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A resistance cell was led by Ryder Azadi on the planet Lothal. In 2 BBY[6], Azadi's cell engaged in a campaign of sabotage at the Imperial Armory Complex, which manufactured vehicles for the Imperial Military. That same year, Azadi's cell joined forces with Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, and Chopper, who had been sent by the Phoenix Squadron, to collect intelligence about Grand Admiral Thrawn's new starfighter initiative. The cell member Morad Sumar was killed during the mission but his comrades managed to launch a diversionary attack on the factory's east gate which allowed Ezra's team to escape with the plans.

DescriptionEdit

Ryder Azadi's resistance cell consisted of himself, the former farmer Morad Sumar and his wife Marida Sumar, and the Ithorian bartender Jho. They specialized in sabotaging Imperial vehicles being produced at the Imperial Armory Complex in Lothal's Capital City. They were armed with blasters and rocket launchers. The cell was known to have at least two landspeeders including a V-35 Courier. Ryder's cell was based at a stone circle in Lothal's wilderness.[1]

HistoryEdit

The former Lothalian Governor Ryder Azadi escaped an Imperial prison in late 4 BBY.[7][8] By 2 BBY[6], Ryder had founded a resistance cell consisting of disaffected individuals including the Sumar couple and Jho. The cell sabotaged Imperial vehicles being produced at the Imperial Armory Complex in Capital City. This resulted in a high rate of accidents among Imperial personnel and caused the Empire to lose several missions and personnel.[1]

That year, the Atollon–based Phoenix Squadron received intelligence that the Empire was developing a new weapon at the Lothal Imperial factory. The Squadron dispatched the former Lothal resident Ezra Bridger, the Jedi Purge survivor Kanan Jarrus, and the astromech droid Chopper to solicit Ryder's help in taking out the Imperial Armory Complex. Ryder picked up Ezra's team in Capital City. After escaping an Imperial patrol, the rebels met at Ryder's stone circle hideout. After discussing their plans, Morad, who had found work as a safety inspector at the Imperial Armory Complex, agreed to lead Ezra's team inside the factory to steal the plans.[1]

Meanwhile, Ryder's cell's activities attracted the attention of Imperial High Command who sent the Chiss Grand Admiral Thrawn to investigate the defective vehicles and the presence of "subversives" at the Imperial Armory Complex. After dressing down the workers, Thrawn forced Morad to demonstrate a 614-AvA speeder bike that he personally inspected. During the exercise, Morad was forced to drive the speeder bike at full speed. However, the engine system was faulty and the bike exploded, killing Morad. Despite Morad's death, Ezra and his team managed to steal the plans and escape the factory with the help of Fulcrum, who was revealed to be the disillusioned Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus.[1]

Ryder and Marida launched an attack on the Imperial Armory Complex's east gate. This allowed Ezra and his team to escape. Back at the resistance base, the rebels transmitted the contents of Chopper's files to the Phoenix Squadron, which decrypted them. As a result, Ryder and the other rebels learned that Thrawn was developing a new prototype starfighter equipped with deflector shields.[1] Ryder and other members of the resistance then listended to Senator Mon Mothma's speech as she called upon other cells to come together and join the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[5]

The resistance then planned an attack on the TIE/D Defender factories on Lothal with help from Commander Sato's Phoenix Squadron and General Jan Dodonna's Massassi Group. However, Ryder saw that the 7th fleet had left Lothal. The resistance then lost contact with Atollon.[9]

Behind the scenesEdit

Ryder Azadi's resistance cell first appeared in the Star Wars Rebels Season Three episode "An Inside Man", which premiered on Disney XD on October 3, 2016. The resistance cell consisted of several Rebels characters who had appeared in earlier episodes including Ryder himself ("Legacy"), Morad and Marida Sumar ("Fighter Flight"), and Jho ("Empire Day").

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "An Inside Man"
  2. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Occupation"
  3. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Crawler Commandeers"
  4. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The events of this article take place in or after Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow, which is the first known episode to take place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  7. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy"
  8. The events of this article take place between "Empire Day," which marks the beginning of the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin; and "A Princess on Lothal," which is the first known episode to take place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  9. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"

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