In 3 BBY, the Spectres launched a raid on an Imperial depot on the planet Lothal in an attempt to hijack three Hammerhead corvettes. These corvettes were delivered to Lothal by Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, under the guise of a mercy mission, for use by the rebellion. The rebels fought against an Imperial garrison under the command of Lieutenant Yogar Lyste, who believed Organa to be a loyal Imperial and who was unable to prevent the ships from being stolen. With the help of Leia and the former Lothalian Governor Ryder Azadi, the rebels were able to steal the three corvettes which bolstered the Phoenix Squadron.
The Phoenix Squadron sustained losses during their escape from Imperial forces on Garel. Having heard of their losses the Alderaanian Senator Bail Organa, who was a secret supporter of the rebellion, had sent his adopted daughter Princess Leia Organa to deliver reinforcements to the Phoenix rebels. These reinforcements consisted of three Hammerhead corvettes. Since the Alderaanians were unable to directly deliver the ships to the rebels, Leia Organa had arranged for the ships to be delivered to Lothal, an Imperial world. There, the rebels would "steal" the ships so that the Alderaanians could not be accused of supporting the rebellion.
Princess Leia traveled to Lothal under the pretext of delivering relief supplies to the inhabitants of Lothal, who had been subject to a lock down as a result of the rebel insurgency there. Upon arriving above Lothal, they were directed by Lieutenant Yogar Lyste to land at an Imperial depot near the town of Jalath. After landing on Jalath, Leia was greeted by two members of the Spectres: the former Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus and his apprentice Ezra Bridger; who were disguised as a stormtrooper and an Imperial cadet. Kanan and Ezra had received instructions from Hera Syndulla to rendezvous with Leia in order to "steal" the starships.
Leia's plans encountered a stonewall when Lieutenant Lyste fastened gravity locks to the corvettes in order to deter thefts. Lyste was aware that Leia's ships had a habit of being stolen on Imperial worlds but could not find any evidence linking her to the rebellion. As a further deterrent, Lyste assigned two AT-AT walkers to guard the ships and ordered his stormtroopers to search the vessels for contraband. Lacking a transport to do her "relief work", Leia borrowed Lyste's Sentinel-class landing craft and departed with Kanan and Ezra. While flying over Lothal's plains, they received a distress transmission from Chopper.
Traveling to Ryder Azadi's hideout, they found that stormtroopers had arrested the former Governor and Chopper. The Imperials had orders to execute Azadi. Kanan, still disguised as a stormtrooper, and Leia attempted to reason with them but to no avail. Their conversation was interrupted by the arrival of the rebel ship known as the Ghost. While Hera piloted the VCX-100 light freighter, Sabine Wren and Garazeb Orrelios attacked the stormtroopers and picked up Kanan, Ezra, Leia, and Ryder. During the attack, Lyste's landing craft was destroyed when Chopper clipped the Phoenix's wings against the shuttle's head. To hide Leia's rebel links, Ryder pretended to abduct her while Zeb pretended to kidnap Kanan and Ezra.
After escaping the Imperials, the crew of the Ghost parked the freighter in the wilderness. They then discussed their plans to commandeer the Hammerhead corvettes. While Azadi was reluctant to commit himself fully to the rebellion, he agreed to helped them deactivate the gravity locks in exchange for getting safe passage off Lothal. As part of the plan, Leia along with Kanan and Ezra (still wearing their Imperial military uniforms) would travel to the Imperial depot in the Phantom. Sabine, Chopper, and Azadi would be hiding aboard the shuttle. While Leia and company distracted Lieutenant Lyste and his men, the other rebels would disembark, deactivate the gravity locks, and free the impounded ships. Meanwhile, Hera and Zeb would harry the Imperial walkers with the Ghost.
While Leia was talking with Lieutenant Lyste, Ryder along with Sabine and Chopper disabled the gravity lock on the Hammerhead corvette known as P1. After disabling the locks, Sabine departed on P1 for space to rejoin the Phoenix fleet. Upon realizing that intruders were stealing the corvette, Lyste ordered his men to stop the rebels. One of the AT-AT walkers attempted to shoot down the corvette. Meanwhile, Ryder and Chopper went to disable the gravity lock restraining the second Hammerhead corvette P2 but were spotted by Imperial stormtroopers. Kanan and Ezra then used the Force to knock out Lyste and two of his stormtroopers.
During the fighting, Kanan also activated his lightsaber and used it to sever one of the AT-AT walkers' two frontal legs, causing it to topple to the ground. After disabling the second gravity lock, Ryder instructed Kanan to depart on P2. Ryder then attempted to board the third Hammerhead corvette P3 but was cornered by two stormtroopers. Ezra then used his Force powers to seize their blasters. Leia then grabbed one of the blasters and stunned them. In response to the attacks, several Imperial Troop Transports arrived. Despite Leia's protests, Lyste, who had by then recovered, then ordered the remaining AT-AT walker to take out the remaining Hammerhead corvettes.
On the third Hammerhead corvette, Ryder attempted to force the ship to fly despite the gravity lock and engaged the thrusters, toppling the second AT-AT with the force generated from them. Having accomplished his mission, Chopper departed aboard the Phantom. Before departing, Leia and Ezra bid farewell to each other and promised to meet again. To maintain the ruse that she was still a "loyal" Imperial citizen, Leia ordered Ezra to stun her. Shortly later, Leia was recovered by Lyste and his stormtroopers. Feigning anger at the Imperials for losing her ships, Leia threatened to report their incompetence to the Imperial Senate. However, Lyste managed to placate Leia by offering to pay for her missing ships. The Imperial officer then realized that his own ship had also disappeared; the Sentinel-class landing craft had been destroyed by the crew of the Ghost during the alleged "kidnapping" of Leia and the Imperial personnel.
The Raid on the Imperial Depot at Jalath was a success for the Phoenix Squadron because it helped them to recoup on the losses they had sustained on Garel earlier. Due to an arrangement with Princess Leia, Lieutenant Lyste was able to cover up the attack on the Imperial depot at a heavy cost to his purse. Meanwhile in space, Ryder, now realizing that what Ezra's parents started has become even larger then he thought, agreed to help the rebel cause for both them and their son's sake. Despite this small victory, the rebellion was still heavily outmatched and outgunned by the Galactic Empire, which still controlled much of the galaxy.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Raid on the Lothal Depot served as the climax for the Star Wars Rebels episode "A Princess on Lothal", which first premiered on Disney XD on January 20, 2016. It featured the Original trilogy character Princess Leia (voiced by Julie Dolan) as a guest character.
- Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal" (First appearance)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Through Imperial Eyes" (Indirect mention only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
- ↑ The events of this article take place during "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 third year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 4.37 4.38 4.39 Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2