Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal //
The Siege of Lothal Episode Guide
Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He remained in service of the Emperor -- the evil Darth Sidious -- for decades, enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But there was still good in him…
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.
Not every Jedi perished in Order 66. Kanan Jarrus survived the Emperor’s purge, going underground for years and hiding the truth about who he really was. To keep his past a secret, Kanan carried a blaster -- an uncommon practice for a Jedi -- and used a lightsaber that had to be assembled. He was a leader among the Ghost crew, a small group of rebels looking to strike back against the Empire, and with the emergence of the Force-sensitive Ezra, once again embraced his identity as a Jedi Knight.
Jun Sato was the by-the-books leader of the Phoenix rebel cell. He was grateful for the assistance of the Ghost crew, who were highly recommended by Fulcrum and Bail Organa, though he hoped they would become more disciplined. After the destruction of his command frigate, he transferred his command to the blockade runner Liberator.
W1-LE was Lando Calrissian’s personal attendant droid. Even with a laid-back personality, it handled all of Lando’s business, particularly in his absence. Lando owned W1-1E since the Clone Wars; the droid once had a different body type, but Lando transferred its logic unit to an RQ unit. When the Lothal rebels made a deal with Calrissian for safe passage off the planet, W1-LE completed the transaction in Lando’s stead.
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.
The capital ship of a rebel collective, Phoenix Home was a large Pelta-class frigate with a crew of 900. It was under the command of Jun Sato, who welcomed the Ghost rebels onto his ship and into his fleet. Phoenix Home, manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards, was heavily armored and featured turbolasers and point-defence laser cannons. But that mattered little when Darth Vader tracked the Lothal rebels to the larger fleet. The Sith Lord decimated Phoenix Squadron with his TIE Advanced, and destroyed Phoenix Home.
With its sleek arrowhead shape, streamlined cockpit, and massive twin engines, the A-wing starfighter suggests raw speed even when parked within Alliance hangar bays. Faster than even the TIE interceptor, the A-wing is well suited for lightning strikes. It sports a pair of pivoting laser cannons on each wingtip. The starfighters of Green Squadron, which flew in the Battle of Endor, were made up of A-wing starfighters. The A-wing continued to evolve, and was part of the Resistance’s starfighter corps during its fight against the First Order.
Phoenix Squadron was an elite group of A-wings in one of the first larger rebel collectives. They served under Commander Jun Sato and often assisted the Ghost team on missions -- until one deadly encounter with Darth Vader. The Sith Lord, piloting an TIE Advanced prototype, wiped out Phoenix Squadron in a vicious attack. Only a few ships survived the battle.
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.
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