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Free Ryloth

    In General 

Ryloth


  • Adaptational Badass / Ascended Extra / Pragmatic Adaptation: At the time this AU was conceptualized, the Free Ryloth Movement and Ryloth in general had yet to appear in Rebels. In the show, Ryloth is mostly treated as another planet backdrop and just being another rebel cell, while Backbone!Ryloth has much more going on, including having a political system of its own, the Curia, based off of the Roman Curia (as the author is well educated on Roman history), as well as a pretty heavy focus on the Syndulla clan's familial ties and the other clans to some extent too.
  • Badass Family: The Syndulla clan makes up a huge part of the cast as part of Free Ryloth, and not without reason.
  • Incest Is Relative: It's not weird by Ryloth standards, even though it has lessened in recent times. Polygamy is even a thing.
  • Succession Crisis: There's one going on with the Syndulla clan, in part because of Hera's abduction.
    • If Cham dies, then as his cum manu first wife, Alecto would legally become the clan head. It's a good thing she was already born a Syndulla and is not a second wife of Cham, because the problem already is that she's been neglecting her roles as matriarch (having held them off to her sister-in-law Clotho, who is now dead). While most of the Syndulla clan would have no problem accepting her, there's no telling how the other clans will feel.
    • Xiaan is in a direct line of succession (as Cham's niece via Seku) and was born a curiate Syndulla. While the fact she used to be an Imperial slave has no legal bearing on the inheritance, it looks bad for her in the political environment (though generally, it will be argued that she was a child slave, so it still doesn't matter anyway). The problem is that she isn't interested in taking up the position, nor is she capable (especially because A Child Shall Lead Them doesn't work well in Ryloth culture) nor has enough public support outside of the Forlorn Hope.
    • Doriah is only a curiate Syndulla because he was adopted as so and he is not immediately related to Cham (he is Alecto's nephew and is also illegitimate). He can become the heir after everyone else in the line of succession unless Cham repudiates them, which is easy to do as everyone has been gone for the past decade, the political environment is in a state where it'd be a valid choice, and everyone in the fleet is expecting him to do it anyway. But as said before, because Doriah got adopted into becoming a curiate and was born a pleb, the members who are more concerned about class will take issue with Doriah succeeding. There's also the fact that he was an Imperial slave at an old enough age, which can be used against him more than it can be used against Xiaan. At least Doriah is well-known throughout the Syndullas in the fleet and they're all okay with him succeeding... though the non-Syndullas have no idea who he is (even Secchun doesn't seem to know who he is).
    • Ojeda has been gone so long and is an Imperial prostitute as well as believed to be a part of Les Collaborateurs (which the fleet strongly stands against, even if she's unwilling, means that she wouldn't have enough backing if she became Cham's successor.
    • The direct option, Hera, obviously can't work because not only is she dedicated to the Empire, but also in love with a human (former) Inquisitor that everyone will surely hang the moment they see him, and she has no interest in returning to her family.

Free Ryloth Command

    Cham Syndulla 

Cham Syndulla

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Father of Hera and husband to Alecto. Leader of the Free Ryloth fleet and head of the Syndulla clan, as one of the curiates in the Synedrion.


  • Adaptational Badass: Backbone!Cham being more open to the rest of the Galaxy seems to have been a part of why the Free Ryloth Movement has more results than their canon versions.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: His parents and older sister died before his grandparents did (of which his grandmother died before the Clone Wars though after Hera's birth), so he inherited the position of being paterfamilias of the Syndulla clan and family.
  • Papa Wolf: Ask Agent Beneke. Or more accurately, what's left of him after he taunted Cham about Hera.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Due to not appearing until Season 2's "Homecoming". Considering how canon!Cham feels about anything that's not for Ryloth's wellbeing for the short run, it's debatable if he would've liked the idea of his family living offworld for the duration of the fighting.
    • Free Ryloth also does not seem to have a fleet in canon.
  • Rebel Leader: Of Ryloth.
  • The Rival: To Secchun.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A high-ranking Curiate and a Rebel Leader. It actually gets him in trouble a couple times when the two conflict.

    Alecto Syndulla 

Alecto Syndulla

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Callsign: Fury Leader

"Do you think that just by saying my name over and over again I'll be any more likely to listen to you?"

Mother of Hera and wife to Cham. Comes from a minor branch of the Syndulla family, also being the second of three daughters. She was captured in the raid on Zardossa Stix and held as a political prisoner. She conspired with her sister-in-law Seku to escape, and succeeded in making her way back to the fleet. She serves aboard the Forlorn Hope as the leader of the starfighter squadron, Fury Squadron.


