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"The secrets in his head must be damaging to the Empire. We'll need to smuggle him off Lothal."
―Kanan Jarrus, regarding Tseebo[src]

The rescue of Tseebo was a rescue mission carried out on the Outer Rim planet Lothal by the rebel crew of the starship Ghost in the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin, during the festivities marking the fifteenth anniversary of the rise of the Galactic Empire. During the mission, the rebels rescued Tseebo, an employee in the Imperial Information Office, after the Rodian defected with vital Imperial information contained in his AJ^6 cyborg construct headpiece. After discovering Tseebo in the home that once belonged to the family of rebel crew member and Padawan Ezra Bridger, the rebels found that the Rodian had information about Imperial troop movements, production schedules, and their five year plan for the Outer Rim. The rebels knew that such information could be vital for their rebellion against the Empire and, with Tseebo in tow, stole an Imperial Troop Transport for use in escaping from Capital City; the city was locked down after the rebels bombed an Empire Day parade.

The rebels were pursued out of the city by Agent Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau, who, along with Imperials across Lothal, had been searching for Tseebo after his disappearance. The rebels eluded the ISB Agent and escaped onto the Ghost, whose pilot and captain, Hera Syndulla, rescued her crew from the Imperial pursuit. The Ghost flew into orbit while being chased by sixteen TIE/ln space superiority starfighters, including a TIE Advanced v1 fighter flown by the Jedi hunter known as the Grand Inquisitor. The Ghost escaped, but the Grand Inquisitor was able to shoot a tracking device onto their attack shuttle, the Phantom. Upon realizing that the homing beacon was on their ship, the rebels decided to split up. Bridger and his Jedi teacher, Kanan Jarrus, headed for the Fort Anaxes asteroid base aboard the Phantom to lure the Grand Inquisitor away from Tseebo. Meanwhile, Syndulla rendezvoused with Ahsoka Tano, her contact within a larger rebellion who operated under the codename "Fulcrum."

While Syndulla safely delivered Tseebo to Fulcrum, Jarrus and Bridger engaged the Grand Inquisitor in a lightsaber duel on Fort Anaxes. The Grand Inquisitor nearly killed Jarrus, but, in a moment of fear, Bridger unknowingly called upon the dark side of the Force to summon a giant fyrnock creature that lived in the abandoned military base. The Grand Inquisitor was distracted by the menacing creature, giving the two Jedi a chance to escape and return to the Ghost. Bridger's use of the dark side left him shaken, and Jarrus soon brought him to the Jedi Temple on Lothal in order to ensure that his Padawan was ready to be trained as a Jedi.

PreludeEdit

"Imperial specs on the new TIEs and new T-8 disruptors; schedules of troop movements, tactics, and strategies. Half of it's encrypted, but it looks like there's a five-year plan for Lothal and every other world in the Outer Rim."
―Sabine Wren, revealing information contained in Tseebo's headpiece[src]

During the Age of the Empire, the Galactic Empire took control of the Outer Rim world of Lothal. Two of the planet's citizens, Ephraim and Mira Bridger, sent out rebellious transmissions advocating against Imperial rule on Lothal. Tseebo, a friend of the Bridgers, encouraged them to stop, but they did not heed his concerns and the Empire captured the Bridgers.[1] Feeling the weight of his guilt for being unable to protect his friends or their son, Ezra Bridger, who ended up living alone on the streets of Lothal, Tseebo joined the Imperial Information Office and volunteered to be outfitted with an AJ^6 cyborg construct, a cybernetic device attached to the backside of his head that was designed to increase productivity. Fifteen years after the Empire's rise to power, Tseebo uploaded Imperial secrets into the headpiece and defected from the Empire,[4] hiding out in the Bridgers' old home on Lothal. He intended to use the secrets to make up for failing his friends, and the information he received in the headpiece overwhelmed his mind. The Empire knew that the secrets in his head were critical, and they searched for Tseebo across Lothal in the hopes of finding him.[1]

Empire Day parade attack

The rebels bomb Lothal's Empire Day parade.

