Decades before the Clone Wars
During the Destruction of Alderaan
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- "The simplest gesture of kindness can fill a galaxy with hope."
- ―Bail Organa
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 Sheev 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.
Following Christophsis, Organa was then sent on trade mission. After it's success, Organa was then contacted by Jedi Masters Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi who informed of the destruction of the Republic fleet protecting Ryloth. He was then asked by them to assist in Naboo Representative Jar Jar Binks in negotiating an agreement with the Toydarian to allow them use their planet to send relief supplies to Ryloth.
However, Organa and Binks encountered resistance from Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod. 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 arguement, but warned Organa that he was playing a dangerous game.
Conference on Alderaan Edit
Organa, alongside Senator Amidala, hosted the Clone War Refugee Crisis 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.
Hostage Crisis Edit
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 of the EmpireEdit
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
Organa once sent his astromech friend R2-D2 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. Organa thanked Kanan by compensating him for his efforts, before reciting an ancient Jedi saying.
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.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 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 1.14 1.15
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope