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Lusankya
Production information
Model

Executor-class Star Dreadnaught

Technical specifications
Length

19,000 meters[1][2]

Armament

Some heavy turbolaser batteries exchanged for more point-defense guns.[2]

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)
Commissioned

1 ABY

Destroyed

27.5 ABY

Present for battles/events
Affiliation
Known owner(s)

Ysanne Isard

Crewmembers
Commander(s)

The Lusankya, originally known as Executor II,[3] was an Executor-class Star Dreadnaught built by Kuat Drive Yards, as the sister ship to the Executor, which was built at Fondor.

Following its construction, the ship was buried beneath the surface of Coruscant, where it served as Ysanne Isard's private prison, and later as her command ship during the Bacta War.

When Isard was defeated, the Lusankya was acquired by the New Republic, serving in its starfleet until its destruction in the Yuuzhan Vong War.

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Characteristics

The Lusankya was the second Executor-class Super Star Destroyer to be constructed.[4] It was 19 kilometers long, twelve times the length of an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer. It could carry more than 5,000 weapons,[5] at least 12 TIE Fighter squadrons,[6] at least 200 other combat and support ships, two prefabricated garrison bases,[5] and enough stormtroopers and AT-ATs to impose the Empire's will on any star system.

The Lusankya was designed to be a variant of the Executor-class, focusing more on planetary occupation without a need for supporting vessels. As such, it dispensed with some heavy turbolaser batteries in exchange for more point-defense weaponry.[2]

History

Construction and placement on Coruscant

The Lusankya was built concurrently with her sister-ship, the Executor. During construction, both ships were provisionally named Executor to make it appear as if only one ship were being built. However, while the Executor was pressed into Imperial service after completion, the Lusankya was taken to Coruscant and buried beneath the planet's surface. The vessel and its repulsorlift cradle, were hidden inside a superframe of girders and electronics before the burial, and were claimed to be a large planetary shield generator.[2] The cityscape was subsequently rebuilt over the ship to hide its location.[4]

Alliance Starbird symbol on the Lusankya.

Not knowing all of the details surrounding the burial, some New Republic observers later speculated that either all the witnesses to this event had been executed, or that Emperor Palpatine had used the Force on a massive scale to command everyone to forget what they saw.[7] As for the purpose of the burial, it was theorized that the Lusankya was meant to provide Palpatine with a secure means of escape, in case Coruscant was invaded by hostile forces. Only a select few were made aware of its existence, location, and purpose.

Ysanne Isard's private prison

A portion of the Lusankya served as a private prison for Imperial intelligence chief Ysanne Isard. Isard was able to travel back and forth to the Lusankya by a network of private tunnel shuttles (similar to subways) that were connected to the ship. One of these shuttles went to the Galactic Museum, another to a 43rd floor foyer in the Imperial Palace, and another went to an old subcommittee room in the former Imperial Senate Building. In interrogating the Lusankya's prisoners, Isard was ruthless, employing any means necessary—including torture, drugs, and psychological conditioning—to learn what she desired. She even turned prisoners, usually captured Rebels, into sleeper agents. These agents would then be returned to their families, friends, and colleagues, where Isard would use them to spy on the Rebellion, perform sabotage, and assassinate enemies.

Corran Horn first learned of the prison when the Corellian Diktat's greatest rival was murdered by his aide. The aide had been taken to the Lusankya and turned into a sleeper agent, then returned to perform the assassination. After he had committed the murder, the aide repeated the word "Lusankya" over and over.

Though no one outside Isard's circle knew of the Lusankya's location, it regardless came to be infamously known as Ysanne Isard's private prison. Rebel Alliance General Jan Dodonna was sent there following his capture shortly following the Battle of Yavin. Tycho Celchu was also sent there following his capture during an espionage mission to Coruscant. Isard tried to condition Celchu into one of her agents, but the efforts rendered him catatonic. He was eventually transferred to Akrit'tar, but escaped from that facility and returned to the Rebellion.

