A long time ago in a galaxy
It is a
period of civil war. We know
characters, the heroes, the villains.
But a war
never involves just a handful of
people. There are always countless others on each side providing
for their leaders: technicians, mechanics, ground troops, intelligence
officers, pilots, logisticians, procurement officials, medics, mess
workers, instructors. Though often kept in the background in the Star
Wars universe, without them there would be no Empire or Rebellion.
This page is dedicated to one such group of no-names doing their own
part to restore freedom to the galaxy...
Corona Squadron is an X-wing squadron I created as part of my Star
RPG character's background. At first that was all it was--just a quick
phrase scribbled on a character sheet; however, through a strange set
circumstances that phrase started becoming more, and more, and more.
pesky pilots now take up a lot of my time, demanding to be given
in stories and such. I don't complain, though, or when I do I don't
it: writing fanfics about them is a wonderful release
me. (This Garfield
comic helps to illustrate my attitude toward these characters.)
Although I've created a whole squadron of fighter pilots, in the
stories I focus primarily on my
former RPG character and his wingman to a slightly lesser
In my online Star Wars interactions, I generally have
id's relating to either my character's callsign of Thumper (see Cracian
Thumper, not Bambi-Thumper) or his squadron designation, Corona
These stories are posted for the enjoyment (hopefully) of those who
stumble across them and take the time to read them. The Star Wars
universe belongs to LucasFilm, and I'm not making any profit off of
(quite the opposite, really). I'll leave the big characters alone and
play in the corner of this amazing galaxy by myself, okay?
co ro na. n., pl.
-nae. 1. The highest-temperature region of the Sun's outer
2. The only part of the Sun visible
a total eclipse. see HALO.
The Coronas are an X-wing starfighter squadron active in the time
between the Battle of Yavin and the Battle of Hoth. There are no canon
movie characters in the squadron, no relatives of canon characters,
like that--it's just a group of ordinary pilots working together to
the Rebellion. They have their own quirks, their own qualities and
own adventures, which I've been trying to chronicle for several years
Some of those stories are listed below.
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Most of these stories build on previous ones. While my hope is that
they could be read independently of each other, there are some where
significant could be lost if the reader doesn't have the assumed
knowledge from another story. For that reason, I'm including a
Reading" field for those stories. I consider all of these stories to be
rated a strong PG under the American movie rating system
These are organized into different categories. This first group is
my main storyline so far. The "Additional Stories" and "OC Challenges"
below are still considered Corona Canon but are typically meant more as
supplemental stories and vignettes with a general focus on
characterization and background information.
Constructive feedback on stories is most welcome, or even a note to
say you read any of them. If you e-mail me,
please put an appropriate subject line on the e-mail so I won't
delete it as spam.
A timeline showing the integrated chronological order of all of
these stories and their approximate time frame relative to the Battle
Yavin is available here.
G.1 (1-29-09) 39 pages
Chronologically, this is the first Corona story with Darin (my primary
character). Think of it
a television show's pilot episode (no pun intended): it introduces
all the pilots as it follows Darin during his first days with the
on his very first combat mission. It takes place about two months after
I consider this to be a fairly stand-alone fic, and therefore it has
been circulated to a few other places. I'm very pleased to say that
Rev. G.1 of C'ement was a co-winner in the category of "Most
Underrated" for the TF.N JCC Boards 2009
Saga Fanfiction Awards. A much earlier revision can be found
in the fanfic
section of EchoStation's Downtime. (There's an even
earlier version than that elsewhere, but it's one of my
earliest writings and is kind of embarrassing for me to look at now.)
Pilot Roster, PDF
Revision B (7-1-07) 5 pages
This is a small scene taken out of its
overall context whose sole purpose is to describe the various ships
in Crescent Star's fleet. It
was meant to be incorporated into the story "Outside
Looking In", but I decided it would be best if I only
in there and left this extended version as a separate document.
This detailed information is useful in subsequent stories, and I wanted
make it easily available. It
takes place two days after "Commencement",
or four days after Darin joined the Coronas.
