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"L'ulo L'ampar, a skilled, fierce warrior who spent his life fighting on the side of all that is good and right in the galaxy."
―General Leia Organa[src]

L'ulo L'ampar was a male Duros pilot who served in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. In the war's final year, Lieutenant L'ampar participated in the Rebellion's attack on the Galactic Empire's second Death Star in the Battle of Endor, flying an RZ-1 A-wing interceptor in Green Squadron. When Green Leader Arvel Crynyd was killed in a suicide run to destroy the Super Star Destroyer Executor, L'ampar assumed command of the squadron. The battle ended soon after, seeing the destruction of the Death Star and death of Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine.

Despite the Alliance's triumph at Endor, the Empire was not defeated. In the following days and months, L'ampar was promoted to captain and continued to lead Green Squadron, notably during the liberation of Cawa City. During this time, L'ampar formed a close friendship with Shara Bey, a fellow Green Squadron pilot. Concerned that Bey was not spending enough time with her family, L'ampar implored her to leave the Rebellion. Three months after the Battle of Endor, Bey gave in to L'ampar's advice, settling into a new home on Yavin 4 with her husband, Kes Dameron. In the time that followed, L'ampar maintained a close relationship with Bey, and he acted as an uncle figure to her son, Poe Dameron.

Over the next three decades, Imperial sympathizers organized into the First Order. Viewing it as a threat to the New Republic, former Rebellion leader Leia Organa created the Resistance to oppose the First Order and protect the Republic. L'ampar joined the Resistance Starfighter Corps and was personally selected by Poe Dameron to join Black Squadron. The squadron was tasked with finding Lor San Tekka, an explorer who was believed to know the location of Luke Skywalker, Organa's brother and the last Jedi. During their search, L'ampar and Black Squadron visited the planets Ovanis and Megalox Beta, facing off against Terex, an agent of the First Order Security Bureau. In Black Squadron's final encounter with Terex, L'ampar sacrificed himself to protect a group of slaves who had escaped from the agent's flagship. A funeral was held for L'ampar at the Resistance base, where Organa and Dameron spoke highly of the Duros veteran. Later, Black Squadron's mission was completed when Dameron located Tekka on the desert planet Jakku.

BiographyEdit

Empire's endEdit

Battle of EndorEdit

"Lieutenant L'ulo?"
"Green Four, nice flying."
"Thank you, Green Two. I heard they're shuttling personnel down to the moon. To celebrate."
"That is correct. I take it you'd like to join them?"
"You're acting as group commander now, so…yes, sir. I know General Madine is worried about an Imperial counter-attack. I can remain on duty if—"
"Stop. Of course you can…I'm sure he came through fine, Shara…"
―Shara Bey and L'ulo L'ampar[src]

L'ulo L'ampar[5] was a male Duros who served the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War, a galaxy-wide conflict between the Alliance and the Galactic Empire. Holding the rank of lieutenant, L'ampar flew as a Rebel pilot in Green Squadron, operating an RZ-1 A-wing interceptor[3] under the command of Green Leader Arvel Crynyd.[6] In 4 ABY,[7] after the Bothan spynet discovered that Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine would be aboard the Death Star II to oversee its construction, Alliance High Command determined that launching an immediate assault on the space station would be their only chance to cripple the Empire.[8]

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L'ulo L'ampar and the pilots of Green Squadron attack the Executor during the Battle of Endor.

With the full Alliance Fleet, L'ampar, under the callsign of Green Two,[3] exited hyperspace above the forest moon of Endor, approaching the superweapon[8] in his A-wing. On the moon's surface the Pathfinders, an Alliance Special Forces unit,[3] were attempting to disable the Death Star's shield by destroying its shield generator, but when the Alliance Fleet arrived, the shield was still up and—previously unknown to the Rebellion—the superweapon was fully operational. Realizing that the battle was a trap set by the Empire but unable to escape, Rebel fighters engaged the Imperial forces, trying to buy more time[8] for the Pathfinders. Along with Crynyd and a portion of Green Squadron, L'ampar attacked[3] the Executor, an Executor-class Star Dreadnought[9] serving as command ship in the Imperial Navy.[10] The attack brought down the Executor's shields, and Crynyd, seeing a chance to even the odds, sacrificed himself in a suicide run to destroy the capital ship's bridge,[6] consequently giving a field promotion to L'ampar. Soon after, the Pathfinders succeeded in lowering the Death Star's shield, giving Gold Leader Lando Calrissian[3] and Red Leader Wedge Antilles an opportunity to destroy the station. With the superweapon gone and Emperor Palpatine dead,[8] the Alliance Fleet regrouped and began shuttling pilots to the forest moon to celebrate with the Pathfinders and local Ewok population.[3]

