CHARACTER NAME: Hera Syndulla
Born: 29 BBY
Height: 1.76 meters
Mass: 50 kilograms
Eye color: Green
Skin color: Green
Vehicle Blasters: 6D+2
Brawling Parry: 5D+2
Missile Weapons: 5D
Beast Riding: 4D+2
Space Transports: 8D
Starfighter Piloting: 8D+1
Starship Gunnery: 9D
Repulsorlift Operation: 7D+2
Blaster Repair: 5D+1
Capital Ship Repair: 4D
Computer Programming/Repair: 6D
Droid Programming/Repair: 7D+1
First Aid: 4D
Repulsorlift Repair: 6D+2
Space Transports Repair: 7D+2
Starfighter Repair: 6D+1
Holdout Blaster (3D), Flight Suit, Commlink
FORCE SENSITIVE: N
FORCE POINTS: 5
DARK SIDE POINTS: 0
CHARACTER POINTS: 21
Head-tails: Twi'leks can use their head-tails to communicate in secret with each other, even if in a room full of others. The complex movement of the tails is, in a sense, a "secret" language that all Twi'leks are fluent in.
Description: Hera Syndulla was a Twi'lek female revolutionary who became a central figure in the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire and the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Born the daughter of General Cham Syndulla on Ryloth with a brother who died young, she saw firsthand the devastation of the Clone Wars and the reign of the Empire on her homeworld. Syndulla became an expert pilot and left her homeworld and her father's planetary resistance behind, setting off across the galaxy to build her own resistance movement against the Empire aboard her starship, the Ghost. Kanan Jarrus, a Jedi who survived Order 66, joined her during the Gorse conflict and eventually became her lover and father of her son. Her crew, which mounted an insurgency on Lothal, eventually was comprised of Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren, Lasat survivor Garazeb Orrelios, Syndulla's life-long astromech droid Chopper, and Padawan Ezra Bridger.
The rebellion Syndulla led on Lothal attracted the attention of such Imperial leaders as Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin and the Sith Lord Darth Vader, but it also gained notice by Senator Bail Organa and his efforts to coordinate activities between various rebel cells in the galaxy. One of those cells was Phoenix Cell, which Syndulla and her crew joined in 4 BBY. Syndulla herself became Phoenix Leader, leading various starfighter operations for the cell. In 2 BBY, the cell became one of the first to join the Rebel Alliance upon its formation. Their forces were devastated by Grand Admiral Thrawn during the Battle of Atollon, and Syndulla helped the Rebel Alliance rebuild at their headquarters on Yavin 4.
Syndulla was promoted to the rank of General and continued to serve the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War and was present on Endor following the Alliance's triumph over the Empire and the death of Emperor Palpatine. Sometime before then, she gave birth to Kanan's son, Jacen Syndulla.
Born on the planet Ryloth to her father Cham Syndulla and her mother, Hera was a little girl during the time of the Clone Wars. Her father Cham was a prominent Twi'lek revolutionary who had fought against the Confederacy of Independent Systems in the Clone Wars and later against the Galactic Empire. She and her mother hid underground while the Separatist Droid Army occupied her homeworld. When the Republic's Clone Army came, Hera looked up at their ships and decided to become a pilot, prompting her to leave her family and home to pursue what she loved. During her childhood, Hera grew up on tales of how the purrgil, large space-dwelling creatures, had inspired people to develop the hyperdrive. As she grew older however, Syndulla came to regard the purrgil as a menace because they endangered hyperspace travel by crashing into ships. While working as a pilot, she lost more than one friend to collisions with purrgil.
During the Battle of Ryloth, A BTL Y-wing starfighter crashed in front of her home. Though the pilot died, Hera managed to pull an old astromech droid named Chopper from the wreckage. Following the defeat of the Separatists, the Galactic Republic became the Galactic Empire which refused to leave Ryloth. As a result, the Twi'lek Resistance led by her father Cham launched a resistance struggle against the Empire. During this resistance struggle, Hera's mother was killed and Cham came to prioritize Ryloth's freedom over his own family. As a result, strains developed in the relationship between Hera and her father. Hera was angry at Cham for neglecting her while Cham was upset with his daughter for devoting more attention to Chopper, whom he labeled a "second-rate junk pile". Hera's relationship with Cham was further strained when she joined the wider rebellion against the Empire rather than taking part in the Twi'lek resistance struggle.
Personality and traits
Hera's personality was somewhat two-sided; while she exuded a no-nonsense style of command, she was also known for being a very warm and compassionate individual. As a highly capable pilot and captain, Hera took good care of her ship, as well as her crew. Upon meeting Ezra, Hera developed a sort of motherly bond with the boy as she had with the other crew members. She was a true believer in the rebel cause and inspired hope in the rest of the crew. She was also the only other crew member aware of Kanan's test after Ezra stole the latter's holocron. Hera was also in love with Kanan, she usually confiding in him and frequently called him "love". She was more than capable of putting her foot down when she saw conflict within the crew, such as sending Ezra and Zeb out on an errand together when the two had been fighting. While an adept fighter, Hera also cared for her crew and knew how to motivate them to reach a common goal.
