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Rebel Transmissions: Brothers Of The Broken Horn

Hello and welcome my friends to this fine blog! And yes I completely read that in Hondo’s voice, because Hondo is awesome and he’s returned for this lovely episode of Rebels! Actually I’m still reading this in Hondo’s voice. #OhnakaFever is real. Yeah OK you probably just want me to start this week’s Rebel Transmission already… but don’t think that the fangirling will stop or anything, ’cause it never does around here…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Idiot’s Array, Rebel Resolve, and Brothers Of The Broken Horn

Phototitle for Rebel Transmission 2x05

Today we catch Ezra in the middle of some blaster training with Rex, not doing all that great TBH. And before he knows it, Kanan interrupts to start Jedi training. Needless to say Ezra’s pretty much done right now with being a Rebel and a Jedi. Everyone’s a bit shocked at his statement… even Chopper drops the blaster-practice helmet in dismay. It’s impossible not to feel for him though, I mean, Ezra’s still a kid and he’s still trying to figure out all this, and now things have just gotten more complicated as of late. But Sabine cues them in to a crew meeting before any further conversation can be had. A few Rebel friends need some help ’cause their fuel cells are in short supply, so the mission today is a shopping trip at the black market! Whee! Except for Ezra and Chopper though, ’cause he’s a bit overdue on his chores. Man I can’t imagine balancing two types of training, a job as a Rebel, and regular chores all at once! I don’t blame him for not getting everything done. But Hera don’t mess when it comes to pulling your weight. So yep now to scrub the Ghost‘s hull. Whee… yeah Ezra can’t help but kinda wish things were simpler, like back in the day when he was a Lothal street rat. Well, you know what they say about being careful what you wish for… ’cause shortly thereafter comes a distress call from the Broken Horn. Ezra seizes this opportunity to not only get a little break from the ordinary, but to settle that debt he owes Vizago for good. After all, you can’t deny someone help when they need it, right? Now if only he could get the Phantom out of the Ghost… somewhere Hera sensed her ship just got some major paint scratches. Heh heh honestly I’m amazed Ezra knows how to fly that ship at all since Hera seemed far from interested in letting him drive her baby. So with Chopper at his side, young Bridger heads off to find out what help he might be able to give Vizago. Though things definitely get interesting when he boards the Horn… not a soul in sight. Chopper comes up with a slightly more interesting find though — fuel cells! And a whole lotta them! Though yeah can I just say Vizago’s ride’s a bit… creepy? I don’t know if maybe just the lights are out or something (but if I recall it was still pretty dark back on Rebel Resolve) or if it’s just heightened because there’s no one around but deactivated thug droids, either way, it’s pretty creepy. But there’s a much different vibe coming out of the cockpit; the radio’s blastin’ and someone else is fixin’ things up. And that someone is Hondo Ohnaka! Yes it’s so great seeing this old space pirate again! Been one of my favorite kinda-sorta-bad-but-not-really guys for a long while! Ah words cannot full describe how exciting it is getting to hang out with him again! And it’s quite fun watching Ezra interact with him for the first time. Apparently Hondo won the Broken Horn in a game of sabacc. And his droids with their nifty push-button controller. Color Ezra suspicious, but he knows how to play his cards right with this guy’s type. Hehe “cards”… I made a pun. So as long as no one’s telling the complete truth, Ezra introduces himself as Lando Calrissian. Interesting choice, considering he could’ve just pulled out his fake name, Dev Morgan, but it works. Yessss I can totally see the resemblance! They’re like twins! XP Hondo is automatically impressed and doesn’t question for a minute why he’s 15 and mustacheless. He’s been looking for a few good crewmembers and just knows that “Lando” would be a good fit. Poor Hondo’s no longer a captain of anything or anyone since the Empire got involved. Doesn’t even have his monkey-lizard anymore *sniffles*. Oh how I’d love to hear some of his mostly-true stories…! And then along came a star destroyer who didn’t like that the Horn was on their turf. Thankfully, Chopper fixes up that hyperspace in record time and off they go, ready for some serious ADVENTURE!! After all, Hondo’s convinced they already make one dynamic duo! And that leads to a small request on the Captain’s part; some help with Ezra on his next job. Ezra’s not terribly interested until Chopper shows off those lovely power generators the old pirate’s got stockpiled. Young Bridger wheels quite a deal that gets them both what they want. Good to see he’s not lost any of his street-savviness! Even better to see that he’s using that savviness to help others. And he’s also savvy enough to swipe that droid controller of his, just in case something goes wrong. Nice move, “Lando”… and good thing ’cause something does indeed go