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"Though many complain about the Imperial troops under their breaths, only a handful of my people have ever dared to openly resist. Our caves are places of fear. The SoroSuub Corporation essentially controls my world, and their biggest client is the Empire. If we were to join a Rebel Alliance, it would cause civil war!"
―Sian Tevv[src]

Sian Tevv was a male Sullustan politician during the Galactic Civil War, who opposed the Empire as a leading figure of the Sullustan Resistance, the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the New Republic for over a dozen years. Tevv was the son of two prominent Sullustan politicians, though he had a checkered youth, spending much of his time with a group of ambitious yet troublesome teenagers hanging around spaceports on Sullust. Eventually, however, he obeyed his parents' wishes and entered into Sullustan politics, quickly proving himself to be a capable politician. He eventually became disillusioned with Imperial politics, after realizing that the Empire was responsible for a great many atrocities.

He founded a resistance group, though initially refused to join the Rebel Alliance, for fear of retribution by the Empire. After the Rebels rescued him from an Imperial kidnap, Tevv managed to persuade his planet's government to ally itself with the Alliance, and when the Rebels became the New Republic, he served as one of the members of the New Republic Provisional Council. Sometime after 10 ABY, he left his position in the New Republic.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Sian Tevv was born on the planet Sullust around the time of the formation of the Galactic Empire, the son of two noted Sullustan diplomats. Tevv's parents wished for him to follow in their footsteps and enter the world of politics, but Tevv had other ideas: he had plans to become a spacer. He was interested in everything to do with starships and planetary vehicles and spent much of his youth loitering around spaceports learning from various technicians. He joined a cadre of other intelligent, ambitious young Sullustans, including his lifelong friend Nien Nunb, though his parents disproved on his choice of friends. Eventually, though, Tevv was persuaded by his parents to become a politician, while Nunb and the others went offworld and became pilots for SoroSuub.[1]

Tevv proved to be an extremely talented diplomat and became one of the youngest Sullustans to attend the Imperial Senate on Coruscant. Tevv soon learned that the Empire was not what it presented itself as; he witnessed firsthand the petty squabbling that went on between Senators while the Imperial Military was given license to enslave and devastate whole worlds. He began to fear the inevitable attack on Sullust, and decided to form the Sullustan Resistance.[1]

RebelEdit

Tevv used his position to attempt to pressure the Sullustan government to openly oppose the Empire, but to no avail.[1] Around 4 BBY, Tevv made the dangerous journey to meet with several other resistance leaders, traveling alone to Cloud City on Bespin. Along with representatives from Duro and Alderaan, Tevv was invited to ally his fledgling resistance movement with the others, with the intention of forming a formal rebellion. Tevv, however, wished for his movement to remain secret from the Empire and feared that if he formed this coalition the Empire's retribution would be swift. He also knew that few Sullustans would join his efforts; ultimately, he decided to remain separate with this rebel alliance, though he kept in contact with it. When the Alliance to Restore the Republic was formally created after the signing of the Corellian Treaty, Tevv was not a part of it, though he quietly continued his efforts to persuade Sullust to rebel.[3]

When Sullust's SoroSuub corporation, led by Siin Suub, illegally took over Sullust and practically enslaved the native species to the Empire, many Sullustans began to take action.[5] Nien Nunb and his sister Aril Nunb left their posts as SoroSuub cargo haulers and began harassing SoroSuub shipments,[6] while many members of the Sullustan Resistance used guerrilla tactics against the Sullustan government. Their efforts caused SoroSuub so much trouble that a Sullustan Home Guard was established.[7] Tevv stayed in the background for the whole affair,[1] as Siin Suub had threatened to have all Rebel sympathizers executed for treason,[5] He also privately supported Nien and Aril Nunb's efforts; during this period, he greatly assisted many other rebel organizations, though refused to be a part of the Rebel Alliance.[1] The Nunbs' disruptive raids eventually forced SoroSuub to plea to the Empire for assistance, though the Empire had different ideas to the Sullustans about what was suitable. Several Star Destroyers were sent into the system, and Nunb and his band of pirates frequently clashed with them. After a time, Nunb and his sister decided to join the Rebel Alliance, and Tevv used his contacts to gain them admittance into the Alliance military.[6] The whole affair greatly reduced support for SoroSuub; many Sullustans began to question their government, and SoroSuub were embarrassed with how the Empire had dealt with the situation. Seeds of doubt began to be formed, though SoroSuub chose not to act just yet.[5]

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Sian Tevv's signature.

