History Comicbook / XWingSeries

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* OnlyServesForLife: When Isard tries to recruit Admiral Krennel to her side, he says that he's pledged his support for General Carvin, and that his allegiance is for life. Isard responds that "for life" doesn't necessarily mean a long time. Not long afterward, she has Carvin assassinated.
14th Aug '16 12:26:10 AM StarSword
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** The series makes a number of references to the ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas'':
*** The shuttle ''Narra'' flown by Tycho Celchu in ''Rogue Squadron'' is named for fighter pilot Commander Narra, who was killed at the Battle of Derra IV, depicted in the ActionPrologue of the ''Empire'' radio play. Zsinj's infiltrator ship ''Vengeance Derra IV'' in ''Wedge's Gamble'' uses the name of the battle as a cover.
*** Tyria Sarkin is from Toprawa, the planet Leia picked up the Death Star plans from in the ''A New Hope'' radio play. The Empire was not kind to the Toprawans for their Rebel Alliance faction's role in the Empire's collapse.
27th Jun '16 3:01:58 PM StarSword
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* BigDamnGunship: While escorting a bacta convoy in the Alderaan Graveyard, Rogue Squadron is ambushed by a ''Victory''-class Star Destroyer and an Interdictor Cruiser. Suddenly, an ancient, automated Alderaanian frigate appears and starts blasting away at the Imperials, tipping the battle into the Rogues' favor.
** In the midst of a battle, Krennel orders an interdiction field to be raised, preventing the New Republic ships present from retreating. [[MagnificentBastard Ackbar]], upon hearing this, [[BatmanGambit begins phase 2 of his plan]] which involves having reinforcements jump into the system, using the field to drop right on top of the enemy ships--one of Thrawn's tricks, whom the book notes Ackbar learned a lot from.

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While escorting a bacta convoy in the Alderaan Graveyard, Rogue Squadron is ambushed by a ''Victory''-class Star Destroyer and an Interdictor Cruiser. Suddenly, an ancient, automated Alderaanian frigate appears and starts blasting away at the Imperials, tipping the battle into the Rogues' favor.
** In the midst of a battle, Krennel orders an interdiction field to be raised, preventing the New Republic ships present from retreating. [[MagnificentBastard Ackbar]], upon hearing this, [[BatmanGambit begins phase 2 of his plan]] which involves having reinforcements jump into the system, using the field to drop right on top of the enemy ships--one of Thrawn's tricks, whom ships--[[CallBack a trick he learned]] from [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] and refers to as "[[AttackPatternAlpha the book notes Ackbar learned a lot from.Thrawn Pincer]]".



* CareerEndingInjury:
** Nawara Ven loses a leg in combat and proves insufficiently able to use his prosthesis, and is permanently grounded.
** {{Inverted}} with Cheriss ke Hanadi. The reason she isn't a pilot is because she gets nauseous at heights. After she's knocked unconscious in a duel, Wedge has her sent to the Republic Star Destroyer ''Allegiance'', whose medical staff diagnose a chemical imbalance in her brain and prescribe a drug that enables her to fly, and she tells Wedge she wants to join the Republic armed forces.



** In ''Bacta War'', there is an offhand comment how Tycho decided to use an old Alderaanian IFF code for his fighter. Later in the novel, the squadron goes into the Alderaan debris field to escort some freighters. Tycho keeps receiving anomalous pings to his IFF, but just assumes it's some leftover satellite. [[spoiler:Then it turns out his Alderaanian IFF just summoned a Alderaanian War Frigate, which [[GunshipRescue arrives just in time to fend off an Imperial ambush]], and even starts using Tycho's targeting data to attack the Imperial ships. Said IFF code was for the ''Another Chance'', a ship that was sent out with all of Alderaan's armaments when they disarmed, and the frigate was part of the ship's escort]].

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** In ''Bacta War'', there is an offhand comment how Tycho decided to use an old Alderaanian IFF code for his fighter. Later in the novel, the squadron goes into the Alderaan debris field to escort some freighters. Tycho keeps receiving anomalous pings to his IFF, but just assumes it's some leftover satellite. [[spoiler:Then it turns out his Alderaanian IFF just summoned a Alderaanian War Frigate, which [[GunshipRescue arrives just in time to fend off an Imperial ambush]], and even starts using Tycho's targeting data to attack the Imperial ships. Said IFF code was for the ''Another Chance'', a ship that was sent out with all of Alderaan's armaments when they disarmed, and the frigate was part of the ship's escort]].escort.]]



** In ''Isard's Revenge'' it is briefly mentioned early on that [[spoiler:the Super Star Destroyer ''Lusankya'' had been repaired and refitted by the New Republic, and was nearly ready for deployment in the upcoming campaign against an Imperial warlord. Admiral Ackbar dismisses the idea, saying that the ship wouldn't be operational in time to participate in the battle. ''Lusankya'' is then not heard from again until the very end of the book when Isard attempts to steal back the ship with a team of commandos, but ends up being foiled by the heroes]].

