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Galen Torg
Biographical information
Homeworld

Alderaan[1]

Physical description
Species

Human[2]

Gender

Male[2]

Height

1.8 meters[3]

Skin color

Fair[2]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Rebellion era[2]

Affiliation

Alliance to Restore the Republic[2]

"Okay, let's hit them where it hurts."
―Galen Torg[src]

Galen Torg was a Human male native of the planet Alderaan, who served as a military officer on his homeworld. By some point surrounding his planet's destruction by the Galactic Empire's DS-1 Orbital Battle Station in 0 BBY, Torg joined the Rebel Alliance, and retained his ceremonial dress uniform during his service. That year, the Alliance managed to destroy the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station in the Yavin system. Torg was selected to serve as a Rebel Honor Guard sentry for the ceremony held to honor the Heroes of Yavin at the Alliance's headquarters on the moon Yavin 4.

BiographyEdit

The Human male Galen Torg[2] hailed from the planet Alderaan[1] during the Galactic Civil War, a conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire.[2] At some point by 0 BBY, Torg served as a military officer on Alderaan.[1] That year, the Empire used their DS-1 Orbital Battle Station superweapon—code named the Death Star—to destroy Torg's homeworld.[2] Torg was among the surviving Alderaanians, and also retained his ceremonial dress uniform. By then, he had also joined the Alliance, and continued to use his uniform in the Alliance.[1]

In 0 BBY, the Battle of Yavin occurred, during which the Alliance's starfighters destroyed the Death Star in the Yavin system. Following the battle, a ceremony was held in the Grand Audience Chamber of the Great Temple, the Alliance's headquarters on the moon of Yavin 4. Torg was among the soldiers[2] selected[4] to serve as Rebel Honor Guard sentries for the occasion. Torg stood in front of the Chamber's entrance during the ceremony, which honored the Heroes of Yavin: pilots Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Galen Torg was loyal to the Rebellion,[3] and typical of the Alliance's hard-working, unsung heroes.[4] As a survivor of Alderaan,[1] and as a reward for his dedication and courage, he was selected[5] to serve as part of the honor guard at the award ceremony as thanks for the Heroes of Yavin's destruction of the Death Star.[1] Torg wielded an electropole,[2] along with a blaster pistol and grenades. He also owned a comlink and a pair of macrobinoculars. Torg stood at a height of 1.8 meters[3] and had fair skin.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Galen Torg first appeared as an uncredited honor guard extra visible during the ending award ceremony scene of 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In 1989, the first edition of West End Games' Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope sourcebook mentioned the name "Galen Torg" as an example of a standard Rebel soldier for use with Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, providing him mainly roleplaying statistics. The book did not establish that Torg was any Rebel character who appeared in A New Hope. In 1995, the Premiere Limited edition of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game was the first source to identify Galen Torg as one of the honor guard extras seen at the end of the film. In 2007, the "Rebel Honor Guard" action figure released by Hasbro's Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection revealed that the Rebel Honor Guard present at the award ceremony following the Battle of Yavin was composed exclusively of survivors of Alderaan's destruction. Torg was later given an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia released in 2008.

InconsistenciesEdit

In 1987, the comic Star Wars Droids 8: Star Wars According to the Droids, Book III depicted the award ceremony scene, and included Galen Torg and the other sentry guarding the entrance to the Grand Audience Chamber. However, they are depicted with significantly different uniforms than what was shown in the A New Hope film.

Non-canon appearancesEdit

In 2006, the non-canon video game LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was released, and one year later, so was the subsequent LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. At the end of the A New Hope segment is a cutscene which serves as a re-imagining of the award ceremony. Although the cutscene includes Torg and the other sentry standing at the entrance to the ceremony, their uniforms are the uniforms of Rebel troopers belonging to the Alliance Fleet, as opposed to the canonical Honor Guard uniforms.

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