Good to know. I was having a discussion with my cousin about this last night--about which Imperials might have escaped and which ones perished--and I thought it might be fun to write a sketch where Chief Bast steps up to Tarkin . . .
BAST: We've analysed their attack, sir, and there is a danger. Should I have your ship standing by?
TARKIN: Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.
Bast nods, starts to walk away, then leans in again.
BAST: Would, er, you mind, sir, if I had MY ship standing by then?
TARKIN: What? You have a ship?
BAST: It's a small ship, sir. Got it second hand. Really only a personal craft, room for two or three. Maybe a droid.
TARKIN: Chief, I'm really much too busy to talk about ship specifications.
BAST: Right. But . . . do I have your permission to leave?
TARKIN: Do as you must. But when the Rebel base is so much spacedust, I'll be looking for someone to drink tea with. Be an awful shame, Chief, if you weren't there.
BAST: Understood, sir. Thank you, sir.
Of course, as soon as Chief Bast grabs his best pal, a Stormtrooper he's taken a shine to, and a particularly useful insect droid, load up in the ship, and flee the Death Star, a Y-wing Fighter sees it escaping, decides to blow it up, and hence is away from the fighting when the TIEs destroy all the other Y-wings. Bast is dead . . . but hey, there's one Y-wing that survives the battle at the end.
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