Despite their victory, General Crix Madine was wary of an Imperial counter-attack, causing some pilots to remain with their starfighters. L'ampar was approached by Green Four Shara Bey, who inquired if she could join the festivities. L'ampar, knowing she was concerned about her Pathfinder husband, Kes Dameron, granted her permission to join the celebration. The following morning, Rebel intelligence discovered transmissions from an Imperial holdout on the far side of the moon. L'ampar arrived in Bright Tree Village and attended a briefing by General Han Solo, who discussed plans to remove the Imperial presence. The Rebels launched an assault on the outpost and discovered new Imperial communications, confirming that the war was not yet over.[3]

Continued warEdit

"You ever think that this is never going to end?"
"Ah, Shara, you can't think that way. Otherwise we're just fighting for the sake of the fight, right?"
―Bey and L'ampar[src]
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Weeks after the Battle of Endor, L'ampar leads Green Squadron in the battle of Cawa City.

Seventeen days after the Battle of Endor, L'ampar commanded Green Squadron to liberate Cawa City—the Imperial-held capital of Sterdic IV—alongside Feral Group. During the battle, Bey, flying as Green Two, assisted L'ampar by destroying a TIE fighter pursuing him. Shortly after, when Bey's A-wing became damaged and started leaking coolant, the Duros returned the favor and downed her attacker. Once Bey was safe, L'ampar ordered Feral Leader to issue an attack run on an All Terrain Armored Transport. Y-wing bomber pilots Feral Two and Feral Three then dropped explosive clusters, which magnetized to the walker and destroyed it, successfully ending the conflict. After the battle, L'ampar spoke with Bey about how hard she had been working, encouraging her to spend time with her husband and her son, Poe.[2]

During the next two months, L'ampar continued to serve the Alliance Fleet and received a promotion to captain.[11] In 5 ABY,[7] three months after the Battle of Endor, Admiral Gial Ackbar and General Madine informed the fleet that the war did not have a foreseeable end, so L'ampar submitted resignation paperwork for Bey, telling her that she had done more than expected and that she had a family to look after. Bey heeded L'ampar's advice and settled into a Yavin 4 colony with her husband.[11] Soon after, the Rebellion formally became the New Republic, and mere days after the Battle of Endor's one year anniversary, the Galactic Civil War ended with the Empire's defeat at the Battle of Jakku and the signing of the Galactic Concordance.[12] In the following years, L'ampar maintained his friendship with Bey and Dameron, and he acted as an uncle figure for their son.[13] Prior to Bey's death in 10 ABY,[14] she honored L'ampar through the L'ulo Stand,[15] a flight maneuver she taught to her son at their Yavin 4 home.[16]

Black SquadronEdit

Mission to OvanisEdit

First contactEdit
L'ampar: "I was about a second away from flying down into that cavern and looking for you, son."
Poe Dameron: "I'm fine, L'ulo. Listen, all of you. We've been made. There was a tracker on my ship. We're gonna have company, I think. The First Order's probably already on its way."
Karé Kun: "You got that a little wrong, Poe."
Poe Dameron: "I'm not wrong, Karé. I'm looking at the tracker right now."
Karé Kun: "Not about the tracker. About the First Order. They aren't on their way. They're already here."
―L'ampar, Poe Dameron, and Karé Kun, during the mission to Ovanis[src]
Black Squadron assembled

L'ampar is personally selected by Poe Dameron to join Black Squadron.