wrong. Enter Azmorigan. Yup can’t get away from this nasty guy for long can we? “I DON’T DEAL WITH WASHED-UP OLD RELICS” “Oh c’mon leave your wife out of this! There’s no need for such impropriety among thieves!” That was perfection Hondo XD XP I guess when you hold the sort of power Azmorigan holds, you can be a complete jerk over minute details. Well, admittedly it may’ve also been because Az doesn’t trust Hondo farther than he can throw him, and he’s worth a lot of bounty cash, but still! Seems a bit of an overreaction. At least, not worth shoving someone out into space for. To quote a great duro, “…if you’re gonna kill him, kill him like a man”. That is why they’ve got Chopper as backup. Also Azmorigan’s hilarious “Whaaaaaat??” could rival Jerry the Minion’s XD So anyway it seems Az’s got this in the bag, the generators, the bounty, and a couple of his newest enemies at his disposal… but then in charged one fierce little C1-1OP! He may be cranky but Chop definitely comes through in the clutch! There’re crates flying, blasters firing, and Ezra doing some sweet Jedi ninja moves (sorry that was dumb-sounding I know). Oh and then in the midst of the chaos Captain Ohnaka shoves Ezra out of the way of oncoming heavy machinery… gahhhh for the minute I thought he might be dead I was so so very messed up. We all love his pirate-y wit and his pirate-y wisdom, but it’s his not-so pirate-y heart that really stands out in a crowd. *Feels feels* Chopper won’t take none of Azmorigan’s crud though and comes in packin’ two deadly blasters. The image of him standing there seemingly wa-wa-ing “say hello to my little friend” is too perfect 🙂 And just when we thought Hondo was dead, he came to… just as the cart short-circuited and sent him sprawling out in the direction of the soul-sucking darkness of space. Been one of those days huh Cap’n? But Ezra doesn’t hesitate to Force-grab his comrade and saves him just in time. JUST BARELY. And then I stopped holding my breath. Le phew. Hondo’s quite pleased to find out Ezra’s a Jedi though. Claims he was BFFs with a Jedi. Heh I can imagine said Jedi wouldn’t necessarily think similarly, but nonetheless, it’s sweet he thinks so well of them. *Gets rush of feels recalling the events of The Gungan General* Also, a Pirate Jedi would make an awesome Halloween costume! Note to self, try that out next year if I’m not a Rogue One or Ep. VII charrie. OK sorry. So yeah after the moment of honesty, it looks like these two could easily be buddies. YAY FRIENDSHIP! Awwz just gotta hug it out! OK so maybe Ezra’s not too keen on that part 😛 Also Ezra’s still a bit suspic-y, so before he joins any pirate crews or gets some variety of shirley temple from the galley, he might take a little more of a look around. And turns out that Vizago might be here, hanging out in his own personal jail cell. Yes it would make sense that Hondo wouldn’t break out his own expensive drinks… anyway yeah Vizago vs. stun cannon didn’t go well. So now might be a favor time. Ah yes watching Ezra in between this charaltan scuffle is delightful. Bridger is so very much boss right now. Though yeah after this fiasco methinks Vizago won’t be calling it even. Guarantee you the next time they’re in line at the ice cream shop, or the gas station, or some other bizarre situation, it’ll be favor time. Heck the way he is I wouldn’t be surprised if the big V held it over the Rebs’ heads just because! But that is a problem for another day, ’cause whoop-de-doo Hondo took the Phantom. But at least Vizago’s more than happy to escape-pod Ezra on outta there. Pfff his grumpy “I hate children” reminds me of Gru XD But funny story — as it turns out, the Phantom was on autopilot the whole time, and docked back with the Ghost without any trouble at all. And what does Ezra return to but a storytelling sesh with Hondo to the crew! Ezra does have to set some of the facts straight, but as Gandalf once said “all good stories need a little embellishment” 🙂 Kanan and Hera seem to be enjoying this. And so with everyone happy and settled, Hondo goes on his way on good terms with Ezra and his crew. And Ezra has a greater appreciation for where he is and who he is now. Aww all the good feels up in here! :3
And with that our wonderful little adventure comes to a close. So glad you could come along, my friends! And yes I am still talking like Hondo! So I better just end this madness before a bounty ends up on my head for driving you crazy.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Star Wars Reads Day ’15 – Jedi Prince #4: Mission From Mount Yoda

If you’ve been keeping track, you know what today is… Star Wars Reads Day! Anytime is a good time to read a SW book, but it’s nice to have one special day a year to do so as well. So like we did a couple years back, we’re digging into Paul and Hollace Davids’ Jedi Prince series. Reading the fourth chapter in this exciting and intriguing adventure, Mission From Mount Yoda! You can catch up with the last few chapters here, here, and here. Now let’s get started!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VI, The Glove Of Darth Vader, The Lost City Of The Jedi, Zorba The Hutt’s Revenge, and Mission From Mount Yoda.


