XWA-CAB 1: Secrets and Lies: Eagles of Freedom

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 9
Release date: 2002-04-21
Last updated: 2012-11-02

HA Striker

Average rating: 4.6
Reviews: 21
Bug reports: 1
Times completed: 175

Battle Medal:
Silver Crest of Truth

Battle Reviews

COL Phalk Sturm



Awesome battle. You will experience the thrill of riding inside every subgroup of the EH. A variety of different and very original missions, following a well-balanced and impeccably crafting of each mission. The plotline is immersive and adds to the flavour of this great battle. One word of notice is the last assignment where you have to take down a T/D in a shielded yet sluggish T/B. Tiresome business.

GN Stryker



A solid story encompassing every major portion of the Emperor's Hammer, with a wide variety of craft and missions. I just wish the final mission had been in an ACTUAL Scimitar Assault Bomber rather than just a shielded TIE Bomber, for that added layer of awesomeness.

HA Elwood the Brave



Nice story, nice fights, good fun. An all around good battle.

GN Anahorn Dempsey



Solid story, good flying, and very much doable on easy. A shining example of how to create battles!

VA Dolza



Outstanding battle. Very good story and the Concourse announcement before mission 1 is hystarical.

COL Raith Sienar



I really liked this battle. Great storyline.

The reason i gave this battle 3 was because i loved the plot, the briefings etc. but i hated every single second of flying it. The missions were unbelievably hard, even on easy. Now i dont claim to be the greatest of flyers, but i dont think i am that bad either. These missions, especially the last one, were extremely difficult and i had to fly them far too many times to complete them. I dont mind a challenge but this was a joke. The last mission where you have a squadron of A-Wings trying to kill you while you have to take out 2 capital ships practically on your own is an example of this. Anyway, apart from the playing side the battle was brilliantly constructed an the missions very complex. Well done on that but please make it a little easier next time.

COL TK-7764



There was a lot of hype for this battle. Now there are rave reviews. There were some neat stuff in it, and it had original plot twists, but I just didn't like it that much. Still, you don't have to take my word for it.

LC Archon



Oh...my...God...if you only get to fly one battle for your entire TC career, pick this one!! I could write a three page review detailing every single time I gaped in amazement or outright laughed! Superb, excellent, outstanding, wonderful, and astounding mission design coupled with a wide variety of crafts and objectives. This battle takes some elements of cookie-cutter battles (recon comes to mind the most) and makes them actually a blast to fly. Not to mention the innovative and original events, like what happens when you find the SHU in the asteroid field on your recon flight! This battle also features some truly amazing visuals, including huge starports and stations, awe-inspiring fleet formations, and, in the last mission, the mother of all fighter wing hyperspace sequences (fly it and you'll know what I'm talking about). Furthermore, Striker does a fantastic job of combining a serious plot with some of the funniest stuff I've seen in a battle. The stuff that comes up in inspection and "Bot inside!" were just a few things that caused me to laugh out loud during the battle. The briefings were the best I've ever seen as well, providing excellent detail and being way flashier than anything coming out of Totally Games. Everything in this battle surpasses everything I've ever seen before in any TG campaign or EH battle. A toast to Striker, for making the finest battle ever created. SUREFRIED!!

CM TK-9780



Great story the missions worked well together. It's best played none stop, so you move with the story as the missions process

CPT Serge Broskopf



Great battle. Well balanced, apart from two things: one mission you fly a X/W with no countermeasures and you get all kinds of missiles shot at your arse, the next mission you fly a B/W wíth countermeasures and almost none of the enemies carries missiles (or they aren't using them). It made the X/W mission a little too hard this way, I think. But all else, plot, atmosphere was great. (I also noted that for the last mission Striker must have used old FGs from the third last mission for some of the enemy fighter FGs, as their orders are still set to "producing", "sixth sense" and such :-) ...)

LCM Pedric Cuf



Best battle I've ever flown! Can't wait for part 3.

LT Stavros



Very excellent battle! A difficult challange on the Hard difficulty and appropriately proportioned on the lower difficulties. Great plot and good job making the story fit the missions. Minor grammer errors though.

COL Carl Lost



Amazing effort has been put into this CAB !! Maybe not easy but achieveable and a great storyline ! :) I wish to see more XWA CAB's :)

CPT Alexi Stukov



Good sequel, but all the patches are annoying. Lots of shooting, very difficult. Although, I think the author should rewrite the comm. messages, they were all pretty poorly written with a lot a grammatical errors.




Incredible. Simply incredible. Great plot, great missions. Fly it now!

GN Mark Schueler



All good, minus having to kill a T/D in a T/B, which is why I only gave it a 4

LCM Vonnegut



I loved it -- all night! And I got high scores - FANTASTIC!!

HA Striker



wooow it was a great battle...I'm eager to learn how to make so cooool missions, and I'm going to pass the XWA Mission Design Course ASAP !....




best! best! best!

GN Abel Malik



I really liked this battle being a member of the IW, DB, and TC. The only small detial which was incorrect was the DB mission featuring the fighters from Clan Naga Sadow House Ludo Kresh- Emerald squadron uses T/D's & assault gunships. If you fly one EH battle this week i highly reccomend XWA-CAB.

Battle Bug Reports

GN Anahorn Dempsey


M2: after swapping crew the ATRs just sit there instead of flying home - SHU Perlo2 keeps getting destroyed near the detention center

High Scores

Battle Total: 1,023,354 COL Deimos
Mission 1: 4,544 COL Deimos
Mission 2: 429,733 COL Deimos
Mission 3: 19,271 COL Deimos
Mission 4: 24,416 COL Deimos
Mission 5: 18,410 CM Dakar Romson
Mission 6: 397,461 COL Deimos
Mission 7: 15,490 COL Deimos
Mission 8: 24,058 COL Deimos
Mission 9: 94,623 COL Deimos

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Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 167 pilots a total of 174 times.