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Aldar Beedo
Biographical information
Homeworld

Ploo II[1]

Physical description
Species

Glymphid[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Height

1.3 meters[1]

Mass

32 kilograms[2]

Eye color

Orange[1]

Skin color

Yellow, blue, gray, beige[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[1]

"Just try and find a better assassin for less, Wan Sandage. We don't give out discount coupons, you know!"
―Aldar Beedo[src]

Aldar Beedo, sometimes known simply as the "Hit Man," was a Glymphid male who worked as an assassin, bounty hunter, and Podracer pilot during the final decades of the Galactic Republic. Sadistic and cruel in nature, Beedo offered his services to whomever could offer the biggest cash reward, accepting jobs that ranged from killing high profile targets to acting as a bodyguard. When competing in Podraces, he flew a blue MARK IV Flat-Twin Turbojet, which was more renowned for its size rather than it's racing capabilities. Beedo commonly hired himself out to other Podracers who needed jobs done on the track, and the massive Turbojet was generally the right craft for the job. Sometime before 32 BBY, Aldar Beedo's skill as an assassin was called upon by a smuggler who needed a rival crime lord disposed of. The target was the Fluggrian Borzu Nale, and Beedo readily accepted the job. However, the contract brought upon several aspects of attention to Beedo, most notably the ire of Nale's son, Kam Nale.

Aldar Beedo later raced in 32 BBY's Boonta Eve Classic race on the Outer Rim world of Tatooine. Unbeknownst to Beedo, Kam Nale had followed him to Tatooine, where Nale hope to kill the Glymphid. Meanwhile, Beedo had also signed onto a partnership with the Devlikk Wan Sandage, and together they planned to kill Sandage's nemesis, the Dug champion Sebulba. The partnership didn't last, however, due to several failed hits and Sandage's own deteriorating health. After Sandage passed away, Aldar Beedo decided to go to work for his former target, and worked as Sebulba's bodyguard for the 24 BBY racing season. Again, the partnership was not to last, as Kam Nale, under the guise of Malastare champion "Elan Mak," was hot on Beedo's trail. Nale eventually reclaimed his father's criminal empire and used his criminal funds to hire mercenaries to track the elusive Glymphid down. Aldar Beedo was finally captured on the marshy jungle world of Baroonda, and was brought back to Nale to face retribution.

BiographyEdit

The "Hit Man"Edit

"The track favorite is Aldar Beedo, a.k.a the "Hit Man". Boy, he sure looks tough in that big Manta RamAir MARK IV Podracer of his."
―Fode Annodue[src]

Early lifeEdit

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Aldar Beedo during 32 BBY

Born on the the Expansion Region planet of Ploo II,[1] the young Glymphid male Aldar Beedo was born into a time of unrest for his world located in the Ploo sector. The Glymphids were caught up in a long lasting war with the neighboring world of Ploo IV, home to a squat species of amphibians known as Fluggrians. The Fluggrians were heavily known for their tight knit crime families,[3] and hated the rod-thin Glymphids just as much as the Glymphids hated them. Out of the violent turmoil Aldar Beedo rose through the ranks of hired assassins, growing into a cruel and sadistic individual who found himself offering his services to whomever could pay the most money. As if his current path of thrill seeking was not enough, Aldar Beedo also took up the dangerous sport of Podracing. The world of Podracing, Beedo found, was just as much in need of assassins and guns-for-hire than anyone else, and the racing itself would be a form of extra profit. Purchasing a Manta RamAir MARK IV Flat-Twin Turbojet and painting it blue, Beedo brought what piloting skills he had into the field of Podracing.[1] Even though the vehicle lacked heavily in acceleration, the vehicle had a tremendous boost package to bring the vehicle out onto the forefront, topped on with incredible handling. In addition, the massive engines made it both a viable and intimidating adversary on the track. With his aggressive racing style, Beedo eventually earned the nickname "Hit Man," a name that unwittingly pointed at Beedo's other violent profession.[4]

