- "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'ulo
L'ulo was a male Duros pilot who served in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. Near the war's end, Lieutenant L'ulo 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 Executor, a Super Star Destroyer, L'ulo was made commander of the squadron. The battle ended soon after, seeing the destruction of the superweapon 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'ulo was promoted to Captain, and he continued to lead Green Squadron, notably during the liberation of Cawa City. During this time, L'ulo formed a close friendship with Shara Bey, a Green Squadron pilot. Concerned that Bey was not spending enough time with her family, L'ulo implored her to leave the Rebellion. Three months after the Battle of Endor, Bey gave in to L'ulo's advice, settling into a new home on Yavin 4 with her husband, Kes Dameron. In the time that followed, L'ulo maintained a close relationship with Bey, and he acted as an uncle figure to her son, Poe Dameron.
Over the next three decades, the Imperial sympathizers organized into the First Order, which former–Rebellion leader Leia Organa viewed as a threat to the New Republic. To oppose the First Order and protect the Republic, Organa created the Resistance. L'ulo joined the Resistance Starfighter Corps, and he 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'ulo and Black Squadron visited the planets Ovanis and Megalox Beta, where they encountered Terex, an agent of the First Order Security Bureau who also sought Tekka. Despite the competition, Dameron eventually located Tekka on the desert planet Jakku, receiving a map of the Jedi's whereabouts.
- "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?"
- ―Shara Bey and L'ulo
L'ulo 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'ulo flew as a Rebel pilot in Green Squadron, flying an RZ-1 A-wing interceptor under the command of Green Leader Arvel Crynyd. In 4 ABY, the Bothan spynet discovered that Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine would be aboard the Death Star II to oversee its construction, and Alliance High Command determined that launching an immediate assault on the space station would be their only chance to cripple the Empire.
With the full Alliance Fleet, L'ulo, under the callsign of Green Two, exited hyperspace above the forest moon of Endor, approaching the superweapon. On the moon's surface, the Pathfinders, an Alliance Special Forces unit, 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 for the Pathfinders. Along with Crynyd and a portion of Green Squadron, L'ulo attacked the Executor, an Executor-class Star Dreadnought and the mightiest ship in the Imperial Navy. 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, consequently giving a field promotion to L'ulo. Soon after, the Pathfinders succeeded in lowering the Death Star's shield, giving Gold Leader Lando Calrissian and Red Leader Wedge Antilles an opportunity to destroy the station. Succeeding in their mission, the Alliance Fleet regrouped and began shuttling pilots to the forest moon to celebrate with the Pathfinders and local Ewok population.
Despite their victory, General Crix Madine was wary of an Imperial counter-attack, causing some pilots to remain with their starfighters. When L'ulo was approached by Green Four Shara Bey, she inquired if she could join the festivities. L'ulo, 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. Not wanting to leave unfinished business, General Han Solo held a briefing in Bright Tree Village, for which L'ulo was present. Informed of their new mission, the troops, led by Solo and the Pathfinders, launched an assault on the outpost. Aided by the Ewoks, the Rebels defeated the remaining Imperials, only to discover Imperial data and communications confirming that the war was not yet over.
Seventeen days after the Battle of Endor, L'ulo commanded Green Squadron, and with the BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers of Feral Group, he engaged Imperial starfighters in the battle of Cawa City. The capital of Sterdic IV, Cawa City was home to a number of Duros citizens, and it was dominated by persisting Imperial forces. During the battle, Bey, flying as Green Two, assisted L'ulo by destorying 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'ulo ordered Feral Leader to issue an attack run on an All Terrain Armored Transport. Y-wing 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'ulo spoke with Bey about how hard she had been working, encouraging her to spend time with her husband and her son, Poe.
During the next two months, L'ulo continued to serve the Alliance Fleet, and he received a promotion to Captain. In 5 ABY, 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'ulo 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'ulo's advice, and she settled into a Yavin 4 colony with her husband. Soon after, the Rebellion formally created the New Republic, and the Galactic Civil War ended less than a year later with the Empire's defeat at the Battle of Jakku and the signing of the Galactic Concordance. In the following years, L'ulo maintained his friendship with Bey and Dameron, and he acted as an uncle figure for their son. Prior to Bey's death in 10 ABY, she honored L'ulo through the L'ulo Stand, a flight maneuver she taught to her son at their Yavin 4 home.
Mission to the CrècheEdit
- "Let me try another pass."
"Another pass? If it didn't work the first time, what makes you think—L'ulo! What did you do?"
"Finger slipped. But hey, good news. It worked."
- ―L'ulo and Temmin Wexley, as L'ulo "accidentally" fires upon the enemy
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, created the Resistance to oppose them. L'ulo joined Organa's Resistance, offering his piloting skills to its Starfighter Corps. In 34 ABY, Bey's son Dameron also joined, becoming recognized as the Resistance's best, most daring pilot. Soon after Dameron joined, he underwent missions allowing the Resistance to intercept intelligence claiming that Luke Skywalker, Organa's exiled brother and the last Jedi in the galaxy, was being searched for by the First Order. Desperate to find him first, Organa tasked Dameron to locate Lor San Tekka, an explorer believed to know Skywalker's whereabouts. 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'ulo, 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'ulo's disapproval, the purpose of their mission remained classified.
