Sim Aloo was a Force-sensitive Human male noted for his patience, wisdom, and silence. He served as an advisor in the office of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in the final years of the Galactic Republic, during the Clone Wars. Following Palpatine's reorganization of the Republic into the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY, Aloo continued to serve the new Emperor as his senior political advisor in the Emperor's Inner Circle for the duration of the Imperial era. Being Force-sensitive, he trained as a Dark Side Adept.
In 4 ABY, Aloo was one of six advisors who accompanied Palpatine on his journey to the incomplete second Death Star in the Endor system. Within the throne room, Aloo and fellow Inner Circle member Janus Greejatus met with the Emperor, a conference briefly interrupted by the Sith Lord Darth Vader and Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod, commander of the Death Star. Plotting to destroy the Rebel Alliance, Palpatine leaked the information of his own presence aboard the battlestation to the Alliance as bait, drawing them into a trap. The Alliance launched a full-scale attack on the construction site, but, contrary to Palpatine's expectations of an easy Imperial victory, the battle culminated with the destruction of the battlestation and Aloo's death.
Sim Aloo was a Force-sensitive Human male from Coruscant, the capital planet of the Galactic Republic. Before the Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY, he came to be an ally of Naboo Senator Palpatine, who was secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Aloo continued to serve as an advisor to Palpatine upon the latter's ascension to the position of Supreme Chancellor, becoming one of the many beings comprising the Office of the Supreme Chancellor. In 19 BBY, Aloo was present among other consultants, including fellow advisors Janus Greejatus and Sate Pestage, in a meeting with the Chancellor. Together, they held up a group of delegates from the Loyalist Committee—led by Senators Bail Organa of Alderaan, Mon Mothma of Chandrila, and Padmé Amidala of Naboo—who had previously scheduled an appointment with Palpatine. Organa noted that the Chancellor's tendency to isolate himself among his advisors was peculiar.
Days later, as the Clone Wars reached its climax, Palpatine reorganized the Republic into the first Galactic Empire, with himself as Emperor. The transition had little effect on Aloo, who remained as an advisor in Palpatine's Inner Circle, a group of ministers and governors who had secured Palpatine's favor. Aloo was one of a select group of consultants who were allowed to privately discuss matters with the Emperor. Noted for his wisdom and patience, he became the Emperor's senior political advisor and served on the Imperial Security Council. At one point, Aloo and Greejatus were featured in an advertisement for BlasTech Industries' latest blaster.
Aloo and his fellow dignitaries held considerable power within the command structure of the Empire. They were loyal to the Emperor, but the collective group of advisors, hundreds in all, was internally divided. The Emperor promoted this competition and managed to control the members of his inner circle through a web of fear and uncertainty. To further divide the advisors, the Emperor deliberately only met with up to a dozen at a time. Aloo, as the Emperor's senior political consultant, was one of the select few advisors who continually met with Palpatine, making lesser individuals feel insecure. Additionally, he was one of many Inner Circle members to receive training in the ways of the dark side of the Force as Palpatine's Dark Side Adepts; the Emperor planned to replace the various Moffs and governors with the Adepts as he consolidated his control over the galaxy.
In 4 ABY, as the second Death Star neared completion above the Forest Moon of Endor, Palpatine journeyed to the battlestation as part of an elaborate ploy to destroy the Rebel Alliance. Aloo and a cadre of advisors accompanied the Emperor on this trip. Upon their arrival in one of the Death Star's massive hangars, they were greeted by an assemblage of Imperial personnel and soldiers as they disembarked from the Emperor's shuttle. Aloo and the others joined file behind the Emperor, his apprentice, Darth Vader, and a group of Imperial officers as they departed the docking bay for the Emperor's throne room.
