- "He taught me so much about politics, leadership, and war, but above all he taught me that no price is too great to pay for our ideals. Bail Organa was willing to die if that meant the Empire would fall. He believed in the New Republic we have been able to create, and in the promise of fair, equal government for everyone under the law."
- ―Leia Organa memorializes her father, Bail Organa
Bail Organa was a human male politician who served as Senator of Alderaan in the final years of the Galactic Republic. The husband and consort of Queen Breha Organa, Bail Organa bore the titles of Viceroy and First Chairman of Alderaan, and was among the founders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the reign of Emperor Sheev Palpatine and the Galactic Empire.
Along with his wife, he was the adoptive parent of Leia Organa, the secret daughter of the fallen Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker and the late Senator, Padmé Amidala of Naboo, the latter of whom was a close friend and colleague during the Clone Wars. Raising their daughter as the crown princess of Alderaan, Leia would eventually follow in her father's footsteps in becoming Alderaan's representative in the Imperial Senate and a leading member of the Rebel Alliance.
Early life and careerEdit
Born into the royal family of Alderaan, Bail Organa was destined to become a politician. At some point following the Invasion of Naboo, he came to represent his home planet in the Senate of the Galactic Republic, succeeding Bail Antilles, his relative by marriage. Organa was also the Viceroy of his homeworld and the husband of Breha Organa, Queen of Alderaan.
As soon as he entered the intergalactic political arena, he established strong ties with like-minded senators, including Padmé Amidala of Naboo and Mon Mothma of Chandrila. He also became close friends with Finis Valorum, former Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. 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 Sheev Palpatine. In the framework of the committee, Organa came to work closely with Padmé Amidala.
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.
Following Christophsis, Organa was then sent on trade missions. After its' success, Organa was then contacted by Jedi Masters Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi who informed him of the destruction of the Republic fleet protecting Ryloth. He was then asked by them to assist Naboo Representative Jar Jar Binks in negotiating an agreement with the Toydarians to allow them use their planet to send relief supplies to Ryloth.
However, Organa and Binks encountered resistance from Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod, who claimed that do so would violate Toydaria's neutrality. However, King Katuunko agreed to allow them to use the ships they brought to load the supplies to aid the Twi'leks as long as the Trade Federation did not learn of the mercy mission. Organa then had Binks distract Lott Dod's party at a state dinner while he loaded the supplies aboard the ships. Following that mission, Organa, Binks and Katuunko were confronted by Dod, who claimed that Organa was responsible. However, Organa assured him that if he had any proof, he could show it to the Senate. Frustrated, Dod withdrew his argument, but warned Organa that he was playing a dangerous game.
Conference on AlderaanEdit
Organa, alongside Senator Amidala, hosted a conference on Alderaan. However, following assassin Aurra Sing's first attempt on Amidala, Organa and Jedi Padawan Tano tried convince her to leave. After she refused, Organa continued the Conference with a droid taking Amidala's place. He and Captain Typho then went to her quarters to stop Sing. They then took Sing into custody. He then attended Amidala's party for Senator Aang.
Organa then asked Amidala to join him in Senator Philo's meeting about the enhanced privacy invasion bill. Following the meeting, Organa and the other senators were then taken hostage by Cad Bane and his bounty hunters following Bane's murder of Philo. When Bane was searching the senator for communicators, Amidala told him that they must not search her because she had a lightsaber. Organa then wondered why she had one, but was more concerned about giving it back to the Jedi who own it. After Skywalker was captured by Sing, Bail and the other senators attended to him. After Bane and the other bounty hunters left, Organa and the others were saved from the explosives by Skywalker.
Rise and reign of the Galactic EmpireEdit
Rise of the EmpireEdit
- "Hopefully we'll be able to intercept a few Jedi before they walk into this catastrophe."
- ―Bail Organa
During the attack on the Jedi Temple by the clone troopers, Bail Organa arrived and tried to demand access to the Temple. An escaping Jedi was shot down before his eyes by the clones, prompting him to flee to his ship, Sundered Heart, with the intent of intercepting any surviving Jedi. Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi were both picked up by Organa, who took them back to Coruscant to warn any surviving Jedi to remain hidden.
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.
Gathering intel on the RebelsEdit
- "Show me what you have on your… rebels."
- ―Bail Organa, to R2-D2
In the fourteenth year of the Empire, Organa sent his astromech friend R2-D2, accompanied by Organa's protocol droid C-3PO, on a secret mission to gather intel about the "Lothal rebels". After the mission, the droid was returned to Organa by the rebels' leader Kanan Jarrus aboard the Tantive IV. Organa thanked Jarrus by compensating him for his efforts, before reciting a Jedi saying. Once C-3PO had left the room, Organa looked over R2's footage.
When the Lothal rebels launched a mission to rescue their captured leader from an Imperial fleet over Mustafar, the mysterious rebel known as "Fulcrum" discovered their plan. As TIE fighters from the fleet closed in on them from all sides, a small fleet of Rebel ships, commanded by "Fulcrum" (secretly the former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano), emerged from hyperspace and aided the rebels' escape. Once onboard the ship, Chopper transmitted a communication from Senator Organa, who was introduced by Hera Syndulla. He told them about the different rebel cells that he and Ahsoka had been contacting around the galaxy and that they were now coming together to unite against the Empire.
Following the blockade of Ibaar, Organa was able to find a manufacturer to build more of Mon Calamari engineer Quarrie's B-wing starfighters in secret. After learning of the rebellion's losses at the battle on Garel, Organa dispatched Princess Leia, then serving as his aide, along with three Hammerhead corvettes — P1, P2 and P3 — to Lothal to expand the rebel fleet, under the guise of delivering relief supplies to the people of Lothal. Leia planned for the rebels to steal them to conceal Alderaan's involvement with the rebellion.
- "Let us take a moment to honor the lost souls of Alderaan. To honor Viceroy Bail Organa and Queen Breha Organa. May they forever be remembered."
- ―Leia Organa
About two decades after the end of the Clone Wars, Grand Moff Wilhuff 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 explosion of his homeworld, along with his wife.
- "The simplest gesture of kindness can fill a galaxy with hope."
- ―Bail Organa
Statues in his and his wife's honor were erected in the ceremonial chamber of the Great Temple of Massassi, from where the Alliance to Restore the Republic launched their successful assault on the Death Star. Several members of the Alliance came to the statue to place wreaths and pay their respects. The Alliance pilot Evaan Verlaine, who had been one of Queen Breha's pupils in her youth, paid her respect to the deceased leaders of Alderaan by observing a moment of silence in front of their statues.
Bail Organa was a celebrated and bipartisanly revered martyr for the New Republic. Because of his leadership abilities and unifying qualities, he was a powerful figure in a philosophy of post-imperial politics. A 70-meter-high statue of him carved from Jelucani fogstone was erected in the senatorial complex in Republic City on Hosnian Prime. A hand on the statue was partially damaged during the Napkin Bombing.
Behind the scenesEdit
Bail Organa was played by Jimmy Smits in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. He is voiced by Phil LaMarr in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- "Star Wars Rebels Recounted"—Star Wars Insider 156
- Star Wars: Card Trader
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith deleted scenes
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Card Trader
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part I
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Assassin"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Wings of the Master"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ Bloodline (novel)