A smart, tactful and highly observant individual, Hera could quickly detect a threat. As Lando Calrissian successfully played her crew members off one another to his own ends, Hera caught on to his trickery and put the con-man in his place. Her skills of deduction proved invaluable when her suspicions of Gall Trayvis allowed her to expose the man as an Imperial agent. She also remembered when the Jedi and clones fought in the Clone Wars, at one point being saved from death by them, and encouraged Kanan to trust Captain Rex and put aside his past animosity towards clones.
As with other Twi'lek females, many considered her attractive, particularly Kanan but also less savory characters as well, including Okadiah Garson, Azmorigan, and Lando Calrissian. She knew how to use her natural charm and beauty to her advantage when necessary, as seen when she manipulated the gangster Azmorigan in order to escape his ship. Due to her negative experiences with the criminals Azmorigan and Hondo, Hera was reluctant to work with them until Hondo convinced her that doing so would benefit the rebellion's interests. She despised their company to the extent that she ordered them to leave the ship once both parties had achieved their objectives.
Despite her love for Kanan, Hera was deeply committed to the rebel cause. Her pragmatism led her to accede to Ahsoka Tano's advice that they not rescue him in order to avoid exposing the rebellion to the Empire, and was a key organizer of the early Alliance, whose original goal was to seek a diplomatic solution. While Hera was angered that her crew had disobeyed her orders by embarking on a search for Kanan, she was mollified when Ezra revealed that he had a plan. She also viewed the rebel struggle as a larger galactic-wide struggle that went beyond the planet Lothal. Her concern for the galaxy put her at odds with her father, who was solely focused on achieving Ryloth's freedom. Despite their differences, she managed to convince her father and his rebel cell to help her crew to steal an Imperial fighter-carrier.
Hera also had a love for flying which resonated well with her leadership aspirations in the rebellion. Due to her role in obtaining a prototype B-wing starfighter, Hera was promoted to Phoenix Leader. While Hera regarded the space-faring purrgil as a pest for endangering interstellar travel, she came to respect them after the purrgil helped the Spectres to raid a Mining Guild refueling station.
Hera also had a relationship with the astromech droid Chopper which dated back to the Clone Wars. She adopted the droid after rescuing him from a downed Y-wing fighter. Hera cared for Chopper and looked after the outdated astromech droid. She understood binary and regarded Chopper as an indispensable member of her crew. While Hera was angry with Chopper for allowing himself to be distracted during a raid on a fuel depot, she was mollified after Chopper and his new-found friend AP-5 helped find the rebellion the site for a new base on the planet Atollon.
Hera was also skilled at undercover work. She could also change her accent in order to conceal her identity. Hera also displayed considerable fortitude and defiance when being interrogated by Grand Admiral Thrawn. Her courage and willingness to infiltrate her former home to recover a family heirloom the Kalikori gained Thrawn's respect. Despite losing the Kalikori to Thrawn, Hera came to realize that her crew and her father were her family and more important than old heirlooms. Hera was willing to let go of the past if it meant furthering the rebel cause.
Cognizant of the Empire's military capabilities, Hera tried unsuccessfully to convince Mart Mattin and his Iron Squadron to accompany them back to the rebel fleet. Later, Hera led a successful mission to rescue Mart from the Empire. Despite the disillusioned Imperial Agent Kallus' help in obtaining plans for Thrawn's TIE Defender initiative, Hera still distrusted the Imperial. She cautioned her comrades to be careful with him until they could verify his trustworthiness.
Hera also cared for her rebel crew. She displayed maternal instincts when Ezra was tormented by Maul's visions. Hera wanted to abort her recon mission to Lothal but Kanan managed to convince her to proceed with the mission. Due to her close rapport with Sabine, Hera was privy to Sabine's doubts, fears, and troubled relationship with her family. Knowing that Sabine was a fearsome warrior and strong leader, Hera counselled Kanan not to hold back her training but to let her fully embrace the Darksaber's power. As a rebel leader, Hera was aware of Saw Gerrera's harsh methods; which caused her not to trust him fully. Still, she regarded him as being better than the Empire.
Hera typically spoke in a colloquial Galactic accent but occasionally reverted to her native Rylothian accent. Hera was a brave and creative pilot who was willing to undertake difficult challenges including smuggling the rebel leader Mon Mothma through the dangerous Archeon pass. Hera also had a deep respect for Mon Mothma and the two women became friends. Hera respected Mothma for her outspoken criticism of the Empire and her long-term strategic vision for the rebellion. Mothma in return complimented Hera for her willingness to take dangerous risks and courageous leadership.
