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"L'ulo L'ampar, a skilled, fierce warrior who spent his life fighting on the side of all that is good and right in the galaxy."
―General Leia Organa[src]

L'ulo L'ampar was a Duros male who served as a commander in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and as a pilot in the Resistance. In 4 ABY, L'ampar flew with Green Squadron in the Battle of Endor, alongside his fellow pilot and friend Shara Bey. After the Alliance victory at Endor, L'ampar led Green Squadron in many campaigns, including the liberation of Cawa City. Three months after the Battle of Endor, L'ampar convinced Bey to muster out of service so that she could spend time with her husband, Kes Dameron, and her son, Poe. In 5 ABY, the Dameron family settled on the moon Yavin 4, and L'ampar followed soon after, becoming a member of the Yavin system's Civilian Defense Force.

The Duros traveled frequently, but he still paid visits to the Dameron homestead and kept a close friendship with the family. In 10 ABY, Bey died, and L'ampar became a mentor to Poe Dameron. By 18 ABY, the young Dameron had grown tired of the quiet life on Yavin 4, and he left the moon with the criminal Spice Runners of Kijimi. Concerned for the boy, L'ampar and Kes Dameron searched the Outer Rim Territories for nearly a year and eventually made a deal with the Osako pirates, who managed to track the Spice Runners down. L'ampar and Dameron confronted Poe, but the boy refused to come home with them.

By 32 ABY, L'ampar joined the Resistance and was selected by Poe Dameron to be a member of Black Squadron, an elite group tasked by General Leia Organa with finding Lor San Tekka, an explorer rumored to know the whereabouts of missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Black Squadron's search led them to the planets Ovanis and Megalox Beta, where they faced off against Agent Terex of the First Order Security Bureau. By 34 ABY, during a fateful encounter with Terex over a desert planet, L'ampar sacrificed himself to protect innocent lives. The Resistance held a funeral for L'ampar, where Dameron and Organa praised the Duros' life and actions.

BiographyEdit

Empire's endEdit

Battle of EndorEdit

"I heard they're shuttling personnel down to the moon. To celebrate."
"That is correct. I take it you'd like to join them?"
"You're acting as group commander now, so…yes, sir. I know General Madine is worried about an Imperial counter-attack. I can remain on duty if—"
"Stop. Of course you can…I'm sure he came through fine, Shara…"
―Shara Bey and L'ulo L'ampar[src]

L'ulo L'ampar was a male Duros who served the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War, a galaxy-wide conflict between the Alliance and the Galactic Empire.[3] Holding the rank of lieutenant, L'ampar flew as a Rebel pilot in Green Squadron,[4] operating an RZ-1 A-wing interceptor alongside fellow pilot Shara Bey[3] and under the command of Green Leader Arvel Crynyd.[6] In 4 ABY,[7] after the Alliance discovered that Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine would be aboard the DS-2 Death Star to oversee its construction, Alliance High Command determined to launch an immediate assault on the space station.[8]

The Alliance Fleet,[8] with L'ampar in his A-wing as Green Two,[4] exited hyperspace above the Forest Moon of Endor, approaching the superweapon.[8] On the moon's surface, the Rebel Pathfinders[4] were attempting to disable the Death Star's shield by destroying its shield generator, but when the Alliance Fleet arrived, the shield was still up. Previously unknown to the Rebellion, the superweapon was fully operational.[8]

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L'ulo L'ampar and fellow Green Squadron pilots attack the Executor.

Realizing that the battle was a trap set by the Empire but unable to escape, the Rebel starfighters engaged the Imperial forces, trying to buy more time[8] for the Pathfinders. Along with Commander Crynyd and a portion of Green Squadron, L'ampar attacked[4] the Executor, an Executor-class Star Dreadnought that served as command ship in the Imperial Navy.[9] The attack brought down the Executor's shields, and Crynyd, seeing a chance to even the odds, sacrificed himself in a suicide run to destroy the capital ship's bridge.[6]

In light of Crynyd's death, L'ampar assumed command of Green Squadron. Soon after, the Pathfinders succeeded in lowering the Death Star's shield, giving Gold Leader Lando Calrissian[4] and Red Leader Wedge Antilles an opportunity to destroy the station. With the superweapon gone and Emperor Palpatine dead,[8] the Alliance Fleet regrouped and began shuttling pilots to the Endor moon to celebrate with the Pathfinders and local Ewok population.[4]

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L'ulo L'ampar allows Shara Bey to leave for Endor.

