assist Terra Branford on her raid of Narshe. The Vicks mistranslation is referenced in Dissidia Final Fantasy in a tutorial where Biggs, using his Final Fantasy VI sprite says "Huh? You wanted to talk to Vicks? ...I have no idea who you're talking about. There is no Vicks, Only Biggs. Ahem. Moving along..."

Final Fantasy VII

Main article: Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy VII)
Biggs and Wedge

Biggs and Wedge, along with a third friend Jessie, are part of the terrorist group, AVALANCHE. They take part in the attacks on Midgar's Sector 1 and Sector 5 reactors. When Shinra attacks Sector 7 to drop the plate upon the slums, Biggs and Wedge try to fight to defend the town. They are badly wounded - perhaps even fatally - along with Jessie. They are ultimately killed when the Shinra Company brought down the upper plate on Sector 7.

Zack sniping the Biggs machine.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Biggs and Wedge make a small appearance as the names of two paired machines Zack can snipe while escaping from Nibelheim.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-

In Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Biggs and Wedge get a brief mention. While on the missions in Midgar's Train Graveyard, Vincent can talk with a girl from the World Regenesis Organization. She mentions that her brother had been part of a rebel group which was against Shinra, and that he had died two years earlier during the dropping of the sector seven plate, implying her brother to be either Biggs or Wedge.

Final Fantasy VIII

Main article: Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy VIII)
Wedge and Biggs

Major Biggs and Lieutenant Wedge are members of the Galbadia Army. Squall Leonhart, Zell Dincht, Selphie Tilmitt, and Seifer Almasy first meet them in the Dollet Radio Tower, where they are reinstalling it. Squall, Zell, and Selphie fight them, but the duo are blown away by Elvoret. They are next seen in the D-District Prison, where they have been demoted to Lieutenant and Private, respectively. They are sent to deal with Zell, Selphie, and Quistis Trepe, who have escaped from their cell. Their last appearance is in Lunatic Pandora, where they are considering retiring from the G-Army. They also appear as a Triple Triad card.

Final Fantasy VIII marks the first time Biggs and Wedge manage to live all the way through the game. They also stopped dying in the later installments.

Triple Triad

Biggs, Wedge
Image:TTBiggsWedge.png Level 5 (Monster Card) Element none
Refine 1 refines into 1 X-Potion
Drop none
Card Snow Lion or Funguar
Win none


Final Fantasy X

Main article: Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy X)

In Final Fantasy X, Biggs and Wedge guard the Blitzball stadium in Luca and can be recruited for your blitzball team. They are considered upper-tier players in blitzball. The duo also appear in Final Fantasy X-2 as part of the Gullwings' Blitzball team.

Final Fantasy XII

Making a small cameo under the names of Gibbs and Deweg in Final Fantasy XII, they are two Archadian soldiers guarding the entrance to the Mosphoran Highwaste at Nalbina Fortress. However, the player can gain earlier access to the Highwaste by riding a Chocobo up to them. Gibbs will reveal his hatred of Chocobos, and start to back off, claiming he used to work around Chocobos when he was younger, and could never get their smell out without the help of cologne. Eventually, he'll run away, and Deweg will follow, opening up access to the Highwaste. This is the only time players can see the two.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

In the English translation of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Biggs is a former business subordinate of Cid Randell. Biggs and Wedge also appear as random names for character units.

Non-Final Fantasy appearances

Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2

Biggs and Wedge appear as two Black Mages who may assist the player, alongside Jessie, who appeared alongside Biggs and Wedge in Final Fantasy VII.

Chrono Trigger

In Chrono Trigger, Biggs and Wedge are the name of two soldiers found in the Tent of Horrors in the Millenial Fair. They are joined by a third soldier named Piette, whose name is likely a reference to Admiral Firmus Piett from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Like in Final Fantasy VI, Biggs was called Vicks in the SNES and PlayStation versions, but this was corrected in the DS version.

Kingdom Hearts II

Biggs and Wedge, along with Jessie and Wallace from Final Fantasy VII make cameos as shopkeepers in Kingdom Hearts II.


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Star Trek: Swiftfire

This page lists Starfleet personnel from Star Trek: Swiftfire. Each of the following entries is specific to Star Trek: Swiftfire continuity.

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USS Swiftfire-A personnel

see USS Swiftfire (NCC-76125-A) personnel.

Special Operations Command personnel

Biggs

"Biggs" was the nickname of an SOC pilot that took part in the operation to gather intelligence on the Jem'Hadar battleship. ("A Dreadful Operation")

Alec Cushing

Alec Cushing was the captain of the USS Devastator. He oversaw the capture of a Karemma starship, later named Aeneid, for the mission to infiltrate the Val'toka II shipyards. He then shadowed the operation as backup before transporting the Starfleet Marines and fighter pilots from the USS Swiftfire-A to Deep Space 9. ("A Dreadful Operation")

Karl Dunning

Karl Dunning was a Human SOC officer. He infiltrated a Galor-class warship to rescue Lieutenant Terri Letac, who had been captured by the Dominion. During the mission he operated off the USS Hector. ("Always on My Mind")

Lazenie

Colonel Lazenie was a Federation Special Operations Command (SOC) operative from the 24th century. ("The Founder Ploy")

Page

Lieutenant Page was a male SOC officer. Originally serving with the Starfleet Rapid Response Team he joined SOC two months before the operation to infiltrate the Val'toka II shipyards. ("A Dreadful Operation")