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** In ''Isard's Revenge'' it is briefly mentioned early on that [[spoiler:the Super Star Destroyer ''Lusankya'' had been repaired and refitted by the New Republic, and was nearly ready for deployment in the upcoming campaign against an Imperial warlord. Admiral Ackbar dismisses the idea, saying that the ship wouldn't be operational in time to participate in the battle. ''Lusankya'' is then not heard from again until the very end of the book when Isard attempts to steal back the ship with a team of commandos, but ends up being foiled shot dead by the heroes]].Iella Wessiri]].
27th Jun '16 2:53:01 PM StarSword
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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: An odd example, in that it's specifically ''pilots'' who are the Proud Warrior Race Guys. Red Flight's local guide Cheriss ke Hanadi instead has the title "Ground Champion", meaning she's a skilled duelist but not a pilot (which makes her a major target for duels). {{Deconstructed}} in that the emphasis on lethal duels in the air and on the ground (plus assorted HonorBeforeReason cultural mores) means Adumari pilots usually don't live long enough to become very skilled.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: An odd example, in that it's specifically ''pilots'' who are the Proud Warrior Race Guys. Red Flight's local guide Cheriss ke Hanadi instead has the title "Ground Champion", meaning she's a skilled duelist but not a pilot (which makes her a major target for duels).duels, since the pilots view her status essentially as an insult to them collectively). {{Deconstructed}} in that the emphasis on lethal duels in the air and on the ground (plus assorted HonorBeforeReason cultural mores) means Adumari pilots usually don't live long enough to become very skilled.
27th Jun '16 2:51:00 PM StarSword
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* SuddenSequelBreakupSyndrome: The book starts with Qwi Xux, Wedge's girlfriend in the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'', breaking up with him because Kyp Durron's partial MindWipe of her in ''Dark Apprentice'' means she's no longer sure of her own identity or feelings.
27th Jun '16 2:47:35 PM StarSword
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* ActuallyFourMooks: In ''Starfighters of Adumar'' the antiquated "light-bounce" system used as sensors on Adumari aircraft reads objects in tight formation as single objects until they get get closer. This is inverted by the heroes later: they reprogram the IFF transponders on some of their heavy aircraft, including bombers and gunships, to read as fighters. The GloryHound Cartannese pilots come in thinking they're up against other Blades only to be faced with a single GiantMook. At the same time, they have Blades group together and put out a single bomber's IFF signal, so that from beyond visible range they'll register as a bomber.

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* ActuallyFourMooks: In ''Starfighters of Adumar'' the antiquated "light-bounce" system used as sensors on Adumari aircraft reads objects in tight formation as single objects until they get get closer. This is inverted {{exploited}} by the heroes later: they reprogram the IFF transponders on some of their heavy aircraft, including bombers and gunships, to read as fighters. The GloryHound Cartannese pilots come in thinking they're up against other Blades only to be faced with a single GiantMook. At the same time, they have Blades group together and put out a single bomber's IFF signal, so that from beyond visible range they'll register as a bomber.



** Also serves as a no holds barred {{Deconstruction}} of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] trope, by showing in detail just what a horrific military force an army with those values would be. The endless dueling leads to a high attrition rate among Adumari pilots, which means few of them live long enough to become proficient. Etiquette prevents the Adumaris from being as effective as people who fight without rules. Shunning teamwork in favor of personal glory makes them undisciplined and uncoordinated, and ignoring battle objectives in favor of personal glory makes them inefficient as a military force, both of which leave them vulnerable to more professional armies like the Rebels and the Imperials. Earlier X-wing books had already touched on this: cocky aces Corran Horn and Kell Tainer were both introduced to Wedge's unit with grueling and deeply unfair training sessions, designed to hammer home the notion that it's not their personal achievements, but the squadron's (or army's) as a whole that matters in this job.

