- "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, the maternal grandmother of Sola Naberrie and Padmé Amidala, and the great-grandmother of Ryoo and Pooja Naberrie, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa.
Ryoo Thule was a female Human from the Mid Rim planet of Naboo. She had a sister and was married to an unidentified man who died many years before the end of the Galactic Republic. From their marriage was born a daughter, Jobal, who had a happy childhood and received a good education.
Thule was good friends with another Naboo woman named Winama Naberrie. The two 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.
Mourning and deathEdit
In 19 BBY, Thule was the overseer of the funeral of her granddaughter Padmé Amidala, as was the custom on Naboo. Feeling great grief at her beloved grandchild's passing, Thule spent the next six months mourning at Translucence Cove in Varykino.
After all these months, Thule finally decided that it was time to return to Theed, as she knew that Amidala would not have wanted her to live in seclusion for the rest of her life. However, Thule had been having a strange feeling ever since she woke 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 Amidala felt so especially close to her that morning.
Thule suddenly realized she was not alone in the retreat. A man named Malorum, one of the Empire's Inquisitors, had come to interrogate Thule about Amidala and her mysterious pregnancy. As soon as Thule 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 him to deduce that Amidala's offspring had not died. The Inquisitor then proceeded to kill Thule. A short while later, Ferus Olin and Trever Flume arrived in turn at Varykino. With her dying breath, Thule begged Olin to protect her granddaughter's memory.
- "He suspects."
"He can't tell anyone what he knows. You must protect…"
"For Padmé. For Padmé."
- ―Ryoo Thule and Ferus Olin
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.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "No one is 'in charge' in our funeral rites. I was there to support our grieving family."
- ―Ryoo Thule, to Inquisitor Malorum
Ryoo Thule was a small and sturdy female Human with white hair and dark gray eyes dusted with gold. She had a great sense of family and cared deeply for her relatives. While walking down to Varykino's lake, she could feel the presence of her lost ones, such as her husband and her recently deceased grandchild Padmé Amidala. Thule was devastated when Amidala—to whom she had felt closer than any of her other granddaughters—mysteriously died, shortly after the end of the Clone Wars. The tragedy led Thule to live in isolation for six months.
Thule also seemed to have a certain sense of precognition. On the day of her death, she woke up before dawn with the unsettling feeling that something was wrong, and as soon as she saw Malorum, she knew the Inquisitor would eventually kill her.
When Malorum confronted Thule, he felt that the elderly woman was full of love, strength, and courage. Even though she was deeply afraid of him and already knew what he would do to her, Thule stood up to the Inquisitor and refused to tell him what he wanted to know out of love and loyalty to Amidala.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "It is not known who Jobal Naberrie's father was, but her mother is thought to have been called Ryoo, after the blue and yellow flower that grew in the outlying hills near the village of Keren."
- ―Jobal Naberrie's article in The Official Star Wars Fact File 80
The character of Ryoo Thule was first mentioned in the eightieth issue of The Official Star Wars Fact File, published in 2003. She later made her first appearance in Jude Watson's young reader novel The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo, released in April 2006.
- The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo (First appearance)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 80 (NAB 1-4, Jobal Naberrie) (First mentioned)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 105 (NAB 7-8, Sola Naberrie)
- "Jedi Library"—Star Wars Insider 86
- Star Wars Annual 2009
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Reader's Companion
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Official Star Wars Fact File 80 (NAB 1-4, Jobal Naberrie)
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 140 (FAM 1-2, Skywalker Family Tree)
- ↑ Star Wars Episode I Journal: Queen Amidala
- ↑ The Essential Reader's Companion