By that time, Ezra Bridger had become a Jedi Padawan and a member of a crew of rebels, based on the starship Ghost, who operated against the Empire on Lothal. During the Empire Day celebrations marking the Empire's fifteenth anniversary, the Empire held a parade in Capital City, bringing out many military vehicles, officers, and soldiers, including an experimental TIE Advanced v1 starfighter. The rebels set a thermal detonator on the fighter and destroyed it, a high profile attack that led the Empire to send out a heavy military force to find them. The rebels fled into the streets of Lothal, where they were pursued by Imperial stormtroopers, Agent Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau, and the Jedi hunter known as the Grand Inquisitor.[1]

Bridger led two of his fellow crewmates—rebel leader Kanan Jarrus and Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren—to his old home to use as a safe house. It was there that they discovered Tseebo hiding from the Empire. Bridger was not pleased to see his parents' old friend, as the Rodian was a reminder of what he had lost. Wren examined the headpiece that Tseebo wore and discovered extensive Imperial records, including information about new weapons and starfighters, military schedules and strategies, as well as a five-year plan for the Empire's development in the Outer Rim Territories. Jarrus knew that the information could prove vital to their rebellion against the Empire, so the rebels decided to get Tseebo off of Lothal and bring him somewhere safe.[1]

The rescueEdit

Escape from LothalEdit

Syndulla: "Someone want to explain to me why we're extra popular tonight?"
Jarrus: "We've picked up a passenger—the Rodian the Imperials are hunting."
Syndulla: "And he's important because…?"
Wren: "Because his cybernetic implant has downloaded half the Empire's secrets."
Syndulla: "Okay, I can see why that's important. Let's get him out of here."
―Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and Sabine Wren during the crew's escape from Lothal[src]
Tseebo on the stolen transport

The rebels load Tseebo onto the stolen transport.

The rebels left the safe house with Tseebo in tow. To fight their way out of the city, Jarrus and Wren attacked a group of Imperial soldiers and hijacked an Imperial Troop Transport. Bridger, meanwhile, led Tseebo through the streets and into the transport. The craft made its way towards the outskirts of the city, where Imperial forces, led by Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko, established a checkpoint to prevent anyone from leaving. The attacked troops reported that the transport was stolen, and Agent Kallus ordered Aresko not to let it pass the checkpoint. Aresko and his forces were unable to prevent it, however, despite firing on the vessel with blasters and All Terrain Defense Pods. Wren, who piloted the craft, was undeterred and drove the transport straight into the checkpoint and out of the city. As a result, the stolen transport destroyed another ITT and an AT-DP.[1]

The Empire chased after the stolen transport with two 614-AvA speeder bikes and a Troop Transport carrying Agent Kallus. While in pursuit, Kallus contacted the Grand Inquisitor to inform him that the rebels breached the main gates. The Grand Inquisitor, flanked by several TIE fighter pilots, boarded his TIE Advanced v1 starfighter to prepare for a pursuit, as the Jedi hunter suspected that the Ghost would be waiting to rendezvous with its crew. As the Grand Inquisitor prepared to chase them, Kallus' forces attacked the rebels to slow them down. One Imperial combat driver set a detonator on the door of the stolen transport and blew it off, giving the trooper an opportunity to board the transport. He discovered that Tseebo was aboard the craft before Jarrus attacked him; the Jedi used the Force to throw the trooper off the vehicle, sending him crashing into the second speeder.[1]