Hot-rods and waterEdit

By 32 BBY, a smuggler by the name of Orin Nyell was making it big in the form of smuggling water to the backwater planet of Sernpidal. The water, however, was coming straight from Ploo IV, and was an especially big detriment to the bank balances of the Fluggrian crime lord Borzu Nale. Needing to eliminate the competition fast, Nyell sought out the Glymphid hitman-turned-Podracer pilot and hired Beedo to pull the job of eliminating the head of the Nale crime family. Aldar Beedo accepted the job, and it wasn't long before Borzu was dead, Beedo's coffers filled, and Nyell free to conduct his business. With that chapter seemingly closed,[5] Aldar Beedo went back to focusing on his racing career. While considered a second-rate pilot, Beedo still managed to make a name for himself on the ice world of Ando Prime. Beedo turned into a natural ice racer, due in part to his RamAir's excellent traction, and eventually became the track favorite on a course known as Beedo's Wild Ride, a course named in the Glymphid's honor after having taken the course by storm with the three lap record time of 03:16.697 minutes. The "Hit Man" soon worked his way up as one of the most aggressive pilots in the entire sport, brutishly ramming any other pilot who dared go near him. However, as his brutal antics gained him fame and fortune in the snow dunes of Ando Prime, a chapter thought to be previously closed suddenly opened again without the Glymphid's notice. When Beedo had done away with Borzu Nale, the Glymphid failed to take into account the factor that was Borzu's son, Kam Nale.[6]

Kam Nale had been grievously tracking down his father's killer for some time, for the most part without a name. When Aldar Beedo entered into the Boonta Eve Classic of 32 BBY, Nale soon discovered Beedo's name, and the chase was on. Nale followed Beedo to the Boonta race on Tatooine, planning to enter the race himself and dispose of Beedo on the track.[7] However, Nale wasn't the only one on the hunt. Orin Nyell had learned of Kam Nale's existence, and fearing that the young Fluggrian may try to retake control of his father's empire, Nyell hired the rookie bounty hunter Rango Tel to take care of Nale once and for all.[5][8]

Boonta Eve ClassicEdit

«Yeah, I'm Aldar Beedo. What's it to you?»
―Aldar Beedo to Wan Sandage[src]

Dug huntEdit

Aldar Beedo and Sandage

Aldar Beedo meets Wan Sandage

The Boonta Eve Classic of Tatooine was an annual event where Podracer pilots from all corners of the galaxy came to test their skills on Tatooine's harsh desert terrain, and it was there that Beedo decided to take both his racing and assassin skills to next. Both seasoned professionals and newcomers participated in the race on a regular basis, though the crowd favorite was the vicious Dug pilot Sebulba, an individual that was known to employ various illegal weapons and tactics to gain the upper hand during any given race.[9] However, Sebulba was also quite skillful in his own right, but both his skill and perverse racing style conjured up numerous enemies for him. One such enemy was the aging Devlikk playboy Wan Sandage. Devlikk's had notoriously short life spans, and at the age of six, Sandage believed that his chances of beating Sebulba in a race were diminishing too fast for comfort. With that, the Devlikk figured he had one last card to play.[10] Sandage had managed to learn of the killing of Borzu Nale, and at some point connected the dots and drew a picture of Aldar Beedo as the assassin. Learning that Beedo was also participating in the Boonta, Sandage sought the Glymphid out, locating him in the Tatooine city of Mos Espa, where the Boonta was to take place.[7]

On the eve of the Boonta race, many of the pilots had retired to Mos Espa's Poodoo Lounge to attend the glimmik concert that racer and two-time Boonta winner Boles Roor was conducting. Sandage approached Beedo while the latter was enjoying a drink and explained his predicament. Beedo listened to the Devlikk's story, though Beedo began to rebuke Sandage after the Devlikk informed Beedo about his knowledge of Borzu Nale. Sandage quickly offered a sum one hundred thousand wupiupi to do Sebulba in during the race. Aware of Sebulba's brutal race tactics and the danger of the job, Beedo demanded a price of two hundred thousand wupiupi up front, which Sandage happily agreed to pay. Sebulba entered the lounge soon after, and both pilots quickly hushed up. While Sebulba wasn't aware of any names out to get him, he was wary of the possible attempts on his life, and quickly met up with his own hired gun, Dud Bolt. Bolt, like Aldar Beedo, worked as both a hit-man and a Podracer pilot. His job at this point though was as a bodyguard to Sebulba, and was just as dangerous as the others when on the track. Meanwhile, hidden in an apartment, Kam Nale laid out his plan for Beedo in a recording.[7] Having purchased a Podracer of his own, an outdated Kurtob KRT 410C, Nale planned to enter the Boonta using what money he could and shoot Beedo down during the race.[7] In another meeting with Sandage, Aldar Beedo noted that his usual fees stood at one hundred thousand truguts for any job, with fifty-thousand upfront and the final fifty-thousand upon completion of the job. Sandage, desperate, agreed to the additional fees.[11]

