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C'ai Threnalli[2] was an Abednedo[1] male[2] who flew in the Resistance Starfighter Corps of the Resistance's military during their conflict with the First Order.[3] Following the Battle of Starkiller Base in the year 34 ABY,[7] Threnalli was amongst the personnel in the Resistance base on the planet D'Qar who waved off the YT-1300 light freighter known as the Millennium Falcon, piloted by Rey and her passengers, as it set off to find the missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker on the planet Ahch-To.[3]

Shortly after the Resistance evacuated the base on D'Qar, Threnalli flew as Commander Poe Dameron's wingman.[8] He remained loyal to Poe, joining the mutiny against Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo along with at least two others. However, he was stunned, along with Poe's other allies, by Holdo after she caused a distraction.[6]

Threnalli was aboard the Resistance transports that escaped the last Resistance cruiser and he later participated in the Battle of Crait, managing to survive with only a small number of other pilots. He escaped aboard the Millennium Falcon along with the few Resistance survivors, and hugged his old friend, Poe Dameron.[6]

Threnalli had brown skin,[4] brown hair, black eyes, and wore an orange flight suit.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

C'ai Threnalli first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,[3] where actor Paul Kasey came into sight wearing the costume of Ello Asty in one of the final scenes of the movie.[9] As Asty's death had been shown earlier in the film,[3] Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo stated that the Abednedo seen waving off the Falcon in that scene must be a separate pilot.[10] The design for Threnalli was created by creature concept designer Jake Lunt Davies, while his costume was made by costume designner Michael Kaplan.[8] Alongside Paul Kasey performing C’ai Threnalli was ‘Animatronic Facial Performer’ Phill Woodfine.

This character went unnamed until appearing in the "Escape from Starkiller Base" DLC expansion for the video game LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which starred Threnalli, voiced by Christian Simpson, crashing in a T-70 X-wing fighter during the Assault on Starkiller and then fighting through First Order forces and escaping the planet's surface alongside fellow Resistance members Lieutenant Wright and R3-X3.[2] Story Group member Leland Chee confirmed on Twitter that the idea was for Threnalli to be the unnamed pilot from the film.[11]

AppearancesEdit

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C'ai Threnalli as seen in The Force Awakens.

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