    Secchun Fenn 

Secchun Fenn

A class-conscious, traditionalist, vicious politician determined to survive against all odds. She's been embarrassed in an extremely public engagement, ascend to the head of her clan due to most if not all of her clan getting wiped out (she's about the seventh child of a second/third wife), had to deal with Cham's idealism in the Curia and the problems that arose after, and lost most of her family, political position, reputation, and everything she owns. Out of options, she joined the Free Ryloth fleet. She is a curiate and is the youngest daughter of the Fenn family.
  • Amicable Exes: Well, it's as amicable as it can get being political rivals that have to do an Enemy Mine to survive out here. The Syndullas didn't want to be associated with the Fenns after the Broad Strokes incident, so they broke off the engagement.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Her brother might be Ro Fenn, who was an Abusive Parent. Word of God states that he's still a Jerkass, but hasn't clarified the extent of that.
  • Broad Strokes: Word of God is that something similar to what was going on with the Fenns in Republic happened here.
  • Foil: To Cham. She's more vicious while Cham is more of a Reasonable Authority Figure, both of their children have been taken by the Nemesis program, and the Fenns have the rare pure white skin while the Syndullas have come in more different colors of skin than any other clan seen so far as well as having smooth-flowing markings on their lekku while the Fenns are stated to have geometric designs instead.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Secchun" is derived from an inscription in Roman North Africa. Her son, Thamir, has the same case.
    • In Twi'lek, "Fenn" means hard-working.
  • The Name's The Same: Shares her surname/clan name with Fenn Rau, who has yet to appear in this fic. Amusingly, the author is also planning to use a character named Heibat Rao, which sounds just like "Rau".
  • Original Character
  • Shout-Out: Her clan, Fenn clan, is originally from Legends, featured in Republic.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Really doesn't like how idealistic Cham's ideas are. After all, they did end up causing major repercussions against Ryloth.
  • The Rival: To Cham. Joining the Free Ryloth Movement was a last resort and she hates that, but it's all she has left.
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    Doriah Syndulla 

Doriah Syndulla

One of Hera's maternal cousins, brother to Lika, son to Clotho.
  • Ascended Extra: The author didn't realize that she would end up writing Doriah and the other Syndulla cousins in larger roles.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Is furious at Cham for not telling the rest of the family that Hera is an ISB agent.
  • Disappeared Dad: His mother slept around a lot, so he and Lika have different fathers. It probably isn't Cham, and apparently, his father was known in the Clone Wars and died during that time.
  • Made a Slave: He and Xiaan were sold to a wealthy Imperial Baron, and escaped several years later.
  • Original Character
  • Rape as Backstory: While a slave, he was regularly sexually abused by his owner.
  • Self-Harm: Has scarring on his forehead and arm from doing this shortly after escaping slavery.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Looks so much like his cousin Hera that they could easily pass for siblings.

    Xiaan Syndulla 

Xiaan Syndulla

The daughter of Seku (and thus Cham's niece), and Nury's younger sister.
  • Broken Bird: She was extremely traumatized by her time as an Imperial slave.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The author likes to think that the girl Cham is holding in "The Ballad of Cham Syndulla" is her.
  • Heroic BSoD: Anyone making any kind of romantic advance towards her causes her to completely shut down.
  • Made a Slave: She and Doriah were sold to a wealthy Imperial Baron, and escaped several years later.

Clan Representatives

Minor Characters

    Pol Kru 

Pol Kru

A patrician first rank. He represents the Kru clan in Free Ryloth.

    Keto Amersu 

Keto Amersu

A purple-skinned Twi'lek male. He is a patrician third rank. He represents the Amersu clan in Free Ryloth.
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    Sienn Tarkona 

Sienn Tarkona

A patrician third rank. They represent the Tarkona clan in Free Ryloth.

    Zantab Ertay 

Zantab Ertay

The wife of Captain Talit Ertay. She is a patrician fifth rank and she represents the Ertay clan in Free Ryloth.

    Shiri Teksa 

Shiri Teksa

She is a patrician fifth rank. She represents the Teksa clan in Free Ryloth.
  • Defiant to the End: Mishaan describes her as being someone that would rather slit her throat than betray Ryloth.
  • It's Personal: The Empire bombed out her homelands and enslaved the surviving members of her clan. She and her brothers barely managed to escape alive, and they only have two ships left for the Free Ryloth Movement (now only one—the Teksa flagship, Teksa Dream.).
  • Original Character

Crew of the Forlorn Hope

The Syndulla flagship. It is a former Separatist war frigate that Cham modified after he bought it.

    Mishaan Secura 

Captain Mishaan Secura

Captain of the Forlorn Hope. From the Secura clan. She is a patrician second rank.

    Lysha Syndulla 

Captain Lysha Syndulla

Originally having left Ryloth to become a model on Alderaan, she returned home and became the commander of the marines on the Forlorn Hope. She is a plebeian.

    Neso Cseh Syndulla 

Neso Cseh Syndulla

A fourth-rank patrician from the Cseh Syndulla family, and an intelligence officer aboard the Forlorn Hope. The Cseh Syndullas having had seats in the Curia for centuries, his sister used to represent them until she was killed in the riots in Lessu.

    Themarsa Pehshan Syndulla 

Doctor Themarsa Pehshan Syndulla

A paternal first cousin of Cham, and a third rank patrician from the Pehshan family of the Syndulla clan. They are the chief medical officer of the Forlorn Hope.

Minor Characters

    Ekhri Syndulla 

Executive Officer Ekhri Syndulla

The executive officer aboard the Forlorn Hope. They are a plebeian.

    Maala Sivron (Syndulla) 

Maala Sivron (Syndulla)

The deck chief of the flight deck of the Forlorn Hope. A patrician first rank from the Sivron family of the Syndulla clan.

    Hetal Syndulla 

Hetal Syndulla

A medical officer aboard the Forlorn Hope. They are a plebeian.

    Ooleya Tre Syndulla 

Ooleya Tre Syndulla

A medical officer aboard the Forlorn Hope. A patrician second rank from the Tre family of the Syndulla clan.

    Sthenno Tre Syndulla 

Sthenno Tre Syndulla

Callsign: Arrow Three

A starfighter pilot in Arrow Squadron, stationed aboard the Forlorn Hope. A patrician second rank from the Tre family of the Syndulla clan.

