Admiral Danason reporting.
Everyone knows roughly what happened above the forest moon of Endor but the actions of a small select group have so far gone mostly unrecorded.
Here's what REALLY happened.......
Inquisitor Tanya Stoviaka paced back and forth across the bridge of the Star Destroyer "Bloody Fang." She was feeling extremely nervous and it was making her hair ache.
"I hope that Wrinkles and Buckethead know what they're up too!" she muttered to herself quietly. "This whole idea of allowing the location of the second Death Star to fall into the hands of those rebel idiots is sheer madness. Mind you-" she reflected-"building a second Death Star isn't the best idea either. But you know what they say about old men with big guns, they're compensating for the size of their other equipment. What are you blushing for?" Tanya asked a young female bridge officer who had turned quite red. "Kid's today! No backbone at all!"
The bridge officer returned to her work and Tanya left her alone. It wouldn't do any good to upset her officers by venting her spleen on them. They'd have enough to worry about soon enough.
A light on a nearby console began blinking, indicating an incoming call. The officer spoke quietly into her headset and then spun around rapidly without checking where Tanya was and knocked the diminuative inquisitor clean out of her boots, depositing her smack on her rump and revealing a pair of thick purple and black striped woolen socks and the briefest glimpse of pink silk panties.
Tanya's expression as she lept to her feet caused the young bridge officer turn very pale. She took a deep breath and reported.
"Inquisitor-we're detecting a ripple in hyperspace! Ships incoming!"
Tanya looked up at the massive viewscreen above her just in time to see dozens of starships revert into real space. Tiny fighters, larger transports and frigates and then the larger, slower heavy cruisers.
"They're heeeeeeeeere." Tanya chimed, quoting an old holonet movie she'd seen long ago.
The Rebel fleet carried out it's plan of attack, capital ships forming a blockade around the Death Star, while starfighters and bombers raced towards the massive station hanging half constructed above the moon of Endor. As Tanya watched, the rebel fighters sped towards their target only to pull up at the last moment. Tanya was VERY upset! She'd been hoping the YT 1300 freighter leading the assault would splat into the station's shields.
Sighing with disappointment, she gave the order to launch fighters.
What followed was a wild, confusing tangle of Rebel and Imperial fighters and bombers chasing each other and exchanging fire. Huge cruisers advanced towards each other and already shields glowed with the effort of repelling enemy missiles and turbolaser blasts.
And then the Death Star let fly with it's super turbolaser, blasting a huge Mon Cal cruiser into fragments of superheated metal and plastics, causing Tanya to punch the air above her head with her fist and hiss "YES!!!" in triumph.
And this was when the Marauder corvette "Lotus", the Nebulon B frigate "Eyrie" and the Vindicator cruiser "Epona" came out of lightspeed and joined the fight.
"Sithspit!" swore Capt Zoekin. "Bigger mess than I feared this would be! I knew it was a mistake to leave the planning to that walleyed flounder!" (Capt Zoekin had fought against the Mol Calamari during the Clone Wars and still had a chip on his shoulder.)
Commander Markie, his second in command, slapped him across the back of the head and gave the order to launch the two squadrons carried by the "Eyrie." The A-wing squadron lept into action, led by Col Flare who had more than 56 confirmed kills under her belt. Her Cobra squadron was followed by Adder squadron which consisted of X-wings. The corvette "Lotus" added her two squadrons of elderly Y-wings and Headhunters as did "Epona" who was commanded by Lt Col Danason and fielded six squadrons of various starfighters.
Col Flare led her forces against the Imperial fighters and bombers, skimming the surface of capital ships, dodging return fire and unleasing devestation upon weapon enplacements and sensory pods. And all the while she worried deeply about her young friend Capt Alli of the "Lotus". She was outgunned and far outmatched by any of the Imperial ships. She sighed with relief when she saw that the "Lotus" had avoided the much larger Star Destroyers and was engauged in trading fire with a 300m long Carrack cruiser. Three other smaller Rebel ships were assisting and things looked well in hand.
All of a sudden-a incredible explosion sent Col Flare spinning. The Death Star had just destroyed a second Mon Cal cruiser. In answer, the Rebel fleet moved to point blank range of the Imperial Star Destroyers. A risky tactic, Col Flare figured as the Star Destroyer's heavier guns would quickly wear down even the multi-layered shields of the Mon Cal ships, not to mention the far weaker frigates and corvettes.
Then something thinkable occurred. An Imperial Star Destroyer concentrated fire on the medical frigate and cut her in half. Col Flare watched in horror as the bodies of injured personal spilled into space. Nor was she alone......
"WHAT THE BLOODY BLUE BLAZES DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?!" screamed a small pink-haired inquisitor. Tanya was not a nice person at all but she would have kicked Vader in his metal balls if she could have at that moment. Things were way out of hand. And that's when Tanya decided to cash in her chips.
"Take us out of here " she ordered. "Urgent inquisitor business."
