Deland Tyerell

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Deland "Pabs" Tyerell was a male Aleena who was the son of Ratts Tyerell, the famous podracer who died in the Boonta Eve Classic of 32 BBY.


Deland, following in his father's footsteps, became a podracer pilot in his own right—known to the crowds as 'Pabs'. To win back the freedom of his sister Djulla Tyerell, who had been sold as a slave to the Dug Sebulba, Deland competed in an illegal podrace held separately from but concurrent with the Galactic Games of 26 BBY. Sebulba, however, broke Deland's arm and sabotaged his pod prior to the race, hoping to help his own son Hekula to win. Fourteen-year-old Anakin Skywalker entered the race in Deland's stead, piloting his podracer, regaining control over it after its attempted sabotage, and going on to win both the race and Djulla's freedom.[1]

Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered, however, that Deland and his brother-mechanic, Doby Tyerell, had conspired to cheat in the podrace, having secured information of a faster route, evidenced in a map that was sent to them by Maxo Vista, a celebrated former Games athlete and Galactic Games Council member. Even so, and despite Sebulba's attempt to sabotage the pod (intending it to careen into the stands of unwary spectators, resulting in sure death), Skywalker pulled through for the Tyerell brothers as he regained control of the vehicle: the young Jedi's win secured not only safety for the crowds, but also freedom for their sister.[1]

Deland later founded the Ratts Tyerell Foundation (RTF), a group opposed to the dangerous game of podracing.[1]



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