Although imprisoned in the Imperial Narkina 5 facility, Dr. Rhasiv is afforded small freedoms in return for keeping the prison population healthy and productive. But even that relative privilege does not prevent him from growing weary from the hardships he has endured and witnessed. While other inmates keep track of the days that remain on their sentence, Rhasiv begins to see death as a viable escape.
A watery world of islands, inlets, and massive lakes, Narkina 5 is also home to a secluded and secretive Imperial prison complex. Inside the seven levels, hundreds of inmates toil on sterile factory floors, producing an array of mysterious widgets at grueling output quotas to power the Imperial war machine.
An obsidian tower rising from the lava fields of Mustafar, Darth Vader’s personal redoubt sits above an ancient Sith cave that is a source of malignant power, as well as near the site of the former Anakin Skywalker’s maiming by Obi-Wan Kenobi. These twin connections help Vader channel his rage and pain into a focus for the dark side of the Force. After Vader’s death, the castle has become a pilgrimage site for cultists drawn to the Sith Lord’s legend.
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.
Ben Kenobi toils at a station where massive flying tibidon sand whales are carved up for their meat. After a long day of such grueling labor, Kenobi makes enough money to survive on Tatooine. The carcass of a massive tibidon sand whale has become a carving station operated by desperate but dedicated workers, who chop up the creature’s meat for sale in the city of Anchorhead.
Thermal detonators are grenade-like weapons that pack tremendous explosive power into a small sphere, and are used by bounty hunters and military forces such as the Empire’s stormtroopers. Cad Bane used thermal detonators during his assault on the Senate Building; a generation later, Princess Leia threatened Jabba the Hutt with a thermal detonator while disguised as the Ubese hunter Boushh.
Two generations of the Lars family sought to make a living on this hardscrabble farm on Tatooine, spending decades in the unforgiving climate coaxing moisture from the sandy planet's arid skies. Anakin Skywalker visited the farm in search of his mother Shmi, who’d married Cliegg Lars but been kidnapped by Tuskens. Later, Luke Skywalker grew up there, raised by Cliegg’s son Owen and his wife Beru while Obi-Wan Kenobi kept watch from afar.
After Order 66, Jedi survivors are on the run, hiding their Force sensitivity and evading the Inquisitorius. Among those sympathetic to their cause is a group called the Hidden Path. With a web of safehouses crisscrossing the galaxy, these rebels risk their own lives to direct former Jedi and other targets to freedom, arranging safe passage and new identities along the way.
Not much is known about the Empire’s Grand Inquisitor. The Pau’an is the leader of an elite cadre of Force-sensitive interrogators and hunters tasked with tracking down Jedi survivors who escaped Order 66. He reports directly to Darth Vader. Like his superior, the Inquisitor is an intimidating figure, dressed in black and wielding a red, double-bladed lightsaber.
The wise old Jedi Master Tera Sinube was an expert on the Coruscant underworld, having studied the criminal activities of the lower levels of the city world for decades. A methodical investigator, Sinube was also a keen observer of people. Bolstered by his connection to the Force, Sinube's deductive skills could piece together evidence and solve a crime faster than seasoned detectives in Coruscant law enforcement. Though his body may have slowed in his advanced years, his mind remained quick and agile.
Tatooine is harsh desert world orbiting twin suns in the galaxy’s Outer Rim. In the days of the Empire and the Republic, many settlers scratched out a living on moisture farms, while spaceport cities such as Mos Eisley and Mos Espa served as home base for smugglers, criminals, and other rogues. Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker both once called Tatooine home, although across the stars it was more widely known as a hive of scum and villainy ruled by the crime boss Jabba the Hutt.
A high-performance airspeeder capable of reaching a planet’s troposphere, T-16 skyhoppers were fast and maneuverable – a combination that could be dangerous for young pilots. Luke Skywalker owned a two-man skyhopper, but burned out the instrumentation during a reckless trip through Beggar’s Canyon. He was left to play idly with a model of his beloved craft until he could make the T-16 airworthy again. The controls of a T-16 were similar to those of a T-65 X-wing, which allowed Luke to join the rebel attack on the Death Star at Yavin.
The Book of Boba Fett
Yoda rarely if ever drew his lightsaber, preferring to work in more subtle ways. But the Jedi Grandmaster remained a formidable warrior, as Count Dooku and Darth Sidious discovered when they confronted Yoda in battle. Yoda’s lightsaber was smaller than a standard Jedi lightsaber, befitting his shorter stature. But its green plasma blade was every bit as deadly in combat.
The X-wing is a versatile Rebel Alliance starfighter that balances speed with firepower. Armed with four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers, the X-wing can take on anything the Empire throws at it. Nimble engines give the X-wing an edge during dogfights, and it can make long-range jumps with its hyperdrive and its astromech droid co-pilot. Luke Skywalker is famous for destroying the Death Star behind the controls of an X-wing.
WED Treadwell droids are found throughout the galaxy, serving as utility and repair droids. Treadwells come in a range of models, but all have a flat, treaded base, a spindly neck and a cluster of arms tipped with various tools. The Lars family used Treadwell droids on their Tatooine moisture farm for decades; Luke Skywalker was with a Treadwell repairing vaporators when he caught sight of the battle between Princess Leia’s blockade runner and Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer.
Survival in the unforgiving desert of Tatooine requires strict training and discipline for the youngest members of a Tusken tribe. Led by a chieftain, each member of the clan must learn to be useful. Tusken children begin mastery of the traditional gaffi stick at a young age. Some will become guards, watching over prisoners of the tribe and aided by attentive massiffs. Others will grow up to be skilled warriors, powerful in battle.
