18 BBY (16:11), Naboo
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- "Padmé did not share with us the father's name. We didn't ask. Such things are private matters on Naboo. Because of the Clone Wars we hadn't seen her in several months. She was the light of our lives, and our sorrow and grief is more than you could possibly know. Why you think you have a right to come here and question me is beyond my understanding."
- ―Ryoo Thule, to Inquisitor Malorum
Ryoo Thule was a Human female from Naboo. She was the mother of Jobal Naberrie and the maternal grandmother of Sola Naberrie and Padmé Amidala. Her great-granddaughter Ryoo Naberrie was named after her. The name was also shared by a beautiful blue and yellow flower that grew near the city of Keren.
Ryoo was good friends with a woman named Winama Naberrie. The two women had secretly plotted to marry off their children, Jobal and Ruwee, and were the first to be surprised when they both actually fell in love. The young couple got married in 51 BBY. Winama died in 33 BBY, a year before the Battle of Naboo.
In 19 BBY, Ryoo was the overseer of the funeral of her granddaughter Padmé, as was the custom on Naboo. She had been closer to Padmé than any of her other granddaughters. Feeling great grief at her beloved grandchild's passing, Ryoo spent the next six months mourning at the Lake Retreat.
After all this time, Ryoo finally decided that it was time to return to her life in Theed, as she knew that Padmé wouldn't have wanted her to live in seclusion for the rest of her life. However, Ryoo had been having a strange feeling, ever since she had woken up, but tried to comfort herself by thinking that she was only anxious to let go of her grief. It was the only possible explanation why her heart fluttered or why Padmé felt so especially close to her that morning. Ryoo suddenly realized she wasn't alone in the Retreat. A man named Malorum, one of the Empire's Inquisitors, had come to interrogate Ryoo about Padmé and her mysterious pregnancy. As soon as Ryoo saw his eyes, she understood what she had been feeling all morning. She knew she was going to die. Eventually, Malorum proved her right. Her hesitation and defiance to his questions led to him deduce that Padmé's offspring had not died. The Inquisitor then proceeded to kill Ryoo. A few times later, Ferus Olin and Trever Flume arrived in turn at the Lake Retreat. With her dying breath, Ryoo begged Olin to protect her granddaughter's memory.
Malorum's knowledge of the existence of the Skywalker twins died with him during a lightsaber duel with Olin. He fell to his death inside the Theed power generator when he tried to retrieve his lightsaber that was tumbling down the pit. Olin had watched him struggle in the Force, desperately trying to hold onto his lightsaber, knowing that if he lost it he would be disgraced and would never become a Sith.
- The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo (First appearance)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 80 (NAB 1-4, Jobal Naberrie)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 105 (NAB 7-8, Sola Naberrie)
- Star Wars Annual 2009
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III
- The Essential Reader's Companion