I'm sure there are a few people out there who are a bit confused as to what Kalidor is all about. I hope, in the following article, to give you a peak into the background of where the FRG Black Hawk, and Kalidor, came from - literally and figuratively.
How It All Began
Blue Squadron was stationed onboard the Alliance Star Destroyer Happy Jack (formerly known as the ISD Octavian when part of the Imperial fleet) and served as Rebel Fleet Reserves. They filled in the gaps of the Alliance's battles with the Empire, and soon became a storehouse for the Alliance's new assault bomber - the B-Wing.
Gray Squadron was stationed on the VSD WaveRunner and served primarily in the Outer Rim territories as a heavy assault squadron. They were the first in, striking hard with their captured Victory-Class WaveRunner, and stayed to cover the escape of the other squads when the raids were over. Many Alliance pilots owed their lives to the WaveRunner and the Gray Squadron.
Green Squadron was given the Frigate Rhez'nor and served as the initial R&D test center for the Alliance's new B-Wing bomber.
Gold Squadron eventually found their home on an old mercenary base. After capturing it, Gold renamed it the Lucky Strike but it was officially known as Comstock Base. Gold was the premier A-Wing pilots in the Alliance, and served as the Advanced Intercept and Armed Recon group.
Black Squadron was stationed aboard the Frigate Black Star and provided the Covert Operations for the Alliance.
Rogue Squadron was stationed aboard the Calamari Cruiser MC80a Liberty (recall the Return of the Jedi?) and were the elite organization. To meet Rogue requirements meant not only understanding X-WingŪ thoroughly, but winning it in all aspects. Making Rogue's roster could be considered almost the same as becoming a Navy Blue Angel or Air Force Thunderbird.
For awhile the Rebel Alliance thrived and grew on CIS's FSForum. Gold and Green held the first-ever X-WingŪ intra-squadron competion (given the name Operation Fist). Several short stories, called point-of-views (POVs) were written telling each squadron's stories and their continuing effort to battle the tyranny of the Empire. Then, as the Internet came into being, and several squadron CO's and XO's changed hands, membership waned. Blue disbanded and Black's CO disappeared, effectively killing the squadron. It was a time for change.
Kalidor's Birth Pangs
However, even the General Madine's spy network was not thorough in those early years. The spies failed to learn that a TIE Interceptor squadron was ferried to the station, to eventually be stationed on the frigate. Also, several high ranking officials from Thyferria were meeting at the station with the local Moff, to discuss new rates for Bacta deliveries. As the X-Wings and Y-Wings approached the station, two flights of TIE Interceptors (known by Rebel pilots as Squints) were on patrol. They promptly engaged the incoming Rebels. The X-Wings managed to vaporize the two two-man flights, but the station was alerted and its defenses were powered up. In addition, two companies of recently arrived stormtroopers were put on alert and took up defensive positions on both the station and the frigate.
The following space battle was fast and furious. One X-Wing pilot lost control and crashed into a passenger liner near the station, killing one of the leading members of the Xuchra family - who provided much of the Bacta needed by both the Empire and the Rebels. Because of the communications silence, the Rebel assault transports carrying the commandoes and engineers arrived without realizing the current situation. The initial commando team landing in the frigate was nearly decimated by the waiting stormtroopers. Heavy damage was inflicted to the frigate's landing bay and associated decks, wiping out several power conduits. The other assault teams landing at the platform faired better, but met stiff resistance. The final transport, carrying the engineers, landed amid the carnage in the frigate. The engineers, led by an old general of the Clone Wars (Pierce Dey), aided the remnants of the assault team in driving back the stormtroopers into the frigate. The engineers made their way to power up the frigate while the commandoes, now teamed up with members from the platform assault group, began mopping up the remaining stormtroopes on the frigate.
Meanwhile, the remaining commando team on the space platform was unable to reach the control center for the frigate's power, tether couplings, and most importantly the tractor beams holding the frigate in place. Desperate, the X-Wing CO and a Y-Wing made a run on the tractor beam generators. The CO delivered his torpedoes on target but the Y-Wing missed and was heavily damaged by a turbolaser battery, smashing into the platform itself. The CO, realizing their time is running out, and was out of torpedoes. He rammed his X-Wing into the final tractor beam generator, freeing the frigate. The heavily damaged frigate limpedaway, escorted by the remaining X-Wings and Y-Wings, now led by the XO, Lt. Commander Slingshot.
