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"Most of these are bios you've seen before. It takes genuine fearlessness (or foolishness) to rush in against long odds, but those who also possess self-awareness stand a chance of remaining alive past the first minute. I recommend we begin with these soldiers and build a larger squad around them."
―Davits Draven to Mon Mothma, recommending Basteren and other soldiers for a mission[src]

Arro Basteren was a human male soldier who grew up on the planet Ertegas and joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic in their fight against the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. He became a member of the Rebel Marines of the Rebel Alliance Special Forces and was a private, primarily serving as spotter to the sniper Serchill Rostok. Basteren was one of several soldiers recommended by General Davits Draven for possessing the fearlessness and self-awareness and considered by the general for a potential mission to raid the headquarters of Saw Gerrera's Partisans on Jedha. Later, he and his fellow soldiers volunteered for an unsanctioned mission to steal the Death Star's plans from the Citadel Tower on the planet Scarif in 0 BBY. Basteren perished in the battle that followed, helping to ensure that the plans were transmitted to the Alliance Fleet.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Arro Basteren was a human male soldier who was born on the[5] agriworld[6] of Ertegas in the Anoat sector. He grew up there, protecting his family's crops from woshrikes[1] and other dangerous creatures[5] which sharpened his eyesight[1] and helped him develop the skill of seeking out and destroying the enemy.[5] He eventually joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic in their fight against the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War,[3] with whom he served as a private in the Rebel Alliance Special Forces' Rebel Marines,[4] and found a natural place as a scout.[5]

Rebel Alliance serviceEdit

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Basteren during the Battle of Scarif

In the Rebel Alliance, Basteren acted as a spotter for the renowned sniper Corporal Serchill Rostok,[1] uncovering targets using Q4-E quadnoculars and passing the information on to Rostok.[5] His primary task was maintaining situational awareness and environmental status in the midst of battle.[1] During his service, he was recognized by General Davits Draven for both his fearlessness and self-awareness. For this reason, when Draven had doubts that the former member of the resistance fighter Saw Gerrera's Partisans Jyn Erso would successfully connect with Gerrera on the moon of Jedha, he recommended Basteren and several other soldiers to Rebellion chancellor Mon Mothma for a potential raid of the Partisan headquarters in Jedha's Catacombs of Cadera. The general sent a biography of Basteren to Mothma and suggested they start with those soldiers and build a larger squad around them.[7]

In 0 BBY,[2] once Erso had successfully completed the mission to connect with Gerrera and learned of the Empire's Death Star superweapon, Basteren and the same group of Rebel soldiers volunteered to join her in an unsanctioned mission to steal the Death Star's plans from the Citadel Tower on the planet Scarif. The volunteer squad took the improvized callsign "Rogue One" and infiltrated the planet's defenses in the stolen Zeta-class cargo shuttle SW-0608. On Scarif, Basteren was among a squad that set out to create a distraction and draw the Empire's forces so that Erso and a small team could sneak into the Citadel and find the plans. He and the others ultimately gave their lives in the fighting to ensure the plans were transmitted to the Alliance Fleet.[3]

LegacyEdit

"Draven was on to something. At Scarif, however, these soldiers weren't assigned. They volunteered for an unsanctioned mission."
―Caluan Ematt, on Basteren and his fellow soldiers[src]
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Basteren, pictured in Draven's report in The Rebel Files

The intelligence update to Mon Mothma that featured Draven's recommendation and biography of Arro Basteren was eventually included in The Rebel Files, a collection of documents relating to the Rebel Alliance compiled by the archivist Hendri Underholt. When The Rebel Files were recovered[7] in 34 ABY[8] after being lost during the bombardment of Durkteel[7] in 4 ABY,[9] the documents were passed on the General Leia Organa of the Resistance and several Resistance members read them. Resistance officer and former Rebel Caluan Ematt read Draven's recommendation of Basteren and his fellow soldiers and commented that Draven was on to something in selecting them, as evidenced by Basteren's volunteering for the unsactioned mission to Scarif[7] that resulted in his death.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit

Arro Basteren was a human male with light skin, brown hair[3] and blue eyes.[1]

As member of Rebel Alliance Special Forces, he was a brave and resilient individual.[4] Basteren was among a group of Rebel soldiers that General Davits Draven believed possessed the genuine fearlessness needed to undertake a mission with long odds and the self-awareness needed to survive more than a minute during such a mission.[7]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

Arro Basteren was a first-class rebel soldier.[5] Basteren had sharp eyesight[1] and a knack for uncovering and destroying the enemy[5], both skills honed by keeping his family's crops protected from woshrikes[1] and other dangerous creatures on his homeworld.[5]

EquipmentEdit

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Basteren holding his Q4-E quadnoculars

Basteren wore a blue vest over a blue jacket, with brown pants and boots. The vest had an orange patch on his right lapel[1] and white and red insignias on the left lapel.[4] These were paired with a black and tan helmet and a brown colored belt that contained several containers on it.[1]

He also used an A-300 blaster rifle and a pair of Fabritech Q4-E quadnoculars, which possesed an imaging screen surface that captured approaching Imperials. Basteren's quadnoculars were held up by a blue strap around his neck.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Private Basteren was played by James Harkness in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,[3] which was released in North America on December 16, 2016.[10] His surname was revealed in the film credits,[3] while his first name was first identified in the reference book Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide,[1] which was published the same day[11] and written by Pablo Hidalgo.[1]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

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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 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arro Basteren's death, as depicted in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was during the Battle of Scarif. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states the Jyn Erso's mission to acquire the Death Star plans took place in 0 BBY.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Ultimate Sticker Encyclopedia: Star Wars: Rogue One
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
  6. Star Wars: Uprising—Crew Run: "Value of Food"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  8. According to Star Wars: The Rebel Files, The Rebel Files were recovered thirty years after their loss during the bombardment of Durkteel, which took place at the same time as the Battle of Endor. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that the Battle of Endor happened in 4 ABY, it can be calculated that The Rebel Files were recovered in 34 ABY.
  9. According to Star Wars: The Rebel Files, the bombardment of Durkteel took place at the same time as Battle of Endor. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that the Battle of Endor was fought in 4 ABY, the bombardment of Durkteel occurred that year.
  10. SWCustom-2011 Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta Onboard for Star Wars Stand-Alone Film on StarWars.com (backup link)
  11. DK-Logo Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide on Dorling Kindersley's official website (backup link)
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