The New Republic’s rise reduced the once-mighty Empire to a rump state hemmed in by strict disarmament treaties and punishing reparations. But in the galaxy’s Unknown Regions, former Imperial officers, nobles and technologists plotted a return to power, building fleets and armies in secret. This movement became the First Order, ruled by Supreme Leader Snoke, and is now ready to reclaim the Imperial legacy.
The First Order’s infantry units wear stark white armor derived from that worn by the Republic’s clone troopers and the Empire’s stormtroopers. Members of this new generation of stormtroopers are trained from birth, growing up with unit designations instead of names and fed a steady diet of First Order propaganda to ensure absolute loyalty. Where the Empire opted for numbing routine, the First Order’s training simulations and live-fire drills encourage improvisation on the battlefield, making these stormtroopers more dangerous than their Imperial predecessors.
The First Order’s stormtrooper transports – formally known as Atmospheric Assault Landers – are designed for the speedy delivery of up to 20 stormtroopers to the battlefield for ground operations. A pilot guides the transport to its drop zone from an elevated cockpit, while a gunner protects the no-frills craft during its final approach.
Incendiary weapons have a long history in the galaxy, and are used to flush enemies from cover and destroy objects and structures that could be used as shelter. The D-93 incinerator combines three fuel tanks worn as a backpack with a flame-projector gun, connected to the backpack rig by a reinforced hose. Two of the tanks contain a volatile, flammable gel known as conflagrine-14, while the third is filled with propellant gas that launches the gel through the hoses. This combination is mixed and ignited at the barrelhead of the weapon, which has an effective range of 75 meters.