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Bail Organa
Biographical information
Homeworld

Alderaan[1]

Born

Decades before the Clone Wars

Died

During the destruction of Alderaan[2]

Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Height

1.99 meters[1]

Hair color

Black[1]

Eye color

Brown[1]

Skin color

Tan[1]

Chronological and political information


Affiliation
"The simplest gesture of kindness can fill a galaxy with hope."
―Bail Organa[src]

Bail Organa was a male human from Alderaan. He served as a senator during the waning decades of the Galactic Republic, bore the title of Viceroy, was among the founders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and was the adoptive father of Leia Organa.

BiographyEdit

Early life and careerEdit

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Senator Organa shortly before the start of the Clone Wars

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.[1] He was also the Viceroy of his homeworld and the husband of Breha Organa, Queen of Alderaan.[5] 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.[1] 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.[6] 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.[1]

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.[1]

The Clone WarsEdit

ChristophsisEdit

"Help us, General Kenobi, you're our only hope."
―Senator Organa asking for help on Christophsis[src]
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Organa leads the Christophsis relief effort

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.[7]

ToydariaEdit

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.[8]

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.[9] He then attended Amidala's party for Senator Aang.[10]

Hostage CrisisEdit

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.[11]

Reign of the Galactic EmpireEdit

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[12] 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.[1] During the reign of the Empire, Organa remained Senator of Alderaan in the Imperial Senate, though he secretly rebelled against the Empire.[3]

Gathering intel on the RebelsEdit

"Show me what you have on your... rebels."
―Bail Organa, to R2-D2[src]
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Organa inserts a data card into R2-D2 aboard the Tantive IV

In the fourteenth year of the Empire,[3] 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.[14]

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.

DeathEdit

"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[src]
Breha and Bail statues

The rememberance statues in the Yavin Rebel base.

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.[15] Bail Organa died in the explosion of his homeworld,[2] along with his wife. Statues in their 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.[5]

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