- "Don't shrug off your role. The minstrel's song outlasts any truth, Cham. It holds more energy than any mere blaster bolt, for it cannot be stopped by a warm body."
- ―Gobi Glie, to Cham Syndulla, on the power of a legend
The "Ballad of Cham Syndulla" was a song written in 22 BBY by the Twi'lek minstrel Gobi Glie on the planet Ryloth during the Clone Wars. It honored Twi'lek Cham Syndulla, who formed and led the freedom fighters, a group of his supporters, to combat against the Confederacy of Independent Systems after its invasion and subjugation of Ryloth.
- "You sing a song of a legend. I'm just a soldier, Gobi."
"Soldiers, we have by the dozens and are still outnumbered. But our foes have no legends; that's where we dwarf them."
- ―Cham Syndulla and Gobi Glie
In 22 BBY, during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Wat Tambor—the foreman of the Techno Union and a member of the Separatist Council—sought to steal the treasures of fellow Council member, Corporate Alliance Magistrate Passel Argente. Tambor had pilfered the treasures from Confederate-conquered worlds, and Argente had taken them to the planet Ryloth to be concealed.
Tambor invaded the planet and placed its Twi'lek inhabitants under a harsh rule, and the Confederacy's subjugation of the world led the Twi'lek Cham Syndulla to form a group of his admirers for combat against the Confederacy. Syndulla and his fighters engaged the Confederate droid forces on the plains of Cazne. However, the resistance lost many lives, and the increasing number of Confederate battle droids forced the Twi'leks to go into hiding. Syndulla and his forces took refuge under several destroyed Confederate C-9979 landing craft and Multi-Troop Transports on the plains, although they continued to fight and ambush battle droid patrols.
While they took shelter, Syndulla's friend, the Twi'lek minstrel Gobi Glie, composed the "Ballad of Cham Syndulla" to further inspire the freedom fighters' efforts. The song included Syndulla's antagonistic views of Ryloth's Twi'lek senator, Orn Free Taa, whom Syndulla believed to be uncaring of the Twi'leks' fate on Ryloth while he remained on the galactic capital of Coruscant, headquarters of the Galactic Senate. The ballad also illustrated Syndulla's exploits and leadership of the resistance, as well as the insurgency's first engagement with the Confederate forces at Cazne. Syndulla was opposed to the song and believed that it inaccurately portrayed him as a legend rather than an ordinary soldier, while Glie himself believed that the potential of inspirational leaders was an advantage that the Twi'leks had over the Confederate droids.
|Source: The Clone Wars: The Ballad of Cham Syndulla|
Huddle 'round, Ryloth children,
Behind the scenes
The "Ballad of Cham Syndulla" was structured in three sets of a refrain and two verses each. The refrains were composed of two three-line sections, following a rhyming pattern of ABCABC, while the verses were quatrains and followed a rhyming pattern of AABB.
The "Ballad of Cham Syndulla" was introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars webcomic of the same name, which led directly into "Liberty on Ryloth," an episode in the first season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.
- The Clone Wars: The Ballad of Cham Syndulla (First appearance)