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Ysanne Isard was a clone of the real Ysanne Isard, grown by a Spaarti cloning cylinder on Lusankya before her rise to lead the Galactic Empire. Isard constantly updated the memories of the clone, kept in suspended animation, to ensure she would be as up to date as possible.
During the Bacta War, Isard activated her clone and made it believe it was the real Isard, before sending her out on a mission to scatter the prisoners of the Lusankya to deny Rogue Squadron its victory. Isard planned to kill the clone when she returned; however, before she could, Isard was overthrown and the clone was subsequently left alone in the galaxy, believing it was the real Isard.
The clone later joined with Delak Krennel in the Ciutric Hegemony, giving him political advice during the Hegemony theater and helping to plan in the destruction of Rogue Squadron. She was killed by concussion missiles during her staged escape, when Wedge Antilles saw thru her deception presumably being aboard escaping assault shuttle, but in fact piloted by Colonel Lorrir that Antilles recognized by his piloting style.
The clone of the Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard was grown by Isard herself in around 4 ABY. Soon after the death of Emperor Palpatine, Isard found the Emperor's personal cloning facility inside the Imperial Palace on the galactic capital of Coruscant. She destroyed all Spaarti cloning cylinders except for one, which she transferred to the Lusankya, her personal Super Star Destroyer hidden beneath the surface of the planet. On Lusankya, Isard secretly bred a single clone of herself with an intention to employ her when matters needed Isard's personal supervision, but the original Isard was unavailable to attend to them. To this end, the Director kept her double in a state of suspended animation, all the while constantly updating her memories so that upon awakening the clone believed herself to be the real Isard.
In late 6 ABY, the New Republic—thanks to the efforts of Rogue Squadron, the elite starfighter unit—captured Coruscant. Ysanne Isard was forced to retreat from the planet with the Lusankya and the still sleeping clone on board to the planet Thyferra, where she became the planet's ruler. Just prior to Isard's departure from Coruscant, the Director of Intelligence had her clone's memories updated one last time. In 7 ABY, Rogue Squadron—against the will of the New Republic—launched a campaign against Isard, intending to overthrow her Thyferran regime. The Rogues' other goal was to rescue prisoners held aboard the Lusankya; among those prisoners was the Rebel Alliance General Jan Dodonna.
Ysanne Isard wanted to prevent the liberation of the prisoners and decided to scatter them across the galaxy; a task she could only entrust to herself. However, Isard was needed on Thyferra, and so she decided to assign the task of dispersing the prisoners to her clone; she planned to dispose of the clone afterward. The clone was finally brought to life and dispatched on her mission. When the clone returned with her task complete, Isard had her killed, or so she thought. At that time, Rogue Squadron attacked Thyferra, and this attack meant that the clone survived Isard's attempt to kill her. Ysanne Isard herself was overthrown and presumed perished in battle.
Ysanne Isard had in fact survived, as did her clone, who had no memories of the events on Thyferra as a result of a head trauma she had sustained. Because of the same trauma, the clone was forced to surgically repair her face, and it became asymmetrical and bore a network of raised scars below her right temple. After the loss of Thyferra, both Isards went into hiding, each unaware of the other's existence. While the New Republic was preoccupied with fighting Imperial breakaway warlords like Zsinj and Grand Admiral Thrawn, both Isard and her clone kept low profile and formulated their own plans at striking back at the New Republic and Rogue Squadron. During the Thrawn campaign, the clone gathered the Lusankya prisoners back up and had them transferred to a facility belonging to the bioengineering corporation Xenovet on the planet Commenor.
Prior to leaving them on Commenor, however, the clone had been moving the prisoners from one location to another, but was keeping the interior of their cells, the food and the prison staff the same, so that the prisoners believed that they were being held at the same place all the time. Once, the prisoners were stationed on the moon of Distna in the Corvis Minor system, where those of them who had died were buried. While the prisoners were being kept at the Commenor facility, Isard payed for their housing to Xenovet's trustee, the attorney Mem Wooter, from her financial institutions also in the Corvis Minor system. Eventually, Xenovet went bankrupt and Isard factually took control of the facility. After the defeat of Thrawn in 9 ABY, the clone received word from her contacts on Coruscant that the New Republic Provisional Council had decided to strike at one of the Imperial warlords, thus convincing the others that the New Republic had not been weakened by Thrawn. The Council chose Prince-Admiral Delak Krennel, the ruler of the Ciutric Hegemony, as their target.
Delak Krennel had previously allied himself with the real Isard after she promised to make him the new Emperor if he brought her the Grand Vizier Sate Pestage. Krennel, however, had murdered Pestage and claimed his holdings, the Ciutric Hegemony, for himself. Possessing the memories of those events and the knowledge of the New Republic's plans, the clone Isard made her way to the planet Ciutric IV, the capital of the Hegemony, and offered Krennel an alliance. She provided him with a political program that would crumble the New Republic and once again promised to make him the new Emperor, on the condition that he would provide her with resources needed to destroy Rogue Squadron; thinking the clone to be the real Ysanne Isard, Krennel agreed for the alliance on such terms.