Fly hardEdit

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Aldar Beedo's profile for the Boonta race viewscreens

On the next morning, the racers began to assemble at the Mos Espa Grand Arena. Aldar Beedo's Podracer was one of the first on the grid, placed on the outside pole position of the first row, starting right next to Sebulba's massive orange Collor Pondrat Plug-F Mammoth Split-X Podracer. Dud Bolt was, in turn, right behind the both of them. Wan Sandage, however, started in the last row of the pack on the outside position.[9] Kam Nale, having made it to the arena after a narrow encounter with Rango Tel that left the latter dead in the dust,[8] started on the inside of the fourth row,[9] having now changed his name to "Elan Mak" in hopes of avoiding the suspicions of Aldar Beedo.[12] The race's host, Jabba the Hutt, began the race after the Troig race announcers, Fodesinbeed Annodue, conducted the opening ceremonies. With the Hutt's go ahead, the racers blasted out into the course for both victory and blood. Beedo and "Mak" quickly took positions behind Sebulba as the Dug viciously rammed the Gran contestant Mawhonic into a rock wall during the early moments of the race that sped through Mushroom Mesa. Wan Sandage, however, trailed behind the pack near Neva Kee. Sandage was quickly surpassed by the sole Human contestant, Anakin Skywalker, who had actually stalled during the race's opening moments. "Mak" remained in second place for a portion of the first lap, but hung back to get a fix on Aldar Beedo. Beedo as such ended up in third for the majority of the first lap, and Dud Bolt stayed near the middle of the pack near pilot and journalist Clegg Holdfast. Most of the front position was forced to slow down or accelerate hard while passing through the Laguna Cave on the first lap in order to avoid an explosion caused by Ratts Tyerell's collision in the cave.[9]

Aldar Beedo eventually fell further behind, surpassed by Gasgano, Teemto Pagalies, Mars Guo, and Skywalker during the second lap. Sebulba held the lead for both laps one and two, though he was nearly surpassed by Holdfast. To counter the Nosaurian pilot, Sebulba roasted Holdfast's engines with an illegal flamethrower. When lap three hung around, Beedo had yet to make his way back to Sebulba[9] and "Mak" was having difficulties shooting Beedo's Pod due to Ebe E. Endocott set between them.[7] Wan Sandage eventually flew off course and crashed into a wayward sandcrawler, ending his chances at victory.[10] Dud Bolt meanwhile had collided with Ark Roose.[13] Beedo eventually caught up to the top four—Sebulba, Guo, Skywalker, and Gasgano. Using a piece of debris, Sebulba clogged the engines of Guo, causing the Phuii pilot to wreck while moving Beedo a place ahead. Skywalker and Sebulba eventually became entangled in each others Pods, and Skywalker, upon accelerating to break off, totaled Sebulba.[9] Aldar Beedo managed to place third with a a total time of 15:52.108 minutes[1] while Skywalker attained victory.[9] After the race's conclusion, Sebulba quickly purchased Skywalker's Podracer, and many of the pilots began to sign up for the next Podrace which was to be located on Malastare. While Sandage was angry for having crashed and being out-flown by Beedo, the Glymphid promised Sandage that he would finish the job on Malastare. Both pilots signed up for the Malastare race, and "Mak," who had placed fifth in the Boonta behind Endocott,[7] followed suite.[14]

Hunter huntedEdit

"I have you now Dug! Time for Aldar Beedo, ace assassin, to make good on his contract!"
―Aldar Beedo, preparing to shoot Sebulba during the Vinta Harvest Classic[src]

Ace assassinEdit

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Aldar Beedo guns for Sebulba on Malastare

