A standout Imperial cadet, Jai Kell rose through the ranks at Lothal's Imperial Academy alongside Zare Leonis and an undercover Ezra Bridger. Jai's elevated abilities drew the attention of Commandant Aresko, however, who planned to turn the boy over to the Inquisitor. Thanks to Ezra and the Ghost crew, Jai escaped, but had to go into hiding from the Empire.
Jai would later return the favor to Ezra on Lothal. When Bridger and his friend Sabine were in danger of being captured by Imperials at Old Jho's Pit Stop, Jai covered for them, eventually leading the Ghost crew away through underground tunnels.