    Elpis Cseh Syndulla 

Elpis Cseh Syndulla

A fourth rank patrician from the Cseh family of the Syndulla clan. They're an intelligence officer aboard the Forlorn Hope.
  • The Ghost
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek, Elpis is the personification of "hope" (after all, rebellions are built on hope, aren't they?). This continues the Greek mythological figure motif in the Syndulla clan.
  • Original Character

Starfighter Squadrons

    Arrow Squadron 
  • Nabor (Arrow Four)
  • Misa (Arrow Five)
  • Tsachy (Arrow Six)

    Numa Bril 

Numa Bril

Callsign: Arrow Two

A plebeian formally considered a member of the Syndulla clan.
  • Adaptational Badass: She's a starfighter pilot here.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Hera returns to Free Ryloth, Numa confronts Doriah about how Cham can't just declare "some outsider" and "an Imperial collaborator" as his heir. While Doriah points out that it's cold to dismiss your own family, Hera has only recently returned and needs time to regain the trust of the other Twi'leks.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Incidentally, she's also in the Free Ryloth Movement in canon. Though her role is largely relegated to being Demoted to Extra because at the time she was introduced to the story, she wasn't in the show yet.

    Shadow Squadron 
  • Onel (Shadow Leader)

    Triumph Squadron 
  • Fedak (Triumph Leader)

Bomber Squadrons

    Flash Squadron 

    Zabo 

Callsign: Flash #

A pilot in Flash Squadron.

Others

    Others 
  • Niale, a Marine and a plebeian from the Syndulla family.
  • Char, an officer specializing in blasters and is a plebeian from the Syndulla family.

Crew of the Mercy Kill

    Sinthya Syndulla 

Captain Sinthya Syndulla

Distant Syndulla cousin (as Alecto's first cousin), captain of the Mercy Kill and represents the Razor's Edge. She is a plebeian.

    Teah Far 

Teah Far

Species: Human

Pilot of the Mercy Kill, wife of Sinthya.

Crew of the Cloud Dancer

Minor Characters

    Talit Ertay 

Captain Talit Ertay

The husband of Zantab Ertay, and the captain of the Ertay flagship, the Cloud Dancer. He is a patrician fifth rank.

Crew of the Errant Venture

Minor Characters

    Grae Pnak Syndulla 

Grae Pnak Syndulla

A second cousin a generation of two removed from Cham. He serves aboard the Errant Venture as its representative. He is a patrician fifth rank from the Pnak family of the Syndulla clan.
  • Revenge: Cham notes that he's from the more hot-headed side of the family when he speaks up about wanting to get his revenge on the Empire in the middle of a meeting.
  • Satellite Character

Crew of the Final Stand

Minor Characters

    Cymo Cseh Syndulla 

Captain Cymo Cseh Syndulla

The captain of the Final Stand and is its representative. He is a patrician fourth rank.

Crew of the Red Spine

Minor Characters

    Reess Kru 

Captain Reess Kru

The captain of the Red Spine. He is a patrician first rank.—-

Unidentified roles/Miscellaneous

Minor Characters

    Gobi Glie 

Gobi Glie

A plebeian formally considered a member of the Syndulla clan.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Incidentally, he's also in the Free Ryloth Movement in canon. Though his role is largely relegated to being The Cameo and Demoted to Extra because at the time he was introduced to the story, he wasn't in the show yet. However, unlike Numa, it seems the author forgot he existed (as she revealed he was present in Word of God first), so his cameo is even less noteworthy than Numa's.

    Kaylani 

Kaylani

Species: Rodian


  • Token Minority: She's implied to be from a non-Twi'lek community on Ryloth.

    Edelah 

Edelah


    Tlar 

Tlar

A teenage mechanic.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Kind of. She asks Sabine about Mandalorian culture, like if Mandalorians really do eat the hearts of their enemies, which Sabine feels weird about answering.

    Extras 
  • Deso, a Syndulla plebeian.

Died prior to the story

    Ananke Syndulla 

Chief Ananke Syndulla

The former head of the Syndulla clan. She is the grandmother of Cham, Seku, and Nissa, having raised them after their parents died.

    Vuren Syndulla 

Vuren Syndulla

The husband of Elete Cseh Syndulla, and the father of their children, Cham, Seku, and Nissa. He, his wife, and Nissa died in a speeder crash when Cham was a teen.

    Elete Cseh Syndulla 

Elete Cseh Syndulla

The wife of Vuren Syndulla, and the mother of their children, Cham, Seku, and Nissa. She, her husband, and Nissa died in a speeder crash when Cham was a teen.

    Nissa Syndulla 

Nissa Syndulla

The older sister of Cham and Seku. She died in a speeder crash along with their parents, causing Cham to become heir apparent and the paterfamilias of the Syndulla clan.

    Dione Syndulla 

Dione Syndulla

The youngest of her sisters, Clotho and Alecto Syndulla. She would participate in the Liberation of Ryloth alongside her sisters, but was killed in action.

