First, you may discover Cassian speaking about serving two years within the mud on Mimban. That may very nicely place him on the muddy planet of Mimban on the identical as Han Solo and Chewbacca throughout the occasions of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
We additionally be taught in that very same scene that Luthen Rael drives a Fondor Haulcraft, which is essential due to the place it got here. Fondor is a crucial shipyard within the “Star Wars” canon and a significant battle was fought there within the latest “Battlefront II” online game. Fondor was the place Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer Executor was constructed, no less than within the Legends canon. In the present canon, it was first talked about in James Luceno’s novel “Tarkin.” Fondor can also be deeply linked to Palpatine’s Nero Decree, Operation: Cinder.
When Luthen Rael gives Cassian some collateral for taking this job, he gives him his Kuati Signet, tied to the Rakatan Invaders. In the Legends canon, the Rakatan had been the primary beings to develop hyperspace journey and cruised the galaxy, invading planets and conquering them of their identify, very like the British Empire.
As the scene shifts to the Imperial Security Bureau, there are various tales and planets which might be hinted at. Ryloth is talked about, and it is a planet that has all the time bucked the authority and fascism of their oppressors. During the Clone Wars, the Free Ryloth motion labored in opposition to the Separatists occupying their planet and had been detest to just accept the Republic, however when the Republic reworked into the Empire, they led a freedom motion then, too. Led largely by Cham Syndulla, amongst others, this motion appears to be underneath intense scrutiny from the ISB. For extra about that story, learn Paul S. Kemp’s thrilling novel “Lords of the Sith,” the place these exact same freedom fighters try and assassinate Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine on the identical time (and almost succeed.) They additionally point out Arvala-6, which appears logical to be in the identical system as Arvala-7, the place the Mandalorian first met Grogu.
Another attention-grabbing factor spoken of throughout the briefing was the monitoring of development materials heading to Scarif. Scarif, as everyone knows, is the location of the primary decisive battle gained by the Rebels as dramatized in “Rogue One”, however what goes unsaid right here on this scene is that these development supplies are heading towards Scarif to finish development of the Death Star, which had moved from Geonosis to Scarif in its closing years. To learn extra in regards to the story happening within the background that the ISB has no full image of, learn James Luceno’s “Tarkin” and “Catalyst”, as each assist paint that image in one of the best methods.
It appears as if James Luceno’s novels had been all nicely learn in preparation for “Andor,” as one other planet he talked about in his Legends e-book “Darth Plaugeis” was name-dropped as nicely. Sev Tok first appeared within the outdated West End Games complement “Star Wars Adventure Journal” in a narrative about sentient droids taking up a ship and solely got here up once more with Luceno’s work in passing.
Perhaps essentially the most attention-grabbing and jaw-dropping identify drops occur in that scene between Mon Mothma and her husband after they focus on their dinner friends. Ars Dangor is one in all them, and is one in all Palpatine’s chief advisors. There is an extended historical past of the character, however he first appeared within the canon in a confirmed approach in James Luceno’s “Tarkin. He might or might not have been one in all Palpatine’s advisors seen in “Return of the Jedi.” The different is Sly Moore, Palpatine’s chief of employees, scene first in “Revenge of the Sith.” It is she who vacates her seat to permit Anakin to sit down right down to let Palpatine spin his tales of Darth Plagueis to Anakin. She additionally seems at his aspect when he declares himself Emperor. Ordinarily, these name-drops would really feel like Easter Eggs, however the menacing nature of Palpatine’s interior circle infiltrating Mon Mothma’s own residence provides to the sensation of claustrophobia she should really feel making an attempt to battle for what is nice and proper within the galaxy.