Kallus's transport fired on the rebels as it moved in, giving Kallus room to jump from one vehicle to the other. The Ghost, piloted by Captain Hera Syndulla, arrived just as Kallus made it atop the stolen transport, and the ISB Agent was fired upon by Lasat Honor Guardsman and rebel crew member Garazeb Orrelios. The Imperial craft turned its laser turret onto the Ghost, and the VCX-100 light freighter's shields held under the barrage. C1-10P, the rebel astromech droid known by the nickname Chopper, used the weapons on the Ghost to fire on the Imperial transport, causing it to flip over and be knocked out of the fray. Kallus was likewise knocked off the side of the stolen transport after taking fire from Orrelios, but the ISB Agent held onto the back of the craft as the rebels began exiting and made their way onto the Ghost for a midair rescue. Kallus returned to the top of the craft in time to find that Tseebo was in the company of the rebels, but he failed to stop the rebels from leaving. He contacted the Grand Inquisitor once again, this time informing him that Tseebo was aboard the Ghost, and the Grand Inquisitor led four fellow pilots in pursuit of the escaping starship.[1]

Inquisitor TIES pursue the Ghost

The Ghost crew fights its way off of Lothal, with several TIE fighters in pursuit.

Syndulla set a course for space while Jarrus and Chopper manned the ship's blaster turrets. A direct hit by the Inquisitor damaged the ship and knocked Chopper out of commission, overwhelming his circuits.[1] Syndulla prepared counter-measures to evade the ongoing attack and ordered Chopper to man the rear guns. With Chopper down, Orrelios took over the station and Syndulla executed her maneuver. They evaded further fire and Orrelios destroyed one of the TIE fighters, though four newly-arrived fighters joined the attack. The Inquisitor ordered his forces to open fire and knock out the Ghost's shields, which they succeeded in doing after several more volleys. The Ghost was left vulnerable to further attack, and the situation grew more dire with the arrival of two Star Destroyers, including the Relentless. Knowing the Ghost would likely escape, the Inquisitor fired a tracking device onto the ship, which landed on the attached attack shuttle Phantom. Bridger worked to repair the damage to the navigation computer as eight more TIE fighters approached the ship, but he was unable to repair it. Instead, Tseebo entered the cockpit and directly fed coordinates into the ship, allowing the Ghost to escape into hyperspace.[4]

Saving TseeboEdit

"You seem…better."
"Tseebo's mind is clearer now. But it is difficult. There's so much information inside Tseebo."
"Fulcrum's people will help you with that and keep you safe."
―Hera Syndulla and Tseebo[src]

The Inquisitor made his way to the Relentless to speak with its commanding officer, Admiral Kassius Konstantine, who informed the Inquisitor that the tracking device was in place. Meanwhile, the Ghost crew tended to their damage, including Chopper, and considered what to do with Tseebo. Jarrus asked Bridger what he wanted, as the boy had history with Tseebo, but Bridger at first refused to discuss it and dismissed the idea that Tseebo mattered to him. Though Bridger was still angry with Tseebo for not helping his parents, he learned with Wren's help that the Rodian voluntarily took on the implant in order to make up for what happened with Mira and Ephraim. Tseebo proved to be of further use when he detected the tracker on the hull of the Phantom, and the once-again functional Chopper scanned the ship and found the tracker on the shuttle. Though it was risky, Jarrus came up with a plan to detach the Phantom from the Ghost while in hyperspace and take the shuttle to Fort Anaxes,[4] an asteroid base that once belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars.[7] Bridger and Jarrus would go to the asteroid base to lure the Inquisitor away from the Ghost, while Syndulla and the rest of the crew would deliver Tseebo to "Fulcrum"[4]—the codename of rebel operative who, in actuality, was Commander Ahsoka Tano.[6]

Phantom falls out of hyperspace

The Phantom falls out of hyperspace.