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We find ourselves in the midst of a meeting amongst the Dark Side Prophets in Space Station Scardia, where the big cheese of the DSPs, Kadann, is about to make a few predictions. Really creepy stuff here. The idea of the dark side being a bit of a cult is quite fascinating. Though it was written before the Prequels explained more about how the Sith work, it makes a lot of sense even now. Honestly I could see this kind of deal existing officially-canonically. Kadann comes out and makes mention of a few little things; first, he now speaks for the dark side, second, he’ll destroy all that is good in the Force, and finally, he also mentioned something akin to “when the dragon pack perched upon Yoda’s stony back receives a visitor pierced by gold, then come the last days of the Rebel Alliance”. Yikes. Much yikes. And you know Kadann… if his predictions don’t come true, he makes them come true. Rebs beware.
But the Rebs don’t know nothin’ of this, they’re vacationing on Z’trop! Because if anyone deserves a vacation, these guys do. Especially since Leia caught the unwanted attention of Zorba The Hutt and stuff. Han so badly wanted some down time with his princess, but so far they’d just started back down the bickering trail. Over pointless things I might add, like whether Septapi are carnivorous or herbivorous. I’m thinking a bit of this has to do with the fact that he’s got nerves since considering a certain proposal 🙂 But that intelligent conversation doesn’t last for long, because as usual, cue the Empire. Artoo may have spotted an assault vehicle not too far from the sunny shores. Turns out, upon further inspection, that there’s no ‘trooper to be found, however, Luke does find a few holodiscs marked with the Scardia symbol. Either way, the vacay’s over as they head back to their secret base on Dagobah’s Mount Yoda. Though seriously how cool is it Yoda got a mountain named after him?! A little something the Rebels did in honor of him. I’m sure he brags about it to Anakin and Obi-Wan often 🙂 The Mount Yoda base, known as DRAPAC (the Defense Research And Planetary Assistance Center), is pretty sweet digs for being located on the highest peak in a slimy mudhole. Not completely finished, but still impressive with levels upon levels of everything the Alliance could need. Right down to their top-secret project known as “Project Decoy”. The Rebs don’t waste much time before looking into those holodiscs, which happen to hold Kadann’s most recent prophecies on there. It doesn’t take long for Luke and Leia to decipher that it’s talking about Mount Yoda and DRAPAC. And Luke queries whether a gold knife, also found in the missing Imperial’s belongings, might have something to do with that “pierced by gold” bit. Wonder who owned that stuff to start with. Maybe dude was just stopping for a smoothie and then came back to realize his assault vehicle was broken into. His boss won’t be pleased… whoever that boss of his is right now since Trioculus became a museum exhibit.
