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Comic Book / X-Wing Rogue Squadron
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This is Wedge Antilles, pilot and Rebel hero. Behind him are several Incom T-65B X-wing starfighters. Together, they are the two constants for the series.

Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron is a comic book series within Star Wars Legends. It was published by Dark Horse Comics and ran for 35 issues, beginning in 1995, and ending abruptly in 1998. One of the writers was Michael Stackpole, who was simultaneously writing the X-Wing Series novels, but exactly how much influence he had appears to vary from issue to issue and arc to arc.

This series is set not very long after 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 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 Off-Model art and rampant decompression.


Story arcs

  • The Rebel Opposition
  • The Phantom Affair
  • Battleground: Tatooine
  • The Warrior Princess
  • Requiem for a Rogue
  • In the Empire's Service
  • Family Ties
  • Masquerade
  • Mandatory Retirement

This series contains examples of:

  • Ace Pilot:
    • Just about every pilot character in the series is or becomes an ace. Or dies. Or both. Since Rogue Squadron is made up consistently of the absolute best pilots in the galaxy, this is almost required before joining.
    • The first arc is the first story that establishes Winter as one. She was originally Princess Leia's aide, and later on became a spy/commando-type strong female character; here, The Rebel Opposition also establishes that she can fly an X-wing well.
  • Action Girl: Plourr. Just look at her!
  • An Aesop: After the Clone Wars concluded Mrlsst had harbored a fugitive Jedi who gave himself up to the Empire so they wouldn't hurt the academy. They burned him on the spot and left a scorched patch, which became a monument "to warn people of the dangers of politics." Consequently Mrlsst was Team Switzerland until the Empire came down on them and made them Neutral No Longer. The head of the college, looking at the damaged campus, tells his assistant there's a lesson in this.
    Gyr Keela: We had that scorched patch of ground to remind us to stay — tsi! — out of the politics. Now, we know it's impossible! You can't stay out of politics. Tsi! You can only choose the path which feels right! ...And we have a new patch to remind us of that!
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  • Amazonian Beauty: Over the course of the series, Plourr Ilo is drawn increasingly muscular and increasingly likely to bare her arms, which does better fit with her strong personality than her original appearance. It's after this change that recurring agent Kapp Dendo mentions being attracted to her (from what we've seen, this more resembles the Devaronian females, so it makes sense).
  • And the Adventure Continues: The finale of the Rogue Leader comic miniseries, released a decade after the beginning of the original comic series, has Wedge enter a briefing room full of candidates for the new Rogue Squadron, members from the earlier released series prominently featured.
  • Anyone Can Die: Except for Wedge. Or almost anyone else who made appearances in earlier stories set chronologically later, but especially Wedge.
  • Arranged Marriage: Plourr was betrothed to her cousin, Count Rial Pernon, in childhood by her father. On assuming the throne of Eiattu, Plourr accepts this arrangement, partly as he's her strongest supporter.
  • Artistic License – Physics: In "The Rebel Opposition", an arc plagued with bad editing, a Wookiee swings a wooden stick at a TIE fighter in flight and shreds the wing that he hit. He's not even knocked off balance and the stick is still intact and in his hand, but the TIE explodes. TIE fighters are a bit fragile for starfighters, but they're still space-capable fighters whose wings work as limited armor. And, in the books of the series, they're able to fly quickly through a forest snapping the branches of trees without taking on damage.
  • Attempted Rape: This is the reason why Soontir Fel went to the Imperial Naval Academy and became an Ace Pilot. Back when he was a Farm Boy, he very violently stopped a management's kid from raping someone, and was subsequently blackmailed into going to the academy so that he would not be there to testify at the trial. Much later, the management's kid kidnapped Fel's nephew and was shot by Fel's brother.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Several characters do this, including Wedge while pondering The Chains of Commanding.
  • Badass Back: In an early issue, agent Winter dodges a Stab the Scorpion moment and fires behind herself without looking to hit the creature sneaking up on her.