Over the next two decades, Imperial sympathizers created the First Order, a successor state of the Empire. Believing the First Order to be a threat to the Republic, Leia Organa, a war hero of the Rebellion, organized the Resistance to oppose them.[17] L'ampar joined Organa's Resistance, offering his piloting skills to its Starfighter Corps.[4] In 34 ABY,[7] Bey's son Dameron also joined, becoming recognized as the Resistance's best,[4] most daring pilot.[18] Soon after Dameron joined, Organa tasked him to locate Lor San Tekka, an explorer who knew the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker—Organa's brother and the last Jedi in the galaxy. The First Order was also searching for Skywalker, and although trouble was unlikely, Organa authorized Dameron to select a squadron of four pilots and a technician. Choosing friends whom he could trust, Dameron recruited L'ampar, along with technician Oddy Muva and T-70 X-wing pilots Temmin Wexley, Karé Kun, and Jessika Pava, to form Black Squadron. Dameron informed the group that they would be departing on a mission, but, to L'ampar's disapproval, the purpose of their mission remained classified.[4]

Black Squadron departed from the secret Resistance base on D'Qar, traveling to Ovanis—an uneven, mountainous world—where Tekka was last seen. While Dameron scouted an artificial cavern with his X-wing, L'ampar and the other three pilots remained flying above the surface. Dameron reported his findings to Wexley, explaining that he had found a settlement and a large egg. Black Squadron then lost contact with Dameron, but just as L'ampar readied himself to enter the cavern, the transmission was restored. Dameron reported that he was fine, but that he had found a tracker on his ship and that the First Order was likely to arrive soon. Dameron's fears were already fulfilled, however, as Kun spotted a First Order platform loaded with two Atmospheric Assault Landers, eight TIE/fo space superiority fighters, and numerous jetpack-wearing stormtroopers above the cavern's entrance.[4]

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L'ampar's "finger slips," provoking the First Order forces on Ovanis.

As the stormtroopers entered the cave, Dameron contacted the squadron again, requesting aid. Since Black Squadron was not authorized to initiate a fight with the First Order, Pava suggested prompting the enemy pilots to shoot first. Aware that the First Order TIE fighters were more maneuverable than the X-wings, L'ampar volunteered to aggravate the enemy pilots with his A-wing. Flying low and cheering, the Duros flew past the enemy platform; however, the TIE pilots were unresponsive. L'ampar concluded that they too were under orders not to engage, so L'ampar attempted another pass, although this time he strafed the transport with laser fire, casually claiming that his "finger slipped" on the trigger. The TIE pilots quickly responded to the attack, allowing Black Squadron to engage. The TIE fighters were swiftly eliminated, but before L'ampar could land on the platform to refuel, it exploded, leading L'ampar to believe his volley had been too intense. The burning transport crashed over the cavern's entrance and sealed Dameron inside with the First Order troops, but Wexley was confident that Dameron would be fine. However, despite Black Squadron seemingly having the upper hand, dozens of TIE fighters arrived from orbit, continuing the fight.[19]

Encountering the CrècheEdit
"I reviewed the after-action reports—you escalated the situation. You completely blew off the rules of engagement. You fired first. You gave the First Order an excuse to attack us."
"Absolutely. And I'd do it again. We both know that's where things are headed. Every TIE fighter we destroy now is one less that can attack us when things really get hot. We have to fight them every chance we get!"
―Poe Dameron and L'ampar[src]

Pava noted that Black Squadron was outnumbered five to one, and she suggested that they remove themselves from the fight. L'ampar agreed, also adding that Dameron might be able to assist if given more time. Black Squadron then split up, flying into the canyons and engaging the TIE fighters. However, when Pava's fighter received damage, the squadron regrouped in the open air. As the starfighters of Black Squadron began running dangerously low on fuel, Dameron contacted them again, warning them that something was heading their way. As Dameron spoke, two gigantic, winged entitiesborn from the egg Dameron had discovered—broke through the ground, locked in a fight. As the creatures fought, Wexley commanded Black Squadron to enter the newly formed hole and land at the outpost inside.[13]

Grounded inside the cavern and reunited with Dameron, the members of Black Squadron and the Crèche—the cavern's religious residents—rounded up the First Order troops and their leader, Agent Terex of the First Order Security Bureau. The agent remarked that taking him prisoner would provide the First Order justification to attack the New Republic, so Dameron consulted with L'ampar, Wexley, and the Crèche's religious elder on what to do. L'ampar suggested refueling, destroying Terex's cruiser, and leaving him with the Crèche, although Dameron turned down the idea, saying the First Order would send reinforcements to search for Terex. Stumped, Wexley scoffed that they should let the agent go, but the Crèche elder agreed, saying Terex could no longer hurt them, to which Dameron concurred. Once refueled and in the planet's orbit, Dameron told his team that the Crèche provided him with a lead on Tekka's whereabouts: prison.[13]

