Temiri Blagg leads a forlorn existence in the shadows of Canto Bight’s wealth, caring for fathiers in stables ruled by the iron-fisted groom Bargwill Tomder. Temiri dreams of a better life somewhere among the stars. When two desperate Resistance fighters cross his path, he must make a crucial choice.
Powerful yet graceful quadrupeds standing three meters high at the shoulder, fathiers can achieve speeds of 75 kilometers per hour for short distances. Fathier races are glitzy affairs in Canto Bight, but few spectators understand the toll the sport takes on these noble animals. Many fathiers live miserable lives, abused by jockeys and trapped in cramped stables.
Fathier racing is a dangerous business in which falls are often fatal. This gives Canto Bight’s fathier jockeys a reputation far larger than their size – the resort town’s best riders are celebrities in their own right. The best jockeys know how to persuade their mounts to run without striking them with an electrocrop.
At the heart of Canto Bight sits the Canto Casino and Racetrack. A fathier racetrack occupies the center of the complex, surrounded by game rooms, restaurants, cabarets and luxury hotels. Fortunes in Cantocoins are won and lost nightly at the casino, a place of soaring dreams and crashing disappointments.