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Suprosa
Production information
Class

Mobquet Medium Transport

Technical specifications
Length

100 meters

Shielding

2240 SBD

Hull

168 RU

Armament

1 or more Diamond Boron Missile Launcher(s)

Crew

2 pilots, ~25 stormtroopers

Minimum crew

2

Other systems

Superomputer containing plans for Death Star II

Usage
Era(s)

Rebellion era

Earliest sighting

3.5 ABY

Affiliation

Galactic Empire

Suprosa was a heavily modified Imperial Mobquet Medium Transport.

Contents

History

Allegedly hauling fertilizer, it was raided by members of the Rebel Alliance, including Luke Skywalker, Dash Rendar, Ace Azzameen and a group of Bothans piloting Y-wings. They found it to be transporting data on the construction of the second Death Star.

Many of the Bothans died in the subsequent effort to return the data to Rebel High Command when Suprosa launched a Diamond Boron Missile into the Y-wing formation, obliterating everything in a 500-meter radius. Luckily, the Rebel forces were able to disable the ship. Strafing the ship with his Y-wing, Azzameen disabled the transport's weapons with his ion cannons before another missile could be fired. Skywalker then disabled the ship's engines with his X-wing fighter. Luke briefly felt the dark side of the Force during his attack run on the freighter's engines in response to half his Bothan squadron being destroyed.

With the vessel disabled, Dash and several Bothans then boarded the ship to secure the information. The Bothan group Deep Ear brought the plans to the planet Gellefon, where they were briefly captured before bringing the information back to Alliance High Command. The intelligence indicating that Suprosa carried valuable information, was leaked deliberately by Imperial Intelligence, as part of Emperor Palpatine's ruse to lure the Alliance to Endor in order to obliterate them.

Behind the scenes

The Shadows of the Empire novel identifies Suprosa as being a Corellian freighter.

In the book Shadows of the Empire, Luke is credited with disabling the ship by himself, whereas in the video game, Star Wars: X-wing Alliance, Ace is the one that incapacitates the freighter. For this article, both are assumed to be correct, with Ace keeping the ship from firing its weapons again, and Luke disabling the ship's engines. It is important to note however that according to the SOTE novel, there was not enough time to notify Rebel command of the "Endor Project" plans being transferred on the Suprosa. Therefore there is no mention of Ace. The novel implies that other than Luke Skywalker and Dash Rendar, all of the other pilots present were only Bothans.

The Shadows of the Empire level taking place in the Suprosa makes the ship look quite larger than it seems from the exterior. It also has a hangar, and Dash has to open it so that the Outrider enters.

Suprosa is perhaps a pun on sub rosa - a latin phrase translated literally as under the rose, meaning things that should be kept secret. This phrase is recently used as an euphemism to "secret operations" - corresponding with the usage of both freighters in Imperial clandestine ops. Strangely, Ars Opus, a freighter that appeared 3 years earlier in Star Wars: X-wing, can become Suprosa when anagrammatized. It is not known if it was intentional, but the fact that Ars Opus had a very brief and minor appearance, makes unlikely that the authors of Shadows of the Empire had it in mind when creating Suprosa.

Appearances

Inside freighter Suprosa

Sources

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