Graballa was a Hutt crime lord and cousin of Jabba Desilijic Tiure. During the Galactic Civil War, Graballa managed an ore mine in the Balgaroth asteroid field on behalf of his wealthier cousin. Discontented with his life, Graballa wanted to start up a beachside resort and cafe. With Jabba unwilling to bankroll his plans, Graballa saw an opportunity when the Force-sensitive Rowan Freemaker turned up with one of the Kyber Saber crystals. After Rowan escaped, Graballa sent his bounty hunters Dengar, Baash, and Raam on a hunt for the boy.
Later, Graballa would join forces with the Sith agent Naare to hunt down Rowan and his family. Pursuing the Freemakers across the galaxy, Graballa and Naare managed to steal six of the seven crystals from Rowan. However, Rowan escaped with the seventh crystal on Hoth. Graballa and Naare managed to lure Rowan out of hiding by torturing his older brother and sister Zander and Kordi Freemaker. After learning the location of the seventh crystal, Naare turned on Graballa and his men. Graballa and his henchmen survived and sought revenge on the Sith by kidnapping her and freezing her in carbonite.
Graballa was born about 462 years before the Battle of Hoth. He spent two centuries managing an ore mine in the desolate Balgaroth asteroid field on behalf of his more powerful and wealthy cousin Jabba. As a minor Hutt crime lord, Graballa owned an armed starship called the Rancor's Fist, which doubled as his headquarters and throne. He also maintained the services of several henchmen including the bounty hunters Dengar, the Iktotchi Baash and Raam, and the Toydarian servant Yeppau. In addition, Graballa owned a pet nexu named Smiley, whom he fed his enemies to.
A lucrative opportunityEdit
At some time after the Battle of Hoth, Graballa became dissatisfied with his managerial job and attempted to convince Jabba to bankroll his project to establish a beachside resort and cafe. With Yeppau presenting a poster, Graballa tried to appeal to Jabba's love for buffets. However, Jabba responded in Huttese that Graballa was wasting his time before ending the hologram transmission. At that point, his bounty hunters Baash and Raam entered Graballa's throne room with two new bounty hunters: an Ugnaught and the droid "IG-89". In reality, the two bounty hunters were the twelve year old human boy Rowan Freemaker and his B1 battle droid minder Roger, who had traveled to the Balgaroth asteroid field to find a Kyber Saber crystal.
Baash and Raam, who served as Graballa's "think tank", told their master that they had found two new bounty hunters. Graballa was unenthusiastic because he already hired the services of Dengar, who was napping nearby. Baash and Raam responded that Rowan was the most dangerous Ugnaught and that "IG-89" was better than IG-88. Graballa reluctantly agreed to offer the two newcomers Dengar's job if they could prove they were tougher and faster than him. After a brief interlude, Rowan accepted Graballa's offer. However, he and Roger were quickly overpowered by Dengar. In the process, Rowan was unmasked as a human child and the Kyber Saber crystal was thrown at the bottom of Graballa's throne.
After Roger told Graballa that the Galactic Empire was after the crystal, the Hutt crime lord took an interest in the object and deduced that it was valuable. Undaunted by the Empire, Graballa demanded that Rowan tell him how to get more of these crystals. Rowan claimed that he did not know and that he and Roger had found the crystal by chance. When they refused to talk, Graballa threatened to feed them to his pet nexu Smiley and opened the trap door beneath his throne.
Under Graballa's orders, Rowan and Roger were tied, hung upside down, and lowered by a crane into Smiley's pit. Before Graballa could finish with his captives, he was visited by Rowan's older sister and brother Kordi and Zander Freemaker, who posed as traveling salesmen. Kordi and Zander tried to sell a beat-up Z-wing to Graballa. Kordi flattered the Hutt crime lord and got Zander to demonstrate the Z-wing's repurposed laser cannon. Kordi managed to lead Graballa away from his throne while her "Jedi" ally Naare freed Rowan and Roger from their chains. In secret, Naare was a Sith agent working for Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.
