Mitch Andor Ri'chard was born 36 BBY in the city of Suural on the planet Corsin. It's a
planet in the Ploo sector of the Expansion Region and is a beautiful planet with a large
variety of animal and plant life, some of which are very dangerous. As well as being a big
trade route stop along the Hydian Way, it boasts as a top tourist location for wildlife
lovers…and hunters. The city of Suural, located on the opposite side of the planet from the
well-known Tinn'lyi Islands, is one of the largest areas of commerce on the planet. It has a
large spaceport for freighters of all types. Many local businesses thrive because of the
constant arrival of cargo ships and passenger liners. Suural is also the location of the
planetary government buildings, currently under Imperial control.
Mitch was the first born of Chas and Lin Ri'chard. His brother, Mika, was born about four
years later. His father, Chas, is a very wealthy businessman and merchant. He is well
known and respected in the business world for trading in all kinds of minerals and gems
mined in the southern regions of Corsin. Along with that, he also owns and operates, when
he has the time, a local produce store for locals and travelers, making him very popular
with the local population. Growing up, both Mitch and Mika helped their father in the store
and often visited the mines.
Taught by his father from an early age, Mitch loved shooting and became very proficient
helping the hired sharpshooters keep the mines safe from wild animals…and other less
savory characters. When he was fifteen, he learned how to ride a swoop. His mother didn't
like it because of the excessive speeds and the danger that came along with it, but Mitch
loved it. Since their family had some money, they always had good seats at the popular
swoop races. Mitch would have loved to enter, but his mother wouldn't allow it. His father
noticed his son's ability to handle the swoop and taught him how to fly the family transport.
At first it was just short trips, but eventually he had Mitch on longer trips out of the Corsin
At age seventeen, just before the end of the Clone Wars, Mitch entered the Suural
University where he studied business and several other topics believing that he'd follow in
his father's footsteps. There, he met Kx'li, a Verpine, who became his best friend. Kx'li was
in a couple of Mitch's classes, but the two really became friends at the shooting range,
where Mitch would go to release stress. Kx'li let him try his custom made sniper rifle.
Mitch absolutely loved it, so Kx'li, being an expert small arms maker by nature, made him
one of his own.
After graduating, both Kx'li and Mitch decided to take their hobby to the next level and
joined the Corsin Defense Force (CDF) where they received basic training in various
weapons, like the DL-22 blaster pistol and Czerka 411 holdout blaster. Along with
weapons training, the two of them learned how to identify and use various pieces of
communications equipment, which included coming up with a code for keeping their
communications secret. Although nowhere near what is required to be a corpsman, they
both learned basic field medical procedures, which wasn't much more than learning how to
field dress a wound and apply a bacta patch if necessary.
CDF recognized their proficiency as sharpshooters and sent them to advanced sniper
training with a Republic Commando sniper. The RC taught them to use the DC-17m sniper
rifle. This was by far the most intense training either of them had ever done. Out of
necessity, the training included all-climate survival and stealth. As snipers, they had to be
able to sneak into position, possibly stay there for long periods of time, and take the
shot…all while in any kind of climate and terrain. They were also trained to be very well
suited for recon missions where the sniper would get into a position where he could relay
the enemy's position to artillery and/or air support. They both graduated at the top of their
class. It was one of the only skills at which Mitch excelled. When they returned to their unit,
they went on sniper missions as a team. Most of the time, Kx'li operated as Mitch's spotter
since he had the better eyesight of the two.
Not long after, the Galactic Empire was born, but it took another year or so for them to
establish control of Corsin. An Imperial governor was put in place to oversee the absorption
of the CDF into the Imperial forces. At first, Mitch and Kx'li, along with the rest of the CDF,
welcomed the new rank and privileges that came with the transition. The crime rate seemed
to disappear and business improved. After going through the Clone Wars, everyone seemed
to welcome the peace. It was about that time that Mitch's brother, Mika, got married and
established a business on the peace-loving planet of Alderaan.
Another benefit to Imperial service was that Mitch received more advanced training in
weapons and communications. He even got some pilot training. Because he already knew
the basics, he advanced to fighters very quickly. That was a little different from flying the
family transport, but he found it exciting. There weren't a lot of V-19 Torrent fighters
available on Corsin, so most of his training was in simulators. It didn't take too long for
Mitch to notice that Kx'li was not getting the same training. Not only Kx'li, but it seemed
like all non-human troops were almost castigated. That didn't sit well with him. He talked
to his father about it, who also noticed this sort of thing happening more and more all
around him. There were even rumors that the Imperial government may institute a draft.
