Unbeknownst to all except Emperor Palpatine and Mara Jade, a body double of Palpatine flew to the planet Basteel to meet with Commander Dent at the Galactic Empire's planetary base, Outpost Nine. However, before the convoy could arrive, the outpost was ambushed by X-wing fighters and all communications to it were lost.
Rebel Alliance fighters Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, on the ship Raven's Claw, flew to attack the two Imperial shuttles. Katarn jumped out of the Raven's Claw, landing on the back of Jade's shuttle. The two engaged in a lightsaber duel as Ors shot the body double's shuttle down. In a mask of what appeared to be anger and rage - although she knew her master was still alive - Jade struck into Katarn, injuring him.
After Ors returned to pick Katarn up, the Raven's Claw flew away, leaving Jade and her companion, stormtrooper sergeant Rocket, on the shuttle. Jade reported to the Emperor of what had happened and set courses to Outpost Nine to investigate the remnants of the base.