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On the Edge of the Devil's Backbone (269748 words) by bedlamsbard
Chapters: 23/?
Fandom: Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kanan Jarrus/Hera Syndulla
Characters: Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, Sabine Wren, Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios, C1-10P | Chopper, Ezra Bridger, Cham Syndulla, Barriss Offee, Kallus | ISB-021, Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, The Inquisitor (Star Wars), The Seventh Sister, The Fifth Brother
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Canon-Typical Violence
Summary:

Ten years after she vanished during an Imperial raid on a Twi'lek colony, Cham Syndulla sees his daughter Hera for the first time in a hologram -- now wearing the uniform of an Imperial agent and apparently working closely with a human Inquisitor. All Cham wants to do is to bring his long-missing child home to what remains of her family, but he soon finds that Hera Syndulla is only interested in two things: her duty to the Empire and her loyalty to her crew, a mismatched collection of outcasts brought together by Hera and her pet Inquisitor.


With Cham and the Rebel agent known as Fulcrum in pursuit, a new mission takes Hera and the crew of the Ghost to the planet Lothal, where a chance meeting with a Force-sensitive teenager awakens something long buried in the Inquisitor once known as Kanan Jarrus...and has dire consequences for Hera, their crew, the Empire, and the fledgling Rebel Alliance.


*

“Spectre One, Spectre Two, we’ve got a problem,” Sabine said. “Three TIE fighters just came out of hyperspace. I’m pretty sure they’re here for us.”

Hera stared at her comlink, stunned. “TIEs?” she said. “Already? I thought there were no Imperial ships in this area –”

Imperial cruisers and star destroyers were fast, but not that fast, and regular TIEs weren’t equipped with hyperdrives. It should have taken at least half a rotation for anyone to reach the clearinghouse from the nearest Imperial base, more than enough time to conclude their business and depart by the timeline Viest had given them. Only –

“They’re not here for us,” Kanan said, his shoulders slumping in resignation. “They’re here for me.”

“No offense,” Sabine said, “but I’m pretty sure those warrants are out on all of us. I’ve seen them. They’re pretty thorough, except for the ‘deserter’ part. They left that out for some reason.”

Kanan’s eyes narrowed to slits, but instead of responding, he looked at Ezra. “Do you sense them?”

Ezra gave him a baffled look. “Sense who?”

Kanan just raised an eyebrow.

“Is now really the best time to train Ezra?” Zeb growled. Hera couldn’t really disagree, but she held her tongue, curious to see what Kanan intended.

“Reach out with your senses,” he told Ezra. “You’ll know it when you feel it.”

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