Malastare's Vinta Harvest Classic was known for a course that stretched through various terrains, including methane lakes, forests, and even through the city of Pixelito. The Classic contained five elimination rounds that would see who would go on for the final and main event. The fifth and final run of the elimination rounds was a course known as the Phoebos Memorial Run, and Aldar Beedo had managed to stay alive long enough to participate. Not only him, but Wan Sandage and "Elan Mak" had also both successfully competed up to the Memorial Run, and both of them were still out to settle their own scores on the track. During the race's last lap, the Twi'lek racer By't Distombe was in the lead with Sebulba trailing close behind, piloting the Pod he bought from Anakin Skywalker. Racing through a methane lake, the cam droids were having difficulty keeping the racers in focus. Aware of this, Wan Sandage began pressuring Beedo to finally make a hit on Sebulba with his blaster. Beedo, piloting a modified version of his Mark IV, refused, however, believing that the time was not right and that he didn't have a clear shot. Little did Beedo realize, though, was that "Elan Mak" had taken a position above him and was preparing to fire his own blaster at the Glymphid. Neither of the gunmen were able to make their shot though, as Sebulba made a quick dash for the lead ahead of Distombe. Sebulba threw an empty bottle of Vinta Harvest Ale behind him, which struck the Twi'lek racer in the forehead. Distombe lost control and flew over a geyser which caused his cockpit to explode, launching Distombe through the air and forcing the other pilots to break off and avoid Distombe's loose engines. Sebulba won the round, with Sandage in second place, followed closely by "Mak" and Beedo. All four, having finished each of the elimination rounds, were now well on their way to competing in the main event of the Vinta Classic.[14] Beedo, however, was no longer just working on Sandage's bounty.[15]

Taking place during the main event, the Jedi Council was attempting to help establish peace between the ruling powers of Lannik and a terrorist faction known as the Red Iaro, who wished to overthrow the self-centered Lannik Prince, R'cardo Sooflie IX.[14] The Red Iaro, partnered with the Gran senator Aks Moe, needed the Jedi removed from the affair in order to successfully assassinate Sooflie.[16] They were not the only ones looking to remove the prince, however. Another Lannik terrorist known as the Chosen One was also after the Prince and wished to see him dead on Malastare. Beedo's reputation as a hired gun preceded him, and he was hired by the Chosen One to kill the Jedi Master Even Piell, a Lannik himself, during the upcoming race when the Jedi's speeders would pass through the course.[15] The Iaro, however, had already installed several members of theirs onto the speeders who would act as suicide bombers.[16] The main Podracing event included several former Boonta contestants, including Mawhonic and Teemto Pagalies, who had both survived their wrecks from the Boonta. Mawhonic acted as the local Gran favorite. As per Malastare tradition, the alien known only as Nugtosh climbed to the top of a spire and waved the racers off of the starting grid. The pilots darted off, with Beedo still keeping Sebulba square in his sights. As planned, the Jedi's taxi speeders had made their way into a portion of the track that wove through a Malastare city. The speeders carried the Jedi Council ambassadors, including Mace Windu, Even Piell, and Adi Gallia. Aldar Beedo narrowly missed the Jedi's speeders as he sped through the course, but slowed down in order to allow Sebulba to pass him and get a fix on Piell. At this time, the Prince's own men, who were also the planted suicide bombers, attempted to kill the Jedi with explosive vests in order to prevent the Jedi from helping Prince Sooflie any further.[16]

They failed in killing the Jedi, only managing to kill themselves and destroy their speeder, causing the Jedi Masters to fall into the path of the oncoming racers.[16] As Beedo started to aim for Sebulba once again, the Jedi managed to grab hold of the Dug's power-cables. After Sebulba forced them off, Gallia used a magnetic cable to latch onto Sebulba's cockpit. At this point Beedo made his move, firing his blaster pistol. The shot lagged behind, and missed Sebulba's Pod entirely. Instead, he shot Gallia's line and sent the Jedi tumbling down to the ground below. The Jedi were rescued by another speeder, however, and as such Beedo failed to acquire either bounty. Sebulba later sped into and killed the Red Iaro leader Myk'chur Finux Zug, who was attempting to escape the Jedi with a jetpack, thus ending the Red Iaro's efforts.[17] Even with the collision, Sebulba managed to win the Vinta Classic entirely, escaping Sandage's and Beedo's murder attempts. Simultaneously, the "Hit Man" once again avoided the wrath of "Elan Mak".[18]

Shifting gearsEdit

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Aldar Beedo was known to use a blaster both on and off the track, despite the illegality of in-race usage.

