- "Suit yourself—you're going to be our guest here for awhile, in any case."
- ―Fenn Booda welcomes Aurra Sing to Desolation Alley
Fenn Booda was the male warden of Desolation Alley, a prison and labor camp located on the moon Oovo IV which was affiliated with the Correctional Authority of the Galactic Republic during the year 32 BBY. As reward for their hard work in the Oovo IV ore mines, Booda would occasionally entertain the Desolation Alley inmates with Podraces that sped through the prison's facilities and the moon's rocky surface. In addition, Booda granted inmate Fud Sang the chance to race with the promise of a possible release if Sang performed well. Booda presented Sang with a Bokaan Race Engineering BRE Block6 Tri-Ram Podracer to drive in, which the diminutive alien used to great extent on Oovo IV's three courses: Vengeance, Executioner, and The Gauntlet.
Booda personally hosted all three of Oovo IV's Podracing events, but was usually booed off-stage by the inmates during the opening ceremonies. To increase the inmates' appeal to the races, Booda and the other wardens filled the anti-gravity tunnels that made up parts of the courses with chunks of ore for Podracer pilots to crash into. Booda continued to be Desolation Alley's warden through 22 BBY and the start of the intergalactic conflict known as the Clone Wars. During this time, Desolation Alley boasted the famed Jedi killer Aurra Sing as a prisoner, who tried to trade information to Booda in exchange for her freedom.
Podracing in Desolation AlleyEdit
- "Welcome to Oovo IV and Desolation Alley. I am the warden, Fenn Booda."
- ―Fenn Booda
The male individual Fenn Booda served as the lead warden of the Desolation Alley prison, located on the moon Oovo IV, during the year 32 BBY. The penal colony also served as a labor camp, and was affiliated with the Galactic Republic's Correctional Authority division. Inmates were forced to mine for ore under the moon's surface. To keep the prisoners entertained, Booda rewarded their hard work with occasional Podraces. The prison boasted three Podrace courses: Vengeance, Executioner, and The Gauntlet. All three courses started in a circular arena, and sped through various anti-gravity tunnels, cell blocks, and power stations. The Gauntlet was the only course that sped onto the moon's barren surface.
In order to keep the races more interesting, Booda and the other wardens would fill the anti-gravity tunnels with chunks of ore and rock, creating hazardous obstacles for Podracer pilots. One tunnel on Vengeance lacked any ore whatsoever and instead played host to an exogorth—a giant space-worm. By 32 BBY, all three courses were a part of professional Podracing circuits. Vengeance was added to the Amateur Podracing Circuit, which consisted of the seasons's first seven races, while Executioner was a part of the Galactic Podracing Circuit. The Gauntlet was a part of the special Invitational Podracing Circuit, a circuit which consisted of only four races that were available to the champions of the previous circuits.
Booda would personally host each and every Oovo IV race, and was introduced to the spectators by the Troig race commentator, Fodesinbeed Annodue. However, every time Booda took center stage to see the racers off, the prison's inmates would routinely boo the warden off the stage.
Booda collaborated with the diminutive jabber-jaw Fud Sang, an inmate serving four back-to-back life sentences in the prison, to provide the inmates someone to root for, as well as to act as a shoe-in for the races. Although Sang was a mediocre pilot at best, Booda nonetheless presented him an old Bokaan Race Engineering BRE Block6 Tri-Ram Podracer to race in. Sang eventually memorized the layout of Vengeance and set a record race time of 03:51.921 minutes on the course. He was eventually considered to be the course's crowd favorite. Sang also participated in races on the other Oovo IV tracks as well. Booda promised Sang that he would consider acquiring Sang's release if the pilot performed well enough. Booda also gave Sang chances to race off-world, which allowed Sang to became the track favorite of a race course on the planet Ando Prime.
Detainment of Aurra SingEdit
- "You wanted to see me, Aurra Sing?"
"Let's deal. I can provide you with information. Bounty hunters are being hired to kill Jedi. That worth something to you?"
- ―Fenn Booda listens to Aurra Sing's offer
Booda continued to be the prison's warden up through the year 22 BBY, where he continued to receive Republic prisoners as the intragalactic Clone Wars raged on after it sparked on the planet of Geonosis during the year. After a series of events on the planet Devaron, the renowned bounty hunter and Jedi killer Aurra Sing was captured by the Republic's Jedi Order after Sing was defeated in combat by the Jedi Aayla Secura. Although Sing's accomplice, Vien'sai'Malloc, was handed over to Devaronian authorities, Sing was sent to Desolation Alley.