And with that- the Star Destroyer "Bloody Fang" turned about towards the Outer Rim and made the jump to lightspeed.
Col Flare watched her go and knew that she'd be back one day. Probably when it was least conveniant.
Emperor Palpatine watched "Bloody Fang" flee.
"Where is that misrable little runt off too!?" he hissed at Vader who was fencing with his son, Luke Skywalker.
"Bit busy to talk right now," weezed Vader, dodging a fierce slash from his son's green light saber blade.
"Oh don't be such a big girl's blouse!" spat Palpatine. "I remember you making stupid quips and puns the whole time that we were crashing the rusty heap of Grevious's. You must be getting old! Either that or your warranty's run out."
"You were much nicer before Windu kicked your arse" replied a small voice from behind Palpatine's throne. Everybody froze.
"OK. Time out son," said Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith to Luke, lowering his lightsaber for a moment. " Get lost Leppy! This is Sith/Jedi business and nothing to do with you!"
"Awww, but I wanna watch!" protested the tiny fey. Palpatine frowned and cocked a finger, sending a tiny bolt of Sith Force energy into the seat of Leppy's pants. She shrieked and shot out of the room.
"OK, resume," said Vader and the battle was on again.
Meanwhile, a battered YT freighter and an X-wing had successfully avoided TIE Interceptors, construction marterial and defensive fire and had reached the Death Star's main reactor. General Calrissian gave a wild whoop and fired twin concussion missiles directly into the plating of the huge reactor.
.....and bounced off harmlessly. (What did you expect? They got them from Watto's salvage yard on Tattoine.)
The Imperial Fleet continued to devestate the Rebel fleet, aided by the Death Star which continued to target the larger ships.
"Eyrie" and "Epona" concentrated all fire upon the bridge of the destroyer that had torn the medical frigate in half while Col Flare squadrons hunted down and destroyed the Imperial ship's fighter screen. Normally, they have would have had little chance of success but it was all a diversion.
While the Star Destroyer was dealing with the capital ships, it missed noticing the rusty Action IV freighter decloaking just next to her reactor dome and ejecting escape pods.
Then the explosives packed throughout the freighter detonated and the resulting blast tore open the belly of the Star Destroyer and ruptured her reactor. Seconds later, her burning hulk spun out of sight.
"That's 400 credits you owe me Zoekin," crackled Col Flare's voice over the "Eyrie's" communication system. "I told you it would work!"
Cpt Zoekin winched and watched as two corvettes attempted to break out through the Imperial cordon and were summerely dealt with. To his horror-a Carrack cruiser ran down and began to take down the "Lotus."
Happily, help was on hand. Using the speed for which her ship was famous, Col Flare tore across the field of battle and along with the rest of her squadron- unleashed a barrage of warheads which tore the hind end of the small cruiser clean off.
And the battle raged on.....
Meanwhile, Vader battled his son and Palpatine cackled like a madman. Presently, Luke defeated his crippled father and left him shorthanded and Palpatine displayed some shocking behaviour.
Which left Leppy wandering around the Death Star unsupervised. She soon got bored with making faces at herself in the shiny metal walls and riding on top of the mouse droids. In order to prevent herself being stepped on, Leppy found a quiet room out of the way and took stock of her surroundings.
She found it very boring. Just banks of beeping computers with flashing lights. And lots and lots of wires. And a big sign which read-"REACTOR SECONDARY CONTROL."
Leppy was very fond of wires. But she was still bored. So- she entertained herself for a few minutes by pulling all the wires out of their sockets and replacing them any which way. All the sparks were very pretty but the smoke was really irritating. When the alarms started sounding, she decided to go play somewhere else and left the room.
Sadly-Leppy's tinkering had left the battle station's reactor which a bad case of hiccups. When the Super Star Destroyer lost control and impacted into the station- it was the final straw!Moments later, the second Death Star exploded, raining huge chunks of durasteel and releasing a burst of radioactive material, both of which serverely inconveniaced the ewoks no end.
Tanya was delighted to hear that!
Epilogue: As Luke Skywalker exited his stolen shuttle to join in the celebrations with his sister and friends, he missed spotting a tiny lump under a blanket in the rear of the craft. Presently, a tiny figure crawled out from under cover and dusted herself off.
"Cor! Haven't done that since Yavin," she grinned happily. She liked explosions! She reached into her backpack and pulled out a holoprojector and examined it. She triggered it and a glowing blueprint of a Death Star appeared overhead.
"Jinkies! I wonder who would be best to offer this too? I hear the Hutts pay pretty well. And if I'm really luckly-they might invite me to a meal of frogs!"
And with that-she fluttered off humming happily.
"Eyrie", "Lotus" and "Epona" survived the Battle of Endor and were later to serve in the campaign against Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Inquisitor Tanya disappeared into the Outer Rim and wasn't seen until many years later during the Jedi Order's encounter with Aboleth.