  • Bald of Awesome: Plourr Illo initially kept her head completely shaved. In the arc exploring her backstory, she starts growing it out, and in later comics she has a very short, boyish cut.
  • Badass Normal: Other EU focuses on Jedi, or Han Solo, or clone commandos trained from birth by elite Mandalorian mercenaries. This series? Pilots.
  • Bald Women: Plourr initially kept her head completely shaved before starting to grow out her hair when her royal heritage was revealed. It's shown that as a child she had very long hair.
  • Bamboo Technology: "Requiem for a Rogue" had TIE fighters and TIE Interceptors made largely of wood. Small spaceships, firing lasers. Made out of wood. Piloted by non-sentient beasts being controlled by evil Sith music.
  • Bar Brawl: Xarcce Huwla makes short work of the thugs.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: When Winter is captured by an Imperial governor she pretends to be Leia. The governor, instead of putting her with his other captives, locks her in a nice suite with a fancy dress and "invites" her to dinner.
  • Battlecry: In "Battleground: Tattooine", some Imperial troopers abandoned into slavery on Ryloth are scooped up by the Rebels and allowed to go after their old commander. "SEMMM-TIINNNN!"
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • Noted by the squadmates of Ibtisam and Nrin as the two argue on their introduction; they'll either get married or kill each other. As they warm to each other they have a conversation where each wants to make a different point clear, but they don't want to argue.
    • Some of the squad claims to see this between Wedge and Elscol. They'd probably disagree.
  • Berserker Tears: "The Phantom Affair" depiction of young Wedge Antilles, in the grip of Tranquil Fury, shooting down the people responsible for his parents' death.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Wedge himself. He's a good guy with a sense of duty that outweighs everything else, he's very accepting of Imperial defectors, he has survivor's guilt and doesn't lessen his opinion of someone when they dislike a friend of his. But he can be pressed too far.
  • Bifauxnen and Lad-ette: Plourr Ilo is the gleeful, bloodthirsty Boisterous Bruiser who loves to tease her friends and tends to take charge; she's also secretly a princess. Xarcce Huwla is soft-spoken, cultured, possesses an understated sense of humor, and is restrained. They're both big and muscular and proud of their fighting skills, and Xarcce's species has little sexual dimorphism, and they both play The Big Guy at need. The two are shown having a friendly sparring match, with padding, and then go drinking together.
  • The Big Guy: Plourr Illo, Xarcce Huwla
  • Black Shirt: The AEA on Mrlsst, a neo-Imperial student group who have built up a Cult of Personality around the Emperor. They wear uniform-like black clothes, and while they are originally just a political discussion group, they quickly become Imperial collaborators when Hask and his crew turn up.
  • Blinded by the Light: In "The Phantom Affair", a gang of pro-Imperial thugs attacks Rogue Squadron pilot Tycho Celchu. He beats most of them down by himself, but the last one gets the drop on him and is preparing to deliver the final (possibly fatal) blow, when he's slashed through the eyes by a phantom Jedi's lightsaber, causing instant blindness and much pained yelling. It turns out later that the "Jedi" is just a hologram, and given that holograms are actually just light (lasers, to be specific), this trope stands.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Plourr is a rare female example.
  • Boobs of Steel: By late in the series, Plourr Ilo is both the bustiest and one of the most muscular characters present. Her squadmate Xarcce is at least her equal in strength and is even more muscular with little to no bust, but Xarcce is an alien woman whose body is drawn more masculine than feminine.
  • Brain in a Jar: A plot thread in "Battleground: Tatooine" features the brain-in-a-jar spider-droids from Jabba's palace, acting as a sequel to the story about them in Tales from Jabba's Palace.
  • Burial in Space: Depicted in the "Family Ties" arc.
  • The Captain: Luke Skywalker (in the very beginning), but Wedge Antilles for most of the series.
  • Clothing Damage: Plourr and her love interest Rial get ambushed by commandos and have to fight them off unarmed. They make it out unscathed, but Rial's shirt is torn and he's showing a nipple.