Despite their victory, General Crix Madine was wary of an Imperial counter-attack, causing some pilots to remain with their starfighters on standby. In a hangar aboard an Alliance starship, L'ampar was approached by Bey, who had flown in the battle as Green Four. Concerned about her Pathfinder husband, Kes Dameron, Bey inquired if she could join the festivities on Endor's moon. L'ampar, aware of Bey's concern, granted her permission to join the celebration. The following morning, Rebel Signal Intelligence discovered transmissions from an Imperial holdout on the far side of the moon. L'ampar arrived in the Ewok Bright Tree Village and attended a briefing by General Han Solo, who discussed plans to remove the Imperial presence. The Rebels launched an assault on the outpost and discovered new Imperial communications confirming that the war was not yet over.[4]

Continued warEdit

"You ever think that this is never going to end?"
"Ah, Shara, you can't think that way. Otherwise we're just fighting for the sake of the fight, right?"
―Shara Bey and L'ulo L'ampar[src]
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L'ulo L'ampar leads Green Squadron in the battle at Cawa City.

Seventeen days after the Battle of Endor, L'ampar commanded Green Squadron to liberate Cawa City, the Imperial-held capital of Sterdic IV, alongside Feral Group. During the battle, Bey, flying as Green Two, assisted L'ampar by destroying a TIE fighter that was pursuing him. Shortly after, when Bey's A-wing became damaged, the Duros returned the favor and shot down her attacker. Once Bey was safe, L'ampar ordered Feral Leader to issue an attack run on an All Terrain Armored Transport. Y-wing bomber pilots Feral Two and Feral Three dropped clusters of explosives, which became magnetically attached to the walker and destroyed it, thus ending the conflict. After the battle, L'ampar spoke with Bey about how hard she had been working, and he encouraged her to spend time with Dameron and their son, Poe.[10]

During the next two months, L'ampar continued to serve the Alliance Fleet and received a promotion to captain.[11] In 5 ABY,[7] three months after the Battle of Endor, Admiral Gial Ackbar and General Madine informed the fleet that the war did not have a foreseeable end, so L'ampar submitted resignation paperwork for Bey, telling her that she had done more than expected and that she had a family to look after. Bey heeded L'ampar's advice,[11] and the Dameron family settled into Wetyin's Colony on Yavin 4.[3] Soon after, the Rebellion formally became the New Republic, and mere days after the Battle of Endor's one year anniversary, the Galactic Civil War ended with the Empire's defeat at the Battle of Jakku.[12]

Post-war lifeEdit

Mentoring DameronEdit

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L'ulo L'ampar's visits to the Dameron farm were celebrated.

In the following years, L'ampar also settled on Yavin 4 as part of the system's Civilian Defense Force, although he still traveled frequently.[3] L'ampar maintained his friendship with the Bey and Dameron, and he acted as an uncle figure for Poe.[13] Prior to Bey's death in 10 ABY,[14] she told her son about the L'ulo Stand, a complex flight maneuver named after the Duros.[15] After Bey's death, L'ampar's visits to the Dameron homestead were celebrated by the Damerons, and the Duros would share flying advice and stories with Poe.[3] The first thing L'ampar explained to Poe about flying was that only the pilot mattered, not the ship.[16]

Around 18 ABY,[17] sixteen-year-old Poe Dameron took his mother's A-wing for a joyride and subsequently crashed. Dameron was unharmed, but after a fight with his father, he ran from home. The Yavin 4 Defense Force station alerted L'ampar of the crash, and the Duros piloted a landspeeder to the colony's docks, where he found the young Dameron. L'ampar confronted the boy and asked to talk.[3]

Dameron confided in L'ampar that he wished to leave Yavin 4, wanting to live a life of adventure as his parents had. Sympathetic, L'ampar exited the landspeeder and sat beside the boy. He told Dameron about his parents and the Battle of Endor, explaining that they knew the risks of piloting and that their desire to be with him outweighed all else. Dameron rejected L'ampar's words, saying that Bey had been a thrill seeker who took risks, and that she was a part of him. L'ampar responded with a nod, and Dameron ran off. As L'ampar returned to his landspeeder, he thought about his words and feared that he had endangered Dameron.[3]