Hera had a strong bond with Chopper and sought revenge on the Imperial intelligence officers who had reprogrammed her droid into a double agent. This led her to destroy an entire IGV-55 surveillance vessel with all hands aboard. Hera was distraught when she thought that she had lost Chopper and expressed elation when he rebooted. Hera was a courageous and skilled military commander who cared for the well-being of the rebellion and had a good working relationship with her fellow commanders Sato and Dodonna. She was not intimidated by Grand Admiral Thrawn and refused to surrender. Hera loved Kanan and pleaded with him to come back safely after his unsuccessful mission to solicit Bendu's help against the Empire.
At times, Hera's devotion to the rebellion led her to regard the Spectres as important assets of the Rebel Alliance. She regarded Kanan as her partner and companion. Hera distrusted Saw Gerrera for his aggressive and violent methods and expressed concern when Saw enlisted Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper on one of his operations. Like Ezra, Hera believed the Spectres had a special connection with Lothal and was willing to accept a dangerous mission there. Hera's romantic feelings for Kanan led them to share a passionate embrace while on an undercover mission on Lothal.
As a passionate rebel leader, Hera successfully lobbied for the Rebel Alliance to take out the TIE/D Defender factories on Lothal and to aid the people of Lothal, who were suffering under Imperial oppression. Hera's fearlessness and devotion to the rebel cause led her to lead a strike attempt on Lothal's Imperial factories. Hera also cared for her subordinates and was willing to risk capture in order to ensure that her underlings Chopper and Mart Mattin escaped Imperial forces. Hera's iron resolve and fighting spirit enabled her to hold out against both Governor Pryce and Grand Admiral Thrawn during interrogation. After Kanan rescued her, Hera confided her feelings for Kanan.
Hera was devastated by the death of her partner Kanan and initially blamed herself. However, Chopper helped her to realize the significance of Kanan's sacrifice. To honor his memory, she attached a piece of his Jedi holocron to her family heirloom, the Kalikori. Kanan's death led Hera to be more careful about the lives of her rebel cell members. Though Hera was frightened that the Emperor had taken an interest in the Lothal Jedi Temple, Zeb convinced her to persevere with the mission. Despite Kanan's death, Hera could still sense his comforting presence.
Hera also used her persuasive communications skills to recruit several old friends of Ezra including Gregor, Wolffe, Hondo, Melch, and Ketsu Onyo into helping Ezra to liberate his homeworld of Lothal. Despite her initial misgivings about Hondo, she decided to trust his plan to latch onto an Imperial cargo ship in order to get the Ghost through the Imperial blockade above Lothal. As a result, Hera came to trust Hondo. After Ezra helped trap Governor Pryce, Hera praised Ezra for his victory. Respecting her as a leader and mother figure, Ezra recognized her and the other rebels' contributions to their victory.
During the Liberation of Lothal, Hera showed leadership and resolve. She endorsed Sabine's plan to send rebel teams to reactivate the shield generators. Hera also respected Ezra's decision to leave and confront Grand Admiral Thrawn alone. Out of respect for Hera's leadership and motherly role, Ezra left a meiloruun fruit for her before departing into uncharted space with Thrawn.
Skills and abilities
Besides being an able and effective leader, Hera was also an exceptionally skilled pilot. Hera first honed her skills as a rebel pilot during a relief mission to Ryloth following the failed assassination attempt on the Emperor and Lord Vader. She was able to fly various ships including the Ghost, Phantom, a prototype B-wing starfighter., and a T-65B X-wing starfighter. Hera was also familiar with physical combat and once assaulted the gangster Azmorigan and one of his men. Later, she knocked out the Imperial agent Gall Trayvis in physical combat after tricking him into holding an unloaded blaster. As a seasoned rebel operative, Hera could tell when a blaster was unloaded.
While Hera was a capable fighter who could come up with ingenious escape plans, she was no match for the Force powers of the former Sith Lord Maul. Despite her strong will-power, Hera could not stop Maul from retrieving information on the location of Kanan Jarrus' holocron from her mind. As a seasoned rebel commander, Hera was familiar with various Imperial strategies and traps. Hera was also tech-savvy enough to close the Ghost's cargo hatch manually. She also used Chopper as a conduit to send reverse data feed to destroy an Imperial surveillance vessel. As a military commander, Hera knew how to study battle maps in order to devise strategies. Her skills as a pilot also allowed her to lead from the front in space battles.
As a skilled pilot, Hera was able to evade Imperial fighters including TIE/D Defenders. She later used her engineering skills to help Sabine install a hyperdrive aboard Ryder Azadi's U-wing. On another occasion, she was able to escape Thrawn's forces by jumping into hyperspace while flying through an Imperial construction module. Hera later used her dogfighting skills to take out a TIE/D Defender Elite and an Imperial light cruiser.