FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
Cham Syndulla began his career as a Twi’lek freedom fighter by opposing corruption in the Republic, typified by Ryloth’s own senator, Orn Free Taa. But when the Separatists invaded Ryloth, Syndulla and his resistance movement joined Jedi General Ima-Gun Di and the Republic’s clone troopers in defending the planet against Separatist battle droids.
The Republic’s defense failed, and many of Syndulla’s people died. Embittered, Syndulla retreated and began a campaign of guerrilla resistance against the Separatist occupation. When the Republic regained a beachhead on Ryloth, Mace Windu sought out Syndulla and eventually convinced him to join the fight.
The combined forces led by Syndulla and Windu stormed the city of Lessu and captured Separatist emir Wat Tambor. Ryloth had been freed, and Senator Taa and Syndulla put aside their differences long enough to celebrate their planet’s liberation.
THE DARK TIMES
Mace Windu and Senator Taa had bargained in good faith, but neither could have predicted that the Republic would soon be replaced by the Empire – or that Imperial forces would subject Ryloth to a brutal occupation. Syndulla reactivated his resistance, and hatched a plot to destroy Emperor Palpatine and his apprentice, Darth Vader.
After the Clone Wars, Syndulla formed a resistance movement against the Imperial occupation of Ryloth. By this point, he was legendary, and proving to be a formidable foe for the Empire -- but he had yet to see value in the other pockets of rebellion throughout the galaxy. His estranged daughter and rebel leader, Hera, contacted him to collaborate on a mission: stealing the Quasar Fire-Class Cruiser-Carrier stationed over Ryloth. Cham agreed, but once they arrived on the ship, he and his soldiers betrayed Hera and the rebels; obsessed with protecting Ryloth after his wife was killed by Imperials, Syndulla wanted to destroy the ship, not steal it. Hera was determined to stop Cham, however, and eventually convinced her father in the greater good of the rebellion. They worked together to steal the ship, and Cham still got his wish: when a Star Destroyer arrived, he and Sabine filled a stolen TIE bomber with explosives, sent it in the direction of the Imperial battleship, and destroyed it over Ryloth.
The captain and heart of the Ghost crew, Hera Syndulla was a gifted pilot and leader. While Hera was a strong commander -- and especially adept at dogfighting with TIE fighters -- she was also warm and nurturing. The Twi’lek could bring out the best in her team, which consisted of very different personalities, making them believe in themselves, each other, and their struggle against the Empire.
The Twi’lek freedom fighter Cham Syndulla founded this underground resistance group on his homeworld of Ryloth to disrupt Imperial operations through carefully planned raids. Many of the Free Ryloth members were veterans of Syndulla’s campaign against the earlier Separatist occupation. When Syndulla learned that Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader planned to visit Ryloth, he saw a chance to strike a blow for freedom not just on his own planet, but everywhere in the galaxy.
A grim Jedi Master with an amethyst-bladed lightsaber, Mace Windu was the champion of the Jedi Order, with little tolerance for the failings of the Senate, the arguments of politicians, or the opinions of rebellious Jedi. As the Clone Wars intensified, Mace sensed the dark side of the Force at work, and knew the Jedi's enemies were plotting to destroy the Order and end its stewardship of the galaxy.
A corpulent, corrupt Twi'lek Senator from Ryloth, Orn Free Taa was disliked on his homeworld for enriching himself on Coruscant and enmeshing himself in politics, becoming a leading power broker in the Senate. Free Taa was one of the Republic's leading Loyalists and a strong backer of the military, but his indulgences made him a symbol of everything the Separatists considered rotten about the Republic.
The foreman of the Techno Union, Wat Tambor was one of the original and most fervent Separatist leaders, pledging his loyalty and his battle droid armies to Count Dooku at a pivotal meeting on Geonosis. Later in the war, Tambor was appointed emir of Ryloth. His occupation was a cruel one, in which Tambor stripped the Twi'leks of whatever valuables he could find, then bombed their villages.
Ryloth is the principal planet in the Ryloth system located in the Outer Rim near Tatooine. It is home to the Twi'leks, a humanoid species with two large, fleshy head-tails growing from their skulls. The Twi'leks call these prehensile appendages lekku and can communicate through subtle lekku gestures, although they also speak Twi'leki. During the Clone Wars, scheming Separatist warlords blockaded and invaded Ryloth, hoping to steal its riches.