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Nien Nunb
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Nien Nunb, During the Battle of Endor - By: KONAMI
Vital statistics
Position X-Wing Pilot of (New Republic) Starfighter Pilot in (Resistance) Member of the (Rebel Alliance) Gold Rebel Pilot of Gold Group
Age Unknown
Status Alive
Physical attributes
Height 1.60 Meters
Weight 68 Kilograms
Nien Nunb was a male Sullustan smuggler and an arms dealer who joined the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, Nunb answered the call from the rebels to help smuggle a group of Alderaanians off of Sullust while avoiding detection from the Galactic Empire due to the Empire was searching for Alderaanians after the Death Star blew up their home. Only a few years later, Nunb flew in the rebel fleet as the Lando Calrissian's co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor. Together, they fought against Imperial forces while attempting to destroy the Death Star II in orbit of Endor's forest moon. The war was won with the death of the Emperor and the eventual fall of the Empire, thanks in part to Nien Nunb's assistance during the Battle of Endor. Three Decades later, he was part of the Resistance formed to oppose the Imperial inspired First Order, during which time he flew in the Resistance fleet as a starfighter pilot.

Biography

Service to the Rebellion

Early Rebel Activities

Born on Sullust, Nien Nunb grew up learning his early piloting skills flying a freighter for the local SoroSuub Corporation. However, as the company came to more and more support the Galactic Empire, Nunb displayed his opposition by stealing from his employers on behalf of the rebellion. He soon thereafter became an independent ace pilot and an able arms dealer and smuggler who owned and operated the starship Mellcrawler, and became friends with fellow smuggler Lando Calrissian as well as pilot Evaan Verlaine.

Aiding Princess Organa

Shortly after the destruction of Alderaan and the Battle of Yavin, Alderaanian Princess Leia Organa set out with Verlaine on a mission to unite the few Alderaanians who remained alive in the galaxy. Their mission brought them to Sullust, where a group of Alderaanians lived in an enclave beneath the world's volcanic surface. The Galactic Empire, which used its military might to hunt the surviving Alderaanians across the galaxy, discovered Organa and her united forces on Sullust. Nunb answered Verlaine's call for help and smuggled the Alderaanians off of Sullust and into space, without detection from Imperial forces. He also provided the arms in his ship to Organa and her people, so they could be used against the Empire. Organa was grateful for Nunb's assistance and presented him with the chalcedony waves necklace that once belonged to her adoptive mother, Queen Breha Organa of Alderaan, as a token of her gratitude. Later in the mission, Organa turned herself over to Commander Dreed on Skaradosh in exchange for the release of Tula, an Imperial officer and sister of Tace, who was part of Organa's group of refugees and Tula secretly manipulated her sister for intel about Organa's whereabouts.

Before Organa could be taken captive, the Mellcrawler arrived to rescue her, with Nunb having slipped the ship onto the planet without the orbiting Imperial forces noticing. Verlaine fired on the Imperial Commander and his Stormtroopers, killing the commander while Organa and Tula were able to make their way on board. Though Organa thanked him for his efforts, Nunb said that the real test would be making it past the Imperial forces alive. The Star Destroyer in orbit detected the Mellcrawler once they received word that Dreed had been killed. Nunb launched a decoy to fool the Imperials, leaving them to follow the sensor decoy as the Mellcrawler managed to avoid their detection. The trick worked and the Star Destroyer crew believed the Mellcrawler had been destroyed, and Organa with it. It was at that moment that a fleet of Alderaanians from Espirion arrived to assist Organa and her people. The arrival of the fleet allowed the Alderaanians to destroy the Star Destroyer, and the Alderaanian fleet escaped the wrath of the Empire. Nunb later attended a celebration in which Organa, Verlaine, and their people celebrated the success of the mission to unite them. About three years later, Nunb returned to Sullust on a mission for the Rebel Alliance, in which he supplied items to members of the Cobalt Laborers' Reformation Front at Pinyumb. 

Operation Yellow Moon

Shortly after the Battle of Hoth, Nunb was the pilot of the star yacht Mellcrawler and was tasked with transporting Leia Organa to a meeting on Zastiga. On Zastiga, Nunb met with Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker to discuss reconnaissance tactics. Once Operation Yellow Moon was approved, Nunb transported the team to the Corva sector. Upon reaching Basteel, Nunb flew his ship to Eladro City. His casual piloting through the turbulent atmosphere unnerved Kidi Aleri but he was able to safely land his ship. Once on the ground, Nunb was given some credits by Organa and he headed to a bar to get a drink and some local intel. On the way to the bar, Nunb, Kidi Aleri, and Antrot stopped at a bazaar. While the rest of the team climbed out of the mountain in the tunnels above the city, Nunb returned to his ship so he could pick them up once they were clear. He was detained when the Empire arrived on Basteel and checked out the credentials for all the ships that were present. Once he was cleared, he flew to the top of the mountain and picked up the team. When they were all on-board and safely away from Basteel, Nunb got them hot beverages and blankets to help them warm up from the exposure to Basteel's harsh environment.

Nunb then flew the team to Sesid. Once they landed at Thrinaka, he suggested that they purchase tourist clothes to better blend in. After they completed their mission to place a beacon, he warned them not to return to Thrinaka, as stormtroopers were present in the city. He rendezvoused with the team above the planet, and flew them to their next destination. After they arrived at Jaresh, Nien went to see if he could swing a deal with any local merchants for a load of the planet's main export, fertilizer. As they were leaving the planet, Nunb was ambushed by the Shieldmaiden, which snuck up on his ship from the dark side of the planet. He was able to avoid being snared by a tractor beam by skimming under a massive commercial freighter that happened to be passing through the system. Once clear of the tractor beams, he made the jump to hyperspace. When they were safe in hyperspace, Organa had a meeting with the team and left them decide if they wanted to continue with the operation. Nunb found it humorous that if he quit, they wouldn't have a ship to finish the mission, but agreed to stay to the end. Nunb flew the team to the rendezvous at Galaan and when other starships arrived, he made sure his ship was in position to transmit the tightbeam encryption code directly to them so Organa could contact them.