Revision A (7-21-08) 39 pages
OLI starts two days after "Commencement"
ends, and it completes most of the introductory information started in
"Commencement". Darin has to learn how to adjust
to his new
lifestyle with the Coronas onboard Crescent
Star while the events from his first combat mission are still
fresh in his mind.
Deleted Scenes, PDF
Pilot Roster, PDF document
"No Good Reason". OLI sequel, in-work.
See "Projects" section.
Revision C (5-29-04) 9 pages
meant to be a lighter piece. A few weeks after he joins the
squadron, Darin at last gets his callsign. (The beginning will be
rewritten to match the Prologue of Revision B of "Metal Coils".)
Pilot Roster, PDF
B (1-17-10) 61 pages
This takes place a week after "Handle." Feuding astromechs, a series of
computer glitches, and rookie mistakes complicate Darin's life in his
Pilot Roster, PDF
Revision A (6-30-08) 6 pages
This was an Essential OC challenge entry (more info on that
in the "Additional Stories" section below). The challenge was, "You
can't bring me down! Let your character be happy and satisfied for a
change. Then, make the worst happen, but, as the challenge states, for
whichever reasons it does not bring him down. He's still happy after
all is said and done. We can't bring them down, but it won't be for
lack of trying." This takes place about two months after Darin joins
the Coronas, and while it doesn't compare to the bad stuff I put him
through before he joined the Rebellion, Darin is still the
victim in this story. Quiver persuades him to participate in a prank on
Revision A (5-10-03) 6 pages
Another light piece that takes
place when Darin is still pretty new to the squadron. Quiver and CC
force Darin into taking a thumper ride while they're on R&R.
Revision A (12-20-09) 4 pages
A Trio vignette highlighting one evening when they have a bit too much
to drink at the Bacta Tank. It will be helpful for a reader to already
know very basic background info of the Coronas as there is no
introductory information in this story.
"Untitled". Story taking place ~5
months after "Commencement". In-work. See "Projects" section.
Revision A (8-5-03) 42 pages
Admittedly an experiment in writing on my part, but one I had fun with
nonetheless. This takes place about six months after "Commencement".
On a Rebel world, the Coronas help look for an Imperial pilot who was
down. This story is told in nothing but first-person point-of-view,
may either make it horribly confusing to readers or somewhat more
If you read it, let me know which it is. This story will be rewritten
in the future, though the basic plot will likely remain the same.
Pilot Roster, PDF
Revision A (8-12-04) 69 pages
Recommended Reading: Searching and Finding
This story takes place a month after "Searching and Finding". The
Coronas spend some time on a Rebel
safeworld, and Darin and one other character must reexamine their
relationships between their family and their squadmates. This is a very
Pilot Roster, PDF
Revision C (4-19-12) 139 pages
This takes place about eight months after "Commencement". The Imperials
set a trap for the Rebels on an isolated colony world, which strands
Coronas on the planet while the Imperials hunt for them. I posted
(9/04, 71 pages) on the JC Forums as a stand-alone story, where it
was also reviewed
in the Fan
Fiction Newsletter in March 2004. Ground is the beginning of a plot
that particular stretch of time and is my favorite story. If a person
was to only read one story of mine ever, this is the one I would ask
him or her to read. NOTE:
Revision C is considerably
different (and, in my opinion, much better) in some areas from Revs. A
Pilot Roster, PDF
A (3-26-07) 67 pages
Recommended Reading: Solid Ground
Waters is the direct sequel to "Solid Ground",
and its Prologue begins on the night of the Epilogue in Ground (Rev.
B/C). The Coronas must deal with the
aftermath and consequences of the events on Lokinha, both at a personal
level and at
higher, more official levels. I've removed the links to Rev. A since
Waters will be going into an overhaul now to accommodate the changes
made to Rev. C of "Solid Ground" that waterfall down. I'm not sure when
Rev. B of Waters will be finished.
