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"This investment by the Banking Clan will create unimaginable new war profits. The largest droid factory ever built."
"As long as the Republic doesn't find out."
―Senators Clovis and Dod — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Rush Clovis was a human male politician from the planet Scipio. Once a member of the Galactic Senate, Clovis worked closely with Senator Padmé Amidala early in her career. The two were romantically linked, until she insisted they return their relationship to a strictly professional level. With regret, Clovis respected her wishes. He continued to serve his people in the Senate, and became an influential representative of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. When the Clone Wars erupted, Clovis secretly betrayed the Galactic Republic to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

BiographyEdit

Clovis' father was an advisor to a Muun banker. After his father died in a shuttle accident, Clovis was adopted by the Muun banker who treated him as his own child.[2] He eventually entered galactic politics and became the Senator of Scipio. During his time in the Galactic Republic Senate, he grew close to Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo[4]. However, Amidala chose to end her relationship with him.[3]

Clone WarsEdit

He continued to represent Scipio during the Clone Wars. However, Clovis then secretly conspired with Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod and Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser to rebuild a droid foundry on Geonosis in exchange for the profits it would yield. However, the Jedi Council suspected that he was dealing with the Separatists and asked Amidala to spy on Clovis and discover his plans.[3]

Clovis then met Amidala for lunch and asked her to come with him to Cato Neimoidia to speak to her diplomatic contacts among the Neimoidians. Clovis went to Cato Neimoidia aboard her star skiff accompanied by Captain Gregar Typho, R2-D2 and Anakin Skywalker disguised as her pilot. After they landed, Clovis and Amidala were then greeted by Lott Dod. Clovis then showed Dod and Poggle a disk containing the coordinates to the new droid foundry. He told them that it was the largest ever built and that it would new profits for them. However, Poggle and Dod demanded a greater share of the profits for the risks they took. Clovis refused and then went to see Amidala. Clovis then gave Amidala a tour, telling her of some private investments. Clovis was then embraced by Amidala who told him that she was glad to be there with him. However, she then fainted and Clovis realized that she had been poisoned. He then confronted Dod about this, but Dod assured him that she was a Republic spy. Clovis refused to believe until he saw that Amidala stole his disk. Clovis confronted her, but she told him that she did it for the Republic. Skywalker came in to protect her. Clovis told him that Dod poisoned her. At first, Skywalker wanted to negotiate with Dod, but Clovis said that Dod would kill him if he found out about the disk. However, Clovis decided to get Amidala to her ship. However, Dod refuse to let them leave. Clovis then pulled out a blaster and threatened to kill Dod if he did give him the antidote. After Dod gave him the antidote, Clovis and Skywalker got Amidala to the ship. Clovis then asked for the disk but Skywalker refused, leaving him behind.[4] Clovis then watched as Skywalker flew away and then walked toward Dod and Poggle, accepting his fate.[3]

Clovis then worked with Amidala again when she came to Scipio for a loan from the InterGalactic Banking Clan. He was able to convince Amidala (with the aid of Dooku) to help him in exposing the Banking Clan's corruption to the Senate.[5] The Core Five were removed from power, and Clovis was selected to head the Banking Clan. [6] In return for his favor, Count Dooku forced Clovis to raise interest rates on Republic loans, causing outrage in the Senate. A Separatist invasion of Scipio ensued (framed as a Clovis-endorsed takeover), followed by immediate Republic retaliation led by Anakin Skywalker. During the battle, a downed Vulture droid crashed into Clovis' office containing Anakin, Padmé, and Clovis. Sliding down the rooftop, Anakin was able to catch both Rush and Padmé before falling off the edge. Anakin was only strong enough to hold one person and, recognizing this, Clovis let go of Anakin and subsequently fell to his death. [7]

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