|Motto|| "Hunt This!"|
"Booze, Violence, and the Corellian Way"
|Leader||Owan D'arc (a.k.a. "Anti-Tarkin")|
|2IC|| Rik Avner|
|Founded||Year 1 Day 185|
|Dissolved||Year 3 Day 98|
|Holosite||Night Thieves (Year 4)|
- "We are a revolutionary group of beings from all different species who believe in the individual rights of each being in the galaxy. Each person has the right to freedom; freedom from oppression, freedom from tyranny, and freedom from unjust treatment. People have a right to choose their government, not to have one forced upon them. Governments should listen to citizens and serve them, rather than the other way around. We fight for the people and are comprised of the people. They are the galaxy's heroes, martyrs, friends and family, willing to lay their lives down for the greater good."
- — Night Thieves' Revolutionary Manifesto
The Night Thieves, often abbreviated as "NT," was one of the galaxy's most violent and prominent terrorist organizations during the reigns of Emperors Piett and Trey Connel. The Night Thieves described themselves as an anarchistic urban guerrilla movement engaged in armed resistance against all forms of authority. They specifically targeted large governments such as the Rebel Alliance.
The ragtag organization was formed in Year 1 Day 185 by Owan D'arc (a.k.a. "Anti-Tarkin"), Mithrander, Idalia and C'Teal. They existed until Year 3, committing numerous operations including an attempted coup d'état within the Rebel Alliance that resulted in the removal of Supreme Commander Shae Briston for high treason. Following D'arc's disappearance from the galaxy, the organization was incorporated into Hammers Slammers in Year 3 Day 98.
On Year 1 Day 185, the collective known as the Night Thieves was founded by a former Rebel Alliance Logistics Officer called Owan D'arc (also known by his nom de guerre "Anti-Tarkin"). Less than a month had elapsed since D'arc's resignation from the leadership of Centrepoint Space Station, a popular trading depot which he had built with his friend Kell Tainer. Joining D'arc in this new endeavor were Mithrander, Idalia, and C'Teal, none of whom would survive the next five years.
At the time of its founding, the original purpose of the Night Thieves remained unclear to galactic denizens. Consequently, many holonet pundits dismissed the emergence as merely another band of pirates. However, by Year 1 Day 207, the Night Thieves issued a series of political commentaries criticizing the major galactic governments in the galaxy; in particular, they criticized the Rebel Alliance for their hypocrisy in pretending to be an altruistic regime while employing tactics more akin to the Galactic Empire. In responses to accusations, the Alliance High Command branded the Night Thieves as "terrorists" and placed a death mark upon them.
The publicity generated by their public feud with the Rebel Alliance caused a swell in the Night Thieves' ranks. Among the new recruits who joined the Night Thieves were Rik Avner and Cloud Carbine. D'arc, Avner, and Carbine would become the nucleus of the outfit. In particular, Avner immediately formed a close friendship with D'arc. Within a few weeks, the two were often seen talking about politics, and the art of war. Though from the very beginning, others noticed that Avner wished to be a man of action while D'arc had seen enough action and would rather act as a politician. Due to this friendship, D'arc soon entrusted Avner with launching the Night Thieves' first operational branch known as the Galactic Liberation Organization. The latter organization used a bootleg holonet transmitter to disrupt and to bombard the galactic news channels with endless streams of revolutionary propaganda.
On Year 2 Day 40, the Night Thieves and Rebel Alliance opened discussions regarding a strategic alliance. A month later, the alliance was officially announced. By Year 2 Day 130, the pact disintegrated after the Night Thieves were accused of supporting a coup within the Rebel Alliance. These accusations led to the removal of Supreme Commander Shae Briston from the Rebel Alliance. Briston was replaced as leader by David Salohah who assumed power under the new title of President of the Rebel Alliance. All rebel officers with ties to the Night Thieves were dismissed; other members were court-martialed.
Within months, the relationship between D'arc and Avner became strained for undetermined reasons. Avner parted ways with D'arc and later became a religious devotee of Alissma. After Avner left, the Night Thieves experienced internal turmoil and, on Year 2 Day 263, Carbine departed the Night Thieves and started a new company known as Paradox Resource Exploration.
By Year 2 Day 360, the activity of the Night Thieves had dropped dramatically. They issued a public statement that they were voiding all bounties on their enemies. Their diplomatic stance towards the Rebel Alliance was declared to be "neutral." On Year 3 Day 98, D'arc stepped down as Chaos-in-Chief of the Night Thieves and the remnants of the group became a mercenary subgroup of Hammers Slammers.
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- Night Thieves - Holosite (Year 4)