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Cybot Galactica's LE-Series Manifest Droid


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Rebel Alliance

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LE-914, or Ellie, was an Imperial LE manifest droid manufactured by Cybot Galactica for database access. She belonged to Rebel operative Tay Vanis.

Vanis was on a mission to retrieve the plans of the second Death Star from the Bothans, to pass them to the Rebel command. Unfortunately, Vanis was captured by the Empire on an unnamed planet. He had time enough to hide the plans on the memory banks of Ellie, and leave a message to other Rebels in his downed starfighter. Then, Vanis sent Ellie to work undercover with the Imperials, to protect her and the information. 

Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa went to this planet looking for Vanis. They found Ellie and asked her about Vanis, but this triggered a warning in her memory banks, alerting Imperial troops of the Rebels. During the ensuing firefight, Ellie was injured by a stray blaster. Skywalker and Organa took Ellie with them while escaping, earning her trust. 

While working with Skywalker and Organa, Ellie found Vanis, who had been tortured by Darth Vader in an attempt to lure Skywalker to a trap. Unable to withstand the horrible show, Ellie provided Skywalker with the plans, bought him and Organa time to escape and then clutched Vanis. She self-destructed, killing Vanis but also his wardens, and allowing Skywalker and his team to destroy the Imperial installation.

The LE-series manifest droid was a third-degree shipping management droid produced by Cybot Galactica. It was manufactured almost three centuries prior to the establishment of the New Republic. 

The LE-series was designed as a protocol droid variant catering for starship captains and spaceport operators. LE units were programmed with knowledge of import-export restrictions of the galaxy's major trade regions and the codes of conduct of the Bureau of Ships and Services. 

This meant manifest droids were able to carry out tedious tasks such as inventorying cargo to triplicating datawork, thus freeing up their sentient colleagues for other duties. Despite this, the LE-series was not without its faults. Its scrupulous honesty did little to endear the droid to port workers in areas such as Bothan and Hutt Space, where bribes were commonplace. 

Such flexibility was not a facet of the LE's programming, and so the droid saw nothing wrong with reporting contraband stashed beneath their freighter's deck plating—thus leading many owners to decide that these droids were simply not worth the trouble. 

This was partly the reason why Cybot Galactica ultimately retired the line, though many LE-series droids continued to operate in smaller starports and aboard short-hop corporate freighters. Eventually, continued work in such areas led to many LE droids shedding their prudish artificial personalities, and learn to make compromises where necessary.

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