Porkins

"Porkins" was the nickname of an SOC pilot that took part in the operation to gather intelligence on the Jem'Hadar battleship. ("A Dreadful Operation")

Pratt

Pratt was a Human SOC member. He took part in the mission to capture the Female Changeling and after Rua was killed he took his teammate's body back to their shuttle. Later that year he was also part of the squad that was sent to gather intelligence on the Jem'Hadar battleship. He pretended to be a Cardassian officer and relayed misleading information to the shipyards control centre during the theft of a Jem'Hadar dreadnought. ("The Founder Ploy", "A Dreadful Operation")

Angrad Ress

Angrad Ress, also called Wedge, was a Devanion SOC pilot that took part in the operation to gather intelligence on the Jem'Hadar battleship. Wing Commander Maxine Benton was his weapons' operator during the mission. ("A Dreadful Operation")

Rua

Rua was a Betazoid SOC member. He was killed by the Jem'Hadar during a mission to capture the Female Changeling in 2374. ("The Founder Ploy")

Starfleet Task Force 59 personnel

Megan Amphlett

Megan Amphlett was a Farian Starfleet officer and commanding officer of the USS Renown. ("Change in Command")

Andrea Barrett

Captain Andrea Barrett was the commanding officer of the USS Covington during the Dominion War. ("Waiting for the Sun")

Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer Douglas was a Starfleet rear admiral from the 24th century. She commanded the USS Venture and Starfleet Task Force 59. ("Vengeance", "Task Force 59")

Neville Ella

Captain Neville Ella was the commanding officer of the USS Winston. ("The Only Thing Necessary")

David Elliot

Captain David Elliot was a human Starfleet officer from the 24th century. In 2372, he was given command of the USS Swiftsure, the Swiftsure-class prototype. (Star Trek: Swiftfire: "The Darkness Within")

Fe'yar

Captain Fe'yar was the commanding officer of the USS Quivira. While discussing the situation of the Fairstar in late-2374, he voiced his displeasure at Captain Edward Smith for putting the ship in its current situation and wasting the time of Task Force 59. ("Waiting for the Sun")

Peter Molloy

Captain Peter Molloy was the commanding officer on two vessels named USS Sherman during the 24th century. ("The Darkness Within", "Change in Command")

Isabella O'Meara

Captain Isabella O'Meara was a Starfleet officer from the 24th century and was the commanding officer of the USS Sparrow (NCC-66129) during the Dominion War. ("Regression")

S'hal

Captain S'hal was the female Vulcan commanding officer of the USS Gallant. She agreed with Captain Fe'yar that Captain Edward Smith had not done the smartest thing in using the Fairstar as a refugee ship. ("Waiting for the Sun")

Sato

Captain Sato was the commanding officer of the USS Pacific and in command of Starfleet Task Force 59's Excelsior wing. During the briefing on how to protect the Fairstar he was ordered to take his wing and form a second defensive line. ("Waiting for the Sun")

Sevel

Captain Sevel was the Vulcan commanding officer of the USS Monash during the 2370s. ("A Magnificent View")

Yeltes

Captain Yeltes was a Trill Starfleet officer from the 24th century. By at least 2372 Yeltes was the commanding officer of the Steamrunner-class, USS Stingray. ("The Darkness Within")

Yulerian

Captain Yulerian was a Kobheerian Starfleet officer and the commanding officer of the USS Curtin and Starfleet Task Force 59's carrier wing. He reported that the transfer of civilians from the Fairstar to the ships of his wing was complete during a briefing of the COs of the task force. ("Waiting for the Sun")

Other Starfleet personnel

Also includes retired personnel

Jeri Allston

Jeri Allston was a Starfleet officer who served during the 24th century. Her last assignment was on the USS Swiftfire (NCC-76125) as the vessel's commanding officer. She was killed in 2372 when the ship was attacked by Klingon forces while on patrol of the Cardassian border. ("Vengeance")

Harriar Benton

Harriar Benton was the Betazoid father of Maxine Benton. Married to Katherine Benton he was a retired Starfleet shuttle pilot who went into the tourism business with his wife. They ran a shuttle tours of Betazed and the surrounding system. ("Over the Horizon")

Katherine Benton

Katherine Benton was the Human mother of Maxine Benton. Married to Harriar Benton she was a retired Starfleet shuttle pilot who went into the tourism business with her husband. They ran a shuttle tours of Betazed and the surrounding system. ("Over the Horizon")

Joseph Bindo

Captain Joseph Bindo was the commanding officer of the USS Barton in 2373. During the Second Federation-Klingon War he commanded the 3rd cruiser wing from the 24th Tactical Wing during the Battle of Korvat. ("Chariots of Korvat")

Cameron Brand

Vice Admiral Cameron Brand was a Starfleet officer from the 24th century. Brand was the commanding officer of the USS Warwick and the 268th Tactical Wing, Fifth Fleet. ("Deployment")

Paul Cattermole

Vice Admiral Paul Cattermole was a Starfleet officer from the 24th century. (Star Trek: Swiftfire: "Deployment")

Jase Collins

Jase Collins was a Starfleet officer from the 24th century. Collins was assigned to the USS Olympia as the ship's tactical officer. ("Olympia Descending", "Into the Fire")

George Core

George Core was a Starfleet officer from the 24th century. He briefly commanded the USS Melbourne before it was destroyed by the Borg. ("Waiting for the Sun")

Glen Cory

Glen Cory was the identity of a Starfleet Intelligence deep cover operative who had infiltrated the Rough Necks pirate group. ("A Rough Time")

Given Cory identifies himself as a cover operative, it is reasonable to assume Glen Cory is not his real name.