While Zander repaired the Z-wing, Kordi tried to convince Graballa to buy the ship for twenty credits a month. However, Graballa quickly realized that Kordi was trying to rip him off and pointed out that it was a clever distraction which allowed her "friend" Naare, Rowan, and Roger to escape. The Freemakers and Naare fled into the Z-wing and blasted a hold in the transparisteel window; exposing the throne room to zero-gravity space. Only Graballa's big heavy mass prevented his henchmen from being sucked out into space. However, the Kyber Saber crystal was lost.
Graballa sent Dengar and his henchmen to pursue the Freemakers and Naare in their starfighters. However, Naare used the Force to clear a path through the asteroid field and to crush Graballa's fighters with asteroids. The Freemakers also managed to recover the second Kyber Saber crystal in space. Following the Freemakers' escape, Graballa conferred with Dengar, Baash and Raam. He believed that the Kyber Saber crystals would make him richer than Jabba. While displaying a holographic image of Rowan, Graballa tasked the three bounty hunters with finding the boy; whose name he still did not know.
Under Graballa's orders, Dengar, Baash, and Raam traveled to the Lower Ring of the space station called the Wheel. While the three bounty hunters did not find any sign of the boy Rowan Freemaker, they discovered that the former Cloud City Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian was offering a "big reward" to anyone who would retrieve his "lost treasure" from the floating city, which was now occupied by Imperial forces. During the course of their mission, Dengar and his associates encountered the Freemakers and Naare again. They attempted to kidnap Rowan, whose body had been accidentally frozen in carbonite. However, Graballa's bounty hunters were stopped by Zander, Kordi, and Naare and ended up locked up in Cloud City's prison. Despite this setback, they discovered that the boy was called Rowan Freemaker and that he was part of a scavenging family called the Freemakers.
Later, Dengar, Baash, and Raam managed to break out prison and returned to the Rancor's Fist. During his time in prison, Dengar had tried to contact Graballa by hologram but the Hutt had been too busy to take his calls. Meanwhile, Graballa tried to present a modified version of his beachside resort and cafe venture to Jabba. However, his cousin was unfazed and dismissed his project as boring. Graballa was about to ask his Toydarian aide Yeppau what he could have done better when Dengar and his associates entered the throne room. When Graballa asked where the bounty hunters had been, Dengar chided Graballa for not answering his distress calls. Dengar managed to mollify his boss by telling him that he had discovered the name of their target: Rowan Freemaker.
Trap on TatooineEdit
Having found a new lead, Graballa engineered a trap for the Freemakers on the desert world of Tatooine. Graballa forced the podracer pilot Ben Quadinaros to lure the Freemakers to his garage at Mos Espa under the pretext of servicing his podracer for the upcoming 29th Annual Bricklayers' Classic. Graballa gained Quadinaros' cooperation by threatening to snap the Toong's antennae. Quadinaros complied with Graballa's orders and the Freemakers arrived at his garage. At the opportune moment, Quadinaros alerted Graballa and the Hutt crime lord and his henchmen entered the garage.
After telling Ben to run off, Graballa asked Rowan the location of the other Kyber Saber crystals. When the boy refused to talk, Dengar grabbed him. Graballa then warned Rowan that he could settle it the easy way or the "Hutt" way. Before Graballa could finish his interrogation, Jabba entered the garage with armed escorts and demanded to know why he was visiting Tatooine without his permission. Jabba also brought Han Solo's frozen body and warned Graballa about the danger of crossing him. Graballa then responded that his business with Rowan did not concern Jabba. While Graballa was distracted, the Freemakers fled on Ben's podracer.
