The TIE fighter was the unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet. Carried aboard Star Destroyers and battle stations, TIE fighters were single-pilot vehicles designed for fast-paced dogfights with Rebel X-wings and other starfighters. The iconic TIE fighter led to other models in the TIE family including the dagger-shaped TIE Interceptor and the explosive-laden TIE bomber. The terrifying roar of a TIE's engines would strike fear into the hearts of all enemies of the Empire.
Tasked personally by Darth Vader with a mission to destroy all children of the Force, the Inquisitor was given access to the Empire's latest technologies. The Inquisitor's TIE Advanced prototype was superior to typical TIE fighters, featuring faster engines, S-foils with more efficient solar gather panels, upgraded laser cannons, and a projectile launcher that fired Imperial XX-23 S-Thread Tracers.
Developed by Sienar Fleet Systems for the Empire, the Imperial XX-23 S-Thread Tracer was made specifically to track ships through hyperspace to destination. It was housed in a missle-like shell, allowing the XX-23 S-Thread to be fired at craft from long distances or during chases. The Inquisitor's TIE Advanced fighter was outfitted with the technology, which he used to tag the Ghost starship.
Lothal is a diverse planet, with both farmland and a city center. During the age of the Empire, it fell under Imperial occupation, as farmers were kicked off their land and enormous TIE fighter and weapons factories were built. While most of the population felt powerless in the face of Imperial rule, a select few dared to fight back.
A TIE fighter pilot, Baron Valen Rudor was transferred to Lothal with the promise that he would be the test pilot on some of the Empire's newest vehicles and technology. Once there, he hated the Outer Rim world, and the experience turned out to be more than he bargained for, including numerous encounters with a small band of Lothal rebels. In one meeting, Lasat rebel Zeb Orrelios threw Rudor from his TIE, commandeering the vehicle for his own use.