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"Yousa no thinken yousa greater than the Gungans? Mesa lika this. Maybe wesa being friends."
―Nass, to Padmé Amidala[src]

Boss Rugor Nass was the leader of the Gungans during the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo. Nass governed the Gungans from the city of Otoh Gunga within Naboo's oceans, keeping a close eye on Gungan affairs and, for a time, assuring that the Gungans and the human population of Naboo did not interact. He initially refused to help the Naboo during the invasion, rejecting Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi when they requested it, but ultimately had a change of heart. Nass agreed to ally with the Naboo after Jar Jar Binks brought Queen Padmé Amidala before the Gungan leadership, and the young queen pleaded her case. After the Battle of Naboo, in which the Naboo and the Gungans were victorious over the Federation, Nass joined Queen Amidala in peace. Nass' tenure as Boss ended sometime before the Clone Wars, and he attended Amidala's funeral after her death at the end of the war.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Boss Rugor Nass was the ruler of the Gungans prior and during the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo.[1] He governed his people from the underwater city of Otoh Gunga beneath the planet Naboo's Lake Paonga. Some time before the Invasion of Naboo, Boss Nass banished Jar Jar Binks for crashing his personal heyblibber submarine.[4] Due to the difficult relationship between the Gungans and the human Naboo, Boss Nass thought the Naboo to be arrogant and condescending towards his people.[1]

Invasion of NabooEdit

Shortly after the Trade Federation invasion, Boss Nass held an audience with the Jedi ambassadors Master Qui-Gon Jinn, his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jar Jar Binks. Binks had led the Jedi ambassadors to Otoh Gunga but had been arrested by Captain Roos Tarpals for breaking his banishment. Master Jinn had come to warn the Gungans about the threat posed by the Trade Federation to the entire planet. Believing this to be a matter between the Naboo and Federation, Nass refused to get involved. However, he told them that the speediest way to the Naboo people was through the planet's core.[1]

When Master Jinn asked what was to happen to Binks, Nass replied that he would be punished. Jinn came to Bink's defense by pointing out that he had saved the Gungan's life and that Binks owed him a life debt. Master Jinn's words convinced Boss Nass, who allowed Binks to leave as a guide for the two Jedi. Boss Nass provided Binks and the Jedi with a bongo submarine to reach Theed. Despite the Gungans' refusal to get involved in the conflict, the Trade Federation soon turned its attention to the Gungan cities, leading to an evacuation of Otoh Gunga.[1]

Later, the Naboo Queen Padmé Amidala traveled to the Gungan sacred place to forge an alliance with Boss Nass and the Gungans. After Amidala's decoy Sabé initiated contact with Nass, Amidala revealed herself in order to gain his trust. She told Boss Nass that the Trade Federation had destroyed all that the Naboo and Gungans had built and fought for. If they did not work together, the Trade Federation would dominate the planet. Swayed by Amidala's appeal, Boss Nass decided to put aside his people's distrust of the Naboo and to be friends. As a result, the Gungans agreed to assist the Naboo and the Jedi in expelling the Trade Federation. To honor Binks for his role in bringing the two peoples together, Nass made him Bombad General of the Gungan Grand Army which diverted the Federation's army away from Theed.[1]

Boss Nass was later present at the joint victory celebrations held at Theed. There, he received a Globe of Peace from Queen Amidala and vowed that the two peoples would live in peace.[1]

The Clone WarsEdit

Rugor Nass' tenure as Boss ended at some time prior to the Clone Wars. He was succeeded by Boss Lyonie, who served during that conflict.[5] Due to his friendship with Amidala, he and Jar Jar Binks attended her funeral at the end of the Clone Wars.[6]

Personality and traitsEdit

Rugor Nass was a confident and proud ruler of the Gungan people. He was a pudgy and heavily-built Gungan who dressed in ornate robes befitting his status as a ruler. He regarded the Human Naboo as arrogant and condescending towards his people and was initially reluctant to help them during the Trade Federation invasion of their planet.[1] Nass also initially had a low opinion of Jar Jar Binks after the latter crashed his personal bongo submarine; leading the former to banish Binks into the swamps.[4]

While initially wary of the Naboo, Nass came to respect Queen Padme Amidala after she urged the two people to put aside their differences in order to save their homeworld and civilizations from the Trade Federation. As a result, Nass buried his people's hatchet with the Naboo and committed the Gungan Grand Army to driving out the Federation. Following the expulsion of the Trade Federation, Nass publicly expressed his desire for the Gungans and Naboo to live in peace.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Rugor Nass first appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. He was a CGI character who was voiced by Brian Blessed, who reprised his role as Nass in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Rugor Nass also appeared in several Star Wars Legends media.

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