Speaking of Trioculus, yeah the Empire wants the guy back and a little less frozen. Thankfully, Zorba’s out of town, making his dream of converting the palace into an extremely profitable prison a reality. When the lothcat’s away the womprats will play (Completely weird thought: I kept referring to lothcats as tookas for a while because of their similarity, before that I was calling them “mookas”, which this book actually refers to as in “purring like a mooka”. I know the name “tooka” came from Dave Filoni’s cat but where did “mooka” come from? Either way yay cats in SW!). The Stormtroopers and their chief have little problem walking into the museum and coming out with the Emperor. Honestly they did the folks of Bespin a favor… who wants to pay money to look at that ugly mug? He’d scare the kids man! And what exhibit would that go into anyway? “Cloud City Museum presents… The Hall Of Carbonite!” 😛 But yeah unfreezing him might cause more problems than a few unhappy museum attendees. Just as Grand Moff Hissa was about to free him, our friends from Scardia showed up. High Prophet Jedgar demands Trioculus turned over to them since Kadann’s in charge now. Jedgar and Hissa have a nice long debate over the ex-Emperor as well as the politics between the Prophets and the Empire. But Jedgar played dirty and revealed just how much dirt he had on Hissa and ultimately the Grand Moff had no choice but to switch his loyalties. So the Prophets now have the three-eyed bro and you can figure they have no intentions to let him live…
Back on Dagobah, things are also taking a downward turn. At least for Ken, anyway, who’s about to start his studies and DRAPAC’s Dagobah Tech. He’s never been a fan of such things, so yeah he’s not too happy about this. Luke tries to give him a little encouragement, talked about how much he wanted to go to the Academy back in the day, but to no avail. First day of school should’ve been easy, right? Nope. Tests on the first day, and only a portion of them on stuff he understood. Random fun thought: since this school is run by Rebels, who would teach what classes? Maybe Sabine could teach languages and art appreciation? I could totally see that. OK random fun thought over ’cause not long after Ken’s tests were over a ship nearly crashes down right into DRAPAC! The driver of said ship is a Duro named Dustini, who comes off a pretty nice mannerly guy, but also not doing so well. That’s because his planet isn’t doing so well… it’s become a hazardous waste dump and it’s being looted for its treasures by the Empire, mostly because Kadann really really likes shiny things. Also yeah this book seems to refer to the planet as Duro and not the species as a Duro so since I have no clue what the planet is called canonically I’m just gonna refer to it as the “Duro homeworld”. So yeah Dustini came here for help so they could help save his people, who have gone into hiding for fear of being turned into Imperial slaves. He takes a moment to showcase a few of the DH’s priceless artifacts, only to accidentally trigger a poisonous booby trap in the crown of their ancient king. So that would explain the “pierced by gold” bit… Kadann’s better at this predicting thing than I thought. While medical droids work to heal the poor guy, Artoo plays back one of Dustini’s holodiscs explaining the mission at hand. Onward to the Duro homeworld!
The next day, Ken was supposed to be at school. He just wanted to say goodbye and may-the-Force-be-with-you to his friends before his classes started, but one thing led to another and before he knew it he was trapped in the Falcon‘s cargo hold just as they set off to the DH. Wellllp… at least he won’t have to do any tests today. What no one on the Falcon knows is that Hissa and Jedgar have them in their sights. First gunner to destroy the Millennium Falcon gets to dine with the Prophets! The Falcon‘s firepower isn’t enough to match their opponent’s and their hyperdrive is kaput, much to Han’s chagrin, so flying for their lives seems like the best option for now. Artoo finds out that a bit of the trouble has something to do with a locked cargo hold. It takes Luke using the Force to get that door open, and inside he finds, not an Imperial spy, but a young Jedi Prince. It’s a miracle Ken was able to convince Luke he hadn’t stowed away on purpose. More of a miracle was that Threepio was able to do a minor repair and fixed the hyperdrive and quad cannons again. Seriously, THREEPIO JUST FIXED SOMETHING. *Slow clap*. Instead of immediately hitting the hyperspace outta there, Han makes a risky move and takes aim at the baddies’ ship. Which unfortunately doesn’t end too well for our heroes. With quite a few new holes in the ship, Han decides now would be a good time to hit the hyperspace button.
Speaking of things not going too well, we soon find Kadann at the other end of a laser, completely decimating the carbonite-frozen form of Trioculus. And now he himself wields Darth Vader’s glove. All is proceeding as dude’s forseen. After all, Kadann is never wrong, right?
