In Star Wars: A New Hope, we see a number of Alderaanian consular guards that were on the Tantive IV being escorted away by Stormtroopers. But what was the fate of these guards and the crew of the ship?

I dived into Wookiepedia and found that one of the guards, Gale Torg was one of those guards that were on the Tantive IV (he is listed as a crew member); He was then present at the awards ceremony on Yavin 4 as one of the Honor Guards. This suggests to me that he either was captured and escaped or managed to flee at some point.

  • Seems like a great fan fiction opportunity. – Todd Wilcox Aug 14 at 13:30
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    Wookiepedia appears to contain a factual error. Gale Torg wasn't on the Tantive IV in the film Rogue One, he was on Yavin IV the entire time providing base security. – Valorum Aug 14 at 16:38
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They were most likely killed and the Tantive IV was destroyed. The case for this is

  1. Vader's plan is to make it look like some sort of accident to reassure the Senate

    VADER: Leave that to me. Send a distress signal and then inform the senate that all aboard were killed!

  2. Anyone else believed to have even had a chance to access the Death Star plans was also killed (i.e. the Jawas, Owen and Beru Lars)

  3. Leia never saw any others from the ship during her time in captivity

    I survived as a prisoner, first aboard Vader's Star Destroyer and then aboard the Death Star. I never learned the fates of the others.
    Leia, The Rebel Files

So how come Gale Torg is listed as a Tantive IV crew member but shows up on Yavin IV? The only logical explanation is that they're listing any named crew members who ever served aboard the ship during her entire history. So Gale Torg (given his close connections to Leia) probably served aboard the Tantive IV at some point, but was not there on the day she met her end.

According to the fully canon Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy, the Tantive IV was destroyed by the Empire shortly after being captured. Given that none of the crew were able to be coerced into revealing the location of the Rebel base on Yavin, it's likely that the majority of its senior crew were killed during the boarding process and the rest of the crew were on board the ship when it was destroyed.

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    Hopefully the ship's maximum speed of "950 kph" is measured in something other than kilometers per hour. That'd take weeks to get from Earth's surface to its Moon, let alone any sort of interplanetary journey… – duskwuff Aug 14 at 18:16
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    @duskwuff - Definitely kilometres per hour. It's explicitly stated earlier in the book. These are, of course, in-atmosphere speeds, not sublight – Valorum Aug 14 at 18:31

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