Within the throne room, Aloo and fellow advisor Janus Greejatus met with the Emperor and were soon joined by Vader and Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod, commander of the Death Star. Upon Vader's arrival, the dignitaries watched silently as the Sith Lord disembarked from the turbolift. Vader made no effort to acknowledge either Aloo or Greejatus, ignoring them as he moved to discuss matters with his master. During the meeting, the Emperor instructed Vader to move the Imperial Fleet to the far side of Endor, where it would remain until the Rebels launched their attack. Though Vader voiced his concerns of the Rebel Fleet massing near the planet Sullust, the Emperor shrugged them off, confident that his trap would successfully see the end of the Rebellion. Vader and Jerjerrod departed, leaving the Emperor and his two advisors to resume their interrupted gathering. The Alliance soon launched its assault, but the Battle of Endor ended differently than the Emperor had planned. In the end, Vader, redeemed by his son, Luke Skywalker, killed Palpatine, and the Alliance destroyed the Death Star. Aloo and the rest of the Emperor's advisors were obliterated in the battlestation's explosion.
Personality and traitsEdit
As the senior political consultant to Palpatine, Sim Aloo almost never spoke and displayed considerable wisdom and patience. Aloo wore lavish clothing, including Coruscanti headwear, that was representative of his homeworld's history. Collectively, the Imperial Advisors were loyal to the Emperor but, among each other, were politically divided and insecure, always at one another's throats. Aloo possessed a hold-out blaster, which he concealed in the sleeve of his robe. He had gray hair and blue eyes.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Like fellow Inner Circle member Janus Greejatus, Aloo was Force-sensitive. During the time of the Empire, Aloo was one of many advisors to receive training as a Dark Side Adept. As a result, he was capable of manipulating the Force, if only slightly.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "On Jedi, one of the most exciting things from a design point of view was the advisers who surround the Emperor. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what they might look like because I thought it was important that through them you might understand what the Emperor's world is like. Coming from a Catholic background, I sort of made a joke, and that's why they look like bishops. So they wear red, and they have elaborate headgear. This was a challenge because it wasn't in the script, and you see them only briefly in the movie."
- ―Nilo Rodis-Jamero, on the designs of Aloo and the other advisors in Return of the Jedi
Sim Aloo first appeared, albeit fleetingly, as one of the many unnamed advisors mentioned in the 1983 novelization of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. In the film, Aloo was portrayed by an unidentified Anthony Lang, appearing briefly in two scenes as one of the unnamed Imperial dignitaries accompanying Emperor Palpatine to the second Death Star. The outfits of the advisors were designed by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, who modeled the clothing off the red garments and the intricate headgear of Catholic bishops. In 1998, Aloo and Greejatus—both still unnamed at the time—were featured in a fictional advertisement for BlasTech Industries found on the Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD-ROM.
Details of Aloo went unknown until July of 2000, with the release of the Death Star II Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. In addition to providing a name for the advisor, the card established Aloo as being Force-sensitive. The following year, an image of Aloo and Greejatus, who was also established as Force-sensitive on his respective card, was included in The Dark Side Sourcebook for the section entitled "Dark Side Adepts." Though the text did not identify Aloo as actually being a Dark Side Adept, the inclusion of his image would indicate that he was one. Aloo later appeared in the 2005 novel Labyrinth of Evil, written by James Luceno, and the 2006 non-canon comic The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition, by Kevin Rubio.
- "Something troubles you, my lord?"
- ―Sim Aloo
Sim Aloo plays a minor role in The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition, in two scenes aboard the second Death Star. Like in the movie, Aloo is part of the docking bay procession following the Emperor's arrival. The procession differs from that of the film in that Aloo and Greejatus are the only advisors present, and that there are a few additions: namely, protagonists Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna (disguised as Royal Guards) and two Cylons from the Battlestar Galactica television series. Aloo and Greejatus later appear in the Emperor's throne room, where they discuss Palpatine's disappointment of what Darth Vader had become after his "accident."
- Darth Plagueis (Mentioned only)
- Labyrinth of Evil
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
- The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition (Non-canonical appearance)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Galactic Files Series 2 (Card: Sim Aloo (Imperial Dignitary))
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Labyrinth of Evil
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The Dark Side Sourcebook
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Sim Aloo)
- ↑ Darth Plagueis
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ "Q&A: Motti the Barbarian?"—Star Wars Insider 96
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
- ↑ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
- ↑ Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Janus Greejatus)
- ↑ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization
- ↑ Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition