(Warning - the following contains large, hulking potential SPOILERS for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Proceed with whatever level of caution your innate SPOILER-aversion suggests to you...)
Now, with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens now very much on the horizon - just a little over three months away, in fact - it makes sense that an increasing number of plot details are making their way onto this sprawling interweb we all call home. The latest to make it out from the Star Wars set, though, might just be some of the most intriguing yet. Y'see:
We Now Know a Whole Load More Characters' Names...
With the latest details released on StarWars.com including some fairly detailed information about exactly what we can expect to see from every corner of the Star Wars sequel universe. The site's databank has been freshly filled with multiple reveals of characters, locations and even the very nature of the factions we'll see in the movie - details of which can be found below.
As it turns out, though, there might just be something incredibly important buried within the mounds of new data. Specifically:
It Seems We're Set to See a Superweapon Way, Way More Deadly Than the Death Star
The deadly destroyer in question? Starkiller Base.
Which will, it seems, be:
"An ice planet converted into a stronghold of the First Order and armed with a fiercely destructive new weapon capable of destroying entire star systems."
Or, in other words?
The Death Star Has Been Replaced with Something Even Worse
After all, the Death Star may have been horrifyingly lethal, but its destructive capabilities were largely limited to one planet at a time, forcing the Empire to do things like wait for moons to come into view (thus giving the Rebellion the chance to blow it up).
With a weapon capable of blowing up entire star systems, though, it's entirely possible that our heroes (both old and new) could be set to be in a whole lot more trouble than we were initially expecting...
Bearing that new information in mind, though:
What Else Could the New Data Tell Us About Episode 7?
Here are a handful of highlights:
Guavian Death Gang Enforcers
The security soldiers of the Guavian Death Gang wear high impact armor that makes them stand out among other deadly criminals.
Tough and hard-working, B-U4D (Buford) is part of the ground crew that keeps the Resistance starfighters fueled and combat-ready.
Goss Toowers is part of the tireless technical crew that provides mechanical support to the Resistance’s fleet of starfighters.
Ello Asty is a skilled if occasionally reckless X-wing starfighter pilot for the Resistance.
A scavenger and trader who scours frontier worlds for riches, Sarco Plank must wear a specialized mask that keeps his native atmosphere circulating through his alien lungs.
The strong-armed bullies who work for junk dealer Unkar Plutt help keep his scavenging business running on the remote, lawless world of Jakku.
Known as Emmie by the unallied scoundrels on Takodana, ME-8D6 is a protocol droid that is often called upon to translate less-than-legal deals.
First Order Interrogator Droids
Prisoners of the First Order are compelled to divulge their deepest secrets when subjected to the terrible Interrogator Droid under the command of Kylo Ren.
Tasu Leech leads the notorious Kanjiklub gang, an intergalactic criminal organization.
PZ-4CO is a constant fixture in Resistance base control rooms, offering tactical data and communications support during important operations.
A vigilant law officer on a mostly lawless world, the tough and humorless Constable Zuvio keeps order in a frontier trading post.
Teedo is a small, brutish scavenger that roams Jakku’s vast wasteland on his semi-mechanical Luggabeast.