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'ulo 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, and a moment before L'ulo entered the cavern to find him, the transmission was restored. Dameron reported that he was fine, but he found a tracker on his ship, and the First Order was likely to arrive soon. Dameron's fears were already fulfilled, as Kun spotted a First Order transport loaded with two Atmospheric Assault Landers, eight TIE/fo space superiority fighters, and numerous jetpack-wearing stormtroopers above the cavern's entrance.
As the stormtroopers entered the cave, Dameron contacted the squadron again, simply requesting "leverage." 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'ulo 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'ulo concluded that they too were under orders not to engage, so L'ulo 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'ulo could land on the platform to refuel, it exploded, leading L'ulo 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.
Pava noted that Black Squadron was outnumbered five to one, and she suggested that they remove themselves from the fight. L'ulo 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 entities (born from the egg Dameron had mentioned) 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.
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'ulo, Wexley, and the Crèche's religious elder on what to do. L'ulo 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.
L'ulo 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'ulo 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'ulo 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'ulo'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'ulo was right—war was inevitable—but they were not yet ready, and they had to gather the needed resources before time ran out.
- "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
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'ulo and Black Squadron embarked on their trip, contacting Luta, the prison's 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.
L'ulo 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'ulo 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.
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'ulo 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'ulo 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.
After waiting for a time, L'ulo began to wonder why Dameron had not yet returned. When L'ulo 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'ulo noted that Terex had not only arrived at the correct place, but he also beat 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'ulo 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.
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'ulo 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'ulo saw that Grakkus had already retreated there, closing the large, guarded doors behind him. L'ulo asked Dameron what they could do instead, and Dameron simply told the Duros to survive.
Fending off the attackers, L'ulo and the other pilots retreated to the gates of Grakkus' fortress. Yelling through the metal door, L'ulo addressed Grakkus, calling him a "slug" and demanding to be let inside. In an attempt to reason with Grakkus, L'ulo added that if Black Squadron and himself were killed, the Hutt would not be able to escape Megalox. Grakkus replied that while L'ulo'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'ulo 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'ulo remarked his surprise, and Dameron said he knew it would work, also telling the Duros to retrieve guns for them.
Fully armed, Black Squadron shot down the door to Grakkus' fortress, where Dameron approached the Hutt and gave 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'ulo and Black Squadron began to escort Grakkus' shuttle, and BB-8 returned the station's control to Luta. However, before L'ulo 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'ulo 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.
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'ulo and Bey
A male, green-skinned Duros, L'ulo had red eyes—and according to him, a relatively short, handsome face. L'ulo 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'ulo worried for Bey, the Duros had a lighthearted nature, often making jokes in serious situations. Following Bey's service, L'ulo kept a in contact with her, and he was like an uncle to the young Poe Dameron. During L'ulo'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. L'ulo 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'ulo about his actions, but the Duros refused to apologize, arguing that a fighter destroyed then was one less to worry about later.
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'ulo, regarding Black Squadron
L'ulo was one of the best pilots in the Rebellion, and he flew an A-wing interceptor through numerous Alliance campaigns following the Battle of Endor, during which he became Green Leader. An atmospheric flight maneuver called the L'ulo Stand was named in his honor, which only two other pilots, Bey and her son, Dameron, were able to complete. Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Dameron, who was recognized as the best pilot in the Resistance, completed an improvised version of a L'ulo Stand in the vacuum of space, during a skirmish against numerous forces of the First Order. Less than a year later, Dameron personally requested L'ulo's participation in Black Squadron, ranking the Duros among the best pilots of the Resistance.
- "Good thing we're not all flying X-wings, then, isn't it?"
- ―L'ulo, offering his A-wing's maneuverability
As a pilot of the Rebellion and Resistance, L'ulo wore a green flight suit and helmet while operating a modified RZ-1 A-wing interceptor, a single-pilot starfighter manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering. L'ulo 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. L'ulo was also capable with a blaster rifle, and he used one to fend off assailants at the Megalox prison.
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
L'ulo 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. In Star Wars: Shattered Empire, L'ulo is a supporting character, while the comic's protagonist, Shara Bey, is an A-wing pilot who flies second to him. The inclusion of A-wing pilots as primary characters was made by Rucka, whose favorite movie starfighter is the A-wing. 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, the novel references L'ulo, although the character's name is misspelled as "L'ullo." In 2016, L'ulo was featured as a supporting character in Star Wars: Poe Dameron, an ongoing comic series written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Phil Noto. When asked about the relationship between L'ulo and Dameron, Soule stated L'ulo was like an unorthodox uncle to Dameron, comparing the character to memorable relatives at Thanksgiving reunions.
- Shattered Empire, Part I (First appearance)
- Shattered Empire, Part II
- Shattered Empire, Part IV
- Before the Awakening (Mentioned only) (Misspelled as "L'ullo")
- Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I
- Poe Dameron 2: Black Squadron, Part II
- Poe Dameron 3: Black Squadron, Part III
- Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I
- Poe Dameron 5: Lockdown, Part II
- Poe Dameron 6: Lockdown, Part III
- Poe Dameron 7: The Gathering Storm
- Poe Dameron 8: The Gathering Storm, Part I
- Poe Dameron 14
Notes and referencesEdit
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