These miniature droids are used in combat training, darting back and forth on repulsors and firing sting beams that can be set for a variety of intensity levels. Both younglings and established Jedi trained with remotes, using them as teaching tools for avoiding blaster bolts and deflecting them with lightsabers.
Cousins to the late, great Jabba the Hutt, a pair of fraternal Huttese siblings, referred to simply as the Twins, have designs for the criminal empire they see as their birthright. Overcoming their limited mobility and obvious avarice by being carried aloft on enormous litters, they are ferried along the streets by a legion of devoted servants, including a drummer who announces their arrival and a gladiator who stands guard.
With its sleek arrowhead shape, streamlined cockpit, and massive twin engines, the A-wing starfighter suggests raw speed even when parked within Alliance hangar bays. Faster than even the TIE interceptor, the A-wing is well suited for lightning strikes. It sports a pair of pivoting laser cannons on each wingtip. The starfighters of Green Squadron, which flew in the Battle of Endor, were made up of A-wing starfighters. The A-wing continued to evolve, and was part of the Resistance’s starfighter corps during its fight against the First Order.
These powerful blaster rifles, known for their impressive power and capable of piercing armor, were used by planetary forces across the galaxy. With their widespread use, it made them easy for the Rebel Alliance to procure on the black market to use against the forces of the Galactic Empire. They were scoped for increased accuracy. BlasTech Industries manufactured them.
In the days leading up to the Clone Wars, these ships were transports favored by refugees trying to escape Coruscant since travelers had no need to register themselves. It was for that reason that Jedi Master Mace Windu suggested this method of transportation to then-padawan Anakin Skywalker when he was escorting Senator Amidala back to Naboo after an attempt on her life. The ships were outfitted with everything needed to carry a massive amount of people of various species across the galaxy, including cafeterias and various servant droids.
The marriage of repulsorlift technology and heavy armor has resulted in formidable floating tanks known as AATs. These assault tanks form the frontline of Trade Federation armored infantry divisions, as well as Separatist forces during the Clone Wars. A crew of battle droids drives the battle tank and operates the array of laser and projectile weaponry carried by the vehicle.
With an athletic build, an exotic beauty, and blue skin, Aayla Secura stood out among the many faces of the Jedi ranks. A cunning warrior and Jedi Knight during the rise of the Clone Wars, Aayla fought alongside Clone Commander Bly on many exotic battlefields. Having mastered the emotional detachment necessary in the Jedi Order, she always tried to pass on what she had learned to others. Aayla was killed, along with many other Jedi Generals, when her troops turned on her in reaction to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s broadcast of Order 66.
A gregarious and clever species, Abednedos are common sights in the galaxy, pursuing a range of professions on many planets. They hail from a planet of the same name, which is noted for its sprawling, colorful and chaotic cities. After the Battle of Endor, the Empire attacked Abednedo with a climate-disruption array; as a result, many Abednedos support the New Republic or the Resistance. Their native language is Abednedish, though many speak Basic.
A surprisingly agile fury of sharp claws and pointed fangs, the vicious acklay was one of the three arena creatures unleashed in the Geonosian execution arena, dispatched to kill Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Geonosian picadors steered the acklay toward Obi-Wan, who was able to outmaneuver the beast. A clumsy yet powerful strike from one of its claws sheered the chains that bound Kenobi. The beast continued to pursue the Jedi Knight, rending large holes in the hard-packed sand with its vicious stabs. It even shrugged off a pike attack, chomping through the offending polearm with bestial rage.
Jedi Master Adi Gallia was a member of the Order's High Council during the Clone Wars. She and the other members of that ruling body would convene in a temple high above the Coruscant landscape, deciding important matters of the Jedi. Stern and focused, she would remark upon the more outrageous tactics carried out by Anakin Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi in the course of the war, but would rarely condemn their effective actions. Though not as brash as Anakin, Adi Gallia was known to be an aggressive warrior who had no problem bringing the fight to the enemy.
With six long flippers, an elegant tail, smooth dorsal shell, and a maw full of pointy teeth, the hungry sea creature glides through the waters of Tipoca City looking for its next meal. After the Empire's aerial bombardment, the ensuing power outages make those left behind in the city's underwater tube systems largely defenseless.
In the Empire's fleet, the Venator-class Star Destroyer stands out for its ability to dominate. In the time after the fall of the Republic, Vice Admiral Rampart operates a Venator among a small group tasked with securing Kaminoan cloning technology and obliteraing all other evidence of the birthplace of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Secreted away below the watery surface of Kamino, the chief medical scientist Nala Se keeps a private lab known to only a few, including Omega. With a tube system leading directly to a hidden platform for entry and exit, the hidden lab is the perfect place for experimentation. The lab serves as the birth place of Clone Force 99, the site of the testing and augmentation that helps give the elite squad their unique abilities.
Dwelling in the old mining tunnels beneath the surface of Ord Mantell, a species of native winged creatures create a terrifying cacophony for those who dare to travel in the dark. Sudden noises and blaster fire bring the nocturnal irlings swarming in defense, fearful of the light that spells their demise due to a visual sensitivity to thermal registers.
The son of crime boss Isa Durand, Roland Durand hopes to make a name for himself in the galaxy by taking what he wants. Flanked by his hired goons, he joins forces with the Pyke Syndicate and sets up shop on Ord Mantell, using his powerful ties to usurp Cid's parlor for its prime location amid a web of hyperspace routes perfect for spice smuggling.