FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
In the last years of the Republic, the Mos Eisley cantina was already infamous as a hangout for Hutt hirelings, bounty hunters, freighter bums and down-on-their-luck spacers of all descriptions. In its dim confines a traveler could avoid both Tatooine’s heat and unwelcome questions about the past. But the cantina’s patrons knew to watch their backs – many an encounter in the shadowy bar ended with a spasm of violence and a body on the floor.
The cantina’s bad reputation had grown worse by the time of the Empire, with thugs of all species calling the dusty watering hole their home away from home. But the cantina was also a favorite stopping place for star pilots looking to run cargo or arrange a charter – which is why Obi-Wan Kenobi visited the bar with Luke Skywalker. Obi-Wan hoped to find a star pilot who’d bring him, the boy and Princess Leia’s droids to Alderaan, without asking a lot of questions. Within the crowd of aliens, Obi-Wan and Luke would cross paths with Han Solo and Chewbacca, down-on-their-luck smugglers destined to become rebel heroes.
Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. He and his co-pilot Chewbacca came to believe in the cause of galactic freedom, joining Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire. But after the Battle of Endor, Han would face difficult times in a galaxy plagued by chaos and uncertainty.
Luke Skywalker was a Tatooine farmboy who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known. Along with his friends Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke battled the evil Empire, discovered the truth of his parentage, and ended the tyranny of the Sith. A generation later, the location of the famed Jedi master was one of the galaxy’s greatest mysteries.
Papanoida became chairman of Pantora after the death of Chi Cho. When he refused to join the Separatists, they blockaded Pantora and hired the bounty hunter Greedo to kidnap Papanoida's daughters. Unwilling to wait for Coruscant law enforcement or the Senate to help, Papanoida took it on himself to solve the kidnapping and rescue his children.
Greedo was a Rodian bounty hunter with a tapir-like snout, bulbous eyes, pea-green skin, and a crest of spines atop his skull. He was overzealous and a bit slow on the take, not to mention a pretty poor shot with a blaster. Though he fancied himself a big time bounty hunter in the employ of no less an underworld figure than Jabba the Hutt, in truth, no one took him too seriously.
A harsh desert world orbiting twin suns in the galaxy’s Outer Rim, Tatooine is a lawless place ruled by Hutt gangsters. Many settlers scratch out a living on moisture farms, while spaceport cities such as Mos Eisley and Mos Espa serve as home base for smugglers, criminals, and other rogues. Tatooine’s many dangers include sandstorms, bands of savage Tusken Raiders, and carnivorous krayt dragons. The planet is also known for its dangerous Podraces, rampant gambling, and legalized slavery. Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker both grew up on Tatooine, and Obi-Wan Kenobi spent years in hiding on this desolate world.