were both minor bureaucrats, but an incident when Drake was only
thirteen years old changed his life forever. Drake's parents were
taking some time out at a cantina in the capital city while the
young boy was at a friend's house. Imperial stormtroopers burst
into the bar and raked it with blasterfire, killing almost everyone
in the place, with the justification that a traitor to the Empire
was there. The young Drake didn't get the news until the next day.
His friend's family immediately took him in and it was then that
Drake gained an undying hatred for the Empire - a corrupt entity
that had killed its own people - his parents - so callously.
Two years later,
Drake had applied for and was received at the Arrebnac Security
Organization, which is where he was trained to fly starfighters.
This had always been his dream, and the ASO was the only way to
learn to fly as Drake refused to try for the Imperial Academy, an
institution that he hated.
with the ASO, Drake mainly flew a Y-Wing, as its ion cannons were
used widely to intercept and disable smugglers, pirates and mercenaries
moving through the system. He lamented its lack of speed, preferring
something faster like an X-Wing or A-Wing. However, the training
was to prove useful to him later. It was also at the ASO that Drake
met up with Ledner, his R2 unit, who
became one of his only friends.
During his time at the ASO, Drake learned not only how to fly and
fight but also how to keep his cool when things got heated, as well
as how to objectively analyze situations and deduce facts.
Two years after
joining the ASO, Drake's adopted family said goodbye to their eldest
son, Drake's childhood friend. Before leaving, he told Drake that
if he really wanted to get back at the Empire, he should join the
Alliance. "And," he finished with a wink, "I hear
the Frigate Joan d'Arc is closest to here - White Squadron is based
on board. They should be glad to receive you, they're a really friendly
group of people."
A few weeks
later, Drake was the pilot who disabled a bounty hunter flying a
stolen X-Wing, and his friend's last words to him came to mind.
Shortly following the X-Wing's capture, after bidding his family
goodbye and gathering what few possessions he had, Drake stole into
the ASO complex with Ledner and climbed aboard the captured X-Wing.
He fired up the engines and blasted his way out, only to be confronted
by his former comrades in the ASO, who naturally tried to stop him.
Thanks to some fancy flying (and a series of rapid hyperspace calculations
by Ledner), Drake managed to make it well beyond the edge of the
system to safety. However, the danger wasn't over yet, as Drake
discovered that truth when he encountered White Squadron for the
POV: The Seizure).
White Squadron pilots back to the frigate Joan d'Arc, Drake has gone
through many changes to his situation. The original transfer to the
frigate Wolf’s Den and Wolfshead Squadron hit him hard, as he
had developed a strong sense of affection for the battered old Joan.
He was sad to see the end of White Squadron, but equally excited to be
a part of the new Wolfshead and what such a squadron was capable of. He
was also pleased to see that the Joan was to be retired into naval
academy service, rather than being chopped up to make razor blades.
Likewise, the loss of the Wolf’s Den was a blow, although Drake
has come to love the new home of Wolfshead Squadron, the impressive and
beautiful Strike Carrier Wolf’s Lair. The spirit and sense of
camaraderie that permeates ship and squadron is something that Drake
values highly, as well as his friendships with his squadmates and the
crew. In particular, he spends much of his time with fellow X-wing pilot
Raiven, who joined Wolfshead shortly
before the Mantara campaign which was to see the two become fast friends.
Their flying is a constant source of pride, their jokes a source of
laughter, and their droids a source of worry, as the two incorrigible
pilots strive to bring their own particular brand of character to the
Wolf’s Lair. Drake also sees Solo as a kind of father figure,
although he would hardly dare to say so. And the fact that he considers
Ibero almost like a grandfather, Drake swears, will never be known to