The Krytos Trap

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The Krytos Trap
AuthorMichael A. Stackpole
Cover artistPaul Youll
CountryUnited States
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
October 1, 1996
Media typePaperback
Preceded byWedge's Gamble 
Followed byThe Bacta War 

The Krytos Trap (1996) is the third novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. It was written by Michael A. Stackpole. It is set at the beginning of the New Republic Era in the Star Wars universe and focuses on the problems the New Republic has in occupying Coruscant.


The plot focuses on three key events that happen mostly simultaneously. The first is the occupation of Coruscant and the trouble the Empire left behind with its crippling bio-attack on the planet. The virus used in the attack is the Krytos virus, a biological weapon developed by General Evir Derricote and released under the orders of Imperial leader Ysanne Isard. Humans are apparently immune, while all other species are vulnerable. This, combined with Imperial Intelligence officer Kirtan Loor's terrorist activities while taking orders from the Palpatine Counterinsurgency Front, leaves Coruscant and the New Republic in a state of emergency.

The second event is the treason trial of Rogue Squadron executive officer Tycho Celchu, who is suspected of murdering Rogue Squadron pilot Corran Horn, who was captured during the invasion.

Finally, Corran Horn is being held prisoner in her Lusankya prison facility. His attempts to escape lead him to uncover the secret of Rogue Squadron's mole, and it becomes a race against time to save the innocent and reveal the true traitor.

Dramatis personae[edit]

Rogue Squadron

  • Commander Wedge Antilles
  • Captain Tycho Chelchu
  • Captain Aril Nunb
  • Lieutenant Corran Horn
  • Lieutenant Pash Cracken
  • Ooryl Qrygg
  • Nawara Ven
  • Rhysati Ynr
  • Erisi Dlarit
  • Gavin Darklighter
  • Riv Shiel
  • Asyr Sei'lar
  • Inyri Forge

Rogue Squadron's Robots

  • M-3PO
  • Whistler
  • Mynock

Alliance Military

  • Admiral Ackbar

Alliance Intelligence

  • General Airen Cracken
  • Iella Wessiri
  • Winter

Citizens on Coruscant

Crew of the Pulsar Skate

  • Mirax Terrik
  • Liat Tsayv

Imperial Forces

  • Ysanne Isard, Director of Imperial Intelligence
  • Kirtan Loor, Intelligence Agent
  • General Evir Derricote

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