  • Combat by Champion: In "Battleground: Tatooine", the Rogues and some Imperials both want a smuggler, and the smuggler's relative has been well-bribed by both sides and can't decide who to hand the smuggler over to. The Rogues are smallish pilots, the Imperials are enormous seasoned troopers, so there's no truly fair form of combat. So two from each side are armed with a Blade on a Stick, allowed to inflict non-lethal injuries, and told to compete to reach a specific goal.
  • Come to Gawk: The self-appointed new Emperor, Sate Pestage, fled the Empire to save his life. He'd been planning to strike a deal with the Rebel Alliance / New Republic, sparing his life and giving him about thirty planets in exchange for leaving the Imperial capital undefended, but he was found out and captured. He was held in a prison, and the Rebels broke him out but couldn't flee off-planet with him yet, so they set up camp. While he was there, ex-Imperial pilot Soontir Fel came to visit him.
    Pestage: Come to see if I was okay, or is your visit a harbinger of trouble?
    Fel: I just came to see how far the mighty had fallen. I had to remind myself you're a man like any other.
    Pestage: Is that it, or are you here to gloat over my misfortune?
  • Conspiracy Theorist: The Ante-Endor Assocation on Mrlsst are an Imperialist group of these. In the months following the Battle of Endor, they begin claiming this never took place and is just Rebel propaganda. They insist the Empire is still at full strength, Palpatine's alive, no Jedi exist and in fact the Rebels had destroyed Alderaan while trying to make a superweapon like the Death Star.
  • Crusading Widow: The Empire killed Elscol's husband, her mother, and her sister. While she does insist that the Moff who has some responsibility for this go to the courts rather than just being killed, she is driven and reckless to a sometimes counterproductive degree.
  • Custom Uniform: Ysanne Isard wore a red version of the Imperial officer's uniform, with admiral's insignia, despite not actually being in the military. As Director of Imperial Intelligence and answering only to the Emperor, she could get away with that.
  • Danger Room Cold Open: "Battleground: Tatooine" starts with Hobbie as Rogue Leader, other Rogues dying around him in an ambush. It's a simulator; Wedge and a few others are flying simulated TIEs, Hobbie and so on are flying as X-Wings.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Wedge Antilles is always a significant character in the series, but his role as The Captain and The Hero tends to give him less personal plotlines than his fellow main characters. His day in the limelight is the arc "The Phantom Affair".
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Can be done with holograms. During The Phantom Affair a genius musician modifies his Ghost Jedi hologram to have a new face and voice. The apparently slow-witted Wookiee Grosnik, seeing the man he owes a life debt to again, promptly does everything the musician asks him to.
  • Death by Sex: Ibtisam dies in the same issue that she and Nrin finally officially become a couple. Feylis and Avan, on the other hand, make a no-dying pact, and they both live.
  • Defector from Decadence: The thing that finally pushes Fel to defect from the Empire and join the Rebellion (although it's not the only thing influencing the decision) is being assigned to work under a corrupt and incompetent admiral who's more interested in orgies than getting any work done. He's appalled not just by the admiral's behavior, but also by the knowledge that the current leader of the Empire is encouraging it as part of a political maneuver, costing the lives of many of the men under the admiral's command.
  • Destructive Saviour: There's a comic created for and published exclusively in the Omnibus which has Wedge Antilles beating some bad guy or other by shooting proton torpedoes at a tall monument, making it fall in exactly the right way. The locals are furious at him for destroying their monument, and then another X-Wing pilot lands and, exasperated, lists off all of Wedge's achievements until the locals agree that yeah, they can just build another monument.
  • Downer Ending: Isard is, for the moment, ahead; the mission of the last arc, and the death that came with it, accomplished little. Most of the comics characters are never seen again.
  • Dramatic Shattering: Plourr Ilo pours out her wineglass and then tosses it into the air to shatter when it falls, punctuating what she'd been saying about the tyranny of the nobles.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: In "Rogue Leader", it was shown that a week after the Battle of Endor, the sanctuary moon's skies are still crowded with ships and bodies (and pieces of both). Some pilots, including Wedge, signed up for salvage duty, because even Imperials deserved a proper funeral.
