|Maximum speed (atmosphere)||
Varies depending on mission and modular configuration
58,000 metric tons
Personal star yacht, light escort, corvette
|Present for battles/events|
The Tantive IV was a CR90 corvette in the service of the Royal House of Alderaan. The ship was a central player in the events following the end of the Clone Wars and the beginning of the Galactic Civil War.
It started life as a CR70 corvette named Star of Alderaan, but was renamed in honor of diplomats from Tantive IV who visited Alderaan. Following the Clone Wars, the ship was upgraded to a CR90 corvette. The ship sported twin turbolaser turrets and a massive drive block of eleven ion turbine engines.
The corridors of the Tantive IV had mostly pristine bright white walls and black metal floors. The hallways formed a loosely circular path around the central conference room. The ship also housed living quarters, formal dining rooms, other conference rooms, and an engine room.
Princess Leia Organa also had a luxurious stateroom on the highest level of the ship to serve dignitaries and official guests. It was appointed with fine art and expensive furniture, and comprised many rooms. The stateroom acted as a living room with a small round coffee table and two large, red sofas, and was connected to two advanced escape pods.
The blockade runner held eight tiny escape pods that could seat up to three people and four laser-armed ones that could hold 12 passengers. During its time as a CR70 model, two high-capacity escape pods occupied the area where the CR90 model turbolasers were positioned. These pods were made to mimic real turbolaser turrets to discourage potential attackers.
The Tantive IV was built by the Corellian Engineering Corporation, sometime before the end of the Clone Wars. Originally called the Star of Alderaan, it was renamed to honor the Tantive system's diplomats. During the time of the Clone Wars, the ship was the consular vessel of Alderaan's Senator in the Galactic Republic, Bail Organa.
After witnessing first hand the betrayal of the Jedi, Senator Organa departed Coruscant in an attempt to rescue as many of the few survivors of the Jedi Purge he could. Using a stolen Jedi Beacon, Organa was able to contact and rescue two of the last surviving members of the Jedi Council, Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Later, after the death of their mother, it was onboard the Tantive IV that the fates of Leia and Luke Skywalker were decided. Accompanying Organa on this fateful journey were Raymus Antilles and Jeremoch Colton. The droids R2-D2 and C-3PO were assigned to the ship at this point.
Around that time, the ship must have been retrofitted to be a CR90 Corvette.
It was during an exercise testing the launch of escape pods that Tantive IV was attacked by a pirate gang from the Karthakk system. The corvette successfully evaded the attack, though lost its jettisoned escape pods in the process. It was soon discovered that R2-D2 and C-3PO were aboard one of the pods. Chief Petty Officer Corla Metonae, supervisor of the exercise, was blamed for the loss of the droids. Bail Organa placed high importance on retrieving the droids, and eventually succeeded in returning them to Tantive IV.
During the days of the Empire, Princess Leia Organa used the ship and her position in the Imperial Senate to help the struggling Rebel Alliance, often undertaking secret missions under the guise of Humanitarian work.
While the plans from Toprawa were by far the largest part of the plans, two other supplemental sets were also delivered to the Tantive IV from AX-235 by the shuttle Maria—one set acquired from Danuta and another set stolen during the Death Star Uprising. The original plan was to deliver them to the Star Cruiser Liberty, but the sudden appearance of the Star Destroyer Immortal halted the transfer, and Tantive IV was forced to flee to Tatooine.
The second part of the mission was to reach the planet Tatooine, find Obi-Wan Kenobi, and escort him to Alderaan, along with the plans for the Death Star. However, the ship was intercepted by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator while in orbit over the planet. The Tantive IV was quickly disabled and captured.
Despite the valiant efforts of the Alderaanian soldiers on board, the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion quickly overran the ship. In a critical move, Leia Organa was able to pass the Death Star plans to R2-D2 and instruct him to make contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi on the surface of Tatooine, before being captured herself.
Unable to find the plans on board the Tantive IV, Darth Vader ordered a team of stormtroopers to sweep the planet below to find them. Afterwards the corvette was destroyed and the entire crew was killed. Imperial propaganda would later proclaim that an asteroid storm caused the destruction of the Tantive IV.
Shipboard Symbol - Atmosphere Substation
Shipboard Symbol - Deflector System
Shipboard Symbol - Hyperdrive
Shipboard Symbol - Power Substation
The Tantive IV was originally portrayed using a plastic model for the filming of A New Hope. However, a CG model was used in Revenge of the Sith. The two models have differences in appearance, which led some fans to believe that the corvettes were two distinct vessels.
A quote from Rob Coleman, who was the animation director on Revenge of the Sith, suggests this was one idea for the vessel in the third prequel:
However, at the official Star Wars website, , the Tantive IV is specifically shown to appear in Episode III, Episode IV, and Episode VI. Many sources support this, including The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, which states:
With the profile for the CR70 corvette in Star Wars Insider 90, the Tantive IV's history now fits in with Coleman's comment. It is the same ship in both films, but the ROTS version is a CR70 model and the ANH version is the Tantive IV after an extensive refitting, as a CR90 model.
Star Wars Insider 90 also states that the ship was built under the name Star of Alderaan by order of Queen Mazicia Organa for Senator Agrippa Aldrete as a consular vessel. Since Agrippa Aldrete was Senator of Alderaan before the time of The Phantom Menace, this statement contradicts the former statement, that the ship was built some time before the end of the Clone Wars.
Tantive IV is one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of cinema, as it was the very first vehicle audiences saw in A New Hope.
The creators of the original Tantive IV model placed a miniature pin-up girl poster in the cockpit as a joke. It is not visible in the final film.
The majority of the interior of the ship can be explored in Star Wars: Battlefront II and Star Wars Galaxies.
In Star Wars Insider 93's "May the Facts Be With You", the Tantive IV was noted as being built with a single white-walled hallway and turn, alongside a redressed Millennium Falcon hold, filmed from several angles to save money.