THE DARK TIMES
Hera Syndulla’s father Cham was a Twi’lek independence fighter with a suspicion of authority, a knack for leadership, and the ability to balance loyalty to those under his command with unswerving dedication to a larger goal. Cham’s daughter brought many of these same qualities to the struggle against the Empire on Lothal. She made the best use of her crew’s varied skills, worked to keep them from losing faith in their mission, and protected the secret of the mysterious rebel agent Fulcrum.
While an extraordinary pilot and capable fighter, Hera lacked the ability with the Force shown by her longtime friend Kanan Jarrus. But Hera had the perspective that the impetuous Kanan sometimes lacked, and was able to help Kanan weather the frustrations of trying to mentor his headstrong Padawan Ezra Bridger.
When the rebellion failed to pass an Imperial blockade, clone trooper Rex advised that they seek out Quarrie: an engineer who had built a powerful new kind of starfighter. Hera led the mission to meet him, and she became the test pilot for the experimental craft, impressing its creator with her skill and heart. With Quarrie’s blessing, she took the B-wing into battle, saving the fleet and ensuring a successful drop of food supplies to Ibaar.
Despite a strained relationship, Hera contacted her father, the legendary Cham Syndulla, to collaborate on a mission: they would steal an Quasar Fire-Class Cruiser-Carrier stationed over their home planet of Ryloth. Their interactions were tense -- Cham refused to see the value of the rebellion over the freedom of Ryloth -- but they went forward with the plan. Cham, however, double-crossed Hera and the Ghost crew. Obsessed with protecting Ryloth and bitter that his wife died at the hands of the Empire, he wanted to destroy the ship. Ultimately, Hera convinced Cham of the rebellion’s validity and of her love for him. Together they completed the mission, securing a much-needed large-scale ship for the rebellion.
When the Empire occupied the Tann province on Ryloth -- including the Syndulla home -- Hera was determined to recover a family heirloom called a Kalikori. The mission did not go as planned, however, when Grand Admiral Thrawn captured Hera, deducing she was the daughter of Cham Syndulla and rebel leader. Ultimately, Hera sacrificed the Kalikori and her home in order to strike at the Empire.
Not every Jedi perished in Order 66. Kanan Jarrus survived the Emperor’s purge, going underground for years and hiding the truth about who he really was. To keep his past a secret, Kanan carried a blaster -- an uncommon practice for a Jedi -- and used a lightsaber that had to be assembled. He was a leader among the Ghost crew, a small group of rebels looking to strike back against the Empire, and with the emergence of the Force-sensitive Ezra, once again embraced his identity as a Jedi Knight.
Growing up on his own during the age of the Empire, Ezra Bridger relied on his street smarts -- and subconscious Force abilities -- to survive. He became a con artist and small-time thief, doing what he needed to get by on his home planet Lothal. But this reality also hardened Ezra, who by the time he was 14 years old, had little trust for anyone. That would change with his introduction to the Ghost crew, a small band of rebels fighting back against the Empire. Ezra came to believe in their cause, and saw that he could help change the galaxy for the better. And with the help of Kanan Jarrus, he began to learn the ways of the Jedi.
Chopper was the resident droid of the Ghost, assisting the crew in everything from ship maintenance to combat -- even though he didn't always want to. After many years of repairs and patch jobs, Chopper had a beat-up, worn look that matched his sometimes cranky personality. Aesthetics aside, he was an essential part of this small rebel team, and ultimately, was loyal and heroic.
Sabine Wren was a Mandalorian warrior, explosives expert, and graffiti artist -- qualities that came in handy as one of the first rebels against the Empire. Part of the Ghost crew, Sabine used her gift for bomb-making to great effect against the Empire, and would often mark her work with spray-paint tags. Her classic Mandalorian armor was notable for incorporating her own custom stylings, reflecting her creative-meets-rebellious spirit.
The Ghost, piloted by the gifted Hera Syndulla, was the starship and home base of a small band of Lothal rebels. Named for its ability to travel past Imperial sensors without detection, the craft included many hidden surprises that aided the crew in their fight against the Empire. Among its many features were a 360-degree dorsal laser cannon turret, two forward laser cannons, and two rear laser cannons, as well as sleeping quarters. It also included the Phantom, a secondary shuttle that acted as a fully-armed starfighter.