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"We're not Marauders. We're allies. And the war has just begun."
―Enfys Nest on the Cloud-Riders[src]

The Cloud-Riders,[10] also known as Enfys Nest's marauders,[11] were a pirate gang led by Enfys Nest during the reign of the Galactic Empire that rode swoop bikes. Nest inherited leadership of the Cloud-Riders from her deceased mother.[2] At some point the gang encountered Han Solo. There, they revealed themselves as rebels that wanted revenge on the crime lords who persecuted the inhabitants of resource-rich planets and wanted to fight the Empire. Years later, whilst undertaking a job for Jabba Desilijic Tiure, Solo saw a Caelli-Merced Skyblade-330 and noted that he hadn't seen one since his run-in with Nest's marauders.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit

In response to Phil Szostak about if the concept of the Cloud-Riders originated from the 1977 Star Wars Legends comic Star Wars 9: Showdown on a Wasteland World! or if it was just coincidental, Jon Kasdan, writer of Solo: A Star Wars Story, replied on Twitter that it was no coincidence, as when former directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord settled on swoop bikes, Kasdan found the Star Wars Legends Cloud-Riders when browsing Wookieepedia, and the name stuck.[12]

The red flags on the Cloud-Riders' swoop bikes were inspired by the Sashimono, banners worn by both foot and cavalry soldiers in feudal Japan, particularly the ones depicted in classic samurai movies like the 1985 film Ran. The swoop bikes' sawn-off X-wing vibe was a nod to the Alliance to Restore the Republic's origins.[13]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Solo: A Star Wars Story
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars: Card Trader
  5. Entertainment Weekly's The Ultimate Guide to Han Solo
  6. 6.0 6.1 Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales from Vandor
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  8. Star Wars: Beckett 1
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition establishes that Enfys Nest was approximately eighteen years old—seven years older than the 11-year-old Jyn Erso— as of the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which occur nine years after the formation of the Galactic Empire according to Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the formation of the Empire to 19 BBY, placing the events in Solo to 10 BBY. Given that Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy states that Enfys Nest was only sixteen when she inherited leadership of the Cloud-Riders from deceased her mother, the group must have been formed at least two years before those events, in 12 BBY.
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story (LECLERC)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure
  12. TwitterLogo @jonkasdan (Jon Kasdan) on Twitter "Not a coincidence at all. In the earliest drafts of the script Enfys Marauders attacked the Conveyex on Bantha II skiffs. When Chris & Phil decided they wanted to do swoop bikes instead, we found the Cloud Riders on Wookieepedia, from above Marvel comic, and it STUCK." (screenshot)
  13. The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story