THE DARK TIMES
When cadets Wedge Antilles and Derek “Hobbie” Klivian attempted to defect with Sabine Wren to the rebellion, Skerris personally engaged them, following in his TIE interceptor. Thanks to a last minute save by Sabine’s friends, he failed in destroying the trainees. Later, Skerris would pilot the experimental TIE defender in a battle with the Ghost and Gold Squadron in the Archeon Nebula.
Skerris became vengeful following his interactions with the rebels. When Phoenix Squadron launched an attack on the Imperial blockade at Lothal, he recklessly pursued Hera Syndulla in his TIE defender elite -- with fatal consequences. Skerris foolishly followed Syndulla into Imperial fire, destroying his craft's shields. Syndulla then waited for the opportunity to strike, blasting Skerris' ship and sending it careening to its destruction.
One of the galaxy’s many Imperial training outposts, Skystrike Academy was an elite pilot school located in the atmosphere of Montross. Cadets, taught to follow orders no matter what, would train in simulator pods and fly in actual space before graduating to pilot status. Sabine Wren of the Ghost crew went undercover at Skystrike, where she extracted defectors Wedge Antilles and Hobbie Klivian, who would go on to become legendary rebel pilots.
Instructor Goran was the overseer of Skystrike Academy, an elite Imperial Academy for TIE pilots. He was unforgiving with his students, but also blind as to what was truly going on under his watch; it took a surprise visit from Governor Pryce and Agent Kallus to root out an undercover rebel and three defectors, which was a great embarrassment for Goran.
Sabine Wren was a Mandalorian warrior, explosives expert, and graffiti artist -- qualities that came in handy as one of the first rebels against the Empire. Part of the Ghost crew, Sabine used her gift for bomb-making to great effect against the Empire, and would often mark her work with spray-paint tags. Her classic Mandalorian armor was notable for incorporating her own custom stylings, reflecting her creative-meets-rebellious spirit.
The Empire utilized simulator pods to run their cadets through specific scenarios and training missions. The pods were, essentially, standalone cockpit pods of TIE fighters; they could be moved a full 360 degrees to recreate the experience of flying a TIE, and featured immersive, on-screen visuals that could be monitored by instructors.