- "I was there when Lasan fell. I know why you fear those disruptors. I gave the order to use them!'"
- ―Imperial Agent Alexsandr Kallus, to Lasat Garazeb Orrelios
The Siege of Lasan, also known as the Fall of Lasan and the cleansing of Lasan, was an Imperial invasion orchestrated by Alexsandr Kallus that saw the near-extinction of the Lasat species. During the early years of the Empire, the Imperial Military brutally suppressed an uprising on the Lasat homeworld of Lasan. The conflict led to the near-extinction of the Lasat people and caused the Imperial Senate to ban T-7 ion disruptor rifles. Some Lasat survived, like Garazeb Orrelios, who later joined the rebellion, while others like Gron and Chava resettled on the mystical Lasat refuge of Lira San.
The Lasat species originated on the remote planet of Lira San in Wild Space. At some unknown point, a large number of Lasat colonized the planet Lasan and eventually lost contact with their kind on Lira San. The Lasat on Lasan established a royal family and came to regard Lasan as their species' homeworld. Following the end of the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire. When the Lasat challenged the Empire, Imperial forces invaded their adopted homeworld, beginning the Siege of Lasan.
- "As captain of the Honor Guard, I was responsible for protecting the royal family and every single Lasat. Their safety was my duty."
"You couldn't have stopped the Empire."
"I fought to the end. We held the palace, and then there was a bomb, and when I woke up, it was all just gone. We retreated. I was as good as dead, at least until Kanan found me."
- ―Garazeb Orrelios reflects on the battle to Ezra Bridger
Following an uprising on the species' homeworld of Lasan, Agent Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau was tasked with wiping out the rebellion. Although it was not really his idea to use the weapons, Kallus ordered the Imperial soldiers to use T-7 ion disruptor rifles against the Lasat civilians as a show of Imperial might. After defeating a member of the Lasan High Honor Guard, the guard then gave him his J-19 bo-rifle in accordance with the Boosahn Keeraw, the Lasat warrior way. A number of Wookiee soldiers armed with weapons whittled from the wroshyr trees of their home planet also took part in the battle, sacrificing their own lives to try to prevent the massacres on Lasan. Thanks to the Wookiees' intervention, some Lasat were saved.
Among the Lasat who survived were Garazeb Orrelios, or referred to simply as "Zeb," a captain in the Lasan High Honor Guard, and his grandmother. During the battle, Orrelios was tasked with protecting the royal family and Lasat. However, he was knocked out by an explosion. When he awoke, Orrelios found that everything had been destroyed and blamed himself for failing to carry out his duty. Orrelios was haunted by his experiences during the Fall and harbored a deep hatred for the Empire. Those Lasat survivors who were captured by the Empire ended up in prison camps.
- "After the war, Zeb took Kallus along the secret hyperspace path to the planet Lira San. It was then that Kallus realized he hadn't destroyed the Lasat people, and that they were thriving on this new world. A world where he was welcome as one of them."
- ―Sabine Wren reflecting about what happened with Kallus
The Siege of Lasan ended with the devastation of the planet and the near-extinction of the Lasat species. As a result of the atrocity, the Imperial Senate banned the use of the T-7 disruptors and the rifles were recalled and destroyed. The atrocity's evidence was seen by Taris's senator Tynnra Pamlo. However, copies of the T-7 schematics escaped deletion and private weapons manufacturers continued to produce batches found on the black market. The Empire secretly planned to acquire some of this stock to restart production of them on Lothal. However, their plan was disrupted by the Spectres and R2-D2 who destroyed half of the ion disruptors and sold the rest to the crime lord Cikatro Vizago. During the skirmish, Kallus personally fought Orrelios and taunted the Lasat about his role in the fall of Lasan.
Three years before the Battle of Yavin, the Spectres helped two other Lasat refugees, the former Honor Guard Gron and the mystic Chava, to rediscover the planet Lira San. During the journey, Gron contended that Lasan had not been destroyed but had been merely transformed in order to fulfill an ancient Lasat prophecy around Lira San. This prophecy held that Lira San could only be found if a "child of Lasan" saved the fool and the warrior from destruction. Following the rediscovery of Lira San, the rebels designated the planet as a sanctuary for other Lasat refugees.
Later, the fall of Lasan became a subject of conversation between Orrelios and Agent Kallus. The two adversaries had become stranded on the ice moon of Bahryn following an Imperial ambush above Geonosis. After Kallus recounted how he had obtained his bo-rifle from a fallen Lasat warrior, Kallus confided that he had not expected the Empire to unleash a massacre on Lasan and stressed that this was nothing personal. He also admitted that despite having taken credit for the use of the T-7 ion disruptor rifles, their use had not really been his idea. Orrelios reassured his adversary that he had made peace with the past already. As a gesture of reconciliation, he presented Kallus with a Bahryn meteorite as a parting gift.
Because of his time on Bahryn with Orrelios, Kallus defected to the rebellion, serving as a new Fulcrum agent. However, while Kallus was an undercover spy for sometime, he was discovered by Grand Admiral Thrawn and fully joined the rebellion after being rescued during the last stages of the Battle of Atollon. After the Galactic Civil War, Orrelios took Kallus through the secret hyperspace route to Lira San, where Kallus saw that he had not destroyed the Lasat people and was welcomed to join them.
Imperial defector Yrica Quell considered the difference between Alderaan's destruction, as well as genocides on Lasan and Dhen-Moh, and Operation: Cinder to be the difference between ruthlessness and cruelty.
Behind the scenes
The Siege of Lasan was first briefly alluded to in the television movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, which first premiered on Disney XD on September 26, 2014. It was first mentioned in the first Star Wars Rebels episode "Droids in Distress," which premiered on October 3, 2014.
- Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- The Rebellion Begins (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress" (Mentioned only)
- Droids in Distress book (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Legends of the Lasat" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Honorable Ones" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell" (Indirect mention only)
- Alphabet Squadron (Mentioned only)
- Alphabet Squadron audiobook (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Legends of the Lasat"
- The Rebellion Begins
- Forged in Battle
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Honorable Ones"
- In Rise of the Rebels, Garazeb Orrelios refers to his grandmother in the present tense, indicating she is still alive. Since the Siege of Lasan occurred prior to the events appearing in the Star Wars Rebels series and the associated stories, Orrelios' grandmother must have survived the genocide.
- Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars Rebels – "An Inside Man"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- Alphabet Squadron
- "Star Wars Rebels Recounted" – Star Wars Insider 156