  • Drink-Based Characterization: Rogue Squadron's favorite drink is lum, which is a foamy, strong ale.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: The series focuses on Rogue Squadron, the best starfighter unit in the Rebel Alliance/New Republic.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Wedge Antilles' childhood nickname was Veggies. He doesn't seem to mind when his childhood friend Mirax calls him that, although she tells him not to use her childhood nickname, Myra.
  • Ending Memorial Service: The comics end on a eulogy and a glance back at the many Rogues killed in action during and before the comics' run, enshrined in hologram.
  • Enfant Terrible: In "The Warrior Princess", the young Prince Harrandatha Estillo is Royally Screwed Up.
    "All those years of dipping from the same genetic pool caused a wrinkle, a flaw in an otherwise normal family line. We set out to keep ourselves above the common man and found ourselves with a thing from the deepest pit of the Sith."
  • Even the Rats Won't Touch It: In "In the Empire's Service", Wes is unimpressed with the prison rations when he and Ibitsam are captured:
    Wes: Imperial MRRs. Meals Ready to Regurgitate.
    Ibitsam: At least the local rodents seem uninterested in them.
    Wes: Right. So we have no bait for fresh meat.
  • Everyone Can See It: Ibtisam and Nrin Vakil. She was a Mon Calamari, he was a Quarren, their species traditionally didn't get along and they argued often when they first joined the squadron... but one of their wingmates predicted that if they didn't kill each other, they'd take union vows. Their wingmates even basically played matchmaker with them. And what do you know, they did hook up.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Plourr Ilo from the comics, aka Isplourrdacartha Estillo of Eiattu VI, turns out to be a princess.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sate Pestage not only believes Imperial ideology with regards to aliens being nothing but animals, but is convinced that Wedge and the other human Rebels must know it too and that any claims to the contrary are "merely propaganda." This eventually leads to one of the few moments in which Wedge loses his cool when Pestage refers to a dead Rogue Squadron pilot as "animal waste".
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Wookiees are explicitly sentient, but since they're hairy and unintelligible, unimaginative writers of books and comics alike love to make them as animalistic as possible. This is taken to a new height (or low) in "The Phantom Affair" — a woman who has a Wookiee hanging around due to a life-debt doesn't understand him, and he doesn't communicate with her at all, he's just a bodyguard — who starts growling and provoking "Groznik senses something!" before they get attacked.
  • Fanservice: Two kinds in this from the comics: half-naked attractive pilots, and referencing a large usenet group's "Vote Wedge/Tycho For President" meme. Otherwise, the comics tended to avert the large breasts and the skintight clothing and ridiculous poses which generally come with it, though there are some attractive images of female pilots or other women in tight/scant clothing and bathing suits nonetheless.
  • Fiery Redhead: Plourr, who is revealed to have red hair (she initially shaved her head), is quick-tempered and lashes out at when angered.
  • Forceful Kiss: In "The Making of Baron Fel", Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard kisses the Ace Pilot Soontir Fel, testing his loyalty with a combination of seduction and We Can Rule Together. He rejects both offers.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Almost continually averted for female pilots; the outfits pilots and other characters wore sometimes hinted a little, but were seldom overt, and their pilot jumpsuits were all baggy and heavily pocketed. The most notable exception was the one time a character got into a formal gown which clung tight enough to reveal her abs — and rather than being an Unusually Uninteresting Sight, the pilot she was dating saw it and said "Wow!"
  • A Glass in the Hand: A Treacherous Advisor type does this after two Rogues refuse to turn on one of their own.
  • Gotta Get Your Head Together: In "Requiem for a Rogue", the first villain is confronted by a more powerful villain, who makes the first guy's head explode. There's a Gory Discretion Shot, and the first bad guy's silhouette is seen clutching its head before exploding.
  • Guns Akimbo:
    • Typically characters will stick to one blaster at a time, though some will carry more than one around. Wedge is like this, but in "Requiem for a Rogue" he escapes and saves his rescue party while not only dual-wielding stolen pistols, but also crossing them.
