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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raven Redstar wrote:
Whill wrote:
OK so how are any garrisons deployed?

I always pictured that the ISD came into high atmosphere, then dropped it out of the main hanger section underneath. After detachment, the Garrison is equipped with some sort of detachable retro-rockets that slow its descent enough to keep it from becoming a planet ending catastrophe, but not enough that no one notices the loud boom and dust cloud created from impact.
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This way they don't need to find perfectly flat terrain to drop it on, it'll level its own landing site.

So by calling them detachable retro-rockets, you see these as single-use to put it in the landing site and then it stays put, right?

Raven Redstar wrote:
But, I always just assumed that it could fit in the main docking section that's big enough to bring in a Corvette.

But the corvette was there temporarily when it was captured. Even if the ISD could port it around through hyperspace, I would think it would get in the way of other ships in the hangers coming and going. And if garrisons are just kept in the big space where the corvette was, why didn't we ever see them floating there?

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...Prefabricated, not pre-assembled...

I was thinking pre-assembled. I guess the aquatic garrison in Battle for the Golden Sun (its first appearance) was still under construction so it was a lengthly process there.

However if this floating fortress garrison takes so long to be assembled, then that would really weaken the psychological effect. There could be a lot of sabotage attempts during construction, and that could even embolden rebellious sentiment while this technological terror is being put together. And the tides of the war could shift while this thing is being constructed, so it may end up not being so important to have a flying garrison there by the time construction is completed. If it takes a long time to put these together, I'm really not seeing a flying fortress being practical.

A star destroyer may be able to leave at any time, but it also can show up at any time without warning and hover over a city, immediately having the psychological effect when it is most important to have it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of that is going to depend on availability and logistics. Construction time is also a factor; droids don't need union-mandated rest breaks or time off. Construction time could be a matter of days, if not hours. Plus, with an entire Star Destroyer's worth of stormtroopers and walkers around to provide site security, sabotage may not be that big of an issue. And Imperial Sector Groups could have a handful of the flying garrisons pre-assembled in storage at the Sector Capital, ready to be deployed to trouble spots as needed; they'd show up in finished form.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
So by calling them detachable retro-rockets, you see these as single-use to put it in the landing site and then it stays put, right?


Exactly. So after they fire, the rockets detach like the escape rockets on our space shuttles. I'm sure the Empire wouldn't mind a little bit of collateral damage dropping a garrison.

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But the corvette was there temporarily when it was captured. Even if the ISD could port it around through hyperspace, I would think it would get in the way of other ships in the hangers coming and going. And if garrisons are just kept in the big space where the corvette was, why didn't we ever see them floating there?


That's true, but we've also seen other ships carry small ships on the outer hull in Hyperspace, at least in the cartoons (I know how high you put them on your source list).

I'm not sure that I buy into every ISD carries one all the time. I feel like this would be a mission specific thing. ISD loads one up at a larger base or shipyard or whatever, transports it where they want to deploy one, and then deploy it to pacify the planet.

Where I was going is that even if the garrison is large enough that it would stick out underneath while being carried, it shouldn't interrupt the ship from being able to travel in hyperspace.
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