• Mattie Stu

Baze Malbus' Backstory – Star Wars: Rogue One Lore

As a former Guardian of the Whills, Baze Malbus cared little for the differing political agendas of Mon Mothma's Rebel Alliance and Saw Gerrera's Partisans. However, so long as their blasters pointed towards Imperial infantry, he was willing to fight by their side. Malbus' hatred for the Empire spawned from their cruel subjugation of his homeworld and the Death Star's destruction of Jedha City. As a result, the 53-year-old, combat-hardened veteran vowed to fight for peace and justice. Contrasting best friend and moral compass Chirrut Îmwe, Malbus exchanged his Guardians of the Whills attire for combat armour and a fight suit delivered from an offworld visitor to Jedha. He also discarded the grace and elegance of the religious order to wield extremely destructive blaster rifles. Baze's repeating cannons used an internal cycling lasing array to increase the operational lifespan of the internal componentry. Furthermore, the modified and highly illegal weapon possessed a destructive output equivalent to five laser rifles. A compact frame, to no surprise, could not house such power. Consequently, much of the hardware was externalised, distributed through a flexible belt and a backpack-carried power cell. The repeating cannon's arguably greatest feature was its two firing modes. The rapid-fire rate allowed Malbus to spray a wide field of targets, while the secondary mode launched single-powered shots, replenished by a pump-action foreguard.

Taking a closer look at his equipment and clothing, Malbus donned quad-folded plastoid polymer armour, hair grown past what was customary for Guardians of the Whills, a dust and weather shroud, and high-density power cells. Also, his repeating cannon utilised a smart targeting array-equipped electroscope – which grouped bursts of fire to maximise hits on specific enemies – a power shot barrel, a rapid-fire barrel, a static-grounded cannon muzzle, a galven-circuitry flexible charge belt, an exhaust vent and a carry bar.

Now it's time for this week's question: which Guardians of the Whills member do you prefer; Baze Malbus or Chirrut Îmwe? Let me know in the comments below.

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