At Endor there was a huge cost for both sides involved. The Rebel Alliance lost roughly 1/5 of the fleet and with those vessels more crewmen than even I can count. These are men and women who died for a dream but we need to remember The Imperial Fleet lost people too. Not droids, not just warships but people. How much of a loss? I will leave that to the historians to calculate. For us the war continues.
The following journal entry was found on data pad in the hand of a Star Destroyer crewman in a damaged escape pod shortly after the battle of Endor. Only now am I transcribing it, for the man whose name we will never know. I cannot help feel some sorrow and remorse for his death by Asphyxia I can relate to his sense of duty and pride in service. He did not deserve death; this was not an evil man.
-. Thanu Onal Medic Home One
I have no deep love for the Empire I have no deep hatred for the Rebellion. I am simply a man trying to do my job as best as I can do it. I joined to escape the poverty of my homeworld and I found a life, a career, a purpose and a cause greater than myself though I do not always agree with it.
I am no longer a name, just another face in an endless sea of faces, one of roughly 37000 crew aboard this Star Destroyer. I am just a man doing my job. I know next to no one aboard. With a crew the size of a small city it’s simply impossible to know everyone.
Still I feel some pride in service. I serve aboard the symbol of Imperial power and it happened to be my bad luck to end up on one fighting the Rebellion. It’s a big galaxy and the Empire has plenty to do, it’s never been able to commit its full attention to the Rebellion but I do wish that I wasn’t among those committed to that particular fight.
I feel no hatred toward them I feel no love for the Empire. I know my duty, I will follow orders. I will die if need be but I would really rather live. I am no zealot, not some fanatic who does everything in the name of the Emperor. My officers are like that. In my opinion they’re crazy and they just might get us killed for some useless ball of rock somewhere on the Outer Rim. Still the captain seems to be a fairly reasonable man but I’ve never met him.
As I write this we’re headed for an out of the way system called Endor. It’s a big galaxy of course there’s some of I’ve never heard of. Whatever happens at Endor, I’m not afraid or anything, I’m still glad I got these last thoughts down. Still I’m just a little uneasy since I’ve heard this could seal either the Rebellion’s fate or the Empire’s.
I leave myself to whatever the powers that be, the Will of the Force, whatever, may have planned for me.