During Organa's speech to the assembled ships, Nunb detected the incoming Star Destroyer Shieldmaiden. He attempted to flee, but was unable to avoid the Star Destroyer's tractor beams and was forced to shut down his engines to prevent damage to the Mellcrawler. As the yacht was drawn into the belly of the Star Destroyer, Organa prepared to destroy the Mellcrawler using the volatile fertilizer Nunb had picked up on Jaresh, which he was hoping to sell elsewhere at a profit. However, when Lokmarcha stopped her, Nunb instead purged the logs of his ship to prevent any data from falling into Imperial hands. Nunb was captured and imprisoned onboard the Shieldmaiden. He was able to free himself when Lokmarcha set off an electromagnetic pulse that disabled part of the Star Destroyer. He gave directions to Organa so she could lead the surviving members of the team from the detention center to the docking bay. Once in the bay, they were discovered by a squad of troopers and Nunb quickly entered an Imperial shuttle. He powered it up and was able to safely escape the Shieldmaiden with the surviving members of the team.

Battle of Endor

Over three years after the rescue of the Alderaanians, Nunb once again worked with Princess Organa on a secret mission as part of the Rebel Alliance. Shortly thereafter, Nunb was a member of the Alliance Fleet and was selected to fly as co-pilot to General Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor, where the Falcon led the assault to destroy the Death Star II. Before the battle, when the fleet was gathered near Sullust, Nunb expressed concern about the plan of attack and whether General Han Solo, Princess Organa, and their team would be able to successfully destroy the Death Star's shield generator on Endor before the fleet arrived. Owing to Lando's understanding of the Sullustan language, he personally picks Nien for the mission, impressed by his exploits aboard the Mellcrawler. Worried about the mission, Calrissian assured Nien that Solo would have the shield down on schedule. The Alliance Fleet arrived over Endor to find that the shield generator was still active, and they realized that the battle was a trap set by the Emperor, Darth Sidious, to destroy the rebels once and for all.

The fleet remained over Endor and engaged Imperial forces in the hopes that Solo and his team would be able to destroy the generator. The fleet kept to fighting TIE/ln space superiority starfighters and Star Destroyers, particularly once they learned that the Death Star was operational, after previously believing that it did not yet have the use of its primary, planet-destroying superlaser. Once Solo's team destroyed the shield generator, the Millennium Falcon entered the Death Star's superstructure and fired the shot that began a chain reaction that led to the battle station's destruction. Calrissian and Nunb were in a race against time as they outran the fireball that their attack created, and they escaped the Death Star just before it was consumed in a massive explosion. The Alliance was victorious, the Emperor was dead, and the Empire was shattered. On the surface of Endor the Rebels held a celebration along with the native Ewoks, who helped Solo's team destroy the shield. Following the battle, Nien was awarded a medal by the Alliance known as the Kalidor Crescent for his bravery.

Time of the New Republic

Twenty days after the Battle of Endor, an Imperial Remnant under the leadership of Captain Lerr Duvat began Operation: Cinder, a contingency plan issued posthumously by the late Emperor Palpatine. Operation: Cinder called for the scouring of Palpatine's homeworld, Naboo, with the use of a climate disruption array. The Rebel Alliance, currently transitioning into the New Republic, quickly deployed a portion of their fleet to defend the planet. Nunb accompanied the fleet aboard his new yacht, the Mellcrawler II. The fleet soon destroyed the Imperial forces, succeeding in the planet's defense. Following the revelations of Senator Leia Organa's parentage as the daughter of Darth Vader in the New Republic's Galactic Senate, Nien Nunb sent a message expressing support for his former rebel colleague. Later, he along with several former rebel veterans and New Republic personnel were present at a meeting in the New Republic senatorial complex's hangar bay where Leia established the Resistance, a paramilitary organization to protect the Republic. Over the next thirty years, the remnants of the Empire reformed into the First Order and waged war against the New Republic.

Pilot for the Resistance

Leia Organa founded the Resistanceto defend the new government, rallying old Rebels to her new cause, and Nunb offered his support and provided his skills by piloting a T-70 X-Wing fighter in the Resistance Starfighter Corps having the naval rank of Lieutenant Commander. He wore flight gauntlets, a pressurized interstellar orange g-suit and a gear harness, along with a specialized flight helmet to fit his unique head. His helmet also featured older Coalstreak Squadron stripes on the upper right-hand side of his helmet, appearing as two, parallel black lines. Nunb attended the funeral of fellow Resistance pilot L'ulo at the Resistance base on D'Qar after the Duros was killed during a battlewith the First Order over a desert planet. When the First Order completely destroyed the Hosnian System with the use of the Starkiller, the Resistance base became the next target. Quickly establishing a plan to destroy Starkiller Base, Nunb, along with the rest of the Starfighter Corps, flew to the planet in an attempt to destroy its thermal oscillator and disable the weapon. During the assault, many Resistance pilots were lost before the oscillator was destroyed by Poe Dameron. Nunb was one of seven surviving X-wing pilots, and he celebrated with the rest of the Resistance upon returning to D'Qar.