Stricken with guilt, L'ampar went to the Dameron farm to speak with Kes Dameron. The two scoured the settlement, searching near docks and surrounding areas. After a few hours, they looked in Gully's, a local bar. Dameron approached the bartender, Fontis, and demanded to know where Poe had gone. Fontis belittled Dameron and L'ampar, and when Dameron threatened violence, Fontis said that Poe had left. Before L'ampar and Dameron could press further, Sela Trune, an officer of the New Republic Security Bureau (NRSB), entered the bar and approached Dameron. Trune stated that the criminal Spice Runners of Kijimi was sighted on Yavin 4 in search of a pilot, having killed their previous pilot, Beke Mon'z. L'ampar deduced that Mon'z was an informant for the NRSB, and Trune confirmed as much. Trune then informed the two men that Poe had supposedly been kidnapped and aided the Spice Runners in getting off-world.[3]

Search for the Spice RunnersEdit

Over the next months, Dameron tried all of his connections to try and locate Poe, but he had no success. The NRSB also continued the search, but eventually, L'ampar and Dameron went rogue, chartering a ship to the fringes of the Outer Rim Territories. They came to make a deal with the Osako pirates, whose forces hunted down the Spice Runners. More than eight months after Poe's disappearance, L'ampar and Dameron accompanied the Osako pirates aboard a Moraysian ship, and they collectively chased the Spice Runners through the Llanic Spice Run, cornering them in the Torch Nebula. The Spice Runners were forced to land on the planet Judakann, and L'ampar and Dameron followed their descent in a shuttle.[3]

Black SquadronEdit

Mission to OvanisEdit

First contactEdit
L'ulo L'ampar: "I was about a second away from flying down into that cavern and looking for you, son."
Poe Dameron: "I'm fine, L'ulo. Listen, all of you. We've been made. There was a tracker on my ship. We're gonna have company, I think. The First Order's probably already on its way."
Karé Kun: "You got that a little wrong, Poe."
Poe Dameron: "I'm not wrong, Karé. I'm looking at the tracker right now."
Karé Kun: "Not about the tracker. About the First Order. They aren't on their way. They're already here."
―L'ulo L'ampar, Poe Dameron, and Karé Kun, during the mission to Ovanis[src]

Over the next two decades, Imperial sympathizers created the First Order, a successor state of the Empire. Believing the First Order to be a threat to the Republic, Leia Organa, a war hero and leader of the Rebellion, organized the Resistance to oppose the First Order and protect the Republic.[18] L'ampar joined General Organa's Resistance.[5] Around 31 ABY,[19] Bey's son Dameron also joined, becoming recognized as the Resistance's best,[5] most daring pilot.[20]

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L'ampar is personally selected by Poe Dameron to join Black Squadron.

Around 32 ABY,[21] Organa tasked Dameron with locating Lor San Tekka, an explorer who knew the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker—Organa's brother and the last Jedi in the galaxy. The First Order was also searching for Skywalker, and although trouble was unlikely, Organa authorized Dameron to select a squadron of four pilots and a technician. Choosing friends whom he could trust, Dameron recruited L'ampar, along with technician Oddy Muva and T-70 X-wing pilots Temmin Wexley, Karé Kun, and Jessika Pava, to form Black Squadron. Dameron informed the group that they would be departing on a mission, but, to L'ampar's disapproval, the purpose of their mission remained classified.[5]

Black Squadron departed from the secret Resistance base on D'Qar, traveling to Ovanis, an uneven, mountainous world where Tekka was last seen. While Dameron scouted an artificial cavern with his X-wing, L'ampar and the other three pilots remained flying above the surface. Dameron reported his findings to Wexley, explaining that he had found a settlement and a large egg. Black Squadron then lost contact with Dameron, but just as L'ampar readied himself to enter the cavern, the transmission was restored. Dameron reported that he was fine, but that he had found a tracker on his ship and that the First Order was likely to arrive soon. Dameron's fears were already fulfilled, however, as Kun spotted a First Order platform loaded with two Troop Transports, eight TIE fighters, and numerous rocket troopers, above the cavern's entrance.[5]

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L'ampar's "finger slips," provoking the First Order forces on Ovanis.