By 26 BBY, the Galactic Games had arrived on the planet of Euceron, and Aldar Beedo, "Elan Mak," and Sebulba all managed to find their way there.[19] Wan Sandage, however, was nowhere to be seen, having died back in 29 BBY due to his age.[20] "Elan Mak" was still after Beedo while the Glymphid sat in a transitional period due to Sandage's death. However, this time around, Sebulba wasn't racing. Sebulba's son Hekula had been moving up the playing field, and it was time for Hekula to prove to his father that he could race just as well as Sebulba could. Former Boonta contestants Ody Mandrell and Gasgano were also present along with Podracer pilots "Scorch" Zanales and Ben Neluenf, the son of Podracing legend Will Neluenf. Also among the racers and positioned next to Beedo's pit was Ratts Tyerell's Titan 2150 Podracer, albeit no Ratts Tyerell. Having perished in his collision during the Boonta, his daughter Djulla was sold as a slave to Sebulba by her uncle in order to keep the family afloat with money. In a bid to reverse their uncle's doing, Tyerell's sons, Doby and Deland, took up Podracing themselves in hopes of winning enough money to buy their sister's freedom. Beedo was present when a scuffle broke out between Sebulba and the boys, with Skywalker, now a Jedi in training, in the middle. Annoyed and with his concentration lost, Beedo intervened, threatening all of them with a blaster.[19]

Sebulba had been partially bested by Skywalker due to the boy's Jedi abilities, and Doby warned that Beedo could face the same defeat. The Glymphid was completely unphased, however. When Djulla attempted to intervene, the fight worsened and Deland's arm was broken by Sebulba. Beedo, decidedly no longer concerned, left the group alone to prepare for the upcoming race. The "Hit Man" now found himself now up against Skywalker for a second time, as the Jedi had stepped in for the injured Deland. Later, the race started off with Skywalker and Hekula quickly starting their bid for first. Aldar Beedo followed close behind Ody Mandrell with "Mak" in tow, but Mandrell failed to make the next turn. "Mak" surged forward, seeing the chance to do in his father's killer. "Mak" swung out and in front of Beedo in an attempt to cut the Glymphid off, successfully smashing the Glymphid into the ground. The Fluggrian's success was limited, however, as his Pod was caught in the collision as well. Both racers escaped the danger of the track before they could be run over, and blamed each other for the crash. Beedo eventually evacuated Euceron, leaving "Mak" empty handed yet again.[19] Later, by 24 BBY, Wan Sandage Jr. picked up the fallen reigns of his father and continued Sandage's racing legacy. By that point, however, Beedo had finally severed his ties with the Sandage family, quitting the contract to kill Sebulba. Instead, the "Hit Man" went to work for the Dug.[21]

EndgameEdit

"Aldar Beedo seems to be having trouble with his pit droids. Let's hope he gets them back in line before the race starts."
―Fodesinbeed Annodue[src]
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Aldar Beedo during 24 BBY

Approval for violenceEdit

Dud Bolt had found himself falling out of favor with Sebulba, and the Vulptereen bodyguard's days were severely numbered. Finally, Bolt was indeed ousted from the coveted position of Sebulba's bodyguard, and that's where Aldar Beedo stepped in. Sebulba had eventually come aware of Beedo's continuous hits, and decided it was time buy out the Glymphid for himself.[22] With two of the most dangerous racers together, it was their turn to take the 24 BBY race season by storm, where everyone had scores to settle by now. Once again, Anakin Skywalker had returned to the Podracing circuits, having re-secured his old Podracer from Sebulba and Hekula. Sebulba now had a new toy, however—a massive Plug-F Gargantuan Split-X Podracer, painted black. Sebulba was out for a Jedi's blood, and planned to secure it on the race course. Aldar Beedo would no doubt help the Dug in his quest, while keeping the heavy roster of enemies at bay. Dud Bolt had since sworn eternal hatred against both Beedo and Sebulba, and had souped up his skills and Pod in order to run both enemy pilots into the ground.[21] After his devastating crash during the Boonta years in the past, Mawhonic had since posted numerous bounties on Sebulba's relatives as an act of revenge,[23] and Gasgano was out to prove himself to everyone after gaining the financial backing of Jabba the Hutt. Sebulba also had an interest in Teemto Pagalies, who in years past had attempted to run off with his masseuse, Ann Gella. With the racers stronger, faster, and deadlier than ever, the "Hit Man" clearly had his hands full.[21] Making matters worse, "Elan Mak" was still blasting away on the race courses, still on his hunt for the elusive Glymphid.

