"The Ballad of 264" (German title "Die Ballade von 264") is a comic strip written by Jeremy Barlow, drawn by Bob Molesworth and edited by Gunther Nickel. The story was published in the 25th issue of the German Star Wars Rebels Magazine, which was released on November 23, 2016.
The story follows the whereabouts of the Imperial courier droid 264 who, following his brief partnership with the Spectres, was abandoned in the plains of Lothal. After a brief stint as a farm droid, he was repossessed by the Empire and assigned to a gloomy, remote outpost. One day, 264 learns that a Rebel prisoner has been brought in at the outpost. When he realizes it is Sabine Wren, one of the Spectres, the droid decides to free her from her cell, hoping for a chance to reunite with the whole crew when they come for her. The rescue mission goes without a hitch until the Spectres' ship, the Ghost, gets caught in a tractor beam preventing it from leaving the outpost's hangar. When he understands that he can either stay with the Spectres aboard the Ghost or run to the other side of the hangar to deactivate the beam, 264 is faced with a dilemma, but he ends up sacrificing his chance at friendship so the Rebels can escape. Incensed, the outpost's commander orders his stormtroopers to throw the courier outside, where he is left to freeze on a junk heap.
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