"Going to Pieces", sequel to
"Muddy Waters" and story arc continuation. In-work. See "Projects"
I have a large collection of scene snippets, character snapshots, and
so on. My original intention in writing these was to one day include
each in a larger story; however, I now see that some wouldn't fit well
larger story for reasons of plots, timelines, etc. This file is
made up of a few of these blurbs. They are not connected to each other,
most have no specific timeframe in mind (when there is, it's noted),
and they are very much a snapshot: they're abrupt, sometimes with no
beginning or ending, no setup, no descriptions. As such they might not
be easy reads, but I wanted to include them as an option here because
of the characterization they provide. I do consider these to be Corona
"canon", taking place in the background of the squadron between
stories, and the characterization carries through to the rest of my
stories. Each blurb has its date of last revision next to its header.
Revision A (1-10-10) 5 pages
We explore a part of Darin's childhood here. Darin is seven when his
sister Shiori is born. A few weeks after she comes home for the first
time, Darin is still having trouble adjusting to the newcomer to the
Revision A (1-10-10) 6 pages
Another look into Darin's past. Darin is twelve years old, and he'd
give anything to make his
five-year-old sister leave him alone. What happens with Shiori at a
local park catches him by surprise.
Revision F (9-16-12) 125 pages
Darin is now seventeen years old, and his whole life is turning upside
down and forcing changes on him that he never would have dreamed could
happen. Though some significant events remain the same, Revision F has
been completely rewritten from previous versions and tells what I hope
is a more realistic (if considerably darker) story.
Revision A (6-17-08) 79 pages
This is not a Corona story or even a Rebel story, but it may tie in
with them on a tangent down the road. It's a story about an Imperial
TIE Pilot stationed on Craci IV after the Imperial occupation and the
life-changing event he experiences. This is part of the "OC Project" in
Guide to OCs thread on the TF.N boards. Special Features (including
the aim of the OC Project, the creation of this story, outtakes and
more) can be found on the last page of the offsite HTML link. While it
didn't win, this story was nominated for Best Drama and Best Male
Original Character (Chase Barton) in the Summer
2008 Saga Era Fanfic Awards on the TF.N boards.
Revision A (4-8-04) 3 pages
This was my entry
in response to the JC
Fan Fiction Boards Valentine's Day Love Letter Challenge. No one
Corona Squadron is in it, but one of the Quakes is. The challenge was
as follows: "Write a love letter written to
or a story about a love letter. The word limit is 2000 words and your
must be one-post." This particular entry takes place sometime before
Revision A (8-12-10) 2 pages
This is a short vignette focusing on a Rebel Fleet Trooper on the Tantive IV. No Coronas were harmed
in the making of this story.
Revision A (1-30-11) 3 pages
Here's my response for the JC Fan Fiction Boards Downtime
Pilot thread's Challenge #2, "Memorial". It takes place shortly
before ESB, immediately after the Battle of Derra IV, and it is about
Luke, Rogue Flight, Soontir Fel and the 181st Fighter Group. No Coronas are involved in this.
Revision A (3-1-12) 10 pages
This is a vignette I wrote in response to the Calendar Challenge on the
Fiction Boards. A squad of Rebel Fleet Troopers embark on a ship
boarding mission to steal supplies. No Coronas were harmed
in the making of this story. The story is being continued each month as
part of the challenge. Only the first three months' worth are
written and posted since the challenge was temporarily put on hold
during the JC board move and then postponed after the move was complete.
Revision Basic (12-31-13) 42 pages
After his parents' deaths on the Gus Treta station, young Wedge
Antilles tries to find a new direction in life. This story focuses on
Wedge but includes Booster Terrik and Mirax Terrik. It's my entry for
the JC Fan Fiction Boards' 2013
Dear Diary Challenge, and as such is written in a first-person POV
diary format. It was updated twice a month and was completed in
December 2013. In the JC Fanfic Boards' Winter 2014 awards, it was
nominated for Best Canon story and Best Canon Character Interpretation
On the JC
Fan Fiction Boards, I enjoy participating in the Essential
(Original Character) thread. This thread has regularly scheduled
challenges that are open to any story featuring original characters.