L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron returned to the Resistance base on D'Qar, where they drank and celebrated their victory. The Duros enjoyed his drink, telling Dameron how much he had needed it and that fighting off the First Order was a proper cause for celebration. Dameron, who had reviewed the after-action reports and learned of L'ampar escalating the fight, told the Duros that he had broken the rules of engagement and gave the First Order a reason to attack. However, L'ampar held to his actions, telling Dameron that war was inevitable and that every fighter they destroyed was one less that would attack them when the fight truly began. Dameron argued L'ampar's statement, saying that while Black Squadron was stronger than enemy forces, the Resistance was not, and giving the First Order justification for an attack would set the Resistance against one-to-one-thousand odds. Dameron added that L'ampar was right—war was inevitable—but they were not yet ready, and they had to gather the needed resources before time ran out.[20]

Visiting GrakkusEdit

Arrival on Megalox BetaEdit
"Turns out our man Lor went to see someone named Grakkus the Hutt. He's a collector—very into all sorts of Force-related things. Jedi stuff. Or he was, anyway. He's been in prison since the days of the Empire. A really nasty prison…for really nasty people."
―Dameron, informing Black Squadron of their new destination[src]

As the festivities settled, Black Squadron was addressed by Dameron, who told them of their next mission: visit a prison on Megalox Beta to speak with the Hutt Grakkus, a prisoner who collected relics relating to the Force, and the individual whom Tekka had visited following his stay with the Crèche. L'ampar and Black Squadron embarked on their trip, contacting Luta, the prison warden and making arrangements to see the Hutt. Once the squadron arrived in the space station which operated the prison, Luta explained the dangerous nature of the place—prisoners were sent to the planet's surface, which had a gravitational pull ten times standard; the prisoners were left unguarded in a shielded area, and the planet's gravity would crush them if they attempted to leave.[20]

L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron boarded a ferry to the surface, escorted by prison guards who would show them to Grakkus. Once they landed, a guard warned them to remain attentive, as some prisoners had blasters or other weapons. L'ampar inquired further, and the guard explained that some prisoners salvaged blasters from incidents with other guards. The guard told the group that Grakkus resided in a fortress at the center of the enclosure. However, the guards had been bribed, and the members of Black Squadron became locked inside the prison grounds without their promised escort.[20]

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Trapped in Megalox prison, Black Squadron fights off the rioting prisoners.

As the prisoners prepared to attack the new arrivals, Pava quickly activated canisters of gas, telling her comrades to put on their breath masks. Using their blasters and the gas canisters to fend off the prisoners, L'ampar and his teammates traversed toward Grakkus' palace. Once there, the prisoners stopped chasing them, and the building's gates opened. The Resistance pilots entered and were surrounded by the Grakks, a group of cybernetically-enhanced Hutts, with their leader, Grakkus, in front to greet them. The Grakks then picked up L'ampar and the other pilots, and Grakkus requested that the guests remain civil while Dameron entered his home, leaving the rest of Black Squadron to wait outside.[20]

After waiting for a time, L'ampar began to wonder why Dameron had not yet returned. When L'ampar questioned if they should enter Grakkus' fortress and check on him, but Pava replied that trusting Dameron was a safer option than facing the mob of prisoners. As Pava finished, Wexley spotted the entrance to the building opening up, and Terex stepped out, greeting the pilots. Pava questioned how the agent knew to visit Grakkus, and L'ampar noted that Terex had not only arrived at the correct place, but also beaten them there. Speaking Huttese, Terex ordered the Grakks to open the gates, and he walked through the criminal mob, which parted for him. As Wexley incredulously asked who Terex was, Dameron exited the building, answering that Terex was trouble. L'ampar asked Dameron what the First Order was doing on Megalox Beta, and Dameron revealed that they too came searching for Tekka. Dameron further explained that Grakkus knew where Tekka was, and the Hutt would give the information to whoever could break him out of prison first.[21]

Operation UpsideEdit
"Well, that worked."
"Told you, L'ulo. Go get us some guns."
―L'ampar and Dameron, after deactivating the gravity field[src]

