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The Ranc gang was a criminal organization based on the Outer Rim planet Kaddak. Sometime following the Battle of Jakku, Terex, an Imperial stormtrooper who had fought in the battle, became the leader of the Rancs, until he gave control of the gang to Wisper when he joined the First Order, an organization formed from the remnants of the Empire. Terex reclaimed control of the gang from Wisper when he returned to Kaddak in 34 ABY. The Ranc gang then took part in the hunt for the Resistance starfighter pilot Poe Dameron. Many of the gang members were killed during the Battle over a desert planet.

DescriptionEdit

The Ranc gang was a criminal gang on the Outer Rim world of Kaddak that doubled as a ship repair and salvage operation. They controlled the Sliver, the main settlement on Kaddak. The gang was known to operate a headquarters.[1] The Ranc gang also had a fleet of "Uglies", ships made from wrecked starships and vehicles left over from the Galactic Civil War.[4]

HistoryEdit

Terex's takeoverEdit

The Ranc gang existed on Kaddak two years after the Battle of Jakku. They were led by Wenda and Bett and also doubled as a ship repair and salvage operation. After the former stormtrooper Corlac and his comrade Terex relocated to Kaddak, Corlac re-established contacts with Wenda and Bett. He convinced Terex to help the gang gain access to the Rothana Imperial Shipyards.[1] After taking control of the shipyards, Corlac conspired with Wenda and Bett to kill Terex since he was an obstacle to their plans to build a pirate fleet. Terex learned of their plot and killed them.[4]

Terex then took control of the gang. With Wisper and Zumgi serving as his lieutenants, Terex turned the Ranc gang into a feared pirate group based on Kaddak that raided ships and fought rival gangs. After several of Terex's pirates intercepted a shipment carrying stormtrooper armor to the First Order, Terex decided to join the First Order[4] and handed over leadership of the group to Wisper. While Wisper made the gang rich, he never commanded the same level of respect as Terex.[1]

Terex's returnEdit

In 34 ABY, Terex returned to take control of the Ranc gang. After Wisper objected to his coup, Zumgi killed him and reaffirmed the gang's allegiance to Terex.[1] Under Terex's leadership, the gang took control of his flagship Carrion Spike from the First Order crew. Meanwhile, the Resistance starfighter pilot Poe Dameron, the Resistance technician Oddy Muva, and the droids C-3PO and BB-8 forced their way inside the gang's headquarters. Despite Dameron being stunned, C-3PO activated the Resistance droid spy network and forced the gangsters to surrender the BX-series droid commando N1-ZX, who was purportedly carrying a trove of information on the First Order. Terex then placed a bounty on Dameron's head but deliberately allowed Dameron and the droids to escape with N1-ZX and the data. However, this was disinformation planted by Terex as part of a plot to find the elusive Resistance base.[4]

Pursuing Poe DameronEdit

Terex was able to track Dameron's T-70 X-wing fighter and prepared a fleet of "Uglies" to pursue Dameron.[4] Once in space, Terex allowed his Ranc gang lieutenants Zumgi and Brrang to lead the mission since he trusted them more than the First Order. However, Dameron realized Terex's plan and exited his ship over a desert planet. The Ranc fleet soon followed and shot Dameron's starfighter down. Dameron's X-wing crash-landed on the desert planet.[2]

Terex led a landing party in pursuit of Dameron and the droids. BB-8 and C-3PO managed to slow the gang down by dropping stalactites and fjor-bats on their pursuers. Meanwhile, the Abednedo Muva stowed aboard the Carrion Spike and forced Zumgi to lead him to his wife Sowa Chuan, who had been enslaved by Terex in order to blackmail him into working as a spy. Brrang was commanding the Carrion Spike and the Ranc fleet when the Resistance Black Squadron came to Dameron's rescue.[5]

Despite outnumbering the Resistance squadron, the Ranc gang's "Uglies" were outmatched by Black Squadron. Muva also aided Black Squadron by reprogramming the Carrion Spike's battle computers to open fire on the "Uglies." This allowed him and the slaves to flee in escape pods to the desert planet. Black Squadron escorted the escape pods but the Ranc gang shot one of them down. The Duros Resistance pilot L'ulo L'ampar shot down the "Ugly" before being taken down himself. Brrang managed to regain control of the Carrion Spike's systems. The Ranc ships regrouped for an assault on Black Squadron.[3]

DestructionEdit

However, First Order forces under Commander Malarus exited hyperspace and opened fire on the Ranc fleet, destroying many "Uglies" and Terex's flagship.[3] Malarus then led a landing party that arrested Terex for disobeying Supreme Leader Snoke's orders to avoid hostilities against the New Republic and its aligned forces.[2] Dameron allowed the First Order to arrest Terex but told the defeated crime lord and First Order agent that he had lost his fleet.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Ranc gang first appeared in the 20162017 Marvel Comics arc Star Wars: Poe Dameron Book III: The Gathering Storm. They were created by Charles Soule and illustrated by Phil Noto.

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