The New Star Wars Novel Gives A Surprisingly Cool Backstory To A Character You Barely Noticed In ‘A New Hope’

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Star Wars continues to be one of the most successful franchises in cinema. Whether we’re talking about the films, video games, comic books, or even Star Wars celebration, it’s fandom will keep moving forward. Star Wars is bigger than ever since Disney purchased the rights from Lucasfilm. 

Everything and I mean everything from that moment forward is considered to be a part of the Star Wars universe. Canon is the word you’ll hear thrown around from time to time. Having said that, Star Wars has released yet another novel worthy of mention and is a welcome addition to the galaxy far far away.

The newest novel written by Christie Golden titled Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, tells the story of an elite team who are on a mission to stop Saw Gerrera’s remaining partisans from getting in the Imperial’s way. The Empire introduces the #InfernoSquad and is led by a high ranked Imperial named #IdenVersio.

Who Is Iden Versio?

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For those who may not have read the novel, Iden Versio is the daughter of an Imperial Admiral named Garrick Versio who both originate from the planet Vardos. Her father put her through a lot of vigorous training at a very young age and taught her to stand up for the Empire and to hate all those who oppose the Empire’s beliefs.

Iden is only 22 years old yet has rose up in rank fairly quickly thanks to her stern father. Iden also graduated with honors at the Imperial Academy located on Coruscant. Throughout her training, she also becomes a very capable fighter pilot and marksman. This in turn, puts her skills to the test when the Rebels head straight for the #DeathStar’s weakness. The first chapter of the novel goes into great detail on her perspective on the Battle over Yavin.

But wouldn’t you know it, this brand new Star Wars character actually took part in this epic battle. A quick rewatch of the intense Death Star attack scene actually gives us pretty good idea as to which TIE fighter pilot could be Iden Versio. Fan’s who have read the novel closely should be able to figure it out. If you missed it, don’t worry, I’d be glad to show you.

Iden Versio Is The TIE Fighter Pilot Who Takes Down ‘Red 4’

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At the beginning of the Battle over Yavin, the Red and Gold team of X-wing fighters start their attack by taking out some of the manned gun turrets along with some enemy fighters. However, some aren’t as successful as others if this one X-wing pilot is any indication.

As Luke, Wedge, and Red Leader evade enemy fire, one X-wing pilot isn’t so lucky. That unlucky pilot is Red 4. Red 4 is seen trying to outmaneuver a TIE fighter but is unfortunately shot down. The X-wing was taken out by non-other than Iden Versio.

But how can we know for sure that this could be Iden Versio? After all, there are thousands of TIE fighter pilots out there. Thankfully, the novel gives us a clue in the following sentences. For those reading the book, it can be found on page 7:

“Iden listened to the familiar beeps of the tracking equipment as it targeted and locked onto one of the X-wings. She swung her vessel back and forth with easy familiarity as the enemy ship frantically jigged and jagged in a commendable, but ultimately useless, effort to evade her. She pressed her thumbs down. Green lasers sliced through the X-wing, and then only pieces and a flaring sheet of flame remained.”

Now watch the quick scene below and compare it to what you’ve just read. I’d say it’s a word-for-word description of the exact scene that took place above the Death Star.

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While there are certainly other TIE fighters who take down these Rebels, this is the one that closely resembles the description from the novel. The people over at the Del Rey story department definitely know how to show that these universes are all intertwined. Besides Iden Versio, there’s another tidbit that makes a cameo in the novel.

The Lone Y-wing Survivor Also Makes A Quick Appearance 

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Another cool aspect from the story involves the lone Y-wing pilot making his quick escape along with Wedge, Luke, and Han. The novel reads:

“The pale moon-shape of the Death Star loomed behind the vessel, it’s gargantuan size making the rebel ship look like the toys she’d been allowed to play with as a child. The Y-wing was making for Yavin as fast it could, swerving erratically enough that Iden frowned as she tried to get a lock on it. A sudden scalding brightness filled her vision.”

This is yet another fun way to tie-in the novels with the original trilogy. #Lucasfilm knows how to craft these stories in careful and meticulous ways that only hardcore fans will appreciate. There’s no doubt that there will be more fun connective tissues along the way in future Star Wars novels, comic books, or even video games.

In fact, Iden Versio will make her first on-screen appearance in the upcoming sequel to the Battlefront games: #StarWarsBattlefrontII. This game will also take place long after the events that took place in the novel. It should be no surprise that Inferno Squad lives on to fight another day and will perhaps take on their most challenging mission yet!

As fans of both the novels and video games, are you excited to see the next adventure that lies ahead for Iden Versio and her Inferno Squad? Did you catch her quick cameo in #ANewHope? If you spotted it or found anything else from the novel, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts below! 

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