The Carrion Spike was a corvette and the personal starship of Moff Wilhuff Tarkin while he was stationed at Sentinel base in the Outer Rim Territories. his ship was based off of the design of the stealth ship used during the clone wars It was captured by dissident elements from the dissolved Galactic Republic. After being used in many assaults against Imperial space stations, the ship was abandoned by the dissidents at Carida after they discovered their inside source within the Empire, Vice Admiral Rancit, was planning a
The Carrion Spike suffered unknown damage after its abandonment, perhaps committed by the dissidents to keep the ship out ofaction. For the loss of his ship, the Empire gave Tarkin the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Executrix.
More than forty years later, the ship became the personal vessel of Captain
"Sienar Fleet Systems wasn't the only contributor. The company's design is all over the corvette, but every shipbuilder from Theed Engineering to Cygnus Spaceworks played a part in outfitting it."
The Carrion Spike was designed specifically for and in collaboration with Moff Tarkin by Sienat Fleet Systems.
She was triangular-shaped, just under 150 meters in length and heavily armed with turbolasers, ion cannons and proton tubes.
Her Class One hyperdrive made the ship the fastest one in the Imperial Navy, while her state of the art navicomputer allowed the corvette to travel from the Outer Rim to Coruscant without reverting to eal space to retrieve routing data from relay stations or hyperwave beacons (less advanced ships had to exit hyperspace to check navigation data while travelling from one system to another).
Ion turbine sublight arrays and countermeasures suite were also state of the art. Based on a prototype stealth corvette introduced during the Clone Wars at the Battle of Christophsis she was unique in having a stealth system powered by Stygium crystal able to render the ship invisible to ordinary scanners.