The good news is the Falcon managed to survive its near-crash on DH, the good news is that Duro mechanics are awesome at what they do, the bad news is that the estimated repair bill is a whole lotta credits. Ouch indeed. Mechanic dude makes an offer to trade the hunk of junk in for something new, but Han calls no deal. Thankfully Leia believes SPIN’ll pick up the tab on this one. You gotta love Han’s legit undying loyalty to that ship. It’s clearly still lookin’ good thirty years later! 🙂 So they head back to their destination in a rental, where Artoo accesses a map from Dustini’s holodisc to the Valley Of Royalty. It’s where all the archaeologists are that they need to set free. Also of note nearby is an Imperial Reprogramming Institute… wherein lives the mysterious Triclops, the true son of Palpatine who the Empire fears but keeps alive anyway. Ken decides to divulge a little of what he knows on the subject of this guy, but what this guy has to do with Dustini’s mission we do not know. Shortly thereafter our heroes headed off, originally not with Ken, but the kid knows how to persuade, especially when he pulled the “Obi-Wan said our destinies are connected!” card out. So Leia stayed behind to watch the ship and Ken went on. Smart boy 🙂 Honestly I think Obi-Wan could sympathize with Luke on this one.
Guess who also just arrived on Duro? A certain grand moff and dark side prophet. Jedgar reveals the nature of their mission, to recapture the escaped Triclops. Yeah just what Hissa wanted to do this weekend… chase down a madman on a toxic waste-covered planet! ‘Course, you think they have problems… Luke and the gang were facing down giant mutant Fezfe beetles! Somehow they managed to slice and shoot their way outta that mess, and we must thank Ken for saving his master’s life in a moment of crisis. Yeah fun planet right? They continue on through into the bowels of the Valley, facing steep stairways, treacherous turns, and toxic gunk falling from the ceiling as they go. Not to mention encountering the man of the hour himself — Triclops! Bro’s pretty chill for someone who escaped a correctional facility. Escaped with the help of a reprogrammed Imperial assassin droid, for good reason too since he very nearly got a lobotomy. Yeesh. Tri has no problem helping out our Rebels and leading them to the imperiled archaeologists. He’s very interested in Luke’s Jedi ways, as he mentions knowing a Jedi once. And also seems to know something about Ken, about the silver charm he wears, about his past… much intrigue. Tri is all kinds of much intrigue. But even so, he’s clearly nothing like his dad, so let’s just be glad for that 🙂 Doesn’t take ’em long before the find the rest of the Duro dudes, all working to get their relics together before they leave their festering stinkhole planet behind. For sure they’re eternally grateful for SPIN’s help, happy enough to hug it out with Captain Solo, though Han had slightly differing opinions on that matter XD So from there on out everybody starts working together to get the loot back to the planet surface and under the care of SPIN until the Duros relocate. In the midst of this, Han receives a little something courtesy of the Duros — an ancient Corellian wedding ring. Oh wait that sounded really creepy. What I meant was that Dustini’s cousin gave it to Han as a “thank you” gift, that it could eventually be given to the one he loves. Han doesn’t elaborate too much on where he is in that stage of life, but accepts it all the same, just in case. Hehe yesss all the forces in the universe are working to get the power couple to tie the knot already X3 But aboveground, Imperial interrogator Defeen has quite literally needled the truth out of a Duro, revealing the whereabouts of a certain Valley. That’s trouble. And as if we needed more trouble, Hissa and Jedgar showed up with a gaggle of ‘troopers and a big boring mechanism. In the midst of the chaos that ensued, the bad guys nearly nabbed Ken, but that’s where Triclops came in… and bro’s third eye is hypnotic. And we mention he hand-to-hand fights like a boss? He could’ve easily finished Hissa off, but a sudden rush of toxic sludge did his job for him. Grand Moff Hissa + toxicity – Jedgar’s help = 60% less Grand Moff. Eww. Dude this is intense! Our heroes make a narrow escape from the cavern and Leia and Chewie arrive with their ride outta here just in time! So go off our Rebels, along with the Duros, their treasure, and Triclops in tow. By the time they return to DRAPAC, things all fall together nicely; Dustini is alive and reunited with his people, the Falcon is better than new, and everyone’s all together again. Things are looking up. But one thing still remains unanswered; Triclops is being held for questioning for now… but he is really the real pacifist anti-Empire good guy deal? What did the Empire want with him? Much intrigue… much intrigue indeed.
So there you go! Another fun Star Wars Reads Day and a fun post to go with it! Now, I’ll be seeing you next week with some new Rebels awesomeness! Until then…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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