THE DARK TIMES
Lothal’s citizens initially welcomed the Empire’s arrival on Lothal, as the Empire’s investments seemed to promise a boom for the remote Outer Rim world. But some Lothalites soon had second thoughts. As it had done on many other worlds, the Empire restricted the citizens’ freedom, enforcing its will with stormtroopers and TIE fighters. And the industry brought to Lothal wreaked havoc on the planet, with mines and industrial plants marring its grasslands.
Known for its striking interior mural called New Freedom, the Lothal Old Republic Senate Building was a distinct landmark featuring a towering spire. It was abandoned when the Empire built the Imperial Complex, but came alive once more as the meeting site between the Ghost crew and Senator Gall Trayvis.
An ancient building hidden within the planet surface, the Lothal Jedi Temple was discovered by Padawan Ezra Bridger through a connection with the Force. Inside the Temple, he and his Master, Kanan Jarrus, gained new insights into themselves -- thanks to guidance from Yoda, communing from a distant world. There, Yoda gave Ezra a kyber crystal, allowing the boy to construct his first lightsaber.
The Imperial Academy on Lothal was a high-tech, heavily fortified training facility designed to shape cadets into ruthless stormtroopers. Inside the Imperial Academy was the Well: a difficult, programmable obstacle course that tested the intelligence and strength of the cadets. Commandant Aresko and Taskmaster Grint served as the academy's unforgiving instructors, driving trainees to win at all costs.