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Brand, born Lauren Mel Coelho on the planet Tangenine, was a dark-skinned human female and a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic's 61st Mobile Infantry, commonly known as Twilight Company. Prior to her service in Twilight Company, Lauren worked as a bounty hunter under her new name Brand following the death of her family under the Malandro syndicate. She brought those skills with her to Twilight Company, serving as a sniper and tracker for the company. Brand tended to be aloof and preferred working with a higher degree of operational freedom than her fellow soldiers in Twilight Company.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Lauren Mel Coelho was born in 35 BBY on the planet Tangenine to Remba Coelho and Kelven Coelho, who nicknamed her Lau. Her family owned a farm but were being extorted by the Malandro syndicate. At an early age, her parents were killed by the Falleen gangster Annaz for not paying the protection fees to the Malandro syndicate. Lauren and her brother Julien Coelho then had to live with their gran until she died of a fever a few years later. When Julien fell ill she had to take a job from the Malandro syndicate to pay for the cure but was caught in the process and landed in jail. By the time she got out Julien was dead.[2]

A new life[edit | edit source]

A few years later the Galactic Empire took control of Tangenine and soon realized how embedded the Malandro syndicate was and turned to bounty hunters in order to clean up the underworld for them. Lauren then reappeared with a new name, Brand. She took jobs almost primarily on the Malandro syndicate and continued to take out more of their members including Annaz herself.[2] But as order came back to Tangenine, Brand started to witness the true side of the Empire, as petty thieves were given life sentences and dealers were pardoned when bribing a magistrate.[1]

Hunt for Micha Evon[edit | edit source]

Brand aims her blaster at "Howl"

Brand later got sick of the corrupt system on Tangenine and took a job off world. Her target was Captain Micha Evon of the Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry. She tracked the 61st to Veron and offered to join. She then smuggled in her kit[1] and when the 61st was on Allst Prime she got her chance. She and captain Evon stormed into the governor's office and Brand incapacitated Governor Magé. She then pointed her blaster at Evon but hesitated when he revealed what he knew about her past life. He then offered her to stay with the 61st and she accepted.[2]

Member of the Rebel Alliance[edit | edit source]

For the next few years Brand fought with the 61st Mobile Infantry against the Empire on many different worlds. During the 61st's campaign on Haidoral Prime[1] in 3 ABY,[4] she, Sergeant Hazram Namir, Gadren, and Charmer infiltrated the governor's mansion and captured the defecting governor Everi Chalis. She offered information on the Empire's workings to the Alliance and Captain Evon put that to the test with her information on a distillery of Coyerti of which Brand, Namir, Gadren and fresh recruit Roach destroyed. The Alliance High Command then decided to invite Chalis, Captain Evon, Sergeant Namir, and soldiers Roja and Beak to Echo base. In the meantime Brand and the rest of the 61st would rendezvous with a flotilla of a dozen ships to repair their CR90 corvette the Thunderstrike.[1]

Elochar Sector[edit | edit source]

During their time at the flotilla, the 61st soldiers would visit the other ships including the Sixmoon but near the end of their time there, the light freighter Trumpet's Call jumped to the rendezvous with its life support failing and most of its crew dead. Brand and the others rescued the survivors and when they were in a stable condition, Brand inspected the ships database. Brand discovered that none of the survivors they took in were from the Trumpet's Call's crew log and were Imperial spies. By the time she got back onto the ship the spies had killed Lieutenant Sairgon, Commander Paonu and most of the bridge crew. Lieutenant Sairgon had warned the rest of the flotilla before his death and all of the ships fled except for the Thunderstrike's escort the Braha'tok-class gunship Apailana's Promise. Brand helped retake the Thunderstrike from the spies and they narrowly evaded destruction from the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Herald.[1]

Retreat to Ankhural[edit | edit source]

The 61st fled to Ankhural where it would continue the repairs on the Thunderstrike. Chalis and Namir returned from Echo Base where the Empire had attacked them and Darth Vader had slaughtered Captain Evon, Roja, and Beak. For the next few weeks Brand and the 61st stayed there and continued the repairs until Chalis proposed Operation Ringbreaker where they would attack multiple imperial places to lure ships away from Kuat Drive Yards before attacking Kuat and destroying the shipyard. The 61st approved of this plan and attacked various imperial holdouts before their attack on Sullust ended with the imperial's ambushing and shooting down the Thunderstrike. With the Apailana's Promise fleeing Sullust the 61st was stranded at the factory Inyusu Tor that they had just taken and the Herald was on its way to help the imperial ground forces that were preparing to attack them.[1]

Siege for Inyusu Tor[edit | edit source]

When the Herald finally arrived the ground, Imperials advanced on the entrenched rebels. Brand helped hold the line and fend off the advancing Imperials whilst the Apailana's Promise had returned to keep the Herald's cannons pointing away from the ground. Chalis abandoned the 61st and took a shuttle up to the Herald where she sabotaged the Star Destroyer upon arrival with an ion bomb in the shuttle forcing the warship to retreat. It left Brand and the others to fend off the remaining ground forces. Once the ground battle was over, the locals overthrew the remaining Imperials on Sullust and Brand and the rest of the 61st could regroup at the capital to decide the future of the 61st mobile infantry.[1]

New Republic service[edit | edit source]

Following the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance re-organized into the New Republic. Twilight Company continued to serve as an infantry unit.[3]

Siege of Troithe[edit | edit source]

They were deployed alongside the Barma Battle Group to the Campaign in the Cerberon system, and spend weeks fighting in the Troithe operation. Brand was present with other Twilight Company soldiers.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Brand first appeared in the 2015 novel Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  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 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 SWInsider.png "Inbrief"—Star Wars Insider 161
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Shadow Fall
  4. The main events of Battlefront: Twilight Company are set 22 years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Those events must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY.
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