- "By the light of Lothal's moons."
- ―The secret code phrase used by Fulcrum
Fulcrum was a title used by several Rebel informants in the years leading up to the Battle of Yavin. Former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano proposed the idea, and was the most notable Fulcrum agent. Imperial Security Bureau Agent Alexsandr Kallus became another Fulcrum after becoming disillusioned with the Empire, and informed the rebellion that several Imperial cadets at the elite Skystrike Academy wanted to defect to the rebels. Captain Cassian Andor of the Alliance to Restore the Republic was a Fulcrum recruitment agent in the Albarrio sector.
Following the establishment of the Galactic Empire, the former Jedi Padawan and Order 66 survivor Ahsoka Tano founded Senator Bail Organa's intelligence network, which was part of the rebellion. She adopted the codename Fulcrum, which later became the standard alias for other rebel operatives within the network. By 9 BBY, Ahsoka and the other Fulcrums were using a symbol derived from her forehead markings. Most people did not know the significance of the symbol, but Rebel pilot Miara Larte, who had once been rescued by Ahsoka, did. She knew to keep the secret, however, even from her sister Kaeden, who had also known Ahsoka.
By 5 BBY, the Spectres rebel cell leader Hera Syndulla kept in touch with Fulcrum, who supplied her cell with information about Imperial targets. While Hera was somewhat privy to Fulcrum's true identity as Ahsoka, although not her real name, she kept this information a secret from the rest of her team members, including the Mandalorian weapons expert Sabine Wren. Following an attack on an Imperial convoy, Sabine demanded to know Fulcrum's identity and insisted on accompanying Hera on a supply mission to Fort Anaxes on asteroid PM-1203.
After the Spectres rescued the Imperial defector Tseebo from Lothal in 4 BBY, Hera arranged for him to be spirited away into hiding aboard one of Fulcrum's CR90 corvettes. Following the capture of the Spectres rebel and Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus, Fulcrum contacted Hera by hologram and counseled Hera not to rescue Kanan in order to avoid exposing the rebellion's existence to the Empire. However, the Spectres persisted with their rescue mission and destroyed Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin's Star Destroyer Sovereign. Later, Fulcrum dispatched members of Phoenix Squadron to rescue the Spectres. It was also at this point that she finally chose to reveal herself to the rest of Hera's team, including her real name.
Building a rebellionEdit
Although Ahsoka was presumed dead after her duel with Vader on Malachor, her codename survived and was still in use by several other rebel spies and operatives, including the disillusioned Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus and the Rebel Alliance recruiting agent Cassian Andor. In 2 BBY, Kallus used his Fulcrum pseudonym to inform Phoenix Squadron about the presence of Imperial cadets seeking to defect to the rebellion at the Skystrike Academy. As a result, Sabine mounted a rescue mission and managed to recruit the starfighter pilots Wedge Antilles and Derek Klivian.
Later, when Ezra, Kanan, and Chopper undertook an undercover mission to infiltrate and steal plans for Grand Admiral Thrawn's TIE Defender initiative, the rebels were aided by Kallus. He identified himself as a Fulcrum operative using the code phrase "by the light of Lothal's moons", and helped the rebels escape with the plans. After studying the rebel infiltration, Thrawn realized that the Empire had a spy within their ranks who was leaking information to the rebels.
Kallus later used his Fulcrum pseudonym to aid the Phoenix rebels by leaking intelligence about Thrawn's E-XD infiltrator droids. Using this information, the rebels Garazeb Orrelios, Chopper, and AP-5 overpowered EXD-9 before it could reveal Chopper Base's location to the Empire. They then reprogrammed the droid into an improvised warhead and used it to destroy a Star Destroyer. Fulcrum later contacted the Spectres to thank them for their creativity in tackling the infiltrator droids. However, Thrawn was able to use this incident to narrow down his search for the Phoenix Squadron's base to 94 systems.
Afterwards, Thrawn and Pryce intercepted one of Kallus' Fulcrum transmissions and realized that Fulcrum was the code name of the mole in the Lothal sector command staff. They monitored his next transmission to learn his identity. Because only a highly-ranked Imperial could access the classified information Kallus sent in the transmission, they realized that the Fulcrum in the Lothal sector was not only a spy for the rebel network, but also a traitor to the Empire as well, and solicited the help of the ISB Colonel Wullf Yularen in hunting down and identifying Fulcrum. Thrawn and Yularen believed that the spy was an Imperial officer who was highly placed enough to have had access to classified information and low enough to send his transmissions to the rebel network without the Empire's knowledge. After learning that Thrawn was monitoring Fulcrum's transmissions, the Spectres mounted a mission to rescue Kallus. During the course of the mission, the rebels also deleted Atollon from Thrawn's star chart. Kallus managed to stall the investigation by implicating Lieutenant Yogar Lyste as Fulcrum. However, Thrawn privately deduced that Kallus was actually Fulcrum since he had concealed the arrest of Ezra Bridger.
- Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Entertainment Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Rogue One
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ahsoka
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars Rebels – "An Inside Man"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars Rebels – "The Antilles Extraction"
- ↑ "By Whatever Sun"—From a Certain Point of View
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars Rebels – "Out of Darkness"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Gathering Forces"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Vision of Hope"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Warhead"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Through Imperial Eyes"