Graballa's henchmen Dengar, Baash, and Raam were too preoccupied with chatting with Boba Fett to notice the Freemakers' escape. Graballa was enraged that his henchmen had failed to keep an eye on the Freemakers and sent them after them. Dengar, Baash, and Raam gave chase on speeder bikes but the Freemakers managed to lose them during the race. Graballa watched the race at the grand stands with Jabba and lamented the incompetence of his henchmen. Jabba mocked Graballa's bounty hunters as "second-rate" while Fett snubbed Graballa by refusing to work for him.
The Freemakers fled into the Dune Sea at the end of the 29th Annual Bricklayers' Classic. Graballa and his henchmen eventually cornered the Freemakers at an abandoned Jawa sandcrawler. Graballa told the Freemakers they were surrounded and demanded their surrender. However, he was distracted by a brief argument with Dengar over how to pronounce Fett's name. When Rowan's sister Kordi asked Graballa what were the terms of his negotiation, the Hutt demanded that they surrender Rowan and threatened to blow them up. The Freemakers managed to keep Graballa and his henchmen at bay by hurling detonators at them.
Graballa and his men survived the onslaught by hiding behind rocks. After the Freemakers ran out of detonators, Graballa ordered his men to storm the sandcrawler. However, Graballa and his men were attacked by the Freemakers' "Jedi" ally Naare, who strafed them with her Eclipse Fighter and scattered them with her Force powers and lightsaber combat skills. She managed to free Rowan but Graballa's henchmen regrouped and captured Kordi, Zander, and Roger. Naare proved to be more than a match for Graballa's men and escaped with the Freemakers. As a final insult, she also destroyed Graballa's skiff; forcing the Hutt crime lord to beg his cousin Jabba for a ride.
A new allyEdit
Undaunted, Graballa and his henchmen continued their hunt for Rowan and traveled to the Freemakers' starship business Freemaker Salvage and Repair, which was based in a space station called the Wheel. There, Graballa and his henchmen stumbled upon Naare, who had fallen out with the Freemakers after they had discovered her true identity as a Sith agent. Graballa initially wanted to settle scores with Naare for aiding the Freemakers. However, Naare managed to form an alliance with Graballa by convincing him to share half of the Kyber Saber crystals. In return for Graballa's crew repairing her ship Eclipse Fighter, the two sides agreed to share the crystals.
Using Roger's transmission pack as a homing device, Naare tracked the Freemakers down to the planet Takodana. She stole the fourth Kyber Saber crystal from Rowan and fled aboard her Eclipse Fighter. The Freemakers gave chase in the StarScavenger but came under attack from Graballa's Rancor's Fist. The Freemakers managed to flee into hyperspace much to Graballa's dismay. However, Naare reassured him that she had a way of finding them. Naare and Graballa pursued the Freemakers to the watery world of Ningoth, where Rowan had obtained the fifth Kyber Saber crystal from an opee sea killer.
Graballa's Rancor's Fist exchanged fire with the StarScavenger while Naare pursued the Freemakers' Bubbly Snubbly submarine with her starfighter. Though the Freemakers managed to return to their ship, Naare still managed to steal the Kyber Saber crystal from them. The Freemakers then fled into hyperspace and their jump triggered a tidal wave that swamped the engines of the Rancor's Fist, causing Graballa expensive damage. When Graballa complained that he was having to foot the bill, Naare reassured him that the Freemakers would not escape for long because she had found a way to track them. Graballa then tried to get Dengar to impress Naare but the bounty hunter was unprepared.
Graballa stayed aboard his ship while Naare and Dengar confronted the Freemakers at the Emperor Palpatine Museum on Naboo. Despite stealing the sixth Kyber Saber crystal, the skirmish led to the Museum's destruction. The Freemakers also managed to escape and learnt that Naare and Graballa were trailing them through Roger's transmission pack. Despite learning the seventh Kyber Saber crystal was on Hoth, Graballa and Naare were unable to track Rowan since the Freemakers had deactivated the transmission pack. While Graballa waited impatient aboard the Rancor's Fist, Naare told him to be patient.
