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This article is about the Resistance pilot. You may be looking for the protocol droid, T-2L0 or "Ello".
"Direct hit!"
"But no damage."
―Bastian and Asty during the Starkiller Base battle[src]

Ello Asty was a talented but reckless and singular male Abednedo T-70 X-wing fighter pilot who worked for the New Republic's precision air team. When Senator Leia Organa founded the Resistance years after the Battle of Endor, the pilot was recruited into it as he felt it was important work. Asty, who came from the planet Abednedo, went on to fly with Red Squadron in 34 ABY during the assault on Starkiller Base, but was shot down trying to destroy the superweapon, although the battle was ultimately a victory for the Resistance. During his final battle, he flew under the callsign Red Six.

BiographyEdit

New Republic serviceEdit

"Traveling all over the galaxy like that, taking care of business—it sounds important."
"More important than an air show, that's for sure."
―Zari Bangel and Asty talking to fellow precision team pilot Joph Seastriker[src]

Ello Asty was an extremely skilled, though occasionally reckless, Abednedo[4] T-70 X-wing fighter pilot[3] approximately twenty years following the Battle of Endor.[7] The male pilot was known for his superb abilities in the cockpit—and for his trouble remembering that a squadron relies on teamwork.[5] He came from the planet Abednedo.[1]

During that time, Ello Asty was a member of the New Republic Starfleet's precision air team alongside pilots Joph Seastriker, Zari Bangel, Ledaney and "Snap" Wexley, which flew mostly patrol missions and air shows. Stationed in the Galactic Senate complex's main hangar on the capital planet Hosnian Prime, Asty and the others grew bored with the assignment. When it became clear that Seastriker was involved in a greater cause, Asty and the other pilots expressed a desire to become part of it as well.[7]

First Order-Resistance conflictEdit

"I'm hit!"
―Asty's final words before his X-wing's destruction[src]
Abednedo pilot

Asty in his cockpit right before his death

Months later, when Senator Leia Organa organized the burgeoning Resistance movement after foreseeing the secession of many Centrists systems, Asty and other precision air team pilots were in attendance at the movement's first meeting in Organa's newly-leased hangar on Hosnian Prime.[7]

Asty flew with the Resistance's Cobalt Squadron during the First Order–Resistance conflict.[5] The conflict came to a head thirty years after the Battle of Endor[8] when the First Order revealed their new Starkiller Base superweapon by destroying the Republic capital in the Hosnian system[3] in 34 ABY.[2]

After the destruction, Asty joined in the briefing about Starkiller Base with the other pilots and[3] General Leia Organa's handpicked staff at their D'Qar headquarters.[8] During the battle against the superweapon before it could fire at the Resistance base,[3] Asty flew with Red Squadron[5] with the callsign Red Six. He joined in the final run against the superweapon's thermal oscillator led by Black Leader Poe Dameron. Asty's craft was subsequently shot down during the run by ground fire. Although he was killed, the Resistance succeeded in destroying Starkiller Base.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit

As a pilot, Asty was skilled at the controls, but occasionally acted recklessly and without the support of his teammates,[4] since he preferred to fly by himself.[9] When his fellow precision air team pilots commented on how Seastriker appeared to be doing important work, Asty added that whatever it was, it was more important than the team flying air shows.[7]

Despite Asty's preference for flying solo, during the attack on Starkiller Base, he responded promptly to Black Leader Dameron's orders to form up alongside Red Four, Bastian. Following their initial bombing run on the oscillator, Asty commented that their barrage had produced no effect.[3]

He stood 1.88 meters tall,[5] and spoke with a low and sonorous voice.[7] As an Abednedo, he was a member of a gregarious and creative species, and had brown fur lining the sides of his face.[6]

EquipmentEdit

Asty wore the standard Resistance pilot flightsuit, with flight vest, Guidenhauser ejection harness, boots, and life support equipment,[8] and gauntlets. The letters on the Resistance's flight harness read "pull to inflate." His specially-modified helmet[9] sported the Resistance symbol, yellow-and-black checkerboard pattern, and Abednedish lettering.The checkerboard pattern was part of the Resistance's practices of honoring the heroes of the Rebel Alliance.[8] The phrase "Born to ill" was written on the side in Aurebesh[4] alongside the unit insignia for Cobalt Squadron. He also carried a Glie-44 blaster pistol.[8]

Behind the scenesEdit

PortrayalEdit

Bullhead rebel pilot

Concept art for what became the Abednedo

"This character here is an animatronic character, so he can blink, his eyes can move, he can sniff his nose. Obviously it is worn by a performer and his head's inside."
―Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan describes Asty's animatronic mask in the "Crafting Creatures" featurette[src]

Ello Asty appears in the 2015 Star Wars saga film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The character was performed physically by Paul Kasey[10] and voiced by veteran Star Wars voice actor and technician Matthew Wood.[11] For his portrayal, Kasey, also a member of the motion capture section, wore an animatronic mask and costume. The masks used in the film helped, in Neal Scanlan's words, to help the performers "...tell a thousand words".[10] The pilot was created based off concept art entitled "Bullhead Pilot".[12] The actor can also be seen in costume during the Resistance briefing scene during a behind the scenes look at the making of documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey.[13]

Asty is one of the pilots to appear in the "X-wings Prepare for Lightspeed" deleted scene, which features the Resistance pilots taking off for the Starkiller Base battle.[3]

Asty also features in the 2016 video game LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He is present at the Resistance base during an incident that started "a small fire" and led to the closing of the blast doors. Unlike his canon appearance, he survives the battle of Starkiller Base and has additional lines, including informing the player of damage. His figure can be bought at the D'Qar base.[14]

BackgroundEdit

"Roger, lightspeed."
―Asty during the deleted scene[src]

The character was first revealed in his StarWars.com Databank entry, released in advance of the film.[5] The action figure for the character was also released beforehand.[4] His name is a reference to the album Hello Nasty by the hip hop group Beastie Boys, and the inscription on Asty's helmet, "Born to Ill," references their debut album Licensed to Ill.[15]

The film's director J.J. Abrams said the name was a suggestion from the creature department, which he approved for both the Beastie Boys reference, having previously featured their song "Sabotage" in Star Trek and "Body Movin'" in Star Trek Into Darkness, and the fact it served as a phonetic reference to his television show Lost.[16]

Asty's costume was re-used for another Abednedo pilot, who was seen at the Resistance base during the celebration scene after the assault on Starkiller Base.[17]

In initial sources such as the character's Databank entry, it says the pilot is part of Blue Squadron, but in the film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens his call sign is Red Six. Later sources including Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log clarify that he is part of Red Squadron.[3]

AppearancesEdit

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas notes that the Assault on Starkiller Base takes place in 34 ABY
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 HasbroInverted Star Wars: The Force Awakens (toy line) (Pack: X-wing Pilot Asty)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 StarWars-DatabankII Ello Asty in the Databank
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Bloodline
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens — "Crafting Creatures" BluRay featurette
  11. SWCustom-2011 From Blast That X-wing! to Traitor!: The Voices of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  12. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  13. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force AwakensSecrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey. BluRay featurette
  14. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  15. Nick Levine (2015-10-06). to New 'Star Wars' movie features character named after Beastie Boys album (Webpage). NME.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.
  16. Kevin Polowy (2015-12-10). J.J. Abrams Confirms Name of New 'Star Wars' Character Is Nod to Both Beastie Boys and 'Lost' (Webpage). Yahoo movies. Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.
  17. TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. “That's another Abednedo (well, it's the same costume, but we did see Ello die, so therefore, it's another one).” (screenshot)

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