- "She dived into the flood of combatants, red hair flying like a banner, silent and determined. A speeder bike laden with explosives raced toward us without a pilot. She vaulted over stormtroopers, stung by bolt after bolt but never hit full force, until she had a clear shot at the speeder. Then everything flashed in fire and she died our savior."
- ―Gadren, describing Roach's death
Roach was a human female and a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic's 61st Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company. She was recruited by First Sergeant Hazram Namir and Quartermaster Hober on her home planet of Haidoral Prime in 3 ABY. Roach had spent six months in an Imperial detention center previously. Namir took a liking to her when she became part of the company and also was able to determine that Roach was a recovering spice addict.
Roach served in a squad with Namir, Gadren, and Brand during the Coyerti campaign. Namir, Gadren, and Charmer helped her through her first experiences in combat. She had struggles with her spice addiction but was able to survive the battle despite it and Imperial bioweapons. After the Battle of Hoth and an attack on the Thunderstrike in the Elochar sector, Roach was the only recruit from Haidoral Prime that did not consider deserting. She later aided the company's operations to carve a path to attack the shipyards of Kuat. When the company became stranded on Sullust, Roach was killed during the Siege of Inyusu Tor.
Personality and traits
- "Six months, in an Imp detention center. My grudge."
Roach joined Twilight Company with a degree of commitment, diligently reading the White Book, although she soon learned that Twilight soldiers did not care about such regulations. She spoke in a quiet tone. She was twitchy and constantly on edge, partly due to the fact that she was recovering from spice addiction. Although she lied about being able to use a blaster, she learned quickly and became a useful soldier. The veteran soldiers of Twilight Company took a quick liking to her, even inviting her to the Thunderstrike's clubhouse only a short time after she was recruited despite most new soldiers needing several months before they were invited.
Behind the scenes
- "If I was going to write a story about a rebel infantry company, I figured it only made sense to bring in a new recruit and show the process of training and integration. Roach's presence also serves as a reminder that all the Twilight regulars had lives before they joined up, and most were never career soldiers. She is, in some respects, the archetypal Twilight soldier."
- ―Alexander Freed
Roach appeared in the 2015 canon novel Battlefront: Twilight Company, written by Alexander Freed. Freed explained, in an interview with Daily Dot, that he had created Roach as a means to show the process of training and integration in Twilight Company and be a reminder that all the regular Twilight personnel had lives before they joined the company. He also claimed he found Roach fun to write, the character having a level of "childish joy" which proved a change of pace to prompt reactions from others.
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First appearance, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook
Notes and references
- Battlefront: Twilight Company
- The main events of Battlefront: Twilight Company are set twenty-two 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. Furthermore, Roach must have died on Sullust in that year.
- Geller, Eric: Alexander Freed takes us into the trenches of his latest 'Star Wars' novel (November 3, 2015) published by Daily Dot on www.dailydot.com: "Twilight Company is the first canon 'Star Wars' novel to delve deeply into the 'war' part of the saga's name." (archived from the original on September 3, 2017)