While waiting for Rowan to turn up, Graballa contacted Jabba via hologram. His cousin was unsympathetic towards his quest to obtain the Kyber Saber crystals. Meanwhile, the Emperor chastised Naare for only collecting six of the seven Kyber Saber crystals. Both Graballa and Naare confided their frustration with their superiors. After a long spell, Graballa and Naare were able to pick up Roger's signal after the battle droid reattached his transmission pack in an attempt to save his human masters and their friend Jek-14 from being killed by mutinous droids led by N-3RO. Graballa and Naare then traveled to the planet Zoh, which was a junkyard world.
Graballa's Rancor's Fist proceeded to bomb the junk world and blasted N-3RO. Graballa stayed aboard while Naare fought with Jek-14, who managed to help the Freemakers and Roger to escape into space. Rowan then used Roger's transmission pack to dare Graballa and Naare to race him to the last Kyber Saber crystal on Hoth. Graballa and Naare pursued the StarScavenger on their ships through hyperspace.
Race to HothEdit
Graballa and Naare raced the Freemakers on their ships to the planet Hoth. Graballa and his ship Rancor's Fist entered a violent snowstorm. Due to the storm, Graballa and his crew were unable to see but Naare and Rowan were able to navigate through the storm using the Force. Following a chase, Graballa, Naare, and Dengar's ships crashed into a mountain. Fortunately for them, their ships were not destroyed. However, they had lost the Freemakers who managed to retrieve the seventh Kyber Saber crystal from a deep cave.
Graballa and Naare watched while several of his henchmen including Yeppau, Baash, and Raam dug the Rancor's Fist out of the snow. When an impatient Graballa asked Naare whether she could sense the boy with the Force, she replied that she could not sense the boy but that she could sense fear. Later, Graballa and Naare discovered that the Freemakers were hiding at the abandoned rebel Echo Base from the Imperial officers Durpin and Plumestriker.
Graballa's forces and Naare attacked the Freemakers, who had hastily assembled an AT-AT walker and a snowspeeder. Graballa's AT-AT walker was shot down by the Freemakers' walker while the Freemakers' snowspeeder downed Dengar's starfighter a second time. However, Naare shot down the Freemakers' airspeeder and used the Force to summon an avalanche which toppled the AT-AT walker. The Freemakers survived the attack and fled inside a cave.
Naare issued an ultimatum to Rowan and offered to spare his family's lives if he surrendered the last Kyber Saber crystal to them. Rowan pretended to comply with their demands but replaced the kyber saber with an ice shard. Graballa and his henchmen watched as Naare attempted to reforge the Kyber Saber only to have it disintegrate. While Naare and Graballa were distracted, the Freemakers fled into hyperspace on the StarScavenger.
Showdown at the WheelEdit
After the Freemakers escaped from Hoth, Graballa and Naare continued their search for Rowan Freemaker. Graballa orders his spies including the Kubaz Garindan to search for the Freemakers. When Graballa tried to cheer up the Sith, Naare, who was chafing under her Sith masters, threw a tantrum and hurled Graballa and his entourage against the wall of their throne room. Later, Garidan spotted Rowan's older brother and sister Zander and Kordi on Tatooine and reported them to Graballa and Yeppau. While Graballa was disappointed, Naare came up with a plan to force Rowan out of hiding by torturing his older siblings.
Graballa, Naare, and his henchmen traveled to the Freemaker Garage on the space station called the Wheel. There, they cornered Zander and Kordi, who had just returned after an unsuccessful search for Rowan and Roger, who had fled to parts unknown. While Graballa and his henchmen watched, Naare proceeded to torture Zander and Kordi emotionally and psychologically by destroying their prized possessions including Zander's starships and Kordi's credits. Naare's plan worked and Rowan returned with Roger to rescue his family members.