Ever since its creation, the New Republic aimed at providing equality between Humans and other species. This meant, however, that many Humans were losing their wealth and power toward non-humans. Acting on his new ally's advices, Krennel began a pro-human political program, aimed at making the Hegemony a safe-heaven for those who did not wish to share their wealth with aliens and felt abused by the New Republic. This way, if the New Republic was to attack him, it would have looked as though the aliens had enough influence in the Council to raise arms against someone merely protecting his own people. This would have provoked even more fear in Humans and might have even forced some warlords to band together. Additionally, Krennel debunked his charges in killing Pestage, stating that he had done what the New Republic had wanted to do all along. Meanwhile, the clone proceeded with a plan to lure Rogue Squadron into a trap. She began to leave a long trail of links to the supposed location of the prisoners, a trail that would have eventually led the Rogues to Distna, where a large Imperial force provided by Krennel would have ambushed them.
In creating the trail, she was trying to leave only the slightest clues for the Rogues, in order to appear as though she was in fact trying to prevent them from finding the prisoners. The clone's plan involved Rogue Squadron finding some of the prisoners on Commenor; from there, following some links, Rogue Squadron would have found out about Distna. Isard had the dead bodies on Distna dug up and re-buried at a graveyard near the Xenovet facility. She hoped that the New Republic would analyze the state of the bodies and, upon finding out that they could not have decayed so much in Commenor's soil, would work up a profile of soil composition needed to accomplish the decay and leave the correct trace elements on the bones—the soil composition of Distna.
Having struck the deal with Krennel, the clone had most of the prisoners transferred from Commenor to Ciutric, leaving the others to die from starvation. She personally visited the Commenor facility and told the remaining prisoners that they were going to die. She then erased the memory of one of the prisoners, Urlor Sette, and placed a cybernetic implant containing a deadly toxin developed in the Xenovet facility inside his brain. Sette was acquainted with Corran Horn, a Rogue Squadron pilot who had managed to escape from the Lusankya while it had been stationed on Coruscant.
Isard programmed the implant to release the toxin inside Sette's brain upon Horn saying Sette's name, and she sent the prisoner with a "message" to Horn to a party thrown in Rogue Squadron's honor on Coruscant. When Sette arrived at the party, and Horn informed the amnesiac man of his name, the toxin was released, killing the prisoner. Sette's appearance hinted the Rogues at Isard's survival; Rogue Squadron soon discovered the cause of the man's death and the origin of the implant and then initiated an attack on the Xenovet facility, liberating some of the prisoners who had managed to survive. The clone expected the attack to follow later, when all prisoners would have been dead, but even with some of them having survived, she was not concerned, as she believed that they knew nothing beyond what she had wanted them to know, namely, that Ysanne Isard was alive.
According to the clone's plan, now that the New Republic knew that she was alive, it would theorize that she had allied with Krennel. To this end, she told Krennel to begin negotiations with the refugees from the destroyed planet of Alderaan on the subject of providing them with a world to settle on, but not to specify which planet just yet. She also instructed him to make a public announcement, apologizing for the Empire's destruction of the planet. When the Republic would attack a world in the Hegemony, Krennel was to state that it was the same planet he had been willing to give to the Alderaanians; this would have caused even more infighting in the Republic. Although Krennel was initially reluctant to surrender his world, Isard convinced him that it was necessary to do so to achieve victory. Soon enough, the Republic attacked the Hegemony, trying to destabilize Krennel's regime. When the Republic had conquered the planet of Liinade III, the New Republic leader Mon Mothma stated that a research station run by Krennel had been found there, focusing on creation of a Death Star-like superweapon, the Pulsar Station.
Neither the clone nor Krennel were aware of the facility's existence. The clone sent her agents to check the supposed site of the laboratory, but they found only a hole in the ground where it was supposed to be. Since there was no actual evidence to connect the facility to Krennel, the clone dismissed the news as the New Republic propaganda against him, but did not hesitate to use those news to her advantage, hoping to use the Pulsar Station as yet another lead to Distna. The Prince-Admiral, on his ally's instructions, debunked the charges in addition to stating that Liinade III had been chosen as the safe-heaven for the Alderaan people. In the meantime, she released a series of files that should have supposedly showed that Krennel did not have the resources in the Hegemony to build such a project. One of them, however, the Corvis Minor file, had been tampered with to show that the warlord did have the needed resources somewhere in the system. The clone promised Krennel that once Rogue Squadron would have been destroyed, the New Republic would conduct a major strike in the Corvis Minor system, leaving Liinade III open for a counterattack. Such a counterattack would have showed that Krennel was capable of maintaining the integrity of his state and would have increased his popularity.
