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Luxury 5500 Space Transport

(Jade Shadow)

Craft: Modified SoroSuub Horizon-Class Star Yacht
Type: Luxury Space Transport
Length: 55 Meters
2 Laser Cannons
2 Concussion Missile Launchers
1 Retractable Blaster Cannon 
Crew: 1 with 2 gunners
Top Speed: Unknown
Troop Capacity: 4
Cargo Capacity: 95 Metric Tons
Passengers: 4

The Jade Shadow is Jedi Master Mara Jade Skywalker's newest pride and joy. The Jade Shadow is the most recent starship owned by New Republic hero Mara Jade, the wife of Luke Skywalker. Mara's previous vessel, the Jade Sabre, was destroyed during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of Dantooine. Soon after, she received a generic star yacht from Lando Calrissian, who had purchased the vehicle from spice merchants. Lando's wife, Tendra, dubbed the yacht the Jade Shadow because of its nonreflective gray hull.  Mara has resolved to take excellent care of this vessel - and maybe even to make it better than her original Jade's Fire.

Like many star yachts, the Jade Shadow is built around a sturdy frame that begins fairly wide at the engines and tapers forward until reaching the narrow, triangular cockpit. Mara Jade's allies have combined forces to transform the utilitarian vessel into a powerful tool in the New Republic 's war against the Yuuzhan Vong.  

Lando and Talon Karrde took responsibility for the starship's weapons systems by installing retractable AG-1G laser cannons. The laser cannons are mounted on small turrets with a wide firing arc. Lando's engineers integrated two concealed Dymex HM-8 concussion missile launches, each with a magazine of eight high-yield torpedoes. All of the vehicle's weapons are connected to a targeting computer with multiple options. A "shoot-back" setting, for example, directs the targeting computer to automatically shoot down any craft that opens fire on the Jade Shadow.  

To increase the Jade Shadow's speed, Han Solo fine-tuned the twin ion drives and reworked the hyperdrive engines to emulate those aboard the Millennium Falcon. He donated an advanced long-range sensor suite complete with port and starboard visual scanners, jamming devices, sensor decoys, false transponder codes, and a remote-controlled slave circuit that can summon the starship over short distances.  

Mara added a costly holographic communications array that can send and receive messages from Coruscant to the Outer Rim. With Luke's aid, Mara integrated a tractor beam projector and reconfigured the aft docking bay to contain her modified starfighter or even carry an entire T-65XJ X-Wing - usually Luke's. Husband and wife again joined forces to add an autopilot programmed with a variety of evasive maneuvers. The Jade Shadow can host an astromech connected to a droid station on the flight deck. Many of the systems are voice-activated. System data is displayed on unobtrusive holograms synced to a retinal tracker, which positions these readouts just outside the pilot's forward line of sight.  

Although the Jade Shadow's many support features allow Mara to operate the starship without a crew, the bridge is designed for a pilot, copilot, and navigator. The crew sits beneath a massive, transparisteel canopy that provides breathtaking views of space and a crystal clear image of enemy starships.  Mara is obviously taken with her new ship, and resolves to make it as capable as her last two have been. Hopefully that will remain so for quite some time.

"By the time we're through with her, the Jade Shadow will put the Falcon to shame." —Lando Calrissian  

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