Following Horn's capture, he was placed aboard the Lusankya and met Jan Dodonna. From him, Horn learned that many people washed out of Isard's indoctrination process, and were rendered catatonic in the process—the other prisoners referred to them as "sleepers." Horn also learned of a suspicious inconsistency within the prison: In the main cavern where the prisoners worked, a rock would "fall up" if thrown high enough. This was because the artificial gravity of the Star Dreadnaught was rotated so that prisoners were in effect standing upside down, a tactic employed by Isard so if anyone tried to escape by digging "up," they would actually go deeper into the prison, making them easier to capture.

Eventually Horn was able to escape from the prison complex, during which he found a library complex on the Lusankya and discovered that not only had he washed out of the indoctrination process, but so had Celchu. In addition to this information, he was also able to find out who was the real traitor within Rogue Squadron. After further searching, he also found a blaster in the library's copy of The Complete History of Corvis Minor, and a private tunnel shuttle that allowed him to leave the Lusankya. The shuttle took him to a closed-off section of the Galactic Museum where Horn then learned that he had, in fact, never left Coruscant.

Breaking free of Coruscant

Lusankya rises from Coruscant.

After Horn escaped, Isard knew that the New Republic would soon find the Lusankya and capture her if she remained. Isard had the crew break the ship free of the planet. While leaving Coruscant, the Lusankya caused devastation over 259 km² of the planet surface, killing untold millions instantly.

The Lusankya blasted its way through the two planetary shield levels, pausing to exchange fire with an orbiting Golan defense platform before jettisoning the lift cradle and departing the Coruscant system.

The Battle for Thyferra

The Lusankya traveled to Thyferra, where Imperial forces helped stage a coup d'état that ultimately installed Ysanne Isard as planetary leader. Because the New Republic was unwilling to take any action against Isard, a duly elected planetary leader, Corran Horn, Wedge Antilles, and the other members of Rogue Squadron resigned their commissions in the New Republic fleet and surreptitiously began gathering resources to continue fighting Isard.

Upon arriving at Thyferra, the Lusankya was joined by the Imperial-II class Star Destroyers Avarice and Virulence and the Victory-class Star Destroyer Corrupter.

Over the next few months, the Rogues slowly worked to build up their forces, while whittling down the Imperial forces to the point where the two forces could engage each other. The Corrupter was destroyed at Alderaan when an automated Alderaanian war cruiser, the Valiant, joined the Rogues. Commander Antilles was able to talk Sair Yonka—the Captain of the Avarice—to take his ship and leave Isard's service. That left the Lusankya and the Virulence.

Once Isard's forces discovered the Rogue's space station base at Yag'Dhul, the Lusankya and the Virulence were sent to destroy it. But when they arrived, the Rogues jumped to hyperspace, and the station appeared to be very heavily armed, with more than two hundred proton torpedo launchers and concussion missile launchers. The Lusankya was caught by the station's tractor beam, but was released when the Virulence intercepted and was caught in the beam. The Lusankya retreated from the system, and left her fighters behind in its haste to flee. The station ordered the Virulence to surrender or be destroyed, to which the Virulence complied. After the Virulence crew had left, the pirate in charge of the station, Booster Terrik, took over the ship.

The captain of the Lusankya, Joak Drysso, returned to Thyferra expecting a battle. However, when the ship slowed to sublight, there was nothing but normal traffic. Shortly after the Lusankya arrived, a Star Destroyer arrived in the system. It was the Avarice, now renamed the Freedom. The Freedom had carried the Rogues to Thyferra. The Rogues began to attack the Lusankya, and when they fired a salvo of their proton torpedoes a large salvo of torpedoes and missiles hit the Lusankya. The salvo had come from the freighter traffic in the system. Antilles had convinced a number of freighters to join the effort. They were equipped with heavy torpedoes, but were not given targeting sensors. Instead, the freighter's weapons were slaved to Rogue Squadron's targeting computers.

The Freedom and the Valiant also concentrated their firepower on the Lusankya. The Freedom was severely damaged; however, the Valiant, having been ignored by Captain Drysso, had outmaneuvered its huge opponent. The Valiant had managed to slip and remain behind the Lusankya, where it could target the huge engine array at leisure; the lack of a fighter screen and the low amount of tail guns on the Executor-class design allowed the Valiant to escaped serious damage. Soon the Virulence appeared in the Thyferra system. But it was no longer under Imperial control. A squadron of A-Wings led by Pash Cracken had come upon the Virulence during its standoff with the Yag'Dhul station. The Virulence now turned its weapons on the Lusankya.

