After the news broke about the nature of Starkiller Base, as revealed at StarWars.com's official Databank, we started poking around some more. Boy, did we find a ton of new information.
It should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway: there are spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In the shadow of the new details revealed by Force Friday products, it looks like the StarWars.com crew has been busy. Without drawing any attention to it, the website has added over two dozen new listings for characters, locations, vehicles and more — all from The Force Awakens. Here's what we learned from some extensive digging through the official Databank.
As was revealed via the Force Friday toys, Finn is "a trained warrior." Whether that's Stormtrooper training or something else from his past, we don't know. However, Finn is increasingly looking like the lead hero/protagonist of Episodes VII - XI. The Databank says he is "plunged into adventure as his conscience drives him down a heroic, but dangerous, path."
Rey has apparently lived her entire life on the remote desert planet Jakku. Why would she choose to live in such unforgiving, harsh conditions? (to hide the details of her noteworthy lineage, perhaps?). The Databank notes that she's a "resilient survivor," and a scavenger who's spent a lot of time "dealing with cutthroats" on Jakku.
One of the Resistance X-Wing pilots is named Ello Asty. He's described as skilled but occasionally reckless. If he's important enough to get screen time and a name, then there's a good chance he's part of Poe's Black Squadron.
There's a member of the "tireless" Resistance hangar crew named Goss Toowers.
The First Order's might is so "overwhelming" that Resistance soldiers have to use hit-and-run tactics against them.
The First Order
The mysterious Kylo Ren is allied with the First Order, commanding some of their missions, but he appears to be working toward a personal agenda. He's a "dark warrior strong with the Force," possessing "a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber."
Captain Phasma is much more than a sharpshooter. She "commands the First Order's legions of troopers."
General Hux is described as a "young, ruthless officer" and a powerful leader. He has "complete confidence in his troops, training methods and weapons." Hux is basically the Grand Moff Tarkin of Episode VII.
The First Order Star Destroyer glimpsed in the trailer is named the Finalizer. It doesn't appear to be a repurposed Star Destroyer from the Empire. It's a unique new design. Likewise, the First Order TIE Fighter is a brand new vehicle with modern technology that intentionally uses the design of the Empire's version. The Special Forces TIE Fighter (distinguished by its red markings on one side of the cockpit) is an elite variation that accommodates two pilots and sports better weapons and sensors.
In addition to Flametroopers and Snowtroopers, another variety of Stormtrooper we'll see is the Riot Control Stormtrooper. These guys are armed with special weapons they use to "subdue crowds in the most ruthlessly efficient manner possible."
BB-8 is not the only new droid we'll be meeting in The Force Awakens. There's also PZ-4CO, aka Peazy-Fourseeo, a droid that works in Resistance control rooms (likely where we'll see Leia spending most of her time), supporting command staff with tactical data and communications. He sounds to us like a protocol droid.
Another droid working for the Resistance is B-U4D, aka Buford. He's "tough and hard-working," and he helps "keep Resistance starfighters fueled and combat-ready."
The First Order has an Interrogator Droid that extracts information from prisoners. The Interrogator Droid answers directly to Kylo Ren.
ME-8D6, aka Emmie, is a protocol droid that "translates less-than-legal deals" among rival criminal organizations.
Outlaws, Creatures & A New Planet
Here's a big one. Thus far, the only planet in the film to be named is Jakku, but the Databank inadvertently reveals another: Takodana (it's mentioned on the ME-8D6 page, above). Takodana is a home to "unallied scoundrels," so it's almost certainly not the wintry world where Starkiller Base is located. The unallied criminals bit suggests it could be the dwelling place of Lupita Nyong'o's character, Maz Katana.
This thing is called a Luggabeast. It's a "semi-mechanical creature" whose face is "forever hidden behind heavy armor plating." The little guy riding him across Jakku is a "brutish scavenger" named Teedo. From the photo above, it looks like Teedo comes into possession of BB-8 somehow. Does Poe crash on Jakku, allowing scavengers to find BB-8? However he winds up there, Rey appears to come to the little guy's rescue.
Another scavenger living on Jakku is named Sarco Plank. He's described as "a scavenger and trader who scours frontier worlds for riches." Apparently, he wears a specialized breathing mask that keeps him alive on worlds other than his own.
Yet another Jakku resident is one Unkar Plutt, proprietor of a scavenging business. He employs bullying thugs who presumably strong-arm anyone who gets in his way.
There doesn't appear to be much in the way of law enforcement on Jakku, but there is Constable Zuvio. He's a "tough and humorless" lawman who we're guessing tries (in vain) to keep all the scavengers and criminals from hurting anyone.
There's a faction located somewhere in the galaxy called the Guavian Death Gang. Could this be Maz Katana's gang? Maybe. They employ Enforcers that wear distinctive "high impact armor."
Stay tuned to T-Lounge for plenty more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.