As the First Order stormtroopers entered the cave, Dameron contacted the squadron again, requesting aid. Since Black Squadron was not authorized to initiate a fight with the First Order, Pava suggested prompting the enemy pilots to shoot first. Aware that the First Order TIE fighters were more maneuverable than the X-wings, L'ampar volunteered to aggravate the enemy pilots with his A-wing. Flying low and cheering, the Duros flew past the enemy platform; however, the TIE pilots were unresponsive. L'ampar concluded that they, too, were under orders not to engage, so the Duros attempted another pass, although this time he strafed the platform with laser fire, casually claiming that his "finger slipped" on the trigger.[22]

The TIE pilots quickly responded to the attack, allowing Black Squadron to engage. The TIE fighters were swiftly eliminated, but before L'ampar could land on the platform to refuel, it exploded, leading L'ampar to believe his volley had been too intense. The burning transport crashed over the cavern's entrance and sealed Dameron inside with the First Order troops, but Wexley was confident that Dameron would be fine. However, despite Black Squadron seemingly having the upper hand, dozens of TIE fighters arrived from orbit, continuing the fight.[22]

Encountering the CrècheEdit
"I reviewed the after-action reports—you escalated the situation. You completely blew off the rules of engagement. You fired first. You gave the First Order an excuse to attack us."
"Absolutely. And I'd do it again. We both know that's where things are headed. Every TIE fighter we destroy now is one less that can attack us when things really get hot. We have to fight them every chance we get!"
―Poe Dameron and L'ulo L'ampar[src]

Pava noted that Black Squadron was outnumbered five to one, and she suggested that they remove themselves from the fight. L'ampar agreed, also adding that Dameron might be able to assist if given more time. Black Squadron then split up, flying into the canyons and engaging the TIE fighters. However, when Pava's fighter received damage, the squadron regrouped in the open air. As the starfighters of Black Squadron began running dangerously low on fuel, Dameron contacted them again, warning them that something was heading their way. As Dameron spoke, two gigantic, winged entitiesborn from the egg Dameron had discovered—broke through the ground, locked in a fight. As the creatures fought, Wexley commanded Black Squadron to enter the newly formed hole and land at the outpost inside.[13]

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Black Squadron and the Crèche elder discuss Agent Terex's fate.

Grounded inside the cavern and reunited with Dameron, the members of Black Squadron and the Crèche—the cavern's religious residents—rounded up the First Order troops and their leader, Agent Terex of the First Order Security Bureau. The agent remarked that taking him prisoner would provide the First Order justification to attack the New Republic, so Dameron consulted with L'ampar, Wexley, and the Crèche's religious elder on what to do. L'ampar suggested refueling, destroying Terex's cruiser, and leaving him with the Crèche, although Dameron turned down the idea, saying the First Order would send reinforcements to search for Terex. Stumped, Wexley scoffed that they should let the agent go, but the Crèche elder agreed, saying Terex could no longer hurt them, to which Dameron concurred. Once refueled and in the planet's orbit, Dameron told his team that the Crèche provided him with a lead on Tekka's whereabouts: prison.[13]

L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron returned to the Resistance base on D'Qar, where they drank and celebrated their victory. The Duros enjoyed his drink, telling Dameron how much he had needed it and that fighting off the First Order was a proper cause for celebration. Dameron, who had reviewed the after-action reports and learned of L'ampar escalating the fight, told the Duros that he had broken the rules of engagement and gave the First Order a reason to attack. However, L'ampar held to his actions, telling Dameron that war was inevitable and that every fighter they destroyed was one less that would attack them when the fight truly began. Dameron argued L'ampar's statement, saying that while Black Squadron was stronger than enemy forces, the Resistance was not, and giving the First Order justification for an attack would set the Resistance against one-to-one-thousand odds. Dameron added that L'ampar was right—war was inevitable—but they were not yet ready, and they had to gather the needed resources before time ran out.[23]

Visiting GrakkusEdit

Arrival on Megalox BetaEdit
"Turns out our man Lor went to see someone named Grakkus the Hutt. He's a collector—very into all sorts of Force-related things. Jedi stuff. Or he was, anyway. He's been in prison since the days of the Empire. A really nasty prison…for really nasty people."
―Poe Dameron informs Black Squadron of their next destination[src]

