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"You're with that new mining company."
"Hm? Oh. Yes."
"The Red Key Company, isn't it?"
"That's the one."
Cobb Vanth and Adwin Charu[src]

The Red Key Raiders were a criminal syndicate that emerged following the Battle of Endor. Its members included Adwin Charu, Lorgan Movellan, and Bivvam Gorge. Following the death of Jabba the Hutt, Red Key attempted to establish a presence on Tatooine by posing as a mining company called the Red Key Company. This brought them into conflict with Cobb Vanth, the mayor and sheriff of Freetown. Later, Red Key conspired with the more established Black Sun to prolong the Galactic Civil War by coercing and bribing five senators into opposing Chancellor Mon Mothma's resolution to intervene on Jakku. Their conspiracy was foiled by a team led by Han Solo and the former Imperial loyalty officer Sinjir Rath Velus.

HistoryEdit

The Red Key Raiders[1] were was an upstart criminal organization that emerged shortly after the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY.[3] In the months after the events on Endor, Red Key started a presence on the desert planet Tatooine by posing a mining organization called the Red Key Company. A Red Key operative named Adwin Charu tried to procure a set of Mandalorian armor from several Jawa traders. However, he was accosted by a mysterious vigilante named Cobb Vanth who stole the armor from him.[2]

In 5 ABY,[4] two Red Key Raiders including Bivvam Gorge ambushed Jabba Desilijic Tiure's former Beastmaster Malakili near Mos Pelgo, which had been renamed Freetown. The gangsters were killed by Cobb Vanth and the Twi'lek woman Issa-Or. Vanth subsequently recruited Malakili into his community and hired him to tame a pair of rontos and to look after a Huttlet[1] named Borgo. Vanth soon incurred the wrath of the Red Key mob boss Lorgan Movellan, who wanted to exploit Tatooine for its dilarium oil, silicax oxalate and slaves.[3]

Lorgan's forces invaded and occupied Freetown, taking Vanth and the town's inhabitants prisoner. Movellan planned to sell the Huttlet Borgo to the Hutts and kill Vanth. However, Borgo at Malakili's signal let out a loud cry which gave the signal for a group of Tusken Raiders to attack. Vanth and Malakili had earlier forged a pact with the local Tuskens for protection in returning for supplying them with water and a pearl from a krayt dragon's belly. Most of Movellan's henchmen were killed during the attack. Despite Movellan's threats that his masters would come after them, Vanth carved a message on Lorgan's head with his knife.[3]

The Red Key Raiders later forged an alliance with the more established Black Sun crime syndicate to prolong the Galactic Civil War. They bribed the New Republic Senators Rethalow, Dor Wieedo, and Ashmin Ek into opposing Chancellor Mon Mothma's resolution to send New Republic military forces to the Inner Rim world of Jakku, where most of the Galactic Empire had retreated to. They also blackmailed Senators Grelka Sorka and Nim Tar by kidnapping the former's pet jerba and the latter's child. This conspiracy was unmasked by Sinjir Rath Velus, Han Solo, Temmin Wexley, Jom Barell, and Conder Kyl.[3]

Despite Red Key kidnapping Conder, Jom captured Rethalow and managed to extract a confession from him. The Red Key and Black Sun gangsters kept Nim Tar's child and Conder at a warehouse near the Quarrow Senate house on Nakadia. They, however, sold Sorka's jerba to black market butchers. Conder used his transceiver tooth to transmit the coordinates of the warehouse to his comrades. Solo and his team landed the Millennium Falcon in the warehouse and attacked the gangsters. Following a brief gun battle, they freed Conder and Nim Tar's child. Posing as an adviser to the Chancellor, Sinjir then managed to convince the five senators to change their vote in favor of Mothma's resolution by offering them pardons and political favors. As a result, the New Republic was able to send military forces to Jakku; foiling Red Key and Black Sun's plot to prolong the war.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Red Key Raiders first appeared as secondary antagonists in Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy, which ran between 2015 and 2016. Two Red Key characters Adwin Charu and Lorgan Movellan were given point-of-view interlude chapters in Aftermath and Aftermath: Empire's End.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Aftermath: Life Debt
  2. 2.0 2.1 Aftermath
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Aftermath: Empire's End
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the Battle of Endor During the year 4 ABY. Shattered Empire, Part IV, which shows Shara Bey and Kes Dameron settling on Yavin 4, takes place three months after the Battle of Endor, and Galactic Atlas places Bey and Dameron's move to Yavin 4 in the year 5 ABY.
    In the novel Aftermath it is said that months have passed since the Battle of Endor. Aftermath: Life Debt begins two months after the end of Aftermath, therefore the events of the former take place at least four months after the Battle of Endor. Since three months after the Battle of Endor is part of 5 ABY, as shown with Bey and Dameron's settling on Yavin 4, events of Life Debt must take place in 5 ABY at the earliest. On the other hand, the Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Jakku, as depicted in Life Debt's sequel Aftermath: Empire's End, to 5 ABY, as well, leading to the conclusion that Life Debt is set in 5 ABY.
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