• Mattie Stu

The Rise of General Hux - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lore

Armitage Hux was only a child when the Galactic Empire surrendered to the New Republic with the signing the Galactic Concordance. As the illegitimate son of Brendol Hux, a Commandant for the Imperial Academy on Arkanis, he grew up hearing legends of great Imperials, and how the Empire saved the galaxy from the violence of the Clone Wars. Even at a young age, Armitage firmly believed the galaxy needed to be saved from itself, and that the New Republic were too weak. As a result, in the Unknown Regions, from the ashes of the fallen Empire, the First Order was born. Believing that it was his destiny to rule the galaxy, Hux climbed the First Order’s ranks, eventually gaining the rank of General, through technological terror. In his role, Armitage had complete confidence in his troops, training methods and weapons. He continued to use the stormtrooper training regimen pioneered by his father, even believing that stormtroopers trained through vivid simulations made the most loyal soldiers. Although his experiences in warfare were entirely theoretical, no one questioned the thoroughness or complexity of his training simulations. However, fellow First Order higher-up Kylo Ren had little respect for Hux as a warrior. In turn, as a man of science and technology, the general had little understanding or patience for the mystical side of the First Order that Ren represented. With conflicting ideologies, a tense competitiveness built between the two, and both battled for the attention of the First Order’s mysterious commander, Supreme Leader Snoke.

In addition to controlling the First Order’s stormtroopers, Hux’s rank of general extended to command of both Starkiller Base and the Finalizer. Around 30 years after the Battle of Endor, Snoke ordered Ren and Hux to find Luke Skywalker, who was believed to be the last Jedi. Although the First Order inherited maps from the Empire leading them to the location of Skywalker, they were missing one final piece, which emerged on Jakku. After leading a stormtrooper assault against the village of Tuanul, Kylo apprehended Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, who was later interrogated to reveal the map’s location. However, as Hux’s men searched for the treasured possession on Jakku – which was concealed in the droid BB-8 – Dameron was set free by FN-2187. Before the First Order could really react, the two men stole a Special Forces TIE fighter and fled the Finalizer. Hux was astonished by the action, he could not believe such an escape was possible. What’s more, he was baffled to hear that one of the men was a stormtrooper, something that Ren wasn’t quick to let go. Regardless, Armitage ordered the ventral cannons to shoot down the TIE fighter, and dispatched a team to the crash site on Jakku. As he waited for a report on the fate of FN-2187 and Poe Dameron, Hux looked for any clues of mental imbalance or Resistance sympathies in the trooper’s record, but he couldn’t find anything. 2187 came across to him as mind-numbingly ordinary, though he did notice the soldier was not fulfilling his full potential under Captain Phasma.

After FN-2187, BB-8 and a native scavenger, Rey, fled Jakku aboard the Millennium Falcon, Hux and Ren returned to Starkiller Base, where they spoke to a hologram of Snoke. The Supreme Leader was unhappy to hear that the droid had slipped through their fingers and stated that the Jedi would rise once more if the map found its way to the Resistance. Needing a change in strategy, Hux suggested the testing of their superweapon to destroy the New Republic. Once authorised to do so, the general gathered the First Order army at Starkiller Base and gave a grand speech, proclaiming that the destruction of the Republic would be the beginning of the First Order’s rise to power in the galaxy. At his signal, the ground began to quake and a huge beam of phantom energy suddenly engulfed the Hosnian system.

Not long after destroying the New Republic, the First Order received a tip from Bazine Netal that BB-8 was on Takodana. As a result, Ren led an attack squadron on the planet, where instead of capturing the droid, he apprehended Rey since she had seen the map. However, upon probing her mind, Kylo discovered Rey was Force-sensitive. Snoke was not only upset by the fact that Ren captured the Jakku scavenger instead of the droid, but he could not believe that Rey had resisted his star pupil. Regardless, Snoke ordered the destruction of D’Qar, the headquarters of the Resistance. Unfortunately, before the weapon could fire, enemy fighters led a devastating attack against Starkiller Base. As the planet began to implode, Snoke ordered Hux to escape with Ren. The general used a tiny position sensor emplaced in Ren’s belt to locate the position of his injured comrade. Hux and his troops would have apprehended Rey and her Resistance allies if it were not for the command of the Supreme Leader. Armitage told himself that the renegades were going to die anyway. Shortly after departing the dying planet, Starkiller Base became a binary…

To learn more about Armitage Hux, such as his clothing and blaster, click the link on-screen or the one in the description. Now it’s time for this week’s question: out of the First Order’s unofficial command triumvirate of Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and General Hux, who is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

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