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** Also serves as a no holds barred {{Deconstruction}} of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] trope, by showing in detail just what a horrific military force an army with those values would be. The endless dueling leads to a high attrition rate among Adumari pilots, which means few of them live long enough to become proficient. Etiquette prevents the Adumaris from being as effective as people who fight without rules. Shunning teamwork in favor of personal glory makes them undisciplined and uncoordinated, and ignoring battle objectives in favor of personal glory makes them inefficient as a military force, both all of which leave them vulnerable to more professional armies like the Rebels Republic and the Imperials. Earlier X-wing books had already touched on this: cocky aces Corran Horn and Kell Tainer were both introduced to Wedge's unit with grueling and deeply unfair training sessions, designed to hammer home the notion that it's not their personal achievements, but the squadron's (or army's) as a whole that matters in this job.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: An odd example, in that it's specifically ''pilots'' who are the Proud Warrior Race Guys. Red Flight's local guide Cheriss ke Hanadi instead has the title "Ground Champion", meaning she's a skilled duelist but not a pilot (which makes her a major target for duels). {{Deconstructed}} in that the emphasis on lethal duels in the air and on the ground (plus assorted HonorBeforeReason cultural mores) means Adumari pilots usually don't live long enough to become very skilled.
* ProxyWar: The Adumar mission turns into a world war between Cartann's coalition, backed by the Empire and egged on by a rogue New Republic ambassador, and the Yedagon-Halbegardian coalition, backed by Wedge and Red Flight. [[spoiler:Despite the overwhelming numerical mismatch, Wedge wins, mainly by requiring his side to fly like the mission-oriented New Republic pilots he's used to commanding instead of being {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s.]]
* RelationshipUpgrade: Wedge and Corran Horn's old partner Iella Wessiri (whom he had been crushing on since ''The Krytos Trap'', but was stopped from pursuing when her husband turned up alive [[spoiler:then died as one of Isard's {{Manchurian Agent}}s]]) finally get together in this book.




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* SuddenSequelBreakupSyndrome: The book starts with Qwi Xux, Wedge's girlfriend in the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'', breaking up with him because Kyp Durron's partial MindWipe of her in ''Dark Apprentice'' means she's no longer sure of her own identity or feelings.
3rd Jun '16 12:29:31 PM Viper16
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* EnemyMine: ''two'' permutations:
** New Republic + Zsinj vs. Empire. In ''Iron Fist,'' during part of their long term plan to infiltrate Zsinj's organization, the Wraiths discover that they're about to be used in [[spoiler:his upcoming attack on Kuat to steal the Empire's newest Super Star Destroyer]]. While the Wraiths do intend to monkey-wrench Zsinj's plan, Wedge clarifies during the pre-mission briefing that the people they and Zsinj are attacking are still Imperials, and therefore enemies, so any damage done to them as part of the attack is good for the New Republic.
** New Republic + Empire vs. Zsinj. In the next book, ''Solo Command,'' Admiral Rogriss, the Imperial task force commander in charge of pursuing Zsinj, reaches out to his New Republic counterpart Han Solo, whom the Wraiths have now been assigned to, suggesting that they pool their efforts. Han accepts, despite it being clear to both of them that with the New Republic/Imperial war still going strong, they might both be pursued for treason if this is ever made public.
21st May '16 12:56:19 PM Doug86
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* AdaptionDisplacement: The novel series started out as a tie-in to the [[VideoGame/XWing video game]].

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* AdaptionDisplacement: AdaptationDisplacement: The novel series started out as a tie-in to the [[VideoGame/XWing video game]].
12th Apr '16 7:30:09 PM Discar
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* MeetTheInLaws: In ''X-Wing: The Bacta War'', Corran Horn is introduced to girlfriend Mirax Terrik's father Booster when they inadvertently run into each other on Tatooine while the Rogues are trying to get supplies to go to war with Ysanne Isard. Booster is understandably furious that his daughter is dating the son of the man who once put him in prison (he later accepts them getting married but never really warms up to Corran).
6th Apr '16 2:50:49 PM WillKeaton
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The comics are collectively titled '''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_X-Wing_Rogue_Squadron Rogue Squadron]]'''. The first issues were published in 1995, and the series ended [[NoEnding abruptly]] in late 1998. Stackpole (see below) certainly had a hand in them, but exactly how much influence he had appears to vary from issue to issue and arc to arc. These are set not very long after [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi the Battle of Endor]]. Initially the comics were supposed to run through three arcs, about twelve issues, but they ran for a good thirty-five issues, not counting the bonus short comic "Rogue Squadron One Half" or the prequel '''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-Wing:_Rogue_Leader Rogue Leader]]''', which was a three-issue arc that came out in 2005, did not involve any input from Stackpole, and is generally considered inferior due to OffModel art and rampant [[DecompressedComic decompression.]]

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The comics are collectively titled '''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_X-Wing_Rogue_Squadron Rogue Squadron]]'''. The first issues were published in 1995, and the series ended [[NoEnding abruptly]] in late 1998. Stackpole (see below) certainly had a hand in them, but exactly how much influence he had appears to vary from issue to issue and arc to arc. These are set not very long after [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi the Battle of Endor]]. Initially the comics were supposed to run through three arcs, about twelve issues, but they ran for a good thirty-five issues, not counting the bonus short comic "Rogue Squadron One Half" or the prequel '''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-Wing:_Rogue_Leader Rogue Leader]]''', Leader,]]''' which was a three-issue arc that came out in 2005, did not involve any input from Stackpole, and is generally considered inferior due to OffModel art and rampant [[DecompressedComic decompression.]]
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