Jayce Delan

Captain Jayce Delan was the commanding officer of the USS Annan, which was assigned to Section 214C. ("Section 214C", "Crossfire")

Devlin

Devlin was a Section 214C Enforcer who was deployed from the USS Annan to search for Captain Jonathan Masters and Lieutenant Commander Kristin Sela on Caprius III. ("Crossfire")

Ivan Domique=

Ivan Domique was a Starfleet officer and member of Section 214C during the 24th century. He was part of the section's special security detachment, nicknamed "enforcers", that investigated breaches in the section's security. ("The Darkness Within")

Clara Feeman

Nurse Clara Feeman was a Starfleet nurse on the USS Olympia. ("Olympia Descending")

Grant

Lieutenant Grant was a Starfleet officer on the USS Maximus. While on a mission off the ship he got into an argument with Yel'tar over who was the greatest captain to serve in Starfleet. When the Borg arrived on the planet he was captured while trying to flee. ("One is the Loneliest Number")

Hadris

Hadris was a Risian Starfleet officer who served in the 24th century. She was killed during the Dominion War in 2375. (("Always on My Mind", "A Magnificent View")

Victor Harvey

Victor Harvey was a Human Starfleet Admiral who commanded the Fifth fleet during the Dominion War. ("Deployment")

Azihagiser th'Hist

Lieutenant Azihagiser th'Hist (also called Giser) was a Andorian thaan who served in Starfleet on the USS Swiftfire as the ship's tactical officer. Giser was killed when the Swiftfire was destroyed for violating Klingon borders. ("The Darkness Within")

Jeong Kyu-Seon

Captain Jeong Kyu-Seon was the commanding officer of the USS Bonestell (NCC-65702). ("No Rest for the Wicked")

Matthew Kefu

Ensign Matthew Kefu was a Starfleet officer in Section 214C serving on the Albyn starbase during 2372. ("The Darkness Within")

Isaiah Kelsey

Lieutenant Isaiah Kelsey was the identity Glen Cory claimed was Jonathan Masters true identity after he was captured by the Rough Necks. Cory claimed the lieutenant was a member of Starfleet Intelligence. ("A Rough Time")

It was not made clear if Isaiah Kelsey was a real person or just a random name Cory created.

Kigral

Commander Kigral was an Arbazan Starfleet Intelligence officer. ("The Only Thing Necessary")

Aida Lutz

Aida Lutz was a Starfleet officer during the latter half of the 24th century. She went to high school with Jonathan Masters and would be in the same class as him at Starfleet Academy. ("Always on My Mind")

Malak

Lieutenant Malak was part of a three person team that infiltrated a Romulan base near the Romulan Neutral Zone prior to official contact between the Federation and Romulan Star Empire were restored in 2364. ("For the Federation")

Todd Marshal

Commander Todd Marshal was the first officer on the USS Fury (NCC-64952) in 2373. Marshal was a short man, though on the colony he was from he was considered tall. He was seen as a good first officer and very loyal, however he was not what could be considered "captain material". His career had basically progressed as far as it would at that point in time. ("Vengeance")

Gloria Martina

Gloria Martina was a pioneering Starfleet counsellor whose work is considered to be the foundations of the specialisation. In the late-24th century she was somewhat immortalised with the creation of the holographic counsellor, which was made in her image. ("Always on My Mind")

Claire Masters

Claire Masters was a Starfleet officer turned Professor. During her service she would met and marry another Starfleet officer, Dalton Masters and have a child with him. ("Moral Actions")

Dalton Masters

Dalton Masters was a Starfleet admiral from the 24th century. During his service he would met and marry another Starfleet officer, Claire, and have a child with her. ("Moral Actions")

John Masters

John Masters was a retired Starfleet officer. He served in Starfleet for over twenty years. After leaving he entered the world of politics where he would serve as the Lord Mayor of Sydney as well as in the United Earth government. He was the son of Charlene Masters and the father of Dalton Masters. He was still alive in 2374 and living in Sydney. ("No Rest for the Wicked")

Melissa McKenzie

Melissa McKenzie was a Starfleet officer who served in the late 24th century. She dated Jonathan Masters when he was at Starfleet Academy. ("Unfinished Business")

Pamela Mortlock

Lieutenant Pamela Mortlock was a Starfleet officer in Section 214C serving on the Albyn starbase during 2372. When the base detected Odo's search for information on subject 498 she was on duty and recorded the files Odo accessed and attempted to access. During Odo's second search she readied the program that was sent to wipe Odo's computer of these files.("The Darkness Within")

Norman

Lieutenant Commander Norman was part of a three person team that infiltrated a Romulan base near the Romulan Neutral Zone prior to official contact between the Federation and Romulan Star Empire were restored in 2364. ("For the Federation")

Gill Owen

Lieutenant Gill Owen was a Starfleet officer from the 24th century. In 2372, he served as the flight controller on the USS Swiftfire. ("The Darkness Within")

Brendan Patol

Brendan Patol was a consultant on pirate and para-military organisations to Starfleet. He was previously a member of the Maquis. ("A Rough Time", "There's No Angels Here")

Tom Presley

Tom Presley was a Starfleet doctor that appeared in the Dominion simulated future that Terri Letac experienced in 2375. In the simulation Presley was a doctor on Starbase 375 and was responsible for operating the mind probe on Letac. Presley claimed to have served on the starbase during the Dominion War. ("Always on My Mind")

This character's name is a combination of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley.