As the season started off, Beedo took part in all three major Podracing circuits for that year; the Galactic Trials, the Podracing Open, and the Hutt Championships, making his way onto knockout charts almost everywhere. In the Trials, Beedo ravaged the Mos Espa Open on Tatooine, gaining the second top position for most knockouts during a single race with three total knockouts. Skywalker meanwhile held all of the course's top speed records. On the planet of Sullust, Beedo managed to score the second best time for a three lap race for the SoroSuub Facility course, standing with a time of 03:53.30 minutes. Aldar Beedo was particularly successful on the world of Gamorr, where he placed several speed records and topped the knockout chart with a total of five knockouts for a single race on the course Watchtower Run. The "Hit Man" secured his fame by elevating his status to the course's favored pilot. Meanwhile, Mawhonic was making waves in the Podracing Open circuit, becoming the track favorite for a Ryloth course known as the Brightlands. With that, Aldar Beedo stepped in, taking the top position for most knockouts and the second best three lap record, beating out Mawhonic on both levels by one position. As the Open continued, the circuit weaved back to Tatooine, to Gasgano's favored course, the Badlands. Beedo and Sebulba took the course by storm, topping both the best three lap race times and the knockout chart. Gasgano held the best time for a single lap however, while Beedo held the third best time, standing at 01:17.19 minutes. Aldar Beedo also savaged the knockout chart for the Mon Calamari race course known as the Ballast Complex, with a total of four knockouts for a single race. The final race of the Podracing Open returned to Gamorr, where Beedo scored the third best three lap speed record.[21]

Aldar Beedo's success on Gamorr continued with The Citadel race course, where Beedo was second only to the tough "Scorch" Zanales, whom Beedo raced against back on Euceron, for the best three lap record. The Glymphid was also second on the knockout chart with a total of two knockouts. Returning to Ryloth, Aldar Beedo came across the chance to appear twice on the same record chart. For the Nightlands race course, Beedo held both the second and third positions on the knockout chart, standing with scores of two knockouts and one knockout respectively. Throughout the course of the 24 BBY season, Beedo was the only known racer to hold a double standing.[21] And while neither Beedo nor Sebulba were able to down Anakin Skywalker, the "Hit Man" at some point tossed a wrench into Pagalies' starboard pod, causing the Veknoid to wreck, costing him an arm.[24]

Hot on his heelsEdit

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Fode Annodue introduces Aldar Beedo to a crowd on Malastare

Aldar Beedo was still very much active on the course by 22 BBY, where racing arrived on the Galactic Republic's capital city of Coruscant, among other locations. Sebulba and Aldar Beedo were now publicly realized as a racing team, with Beedo filling as the pilot due to Sebulba's retirement. Sebulba was becoming disgruntled, however, with the Nosaurian pilot Clegg Holdfast and needed the Podracing Quarterly reporter disposed of for good, as Holdfast had been steadily providing aid to an up and coming team known as Team Watto. Once again, Beedo was right for the job, and it was during a race on Coruscant when Beedo caught up to Holdfast on the track and gunned his engines. The collision was bone-shattering and the effects were immediate. Holdfast crashed and turned into a burning crater on the track, down for good. Aldar Beedo sped away unscathed as the race commentators mourned the loss of Holdfast and remarked that Beedo appeared to have made the reporter a target on purpose.[25]

"Elan Mak" was still relentlessly on the hunt, having followed Beedo through the 22 BBY season. But the encounter with bounty hunter Rango Tel from so many years before had left the Fluggrian scared, and "Mak" was realizing that he may never personally get to do Beedo in either on or off the track. Temporarily ditching the pseudonym he had been using since 32 BBY, Kam Nale returned to his home in order to pick up the pieces of father's criminal empire. Now, with brand new funds at his disposal, Nale hired a cache of bounty hunters and mercenaries to track Beedo down and capture him alive. One such mercenary was quick to get on the Glymphid's tail, and followed him to the jungle world of Baroonda.[5] Baroonda's Fire Mountain Rally was in full swing, and the "Hit Man" was in attendance. Eying up the shot, the mercenary fired and brought Beedo down on the track, right in front of the cameras.[26] The mercenary arrested Aldar Beedo and eventually made it back to Nale, where Aldar Beedo was finally going to face his long awaited retribution.[5] However, with the public capture of Beedo, things were not bound to stay quiet. Nale had continued to race, and it wasn't long before "Elan Mak" was undermined, and Nale was exposed as a crime lord to the public. However, the seedy capture of Aldar Beedo and the truth behind "Mak" were only two of the issues that put the future of Podracing into serious question.[26]