Less than a year before the Battle of Yavin, the Empire initiated Operation Strike Fear, a military offensive which attempted to crack down on the Rebel Alliance and any who assisted them. The Empire were considering launching an invasion attempt on Sullust, as they recognized the growing anger towards them as a significant threat. As a preliminary measure, the Empire began secretly smuggling Sullustans suspected of treason to Coruscant, where they were tortured and executed. Tevv escaped unharmed, though the resistance movement's numbers were slowly whittled down. The Rebel Alliance, seeing it as a chance to give Tevv another reason to join them, mounted a rescue operation.[8]

The Rebels, led by Keyan Farlander and Hamo Blastwell, were successful in rescuing a group of Sullustans from the Empire, and Tevv agreed to once again open up talks with the Rebel Alliance. He spent several weeks conferring with the Alliance High Command, before arranging a summit on Sullust. The Empire caught wind of it, however, and while the Invincible distracted the Rebel forces in orbit, a team of Imperial commandos kidnapped Tevv and began the journey back to the Invincible. The Rebellion still wanted Tevv's support: they made a daring rescue attempt, again led by Blastwell and Farlander, and managed to disable Tevv's shuttle and bring him to safety. Tevv's people later assisted the Rebels in defeating Operation Strike Fear,[8] and his efforts put into persuading SoroSuub to defect eventually bore fruit. They joined the Alliance, though outwardly they pretended to still be allied with the Empire.[1]

RespectableEdit

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Tevv (bottom left) and his fellow Provisional Council members.

At Tevv's insistence, the Alliance Fleet met at the Sullust system to plan their attack on the second Death Star. Many Sullustans, including Nien Nunb, Ten Numb and Syub Snunb, as well as the former Sullustan Home Guard, participated in the Battle of Endor; Nunb was in the ship that destroyed the Death Star, taking with it the Emperor and Darth Vader.[1] The Alliance was briefly reformed as the Alliance of Free Planets just before the Invasion of Bakura, and Tevv was among the signatories of the Declaration of the Alliance of Free Planets.[9] Tevv was also a signatory of the Declaration of a New Republic, and became a Councilor on the New Republic Provisional Council.[1]

The New Republic were initially slow to continue invading Imperial territory, as the remnants of the Empire were doing a good job of ripping themselves apart without any New Republic involvement.[10] Eventually, though, Tevv and his fellow Councilors set their sights on Coruscant, ruled by Ysanne Isard, which they hoped would grant them support as a legitimate government. Coruscant was heavily defended, though, and the only way the New Republic could capture it was to sabotage its shield generators. Rogue Squadron was sent in, and succeeded in downing the world's defenses, while Admiral Ackbar defeated the Imperial forces in orbit.[11] What the Provisional Council did not expect, however, was for Isard to leave Coruscant infected with a hybrid disease named the Krytos virus. The disease was easily curable by bacta and only affected non-Humans; as Isard had hoped, it created much discord and financial trouble within the New Republic. Tevv himself was exposed to the virus and it was feared that he had contracted it for a time. Council meetings were held in dim light to aid him and he received much bacta treatment in the hope that the virus would not affect him.[12] The threat of the virus was eventually snuffed out, and Tevv healed.[13]

The New Republic and the Provisional Council were thrown into disarray upon the re-emergence of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn defeated the New Republic in several battles and even managed to blockade Coruscant with cloaked asteroids, preventing traffic from moving in and out. Thrawn also had a data source in the New Republic, named Delta Source, which was providing him with information on the Provisional Council's dealings. Many were suspected to be Delta Source; slicer Zakarisz Ghent suspect Tevv himself of being the spy, though Councilor Leia Organa Solo vouched for the Sullustan. Ultimately, Delta Source was discovered to be coming from listening devices installed in twin rows of ch'hala trees in the Grand Corridor of Imperial Palace, and Thrawn was defeated and killed.[1]

The ratification of the Common Charter abolished the Provisional Council, and Tevv became Sullust's first Senator. In 10 ABY he was one of the signatories of Why Do We Fight the Empire?.[14] He was eventually replaced by Sien Siev as Sullust's Senator.[15]

Behind the scenesEdit

In Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption, Sian Tevv can be corrupted to bribery. The game misspells his name as "Sian Tew."

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