Titus Reak'va

Titus Reak'va was a Starfleet Admiral from the 24th century. He served on Earth at Starfleet Headquarters, he also was in command of Section 214C. ("No Rest for the Wicked", "Section 214C")

Andrew Rekris

Andrew Rekris was a Starfleet Fleet Admiral from the 24th century and a friend of the Masters family. ("Section 214C")

Willa Rennie

Ensign Willa Rennie was a female Haliian Starfleet officer from the 24th century. She served on the USS Swiftfire in 2372 as the operations manager. (Star Trek: Swiftfire: "The Darkness Within")

Haley Renu

Haley Renu served in Starfleet during the 24th century. She was stationed on the USS Yamaguchi in 2344 when she and her husband, Mark, adopted a Bajoran child orphaned whilst fleeing Bajor. In 2356, she and her husband had retired from Starfleet and were living in New Seattle on Penthara IV. ("What Little Girls are Made Of")

Mark Renu

Mark Renu served in Starfleet during the 24th century as a security officer. He was stationed on the USS Yamaguchi in 2344 when he and his wife, Haley, adopted a Bajoran child orphaned whilst fleeing Bajor. In 2356, he and his wife had retired from Starfleet and were living in New Seattle on Penthara IV where he worked as a police officer. ("What Little Girls are Made Of")

Kristin Sela

Kristin Sela was a Starfleet analyst assigned to Section 214C stationed at the Albyn Starbase in the Albyn system. ("The Darkness Within")

Visa Sicilona

Captain Visa Sicilona was a Starfleet officer in Section 214C and was the commanding officer of the Albyn starbase in 2372. He was a bulky and aging man with a reclining hairline. ("The Darkness Within")

John Steele

Captain John Steele was a Starfleet officer and the commanding officer of the USS Proxima in 2370. ("To Seek and to be Found")

Lance Thompson

Captain Lance Thompson was a Starfleet Ground Forces officer who served in the ground force division stationed at Nthony C during the Dominion War. ("For the Federation")

Vanessa

Vanessa was a Starfleet officer on the USS Maximus. She was involved in a romantic relationship with Yel'tar after he joined the crew. She hid in her quarters when the Maximus was boarded by the Borg and was found by the assimilated Yel'tar. She attempted to convince him to help her escape but failed and was assimilated. ("One is the Loneliest Number")

Weavyn

Admiral Weavyn was a Starfleet flag officer from the 24th century. In mid-2374, he sent a status report on his fleet to Starfleet Command. ("No Rest for the Wicked")

Xavier Werfel

Captain Xavier Werfel is a Ligonian male in command of the USS Fury and was assigned to Starfleet Task Force 59. ("For the Federation")

Gary Wessling

Gary Steven Wessling was a Starfleet officer from the 24th century who was killed in action in 2358. ("No Rest for the Wicked")

Alexander Whiting

Alexander Whiting was a Starfleet officer who served during the 24th century. He served as the commanding officer of the USS Fury. ("No Rest for the Wicked")

See also

  • Star Trek: Swiftfire: People

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Starwars

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Biggs Darklighter
Biographical information
Homeworld

Tatooine[1]

Born

c. 24 BBY (11), Tatooine[1]

Died

0 BBY (35), Yavin system[2]

Physical description
Species

Human[2]

Gender

Male[2]

Height

1.83 meters[3]

Hair color

Black[1]

Eye color

Brown[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"It'll be like old times, Luke. They'll never stop us."
―Biggs Darklighter, to Luke Skywalker, shortly before the Battle of Yavin, where he met his death.

Biggs Darklighter was a starfighter pilot of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and childhood friend of Luke Skywalker. Darklighter flew a T-65 X-wing starfighter with Red Squadron during the Battle of Yavin as Red Three.

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Biography

Early life (24 BBY–0 BBY)

Darklighter was born on Tatooine to the local agricultural magnate Huff Darklighter and his wife. He was raised a privileged child. The elder Darklighter owned dozens of moisture farms and bought water from other farmers at cut-rate prices. The water he didn't use to irrigate his own crops he sold at high prices. As a teenager Darklighter spent much of his time in the town of Anchorhead, where he met young Luke Skywalker. A strong friendship quickly developed between the two. Together, along with their friends Janek "Tank" Sunber, jealous Laze "Fixer" Loneozner, Camie Loneozner, and tagalongs "Deak", and Windy Starkiller, they would often socialize at Tosche Station, a power distribution center just outside Anchorhead.[1]

The strong bond between Darklighter and Skywalker was fueled by an intense undercurrent of competition that kept their lives charged. Together, they raced landspeeders through the streets of Anchorhead and T-16 skyhoppers through Beggar's Canyon in the Jundland Wastes "tagging" womp rats. They constantly pushed one another to the limit, becoming expert pilots. Skywalker was a better shot in his T-16, but Darklighter was the better pilot in his newer model. During one run through the canyon, Darklighter "threaded" his way through a small opening in a sixty-meter spindle of rock known as the Stone Needle, giving him near-legendary status among the Anchorhead residents. Skywalker, of course, was soon forced to match the feat.[1]

Darklighter and Skywalker also engaged in another semidangerous sport, "invented" by Fixer. Sandsurfing involved a "surfer" wearing repulsor disks on their feet while being dragged behind a sand skiff. Fixer, jealous of the superior piloting skills of his two friends, invented an obstacle course through the Dune Sea to prove himself better than they. During one run over the Great Pit of Carkoon, Fixer was knocked unconscious and fell towards the maw of the Sarlacc. Fortunately, Darklighter and Skywalker were able to save their friend. Not wishing the stunt to be duplicated, the two declared Fixer "king of the sandsurfers."[1]

Darklighter, on Tatooine.

