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Raymus Antilles
Biographical information
Homeworld

Alderaan[1]

Died

0 BBY (35:3:3 GrS), Tantive IV[2]

Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Male[3]

Height

1.88 meters[1]

Mass

79 kilograms[4]

Hair color

Brown[3]

Eye color

Brown[3]

Skin color

Light[3]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"Nice work, Captain, I owe you one."
―Bail Organa[src]

Raymus Antilles was a male Human and the captain of the Corvette Sundered Heart at the time of the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War. He served the Royal Alderaan Civil Fleet under Senator Bail Prestor Organa. During the early stages of the Civil War, he served the Rebel Alliance in the fight against the Galactic Empire. He captained the Alderaan Diplomatic Cruiser Tantive IV before his death in 0 BBY at the hands of Darth Vader.

BiographyEdit

"We intercepted no transmissions. This is a consular ship… We're on a diplomatic mission…"
"If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador?"
―Antilles and Darth Vader[src]
Raymus Bail

Raymus Antilles and Bail Organa

Raymus Antilles was a male Human from the peaceful planet of Alderaan,[6] one of the so-called Core Worlds of the Galactic Republic.[7] He was a member of the prominent House of Antilles and the uncle of Corla Metonae.[8] Although he belonged to the same family as Breha, Queen of Alderaan, he himself held no title. During his formative years, Antilles learned how to pilot under the guidance of his mentor, Captain Jeremoch Colton.[6] At the time of the Clone Wars, he had reached the rank of captain and was entrusted with piloting the Sundered Heart, the consular vessel for Senator Bail Prestor Organa.[9]

Following the transmission of Order 66, Captain Antilles recovered a Jedi homing beacon from the ruined Jedi Temple, encountering opposition from clone troopers of the 501st Legion in the process. The beacon helped Bail Organa locate Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Captain Antilles transported the Jedi back to Coruscant, and later ferried the weary Masters to the medical center of Polis Massa.[10]

When Bail returned to Alderaan aboard the Sundered Heart, it was in the company of the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as Bail's newly-adopted child, Leia. To preserve the secret of the girl's true parentage, Bail ordered Antilles to have C-3PO's memory wiped,[10] though R2-D2 managed to avoid this fate.[11]

Over the next nineteen years, Raymus Antilles continued to command the Tantive IV, but was separated from C-3PO and R2-D2 until almost immediately before 0 BBY.

Early during the Galactic Civil War, Raymus, now a member of the Rebel Alliance, was granted property of the Sundered Heart as a gift for running aid and medical supplies past several Imperial blockades. He took that ship for some of his most dangerous missions instead of the Tantive IV.[12] In 1 BBY, he gave his support to the Star Tours travel agency, which was being re–launched under new management. To assist in the preparations for the first flight from the brand new Spaceport THX1138, Captain Antilles assigned C-3PO and R2-D2 to temporarily work for the company. However, after the first flight was ambushed by Imperial forces conducting a raid on THX1138 and the escorting of a Rebel agent to the Rebels, he quietly had C-3PO and R2-D2 returned to him from Star Tours.[13]

In the Battle of Kuat that same year, Antilles personally destroyed six Imperial shipyards in orbit of the planet, in order to begin the operation of stealing the X-wing prototypes. He also attacked a fleet of Imperial ships transporting Rebels, saving them from certain death. He was involved in many other missions for the Rebel cause. Later, while back in command of the Tantive IV, he was part of the mission which intercepted plans for the Death Star.

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Raymus is strangled by Darth Vader.

During the Battle over Tatooine, he commanded Blue Squadron from the cockpit of the Tantive IV. His passage through the system was interrupted when a nearby Interdictor cruiser activated its gravity well projector, preventing their escape and allowing the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Devastator to capture his ship.[14] The 501st Legion stormed the ship, and he was captured and taken to Darth Vader. The Sith Lord strangled Antilles to death (without the Force) after he refused to give information on the location of the Death Star plans, and attempted to claim that the Tantive IV was a consular ship on a diplomatic mission. Angered by Antilles's refusal to give up the location of the plans, as well as Antilles's death just as Vader demanded to know where the "ambassador" of the ship was due to his crushing his neck, the Dark Lord threw his body against a wall.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Raymus Antilles was level-headed, schooled in diplomacy, and a capable pilot. He was also a strong Rebel Alliance sympathizer and skilled at running Imperial blockades, but he lacked experience leading ground troops.[12] Antilles was also incredibly loyal to the Alliance, showing he was willing to give his life for it rather than give up the plans to the Death Star.

When he served aboard the Sundered Heart, he wore the iconic gray uniform of an Alderaan starship captain, and carried a target blaster.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

Raymus Antilles was played by Peter Geddis and Rohan Nichol in A New Hope and Revenge of the Sith, respectively. He was voiced by David Ackroyd in the Star Wars radio drama and by Stephen Stanton in Star Wars: Empire at War.

George Lucas proposed that Denis Lawson, the actor that played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy, might make a cameo as Raymus Antilles (much as Jeremy Bulloch had a cameo as Captain Jeremoch Colton). However, Lawson turned down the offer, and Lucas returned to his original choice, Nichol.[source?]

Rohan Nichol suffered an accidental shaving incident leaving a noticeable nick on his chin that would not stop bleeding prior to filming for Revenge of the Sith. After apologizing to George Lucas for the blemish, the latter jokingly responded that the character "must have gotten it in the Clone Wars."[15]

Raymus vs. ColtonEdit

In the novelization of Episode IV the captain strangled by Vader seems to be called 'Colton'. C-3PO refers to a "Captain Colton"; of course he would refer to Jeremoch Colton, however the full name Colton Antilles was also given in C-3PO: Tales of the Golden Droid.

Furthermore, actor Peter Geddis who played "Captain Antilles" in A New Hope does not appear to be nineteen years older than Rohan Nichol in Revenge of the Sith.

Therefore, it was perhaps originally intended that the character seen in Revenge of the Sith was not the same "Captain Antilles" killed by Darth Vader; Colton was originally identified as a possible Raymus Antilles's son, named in honor of the latter's colleague, Jeremoch Colton (who was perhaps introduced in continuity to explain the reference to 'Captain Colton' in the novelization).

However Leland Chee confirmed later that the captains in both films are the same individual;[16] this retcon, if indeed there has been one, is surprising, since not only does it erase the 'Colton' character mentioned by C-3PO from canon (unless he refers to Jeremoch Colton), but it also brings about the inconsistency of age and appearance between the two actors.

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