Masking transponders, made by the Corellian Engineering Corporation, were used to transmit ship identification data; they were reprogrammable so that they could project false profiles for those who wished to not be seen. When the Ghost rebels needed to escape Lothal, they used Lando Calrissian’s transponders to send out the same signal throughout the planet. As a result, the Empire was confused, and their ships were forced to investigate each signal. This gave the rebels the opportunity they needed to jump into hyperspace.
Developed by Kuat Drive Yards, these military grade shield generators were a hot commodity on the black market. Thanks to hover capabilities, the Colicoid 49-v99 Deflector models were easily portable and could be moved from ship to ship. The Lothal rebels managed to steal an Imperial stockpile of the shield generators, and traded several to Lando Calrissian for passage off the planet.
Protocol droids are vital in smoothing differences encountered by the many farflung cultures interacting on a regular basis throughout the galaxy. Programmed in etiquette and equipped with formidable language skills, protocol droids assist diplomats and politicians and also serve as administrative aides and companions for high-ranking officials. They come in many shapes and sizes, but most are humanoid, like the company they keep.
C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the years, he was involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and thrilling battles -- and is fluent in more than seven million forms of communication. In the years after the Empire’s defeat C-3PO served Leia Organa, becoming the head of a Resistance spy ring aimed at undermining the First Order.
Lando Calrissian made a name for himself as captain of the Millennium Falcon and a sportsman seeking a fortune at the galaxy’s sabacc tables. After he lost his beloved ship to Han Solo, he spent years living the high life and pursuing get-rich-quick schemes, with uneven results. He went semi-respectable as the administrator of Cloud City, only to be drawn into the fight against the Empire. His quick wit and daring helped the Alliance destroy the second Death Star, completing Lando’s evolution from smooth-talking smuggler to galactic hero.
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.