Decades before the Clone Wars
During the Destruction of Alderaan
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Bail Organa was a male Human from Alderaan. He served as a senator during the waning decades of the Galactic Republic, was among the founders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and was the adoptive father of Leia Organa.
Early life and careerEdit
Born into the royal family of Alderaan, Bail Organa began a career in politics which led him to represent his home planet in the Senate of the Galactic Republic during its final years. Due to his honesty and his commitment to justice, Organa gained the respect of his senatorial peers and came to be esteemed as a politician. In spite of Organa's best efforts, the galactic government grew increasingly plagued by corruption, ultimately leading malcontents to take extreme action: led by the former Jedi Count Dooku, a loose affiliation of outlying star systems formed the Confederacy of Independent Systems and declared itself seceded from the Galactic Republic. With the rise of separatism, Organa joined the Senate's Loyalist Committee, the members of which supported the Republic and its leader, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. In the framework of the committee, Organa came to work closely with Padmé Amidala, senator of Naboo.
In time, the Separatist Crisis escalated into the full-scale conflict known as the Clone Wars. Organa, opposed to the war but cognizant of its inevitability, became especially active in his devotion to relief missions and other humanitarian operations. In this context, he often worked with members of the Jedi Order, for which he came to develop a deep respect.
The Clone WarsEdit
- "Help us, General Kenobi, you're our only hope."
- ―Senator Organa asking for help on Christophsis
Shortly before the Battle of Christophsis, Organa led a relief force to the planet to aid its besieged people and beleaguered Republic troops. In this context, he and his relief effort became trapped on Christophsis' surface by a Separatist blockade led by the infamous Admiral Trench. When Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi led an assault against Trench's fleet in an attempt to break through and aid Organa, the Admiral responded with a withering attack, forcing the Jedi to retreat behind a nearby moon. Trench staged several devastating attack runs against Organa's on-planet camp to draw Skywalker and Kenobi out from behind the moon, but he and his blockade were finally broken by a stealth ship flown by Skywalker and Admiral Yularen.
Rise of the EmpireEdit
- "General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire."
- ―Leia Organa, to Obi-Wan Kenobi
At the end of the Clone Wars, Chancellor Palpatine transformed the democratic Republic into an authoritarian Empire, bestowing upon himself the title of Galactic Emperor. Organa, along with other dissident members of the newly-refashioned Imperial Senate (notably, Mon Mothma) took steps to form the Alliance to Restore the Republic, which sought to restore democracy to the Galaxy.
Following the execution of Order 66, Organa adopted the newborn Leia, daughter of the late Padmé Amidala and the fallen Jedi Anakin Skywalker, in order to protect the child from harm at the hands of the Emperor. Organa and his wife, Queen Breha Organa, had always wanted a baby girl, and readily raised Leia as an Alderaanian princess. With time, Leia became a politician in her own right and a dedicated member of the Alliance. During the reign of the Empire, Organa remained Senator of Alderaan in the Imperial Senate, though he secretly rebelled against the Empire.
About two decades after the end of the Clone Wars, Grand Moff Tarkin ordered the destruction of Alderaan by use of the Death Star, an immense space station fitted with a powerful superlaser. Bail Organa died in the destruction of his homeworld.