- "Sir, Resistance fighters. We need more troops."
"Pull the division out. Forget the droid. We have what we need."
- ―A stormtrooper officer and Kylo Ren
A division of the First Order Stormtrooper Corps served under the dark warrior Kylo Ren. During Ren's hunt to acquire a navigational chart that revealed the location of his uncle and former mentor, the exiled Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
Ren tracked the map's location to the planet Takodana, and deployed the division in a full-scale attack on Maz Kanata's castle. Although Ren's troops initially secured the area, capturing the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca as well as the deserter FN-2187, the tide of battle turned against the First Order due to the arrival of a Resistance starfighter squadron.
By then, Ren discovered that the map's contents had been viewed by the scavenger Rey, making it no longer necessary in his mind to acquire their primary target, the astromech droid BB-8. As a result, Ren ordered the division to withdraw from Takodana, believing his interrogation of the scavenger would ultimately reveal the information he sought.
By 34 ABY, Kylo Ren had come into the service of the First Order, serving as its warlord and champion as well as Supreme Leader Snoke's apprentice in the dark side of the Force. As a result of his unique status, Ren wielded the authority to command First Order soldiers despite lacking an official rank in the First Order military hierarchy In addition, he commanded a division of the elite Stormtrooper Corps, which accompanied him during the hunt for the last Jedi Luke Skywalker.
Shortly after the end of the cold war, the division followed Ren to the planet Takodana, having learned that the map they sought had fallen into the possession of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron's astromech droid, BB-8 which they tracked to a castle owned by Maz Kanata. During the initial battle, FN-2199 confronted his former comrade FN-2187, who deserted the military after witnessing the massacre of Tuanul, and challenged him to single combat. Although the trooper gained the upper hand against the deserter, FN-2199 was killed as a result of Han Solo's interference. The situation was further complicated by the arrival of a squadron of Resistance T-70 X-wing starfighters. The division requested additional troops and air support, but by then their commander encountered Rey, a Jakku scavenger who had seen the map fragment in BB-8's memory bank. As such, Ren abandoned his search for the droid and ordered his division to withdraw from Takodana, having chosen to bring the scavenger with him to Starkiller Base for interrogation.
The division had several types of specialized infantry in addition to standard stormtroopers. Megablaster heavy assault troopers served as the division's main mobile heavy weapons personnel while stormtrooper gunners provided fire support from the atmospheric assault landers. The riot control stormtrooper was the main melee combat specialist, although standard troopers were also skilled in the art of close quarters combat.
To fulfill their respective roles within the division, specific weapons and equipment were issued to each individual member. Megablaster heavy assault troopers wielded the FWMB-10 repeating blaster; riot troopers carried a Z6 riot control baton and one riot shield; and stormtrooper gunners operated F-Z0 antipersonnel blaster cannons. The stormtroopers carried F-11D blaster rifles.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 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 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
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- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary