Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, a new threat has risen in the form of the First Order and the villainous Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, Rey, a young scavenger, discovers powers that will change her life -- và possibly save the galaxy.
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Only one character name has ever marked the start of a Star Wars crawl: "Luke Skywalker," which opened the prologue for Return of the Jedi and, 32 years later, The Force Awakens.

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The names of a several new characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens were revealed in these vintage-style digital trading cards!


One of Jakku’s sacred villages, Tuanul is little more than a few wattle-and-daub huts clustered around a large vaporator cistern. Here, worshippers guided by the Force live simple, self-reliant lives in isolation. That isolation came khổng lồ an abrupt and brutal end when First Order stormtroopers arrived seeking the retired explorer và spiritual seeker Lor San Tekka.


After the Battle of Endor, the fragmented Empire made a last stand above the bleak frontier world of Jakku, battling a New Republic task force before retreating into the galaxy’s Unknown Regions. The battle left Jakku’s sands littered with wrecks of starfighters & capital ships from both sides. A generation later, Jakku’s scavengers eked out a living salvaging gear & components from the perilous area, now known as the Graveyard of Ships.


A lush green world in the galaxy’s Western Reaches, Takodana has long served as the base of operations for the diminutive pirate queen Maz Kanata, whose ancient castle is a haven for smugglers, brigands, scouts và spies from numerous worlds. Takodana has been largely spared war over the centuries, remaining neutral as galaxy-ruling regimes come và go around it.


Deep in the Unknown Regions, the First Order constructed a superweapon that used an entire planet as its weapons platform. The deadly Starkiller harvested energy from its system’s star, contained it within magnetic fields inside the planetary core, and then converted that energy into an ultra-powerful beam that blasted through hyperspace, able to sterilize the worlds of a distant star system with a single shot. Starkiller Base’s first shot obliterated the New Republic capital of Hosnian Prime. The planet was then destroyed in a daring Resistance raid.


The Jakku scavenger Rey lived in a unique home – an AT-AT walker toppled near the outskirts of the Graveyard of Ships. The walker was once Hellhound Two, from the Imperial Star Destroyer Interrogator; Rey made a home for herself in its former troop compartment. There she cleaned equipment scavenged from the sands, cooked, slept, and dreamt of the day her family would return & take her away from Jakku.


Jakku’s most significant settlement, Niima Outpost is little more than a bazaar, some hard-packed dirt that passes for a spaceport, & the compound of junk quái nhân Unkar Plutt. The little settlement – named for its late founder, Niima the Hutt – is dominated by Unkar và his thugs, who control the market for salvage found by scavengers in the nearby Graveyard of Ships.


The ancient edifice known as Maz’s castle sits on the shore of a lake on Takodana, a site rumored to lớn have been a battleground for the Jedi & Sith. The castle is simultaneously aged & state of the art, with sensor grids & advanced communications gear sprouting from worn stone battlements. Inside Maz’s castle, pirates, smugglers, spies và all manner of scoundrels mix and mingle, searching for loans, information, equipment, repairs -- or kicking back to enjoy music, food and drink or games of chance. All must obey their host’s prohibitions against politics or war. The First Order raided Takodana shortly before the Battle of Starkiller Base, leaving the castle in ruins và its proprietress indignant.


A harsh desert world, Jakku is a lawless place that’s home to thieves, outlaws và refugees. During the final years of the Galactic Civil War, Jakku was the site of a secret Imperial research base and served as a jumping-off point for warships heading into the Unknown Regions. The Empire made a last stand above the frontier planet, leading to lớn a pitched battle between rebel & Imperial fleets. Jakku’s sandy wastes are littered with old wrecks, picked over by desperate scavengers searching for parts that can be salvaged và sold.


The capital of the New Republic, Hosnian Prime is a cosmopolitan world on the outskirts of the galaxy’s vi xử lý core Worlds region. One of mon Mothma’s reforms in establishing the New Republic was that thành viên worlds would host the Senate on a rotating basis, a sharp break from the millennia in which Coruscant was the center of galactic power. But Hosnian Prime’s tenure as Senate seat makes it the target of a terrifying attack by the First Order.


A region of broken land & low hills on Jakku, the Goazon Badlands lies between Niima Outpost to lớn the east and Kelvin Ravine lớn the west, và is bounded khổng lồ the north & south by the Sinking Fields & Carbon Ridge, respectively. A trail known as the Pilgrim’s Road leads across the badlands. The Goazon is a harsh, forbidding place, with little vegetation or water. The scavenger Rey lived in a toppled AT-AT in the Goazon, not far from the Graveyard of Ships.


A lush world in the Outer Rim, D’Qar is the principal base of General Leia Organa’s Resistance. First surveyed by rebel pilots before the Battle of Endor, the planet’s obscurity và lack of native intelligent life made it a perfect choice when Leia’s new group needed a hidden base of operations. Resistance starfighters launched their attack on Starkiller Base from D’Qar, & were tracked back khổng lồ the planet by the First Order. The Resistance hastily evacuated, narrowly escaping before the base was leveled by First Order turbolasers.

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The First Order’s stormtroopers are trained in riot-control tactics và the use of non-lethal equipment such as the Z6 baton. The baton has a magnetic grip, can be spun in combat và delivers a stunning shock. Troopers often use it in conjunction with a betaplast riot shield. On Takodana, FN-2199 used a Z6 baton against his former stormtrooper comrade FN-2187, better known as Finn.


Made of tough steel shot through with phrik & beskar, Vicrul’s trademark scythe channels vibrosonic energy lớn make it more lethal in combat. The “harvester” of the Knights of Ren also carries a blaster pistol for long-distance battles.


A brutishly simple & effective weapon, Ushar’s war club is a studded length of metal topped with a pommel that can store & then unleash kinetic energy in a deadly concussive wave.


Trudgen’s massive vibrocleaver is an intimidating weapon even before its wielder activates its ultrasonic capabilities. Trudgen often carries his great blade propped on one shoulder, a promise of devastation that reduces his enemies lớn quaking fear.


These miniature droids are used in combat training, darting back and forth on repulsors and firing sting beams that can be set for a variety of intensity levels. Both younglings and established Jedi trained with remotes, using them as teaching tools for avoiding blaster bolts and deflecting them with lightsabers.


Anakin Skywalker carried this blue-bladed Jedi weapon throughout the Clone Wars. After dueling his former apprentice on Mustafar, Obi-Wan Kenobi took Anakin’s lightsaber and kept it on Tatooine for nearly two decades. He gave it to lớn Luke Skywalker, who lost it when Darth Vader struck off his son’s hand in Cloud City. The lightsaber then became part of Maz Kanata’s collection of Jedi curios, where it called to the scavenger Rey. She wielded it in defeating Kylo Ren, then brought it lớn Ahch-To and offered it back to Luke. When he refused it, Rey carried the ancient weapon herself. The lightsaber sheared apart when Rey & Kylo struggled for possession of it aboard the Supremacy, but Rey reforged it as she continued her Jedi training.


Like nearly everything she owns, Rey’s quarterstaff is salvage from the wreckage that litters Jakku. Self-defense is a must for a Jakku scavenger, và Rey has won respect for her skills with her staff and her willingness to use it if crossed or threatened. That’s a lesson Unkar Plutt’s thugs discover the hard way when the junk quái nhân orders them to lớn take BB-8 from Rey. Rey’s years of practice at hand-to-hand fighting serves her well when she’s forced lớn use a lightsaber in combat.


After their arrival on Takodana, Han Solo gives Rey a compact but deadly blaster, impressed by the Jakku scavenger’s resourcefulness và cool in perilous situations. Rey used the blaster, an LPA NN-14, against the soldiers of the First Order when they attacked Maz’s castle


The Empire, Rebel Alliance, và New Republic all supplied troops with survival rations – dehydrated meals that expand into portions of veg-meat and polystarch. A generation after the Battle of Jakku, Unkar Plutt controlled the market for Imperial & New Republic rations, dividing ration packs into portions & trading them to scavengers in exchange for refurbished gear và scrap salvaged from the Graveyard of Ships.


Dryden Vos’s Hylobon security guards use these heavy blasters manufactured by Tostovin Munitions, with a đen finish & stylish gold accents. The JND-41 has enough stopping power to lớn eliminate any threat khổng lồ the Crimson Dawn chief.


Mechno-arms were cybernetic replacements khổng lồ hands và arms lost in a variety of situations, but more often than not by lightsaber blades. After Count Dooku severed the right arm of Anakin Skywalker in the opening battle of the Clone War, a mechno-arm was grafted khổng lồ what was left. Luke Skywalker had much of one grafted lớn his wrist after Darth Vader severed his hand at Cloud City. Mechno-limbs were much stronger than organic limbs và thanks to an electrostatic fingertip system, users were able khổng lồ retain their sense of touch. They could also be covered over in synthetic skin for a more realistic appearance.


In her long centuries traveling the galaxy, Maz Kanata has collected any number of antiques & trinkets, stashing them in storehouses and vaults in her castle. Some of her dearest treasures – including a lightsaber built by Anakin Skywalker -- can be found in an old wood curio box, kept unlocked. Maz protects objects that speak khổng lồ her through the Force, certain that one day the Force will in turn guide other seekers to find these relics.


Adam Driver talks about the genetics of his character Kylo Ren in this clip from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens In-Home Release featurette.