- "It's ironic. I wanted a title—now it's all I've got left. 'Goravvus, Senator of a few blocks of the Lower City.'"
- ―Haydel Goravvus
Haydel Goravvus was a Near-Human male senator who represented the Outer Rim ecumenopolis Taris in the Galactic Senate of the Republic and played a crucial part in the Taris Resistance during the Mandalorian Wars. Born to a Human father and a Hamadryas mother, he was the first senator from Taris, and was placed into office in 3966 BBY by the efforts of Lhosan Industries chairman Jervo Thalien, as a means of ensuring protection of Taris' resource worlds.
Early life and careerEdit
- "The rumors are true, you know. I bought off the senators for Lhosan Industries. In exchange, they—and all the other Taris corporations—supported my own bid for the senate once Taris entered the Republic."
- ―Haydel Goravvus
Haydel Goravvus was born in the decades before the Mandalorian Wars as the son of a Human businessman and a Hamadryas serving girl. During his youth, Goravvus was not able to receive schooling, and he spent his time at a swoop bike factory owned by Lhosan Industries on the Outer Rim ecumenopolis Taris, in a city called Machineville. While Goravvus was still a teenager, the workers at the factory went on strike, and Goravvus, who needed some money, accepted a bribe from the managers of the factory and helped end the strike. This action caused Lhosan Industries' management to hire Goravvus as a calumniator. Over the next thirty years, he traveled the galaxy on behalf of Lhosan Industries, settling various affairs involving the company, utilizing mostly illegal or semi-legal methods in order to achieve his goals.
In 3966 BBY Goravvus helped Jervo Thalien, the Lhosan Industries chairman—as well as other corporations—bribe various senators in order to secure admission of Taris into the Galactic Republic. As a result, when Goravvus ran for office, Thalien and the corporations on Taris which they had bribed backed his bid, making him the first senator of the Taris sector. Many citizens of the xenophobic Upper City of Taris were not pleased with Goravvus securing the position, but the senator did not care about their opinion. However, during his tenure, Goravvus became more interested in the people of Taris rather than the bribes he received, and began to openly oppose the interests of the companies that put him in power, including Thalien, who was a friend of his.
The Mandalorian WarsEdit
- "When the riots started—and Jervo pulled his company out of Taris—I followed him halfway across the galaxy, pleading with him to change his mind. Finally, I threatened to go public about the bribes. But before I could, the Mandies invaded."
- ―Haydel Goravvus
By 3964 BBY, Goravvus faced a losing battle in trying to convince business interests such as Lhosan Industries to remain on Taris despite widespread crime in the Lower City which threatened to spread upward. He was involved in negotiating tax breaks with Thalien, but expressed hope that the Jedi and Constable Noana Sowrs would take major steps toward eliminating the crimewave. However, he went missing during the massive rioting that befell Taris in the weeks following Zayne Carrick's second escape from the Jedi Tower.
He had, in fact, gone to meet with Thalien in hopes of convincing him to return to Taris. When Thalien refused, Goravvus threatened to reveal the shady dealings his company had had with the senator. Before he could follow through on this, the Mandalorians attacked Taris. The senator returned to Taris and met up with the Taris Resistance. While negotiating an alliance with the Hidden Beks gang, he was tracked down by Zayne and Marn Hierogryph, who had been hired by Thalien to find him. Unknown to them, Thalien had placed a bounty on his old friend, and had Gryph unwittingly smuggle a powerful bomb into the the Resistance base, in hopes of silencing the senator before he could make his accusations. The bomb proved to be a dud due to Shel Jelavin's failed attempt to kill Zayne Carrick, however, and Goravvus made Thalien an offer: use his company's resources to provide aid and supplies to the front lines.
Later, after discovering that Cassus Fett had set up a base in the city's Jedi Tower, Goravvus helped plan an attack that would blow the tower and hopefully take Fett with it. Fett's departure made the mission pointless, though, and the Resistance headquarters was ambushed by the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. After Taris ultimately fell to the Mandalorians, Goravvus managed to escape to the Republic space. There the exiled Senator became a popular figure espousing the cause of people living on occupied worlds and providing funds for private efforts to rescue refugees.
Personality and traitsEdit
Behind the scenesEdit
- "With Goravvus’ story, we begin to see some of why things on Taris in the comics are the way they are, despite what we’re told in the video game. From what we learn there, you’d assume no alien could ever make it to the upper echelon of Taris society, much less become Senator. Here, we see that the people of Taris were not necessarily the power on Taris."
- ―John Jackson Miller, on Goravvus' impact on the storyline
Haydel Goravvus was created by John Jackson Miller, the writer of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic series. The character first appeared in the series' first issue, although he was not identified until the release of the trade paperback for the Commencement story arc. In The Taris Holofeed: Siege Edition, which appeared in the fifteenth issue, his name was spelled "Gorravus." Miller stated in his production notes for that issue that the spelling of the character's surname had not yet been decided upon. However, in The Taris Holofeed: Invasion Edition, the senator's surname was spelled as "Gorravus". Furthermore, his entry in 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia had the spelling of his name as "Gor-ravvus." Gorravvus was given the first name "Haydel" in his entry in the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, where his background was expanded because Miller needed a character to represent the Corporate Agent prestige class for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game.
In the comics, Goravvus was drawn by Brian Ching and Dustin Weaver for the first and twenty-third issues of the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, respectively. The first issue depicted the character as having yellow irises; however, the twenty-third issue depicted Goravvus' eyes as a blue hue.
- Knights of the Old Republic 1: Commencement, Part 1 (First appearance)
- Knights of the Old Republic 6: Commencement, Part 6 (Mentioned only)
- The Taris Holofeed: Siege Edition (Mentioned only)
- The Taris Holofeed: Invasion Edition (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 22: Knights of Suffering, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 23: Knights of Suffering, Part 2
- Knights of the Old Republic 46: Destroyer, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 48: Demon, Part 2 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide (First identified as Haydel)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I ("Gor-ravvus")
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Knights of the Old Republic 1: Commencement, Part 1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Knights of the Old Republic 23: Knights of Suffering, Part 2
- ↑ The Taris Holofeed: Siege Edition
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
- ↑ John Jackson Miller (April 2007). John Jackson Miller's notes on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #15.
- ↑ John Jackson Miller (August 2008). John Jackson Miller's notes on the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide.