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Beezer Fortuna was a male Twi'lek who lived during the Age of the Empire. A cousin of Bib Fortuna, Beezer was a member of the Partisans led by Saw Gerrera, and was on Jedha at the time of the Destruction of Jedha City.

BiographyEdit

A male Twi'lek from the species' homeworld of Ryloth, Beezer Fortuna was a member of the Fortuna clan, a powerful Twi'lek family with close connections to the criminal underworld of the galaxy. He stood out from other Twi'leks by his dried-out, desiccated lekku and his comparatively small pupils. He was also the cousin of Bib Fortuna, who worked on the remote desert world of Tatooine as majordomo of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Beezer despised his family's connection to the underworld, and was always considered to be the most politically-minded of his clan.[1]

Beezer Fortuna R1 comic

Beezer confronting Bodhi Rook.

During the Clone Wars, Fortuna witnessed the occupation of Ryloth by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, as well as its later liberation by the combined efforts of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Jedi Order, and Twi'lek freedom fighters under the leadership of Cham Syndulla. The efforts of the liberators inspired Fortuna, and he became a seditionist in the Twi'lek capital city of Lessu. After the war ended, the Galactic Empire came to Ryloth,[1] and Beezer fought against the Imperial occupation.[3] He was rounded up by the Empire alongside other seditionists in Lessu. However, he and his fellows were freed in a raid led by Saw Gerrera and his Partisans, and Fortuna became loyal to Saw,[1] choosing to fight the Empire rather than follow his clan's example of seeking profits in the underworld.[3]

As of 0 BBY, Beezer assisted Saw with operational planning,[3] serving as one of Gerrera's chief strategists in the Catacombs of Cadera near Jedha City on the desert moon of Jedha.[1] He was part of the group who intercepted the Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook after he defected from the Empire, carrying a message recorded by Galen Erso on Eadu. Fortuna and his compatriots leveled their weapons at the pilot, though Rook convinced Beezer's group to take him to Saw Gerrera.[4] They led him to Benthic, who in turn brought Rook to Gerrera. In the wake of a skirmish between the Partisans and Imperial forces on in Jedha City, Cassian Andor, an agent of the Rebel Alliance, and his allies Jyn Erso, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe, were captured by Gerrera's cell after Andor killed one of his Partisans. At the time of their arrival in the catacombs, Beezer was in conversation with a fellow Partisan at a dejarik table at the base. Shortly after, the Empire conducted a test-firing of its Death Star superweapon, and its superlaser destroyed Jedha City. The single-reactor ignition caused a shock wave of debris that engulfed the Partisan base.[2][1]

Physical appearance and traitsEdit

A pale-skinned Twi'lek male, Beezer Fortuna had a gaunt physique and thin, desiccated lekku. He had piercing blue eyes and sharp, angular features. As one of Saw Gerrera's Partisans, Beezer wore dark robes and carried an electro-prod staff.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Beezer Fortuna draws inspiration from early pre-production maquette sculpts for Bib Fortuna.[5] The character's production nickname was "Cousin Bib," so Pablo Hidalgo integrated that detail into his backstory when writing Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide.[6] His name arises from early draft scripts from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which referred to Bib Fortuna as "High Beezer of Hoth."[7]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 StarWars-DatabankII Beezer Fortuna in the Databank
  4. Rogue One, Part I
  5. TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. “This pre-production Bib Fortuna maquette from Return of the Jedi is relevant to some of the latest Rogue One photos.”
  6. TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. “p. 85. Beezer's production nickname was "Cousin Bib" so I used that in his backstory. He was based on an old Bib Fortuna maquette.” (screenshot)
  7. TwitterLogo @pablohidalgo (Pablo Hidalgo) on Twitter. “Beezer's name comes from the fact the early draft script for ROTJ called Bib Fortuna "High Beezer of Hoth"” (screenshot)

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