Commander Antilles then decided to ask the Lusankya to surrender, seeing as how the starship would not last much longer. Drysso refused to surrender and seemed driven to insanity by the events of the past several days. He was preparing to ram Thyferra with the Lusankya itself, against the wishes of the crew, when he was killed by his aide. His aide, Acting-Captain Waroen surrendered the ship to Antilles. Isard had appeared to have died when Captain Celchu (who said it was Lieutenant Horn's targeting) destroyed a shuttle that was believed to have been carrying her.

After the Bacta War

The Lusankya was severely damaged after the battle for Thyferra. The area where the prison was had in fact been breached. Fortunately for the prisoners, they were not on board during the battle, as Isard had them shipped to other facilities, believing Horn's escape had ruined the previously inescapable prison.

As the ship had been surrendered to him, Wedge Antilles was the acting commander of the Lusankya. In that capacity, he married Corran Horn and Mirax Terrik, with Tycho and Iella Wessiri as witnesses. Antilles, Horn, and the rest of the squadron rejoined the New Republic armed forces, when an "error" had occurred where the resignations were not formally logged to the squadron member's files. The council passed a resolution approving what the Rogues had done, making the entire operation fait accompli for the Republic.

The Lusankya then left the Thyferra system and was taken to a secret location, where repairs and upgrades were made to the ship. Rumors were spread that the ship was destroyed—that either the damage was such the ship couldn't be repaired, or that the Lusankya was broken up for parts. The ship was still undergoing repairs during Grand Admiral Thrawn's campaign against the New Republic. The ship's sharp lines were eventually restored, and two large Rebel crests were painted on the sides of the ship. The original prison complex was removed from the ship, and a medical quarantine complex was installed in its place. The secrecy over the repairs was such that even some members of the council were unaware of the Lusankya's continued existence until the military made the council aware of it.

Ysanne Isard, who had slipped away from the Thyferra system at the end of the Bacta War, had spent several years in seclusion. She finally reappeared when she tried to take control of her beloved Lusankya back from the New Republic. By plotting the downfall of Delak Krennel and his Ciutric Hegemony, Isard hoped to keep the New Republic distracted long enough for her to steal back her Super Star Destroyer. However, she was outguessed by Booster Terrik, Mirax Terrik, and Iella Wessiri, who were waiting for her when she arrived. Isard attempted to kill Wessiri with her holdout blaster, but failed, as the latter returned fire and instantly ended her life.

New Republic Service

"I'm not exactly going to miss you."
Wedge Antilles on the Lusankya's destruction.

After Isard's death, the Lusankya entered regular New Republic service. One of its missions was to act as a medical research facility in the event that the Empire attempted further biological warfare. The ship was designed with new quarantine facilities which included a containment zone where no living creature was allowed to enter. This area was serviced strictly by droids so that, if necessary, the containment zone could be destroyed with minimal loss of life.

The destruction of the Lusankya in the final moments of "Operation Emperor's Spear" during the Battle of Borleias.

When the surviving original prisoners of the Lusankya were freed, they, along with Rogue Squadron, were held on the Lusankya quarantine facilities so that medical experts could confirm that neither the prisoners nor the Rogues were carrying any biological weapons within them.

In addition to refitting it for biomedical operations, the New Republic also succeeded in reducing the crew requirement for the warship. Further, the Lusankya was refitted with better armor than Star Dreadnaughts still in Imperial service. Several other systems were also redesigned to take advantage of having the extra available space.

The ship was placed under the command of Wedge Antilles and used as a base for the reformed, multi-fighter Rogue Squadron he had been assigned to oversee. Besides Rogue Squadron itself, over 100 other ships also assigned to its service were stationed aboard Lusankya. The first mission it undertook for the New Republic was the 11 ABY Second Battle of Phaeda. In 12.5 ABY she again served with the New Republic at the Battle of Orinda.