Each challenge is different, and I have written several stories for
them (list below). "Turnaround" is also included, listed above.
"In All Probability"
Revision A (3-6-07) 3 pages
The challenge reads, "Between a
and a Hard Place. Create a scenario that puts one or more of your OCs
into a situation in which a choice must be made between two options.
The options are mutually exclusive, and either choice would produce an
undesirable outcome for the OC(s)." This entry takes place
sometime before "Solid
Ground", probably before "Metal
Coils" too, and Botch
gets the limelight.
"Behind the Line"
Revision A (2-10-07) 6 pages
challenge: "'Everyone has a price.' Does the old saying hold true for
your OC? Offer them a bribe to do something that they would otherwise
find reprehensible, and let us all find out! And remember, often a
person's 'price' has nothing to do with money..." The summary for my
entry is simply that not every Rebel is a good guy. Pellicer is the
main character. I wrote and posted this story within 24 hours because I
was quickly approaching the challenge deadline, and there are lots of
rough spots and hiccups that I'd
love to fix now. It
takes place before "Solid Ground".
"Root and Weed"
Revision A (8-5-07) 6 pages
The challenge reads, "More Than Meets The
Eye... Your OC is about to make a shocking discovery. The
object/person/droid they have seen everyday for years is going to turn
out to be something very different from first impressions. Is their
fiance actually an underworld hitman? Is their hairy, burly partner in
crime really a ballet dancer? Is their airspeeder really a 40-foot
robot? Whatever the case may be, will your OC like this sudden
change...or will they hate it?" Here, a scientist learns a secret about
something he cares about. No
Coronas were harmed in the writing of this story, but I did have fun
playing around on Treminal III, Mackin's homeworld. The main character,
Milin Ba'hon, was nominated
for Best Non-Human in the 2008 Saga Era Fanfic Awards on the TF.N
Revision A (10-15-07) 4 pages
The challenge: "When you’re
a child anything can make you happy: ice cream, a trip to the grocery
store, running with scissors. For adults it’s a bit more complicated.
With stress and worries beating down on you, it takes something really
exciting to cause that happy, giddy, lighter-than-air, run around and
break stuff happiness. So lock up the good china, and give your adult
OC something to smile about." I actually had to be nice to my characters. In this
story, Darin copes with job burnout.
Revision A (12-21-07) 6 pages
The challenge: "Hero Worship! Everyone looks up to someone, and your OC
the chance to take a closer look at his/her hero. Does the hero measure
up? Does your OC notice if s/he doesn't? Does your OC turn into a
creepy stalker? Inquiring minds want to know." I didn't stick very
closely to the challenge's intent, but the basics are there. My
summary for this story featuring the Mackins is, "A military family
deals with a member's secret deployment in different ways.
Revision A (2-23-09) 6 pages
I could very well be the only person weird enough to write a character
study story about a tauntaun. The challenge:
"SNOW WARS: The Bitter Cold of Battle; Inspired by Thorny’s love for
The Empire Strikes Back. Have an OC participate in the Battle of Hoth,
or some other similar snowy battlefield, it can be canon or one of your
own creations. FYI: Thorn didn't specify if your OC had to be a
combatant, or that they belonged to either side; so let's leave that
one open to interpretation." Summary: A tauntaun’s life is changed by
the Battle of Hoth.
Revision A (8-30-09) 3 pages
"OC’s Need to Eat their Viggies to Get Big & Strong: Side story,
background story, adventures in finding a restroom story… Tell a story
about one of your current OC’s, give a little expose on your favorite,
or not-so-favorite OC. No more than one post long!" I took this
opportunity to delve a bit more into Lt. Weas's character, and this
vignette takes place shortly before "Commencement".
