THE DARK TIMES
An ill-tempered astromech, Chopper handled everything from repairs to communications aboard the Ghost, and was capable at manning the guns. Chopper delighted in playing pranks on his fellow rebels, but saved his most destructive antics for the Empire, chuckling electronically as he got the better of Imperial astromechs and stormtroopers.
During a fuel heist at Horizon Base, Chopper spotted a vendor selling an exact match for his original missing leg. When the vendor refused Republic credits, Chopper stole the strut; after being chased by stormtroopers, he soon found himself stowed away on an Imperial cargo ship. It was there that he encountered AP-5, a dutiful inventory droid. They shared a common history as veterans of the Clone War, and developed a mutual if sometimes contentious respect. AP-5 chose not to report Chopper to his superiors and, in return, the astromech fried AP-5’s restraining bolt. Together they stole the massive vessel, though AP-5 was blasted by the ship’s captain when transmitting coordinates for a safe haven to the rebellion. Chopper, angered, knocked out the Imperial and later donated his replacement leg for parts that could save his new friend.
When Hera sought to recover a family heirloom from her Empire-occupied home on Ryloth, Chopper joined the mission as an undercover Imperial astromech. After Hera and Ezra were captured, it was Chopper -- on Hera’s orders -- who planted explosives throughout the compound. When the time was right, he detonated the charges, destroying the Empire’s headquarters on the planet, and giving the rebels the diversion they needed to escape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.