- "Teda doesn't seem very bright"
Roy Teda was the corrupt dictator of the planet Romin a number of years prior to the Clone Wars. He was an associate of the galactic criminals Granta Omega and Jenna Zan Arbor, and in doing so, became an enemy of the Jedi Order.
Rise to powerEdit
It is unknown exactly when Teda became the ruler of Romin, but it is possible that he gained power with the help of Senator Sano Sauro, whose views he strongly supported. Upon his control of the planet, Teda declared Romin a safe haven for criminals from all corners of the galaxy, protecting them from warrants for their arrests, as long as they didn’t mind paying the large fees in exchange for the cover-ups. With the vast amount of credits he was earning, Teda created a seemingly Utopian society for his unlawful citizens, while leaving the rest of Romin’s innocent workers or children in poverty. These actions led to a strong underground movement against his rule.
Enemy of the RepublicEdit
At about 25 BBY, the criminal scientist, Jenna Zan Arbor, sought refuge on Romin, after fleeing from the Jedi on Vanqor. Teda welcomed Zan Arbor with open arms (ready to collect her payments), and the two became close partners. Through Zan Arbor, he was introduced to Granta Omega, who was also in recent altercations with the Jedi. Together the three of them began planning a major attack on the Galactic Republic.
About six months after Zan Arbor relocated to Romin, the Jedi tracked her down. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Siri Tachi, and their apprentices, Anakin Skywalker and Ferus Olin had to infiltrate their way into finding her and Teda by posing as criminals seeking refuge of their own on the planet. However, before they could capture them, civil war erupted. The underground movement made their first attempt at overthrowing Teda, and even though they tried to make the uprising as non-violent as possible, it ended up being a bloodbath. In the midst of this chaos, Zan Arbor and Teda fled, even leaving behind leaders of Teda’s government to be taken hostage.
Thinking that the Jedi were really the criminals they were posing, the two criminals contacted them looking for safe passage offworld. However, upon meeting the Jedi, they discovered their true identities, after Zan Arbor recognized Anakin from months earlier. Teda orders his men to seize the Jedi, but a team of Jedi led by Mace Windu arrived and arrested him and Zan Arbor. However, in order to negotiate with the leader of the anti-Teda rebellion in releasing the hostages (and knowing that the two of them could lead them to Omega), they were both set free.
Attack on the RepublicEdit
A few weeks after being able to escape Romin, Teda and Zan Arbor had already established the Blackwater Systems Facility on Falleen. They were now able to mass-produce Zan Arbor’s drug, the Zone of Self-Containment, thus accelerating their plans of attacking the Republic. Finally tracking them down, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker investigated the facility, which resulted in Teda fleeing Falleen, and Zan Arbor being forced to destroy Blackwater Systems.
Teda headed for Coruscant, where he testified in the Galactic Senate for Sano Sauro, who organized a group of politicians who believed that the Jedi Order’s policies were becoming more and more immoral. Teda claimed that the situation on Romin weeks earlier showed that the Jedi were trying to overthrow the governments of “innocent” worlds.
After testifying, Roy Teda reunited with Jenna Zan Arbor and Granta Omega, who both recently arrived on Coruscant. Together they finally set their plans into motion: using an airborne form of the Zone of Self-Containment, the Senate would be lulled into an inebriated state. This would make it easy to assassinate hundreds of Senators including Supreme Chancellor Palpatine through the use of individually programmed seeker droids, each set to kill a specific target. Returning back to the Senate, Teda signaled Zan Arbor and Omega when to initiate the attack. The attack began and twenty-one Senators, along with a number of other Senate employees, were killed. What Teda did not know, however, was that Omega and Zan Arbor no longer had any use for him, and a seeker droid killed him as well.