The son of rebel heroes, Poe Dameron learned to fly as a boy on Yavin 4 and became an ace pilot in the New Republic, then joined the Resistance led by his idol, General Leia Organa. Leia sent Poe to Jakku to find the explorer Lor San Tekka, hoping the old explorer might be able to help locate Luke Skywalker.

San Tekka gave Poe a scrap of an old star chart, but the First Order attacked his village. Poe hid the chart in his astromech, BB-8, telling the droid to flee. He then battled the First Order invaders, but was captured and interrogated by the ruthless dark side warrior Kylo Ren, who discovered what Poe had done with the map to Skywalker.

Poe might have died in First Order custody, but a renegade stormtrooper designated FN-2187 broke him out of his cell because he needed a pilot to escape First Order service. Poe and Finn stole a TIE, which Poe tried to fly back to Jakku – but the fighter was shot down and crashed. 

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