Dameron contacted his astromech droid, BB-8, and told the droid to begin "Operation Upside," a plan which involved the four astromech droids of Black Squadron—BB-8, R2-HA, O-R10N, and R4—to alter the controls aboard the Megalox space station and help the Resistance members free Grakkus. However, hours passed without hearing from the droids, and the crowd of prisoners outside Grakkus' walls began to break into the enclosure. L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron were quickly outnumbered, so Dameron told his squadron to retreat into Grakkus' fortress and wait out the attack. As Dameron spoke, he and L'ampar saw that Grakkus had already retreated there, closing the large, guarded doors behind him. L'ampar asked Dameron what they could do instead, and Dameron simply told the Duros to survive.[21]

Fending off the attackers, L'ampar and the other pilots retreated to the gates of Grakkus' fortress. Yelling through the metal door, L'ampar addressed Grakkus, calling him a "slug" and demanding to be let inside. In an attempt to reason with Grakkus, L'ampar added that if Black Squadron and himself were killed, the Hutt would not be able to escape Megalox. Grakkus replied that while L'ampar's argument was compelling, he would be freed regardless, reminding the Duros that Terex would still be available for the job. As the prisoners overwhelmed the Resistance fighters, Dameron received a message from BB-8, informing him that Operation Upside was ready for execution. Upon Dameron's word, L'ampar and the others activated gravity belts as BB-8, R4, and R2-HA overrode the space station's controls and disabled the gravity field of the prison. The belts kept Black Squadron from being crushed by the planet's full gravity, while the prisoners, the Grakks, and Terex were all pinned to the ground. L'ampar remarked his surprise, and Dameron said he knew it would work, also telling the Duros to retrieve guns for them.[22]

Black Squadron vs Carrion Spike

L'ampar and Black Squadron battle Agent Terex's flagship, the Carrion Spike.

Fully armed, Black Squadron shot down the door to Grakkus' fortress and Dameron approached the Hutt, giving him a gravity belt. Accompanied by Grakkus, Black Squadron returned to the orbiting station, finding a shuttle for the Hutt. Back in their starships, L'ampar and Black Squadron began to escort Grakkus' shuttle, and BB-8 returned the station's control to Luta. However, before L'ampar and the squadron entered hyperspace, the Megalox station was destroyed by Terex's ship, the Carrion Spike. The station launched escape pods, and when the Carrion Spike began attacking them, Dameron ordered Black Squadron to engage the ship. L'ampar and the other Resistance pilots quickly overpowered Terex's ship, and it jumped to lightspeed. With Terex gone and the escape shuttles safe, Black Squadron left the Megalox system. Freed from the prison, Grakkus kept his deal, giving the data on Tekka to Dameron.[22]

SacrificeEdit

"Shooting unarmed escape pods? I'm sending these monsters straight to hell! […] Ha! That's how a Rebel pilot does it, you low-down, dirty—"
―L'ampar's final words[src]

Back on D'Qar, Black Squadron's mission was paused while General Organa reviewed the data. During this time, Dameron was assigned to a secret mission with the protocol droid C-3PO and the Resistance droid spy network, and Dameron selected Muva to join him.[23] However, Agent Terex and the Ranc gang—Terex's old allies—set a trap for Dameron, and a battle began over a desert planet. Dameron's X-wing was shot down,[24] forcing the commander to retreat into a cave. With Dameron cornered, Terex and his gang moved into the cave.[25]

When L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron discovered Dameron's plight, they flew to the desert planet and engaged the Ranc gang's Ugly starfighters in battle. As the fight began, L'ampar warned Kun of a trailing starfighter, and as she acknowledged the Duros, Pava destroyed the attacker. Noting that Black Squadron was outnumbered, Pava asked how they were supposed to survive and rescue Dameron. Wexley replied that their starships were more maneuverable than those of the Ranc gang, and he added that Dameron would have to survive on his own. Soon after, Kun's X-wing was hit, barely able to maintain flight. When L'ampar asked Kun about her status, she stated that she lost her steering, and there were three enemy fighters heading toward her. Believing she would die, Kun thanked Black Squadron, stating that it had been an honor to serve with them. However, before Kun's fighter was finished, the Ranc gang ships were destroyed by Muva, who had secretly boarded the Carrion Spike and sabotaged its targeting computers to attack its own fleet.[26]

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L'ampar sacrifices himself to save the escape pods.