Personality and traitsEdit

"You'll get real used to the glow of my afterburners, friend."
―Aldar Beedo taunts a rival pilot[src]
Beedo Front View

Aldar Beedo

Aldar Beedo was a cold, sadistic individual and was regarded as one of the more aggressive Podracers ever to take to the Podracing circuits. The Glymphid showed no qualms about accepting hits, unless he perceived the assignment as too dangerous, until the buyer offered a higher payout. Once on the job, Beedo showed that he wasn't the one to back off of a contract until it was completed, thus bestowing on him a kind of hunter's honor. However, while working for Wan Sandage, and with failed hit after failed hit on Sebulba, the Glymphid ended up jumping ship after Sandage's death. Beedo wasn't particularly intimidated easily, and despite a hesitance to off Sebulba, he accepted the job and wasn't afraid to risk his Podracing career by using various illegal methods to bring Sebulba down on the race track. At the same time, the "Hit Man" had no qualms about using his own vehicle as a weapon, and again, he wasn't afraid to do so. He wasn't even intimidated by the threat of a Jedi, as proven during his confrontation with Anakin Skywalker on Euceron. Too Beedo, no one was better than the other once they were dead, and whatever they accomplished in their past life did not matter in the end. He only left Skywalker alone when the skirmish between the Jedi and Sebulba worsened, and Beedo knew enough that his place wasn't in their fight.[19]

A Glymphid, Aldar Beedo's short, rod thin body gave him an edge when racing. His small size thus meant a small weight, which allowed his podracer to reach its top speeds. Beedo also had notably sharp reflexes that allowed him to pilot such a craft, as such reflexes were more or less required to fly such a craft in the first place. Tall and lanky, Beedo had thin fingers that ended in suction cups, though such features didn't hinder his ability to fire a weapon. Beedo was covered in scaly skin that was made up various colors and hues, though his body was mostly a yellowish beige color, while the top of his head was more blue, and splotches of gray on his abdomen. Aldar Beedo had stark orange reptilian eyes.[1] Glymphid's were short aliens, and Beedo only stood at 1.3 meters,[1] with a body weight of 32 kilograms.[2]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

"All beings are the same once they're dead."
―Aldar Beedo[src]
Aldar Beedo was a skilled pilot with fast reflexes and a sharp mind that kept him on the track. However, despite victories on Ando Prime and Gamorr, Beedo was largely considered to be a second rate racer;[1] the claim was reasonable due to the fact Podracing was only a secondary profession for the Glymphid. A trustworthy assassin, he made his primary work as such. Beedo had a successful enough track record to have been hired by the smuggler Orin Nyell, and successfully tracked down and killed a Fluggrian crime lord. However despite the success, Beedo never was able to down his most sought after quarry, Sebulba. Despite having skill with a blaster, he was unable to time his shots correctly when racing, not accounting for the speed of Sebulba's racer versus the speed of the laser shot. Beedo did, however, have more success with take downs regarding his Podracer. Throughout the 24 BBY racing season Aldar Beedo hit numerous targets with his racer, topping several knockout charts across the Outer Rim circuits.[21] He even had managed to cripple Clegg Holdfast's Podracer so intensely that the Nosaurian was killed during the crash, as intended.[25] However, Beedo's assassin and racing skills were not enough to keep him out of the hands of the mercenary who claimed him on Baroonda.[26]

EquipmentEdit

«The flames hide us now, Aldar! Shoot Sebulba now, you idiot!»
«Patience, Sandage. I'm the assassin here! I'll decide when the best time is!»
―Wan Sandage and Aldar Beedo argue during the Phoebos Memorial Run on Malastare[src]
Beedo's WIld Ride

Aldar Beedo's MARK-IV in action on Ando Prime

Aldar Beedo was known to have made us of various weapons during races, and had maintained and used at least two different Podracers throughout his career. While weapons were illegal on the track, Aldar Beedo was nonetheless able to smuggle a blaster pistol into the Vinta Harvest Classic, and attempted to use it against Sebulba. The silver pistol had a large, round receiver and a narrow barrel, and it fired green lasers. The weapon was strong enough to cut through magnetic cables.[17]