While young, Darklighter developed a romantic caring for Kandji, a local girl. She was captured by Tusken Raiders; by the time the rescue party arrived, she was dead, and all they could do was take revenge. He carried a hologram of her for the rest of his life.[4]

As Darklighter and Skywalker grew older, the two friends planned to attend the Imperial Academy together. They also planned on buying a starship after graduation and go into business together, though they did not have any specific plans as to what they would do. Darklighter's father arranged for his son's commission into the Prefsbelt IV Naval Academy[4], where Tank was also accepted. However, Skywalker's uncle, Owen Lars, kept his nephew behind on Tatooine for "another season." A short time before Darklighter departed, the Anchorhead gang had a celebration and race in Beggar's Canyon. The adventure ended in battle when a clan of Tusken Raiders attacked. When Darklighter was wounded by a Raider's gaderffii stick, Skywalker was forced to pilot him to safety through the treacherous Diablo's Cut.[1]

Darklighter was a skilled mechanic. He told Skywalker that a true pilot should know every last detail about his ship and how it works. So, just prior to leaving for the Academy, he decided to build a T-16 from scratch with some small assistance from Skywalker. The finished product, as Darklighter admitted, was a bit rough around the edges, but he was still proud of his work and insisted he could hold his own in his new craft against any pilot. Skywalker simply laughed in his face at the scrap heap. This angered Darklighter to an extent to which Skywalker had never seen him before, and the older man challenged his friend to a race through the canyon. What Skywalker thought would be a simple test run turned out to be a heated race, with Darklighter blasting out of the hangar without a word. His new T-16 began to shake and sway almost immediately. A lesser pilot would have been forced to slow down to maintain control. Darklighter only increased his speed. The race only lasted for about five minutes before Skywalker finally caught up with him. Just as he was about to commend Darklighter on his performance, pieces began to drop off of the makeshift T-16, including the engine. The craft crashed to the ground, rolling end-over-end several times before coming to a stop. Skywalker raced to the downed craft to check on his friend, but Darklighter was not in the pilot's seat. Fearing his friend had been fatally ejected from the craft, Skywalker was soon tackled from behind by a laughing Darklighter. Skywalker never knew exactly how Darklighter had managed to survive the crash.[5]

Mutiny on the Rand Ecliptic

Biggs Darklighter, Imperial officer.
"I made some friends in the Academy. One of them has a friend who he thinks can put us in touch with the Rebel Alliance. We're going to jump ship in one of the central systems and join the Alliance."
―Biggs Darklighter, to Luke Skywalker

While at the Prefsbelt IV Naval Academy, Darklighter was taught by Soontir Fel along with fellow cadets Derek Klivian and Tycho Celchu.[6] Darklighter and Klivian were wide-eyed youths who began to see the galaxy as more than just the Galactic Empire. When they and several classmates made contact with the Rebel Alliance while on a trip to the planet Bestine IV, their rebellious ideals began to take form.[1] They met secretly with men who shared their ideals and, in their youthful naiveté, planned how they would single-handedly overthrow the Empire. The meetings were more brave talk than anything else. But the Academy Commander thought otherwise. He found out about the meetings from an informer and immediately apprehended the participants. Luckily for Darklighter and Klivian, they had been absent for that particular meeting, so were not on the informer's list. Additionally, the others had not revealed the two as members of the group. But their friends were taken and never seen again. At first, the two had thought it was simply a prolonged period of punishment or isolation. Then they thought their friends had been transferred to another unit. But gradually the cold reality of the situation made itself evident to them.[7]

They never truly learned what the Empire had done with their friends, but the effect on the two surviving cadets was profound. No longer did they talk childishly of overthrowing the Empire. Now, they talked seriously of deserting to join the Rebellion.[7] He attended several social functions as a cadet, and among the people he met was Rivoche Tarkin, a prep school student at Clær and neice of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. His secret distaste for the Empire became known to her, and influenced her thinking regarding the New Order.[8]

Darklighter and Klivian kept biding their time until after graduation, at which point they were both fortuitously assigned to the same ship — the space-freighter Rand Ecliptic. It was a relatively small ship, so both of the youthful officers were given important assignments aboard it. Darklighter was made first mate and Klivian ship's executive officer.[7][1] In his new post, Darklighter saw that the Empire endorsed expediency over honesty, and that the deaths of innocents were considered an acceptable price to pay for covering one's mistakes.

Darklighter and fellow defector Derek Klivian serving on the Rand Ecliptic.

A few short weeks later while on a mission to the newly-establshed Imperial Naval Yard in the Bestine system, Darklighter and Klivian put their plan of joining the Rebellion into action. The plan was to jump ship, locate Klivian's friend Lindy who had friends in the Rebellion, and join them. Their official mission was to make contact with the shipyard personnel to deliver a shipment of rubindum ore. Strangely, the ship's captain, Heliesk, sent both Darklighter and Klivian, uncharacteristic of his usual policy of assigning at least one to stay aboard at all times. This made the two men uneasy, fearing that he suspected something. But instead of seeking out the shipyard personnel, Darklighter and Klivian would instead spend their time seeking out Lindy, who soon found them. Lindy ushered the two men into a hangar where a group of friends who smuggled starship parts and raw materials to other Alliance contacts out of the system were waiting. There, Lindy told them he was awaiting the arrival of a new Rebel contact, known to him only as "Starfire." The group was horrified when the hangar door opened and a squad of Imperial stormtroopers filed into the domed shell led by Captain Heliesk. The Imperials surrounded the group and Heliesk ordered Darklighter and Klivian to be taken back to the ship where they would be held prisoner, but not before dropping a rank cylinder into Klivian's hand. Back on the ship, the two discovered that the rank cylinder served as a key to the captain's quarters. When they were finally alone, they headed straight for them, where they met Heliesk once more. The captain, it turned out, was a Rebel spy — he was "Starfire." With such valuable connections in the Empire, he could not afford to be exposed as an Alliance sympathizer. The solution, then, was that Darklighter and Klivian would stage a mutiny. The two were able to force the crew to abandon ship by setting the Ecliptic to self-destruct. With the help of Lindy and his friends, they manned the bridge and prepared to depart the planet with their valuable cargo of ore. As the ship left the planet, however, they were soon intercepted by a considerable number of TIE/ln starfighters stationed on Bestine IV. The Rand Ecliptic's feeble weaponry was ill-equipped to handle the attacking TIE fighters, but they only needed time to make the calculations for the jump to hyperspace. That's when Darklighter had an idea. He turned the ship's starboard side toward the incoming swarm of fighters, and dumped half of the ore consignment directly into their path, creating a small-scale asteroid field. Few of the fighters were able to evade the tumbling and deadly ore. The few that did survive were unable to stop Darklighter, Klivian, and the Rand Ecliptic from entering hyperspace en route to a new life with the Rebel Alliance.[7][1]

Service with the Rebellion

"I flew with Biggs before Yavin and he was really good. It seemed like he could read the minds of TIE pilots. He knew when to break, when to shoot, and did everything necessary to stay in their ion exhaust and blast them to bits."
―Commander Wedge Antilles
Darklighter and fellow Rebels steal X-wing starfighters.

After deserting the Ecliptic, Darklighter officially joined the Rebel Alliance along with Derek Klivian. They would eventually become two of the Rebellion's most talented pilots and valued members. Their first assignment was service together in the Ecliptic Evaders, a squadron of Rebel starfighter pilots stationed in the Sullust system. Although Darklighter and Klivian were inseparable comrades, circumstances eventually parted them. At that time, graduates of the Imperial Academy and valued leaders such as these were extremely rare in the ranks of Rebel pilots, and General Jan Dodonna had little choice but to assign them to outposts where they could be most effective.[7]

In his first mission, Darklighter flew jointly with Wedge Antilles in an attack against an Imperial convoy protected by an EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate, shortly after the new capital ships were assigned to protect convoys against Rebel starfighter attacks. The frigate launched its complement of two dozen TIE fighters at their squadron. Darklighter was able to destroy five enemy fighters, officially earning him the title of starfighter ace. However, another pilot, Amil Karsk, claimed his number-three kill, to make him an ace. Karsk was on his fifteenth mission at the time, and Darklighter allowed him to claim the kill as his own. From thereafter, when Darklighter ever achieved five of something, he would playfully give the third one to Karsk as a constant reminder. Following suit, Karsk later took the third of five scheduled patrols Darklighter was assigned to. The third mission was simple enough: escorting a CR90 corvette on a courier mission to Alderaan. The mission even promised a couple days of rest and recreation, but Darklighter gave it to Karsk regardless and was willing to call it even. Karsk was present on Alderaan when the first Death Star destroyed the planet.[9] Darklighter would go on to develop a reputation as a great pilot with the Rebellion, piloting an X-wing in several space battles.[1] He participated in a mission to steal a large number of X-wings from an Incom Corporation facility.

Some time after joining the Rebellion, Biggs attended the debutante ball of Rivoche Tarkin, passing information from her to his Rebel contacts that served to avert a CompForce assault of the Duros Allied Army. Thrilled by the success of this, Tarkin wished to continue her work as a covert agent, and Darklighter put her in touch with the Alliance to continue her work.[8][10]

Shortly after the defeat of Operation Strike Fear, Rebel outpost AX-235 in the Cron Drift intercepted schematics for the the first Death Star using stolen Imperial communications satellites. Due to the importance of the information, they decided to send it by courier. Darklighter was sent in an X-wing to retrieve the data. However, after leaving AX-235, the power generator on Darklighter's X-wing broke down and he came under attack by Imperial forces. The Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Independence sent three R-22 Spearheads to protect him until a rescue team of CR90 corvettes and Lambda-class shuttles could arrive and repair his ship. After escaping the attack, he delivered the plans to the Independence and became friends with two of the pilots who had assisted in his rescue, Keyan Farlander and Samuel Raider.[11] Darklighter's successes earned him an assignment to protect Massassi Station on Yavin 4.

Biggs and Luke meet up at Tosche Station.

Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Darklighter made a final trip to his native Tatooine. He visited his father, and tried to convince him of the Empire's evil. The elder Darklighter had little to say, noting that his son had already made his mind up. Later, he and Skywalker enjoyed an unexpected reunion at Fixer's shop in Tosche Station. Skywalker eagerly told Darklighter and his friends, Camie, Fixer, Deak, and Windy, of a battle he had witnessed in the skies above the planet. Using Skywalker's electrobinoculars to check for himself, Darklighter saw nothing but two ships sitting in orbit, and assured his friend it was just two ships refueling. Later in private, Darklighter told Skywalker that he and his friends in the service had made contact with the rumored Rebel Alliance and that they were going to jump ship and join them. He purposely kept the whole truth from Luke -- that he had already jumped ship and joined the Alliance -- to protect him from the full details of his experience with the Rebellion.[4] The two childhood friends shared a bittersweet good-bye. Luke then told Biggs that he would always be the best friend he would ever have. Darklighter left the next morning.[1]

After his Tatooine visit, he went with a team to Commenor to escort a shipment of R2-series astromech droids carried by smuggler Captain Nera Dantels on her spaceship Starduster. Darklighter became romantically involved with Dantels.[12][13] With the threat of the approaching Death Star, Darklighter was assigned to the X-wing Red Squadron under the call sign Red Three. Just prior to the engagement, he was reunited once again with Skywalker, who was to fly as his wingman as Red Five. The two friends shared a brief conversation, in which they promised to catch up on each other's stories when they returned. Darklighter reassured Red Leader Garven Dreis that Skywalker was "the best bush pilot in the Outer Rim Territories." Just as they had in their youths, the two friends would once more be flying side by side defying death at every turn. This time, they would be flying against the Empire's greatest superweapon.[1]

Biggs dies as his X-wing disintegrates around him.

During the assault on the battlestation, Darklighter narrowly escaped death when a TIE fighter dropped in on his tail. Unable to elude his attacker, he was saved when the TIE was destroyed by Skywalker's X-wing. He would go on to destroy several TIEs himself. It was Darklighter's original task, along with Skywalker and Antilles, to provide air cover first for Gold Squadron's attack run on the Death Star's thermal exhaust port, and then the subsequent approach led by Red Leader. When both attacks failed and all pilots were shot down, it was left up to the triumvirate of Skywalker, Darklighter, and Antilles.[1]

The three pilots began their own attack run down the Death Star trench, with Skywalker in the lead and Darklighter and Antilles flanking him for cover. Unfortunately, they were pursued closely by Darth Vader and two other TIE fighters. More than anything, it was the duty of Darklighter and Antilles to simply act as a buffer between the enemy fighters and Skywalker. If that meant they had to intercept attacking laser blasts, then so be it. As they neared the exhaust port, Antilles was first hit and had to abort the run. Darklighter was hit next. His X-wing was destroyed in a blast from Vader's ship. Skywalker choked back remorse, knowing he still had a job to do. His proton torpedoes destroyed the Death Star. Darklighter's death effectively bought Skywalker more time to complete the task.[1]

Legacy

"If he'd survived Yavin, we'd be reporting to him now."
―Commander Wedge Antilles

Biggs Darklighter would go down in lore as one of the Heroes of Yavin. His name would forever be associated with bravery and valor among the future ranks of Rebel pilots. After the battle, Princess Leia Organa promised Skywalker that once the fight with the Empire was over, a monument would be erected to the fallen with Darklighter's name in a prominent place, to which Skywalker agreed was something he would have enjoyed. He always wanted to be something, to make a difference, to Skywalker and to everyone else.[5]

Although deeply saddened by the loss of his friend, Skywalker did not grieve over Darklighter, for he could still feel him through the Force. He simply regarded Darklighter's death as another level he had reached, the start of something new to which he had once again beaten Skywalker, only to leave him behind to catch up later.[5]

Although he died before the official formation of Rogue Squadron, Darklighter was considered one of its original members. After the squadron's reformation in the early years of the New Republic, Commander Antilles would often mention Darklighter's name as having died in service to Rogue Squadron in his introductory speech to new recruits as a legend to which they could never surpass.[9]

Darklighter's legacy paved the way for his younger cousin, Gavin Darklighter, also of Tatooine, to join the Rogues upon their reformation. The younger Darklighter initially approached Antilles asking for a place in the squadron because of the strong friendship Antilles shared with his cousin. Feeling an obligation to the young Darklighter, he allowed him in to the squadron, to say nothing of his impressive training scores. Gavin Darklighter would go on to more than earn his place with Rogue Squadron.[9]

Biggs Darklighter did not leave a goodbye message for his family before his death, leaving his father feeling uneasy. This would prompt Gavin Darklighter to make sure he recorded a message early in his career as a Rogue in the case of his death.[9]

He improvised a maneuver shortly after joining the Alliance. By spinning his starfighter while firing all four cannons, he was able to destroy multiple incoming targets.[14]

Personality and traits

Biggs Darklighter.
"He had that smirk, the one he'd give you when he'd done something you couldn't."
―Gavin Darklighter

An intense competitor since his youth, Darklighter was a man incredibly proud of his often superior skill as a pilot, but he was not arrogant. Instead, he would often use his own accolades to push others to be their best.[9]

His abilities and natural good looks lent him an air of supreme confidence in whatever he was involved in. In his days prior to witnessing the true tyanny of the Empire, he was overly-enthusiastic, much akin to his young, fellow pilots. Even after the sobering effect Imperial cruelty had on him, he did not totally shed his attitude of blissful sanguinity.[7]