After her arrival, she requested a meeting with Booda. After introducing himself to the bounty hunter, Booda listened to Sing as she offered information about other bounty hunters being hired to kill Jedi in exchange for her release. Booda considered the offer, but otherwise noted that Sing would remain in Desolation Alley for some time. Ultimately, Sing served only a few months in Desolation Alley before her offer was accepted and, after revealing what she knew, Sing was released. She returned to the prison sometime later, however, and was held there until she was freed and hired by the Sith Lord Darth Vader in 18 BBY.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Here he is, the host you all know and love, I'm sure. The all-seeing, all-knowing master with a master key, Warden Fenn Booda!"
- ―Fode Annodue humorously introduces Fenn Booda to Podrace spectators on Oovo IV
Fenn Booda was both benevolent and malicious at the same time. Although he would entertain his inmates with Podraces to keep them happy and in-line, he enjoyed the prospect of seeing hapless Podracers crash in his ore-filled anti-gravity tunnels, as he felt that the crashes would make the races more interesting. Booda also hosted The Gauntlet, the only course to speed outdoors, during an annual meteor shower. The otherwise strict Booda could also be accommodating, such as when giving Fud Sang the chance at becoming a star and offering medical aid to Aurra Sing. He also considered giving both individuals their freedom, and in Sing's case did so, at least in exchange for information on Jedi hunters. Despite giving his inmates the chance to take a break from their work to watch a Podrace, he was still immensely disliked by the inmates, and they regularly decried Booda during Podraces. The Podrace commentator Fode was aware of this, and parodied the relationship between Booda and the inmates when introducing the warden at Podraces.
Booda was a member of a tall, gaunt species and displayed white-colored skin around his face, and black skin on his arms. The alien's eyes were white during 32 BBY, but ten years later his eyes had turned yellow, and glowed red. Booda's thin arms both ended in three slender digits. He was known to carry a staff with him, and wore an ornate hat with a red cap and a white shawl, which he accompanied with flowing robes of various colors.
Behind the scenesEdit
Fenn Booda was designed for the 1999 video game Star Wars: Episode I Racer. Although the game was released for personal computers, the Nintendo 64, and the Sega Dreamcast, Booda only appeared in pre-rendered cutscenes for the PC releases, and was absent from the console versions. Booda later appeared again in the comic book Jedi: Aayla Secura, the second entry in the Star Wars: Jedi series by Dark Horse Comics. Aayla Secura was released in 2003, and was included in the collection Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 4: Light and Dark. Jedi: Aayla Secura was illustrated by Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, and Brad Anderson. Further information about Fenn Booda was detailed in Episode I Racer's two strategy guides. Booda later received an entry in 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
Throughout his appearances, the color of Booda's arms change constantly. In Episode I Racer Booda's arms are both black, which this article assumes is the correct coloration. In the Prima strategy guide, an illustration of Booda shows him with white arms, although a screenshot of the in-game Booda is present on the same page with the same color differences. Finally, in Jedi: Aayla Secura, Booda's arms are orange in color. It is difficult to discern as to whether or not Booda was ever wearing sleeves.
- Star Wars: Episode I: Racer: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Star Wars: Episode I Racer: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- The New Essential Chronology (Indirect mention only)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 85 ("Booda, Fenn")
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Star Wars: Episode I Racer
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Jedi: Aayla Secura
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The New Essential Chronology dates the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to the year 32 BBY. The racing season presented in the game Star Wars: Episode I Racer must have taken place during this year due to the appearances of Qui-Gon Jinn, Jar Jar Binks, and R2-D2 on Tatooine, which correspond to the events of The Phantom Menace.
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Star Wars: Episode I Racer: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 Star Wars: Episode I: Racer: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Episode I Racer Game Boy Color version
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 The New Essential Chronology dates the events of Jedi: Aayla Secura to the exact date of 21.41 BBY, which is within the year 22 BBY.
- ↑ The New Essential Chronology dates the First Battle of Geonosis, and thus the start of the Clone Wars, to the year 22 BBY.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The New Essential Chronology
- ↑ Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows
- ↑ The Essential Reader's Companion dates Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows to the year 18 BBY.
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I: Racer - Nintendo 64 - IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. (05/20/1999). Archived from the original on September 9, 2017. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
- ↑ Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 4: Light and Dark