Muva and a group of Terex's slaves fled the flagship in escape pods, and Muva contacted Black Squadron, requesting an escort to the planet's surface. Although L'ampar and Black Squadron defended the pods, one was destroyed by a Ranc gang ship. Appalled that the gang would shoot unarmed escape pods, L'ampar swore that no more of them would be lost. Swooping in behind the enemy ships, L'ampar avenged the destroyed escape pod, proclaiming victory. Before he could finish his exclamation, additional starships arrived behind L'ampar, and his A-wing was destroyed, killing the Duros veteran. Wexley told Black Squadron to continue their course of protecting the pods, and Kun agreed, stating that L'ampar's sacrifice would not be in vain. As the remaining escape pods reached the surface, a First Order fleet arrived. Black Squadron expected the First Order forces to attack them, but instead, it only focused on finishing off Terex's forces. In the battle's aftermath, Terex, who had become a renegade from the First Order, was taken captive by First Order Commander Malarus, and Dameron, learning of L'ampar's death, began to process the loss of his friend.[26]

LegacyEdit

"You want to talk luminous? L'ulo L'ampar was about as luminous as they come. The stuff might be gone, but he's not. I can still feel him. Right here. Shining away. May the Force be with you, L'ulo."
―Dameron, concluding his eulogy[src]

Later, a funeral was held for L'ampar at the Resistance base, with his comrades mourning his death. General Organa began the funeral by remembering L'ampar as a fierce, dedicated warrior, and she invited Dameron to give the eulogy. Dameron began by speaking of the Force, and he told a story about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Dameron explained that Kenobi was one of the last Jedi, and he had perished fighting evil, just as L'ampar had. Continuing, Dameron stated that when Kenobi had died, his body vanished, leaving behind only his lightsaber and robes. Dameron then spoke of Skywalker, and how he had learned that individuals were not flesh and bone, but were "luminous." Placing his hand on the empty casket, Dameron finished his story, stating that when pilots die, they vanish just as the Jedi had, but they would not be gone.[5]

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Dameron concludes his eulogy for L'ampar.

Dameron then discussed his past with L'ampar, explaining that the Duros had served as an uncle figure to him, and that L'ampar had been one of the best pilots he had ever met, never backing out of a fight. Stating that L'ampar was luminous, Dameron expressed how he could still feel L'ampar's presence. Dameron concluded the eulogy by saying "may the Force be with you," addressing both L'ampar and the gathered Resistance members.[5] In the time after the funeral, Dameron continued Black Squadron's search for Tekka, and he discovered the explorer on the desert planet of Jakku. Upon meeting Tekka, Dameron received a map to Skywalker,[18] fulfilling Black Squadron's objective.[4]

Personality and traitsEdit

"For a pilot who just helped liberate Cawa City, that's a mighty long face."
"This coming from a Duros."
"I would have you know that my face is considered quite short for one of my people."
"And devilishly handsome, too, I'm sure, L'ulo."
"That as well."
―L'ampar and Bey[src]
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L'ampar and Shara Bey were close friends, and he acted as an uncle figure toward her son.

A male, green-skinned Duros, L'ampar had red eyes and—according to himself—a relatively short, handsome face. L'ampar believed that spending time with family was a priority, and he often confronted Bey, asking her to spend time with her husband and son. Although L'ampar worried for Bey, the Duros had a lighthearted nature, often making jokes in serious situations.[2] Following Bey's service, L'ampar kept in contact with her family, and he was like an uncle to the young Dameron.[13] During L'ampar's time with the Resistance three decades later, he disapproved of classified information being withheld from him, frustrated that Organa still did not trust him despite serving with her for decades.[4] L'ampar believed that a war between the First Order and New Republic was inevitable, so during Black Squadron's first mission, he broke the rules of engagement and fired upon the enemy fighters. Following the mission, Dameron confronted L'ampar about his actions, but the Duros refused to apologize, arguing that a fighter destroyed then was one less to worry about later.[19] In his final mission, L'ampar gave his life defending escape pods of innocent slaves from the Ranc gang, and his death was viewed as a heroic sacrifice.[26]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

"I'm the best. And you're the best, too. We're all the best. One-on-one, no First Order pilot can come close to us. Bang bang, boom boom, we win."
―Dameron to L'ampar, regarding Black Squadron[src]