    Clotho Syndulla 

Clotho Syndulla

Alecto and Dione's older sister, mother of Doriah and Lika. She fought alongside her sisters during the Liberation of Ryloth, and took Doriah and Alecto back with her to continue to fight on Ryloth against the Imperial occupation, leaving Lika behind in the care of the extended family.
  • Action Girl: According to Word of God, she was more of a soldier than Alecto or Cham's sisters were. She discovered this during the Separatist occupation of Ryloth.
  • The Ghost: Is only mentioned during the opening flashback as being on Ryloth and dies before the present day.
  • Killed Offscreen: Dies offscreen sometime after Doriah and Xiaan reunite with the fleet.
  • The Lancer: After the previous lancer, Isval, died, she became this to Cham for the next few years. She also ended up taking up the job as the Syndulla matriarch, as Alecto didn't want to deal with the job.
  • Loveable Rogue: Word of God is that she used to hang around with a bad crowd and was a troublemaker. Also, she slept around, which means Doriah and Lika have different dads (and she never revealed who they were).
  • Meaningful Name: Clotho was one of the Three Fates, specifically the one that made major decisions in one's life, such as when and who was born, as well as who gets saved and who dies. What this means for the future is uncertain.
  • My Greatest Failure: Despite managing to reunite with her son, she kept unintentionally pushing feelings about the late Lika onto Xiaan, who is now her daughter-in-law, likely unable to get over feelings of Xiaan being a Replacement Goldfish for her own daughter. Clotho died less than a year later after reuniting with her son.
  • Original Character
  • Posthumous Character: Most of what we hear about her is through Word of God. The circumstances of her death are unknown other than she died in combat less than a year after Doriah and Xiaan were rescued.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: While it is true that she did sleep around with a lot of men, rumors went around that Cham was Doriah's baby daddy, which is why Doriah looks like Cham as much as Hera does. Considering Cham's personality, this is probably not the case.

Recently deceased

    Aleema Syndulla 

Aleema Syndulla

Hera's aunt as Cham's younger sister, and mother of Ojeda, Koyi, and Ilar. Before the rise of the Empire, she ran the family estates, and was either trapped in Lessu or in the family estates in the countryside during the Liberation of Ryloth.

    Lika Syndulla 

Lika Syndulla

One of Hera's maternal cousins, sibling to Doriah, child of Clotho.

    Seku Syndulla 

Seku Syndulla

Cham's younger sister, mother of Xiaan and Nury. Before the rise of the Empire, she used to deal with family business outside of Ryloth. She was also a freedom fighter during the Liberation of Ryloth. She was captured in the raid on Zardossa Stix and held as a political prisoner. She and Alecto conspired to escape together, but Seku was shot and killed in the attempt.

    Gatan Fenn 

Gatan Fenn

The late husband of Secchun Fenn, and the father of their son, Thamir Fenn. Five years ago prior to the main events of the story, he was captured by the Empire and sent off to work in the spice mines of Kessel, where he would be killed in a fight with another prisoner.

    Onel Fenn 

Onel Fenn

A member of the Fenn clan that was killed by Rylothean police forces on Ryloth.

Unknown Status

    Koyi Syndulla 

Koyi Syndulla

One of Aleema's children. They were with Free Ryloth during the Liberation of Ryloth. They are Ilar's twin.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Koyi is a feminine name, so presumably, she must be Aleema's daughter.

    Ilar Syndulla 

Ilar Syndulla

One of Aleema's children. They were with Free Ryloth during the Liberation of Ryloth. They are Koyi's twin.

    Nury Syndulla 

Nury Syndulla

Xiaan's older brother and the son of Seku (and thus Cham's nephew). He appears briefly in the prologue, but has no lines and has no further appearances. Word of God is that he got sold into Jabba's court.
  • All There in the Manual: Would have been nine during the prologue and is nineteen by the events of the story. He became a slave that eventually got sold into Jabba's ownership on Tatooine. He's something like a pod-racer or a pit-fighter now, but still a slave.

    Ojeda Syndulla 

Ojeda Syndulla

One of Aleema's children. They were with Free Ryloth during the Liberation of Ryloth.

For more on them, see 'the Flower of Ryloth' folder.


Others

    Nawara Fenn 

Nawara Fenn

The current prime heir to the Fenn clan. He is a son of Secchun Fenn.

Imperial Security Bureau

The Nemesis Program

     In General 

  • Antagonistic Offspring: Part of the goal of the Nemesis program is to mock insurgent leaders by abducting their children and turning them into one of their own by Break Them by Talking.
  • Foil: To the Imperial Inquisition, which similarly, is partly made up of former and disgraced Jedi sent to kill other surviving Jedi that refuse to turn.
  • Not Brainwashed: Thanks to other psychological methods, like Break Them by Talking.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Subjects that aren't successfully turned into loyal soldiers of the Empire are deemed failures and killed.

    Hera Syndulla 

Agent Hera Syndulla

Species: Twi'lek

Homeworld: Ryloth

Callsign: ISB-327

"I am an Imperial officer. I sacrificed too much to be anything else."

Hera was taken prisoner in the raid on Zardossa Stix and identified as a candidate for the Nemesis program, which has the goal of turning the children of non-human enemies of the Empire into model Imperial officers. She ended up as one of its greatest successes, and was allowed to form her own unorthodox team for hunting rebels.