Mitch didn't like it, but, at the time, he didn't think that there was anything that he could
A few years later, Mitch was on his way back to his barracks when he met a strange man on
the street. The man began talking to him out of blue and asking him how he felt about the
Imperials. Mitch was hesitant to answer in fear that this man could be some sort of spy
testing him to see whether or not he was loyal to the Empire. When he really thought about
it, it scared him to realize that he was beginning to have his doubts. Then the man turned
his focus to Mitch himself. Mitch had always thought of himself as a good person, but this
man made him realize the truth…that Mitch, at heart, wasn't really a good person. He had
lied; he had stolen; he had wanted things that belonged to someone else; he had, on
occasion, disobeyed his parents. The man gave him a few more examples, but they only
proved to further convict Mitch that, at heart, he was not a good person. What made it
worse, was what the man told him next…what that meant for Mitch's soul. The realization
hit him like a durasteel wall. But all was not lost, the man explained. He told Mitch about
Y'shua and that He loved him. Mitch lost it, right there on the street. He fell to his knees
and begged Y'shua for forgiveness. The man let Mitch know that just by asking, Y'shua
freely gave the forgiveness Mitch so desperately needed. For that moment on, Mitch was a
new man. There was a new joy in his life that he sometimes couldn't even explain…just
that it came from Y'shua.
Over the following several years, Mitch learned more and more about Y'shua and shared
what he learned with everyone he could. Sure, at first, he was shy and/or uncertain how to
talk to someone, or even if he should. But, over time, it got easier. Some of his friends even
started calling him Preacher or Reverend. Some people that he talked to accepted Y'shua,
but most didn't. Most just saw it as Mitch being Mitch and thought nothing more of it.
The situation on Corsin slowly got worse and worse over the next several years. Little by
little, the freedoms that the people of Corsin enjoyed were being evaporated. It was
becoming more evident that the Empire did not like non-humans. Since Corsin's population
was almost seventy percent non-humans, they saw more and more persecution and non-
humans being rounded up and taken away. Mitch talked to his father about it, and they
both agreed that something needed to be done. Having served honorably in the CDF for
almost four years and in the Imperial Army for a little over twelve years, Mitch decided that
he no longer could serve in a military that enforced that kind of tyrannical rule.
Together, Mitch and Kx'li left Imperial service and vowed to start a resistance. They found
an out of service mine in the southern regions and set up a base of operations. It was well
hidden and long forgotten by most. From there they staged small hit and run attacks
against the Empire on Corsin. It didn't take too long for the people to notice and a few of
them to join up with Mitch and Kx'li. They were only a small band of rebels, but they were
making a mark. They decided, in order to conceal their identities, to go by code names.
Everyone called Mitch "Rev". After one of their successful attacks, one of their team
members made a claw mark that looked like a Rancor attacked. At first it was meant to
keep the Imperials guessing, but then it became more of a distinguishing mark of their
group. The Imperials, and eventually even the locals, began calling them the "Rancors".
Shortly thereafter, the team started calling themselves "Rev's Rancors".
Over the months, random citizens would leave a package with credits in one of their team's
pocket. None of them knew exactly from where the credits were coming, but sometimes
there would be notes attached…intel on what the Imperials were planning. They were
warned when ambushes were set up to catch them, or any other types of traps. No one
suspected Mitch's father. Not even Mitch knows the full extent of his father's wealth, which
Chas keeps in various off planet accounts in order to keep out of the prying eyes of the local
Imperial governor and would be thieves and extortionists. Long ago, Chas saw that his
family could be put in harm's way if nefarious beings knew how much credits he had and
could try to rob them or kidnap his family for ransom. However, he also saw it as a way to
secretly fund a resistance movement against the ever increasingly oppressive Imperial
control of his once freedom loving planet.
Then, there was sudden devastation. News arrived of the destruction of the planet Alderaan
at the hands of the Empire's new super weapon. Mitch and his parents were distraught at
the loss of Mika and his family. Enraged, Mitch launched a series of attacks, but they didn't
go as planned and Rev's Rancors lost four good men. Chas saw where his son's team were
headed and used his vast contacts to call in the aide of the growing Rebel Alliance to
Restore the Republic. He got word that they were sending in a special operations team, SOS
Team 6, to try to liberate Corsin.
Unfortunately, the Imperials somehow learned of the Rebel's aide to Rev's Rancors and,
through overpowering forces, backed the two groups into a corner. Both teams lost a lot of
members in the ensuing battle. Incredibly, working together, the survivors managed to
escape. They were all listed as presumed dead in the Imperial reports. For Chas and Lin,
they believed that they had lost both of their sons.
A few days later, Mitch was able to get word back to his parents that he had made it off of
Corsin and was now a part of the Rebel Alliance. The SOS Team 6 and Rev's Rancors had
joined together to form the Red Rancors, with Mitch as the XO of the newly formed group.
Unfortunately, Mitch's tenure as the Red Rancors' XO was fairly short lived. During the
campaign to acquire the Mon Cal Cruiser Morning Star, the Rancors' commander was badly
wounded and they lost three of their team members. Two others transferred out for other
reasons, leaving Mitch with only two. Subsequently, the Red Rancors were disbanded and
Mitch was transferred to Red Squadron, where he vastly increased his piloting skills.
For a short time, Mitch transferred over to Blue Squadron, the heavy assault fighter
squadron also on the Morning Star, after they had taken some heavy losses. In Blue he fell
in love with the B-Wing, as well as the Intelligence Officer on the Morning Star, Sooli Kae.
His time in Blue Squadron turned out to be rather short and he found himself back in Red
Squadron until the Battle of Endor.