THE DARK TIMES
A veteran thief, Tobias Beckett and his crew had pulled off heists all across the galaxy when they saw a chance for a big score: steal coaxium from an Imperial conveyex on Vandor. But lifting a cargo car off the tracks wouldn’t be easy. To pull it off, Beckett, Val and Rio Durant first had to steal an AT-hauler from the battlefields of Mimban.
While casing Imperial operations on Mimban, Beckett’s crew encountered a young mudtrooper named Han Solo. Beckett took a liking to Han, and found a place for him and Chewbacca on the Vandor job. The arrival of Enfys Nest’s Cloud-Riders threw the heist into chaos, however, forcing Beckett to make amends with Crimson Dawn, the crime syndicate that had backed his scheme.
Beckett, Han and Chewie met with Dawn kingpin Dryden Vos, who agreed to a proposal made by Han: the gang would steal coaxium from the Pyke Syndicate on Kessel. Success would erase Beckett’s debt to Vos – but Beckett knew there were many ways for Han’s risky plan to fail.
In a myriad of disguises, Beckett and his gang infiltrated the mining colony and managed to escape with several volatile canisters of raw coaxium and their lives.
During the Kessel Run, it was Beckett who separated one single drop of fuel and carefully added it to in the fusion reactor, enabling the Millennium Falcon to break free from the powerful pull of a gravity well. Arriving safely on Savareen, Beckett encountered his old nemesis Enfys Nest. But this time, instead of a losing battle, the masked marauder revealed her true identity and tried to reason with the grizzled gunslinger.
Han was swayed by the marauder’s tale, but living up to his warnings to trust no one, Beckett betrayed his young partner to maintain his allegiance to Dryden Vos. Ultimately, Beckett was loyal only to himself, and he was soon gunned down by his former protégé in the sand dunes of the impoverished planet while trying to take the coaxium supply for his own gain.
Han Solo rose from an impoverished childhood on the mean streets of Corellia to become one of the heroes of the Rebel Alliance. As captain of the Millennium Falcon, Han and his co-pilot Chewbacca came to believe in the cause of galactic freedom, joining Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire. After the Battle of Endor, Han faced difficult times in a chaotic galaxy, leading to a shattering confrontation with his estranged son Ben.
During his long life Chewbacca has been many things: Wookiee warrior, ace smuggler and rebel hero. Chewie fought with the Republic on Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars, then befriended Han Solo while in Imperial captivity on Mimban. After adventures on Vandor and Kessel, he became Han’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon, and eventually helped the Alliance restore freedom to the galaxy. Known for his short temper and accuracy with a bowcaster, Chewie also had a big heart – and unflagging loyalty to his friends. He stuck with Han through years of turmoil, and flew the Falcon alongside Rey after the Corellian’s death.
The public face of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, Dryden Vos is a contradiction: a pitiless enforcer known as a gangster of wealth and taste. Vos socializes with the galaxy’s elite aboard his lavishly appointed yacht First Light, and enjoys showing off his superb collection of antiquities. His good manners shouldn’t be mistaken for weakness, though: he can change from generous host to ruthless killer in a moment.
Coaxium is a rare form of hypermatter that is essential for faster-than-light travel. Starships’ hyperdrive reaction chambers are coated with a thin layer of coaxium, which is energized to allow passage into hyperspace. Unrefined coaxium is mined on worlds such as Kessel, but is dangerous to transport. Highly volatile, it explodes if jostled or allowed to get too hot.