Little did the clone know that the research facility on Liinade III belonged to the real Isard, who had discovered that her double had survived and was plotting her own agenda against the clone. Isard figured out the clone's plans, and was planning to rescue Rogue Squadron from the clone's ambush in order to gain their trust, to ally with them and to use the squadron against the clone. Ysanne Isard, however, believed that the trail her clone had left was too complicated, and she needed to ensure that the Rogues would fall into the trap, so she had faked the files pertaining to the non-existent Pulsar Station in the facility on Liinade III. Since Distna was a hollow moon in the relatively uncharted Corvis Minor system, Rogue Squadron believed that Krennel was building the weapon inside the moon. The squadron fell into the trap and embarked on a scouting mission to Distna to check if the rumors of the superweapon were true. There, they were ambushed by six squadrons of TIE fighters, TIE interceptors, and TIE bombers, but, unbeknownst to the clone, were rescued by the real Isard's TIE Defenders under the command of Colonel Broak Vessery and escorted to the real Isard's secret hideout.
The clone's entire campaign of machinations resulted in the destruction of the starfighters provided by Krennel, the deaths of two rookie Rogue Squadron pilots, Lyyr Zatoq and Khe-Jeen Slee. Two more Rogues, Wes Janson and Asyr Sei'lar, were initially presumed perished, but were later recovered from the site of the battle with severe injuries and healed. When Krennel and Isard did not receive word from the ambushing force, the Prince-Admiral instructed the Star Destroyer Aspiration stationed in the system to check the site of the battle. The Aspiration found nothing, although it reported that another Star Destroyer had visited the battlefield, but the Aspiration's captain did not contact it, believing it to be one of Krennel's ships.
Isard realized that the Star Destroyer belonged to the pirate Booster Terrik, who was Corran Horn's father-in-law. She believed that Terrik had attempted to find any survivors and that anything he had seen, he must have reported to the New Republic. Since Rogue Squadron was faced against a foe that outnumbered them six to one, the survival of any of the Rogues would have been broadcast immediately. As rumors spread about Rogue Squadron's destruction, however, Mon Mothma made a public statement, saying only that she could not tell anything about the squadron's fate in order to not jeopardize the entire Hegemony campaign. Upon hearing this, the clone assumed that her plan had succeeded.
After the New Republic conquered Liinade III, Krennel was attacking convoys with supplies sent to the garrisoned troops there. Meanwhile, the clone was analyzing the economic situation on the planets from which the supplies were transferred. When a word reached her of another convoy, she also analyzed the economics and realized that the convoy was only a ruse, created to lure Krennel's fleet into a trap. This conclusion was backed by the fact that a number of New Republic starships were being "maneuvers." She relayed this news to Krennel, and the latter planned to use the absence of the Republic ships to make a bold raid on Coruscant itself. During this time, Requiem Squadron, a squadron of TIE Defenders led by Colonel Antar Roat appeared at Ciutric, expressing their desire to join Krennel's forces. The squadron—who were, in reality, members of Rogue Squadron in disguise—were accepted into Krennel's military and placed under the command of Colonel Lorrir. The Rogues had allied themselves with the real Isard and infiltrated the planet in order to later bring down Ciutric's shields and neutralize ground defenses around the prison, thus opening the way for Isard's forces to rescue the prisoners. At the same time, the New Republic force was to engage Krennel's fleet.
When Krennel was ready to move to Coruscant, he sounded a battle alarm. Requiem Squadron was to be transferred aboard one of Krennel's ships to be delivered for a strike on Coruscant. Roat, who was in fact Wedge Antilles himself, stunned Lorrir with a blaster and locked him in the operations room inside the hangar, thus delaying the loading process, as the rest of the squadron were supposed to wait until Lorrir headed up first. When "Roat" was told to not wait for Lorrir and get his people airborne, Krennel contacted the clone, asking her to dispatch someone to search for the missing Colonel. Isard, however, decided to find Lorrir himself and located him in the operations room, where she also found Roat's fake two-fingered arm and realized who he in fact was. As the New Republic fleet appeared and engaged Krennel's staging ships, Antilles and his men evidenced that there was no support from the real Isard and began an attack on the prison themselves; Horn and another Rogue Ooryl Qrygg soon liberated the prisoners and began escorting them out of the building.
The clone brought Lorrir to his senses and forced him to pilot a shuttle toward the prison, while she took position inside the Daplona base training center. She patched her communicator through the shuttle's systems, and began talking to Antilles in order to appear as though she was aboard the shuttle herself.
The clone of Ysanne Isard was first briefly mentioned in X-wing Rogue Squadron 35: Mandatory Retirement, Part 4, a 1998 comic book written by Michael A. Stackpole. The clone was later featured prominently in the 1999 novel X-wing: Isard's Revenge, also by Stackpole. Details of the clone's creation were later explained in Ysanne Isard's entry in the 2002 reference book The New Essential Guide to Characters.