During the ensuing skirmish, Graballa's henchmen Dengar, Baash, and Raam exchanged fire with the Freemakers. After Zander trapped Baash and Raam with a magnetizer, Graballa tried to convince the two to let go of their blasters in order to free themselves. However, Zander fired a gas canister at Graballa, knocking the Hutt into the two gangsters. Despite Rowan putting up a fierce lightsaber and Force battle against Naare, the Sith managed to steal Roger's head, which contained the coordinates of the seventh Kyber Saber.
Believing they had bested the Freemakers, Graballa then demanded that the Sith give his share of the Kyber Saber crystals because he needed to pay a deposit for his beachside resort and cafe. However, Naare broke the deal and claimed all seven of the crystals. Using her Force powers, she attacked Graballa and his henchmen and drove them out of the Freemaker Garage. Naare then left on her Eclipse Fighter with Roger's head to claim the last Kyber Saber crystal.
Fuming over Naare's betrayal, Graballa and his henchmen pursued the Sith agent. Their travels took them to the galactic capital Coruscant, where Naare had attempted to overthrow the Emperor and destroy him with the Kyber Saber. However, her plan was foiled by the Freemakers, who rescued Roger's head and stole the Kyber Saber. While the Emperor was distracted, Naare attempted to escape the ruined Imperial Palace only to run into Graballa, Dengar, Baash, and Raam. They clasped chains onto her wrists and took her prisoner. Returning to the Rancor's Fist, Graballa had Naare frozen into carbonite and displayed her body in his throneroom. While Baash, Raam, and Yeppau struggled to hang the frozen body, Graballa acknowledged that his cousin Jabba often had the right idea. Meanwhile, Rowan destroyed the Kyber Saber by plunging it into the depths of the volcanic planet Mustafar.
Personality and traitsEdit
Graballa had brown skin and a white underbelly. He was smaller than his cousin Jabba. Unlike Jabba, Graballa spoke Galactic Basic but could still understand Huttese. Graballa was about 462 years old following the Battle of Hoth but still saw himself at the prime of his life. Graballa was discontented with his life of managing an ore mine in the Balgaroth asteroid field and wanted to run a beachside resort and cafe. Unable to obtain start-up capital from Jabba, Graballa decided to kidnap the Force-sensitive Rowan Freemaker and force the boy to reveal the location of the scattered pieces of the Kyber Saber, an ancient weapon. As an ambitious and avaricious crime lord, Graballa was willing to feed Rowan to his pet nexu Smiley in order to force his cooperation.
Graballa's desire to start a beachside resort and cafe led him to send his bounty hunters to hunt Rowan. At times, Graballa grew impatient with the incompetence of his hunters Dengar, Baash, and Raam. His failure to capture Rowan led him to team up with the Sith agent Naare to hunt down Rowan in return for splitting the Kyber Saber. However, Graballa underestimated the guile of Naare, who turned on Graballa after collecting six of the crystals and learning the location of the final one. Graballa was vindictive towards those who crossed him and exacted his revenge on Naare by freezing her in carbonite.
Behind the scenesEdit
Graballa first appeared as the secondary antagonist in the non-Canon Disney XD animated television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which ran from June 20 to August 29 2016. He was voiced by Dana Snyder.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Mines of Graballa" (First appearance)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Lost Treasure of Cloud City" (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Race on Tatooine"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Test"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Maker of Zoh"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Showdown on Hoth"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Duel of Destiny"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Kyber Saber"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season Two
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DLC)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Garballa states in "The Mines of Garballa" he is 462 years old. The reference book Star Wars: Galactic Atlas has the Battle of Hoth being placed in 3 ABY. That being said we can extrapolate that Garballa was born at least 465 years before the Battle of Yavin.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Mines of Graballa"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Lost Treasure of Cloud City"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Race on Tatooine"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Test"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Maker of Zoh"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Showdown on Hoth"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Duel of Destiny"
- ↑ LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Kyber Saber"