Appalled by the carnage of the botched mission, and sensitive to the Xuchra's family outrage, Mon Mothma directed Admiral Ackbar to disband the squadron, and the remaining pilots were blackballed from the Rebel Alliance, never to be allowed to return to active rolls. The Rebels continued to rebuild their fleet, leaving the damaged frigate and banned pilots to their own resources deep in Imperial space. While Pierce Dey's engineers strove to repair the damage to the frigate, the remaining pilots, under Slingshot's leadership, launched a raid on a prison planet. Several of the prisoners (Wookies and other non-human species) signed onboard the frigate as crew to repay their debt for their freedom. Finally, enough repairs were accomplished to allow the frigate to become semi-operational. However, with minimal crewing and no supplies, the future looked bleak. Surprisingly, a communique arrived from an intelligence source known only as Fire Wire. If the pilots, and the frigate's crew, agree to perform certain hazardous and critical missions in Imperial controlled sectors, Fire Wire promised to supply them with the all they needed, including new fighters, additional crew and pilots. Fire Wire hinted that if they were successful, eventually they could be restored to the Alliance as an active unit. But there's no guarantee. A meeting was held and after some discussion, a vote was taken. The crew and pilots agreed to become the unofficial covert unit for the Rebel Alliance. The new ship is christened the Black Hawk and a squadron name is chosen. Kalidor is born.
The Dark Years
New Pilots reporting aboard the Black
Resurgence: Into the Light!
Current squadrons in the Rebel Alliance
Praying Mantis Squadron lost half of their pilots to a disasterous operation, and reformed into a cross-gender and cross-race squadron known as White Squadron, still aboard the Frigate Joan d'Arc. This lasted for a year until White was disbanded and the Joan d'Arc mothballed. Those pilots still active from White Squadron formed the core nucleus of Wolfshead aboard the Frigate Wolf's Den. Wolfshead recently moved to the Strike Carrier Wolf's Lair. Gold Squadron became Gold Legion and is still located at Comstock Base. Gray Squadron, idle for nearly a year, was revitalized aboard the Strike Cruiser WaveRunner II. CRS Liberty saw the formation of two more squadrons. In addition to Rogue Squadron, Buccaneer and Corsair Squadrons were formed. Buccaneer was the heavy assault unit onboard the "Lib" and Corsair was the interceptor aces. Soon, the command structure was reorganized to form Renegade Wing to reflect the presence of three independent squadrons on one capital ship. Blue Squadron was reactivated aboard the Frigate Loyalty. However, Alliance HQ reassigned the Alliance Star Destroyer Happy Jack back to Blue. Red Squadron has remained strong onboard the Frigate Regis. Green Squadron is still aboard the Frigate Rhez'nor. The latest addition to the Rebel Alliance was the CRS Independence. As the flagship of the Alliance, the Independence holds a special place.
After the disappointment of X-WingŪ
vs TIE FighterŪ, and some real-life (RL) issues: Elixir, Baldrick, Taoist,
Saar, and Oxotnik all left the Black Hawk. However, new pilots
joined the ranks: Ehawk, A'Kula, Z-Man, Banzai, Sunwolfe,
Maverick, and Broadsword. FourSpeed took over XO duties and A'Kula
became the new TacO. Red Dog, who had disappeared during the Fury Debacle, resurfaced and had
taken over his old Kalidor 2 slot. Recently, Sunwolfe has stepped in
as IntelO - completing the Flag Officer (FlagO) ranks. With the loss of Saar, Kalidor needed to leave Benthic and find a new home. Slingshot
corresponded with Dave Phillips, webmaster of
the fast and upcoming Echo Station on-line Star
WarsŪ magazine. We were welcomed with open arms. Shortly thereafter, Kalidor, and the Black Hawk, found a new home and sported a new look. Because Kalidor emphasized active pilots (i.e. flying new missions on a
monthly basis in either X-WingŪ or X-WingŪ vs TIE FighterŪ), we've kept abreast of
current trends and developments in the software. This includes new mission editors (like Troy Dangerfield's XwED and XvTED,
new ships (like those at Datamaster's OPT
Project, and best of all, new games (like X-WingŪ Alliance). The website has
undergone some major changes, with a new medals program initiated, and
regular Black Ops missions
being flown and scored. In addition, several new pilots have written short
stories (known as POVs) which are now posted in the ship's library. Also, in gratitude to our
hosts, we have been posting articles on Echo Station's Electronic Magazine and copies are maintained in the
Black Hole, the official
name of our pilot's lounge. Though we may not be "officially" part of the
Alliance, we keep abreast of current events through every means available.
(Scott (A'Kula) Schimmels is a research engineer (nonlinear composite structures) in real life. As Kalidor Squadron's Tactical Officer, he runs the TacOps and Sim Centers, and is currently working his way through X-WingŪ Alliance.)