"Mercy Mission" is a canon short story by Melissa Scott that was published on October 6, 2015 as part of The Rise of the Empire paperback compilation. The story is set between Lords of the Sith and Tarkin, and features Twi'lek pilot Hera Syndulla as its protagonist, serving as a prequel to her canonical debuts in the novel A New Dawn and the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels.
Years before she led the crew of the Ghost, Hera Syndulla was a young pilot looking to make a difference in the galaxy. Hera sets out with Goll — a close ally of her father, Cham Syndulla — on a dangerous mission to help the citizens of her homeworld, Ryloth, now languishing under the might of the Empire.
The Del Rey press release announcing the story stated that "Mercy Mission" bridges the gap between Lords of the Sith and Tarkin. Both novels take place five years after the founding of the Empire, in 14 BBY. However, in the story itself, Moff Delian Mors reminisces about the Emperor's visit the year before, which was shown in Lords of the Sith. This comment suggests that contrary to the press release, the short story actually takes place in 13 BBY.
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