Han Solo born on Corellia, was orphaned at an early age. A smuggler who achieved galactic fame as a member of the Rebel Alliance and later the New Republic.
Taken by the pirate Garris Shrike to serve on his crew. He was treated cruelly, and served Shrike for many years before escaping while in his teens. Solo became a smuggler, then entered the Imperial Academy at Carida, serving with distinction.
He was kicked out, however, when he stopped an Imperial officer from beating a Wookiee named Chewbacca with a neuronic whip for resisting capture. In gratitude, the Wookiee swore a life debt to Solo, protecting him with his life. He became a smuggler once again, with Chewbacca at his side.
While smuggling glitterstim for Jabba the Hutt, Han was boarded by an Imperial patrol and had to dump his load of spice–spice he couldn’t recover. Still, as small consolation, Han and Chewy make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs after an attempt to recover the dumped spice turned nasty.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
On Tatooine, Solo accepts a charter to transport Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO and R2-D2 to Alderaan on the Millennium Falcon for payment, enough to help Solo clear the debt with Jabba. When they arrive at the planet’s coordinates, they discover that Alderaan has been destroyed by the Death Star. The Falcon is then captured and held within the battle station.
Enticed by the possibility of a large reward, Solo and Chewbacca help Skywalker rescue Princess Leia held captive aboard the station. After delivering Skywalker, Leia and the droids to the Rebel Alliance, Solo receives payment for his service and depart.
However, Solo has a change of heart and returns to save Luke during the climactic battle, ultimately enabling Luke to destroy the Death Star. For his heroics, Solo is presented with a medal and is appointed a Captain of the Rebel Alliance.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Han Solo continues to help the Rebels fight against the Empire and again risks his life to save Luke by braving a snowstorm on the planet Hoth to rescue his wounded friend.
When the Empire attacks the Rebel base, Solo transports Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO to Cloud City where his old friend Lando Calrissian operates to hide from Imperial agents. When bounty hunter Boba Fett tracks the Falcon to Cloud City, Darth Vader forces Calrissian to help capture Solo and seal him in carbonite for delivery to Jabba the Hutt.
Lando frees Vader’s other captives as they try to rescue Solo, but are too late as Fett escapes with Solo’s frozen body.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Still frozen in carbonite and hanging on a wall in Jabba’s Palace until Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, now a Jedi Knight, infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s palace and free him, but they are caught by Jabba before they can escape. When Jabba orders them to be executed, Solo helps Luke and Leia in defeating Jabba before escaping and defeating Boba Fett.
Reunited with his Rebel friends, Solo is given a commission of General. Along with Leia, Luke and Chewbacca, he goes to the forest moon of Endor and leads a team to deactivate the force field protecting the Empire’s second Death Star. They are aided by the Ewoks while Luke fights his father on the death star. In the end Han joins in the celebration of the second Death Star’s destruction and with it, the Empire.
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