THE DARK TIMES
While Azadi had been rescued by the rebels and remained no friend of the Empire, he resisted being actively involved in the fight, as he feared returning to jail. The former governor of Lothal would change his outlook, however, when his new friends needed him most. Three cruisers brought by Princess Leia Organa for the rebels were outfitted with gravity locks by the Empire; Azadi, having built the same model locks while in Imperial prison, knew how to deactivate them. Daringly, he freed all the ships, allowing the rebels to escape with the much-needed craft.
Azadi came upon frightening new intel: the Empire had developed a new TIE defender prototype on Lothal. He contacted the Rebellion, and Mon Mothma dispatched the Ghost crew to investigate. Ryder eventually connected with his old friends, and together they found the craft. Ezra and Sabine managed to steal both its flight recorder and hyperdrive, which they used as a replacement in Ryder's U-wing.
The father of rebel Ezra, Ephraim Bridger refused to bow to the Empire. He and his wife, Mira, were among the few on Lothal who stood up to Imperial occupation, and they were arrested for their efforts — leading to years away from their child. Even in custody, however, Ephraim and Mira would not surrender their freedom. Inspired by a galvanizing broadcast by their son, they led a revolt in an Imperial prison, sacrificing themselves to save others.
Mira Bridger lived on Lothal, a peaceful world, with her husband Ephraim and son Ezra…until the age of the Empire. Along with her husband, she would not bow to their tyranny. The Empire arrested the Bridgers, leaving Mira’s son an orphan and separating the family for years. Sadly, they would never reunite; she and Ephraim died leading a jailbreak, giving up their own lives to free their fellow prisoners.
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.
Lothal is a diverse planet, with both farmland and a city center. During the age of the Empire, it fell under Imperial occupation, as farmers were kicked off their land and enormous TIE fighter and weapons factories were built. While most of the population felt powerless in the face of Imperial rule, a select few dared to fight back.