L'ampar was one of the best pilots in the Rebellion,[27] and he flew an A-wing interceptor through numerous Alliance campaigns following the Battle of Endor,[11] during which he became Green Leader.[3] An atmospheric flight maneuver called the L'ulo Stand was named in his honor,[15] which only two other pilots, Bey and her son, Dameron, were able to complete.[16] Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Dameron, who was recognized as the best pilot in the Resistance,[4] completed an improvised version of a L'ulo Stand in the vacuum of space, during a skirmish against numerous forces of the First Order.[16] Less than a year later, Dameron personally requested L'ampar's participation in Black Squadron,[4] ranking the Duros among the best pilots of the Resistance.[20]

EquipmentEdit

"Good thing we're not all flying X-wings, then, isn't it?"
―L'ampar, offering his A-wing's maneuverability[src]

As a pilot of the Rebellion and Resistance, L'ampar wore a green flight suit and helmet[4] while operating a modified[6] RZ-1 A-wing interceptor, a single-pilot starfighter manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering.[9] By the time he joined Black Squadron, L'ampar's A-wing was considered ancient.[25] L'ampar was the sole member of Black Squadron to not pilot an X-wing, and the diversity showed its usefulness against the maneuverability of the First Order's TIE fighters.[19] L'ampar was also capable with a blaster rifle, and he used one to fend off assailants at the Megalox prison.[20]

Behind the scenesEdit

"L'ulo was like Poe's uncle growing up—his green, red-eyed uncle. Everyone's got one of those, right?"
―Charles Soule[src]

L'ulo L'ampar was introduced in Shattered Empire, Part I, a comic book written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Marco Checchetto, and published on September 9, 2015 by Marvel Comics as a part of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[28] In Star Wars: Shattered Empire, L'ampar is a supporting character, while the comic's protagonist, Shara Bey, is an A-wing pilot who flies second to him.[29] The inclusion of A-wing pilots as primary characters was made by Rucka, whose favorite movie starfighter is the A-wing.[30] In late 2015, Before the Awakening, a junior novel written by Rucka, was published as a tie-in to Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. In a segment centered on Poe Dameron,[16] the novel references L'ampar through the L'ulo Stand,[15] although the character's name is misspelled as "L'ullo."[16] In 2016, L'ampar was featured as a supporting character in Star Wars: Poe Dameron, an ongoing comic series written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Phil Noto.[31] When asked about the relationship between L'ampar and Dameron, Soule stated that L'ampar was like an unorthodox uncle to Dameron, comparing the character to memorable relatives at Thanksgiving reunions.[13] In a 2017 article on StarWars.com, L'ampar was listed as one of eight significant Star Wars characters from Marvel Comics, along with Aphra, O-MR1, Shara Bey, Pash Davane, Loo Re Anno, Evaan Verlaine, and Agent Terex.[32] Additionally, L'ampar gathered a fandom, which Soule was unaware of at the time of writing the character's death for Poe Dameron 13: The Gathering Storm, Part VI. Soule felt that L'ampar's death was earned, tragic, and heroic, and he used L'ampar's funeral as a tribute to Carrie Fisher,[33] who had passed away in late 2016.[34]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens take place in 34 ABY. Since Poe Dameron 13: The Gathering Storm, Part VI is set shortly before The Force Awakens, it can be deduced that L'ulo L'ampar died in that year.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Shattered Empire, Part II
  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 3.13 Shattered Empire, Part I
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Poe Dameron 14: Legend Lost, Part I
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 StarWars-DatabankII A-wing Fighter in the Databank (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
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  12. Lost Stars
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Poe Dameron 3: Black Squadron, Part III
  14. Before the Awakening establishes that Shara Bey died when her son, Poe Dameron, was eight years old. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary establishes that Dameron is thirty-two years old by the time of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, meaning he was born in 2 ABY. Using simple math, and knowing that Dameron was eight years old when his mother died, we can discern that Bey died in 10 ABY.
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  17. Bloodline
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  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I
  21. 21.0 21.1 Poe Dameron 5: Lockdown, Part II
  22. 22.0 22.1 Poe Dameron 6: Lockdown, Part III
  23. Poe Dameron 8: The Gathering Storm, Part I
  24. Poe Dameron 11: The Gathering Storm, Part IV
  25. 25.0 25.1 Poe Dameron 12: The Gathering Storm, Part V
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Poe Dameron 13: The Gathering Storm, Part VI
  27. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded establishes that only the "very best rebel pilots" can fly A-wings.
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