    • The short "Family Ties" arc has Corran and Iella pull a Big Damn Heroes moment on three members of Rogue Squadron who were having some trouble with thugs. Corran, like Wedge, even crosses his arms while firing at two different targets. They're part of Corsec — think police — so this is probably all Rule of Cool. It's worth noting that just a page later Corran holsters one blaster to try and make a sniper shot with the other, and when making an attack on more thugs, where they aren't rescuing anyone being held down, no one dual-wields.
  • Guy in Back: In one issue, the ex-Imperial Ace Pilot Baron Soontir Fel goes with the rest of Rogue Squadron on a mission involving Y-Wings and chooses to act as a gunner, letting his old student Tycho actually fly the thing. He's absurdly good at flying Fragile Speedster craft, but he doesn't have the Universal Driver's License — he's not flight-qualified on Y-Wings.
  • Hand Behind Head: In "The Phantom Affair", Wedge Antilles does this at at least two points.
  • Harmless Electrocution: In "The Phantom Affair", Wedge Antilles is shocked twice by some electrified bars. Both times, afterward he's obviously limp and in pain, but manages to drag himself to his feet in both cases, and then escape to fly combat.
  • Hidden Eyes:
    • Wedge Antilles, when the man who killed his parents locks him up and starts taunting him, gets his eyes hidden in shadow for a moment.
    • General Carvin, who is part of the Imperial Tribune, which briefly ruled the Empire after ousting Sate Pestage, and served to command and obstruct Ysanne Isard until she dealt with them, was always shown with shadowed eyes... until Isard's plans culminated, the other two tribune members were killed, and he was brought before her, beaten and bloody.
    • Baron Soontir Fel was, after Vader's death, the best Imperial pilot. He's not evil, though, and the solid black eyes only show up in one panel, when his eyes are in shadow. But it's a panel where he looks very sinister.
  • Hot Consort: During "The Warrior Princess", Rightfully Returning Princess Plourr meets her cousin/fiance for the first time in decades and finds that he's become a Fabio type—tall, muscular, long flowing hair. He's also utterly devoted to her, and despite sharing some of the royal blood never takes the title Prince or Emperor.
  • Humans Are White: As usual in Star Wars, this is mostly played straight. The only exceptions were Sixtus Quin and Reina Faleur (Faleur was never seen again; Quin reappears briefly in the books). In fact, Quin's very existence is owed to the artist, who made him black; Michael Stackpole hadn't planned him that way.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Rogue Squadron is made up of some of the best pilots in the galaxy.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Ibtisam and Nrin, neither of them human; Mon Cal and Quarren respectively (the romance wasn't outright stated, but the implication could hardly be more obvious and it was confirmed in The Essential Guide to Alien Species).
    • One arc that's poorly regarded for different reasons has very strong hints of more temporary human/Bothan encounters.
  • King Incognito: Plourr hid herself when the rest of the royal family were murdered by the Priamsta, and is only revealed as Eiattu's crown princess years later, then assuming the throne.
  • The Lad-ette: Plourr Ilo is chaste but otherwise this to the hilt. She can be soft-spoken, nice, and diplomatic - she just generally doesn't see the need. She also turns out to be a princess, and manages to balance what she was raised to be with what she made herself into pretty well.
  • Made of Plasticine / Made of Explodium: In the first arc TIE fighters are portrayed as tissue-fragile and apt to explode at the slightest impact. These ships are cheaply made and lack shields or much armoring, but not to the point where being hit with a stick destroys them, and X-wings aren't so sturdy that they can just ram through TIEs and take no damage.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: After a man is shot In the Back, Isard orders the assassin to make it look like suicide... how is not addressed.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Semtin left his loyal troopers to be sold into slavery. But the Rebels were there, and the troopers respected them...
  • Modest Royalty: Plourr dresses formally yet simply after taking up her role as the next Empress of Eiattu, wearing fairly masculine clothing to go with her boyish short hair.