  • Break Them by Talking: Beneke feeds her propaganda and other things to turn her against her family, like telling her that Alecto was supposedly in one of the nearby cells to her after they were recently abducted from Zardossa Stix and managed to escape, but even knowing that Hera was right there, she left without her (which was not what happened).
  • Deadpan Snarker: A little more rougher than canon, but mostly the same.
    Minister Tua: *calls on one of the many mornings after Kanan and Hera get laid* Inquisitor? This is Minister Tua. I'm afraid that we have, ah, slight situation -
    Hera: *aside* If she's having a 'slight situation' in her bedroom, I'm going to shoot her myself.
    Kanan: Be nice, Hera. That only happened once.
    Hera: This is me being nice. And once was once too many.
  • Magnetic Hero: As in canon, but it's even more pronounced here: she's able to convince Sabine and Zeb, who both hate the Empire, to work for the Empire as part of her team.
  • Not Brainwashed: Genuinely believes in the Imperial cause.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Canon material released post-Season 1 have since revealed that Hera was always on Ryloth until she, of course, left. Here, she and her family live offworld on Zardossa Stix while Cham and Free Ryloth fight back at home.
  • Undying Loyalty: Her defining trait, just like in canon. The fic plays with this characteristic that allows her to be The Heart for the Rebellion in canon and sees how it would affect her if she placed it in The Empire insetad (the Empire that should be questioned, the Empire of advantageous opportunists), and the story goes from there.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She complies to orders to take Kanan to meet Darth Vader. Kanan is given a choice to either join the Inquisition or die, and he chooses the former for Hera's sake.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: What she's trying to be seen as by the Empire.

    Thamir Fenn 

Lieutenant Thamir Fenn

Species: Twi'lek

Homeworld: Ryloth

The son of Secchun Fenn. Like Hera, he was abducted as a part of the Nemesis program. He currently serves aboard the Relentless as a TIE pilot.


Handlers

    Roberto Beneke 

Agent Roberto Beneke

Species: Human

"Think about it. You'll see that it's true, once you stop letting your feelings override your better judgment."

Hera's handler.


  • Asshole Victim: Regardless of the trouble his death might cause, it's nothing if not satisfactory.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His design was based on Sean Astin.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts very kindly to Hera, while emotionally manipulating her.
  • Genre Savvy: Spends his entire interrogation by Cham and Alecto trying to goad one of them into killing him in anger before they can take the time to extract information from him properly. He succeeds when Cham snaps and shoots him in the head.
  • Kick the Dog: While Barriss wasn't exactly an innocent, it's hard not to feel sympathetic for her when Beneke snidely asks her if she's going to visit Luminara Unduli's cell, for no other reason than to hurt her.
  • Original Character
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Smugly suggests to Alecto that the reason Hera got into a relationship with Kanan is because "Twi'lek females have certain needs". At the time, he was trying to goad her into killing him.

    Emelie Sherin 

Agent Emelie Sherin

Thamir's handler.


Others

    Ailsa Palak 

Director Ailsa Palak

Species: Human

The director of ISB.


    Kallus 

Agent Kallus

Species: Human

Homeworld: Coruscant

Callsign: ISB-021


  • Bad Boss: Recruits the Ghost crew for the attack on Free Ryloth solely to use Hera as a hostage.
  • Fantastic Racism: Doesn't seem to think very highly of Hera and her team, although it isn't only because of this trope.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Bedlambard's comments on this version of Kallus in the eve of "The Honorable Ones" suggest canon divergence.
  • Smug Snake: Has no problem telling Zeb that he was the one that commanded Lasan's massacre.

    Markus Anjali 

Agent Markus Anjali

Species: Human

A friend of Hera.


  • Original Character
  • Token Good Teammate: Considering Hera likes him as a friend, he must be pretty cool for a relatively ordinary Imperial Security Bureau agent... for the moment, at least.

Imperial Inquisition

    In General 

    Kanan Jarrus 

Kanan Jarrus

Species: Human

Homeworld: Unknown, listed as Coruscant

Callsigns: INQ-066, "the Jedi", "the Stray", "the Hound"

"You're lucky that I wasn't ordered to deal with you personally."

Once a Jedi Padawan named Caleb Dume, he changed his name to Kanan Jarrus after the rise of the Empire and stayed off their radar until he got involved with Hera Syndulla, unaware that she was an ISB agent. Unaware he was a Jedi, Hera unwittingly led him to a meeting with Darth Vader. Given a choice between dying and becoming an Inquisitor, Kanan chose the latter for Hera's sake.


  • Accent Relapse: Switches between Outer Rim drawl and Core Worlds.
  • Convenient Color Change: His kyber crystal turned from red to blue after Ezra joins up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like canon.
    Hera: I just got off the comm with Naboo, and [ISB Headquarters] said - what are you wearing?
    Kanan: *wearing civilian clothesnote * Really? That's what the ISB said? I thought we'd moved past this five years ago.
  • Defector from Decadence: With Chapter 18, he's now a target of the Inquisition's Hunt, now that he's escaped from his punishment at the Crucible. And since the crew was involved, they're targets now too.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted. He has two outfits; civilian (canon) and his Inquisition uniform.
  • Malicious Misnaming: His official title is "the Hound", but the Hunter was the only one that called him that. The other Inquisitors call him "the Jedi" so that he can Never Live It Down, or "the Stray", for his outcast status for also being former Jedi that joined the Inquisition much later.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His code is INQ-066, a reference to Order 66.
    • "The Stray" and "the Hound" refer to how the Inquisitors are in a sense, Vader's hunting dogs.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Part of why he's screwing over the other Inquisitors during the Escape from the Crucible.
  • Traumatic Haircut: His hair was shaved when he arrived at the Crucible. Since it was years ago, it obviously grew back.

