The Onderon Cell
Originally the Imperial escort frigate Eccentric Lad, the Shadow Raptor was liberated from Contruum Shipyard by Airen Cracken and his crew of resistance fighters when he fled his homeworld. When Cracken’s crew officially joined the Rebel Alliance, the rechristened Shadow Raptor was put into service coordinating Intelligence Operations throughout the thirty-plus sectors of the Trans-Hydian Borderlands, with Cracken acting as captain and senior intelligence officer. When Cracken was promoted to the rank of general and given a larger area of responsibility, he turned over command of the Raptor to Captain Hylo Sortuli.
Captain Sortuli keeps the ship well maintained and is generally liked by her crew. However, while disciplined, they lack military bearing. There are no uniform requirements and no more military pomp than might be found on board a commercial transport of similar size. However, Captain Sortuli takes her job very seriously and considers protecting the _Raptor_’s location and its mission her top priority. Her misfit crew is largely made up of aliens local to the Trans-Hydian reigon who have a personal stake in seeing the Empire defeated.
The Shadow Raptor coordinates all Alliance Intelligence efforts in the Outer Rim between the Hydian Way and the Perlemian Trade Route. While the ship runs with a light crew, a company of analysts and cryptographic technicians work with an assortment of analysis droids to sort through all the intelligence collected in the Trans-Hydian. Most of this information is analyzed, archived, and sent via secure courier to the office of General Vernan, the head of Alliance Intelligence. However, some of the intelligence is considered actionable, prompting the deployment of a team of operatives to take appropriate action.
The Shadow Raptor has been modified in a number of ways from a baseline Nebulon-B frigate. First, the hangars have been modified to accommodate Alliance starfighters instead of TIE racks. The hull is painted matte black, and the running lights are largely disabled, with the exception of some that are used to mimic the density of local star fields. Finally, the sensor suite and comms array have both been upgraded to make certain the the Raptor discovers any Imperials in the area long before she is spotted.
Unfortunately, a droid uprising was able to disable the Shadow Raptor and send it towards a black hole. The Onderon Cell was able to restore system functionality, but not before the majority of the crew were killed – they were then forced to abandon the frigate, leaving its fate unknown: Either destroyed by the Iceheart or captured.