"Nothing Good in Goodbye"
Revision A (5-14-13) 2 pages
"The Worst Day of Your Life. Write about the worst day of a character's
life. If the character has experienced more than one "worst day", pick
the one that has impacted their life the most. The "worst day" doesn't
have to be the standard tragic fare. It could be something that is
really silly but awful to the character." This story shows us Mackin's
worst day, when he had to leave his family because his squadron was
being loaned to the Rebellion. Pre-Coronas.
Information on each of the Corona Squadron pilots can be found on these
pages. Includes portraits (if available), biographical information,
name pronunciations and
a bit more. (Note: the theme songs are not Star Wars galaxy
(in-character) theme songs. They're contemporary songs that I
myself associate with each pilot.)
This page has
information on some of the important planets I use in the stories, as
well as a note regarding my approach to canon relating to Craci IV in
the release of The Essential Atlas.
Pictures and Playlists
contains sketches, photographs, and music titles associated with Corona
Completed individual portrait sketches like the one of Darin to the
left are on that pilot's bio
page, found above.
and Future "Front Burner"
* Just Finished/Posted: "Up in Flames", TFN boards 2013 Diary
Challenge with young Wedge Antilles. Completed 12/31/13,
uploaded PDF 2/7/14.
* Just Finished/Posted: "Nothing Good in Goodbye", a new vignette. Uploaded
* In-work: Corona Blurb Anthology.
* In-work: "No Good Reason", the next sequential story
Looking In". 10% complete as of 2/7/14.
* In-work: New revision (B) of "Muddy Waters".
as of 2/7/14. Was my winning 2012 NaNo Project but was unfinished and
needs some rewriting.
* On hold: "Going to Pieces", a "Muddy Waters" sequel
story arc. This was my (winning) project for NaNoWriMo
complete as of 3/20/11. On hold until new rev of Muddy Waters
* In-work: Character list of key personnel in Crescent Star
's fleet. 10%
complete as of 3/20/11.
* On partial hold: "Trip Around the Sun", a story about Mackin in his
Rebellion timeframe. This was my project
for the 2009 NaNoWriMo. 20%
complete as of 1/1/11.
* On partial hold: "Evasive Maneuvers", a story with a droid focus
on the first small mission Darin's personally in charge of. This was my
project for the 2011 NaNo. 5% complete as of
* On hold: Untitled story set five months after
* Future Project: New revision (B) of "Searching and Finding".
* Future Project: New revision (D) of "How to Handle Yourself".
Latest Updates to
2/7/14: Uploaded PDF document of "Up in
Flames". Added new sketch "Lost in Work" to drawings page.
7/19/13: Uploaded PDF document of
"Nothing Good in Goodbye". Added offsite link to ongoing story "Up in
9/23/12: Uploaded PDF documents of every
story and removed their RTF, DOC and HTML files. Updated links to the
JC Forums after their move and URL changes.
9/16/12: Uploaded PDF documents of "The
Storm After the Calm" and "Finders Keepers". Added some offsite HTML
link notices due to truncation issue on the new JC Forums.
5/10/12: Uploaded a portrait sketch of
Pellicer to his bio page. Uploaded the latest version of Prologue and
Chapter One (subject to some minor modifications) within the RTF file
of "Solid Ground".
1/26/12. Swapped the corrupted "Fleet
Description" Word document file with a Rich Text Format version. Posted
offsite HTML link for "Finders Keepers".
About the Author
"So we've been outnumbered / raided and now cornered. / It's hard to
fight when the fight ain't fair. / We're getting stronger now / find
things they never found. / They might be bigger / but we're faster and
never scared. / You can walk away, say we don't need this / but there's
something in your eyes says we can beat this. / Because these things
will change. / Can you feel it now? / These walls that they put up to
hold us back will fall down. / This revolution, the time will come /
for us to finally win. / We sing hallelujah, we sing hallelujah. /
Tonight we'll stand, get off our knees / fight for what we've worked
for all these years. / And the battle was long, it's the fight of our
lives..." - Taylor Swift, "Change"
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