    Barriss Offee 

Barriss Offee

Species: Mirialan

Homeworld: Mirial

Callsigns: INQ-001, "the First Inquisitor"

"What the Empire takes, it holds. Forever."

Another Jedi turned Inquisitor, Barriss fell to the Dark Side in the Clone Wars, attacked the Jedi Temple in a desperate attempt to stop the war that ended with her framing her best friend Ahsoka Tano before being forced to confess and then imprisoned. Barriss was still in Republic custody at the time of Order 66, and thus made the perfect original candidate for what became the Imperial Inquisition.


  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Thoroughly averted. Even though she's easily the Inquisitor most skilled with the Force and lightsaber combat, she's ranked no more highly than any of the others.
  • Berserk Button: Any mention of Luminara Unduli inevitably causes her an internal Freak Out!. Brutally exploited by Agent Beneke as a parting shot in one of Hera's flashback scenes, which completely shuts Barriss down.
    • Ahsoka accusing her of trying to kill her with the sabotaged kyber crystal.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Her life has been an unending series of these ever since the Clone Wars.
  • Dual Wielding: Unlike the other Inquisitors, Barriss uses a pair of lightsabers instead of the standard ringed double-bladed type. It's actually the same pair she stole from Asajj Ventress back in her Start of Darkness during the Clone Wars.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Disgusted by Agent Beneke and seriously creeped out by the way the Hunter treated Kanan.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Ahsoka.
  • Extreme Doormat: She's more or less unwilling to refuse any order that the Empire gives her, no matter how awful it is. She also has shades of this towards Ahsoka in that, despite all of Barriss' verbal and physical hostility towards her, she's willingly giving up classified information to her without getting much of anything in return. Shows signs of starting to grow back out of this when she tries to get Ahsoka to destroy the kyber crystal shipment.
  • Foil: To Ahsoka. They're both Jedi who realized the corruption of the Jedi Order and the Republic it served, but Ahsoka rejected the Dark Side and is one of the Empire's greatest opponents while Barriss fell to the Dark Side and was twisted into the Empire's servant. She's also one to Kanan, as they're both former Jedi serving the Empire but Kanan did it out of love for Hera while Barriss did it out of a genuine desire to make a difference. They were also broken in opposite ways: Barriss was systematically stripped of her identity as a Jedi to the point where she refers to Kanan as the only Jedi in the Inquisition, while Kanan was constantly confronted with his identity as a Jedi because he had spent the last decade running away from it.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Ironically enough. Even her Face–Heel Turn and the Crucible can't break those habits out of her.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Unlike with Kanan, the specifics of what the Empire did to Barriss to turn her into this are left unstated in the story.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "The First Inquisitor", shortened to either "First" or "the Inquisitor". The only one who ever uses her real name anymore is Ahsoka.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She's so disturbed by the giant kyber crystal shipment that for the first time ever she directly sabotages her mission by giving the convoy route to Ahsoka and asking her to destroy it.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Canon Word of God post-Season 1 is that Barriss is not an Inquisitor, contrary to the popular theory that was followed here.
  • Reforged into a Minion: The Empire had all the time it needed to turn her from a fallen Jedi into their willing slave.
  • Sanity Slippage: Big time. Years of psychological torture will do that to you.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: She promises Ahsoka that if she ever wants her dead, she'll kill her herself with her lightsabers.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She is very caustic towards Ahsoka.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Spiced bara nuts, back when she was a Jedi. Ahsoka orders her a bowl in a fit of pity.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She still thinks she's doing things that have to be done for the greater good, although the fact that she's been willingly giving information to Ahsoka for years indicates that deep down she knows it's all a lie and refuses to admit it to herself.
  • We Will Meet Again: A villainous example to Kanan when he escapes the Crucible with the Ghost crew, because now they are targets of the Inquisition, as well as the Empire, due to committing treason. They'll all be coming now.

    Pau'an Inquisitor/"The Hunter" 

"The Hunter"

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Species: Pau'an

Callsigns: "The Hunter"

"Peace? That's certainly one word for it."

A Pau'an Inquisitor that becomes The Mentor to Kanan once he joins the ranks of the Inquisition. Earlier on in the story, he leads an operation to capture Fulcrum at the Spire on Stygeon Prime using bait that Jedi Master Luminara Unduli was imprisoned there. Losing to her in combat, he commits suicide via cyanide to prevent being taken into rebel custody and questioned. He makes posthumous appearances through flashbacks and is mentioned throughout the story.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his hands to Ahsoka in their confrontation on Stygeon Prime.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Commits suicide by cyanide after being defeated by Ahsoka, to avoid interrogation.
  • Cyanide Pill: How he dies.
  • Meaningful Name: The Inquisition gets described often as Vader's hunting dogs. They're Jedi hunters.
  • The Mentor: A little bit to Kanan. Though it's more of using him as a puppet than actually caring for him.
  • Posthumous Character: We still get to see him in Kanan's flashbacks, though.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: May or may not have been a former Jedi Temple Guard. Also, his canon position as head of the Inquisitors is taken here by Barriss, due to not being revealed as the Grand Inquisitor until post-Season 1 interviews. Considering the Inquisition does not seem to use memory wiping (although this method is not out of the question yet), if his past as a former Jedi would mean that he is more experienced and thus more qualified to be Grand Inquisitor, as Barriss was only recently-knighted by the time she fell, but we will have to wait and see.
  • The Rival: Somewhat with Patience regarding who takes care of Kanan.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: In Kanan during his Inquisitor training. He's also the only one that refers to him by his official name, "the Hound".