Bridger, who still refused to speak to Tseebo despite Wren's prodding to forgive him, soon left with Jarrus aboard the Phantom. The shuttle separated from the ship and was ripped out of hyperspace, briefly tumbling through realspace before Jarrus stabilized the shuttle and set a course for Fort Anaxes. The Inquisitor sensed their change in location through the Force, which Konstantine confirmed by saying that the tracker had detected the ship dropping out of hyperspace. At the Inquisitor's command, the Relentless laid in a pursuit course and made its way to the asteroid field.[4]

Jarrus landed the shuttle inside the old clone base, which was filled with fearsome creatures[4] known as fyrnocks.[8] The creatures, which the rebels encountered on their previous visit to Fort Anaxes,[9] were part of Jarrus' plan. He told Bridger, who Jarrus had been training to try to connect with animals through the Force, to make a connection with the fyrnocks and calm them, while Jarrus removed the tracker from the ship. Bridger tried to make the connection, but he could not overcome his own fears that were blocking him—not fears over the creatures, but the fear of learning what truly happened to his parents. Overcome with emotion, Bridger finally forgave Tseebo, which the Rodian could sense through the Force. With his fears overcome, Bridger calmed the creatures, who no longer posed a threat to the two Jedi.[4]

The Ghost, meanwhile, rendezvoused and docked with Fulcrum's CR90 corvette. Syndulla brought Tseebo to the airlock, where his mind was clearer after Bridger forgave him. Not knowing if he would see the boy again, Tseebo told Syndulla what happened to Bridger's parents:[4] they were alive, but they were prisoners of the Empire.[10] Tseebo was then handed over to Fulcrum, whose people would be able to help Tseebo with the information overload inside of his implant.[4]

Dueling the InquisitorEdit

"Unleash your anger. I will teach you what your master could not."
"You don't have anything to teach me."
"The darkness is too strong for you, orphan. It is swallowing you up, even now. […] Your master will die. […] Your friends will die. And everything you've hoped for will be lost. This is the way the story ends."
"No!"
―The Grand Inquisitor and Ezra Bridger during their duel[src]

Following the signal from the tracking device, the Grand Inquisitor arrived at Fort Anaxes with several stormtroopers on an Imperial shuttle. The Inquisitor ordered the stormtroopers to contain the two Jedi, as he wanted to take them alive, so they entered the base preparing to take formation around the rebels. When the soldiers made their way inside, they found the two Jedi silently meditating, with the fyrnocks calmly standing behind them. The Inquisitor sensed something through the Force, but by then it was too late—the two Jedi unleashed the fyrnocks, and the creatures attacked the stormtroopers. The Inquisitor, unimpressed with their plan, ignited his lightsaber, as did Jarrus, and the two engaged in a lightsaber duel.[4]

The Grand Inquisitor on Fort Anaxes

The Grand Inquisitor, armed with Jarrus' lightsaber as well as his own, stalks towards Bridger.

The Inquisitor had the upper-hand during their duel, so much so that Jarrus grabbed his own blaster mid-fight and attempted to shoot the Jedi hunter. The Inquisitor disarmed him of the blaster, however, and used the Force to send Jarrus flying back into the wall of the base, knocking him unconscious. Bridger, who had continued meditating with the fyrnocks, sensed his master was in trouble and took Jarrus' lightsaber to fight against the Inquisitor. The Inquisitor quickly disarmed him, however, by using the Force to pull the weapon from the boy's hand. The Jedi hunter used the Force to send the young Padawan flying back, and Bridger nearly fell into a deep pit at the edge of the base. Angry and afraid over the Inquisitor's threats to kill Jarrus and the rest of his friends, Bridger unknowingly called upon the dark side of the Force and connected with a giant fyrnock from within the pit. The large creature came to the surface, and the boy sent the beast after the Inquisitor. In doing so, Bridger was overwhelmed and collapsed.[4]

Jarrus tended to his apprentice while the Inquisitor contended with the giant fyrnock. Bridger regained consciousness but had no memory of what happened, other than feeling cold. The two Jedi escaped—with Jarrus' lightsaber, which the Inquisitor had dropped—while the Inquisitor kept fighting the fyrnock and the smaller creatures distracted the stormtroopers. The Inquisitor scared the giant fyrnock away and threw his lightsaber towards Jarrus and Bridger, but Jarrus deflected it back. The two Jedi boarded the Phantom, and Jarrus piloted it out out of the base. As he did so, he used its turrets to destroy the Imperial shuttle before leaving the asteroid.[4]