As the festivities settled, Black Squadron was addressed by Dameron, who told them of their next mission: visit a prison on Megalox Beta to speak with the Hutt Grakkus. A prisoner on Megalox Beta, Grakkus collected relics relating to the Force, and he was the individual whom Tekka had visited after staying with the Crèche. L'ampar and Black Squadron embarked on their trip and contacted Luta, the prison's warden, making arrangements to see the Hutt. Once in orbit around Megalox Beta, the squadron landed on a space station and met with Luta. The warden explained that the station projected a protective field upon a portion of Megalox Beta's surface, shielding the prison from the planet's heavy gravitational pull.[23]

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Trapped in Megalox prison, Black Squadron fights off rioting prisoners.

L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron boarded a transport to the surface, escorted by prison guards who would take them to the fortress of Grakkus. However, unknown to L'ampar and his comrades, Agent Terex of the First Order had previously arrived and bribed the guards to lock the Resistance pilots inside. In the prison, L'ampar and his fellow pilots were approached by a mob of prisoners, but before a fight could start, Pava activated canisters of gas. The Black Squadron pilots donned breath masks, using their blasters and more gas canisters to fend off the prisoners. L'ampar and his teammates ran toward Grakkus' home, and as they neared the fortress' outer wall, the prisoners gave up the attack and gathered outside of the building's perimeter. The Resistance pilots entered the walled courtyard, where they were surrounded by the Grakks, a group of cybernetically-enhanced Hutts who served Grakkus. The Grakks grabbed L'ampar and the other pilots while Grakkus escorted Dameron inside the fortress.[23]

After an extended wait under the Grakks' supervision, L'ampar and Black Squadron noticed the fortress doors opening and, to their surprise, Agent Terex stepped out. Terex exited the courtyard and walked through the criminal mob, which parted for him. Soon after, Dameron also exited the building to reunite with the squadron. L'ampar asked Dameron what the First Order was doing on Megalox Beta, and Dameron revealed that they too had come searching for Tekka. He further explained that Grakkus knew where Tekka was, and the Hutt would only give the information to whoever could break him out of prison first.[24]

Operation UpsideEdit
"Well, that worked."
"Told you, L'ulo. Go get us some guns."
―L'ulo L'ampar and Poe Dameron, after deactivating the gravity field[src]

Dameron contacted his astromech droid, BB-8, and told the droid to begin "Operation Upside," a plan which involved the four astromech droids of Black Squadron—BB-8, R2-HA, O-R10N, and R4—altering the controls aboard the Megalox space station and helping the Resistance members free Grakkus. However, hours passed without hearing from the droids, and the crowd of prisoners outside Grakkus' walls began to break into the fortress' courtyard. L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron were quickly outnumbered, so Dameron told his squadron to retreat into Grakkus' fortress and wait out the attack. As Dameron spoke, he and L'ampar saw that Grakkus had already retreated there, closing the large, guarded doors behind him, trapping the pilots outside and forcing them to fight.[24]

Fending off the attackers, L'ampar and the other pilots retreated to the front steps of Grakkus' fortress. Yelling through the doors, L'ampar called Grakkus a "slug" and demanded to be let inside, but Grakkus declined. As the prisoners overwhelmed the Resistance fighters, Dameron received a message from BB-8, informing him that Operation Upside was ready for execution. Upon Dameron's word, L'ampar and the others activated gravity belts, and the droids overrode the space station's controls, disabling the gravity shield. The belts kept Black Squadron from being crushed by the planet's full gravity, while the mob of prisoners, the Grakks, and Terex were all pinned to the ground. The success surprised L'ampar, and Dameron told the Duros to find guns.[25]

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L'ulo L'ampar and Black Squadron engage the Carrion Spike.