  • Multinational Team: Rogue Squadron had members from a whole slew of planets.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Plourr is told that if she fights a hulking Weequay warrior she'll get what she wants. She takes him down in a hurry, saying as she does that during her training as a warrior they never sparred with Weequays — they're slow, they wear long hair that's easily taken advantage of, they're stupid, and they're just too fragile. Did she mention they also cheat?
  • Nostalgic Music Box: Well, a 'music ball'. Shake it and it plays a tune. Elscol's husband gave it to her on their third anniversary.
  • Number Two: Derek "Hobbie" Klivian, Wes Janson
  • Off-Model: Numerous different artists worked on this series, some of greater skill than others. Requiem for a Rogue's art is legendarily poor, with weird emphasis on the seams of faces and on teeth.
  • Only Serves for Life: 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.
  • Planet of Hats: Explored and subverted. Alderaan was always labeled as the planet of pacifists, and in the comics Tycho liked to respond to hearing that by swinging a punch at whoever had spoken.
    Tycho: One of the problems we all have is that we try to think of ourselves in general terms, and that smooths over some of the inconsistencies that make us who we are. We see all Imperials as rancors and they see all of us as nerfs. The very fact that we see them as a united front is ridiculous, just the same as we're not all united.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Plourr Illo, a princess who embodies the textbook pop culture image...of a space marine.note 
  • Race Lift: A kidnapped child is shown in one issue as brown skinned with black hair. The next issue has another artist, who presents the child as pale and blonde. And disturbingly having adult-like body proportions. It's worth noting that both the mother and the father of the child in question have pale skin and black hair, so it's entirely possible that neither depiction was correct.
  • Red Shirt:
    • There were two pilots who signed on at the start of the arc and died one after the other by the end, whose only characterization was that they participated in a Bar Brawl with Plourr.
    • Standro Jcir; he doesn't do or say very much between the time he's introduced and the time he gets blown up.
  • La Résistance: The Rebellion has become The Alliance by this point, but there are still smaller-scale, more desperate resistance movements in places like Cilpar.
  • Rightful King Returns: Plourr takes the throne of Eiattu when she's revealed as the crown princess, after exposing a man claiming that he's her little brother as a fake and driving out the Empire.
  • Royal Blood: Plourr was revealed to be the last of the Eiatu royal line, her parents and sisters having been killed by other nobles in a revolution. A noble who she initially believes to have been in on that gets her to head back to her homeworld, Rogue Squadron in tow, to try and take over. Most of the nobility is happy enough with that, especially since there's another revolution going on, this one led by someone who claims to be another survivor. Her brother.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Plourr Ilo it turns out is crown princess of Eiattu. Upon becoming empress, she only does the "pomp and ceremony" as strictly required, striving to improve her planet (as opposed to the Priampsta).
  • Royally Screwed Up: Plourr's little brother Prince Harran was a sociopath since the beginning, torturing animals and otherwise loving cruelty or violence. He even tried to get her killed along with the rest of their family, but she beat him to death instead.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Loka Hask, the Imperial Psycho for Hire who murdered Wedge's parents, comments that Wedge should thank him for it. He then remarks that he wishes someone had done the same for him when he was that age, but no, he had to do it himself.
  • Stab the Scorpion: Combined with Look Behind You and subverted. Winter and Tycho have a rocky introduction, but she believes him.
  • The Squadette: Brash, tomboyish Plourr is the only woman in the squadron at first. Five others join, leaving or dying over the course of the comics. They're all quite distinct and non-stereotyped, but are outnumbered nearly two to one by men in the squadron.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: Plourr's standard outfit is a tank top when out of uniform, while also being a consummate action girl, a boisterous bruiser, ladette and tomboy. After assuming her throne, she dresses more formally, but still in a pretty masculine way.
  • Token Minority: Reina Faleur and Sixtus Quin appear to be the only Humans of color. The cast will also always be majority Human, with a few people of other species as well.
  • Tomboy Princess: Plourr. She's the ladette, with a love for fighting (whether in battle or simply friendly sparring), looks distinctly butch and doesn't apologize for a bit of it.
  • Wrench Wench: Koyi Komad

Alternative Title(s): X Wing Series


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