AftermathEdit

"Ezra, when we were on that asteroid, you made a dangerous connection through the Force. Now I have to know that you… are ready."
―Jarrus tells his Padawan that he is worried about the boy's training[src]

Bridger's experience on Fort Anaxes left him shaken, having never dealt with the consequences of the dark side before. He kept to himself at first, and both Jarrus and Syndulla agreed to keep the truth about his parents a secret until he was ready,[4] but eventually he rejoined the normal activities of the crew. Still, Jarrus remained concerned over his Padawan's dark indulgences on the asteroid and needed to ensure that the boy was ready to continue on the Jedi path. He discovered that there was a Jedi Temple on Lothal and brought Bridger to the ancient Jedi structure, where the Padawan was sent in alone in order to face the fears that led him to briefly flirt with the dark side of the Force.[11]

Vision of the Inquisitor

Bridger confronted a vision of the Grand Inquisitor in the Jedi Temple, putting his fears to the test.

Inside the Jedi Temple, Bridger encountered visions of the Grand Inquisitor killing his friends, who he had come to regard as his new family. Through confronting visions of the Grand Inquisitor, Bridger realized that he was not afraid of dying, but rather was afraid of losing those he cared about and once again being abandoned. Upon this realization, the Grand Inquisitor disappeared. Bridger soon heard the voice of Yoda, the Grand Master of the Jedi Order who had survived the Jedi Purge. Yoda guided Bridger through the remainder of the Jedi Temple while also communing with Jarrus, revealing that he had not been able to see the rebel leader through the Force until Jarrus had taken Bridger as his Padawan. Yoda likewise helped Jarrus face his own doubts and fears, including his sense of inadequacy as a Jedi teacher.[11]

Yoda led Bridger until a chamber deep in the Jedi Temple, asking the boy why he wanted to become a Jedi. The Padawan, at first, felt a sense of anger towards the Empire and a desire to punish them for the injustices they had committed against him and the galaxy, but he admitted that the true reason he wanted to become a Jedi was to help others, just as his friends did. Yoda told him that despite the difficult path that laid before him, Bridger had it within himself to become a Jedi. The boy was granted a kyber crystal, a rite of passage for a Jedi, which he used to create his own lightsaber.[11]

Approximately one year later,[12] Bridger had a vision of his parents. Syndulla and Jarrus finally told him what Tseebo had said: his parents were imprisoned by the Empire. By the time he learned the truth, however, it was too late. Bridger's vision corresponded with a prison break that the Bridgers led to free themselves and their fellow prisoners. The Bridgers were killed in the escape.[10]

Behind the scenesEdit

The rescue of Tseebo formed the basis of the episodes "Empire Day"[1] and "Gathering Forces,"[4] part of the first season of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels.[13] "Empire Day" was written by Henry Gilroy and directed by Steven G. Lee,[1] while "Gathering Forces" was written by executive producer Greg Weisman and directed by Steward Lee.[4] In the original outline for the story, a character named Cob Tier, a human friend of the Bridger family, would have reconnected Ezra Bridger and Tseebo, but this was cut as the story evolved and the character was combined with Tseebo.[14]

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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 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Empire Day"
  2. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Idiot's Array"
  3. The events of this article take place during and 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.
  4. 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 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Gathering Forces"
  5. Ezra's Duel with Danger
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The events of "Fire Across the Galaxy" revealed that Fulcrum is Ahsoka Tano and that she is the rebels' contact in the larger rebellion.
  7. StarWars-DatabankII Fort Anaxes in the Databank
  8. StarWars-DatabankII Fyrnock in the Databank
  9. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Out of Darkness"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Path of the Jedi"
  12. The events of "Empire Day" and "Gathering Forces" take place at the start of the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin. The referenced event takes place in "Legacy," which is set just prior to "A Princess on Lothal," the first known Star Wars Rebels episode to take place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's timeline of Star Wars Rebels events.
  13. SWCustom-2011 Gathering Forces Episode Guide on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
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