Fully armed with L'ampar's collected weapons, Black Squadron destroyed the door to Grakkus' fortress. Inside, Dameron approached the Hutt and gave him a gravity belt. Accompanied by Grakkus, Black Squadron returned to the orbiting station, finding a shuttle for the Hutt there. Back in their starships, L'ampar and Black Squadron began escorting Grakkus' shuttle, but before they could enter hyperspace, the Megalox station was destroyed by Terex's ship, the Carrion Spike. The space station launched evacuation shuttles, and as the Carrion Spike began firing upon them, Black Squadron engaged the ship. L'ampar and the other Resistance pilots quickly overpowered Terex's ship, and it jumped to lightspeed. With Terex gone and the shuttles safe, Black Squadron departed the Megalox system. Freed from the prison, Grakkus kept his deal, giving the data about Tekka to Dameron.[25]

SacrificeEdit

"Shooting unarmed escape pods? I'm sending these monsters straight to hell! […] Ha! That's how a Rebel pilot does it, you low-down, dirty—"
―L'ulo L'ampar's final words[src]

Back on D'Qar, Black Squadron's mission was paused while Organa reviewed the data. During this time, Dameron was assigned to a secret mission with the protocol droid C-3PO and the Resistance spy droid network, and Dameron selected Muva to join him.[26] However, Agent Terex and the Ranc gang—Terex's old criminal allies—set a trap for Dameron, and a battle began over a desert planet. Dameron's X-wing was shot down,[27] forcing the commander to retreat into a cave. With Dameron cornered, Terex and his gang moved into the cave.[28]

L'ampar and the rest of Black Squadron discovered Dameron's plight, and they flew to the desert planet, fighting the Ranc gang's Uglies in battle. Black Squadron was outnumbered, and Kun's X-wing was hit, barely able to maintain flight. When L'ampar asked Kun about her status, she stated that she had lost her steering and that there were three enemy fighters heading toward her. Before the enemy ships could destroy Kun's fighter, they were obliterated by the Carrion Spike, which had secretly been boarded and sabotaged by Muva, who had reprogrammed the ship's targeting computers.[2]

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L'ampar sacrifices himself to save the escape pods.

As Muva and a group of Terex's slaves fled the flagship in escape pods, the pilot requested an escort to the planet's surface. L'ampar and Black Squadron moved in to protect the escape pods, but one was destroyed by a Ranc gang ship. Appalled by the Ranc gang's merciless killing, L'ampar swooped in behind the enemy starfighters, shooting down the ships and proclaiming victory over them.[2]

However, more enemy starships arrived behind L'ampar and shot down his A-wing, instantly killing the Duros veteran in a fiery explosion. Acknowledging L'ampar's sacrifice, Black Squadron continued to protect the escape pods. As the remaining pods reached the surface, a First Order cruiser arrived to apprehend Terex, who had become a renegade from them. To the surprise of Black Squadron, the cruiser finished off Terex's criminal forces, and the Resistance starfighters left. In the battle's aftermath, Terex was taken captive by First Order Commander Malarus, and Dameron, learning of L'ampar's death, began to process the loss of his friend.[2]

LegacyEdit

"You want to talk luminous? L'ulo L'ampar was about as luminous as they come. The stuff might be gone, but he's not. I can still feel him. Right here. Shining away. May the Force be with you, L'ulo."
―Poe Dameron concludes his eulogy[src]

A funeral was held for L'ampar at the Resistance base, with his comrades mourning his death. General Organa began the funeral by remembering L'ampar as a fierce, dedicated warrior, and she invited Dameron to give the eulogy. Dameron began by speaking of the Force, and he told a story about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Dameron explained that Kenobi was one of the last Jedi, and he had perished fighting evil, just as L'ampar had. Continuing, Dameron stated that when Kenobi had died, his body had vanished, leaving behind only his lightsaber and robes. Dameron then spoke of Skywalker, and how the latter had learned that individuals were not just flesh and bone, but were "luminous." Dameron finished his story, stating that when pilots died, they vanished just as the Jedi had, but they were not truly gone.[29]

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Poe Dameron concludes his eulogy for L'ulo L'ampar.

Dameron then discussed his past with L'ampar, explaining that the Duros had served as an uncle figure to him, and that L'ampar had been one of the best pilots he had ever met, never backing out of a fight. Stating that L'ampar was luminous, Dameron expressed how he could still feel L'ampar's presence. Dameron concluded the eulogy by saying "may the Force be with you," addressing both L'ampar and the gathered Resistance members.[29] In the time after the funeral, Black Squadron continued the search for Tekka,[30] and the pilots eventually found the explorer in the Great Forveen Nebula.[31]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Imagine being one of those Duros who first reached for the stars. Something no one had seen. Just because they could."
"There's always the Unknown Regions, after the Resistance wins the war."
"It's a nice thought, but you don't get to choose what the galaxy needs pilots for. Just why you fly."
―L'ulo L'ampar and Poe Dameron[src]
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L'ulo L'ampar was a passionate pilot with a sense of humor.

