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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[3]

Vi Moradi, also known by the codenames Starling, Amaka Kottu, Evette Harlo, Magpie, or Mother Hen was a human female spy who served the Resistance. She performed missions investigating the origins of First Order Captain Phasma and establishing a Resistance base in the Black Spire Ruins on Batuu.


"Everyone has something to contribute, a special gift to share with the galaxy. The Resistance is built on people, on hope. It's about standing up to oppression, doing what's right, and helping others. Scrappers are valuable, just as valuable as pilots and officers. The First Order doesn't believe that, but we do. Anyone here could ignite that spark and help light the way to victory."
―Vi Moradi, to potential recruits in Black Spire Outpost[1]

Vi Moradi, Resistance spy code named "Starling"

Vi Moradi was a human woman[1] from the Inner Rim[4] planet Chaaktil[1] who served as a spy 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.[2]

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.[2]

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 met up with other Resistance members on Batuu where she was tasked with infiltrating the First Order shuttle in Black Spire Outpost to steal a datacard containing First Order fleet movements. While discussing the mission, the meeting was interrupted by two stormtroopers who were quickly disarmed by Chewbacca and other Resistance operatives. Although the stormtroopers attempted to threaten that reinforcements were on the way, Moradi rightly pointed out that they hadn't been able to report in the location where they had found the Resistance operatives. While aboard the shuttle, she was forced to hide from 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 confronted by Kylo Ren who demanded the location of General Organa and the Resistance Base. When she refused, Ren used the Force against her and prepared to strike her down. Ren however was stopped by the arrival of Rey, allowing Vi to move and engage a First Order Officer in combat which led to her escape. Vi then regrouped with the Resistance operatives and she was present when Blue Leader communicated with them stating that the Datacard had been successfully retrieved and en route to General Organa. Blue Leader then directed his thanks to Vi Moradi.[5]

Personality and traits[]

Vi Moradi-Batuu Guide

Moradi evading stormtroopers in Black Spire Outpost

Vi Moradi had burnished,[2] dark brown skin[1] and amber-colored eyes that she sometimes concealed with dark brown contacts to hide her identity. She also varied her hair colors, such as a dark hue or bleached yellow,[2] or she wore hair in flat twists and covered it with a wig. One of her favorites was a smooth, shaggy bob that was black with blue-tipped ends.[1]

When Archex tried to kiss Moradi, she rebuffed his advance. She told him she would be there for him as a friend and just about every way except sexually and romantically, and she cared about him, but not like that. Afterward, she remarked to herself that she had never cared for anyone, man or woman, in a sexual way.[1] She had a brother named Baako whom she cared about deeply.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Vi Moradi was created for Delilah S. Dawson's 2017 novel Phasma.[2] 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.[6] Moradi was originally identified as "Amaka" on James Zapata's blog, who designed her, Cardinal's and Keldo's appearances.[7] Dawson was asked to change the name to Vi when it was determined that the character would appear in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge,[8] for which the actress and stuntwoman Alex Marshall-Brown originated the role.[9] The character played a role in the opening ceremonies for both versions of Galaxy's Edge,[10][11][12] and can be randomly encountered by visitors.[13] She is portrayed by a number of different actresses at both parks.


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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Phasma
  3. 3.0 3.1 YouTube Media Invite to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland on the Attractions Magazine YouTube channel (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu
  5. YouTube 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)
  6. StarWars Delilah S. Dawson on Exploring the First Order's Ruthless Captain in Phasma on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. Amaka on James Zapata's blog
  8. TwitterLogo 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)
  9. TwitterLogo 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!" (screenshot)
  10. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Opens in Spectacular Fashion With George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill by Parker, Ryan on The Hollywood Reporter (May 30, 2019) (archived from the original on June 29, 2019)
  11. DPB-Logo #DisneyParksLIVE: Watch the Replay of the Dedication Ceremony of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Fickley-Baker, Jennifer) on the Disney Parks Blog (August 28, 2019) (backup link)
  12. D23 logo Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Has an Out of This World Dedication Ceremony at Disney's Hollywood Studios by Johnson, Zach (August 28, 2019) on D23.com (backup link)
  13. StarWars Who is Vi Moradi, Resistance Hero of Batuu? on StarWars.com (backup link)

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