The Lusankya served in the New Republic fleet for nearly twenty years. She participated in the Battle of Borleias during the Yuuzhan Vong war, where she helped protect the Republic stronghold on Borleias over the course of a month. After taking heavy damage to attrition, however, it was eventually decided that she would be abandoned. The Lusankya's crew was slowly taken off, while her weapons were dismantled and transferred to other warships. In their place, New Republic engineers installed a massive hollow spear, known as the Beltway that ran the length of the ship underneath her hull, which was then filled with high explosives. When the time came to finally evacuate Borleias, the Lusankya was sent to collide into the Domain Hul worldship. With a fleet of Republic warships escorting him, Commander Eldo Davip was able to reach the worldship and impale the Lusankya's hull into it before escaping the doomed ship. Both vessels were obliterated, allowing New Republic forces to withdraw among the chaos.

Commanders and crew

The names of most of the Lusankya's command officers during the Bacta War are known. With the exception of her captain and the Colonel commanding her two TIE Fighter wings, most were apparently relatively junior in rank, perhaps a reflection of the irregular circumstances in which the ship had been put into service.

Less is known about her officers and crew in New Republic service; she was commanded by General Wedge Antilles for several years beginning in 11 ABY,[8] and at the time of her destruction in 28 ABY, she had been assigned a crew of politically-inconvenient misfits led by Commander Eldo Davip.[9]

Behind the scenes

The Lusankya was named after the Lubyanka, the infamous KGB prison. Author Michael A. Stackpole stated, "I wanted it to sound much like the inescapable prison in Moscow because I wanted the Lusankya to be inescapable."[10]

It may be that the other influence on the name Lusankya was intended to provide a more "nautical" sound to the name: that of a British ship, the RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a German U-Boat during World War I.

Appearances

  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Masquerade (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Mandatory Retirement (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Rogue Squadron (First mentioned)
  • X-wing: Wedge's Gamble (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: The Krytos Trap (First appearance)
  • X-wing: The Bacta War
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Isard's Revenge
  • Crimson Empire
  • I, Jedi (Vision to Corran Horn)
  • X-wing: Starfighters of Adumar (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Union (Mentioned only)
  • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
  • Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
  • Destiny's Way (Mentioned only)
  • The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)

Sources

External links

Notes and references

  1.  Jedi Counseling 84 on Wizards.com (article)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Starships of the Galaxy (Saga Edition)
  3. Coruscant and the Core Worlds
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 X-wing: The Bacta War
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations, p. 171
  6. Starships of the Galaxy, p. 106
  7. X-wing: The Krytos Trap
  8. Crimson Empire
  9. Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
  10. http://www.moseisley.com/mos/iview/masinterview.html

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Lusankya
Production information
Manufacturer

Kuat Drive Yards

Model

Executor-class Star Destroyer

Class

Super Star Destroyer

Technical specifications
Length

8000 meters

Armament
  • 250 turbolaser batteries
  • 250 turbolasers
  • 250 ion cannons
  • 250 concussion missile launchers
Complement
Crew

Commander: Ysanne Isard

  • 280,374 organics
  • 100,000 droids
Usage
Era(s)
Executor-class Star Destroyers

Lusankya - Iron Fist - Imperium

The Lusankya was an Executor-class Super Star Destroyer of the Galactic Empire. It was the flagship of Ysanne Isard, and even though it officially was commanded by the general Galactic Empire Fleet Command, it held strong ties to Director Isard, and its command staff was hostile to Grand Admiral Thrawn, Isard's major competitor in Fleet Command.

In the First Battle of Coruscant, the Lusankya engaged the Executor-class Star Destroyer Iron Fist, flagship of the fleets of the Zsinj Dominion. With heavy Imperial Star Destroyer support, the Lusankya managed to heavily damage its counterpart, however sustaining moderate damages in the process. Yet, actions by a perimeter Zann Consortium fleet heavily damaged the two Super Star Destroyers, and the Imperial defense fleet rallied around the two damaged Super Star Destroyers, ready to die simply to grant the Empire the opportunity to repair both Executor-class warships and use them against its enemies.

The Zann Consortium fleet, led by Admiral Rath, was forced to withdraw, and Zsinj's warships retreated soon after the savaging and capture of the Iron Fist, leaving the Galactic Empire with the severely damaged hulks of two Executor-class Super Star Destroyers to reconstruct and use in combat.

The Lusankya was repaired at top time due to its desperately needed firepower, and continued serving as the flagship for the Galactic Empire Second Fleet.


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