A male, green-skinned Duros, L'ampar had red eyes and—according to himself—a relatively short, handsome face. L'ampar believed that spending time with family was important, and he often confronted Bey, asking her to spend more time with her husband and son. When Bey's husband had his resignation paperwork approved, L'ampar took the liberty of submitting Bey's, reassuring her that she had done her share for the Rebellion, and that mustering out was not desertion.[11] Following Bey's service, L'ampar kept in contact with her family, and he acted as an uncle to the young Dameron,[13] helping to raise the child.[29] Although L'ampar was concerned for Bey, the Duros had a lighthearted nature, frequently making jokes in serious situations.[10]

During L'ampar's time with the Resistance, he disapproved of classified information being withheld from him, and he perceived that Organa still did not trust him despite their shared history. When L'ampar voiced this complaint, Kun joked that the Duros was an "old-timer" and was lucky to still be flying.[5] As a member of Black Squadron, L'ampar respected Dameron, praising the commander for trusting the squadron to improvise when needed, rather than giving them uninformed orders. The Duros saw that trait as the "mark of a good commander," validating this opinion through his prior experiences under poor leadership.[22] L'ampar believed that a war between the First Order and New Republic was inevitable, so during Black Squadron's first mission, he broke the rules of engagement and fired upon the enemy fighters. Following the mission, Dameron confronted L'ampar about his actions, but the Duros refused to apologize, arguing that a fighter destroyed then was one less to worry about later.[23]

In his old age, L'ampar sometimes wished that he could slow down, and he reminisced about the ancient Duros pilots who explored space simply because they could. When Dameron suggested that L'ampar explore the galaxy's Unknown Regions after the war, the veteran admitted it was a good thought, but that the galaxy would decide his purpose.[16]

L'ampar was protective of his friends,[5] and he gave his life in a mission to rescue Dameron from Terex and the Ranc gang. In the battle, the gang's destruction of unarmed escape pods enraged L'ampar, and he vowed that no more would be destroyed, ultimately sacrificing himself in their defense. His actions saved the lives of several escaping slaves, as well as the life of Muva. The Resistance viewed L'ampar's death as a heroic sacrifice,[2] and his comrades remembered him for having a cranky, kind, crazy, and strong demeanor.[29] In the wake of L'ampar's death, his sacrifice became a rallying point for Black Squadron in their following missions.[32]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

"I'm the best. And you're the best, too. We're all the best. One-on-one, no First Order pilot can come close to us. Bang bang, boom boom, we win."
―Poe Dameron to L'ulo L'ampar, regarding Black Squadron[src]
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L'ulo L'ampar's skills as a veteran A-wing pilot were a notable contribution to Black Squadron.

L'ampar was one of the best pilots in the Rebellion,[33] and he flew an A-wing interceptor through numerous Alliance campaigns.[11] Following the Battle of Endor, L'ampar became Green Leader, commanding the other pilots of Green Squadron.[4] During the battle in Cawa City, L'ampar saved Bey from a TIE fighter when her A-wing was damaged, and he also helped clear the approach for the bombers of Feral Group.[10]

An atmospheric flight maneuver called a L'ulo Stand was named after L'ampar, and Bey, having once witnessed it, described the maneuver to her son, Dameron.[15] Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Dameron, who was recognized as the best pilot in the Resistance,[5] completed an improvised version of a L'ulo Stand in the vacuum of space, during a skirmish against numerous forces of the First Order.[15] Later, Dameron personally requested L'ampar's participation in Black Squadron,[5] ranking the Duros among the best pilots of the Resistance.[23] With Black Squadron, L'ampar contributed to numerous successful Resistance missions.[23][25] In addition to piloting, L'ampar was capable with a blaster rifle, and he used one to fend off assailants at the Megalox prison.[23]

EquipmentEdit

"Good thing we're not all flying X-wings, then, isn't it?"
―L'ulo L'ampar offers his A-wing's maneuverability[src]

