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The Kalikori was a revered Twi'lek heirloom passed from parent to child through generations. According to tradition, each parent of a Twi'lek lineage made additions to the artwork to include themselves in the family legacy. Though materially worthless to outsiders, it was regarded as priceless to the family to whom it belonged. During the Imperial occupation of Ryloth in 2 BBY, Grand Admiral Thrawn acquired the Kalikori of the Syndulla clan, and members of the Ghost crew allied with Twi'lek rebels in an effort to reclaim it. Two years later, Hera Syndulla added the late Kanan Jarrus to her Kalikori to honor his sacrifice in returning it to her.
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In an effort to retrieve the Kalikori, Hera and Ezra Bridger entered the Syndulla residence under a disguise, while the remaining Ghost crew and Twi'lek rebels created a diversion in a nearby canyon. Although Hera and Bridger found the Kalikori, their escape was thwarted by the arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Slavin. She attempted to maintain her cover as a Twi'lek slave, but Thrawn quickly discovered Hera's true identity, imprisoning her and Bridger. When an undercover Chopper found where they were being held, Hera told him to place charges throughout the residence.
At his order, the Kalikori was delivered to Thrawn's command ship. Hera and Bridger were brought to the courtyard of the Syndulla residence to perform a prisoner exchange with Cham, who had intended to sacrifice his freedom for his daughter's safety. However, Chopper ignited the explosives, and the rebels escaped aboard the Ghost as the residence was destroyed. Hera regretted their failure to acquire her Kalikori from the Empire, but she acknowledged the family she had found in both her father and the Spectres.
Using his new fleet, Ohnaka conducted raids on backwater worlds pocked with small communities, where his gang faced minimal authority and little resistance and could easily take control of farming harvests and mining operations. Despite having been sold by her, Ohnaka was still fond of his mother and remained in contact with her. At some point, she taught him not to let friends or family stand in the way of profits before swindling him out of a large sum of money. Though Hondo found success as the leader of his pirate gang, he once joined a crew of mercenaries alongside bounty hunter Aurra Sing. Not wanting to cross her, Ohnaka allowed Sing to believe she was in charge of the crew, through which the pair worked alongside and befriended famous names in the bounty hunting business, including Jango Fett and Cad Bane. Ohnaka and Sing formed an on-and-off again relationship before their mercenary careers parted. He also had two pet Kowakian monkey-lizards, Pilf Mukmuk and Pikk Mukmuk.
Knowing of the bounty hunters' actions, Xrexus had Kra's ship bombed as they fled, which sent the thieves plummeting down to the surface of a nearby moon. With her guests still gathered, she alerted them to a new opportunity to win Kaitis. She announced that she would host a pay-to-play hunt for the Jedi and her captors, with a buy-in of 350,000 credits. Accepting her offer, Ohnaka paid her fee and traveled to the moon aboard the Acushnet. The hunt quickly turned against their favor as Kaitis teamed up with the bounty hunters to fight back against the incoming waves of hunting parties. After Kaitis was killed during the skirmish, Ohnaka, like the other criminal groups who had joined the hunt, decided to leave the moon and prepared his ships for departure. While one of his Flarestar shuttles was taking off, however, it was attacked by Sing and her comrades, who killed Hondo's crew onboard and seized it.
Hondo's men took out the large turret as the traitorous pirates pursued them, and they surrendered, knowing they were outmatched. Jiro, one of the traitorous captains, begged for mercy, and Hondo accepted him and the remaining pirates back into the gang. Hondo decided to celebrate the reunion by pillaging the brother's ship. As the pirates went out to meet with the brothers who were also retreating, Hondo reinvigorated his men by stating that they weren't that strong if Kenobi was defeating them alone. The two attempted to flee on their ship, which was shot down by one of Hondo's men. Hondo offered Kenobi a ride to the crash site to confirm if the two were dead. He believed that both of them had died in the crash, while Kenobi believed otherwise. Hondo and his men then looted the wreckage, obtaining credits and weaponry.
In 4 BBY, Hondo Ohnaka took over the Devaronian crime lord Cikatro Vizago's starship, the Broken Horn. During the struggle, Ohnaka managed to disable Vizago's bodyguard droids by stealing his droid controller and imprisoned the Devaronian in a cell aboard the ship's brig. However, Vizago managed to send a distress signal before his capture that was picked up by Ezra Bridger and the astromech droid Chopper, who were members of the Spectres. The two rebels were cleaning the rebel starship Ghost which was parked on the planet Garel. Hearing Vizago's distress, Ezra and Chopper traveled on the Phantom and found the Broken Horn in orbit above Garel.
