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"This is Vi Moradi, and General Organa needs our help. Every day systems get caught in the grip of the First Order, but the Resistance has not been defeated. We've settled on Batuu, a small planet at the edge of the Outer Rim. It's so remote the First Order hasn't even bothered with it. You've supported our cause—now we need you to join the fight. We need you to join us on Batuu. Stand with us against the First Order. Get ready recruits, it's time for you to join the party. And I'll see you at the edge of the galaxy."
―Vi Moradi, in a transmission to Resistance sympathizers[src]

Vi Moradi, also known by the codenames Starling, Amaka Kottu, Evette Harlo, or Magpie, was a human female spy who served the Resistance.

Biography[edit | edit source]

"Ignite the Spark. Light the Fire."
―Vi Moradi[src]

Vi Moradi, Resistance spy code named "Starling"

Vi Moradi, was a spy who served in the Resistance during the Cold War. At some point prior to the attack on Tuanul she and her droid, U5-GG, were captured in their starhopper and taken aboard the First Order battlecruiser Absolution. Whilst aboard the ship, she was interrogated for information about the past of Captain Phasma by Cardinal, a rival of Phasma, in exchange for her release.[1]

Moradi relayed all of the testimony she learned from Siv, a former comrade of Phasma's from Parnassos, about his rival, while in the meantime subtly prying information from Cardinal. In the end, when Cardinal demanded proof to accuse Phasma of murdering General Brendol Hux, Moradi provided him with a Parnassos beetle, the means of which Phasma committed the deed. After Cardinal failed to bring the evidence to his superiors and later lost a duel against Phasma, Moradi rescued him and later traveled to Parnassos to rescue Siv as well as her daughter Torbi.[1]

Moradi later visited Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, where she would send a message to all Resistance sympathizers to join the remaining Resistance forces on Batuu to help in the war between the Resistance and the First Order.[3]

Vi Moradi being interrogated by Kylo Ren

Moradi was later tasked with infiltrating the First Order shuttle in Black Spire Outpost to steal a datacard containing First Order fleet movements. While aboard the shuttle, she was forced to hide from stormtroopers after being warned by Resistance sympathizers who distracted the troopers. After successfully stealing the datacard, she was able to hand it over to a pilot with Blue Squadron. Before she could return to base, she was apprehended by Kylo Ren who demanded the location of General Organa and the Resistance Base. When she refused, while being Force choked, Ren prepared to strike her down but was stopped by the arrival of Rey.[4]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Moradi evading stormtroopers in Black Spire Outpost

Moradi resisted Archex's physical advance, stating that she wasn't into him, before remarking to herself that she had never cared for anyone, man or woman, that way.[2] She had a brother named Baako Moradi whom she cared about deeply.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Vi Moradi was created for Delilah S. Dawson's 2017 novel Phasma.[1] According to Dawson, Moradi can be seen as a "female Poe Dameron" for her humor, ego, and talent, but with an added dash of James Bond.[5] Moradi was originally identified as "Amaka" on James Zapata's blog, who designed her, Cardinal's and Keldo's appearances.[6] Dawson was asked to change the name to Vi when it was determined that the character would appear in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge,[7] for which the actress and stuntwoman Alex Marshall-Brown originated the role.[8] The character played a role in the opening ceremonies for both versions of Galaxy's Edge,[9][10][11] and can be randomly encountered by visitors.[12] She is portrayed by a number of different actresses at both parks.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Phasma
  2. 2.0 2.1 Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
  3. YouTube.png Media Invite to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland on the Attractions Magazine YouTube channel (backup link)
  4. YouTube.png Star Wars Lightsaber Battle and Stunt Show in Galaxy's Edge during media event | Attractions Magazine on the Magazine Attractions Magazine YouTube channel (backup link)
  5. StarWars.com Delilah S. Dawson on Exploring the First Order's Ruthless Captain in Phasma on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. Amaka on James Zapata's blog
  7. TwitterLogo.svg Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) on Twitter: "Hey, thanks! I created Vi for PHASMA, but she was originally named Amaka Moradi. They asked us to change her name to Vi for use in the parks, which we were happy to do. I had no idea she would be this big a deal, though! #GalaxysEdge" (screenshot)
  8. TwitterLogo.svg Alex Marshall-Brown (@amarshallbrown) on Twitter: "It has been such an honor to join the Star Wars universe originating the role of Vi Moradi for the world premiere of Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge. As long as there is air to breathe, The Resistance shall fight on. Ignight [sic] the Spark & Light the Fire!" (backup link)
  9. Couch, Aaron (2019-05-30). Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Opens in Spectacular Fashion With George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. The Hollywood Reporter. hollywoodreporter.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2019.
  10. Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (2019-08-28). #DisneyParksLIVE: Watch the Replay of the Dedication Ceremony of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on December 11, 2019.
  11. Johnson, Zach (August 28, 2019). Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Has an Out of This World Dedication Ceremony at Disney's Hollywood Studios. D23. Archived from the original on August 29, 2019.
  12. StarWars.com Who is Vi Moradi, Resistance Hero of Batuu? on StarWars.com (backup link)

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