You may have noticed I have this listed under our rumor section. While the descriptions below come from official merchandise (the role-playing and Halloween costumes), that doesn’t mean the information is entirely accurate. As one LFL rep has already noted on the descriptions, there may be some “editorializing” going on with them. That means they may be embellished for effect and not wholly representative of what happens on the screen.
So take some of this with a grain of salt, while the overall descriptions will still give us good ideas of the characters and some of what’s going on. That said, the information below could be considered spoilerish by nature. So if you’re keeping away from all information, you may want to turn back now. Ready? Okay, let’s take a look at these (thanks to StarWars7News for the heads up). Let’s start with our heroes, Finn and Rey:
Sometimes, heroes come from the unlikeliest of places. The Galactic Empire has been dead for decades, but evil never really dies. With villains rising to take the Empire’s place, heroes must rise to oppose them. After becoming stranded by himself in the deserts of Jakku, and meeting up with a girl named Rey, a Stormtrooper named Finn has joined the side of the Resistance. He began his adventure as a part of the New Order, but now he’s one of the few people that can stop them. With a new look, Finn is ready for a new mission. Since trading in his Stormtrooper armor for a new set of gear, Finn’s outfit might not be flashy, but it’s all that a hero needs to succeed.
Honestly, there’s nothing here we didn’t already know about, but it’s a nice benchmark for how these descriptions play out. It gets quite a bit more interesting when it comes to Rey’s costume:
The mission to take down the First Order is underway! After invading the Starkiller Base, one member of the Resistance has split from her group and found herself in a massive room full of First Order soldiers. Completely surrounded by Stormtroopers with blasters and Knights of Ren with lightsabers, she seems to be totally outnumbered. Unfortunately for her enemies, though, they’ve made a big mistake: it’s not about the strength of the weapon, but the strength of the warrior that wields it.
Well now! We’ve heard of the Knights of Ren before, when JJ Abrams confirmed that Kylo Ren isn’t so much a name as it is a monniker, as he’s part of a larger order of dark side bad guys. So far, however, the only member of this order we’ve seen, is Kylo. This description makes it sound like we’ll get to see quite a few of them on the screen in the final film. But it doesn’t stop there, Kylo’s costume description has more hints:
An action-packed Star Wars scene begins. On a desolate battlefield, the forces of the evil Knights of Ren and the heroic Resistance have finally met. Warriors on both sides have drawn their blasters and the colored beams of their lightsabers, waiting to attack. When Kylo Ren raises his hand, covered by a long, black glove, the Knights charge into battle.
This is one in which I think the guys writing it up were having fun. From all I’ve heard, we won’t see a battle like the one described here, but it IS another hint that we’ll see a few Knights of Ren in the film, with Kylo leading them around. But wait, there’s more! Another description actually gives us some new details on the Knights in general:
There has been an awakening in the Force. One man, standing by himself in a snowy forest clearing, can feel it. The Force, and the powers of its Dark Side, are welling up within his body. He draws his lightsaber, and three red blades extend from the handle, ready for battle. From behind a shroud of black robes, beneath a shadowy mask, Kylo Ren knows that the Knights of Ren are one step closer to completing their mission. Join the ranks of the Knights of Ren. Kylo Ren and the rest of his fellow knights serve the First Order and support their ultimate goal: to take over the entire galaxy, using the same power of the Force once used by the Galactic Empire.
Kylo Ren is just one of the names that belong to The Knights of Ren, an army of the dark side that craves to reclaim its lost power. Allied with the First Order, it’s their mission to take down the Resistance and anything else that stands in their way.
Not a lot of information, but the most we’ve had since first hearing about this new group. This description makes it seem like they’ve been around for a while (reclaiming power) and not only in the years since Return of the Jedi. To be honest, they are the people I’m most interested in learning more about. What drives them initially? How’d they form? Who/What is a “Ren” to be a knight of? Lots of intriguing possibilites for story lie within them, so I hope we get some more hints as we go.
Expect more information to start dropping as the months leading up to The Force Awakens‘ release begin to tick by. The official Star Wars databank is already adding new information for the upcoming locations and characters, so the veil of secrecy if finally coming down. What do you guys think of these descriptions?