FALL OF THE EMPIRE
A Tholothian member of the Jedi Council, Stass Allie served as a Jedi General during the Clone Wars, beginning with the Jedi mission to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker from execution on Geonosis. Stass led clone troopers into battle on many worlds, culminating with the Outer Rim Sieges. She was piloting her BARC speeder on Saleucami when Darth Sidious issued Order 66 to her wingman, Commander Neyo. Obeying orders, Neyo and another clone trooper dropped behind Stass and blew her speeder bike out of the sky.
Scout troopers were lightly armored compared with other stormtroopers, which allowed them to move more quickly and easily in a range of environments. They were also trained for more independence and adaptability than most Imperial troops. The Empire used scout troopers for a range of missions, including reconnaissance and infiltration. On Endor, scout troopers riding speeder bikes patrolled the forests, guarding against threats to the shield generator protecting the second Death Star during its construction in orbit above the moon.
An army is only as effective as its mobility, so the Grand Army of the Republic was outfitted with an increasingly varied and versatile vehicle pool as the Clone Wars progressed. The BARC speeder gave a single clone trooper increased operational range, great speed, mobility, and firepower otherwise unavailable to the foot soldier. A more aggressive and bulkier design than slimmer speeder bikes used by the Jedi, the BARC speeder was used in scouting and escort missions on a variety of worlds. They were easily adaptable, with support struts that could be added to hold a stretcher or sidecar.
One-man vehicles designed for speed, Lothal Speeder Bikes featured a white color scheme and were outfitted with forward blaster cannons. Cargo could be attached to the rear of the hovering vehicles and moved quickly, though the real value of Imperial Speeder Bikes came from their ability to chase suspected rebels or suspects.
Secluded in a remote corner of the galaxy, the forest moon of Endor would easily have been overlooked by history were it not for the decisive battle that occurred there. The lush, forest home of the Ewok species is the gravesite of Darth Vader and the Empire itself. It was here that the Rebel Alliance won its most crucial victory over the Galactic Empire.