Aldar Beedo's primary Podracer was a Manta RamAir MARK IV-Flat Turbojet, a wide Podracer with two massive engines painted blue. The RamAir was notable for it's above average stats across the board, minus it's acceleration. It's best outstanding trait though was its handling, allowing to perform well on some of the galaxies twistier courses. However, with upgraded accelerators the vehicle could become a powerhouse of a machine. Perhaps it's only major downfall was the vehicle's width. The RamAir was much wider than some other Pods, and as such was not the perfect choice for the more narrow courses with tighter roads that would lead to more close-knit packs. Granted, if Beedo ever as caught in such a pack, his racer was more than enough to disperse the other racers on its own.[4] For the narrower courses, Aldar Beedo did have a backup Podracer. The racer shared the previous one's cockpit, and featured MARK-IV engines that were half of their original size. Where as the normal engines had two jets on the back of them for propulsion, the new engines each only had one jet. With less weight, the vehicle could virtually move faster than the larger craft. In addition, the fact the vehicle's size had been drastically reduced meant that Beedo could perform far better on the narrower courses, such as the courses that Malastare presented. He used both vehicles during the course of 32 BBY,[17] but later solely used his original RamAir as his podracer for the 24 BBY season.[21]

Aldar Beedo did not wear much in the way of gear, and only seldom wore anything. Around 32 BBY he could be found wearing shorts and a brown racing cap with a black and white checker pattern that went down the center of it.[6] He also sometimes wore a brown shirt and wrapped a bandoleer around himself.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit

Aldar Beedo Concept Art 2

Aldar Beedo concept art

Aldar Beedo first appeared in the 1999 novel Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace written by Terry Brooks, based on the film of the same name released later during the same year and directed by George Lucas. Detailed concept art for the character was created for the character along with an equally detailed maquette built by the Lucasfilm Ltd. art department. However, the character was only realized in the film as a low resolution digital model that was used for medium and distance shots of the character's Podracer. A graphic was created using the maquette to be used for view-screens in the film, though it could be seen only fleetingly.[1] Aldar Beedo had a far more substantial appearance in the 1999 video game Star Wars: Episode I Racer, released on the same day of the film. Beedo's back story was fleshed out in the game's companion guides published by Prima and Nintendo Power.

The conflict between Beedo and Kam Nale were explored in several Expanded Universe publications, but the conflict did not receive closure until 2013 with the release of the Star Wars Blog article The Not-So Magnificent Seven, which expanded on the lives of several untalented bounty hunters. Both Beedo and Nale were mentioned under Rango Tel's entry in the blog. While Aldar Beedo has never been realized as an action figure, he has appeared twice as a LEGO mini-figure. The first one was designed out of several parts of other minifigures, which only bared a fleeting resemblance to Beedo. The second mini-figure was a single mold without any moving pieces, based on Beedo's maquette. Aldar Beedo later went on to appear in Racer's sequel, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, and the 2012 Xbox 360 video game Kinect Star Wars, where Beedo acted a major character in the game's ambiguously canon Podracing feature. In Revenge and Racer Beedo was voiced by Nick Jameson, who also voiced Knire Dark in Revenge.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Databank title Aldar Beedo in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams
  3. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 282 ("Fluggrian")
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Episode I Racer: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Blog "The Not-So Magnificent Seven," The Official Star Wars Blog (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Episode I Racer: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Podracing Tales
  8. 8.0 8.1 Databank title Rango Tel in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  10. 10.0 10.1 Databank title Wan Sandage in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Episode I: The Phantom Menace ½
  12. Databank title Elan Mak in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  13. Databank title Dud Bolt in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Star Wars: Republic 14: Emissaries to Malastare, Part 2
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Star Wars: Republic 15: Emissaries to Malastare, Part 3
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Star Wars: Republic 16: Emissaries to Malastare, Part 4
  18. Star Wars: Republic 18: Emissaries to Malastare, Part 6
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Jedi Quest: The Dangerous Games
  20. The New Essential Guide to Characters
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 Star Wars: Racer Revenge: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
  22. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 66 ("Beedo, Aldar")
  23. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  24. Tatooine Ghost
  25. 25.0 25.1 Kinect Star Wars
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 HNNsmall Podracing Faces Uncertain FutureHoloNet News Vol. 531 49 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org)

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