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"The First Order. They're horrible. Rumor has it an attack squadron of theirs destroyed a sacred village right close to here, over near Kelvin Ravine."
Rey[src]

The attack on Tuanul, also known as the Massacre at Tuanul, was an assault carried out against Tuanul, a spiritual village on the planet Jakku, by the First Order during the cold war. The assault was led by the dark enforcer Kylo Ren, who had been seeking a map that would lead to the location of the missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. As four elite First Order squadrons descended on Tuanul with a force of eighty stormtroopers, the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron received the map from the Resistance ally Lor San Tekka. Dameron attempted to flee prior to the assault but his T-70 X-wing fighter was disabled by the attacking stormtroopers, despite his droid BB-8's warning just before the assault began.

PreludeEdit

"You know what I've come for. The map to Skywalker. And now you're going to give it to the First Order!"
―Kylo Ren stating the objectives of the mission to Lor San Tekka[src]

The First Order knew Lor San Tekka was hiding on Jakku with a piece of the map containing the location of Luke Skywalker, whom they wanted to find and destroy. Kylo Ren wanted the map and ordered Captain Phasma to lead some stormtroopers and flametroopers to Tuanul.[2]

The assaultEdit

"You take this, it's safer with you than it is with me. You get as far away from here as you can - you hear me? Now go!"
―Poe Dameron giving instructions to BB-8 on the Map to Skywalker[src]

The stormtroopers quickly overcame initial resistance of the villagers with few casualties. Meanwhile, at Poe Dameron's urging, BB-8 successfully fled with the map in tow from Tuanul as the pilot joined in the battle. Poe shot and killed several stormtroopers, including FN-2003, whose death was witnessed by fellow trooper FN-2187. 2003's death led to an awakening of his conscience and opened the trooper's eyes to the brutality of the First Order, which would eventually lead him to abandon the First Order.[6] Just as FN-2187 began to see this brutality, Kylo Ren's command shuttle landed.

Ren's realizationEdit

"The old man gave it to you."
"Sorry, I can't understand you with all the-"
"Search him.
"
―Kylo Ren realizing that Lor San Tekka gave the map to Poe Dameron[src]

The villagers of Tuanul were herded into a large group before Tekka was brought to Ren himself, who requested him to turn over information on the map. Tekka claimed that Ren could not deny the truth that was his own family, causing Ren to slay the old man via decapitation after sarcastically telling the latter that he's correct in his claim. Dameron fired on Ren in retaliation, but the dark warrior caught the blast and subsequently captured the pilot, and figured out that Tekka had given the map to him. After stormtroopers searched who was then taken aboard Ren's Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer. meanwhile Phasma and her stormtroopers—except for FN-2187—executed the remaining villagers on Ren's orders.[2]

AftermathEdit

"Why are you doing this?"
"Because it's the right thing to do.
"
―Poe Dameron asking FN-2187 why he is helping him escape[src]

Disillusioned by the brutality of the First Order forces at Tuanul village, FN-2187 decided to defect from the First Order. He freed Dameron from his cell and convinced him to escape together on a stolen TIE/sf space superiority fighter. Their TIE was shot down by the Finalizer's weaponry and crashed landed in Jakku's Goazon Badlands. After being separated from Dameron, Finn encountered BB-8 and the local scavenger Rey. Rey likewise had heard rumors about the attack, and also had distaste for the First Order from their more brutal methods. They were pursued by First Order forces but managed to escape on the Millennium Falcon into space. After encountering Han Solo and Chewbacca, they convinced Solo to help them get BB-8, who was carrying the map, back to the Resistance.[2]

In large part because of the brutal nature of the attack, it inspired a propaganda poster showcasing the attack, called "The Massacre at Tuanul".[7]

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