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"It has a deep connection to the Force, to the energy of this planet."
"Don't all living things?"
"This is different. More focused, like it has a purpose."
Kanan Jarrus describes to Ezra Bridger what he sensed from a Loth-wolf[src]

Loth-wolves were canine predators native to the planet Lothal. By the Imperial Era, Loth-wolves were widely believed to be extinct. Loth-wolves had a special connection to the Force and Lothal, to which they acted as the guardians of the light side on the planet. In 1 BBY, members of the Spectres rebel cell encountered Loth-wolves while undertaking an undercover mission on the planet for the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

Biology and appearanceEdit

Loth-wolves were a canine species native to the planet Lothal. They concerned many of Lothal's early settlers,[2] and farmers were known to carry blasters to protect themselves from Loth-wolves.[5] They were depicted in cave paintings made by the ancient people of the planet,[1] and were named in a Lothalian children's rhyme.[6] Loth-wolves were sentient, and also capable of speaking Galactic Basic, although they did not speak often.[1] They were strongly connected to the Force of Lothal, making them capable of remarkable feats.[3] Loth-wolves were large creatures, although one, Dume, was abnormally large even by the standards of his species.[7]

HistoryEdit

Before the EmpireEdit

By the Imperial Era, Loth-wolves were widely thought to be extinct as they had not been seen for over a hundred years.[1] During the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano passed by a depiction of a loth-wolf while on Mortis.[8]

Imperial periodEdit

Crossing pathsEdit

In 1 BBY, Ezra Bridger encountered one on a scouting mission in the fields of Lothal. Having a special connection to the Force, they could sense that Lothal was in danger from the Galactic Empire, an organization of the dark side. The wolf later assisted Bridger and Sabine Wren in escaping from Imperial forces. It put Wren to sleep merely by saying the word and vanished when the other Spectres were near.[1]

Later, the white wolf, along with two other wolves, transported Bridger, Wren and three of their rebel comrades from a wolf den in the northern hemisphere to a cliff dwelling in the southern hemisphere, using a means reminiscent of hyperspace travel and were able to enter[3] the world between worlds,[9] as indicated by their ability to walk through space.[3] The wolf took a strong interest in Kanan Jarrus, whom he referred to by his birth name, "Dume". The white wolf, along with the two black wolves, stopped Jarrus from returning to Lothal City to rescue Hera Syndulla, and gave him a message.[10] While Kanan meditated before going on his fateful mission to rescue her, it silently watched him through the grass.[11]

Spirit guidesEdit

After Kanan's death at the hands of Governor Pryce, Ezra, while mourning, was ambushed by the white wolf and the two others, who pursued him until nightfall. Ezra, now lost, sat by a large mound and fell asleep. He then woke up to find the three wolves staring at him, and behind him an even larger wolf named "Dume". After a conversation with Dume, the wolves gave Ezra a stone from the Lothal Jedi Temple. Following this, Ezra managed to reunite with the other Spectres and told them about the plan to get to the temple.[4]

The Loth-wolves appeared out of the grass, and the crew rode them to the temple as the wolves once again used the hyperspace-like travel to reach it. Afterwards, Ezra used the stone given to him as a key to unlock the mural of the Mortis gods on the temple's wall. Once he did so, painted loth-wolves flanking the mural suddenly came to life and started howling and walking to the right. The painted wolves then ran in a circle, forming a portal to the world between worlds.[12]

Inside the world between worlds, Ezra passed by a constellation-like depiction of a loth-wolf in the sky. After Ezra returned from the world and closed the temple, the painted wolves stopped forming the portal and ran towards the portrait of the Father as the temple collapsed. After this incident, Ezra finally came to terms with Kanan's death; as he did so, he saw the white wolf in the distance, which looked at him and then departed.[13]

Liberation of LothalEdit

Several Loth-wolves aided Ezra in capturing Pryce by luring Rukh and several stormtroopers into the cave. The wolves' ferocity easily overpowered the Imperial soldiers. Pryce was captured by the white Loth-wolf, who had tossed Rukh off the base. The clones Wolffe and Gregor commenting on how they fought "like the boys" back in the Clone Wars. Killing most of the stormtroopers, the wolves focused on the surviving stormtroopers, who were intimidated and quickly surrendered to the rebels.[14]

Rukh, who survived the fall, overpowered Wolffe, Mart and Vizago and prepared to kill them. However, the white-Loth wolf appeared, and Rukh barely managed to escape it by boarding a TIE gunfighter. The Loth-wolf growled as Rukh fled the scene, though it stayed to ensure the three rebels' safety before leaving. This allowed the three rebels to assist Ezra's plan to liberate Lothal by summoning a pod of purrgil to attack Grand Admiral Thrawn's blockade above Lothal.[15]

Post-EmpireEdit

With the Imperial presence gone on Lothal, several Loth-wolves could be seen running in the open plains.[15]

Behind the scenesEdit

In an interview at a FanExpo panel, Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni compared the loth-wolf with the Bendu, neither good nor bad in terms of the Force. He included the wolf because of his love of the creature, but also because of the cultural perception of wolves as guides. He further stated that the loth-wolf is a natural element of the Force on Lothal.[16]

In Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy, Beck Ollet states to Zare Leonis that prior to the time of the Galactic Empire, one would still carry a blaster to ward off loth-wolves when planting the orchards for jogan fruit.[5] Author Jason Fry stated that Ollet was most likely talking about the time of his parents or grandparents, but liked the line to give Lothal history.[17] This information, however, would seem contradictory to the idea that loth-wolves had not been seen in 100 years and were considered extinct, as certainly by the time of Ollet's parents even the most wary farmer would be unlikely to carry a blaster to ward off a predator which had been for so long believed extinct. It is likely, however, that Fry wrote the line before the exact details of the last appearance of loth-wolves on Lothal was determined.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Flight of the Defender"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Kindred"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "DUME"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
  6. Ezra's Duel with Danger
  7. StarWars-DatabankII Dume in the Databank (backup link)
  8. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Overlords"
  9. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A World Between Worlds"
  10. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Rebel Assault"
  11. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Jedi Night"
  12. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Wolves and a Door"
  13. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A World Between Worlds"
  14. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A Fool's Hope"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  16. Ratcliffe, Amy (October 31, 2017). Star Wars Rebels: What is the Loth-Wolf?. Nerdist. Archived from the original on January 23, 2018. Retrieved on October 31, 2017.
  17. Tumblr Jason Fry's Dorkery — Notes: Edge of the Galaxy Pt. 2 on Tumblr (backup link) "I liked the little detail about needing blasters to keep off the Loth-wolves. Beck's probably talking about his parents' or grandparents' time, but that line gives Lothal some history and makes the sense of loss deeper." (screenshot)

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