    Mirialan Inquisitor/"Patience" 

"Patience"

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Species: Mirialan

Callsigns: "Patience"

"This is going to be fun."

An Inquisitor, who, like the First, is a Mirialan. She takes some interest in Kanan when he joins the ranks of the Inquisition, finding herself in a rivalry with the Hunter for authority over him.


  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The Seventh Sister in canon.
  • Meaningful Name: To fit with the hunting name motif, hunters must be cunning and patient if they want to catch their prey.
  • The Rival: Somewhat with the Hunter regarding who takes care of Kanan.
  • The Vamp: Seems attracted to Kanan. It gets implied that if it the Hunter wasn't so 'protective' of him, she would've made him around something like her Sex Slave.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: In Kanan, though unlike the Hunter, who is at least a little more vague about it, Patience definitely doesn't see him as an equal.

    "The Hangman" 

"The Hangman"

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Species: Unidentified

Callsigns: "The Hangman"

A male Inquisitor of an unknown species.


    Terrelian Jango Jumper Inquisitor/"Amity" 

"Amity"

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Species: Terrelian Jango Jumper

Callsigns: "Amity"

A male Terrelian Jango Jumper Inquisitor.


    Nautolan Inquisitor/"The Whip" 

"The Whip"

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Species: Nautolan

Callsigns: "The Whip"

"You'll keep a sober tongue in your head when speaking about His Imperial Majesty."

A Nautolan male Inquisitor, in charge of the Crucible and Inquisitor training.


  • Asshole Victim: Kanan cuts his head off.
  • Meaningful Name: He whips the other Inquisitors into shape. There's also the idea of masters whipping servants (both sapient and animal) to make them do their bidding and to punish them.
  • Original Character
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: He takes the Pau'an Inquisitor's place as the one Kanan duels to escape Mustafar, with the lines echoing that fight. Unlike canon, however, Kanan does not spare him.

    Theelin Inquisitor/"Verity" 

"Verity"

Species: Theelin

Callsigns: "Verity"

A female Theelin Inquisitor.


  • Expy: Of Eighth/Amity, sort of. She was spawned from theories by the author about the identity of the Eighth Brother before the season 2 finale aired.
  • Mauve Shirt: There's not much about her yet.
  • Ironic Name/Meaningful Name: "Verity" means truth, or an ideal that is seen as the truth (synonymous with "virtue" for this definition). Inquisitors are inquisitive in that they hunt for information on their targets, yet, their existence is a lie.
  • Original Character

    Woman Inquisitor/"The Fisher" 

"The Fisher"

Species: Human

Callsigns: "The Fisher"

A female Human Inquisitor.


  • Meaningful Name: Fishing around for something so you can take it... like a fisherman hooking fish. You could almost say that you're hunting for something and fishermen are hunters of fish...
  • Original Character

    Trandoshan Inquisitor/"The Leviathan" 

"The Leviathan"

Species: Trandoshan

Callsigns: "The Leviathan"

A male Trandoshan Inquisitor.


    Pantoran Inquisitor/"The Seamstress" 

"The Seamstress"

Species: Pantoran

Callsigns: "The Seamstress"

A female Pantoran Inquisitor.


    Togrutan Inquisitor/"The Wraith" 

"The Wraith"

Species: Togruta

Callsigns: "The Wraith"

A female Togrutan Inquisitor.


    Other Inquisitors 

"The Witch", "the Poisoner", "the Songmaker"


  • Mauve Shirt: What we know about them is next to nil. For now, they're there to pad the Inquisition to show how many of them exactly there are.
  • Original Character

Lake House

    The Flower of Ryloth 

Ojeda Syndulla

Species: Twi'lek

Homeworld: Ryloth

A Twi'lek sex slave at the Lake House on Naboo. She would be six in the beginning of the Clone Wars, making her a year younger than Hera and Doriah.


  • Blue Skinned Space Babe
  • Cool Big Sis: Functions as one for Opal.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: At some point after Hera was abducted, Ojeda was forced into becoming a prostitute at the Lake House.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in the opening flashback as Ojeda Syndulla, which isn't revealed as Flower's real identity until much later in the story.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: In a relationship with Star/Zaidi.
  • Original Character
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Star's Red.
  • Sex Slave: Like everyone at the Lake House.
  • Slave Brand: Has the Imperial cog tattooed on the back of her neck, marking her as Imperial property.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She is forced to leave behind her girlfriend Zaidi/Star when rescued by her family.
  • That Man Is Dead: How she thinks of her previous identity, Ojeda Syndulla, in contrast to Star's insistence on using their real names.
  • The Mole: Is an informant for Sabé Ledoyen and Ahsoka Tano.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's actually Ojeda Syndulla and an informant for the Rebellion.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gets angry at Doriah for retrieving her from the Lake House because he didn't want her around ISB agents, and then argues with him about letting an ex-ISB Agent Hera stay with Free Ryloth.

    The Red Star of Zeltros 

Zaidi Farseer

Species: Zeltron

Homeworld: Zeltros (presumably)

A Zeltron sex slave at the Lake House on Naboo. In a relationship with Flower.


    The Blue Opal of Pantora 

Khiry Chuchi

Species: Pantoran

Homeworld: Pantora

The newest arrival at the Lake House. Was abducted and enslaved in order to punish her mother, Senator Riyo Chuchi of Pantora, for being too outspoken against Imperial policies.


