Star Wars Rebels - Season 1, Episode 7 //
Gathering Forces Episode Guide
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 much is known about the Empire’s Grand Inquisitor. A Pau’an male, he was tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down any surviving Jedi Knights. The Inquistor was an intimidating figure, dressed in all black and wielding a red, double-bladed lightsaber. After several encounters with Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan Ezra Bridger, the Inquisitor died in a lightsaber duel with Kanan – but warned the rogue Jedi that his victory had unleashed something terrible.
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.
Tseebo was a Rodian from Lothal who joined the Empire -- then became one of the most wanted beings in the galaxy. Outfitted with Lobot-tech headgear, Tseebo accessed and stole secret Imperial schematics and plans, resulting in a planet-wide manhunt. While the technological implants caused him to appear incoherent, Tseebo was eventually found by an old friend, Ezra Bridger, and his team of rebels. They protected him, and Tseebo and Ezra came to peace with past mistakes and questions.
Fyrnocks are ferocious quadruped creatures featuring yellow eyes, sharp teeth, and long tails, that reproduce in great numbers. The animals are unable, whether for fear or sensitivity, to walk in sunlight. In the cover of darkness, however, fyrnocks are fierce, relentless predators, attacking in throngs. Hera and Sabine of the Ghost crew encountered a colony of fyrnocks on the Fort Anaxes asteroid, barely escaping with their lives.
Fort Anaxes was a remote military base on the planet Anaxes during the Clone Wars. After war's end, a cataclysmic event obliterated the planet, though miraculously, Fort Anaxes remained intact. The facility became a fuel depot and meeting place for those who required privacy in their dealings. Unbeknownst to visitors to Fort Anaxes, it had also become home to a colony of vicious fyrnocks nested on the massive rock.
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.
Asteroid fields, consisting of asteroid clusters of varying size, can be found throughout the galaxy, including the Hoth system. Due to their unpredictability, asteroid fields are near impossible to navigate in a starship. However, certain creatures have been known to live on or inside the rocks themselves, and bases like Fort Anaxes have been built on larger masses.
The Phantom was the short-range shuttle craft of the Ghost. While it was a secondary vehicle, the Phantom was a solid starfighter in its own right. It was equipped with forward laser cannons, a dorsal laser turret, and cargo compartments, making the Phantom ideal for supply runs or close encounters with TIE fighters.
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