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Lessu was the capital city of Ryloth. It was taken over by the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars, but eventually won back by the efforts of the Galactic Republic and the Twi'lek Resistance.


Lessu was built into a massive rock spire in the middle of a rocky mesa. The city had multiple tiers elevated into the cliff face and outer walls that protected it. During the Clone Wars, the city could only be reached on foot by way of a plasma bridge that was installed by the occupying Separatists.[1] The bridge remained up for at least some time after the end of the war and the rise of the Galactic Empire.[4]


Lessu during the Clone Wars

During the Clone Wars, the Separatist Droid Army, commanded by Wat Tambor, took control of Ryloth and took the Twi'leks prisoner. As Republic forces approached the capital, Tambor ordered the inhabitants of the city be driven outside the city walls to complicate a possible attack, knowing the Jedi would want to avoid civilian casualties. The Separatists installed a plasma bridge as the only way to get into the city, which they could turn on or shut down. The capital was later freed by the combined forces of freedom fighters and the Galactic Republic] guided by Jedi Master Mace Windu and rebel leader Cham Syndulla, with aerial support from Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano's fighter squadron.[1]

Following the formation of the Galactic Empire, Senator Orn Free Taa, Vice Admiral Rampart, and the Syndullas were in Lessu. There, General Syndulla urged his people to surrender their weapons to the Imperial Army.[4]

During the Imperial occupation, a female Twi'lek named Isval traveled to the Octagon, a district in the heart of the city of Lessu. There, she encountered a Twi'lek escort named Ryiin and a drunken Imperial officer. After assaulting the Imperial officer, she spirited Ryiin away into a new home where she would be safe from slavery.[3]



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