  • Break the Cutie: And how. She's a gentle, sheltered Senator's daughter who has been forced into slavery.
  • Blue-Skinned Space Babe: She's a Pantoran.
  • Original Character
  • Meaningful Name: Khiry means 'benevolent' in Arabic, fitting her personality.
  • Sex Slave: Subverted. She's considered too young to actually be one yet, but the Lake House fully intends to turn her into one and is already training her for it.
  • Slave Brand: Has the Imperial cog tattooed on the back of her neck, marking her as Imperial property.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Implied to have been this before the Empire abducted her.

Other Rebels

    Fulcrum 

Ahsoka Tano

Species: Togruta

Homeworld: Shili

Callsign: Fulcrum


  • Big Good
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fic expects that you have finished Season 1, so yes, you should already know that Fulcrum is Ahsoka.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The canon Season 1 finale implied that most, if not all rebel cell leaders were unaware of Fulcrum's name and made most of their communication through holocalls. Here, Ahsoka personally meets with Cham and Alecto once Hera is revealed to be an ISB agent.
    • The Empire also already knows that she's still running around doing errands for the Rebellion, whereas their suspicions are only confirmed early on in Season 2 and she never shows up in person to them until halfway through the Season. No word on her current relationship with Vader yet.
  • Rebel Leader: As per canon.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Barriss.

    QT-KT 

QT-KT

Ahsoka's astromech droid.


    Rainbow Lady 

Sabé Ledoyen

Species: Human

Homeworld: Naboo

Callsign: Rainbow Lady

The Naboo Resistance leader, who works under Fulcrum and is who Siren reports to.


  • Ascended Extra: Sabé was one of Padme's handmaidens back in The Phantom Menace. Specifically, she was the decoy that switched places with her. Her background was definitely one of the factors that influenced her to become the leader of Naboo's rebel cell.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Because we don't know what happened to Sabé in canon and there doesn't appear to have been a successful Naboo rebel cell in canon ever, she's the leader of the Naboo rebel cell here.
  • Rebel Leader: Of the Naboo Resistance.

The Ghost crew

    In General 
An unorthodox ISB task force team, put together by Agent Hera Syndulla, to hunt down rebels. Recently, they've been stationed to the Outer Rim backwater planet of Lothal.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse / Join or Die: Why the crew minus Hera (and sort of Ezra) became Imperials in the first place.
  • Defector from Decadence: Now that they've broken Kanan out of the Crucible, a complete violation of their orders, Barriss makes it clear to them before they flee that the Inquisition will be coming for him, and we can assume this means the Empire will be coming after them too. However, this does not mean they've had a Heel–Face Turn, as they're only doing it because they are True Companions and they don't have much reason to quickly join the Rebellion yet, considering their issues.
  • Mirror Universe: So far, they're the only people that have a change of sides in the story. The only one that seems to genuinely support the Empire is Hera, with everyone else begrudgingly doing so because the alternative is getting executed or worse. Plus, like in canon, it's better to be together than alone. Their dynamic and personalities are just a tiny bit more abrasive than in canon, considering the people around them and their rougher pasts, but they're otherwise the same characters we know, just in a different situation.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A Twi'lek ISB Agent, an ex-Jedi-turned-Inquisitor, an old C1 astromech droid, a Mandalorian academy cadet washout, a former Lasat Honor Guardsman, and a Force-sensitive streetrat.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Hera. The only reason they are with the Empire at all is because of her. When Hera wants to rescue Kanan, an act of high treason, they don't hesitate to join her.

    Ezra Bridger 

Ezra Bridger

Species: Human

Homeworld: Lothal

A teenage street urchin from Lothal.
  • The Cynic: He wryly notes at one point that he doesn't expect to see his next birthday.
  • The Empath: Taken Up to Eleven in one incident. See My Skull Runneth Over.
  • Morality Chain: To the crew, maybe. He's the only one with an unaltered past, and he's pretty much only joining the crew because he has nowhere else to go. So far, he's had a rather positive effect on the others.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: He accidentally senses every living being on Lothal at one point, and it's completely overwhelming.

    Sabine Wren 

Probationary Agent Sabine Wren

Species: Human

Homeworld: Mandalore

A washed out cadet from the Imperial Academy on Mandalore. After some convincing by Hera, she joined her rebel-hunting team under probation.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, she blew up part of the Imperial Academy on Mandalore as she ran away. She eventually crossed paths with Zeb.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Due to her backstory being planned before "Blood Sisters" and "The Protector of Concord Dawn", she has a very different one from canon, though it seems to have become composited with canon as of the airing of Season 3.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: An Academy cadet washout that ended up getting recruited in an unorthodox ISB team. A highly possible alternative is being executed by firing squad on Mandalore.

    Garazeb Orrelios 

Garazeb Orrelios

Species: Lasat

Homeworld: Lasan

A former Honor Guardsman of Lasan. After the planet falls to Imperial massacre, he gets convinced by Hera to join her rebel-hunting team.
  • Berserk Button: Like in canon, he is none too pleased to find out that he's coincidentally under the command of the man who apparently ordered the massacre of Lasan.

    Chopper 

C1-1OP

Model: C1-series astromech droid


  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Because canon says that he's been with Hera ever since the Clone Wars and is nowhere to be found on Zardossa Stix, this is in play.
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