What slight egotism he did have would show itself as a trademark grin or telling facial expression that would adorn his face, aimed at those whom he had bested, in moments of personal victory. The look would often be the subject of playful derision among his comrades, as testified by Antilles, Klivian, and his cousin Gavin.[9][7]

In the rare occasion he was bested, Darklighter, given his competitive nature, would not allow the other to revel in their glory for very long. He especially would not allow someone to be satisfied or content if they had shortcomings he felt could be corrected. He would constantly get after that person until they did something about it, or until his badgering no longer had an effect on them. He could not abide someone letting their talents go to waste when they could be doing so much more, which is why Darklighter would push Skywalker so hard about going to the Academy.[9]

Behind the scenes

"Take it easy buddy, you'll always be the best friend I ever had."
―Luke Skywalker says goodbye to Biggs Darklighter.

Biggs Darklighter was played by Garrick Hagon in the 1977 release of Star Wars.

He first appeared in the various script drafts of Star Wars as King Kayos's son and the brother of the princess who would become Leia Organa. He was Luke Skywalker's younger brother and the brother of Windy Marstrap in the second draft. He was changed to Skywalker's friend in the third draft.[15]

The Essential Guide to Characters gives a birthdate of 24 BBY for Darklighter. Additionally, the revised fourth draft of Star Wars describes him as "a burly, handsome boy a few years older than the rest."[16] However, in the book X-wing: Rogue Squadron, his cousin Gavin Darklighter, born in 10 BBY, claims to be only "eight years younger" than Darklighter, which would give him a birthdate of 18 BBY, making him a year younger than Skywalker.

Although Darklighter only appears briefly in the film, the movie originally included several scenes, later deleted in the final release, in which he figured much more prominently in the story. The deleted scenes did appear in the novelization and the radio adaptation, where he was voiced by Kale Brown. The scene in which Darklighter and Skywalker are reunited on Yavin 4 was reintroduced in the 1997 re-release of the film. Only a small amount of dialogue was kept out for reasons that can only be speculated as having to do with the release of the Prequel Trilogy, since a small portion of the dialogue deals with Luke's father, Anakin Skywalker.

Darklighter wearing an open-faced TIE pilot helmet.

While these scenes were cut from A New Hope, they were later used in the A New Hope radio dramatization, A New Hope novelization, Marvel Star Wars #1, thus establishing that Biggs joined the Rebellion after the events on Tatooine at the beginning of Episode IV. However, in X-wing: The Official Strategy Guide it is stated that Biggs participated in stealing of the Death Star plans, which happened before the events on Tatooine. Years later, in a retcon that helped explain these inconsistencies, the comic story Star Wars Empire: Darklighter revealed through Biggs' narration that he had already joined the Rebellion, and kept the whole truth from Luke in that deleted scene to protect him.

TIE pilot flight gear

The TIE pilot gear depicted in Darklighter uses artistic license, and is shown with a feature the editors point out is not canon. The artists of the comic wanted to show Biggs' face, so the character was drawn with a clear face plate sealing the helmet in addition to the recognizable black TIE pilot helmet visor. This was added only so that the artist could give the characters identity and allow them to express facial emotions.[17]

In 2008, Hasbro released an Evolutions-series Legacy Collection action figure set that depicted Biggs Darklighter in the TIE pilot gear from the Empire comic with removable open-faced helmet, removable life support pack, and Biggs' SE-14r light repeating blaster.[17]

Appearances

  • A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker
  • The Lost City of Tatooine
  • Falling Star (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • Star Wars Empire: Darklighter
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron ½
  • Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice
  • Death Star
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope junior novel
  • Star Wars 1
  • Star Wars 5: Lo, The Moons of Yavin
  • Star Wars 6: Is This the Final Chapter?
  • Perfect Evil
  • Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition
  • Rebel Force: Renegade (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars 17: Crucible (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Empire: The Wrong Side of the War (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Rebellion: Small Victories (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back junior novel (Mentioned only)
  • The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Camie's Story (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Battleground: Tatooine (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron 25: The Making of Baron Fel (Appears in flashback(s))
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Family Ties (Appears in flashback(s))
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Mandatory Retirement (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Rogue Squadron (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Isard's Revenge (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi Search (Mentioned only)
  • I, Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • Children of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • Darksaber (Mentioned only)
  • Shield of Lies (Mentioned only)
  • Vision of the Future (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Tide I: Onslaught (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Tide II: Ruin (Mentioned only)
  • Star by Star (Mentioned only)
  • Omen (Mentioned only)

Sources

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Notes and references

  1. 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 1.14 1.15 1.16 The Essential Guide to Characters
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  3. The Official Star Wars Fact File
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars Empire: Darklighter
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice
  6. Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back
  8. 8.0 8.1 Cracken's Rebel Operatives
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 X-wing: Rogue Squadron
  10. Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds
  11. X-wing: The Official Strategy Guide
  12. Star Wars: Empire: Darklighter
  13. X-wing Rogue Squadron 1/2
  14. Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Darklighter Spin)
  15. The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  16. http://www.starwarz.com/starkiller/scripts/thestarwars_revised_fourth_draft_jan.htm
  17. 17.0 17.1 http://www.rebelscum.com/tlcevoImpPilots1.asp Rebelscum.com: The Star Wars Legacy Collection Photo Archives

See also

External links


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