The two rebels boarded the Broken Horn and encountered Ohnaka in the ship's bridge. When questioned by Ezra, Hondo claimed that he had won the Broken Horn in a game of sabacc with Vizago. Not wanting to reveal his true identity, Ezra introduced himself as the smuggler and galactic entrepreneur Lando Calrissian. Shortly later, the Broken Horn was spotted and attacked by an Imperial warship. However, Ohnaka and his new-found rebel partners managed to escape due to the quick actions of Ezra and Chopper, who managed to power up the engines and make a jump into hyperspace. Impressed, Hondo offered Ezra the chance to assist him in selling five power generators at extortion rates. In the end, the two partners agreed to split their profits and to give Ezra two of the power generators. Not trusting Ohnaka fully, Ezra stole the pirate's droid controller and secretly handed it to Chopper for safekeeping.
Hondo and his new-found partners traveled to the frigid planet Nixus where they planned to sell the power generators to an unknown buyer at Nixus Hub 218. Upon landing at Nixus Hub 218, Ohnaka and Ezra discovered that their buyer was the Jablogian crime lord Azmorigan. Azmorigan was aware that the Rang Clan had placed a bounty on Ohnaka's head and he also recognized Ezra as one of the rebels who had helped Calrissian. Seeking revenge against both Hondo and Ezra for past wrongs, Azmorigan had them hoisted onto a loading dolly which would then catapult them into space. Azmorigan also planned to seize their power generators for himself. Before Azmorigan could exact his revenge, he was foiled by Chopper, who attacked him and his men. During the ensuing skirmish, Ohnaka and his rebel allies managed to turn the tables on Azmorigan and escape off-world with the generators and several stolen credits. Hondo also realized that Ezra was a Jedi after the youth wielded a lightsaber and used the Force to stop the dolly from hurling him into space.
After escaping Nixus, Hondo and his rebel partners traveled back to Garel on the Broken Horn with the generators. When Ezra revealed his true identity and confided that he was feeling overwhelmed by his responsibilities to the rebellion and his Jedi training, Ohnaka suggested that the boy could become a "pirate Jedi." Shortly later, Ezra and Chopper traveled down to the ship's brig where they discovered a captive Vizago. Vizago revealed that Hondo had actually shot him in the back with a stun gun and disabled his droids before seizing control of his ship. The two rebels freed Vizago and together they confronted Ohnaka on the bridge. While Ezra proposed that the two criminals split their profits and let him keep the generators, Vizago took the opportunity to snatch back his droid controller and order his droids to attack the intruders. Ohnaka managed to flee on the Phantom, taking the five power generators with him.
Unknown to Hondo, the Phantom's autopilot had already been programmed to return to her mothership, the Ghost. Hondo landed in a spaceport in Garel City where he was surrounded by the other crew of the Ghost including the ship's captain Hera Syndulla and Ezra's master Kanan Jarrus. Shortly later, Ohnaka was rejoined by Ezra and Chopper, who had returned to Garel in an escape pod. The rebels allowed Hondo to keep his credits but seized the five power generators, which were used to alleviate an energy crisis on the planet Rinn.
In 3 BBY, Hondo contacted Ezra via a transmitter and told him to travel to Nixus Hub 218, where the Empire had captured two refugees. Ezra and the crew of the Ghost traveled to Nixus where they discovered that these two refugees were Lasat who has survived the fall of Lasan. The rebels managed to overpower their Imperial captors and rescue the refugees, who introduced themselves as the former Lasan High Honor Guard Gron and the female mystic Chava the Wise. This development both delighted and unnerved Garazeb Orrelios, the sole Lasat member of the crew of the Ghost who had believed that he was the last of his species. After the rescue, Ohnaka introduced himself as Ezra's mysterious contact and revealed that he had also tipped off the Empire to the refugees' arrival knowing that the rebels would arrive to save the day.
With Imperial reinforcements bound to show up, the rebels began their return trip to the Ghost. When Ohnaka inquired if he would be receiving payment, Ezra refused, which made the Weequay pirate very proud of his young friend, saying he had never had a student learn so quickly. After the rebels had left, Hondo was cornered by several stormtroopers. Always one to make a profit and double-cross his friends to save himself, Ohnaka led the Imperial troopers to the rebels, who were making their way through the halls of Hub 218. These stormtroopers were serving under the Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus, a perennial foe of the Spectres, who ordered his men to seize them alive. Before the Imperials could capture the rebels, Ohnaka secretly contacted Ezra and warned him of the approaching Imperials he had sent their way. 041b061a72