THE DARK TIMES
The hulking Zeb Orrelios served Hera Syndulla’s rebel crew as a one-Lasat wrecking crew, gleefully crunching bucketheads and anyone else who threatened his friends. But Zeb’s wisecracking demeanor hid a painful past – the Empire had brutally subjugated his homeworld of Lasan, leaving Zeb as one of the few surviving members of his species.
Thanks to a tip from Hondo Ohnaka, the Ghost crew came to rescue -- much to Zeb’s shock -- two Lasat survivors. They were Gron, a former member of the Honor Guard who served under Zeb, and Chava, an elder mystic. Both believed in a prophecy that would reveal the location of Lira San, the original and future home of the Lasat. Zeb, hardened through his experience with the Empire and the loss of his people, however, thought this to be a foolish idea. Through Chava’s teachings, Zeb came to believe. He took part in a Lasat ritual, culminating with an ancient use of his bo-rifle, that led the Ghost to Lira San. The prophecy and the planet were real, and the Lasat had a homeworld once more.
On mission to investigate a construction module near Geonosis, Zeb and the rebels soon found they’d walked into a trap. Agent Kallus and his men were waiting, and in the ensuing chaos, Zeb and Kallus, his hated enemy -- who led the razing of Lasan -- found themselves together in an escape pod. They crash landed on a nearby moon -- freezing and desolate, with the exception of massive bonzami. While Zeb and Kallus’ hatred for each other boiled to the surface, they had to put their differences aside in order to survive. Through the experience, they learned unexpected truths. Kallus did not claim his Lasat bo-rifle as a trophy; it was gifted to him by an Honor Guard that he bested in battle. He also, in his first deployment, witnessed a Lasat murder his squad in cold blood. When the Ghost answered their transponder signal and came to rescue the unlikely duo, Kallus remained on the moon, waiting for the Empire. But both Imperial and rebel had a newfound respect and understanding for each other.
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.
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.