As a pilot of the Rebellion and Resistance, L'ampar wore a green flight suit and helmet while operating an RZ-1 A-wing interceptor,[4][5] a single-pilot starfighter manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering.[34] By the time L'ampar joined Black Squadron, his A-wing was considered ancient.[28] While with the Resistance, L'ampar also flew an RZ-2 A-wing interceptor.[16] L'ampar was the only member of Black Squadron who did not pilot an X-wing, and the diversity proved useful against First Order TIE fighters.[22] During the mission on Megalox Beta, L'ampar donned a black combat uniform, a breath mask, and a gravity belt.[23] When not on active duty, L'ampar wore a Resistance fighter jacket,[35] and he used a pipe.[26]

Behind the scenesEdit

"L'ulo was like Poe's uncle growing up—his green, red-eyed uncle. Everyone's got one of those, right?"
―Charles Soule[src]
Star Wars Shattered Empire 1 cover

L'ulo L'ampar first appeared in the comic book Shattered Empire 1.

L'ulo L'ampar was first appeared in Shattered Empire 1, a comic book written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Marco Checchetto,[4] and published on September 9, 2015 by Marvel Comics.[36] Rucka's novel Before the Awakening also references L'ampar through the L'ulo Stand,[37] although the character's name is misspelled as "L'ullo."[15]

When Star Wars: Poe Dameron writer Charles Soule was asked about the relationship between L'ampar and Dameron, Soule stated that L'ampar was like an unorthodox uncle to Dameron, comparing the character to memorable relatives at Thanksgiving reunions.[13] Soule felt that L'ampar's death in Poe Dameron 13 was earned, tragic, and heroic, and he used L'ampar's funeral as a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher.[38] The funeral was depicted in Poe Dameron 14, and it provided the first instance of the surname "L'ampar."[29]

For the D23 Expo in 2017, Lucasfilm Story Group member Matt Martin added a reference to L'ampar in the description of an A-wing display.[39]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The events of Poe Dameron 13, which include the death of L'ulo L'ampar, are set prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Force Awakens to the year 34 ABY, L'ampar must have died in or before that year.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Poe Dameron 13
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Poe Dameron: Free Fall
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Shattered Empire 1
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Poe Dameron 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 StarWars-DatabankII A-wing Fighter in the Databank (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  9. Encyclopedia-Logo Super Star Destroyer in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Shattered Empire 2
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Shattered Empire 4
  12. Lost Stars
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Poe Dameron 3
  14. Before the Awakening establishes that Shara Bey died when her son, Poe Dameron, was eight years old. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary establishes that Dameron is thirty-two years old by the time of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Using simple math, it can be deduced that Dameron was born in 2 ABY and that Bey died in 10 ABY.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Before the Awakening
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Poe Dameron Annual 2
  17. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Poe Dameron joined the Spice Runners of Kijimi sixteen years before the Starkiller Incident. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, and Dameron joined the Spice Runners shortly after crashing Shara Bey's A-wing, it can be deduced that the crash occurred around 18 ABY.
  18. Bloodline
  19. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Poe Dameron joined the Resistance three years before the Starkiller Incident. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, it can be deduced that Dameron joined the Resistance around 31 ABY.
  20. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  21. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Black Squadron was formed two years before the Starkiller Incident. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, it can be deduced that Black Squadron was formed around 32 ABY.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Poe Dameron 2
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 23.7 Poe Dameron 4
  24. 24.0 24.1 Poe Dameron 5
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Poe Dameron 6
  26. 26.0 26.1 Poe Dameron 8
  27. Poe Dameron 11
  28. 28.0 28.1 Poe Dameron 12
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 Poe Dameron 14
  30. Poe Dameron 20
  31. Poe Dameron 25
  32. Poe Dameron 15
  33. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded states that only the "very best rebel pilots" fly A-wings.
  34. Ultimate Star Wars
  35. Poe Dameron 7
  36. MarvelLogo Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire (2015) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  37. TwitterLogo Greg Rucka (@ruckawriter) on Twitter "Hell yeah!" (backup link) (screenshot) (In response to: "is the L'ullo Stand a reference to the Shattered Empire character?")
  38. LaVorgna, Bria (2017-04-19). Celebration 2017: Interview with Charles Soule. Tosche Station. toschestation.net. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved on April 24, 2017.
  39. TwitterLogo Matt Martin (@missingwords) on Twitter "That time I snuck a comic reference into a #D23 description." (backup link) (screenshot)


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