The Genoharadan was a secret bounty hunter guild that manipulated galactic political events through assassination. It is unknown whether the guild was ever dissolved, or if it endured to the time of the Galactic Empire and beyond.
Xim the Despot created the Genoharadan as a sort of secret police, using it to eliminate his most powerful enemies and rivals. Even with its agents under his complete control, however, Xim was overthrown after a mere 30 years. It was believed that the Genoharadan died with him, and this is the point at which common knowledge of the ancient guild ends.
In actuality, the Genoharadan merely disappeared from the public eye and reshaped its existence. Without a governing body to defer to, the Guildmasters hired their agents to the highest bidders, becoming a powerful assassination tool for the wealthy and ambitious.
Centuries passed, and the Genoharadan slowly reshaped further. Its leadership realized that some individuals and governments were more beneficial to the guild than others, and it gradually learned to discriminate between those it sold its services to. The guild was evolving a sense of self-interest and becoming an influential faction in its own right. To balance the power of this new identity, it was decided to divide leadership among four Overseers instead of a single Guildmaster.
The foremost of those the Genoharadan saw as beneficial was the Galactic Republic. The Republic's democratic system of succession presented the Genoharadan a stable entity with which to work, and its democratic system of representation presented them a wealth of corruptible bureaucrats. In time, the Genoharadan would work almost exclusively for the Republic, operating in the shadows and quietly doing the government's dirty work, even without the government's knowledge, profiting from the secret relationship all the while. It was a perfect symbiosis. The Galactic Republic would grow to become the foremost power of the galaxy, and those few who knew of the Genoharadan would attribute this growth almost exclusively to the guild's involvement.
Secrecy was the Genoharadan's prime concern; its power derived from shaping events through peripheral actions. As such, its bounty hunters, while perceiving themselves as more skilled than their contemporaries, strove to remain in obscurity and never attained the fame of hunters such as Calo Nord or Boba Fett. A Genoharadan agent's objective was not only to eliminate the target, but to eliminate the target in such a way that it would seem the agent had no involvement whatsoever in the death or disappearance. Since this left agents with no ability to produce proof of their success, other agents would be assigned to monitor them and report results to superiors.
To most, the guild was entirely unknown, and any who attempted to betray the group's existence would have generally been derided as a crackpot conspiracy theorist. The idea that the Republic had only survived so long because of a secret society keeping it alive sounded fantastical, and the Genoharadan relied on this doubt to maintain its anonymity. Still, a handful of government leaders and perceptive Jedi did learn of the Genoharadan, and this was how the guild found bounties--when it wasn't determining its own targets.
Whenever the Genoharadan transformed into a faction with its own interests, the power of its Guildmaster increased; guild leadership was becoming much more than a simple go-between for elite bounty hunters and rich customers. The Genoharadan governing system was therefore reformed: it became led by a cabal of four Overseers. Like anything else in the Genoharadan, the Overseer system relied on secrecy. The four Overseers would consult with each other on all guild business, but they did so through agents and messengers so as to protect each Overseers' identity. In this way, the individual ambitions of all four Overseers would serve to balance each other out, theoretically resulting in the overall best interest of the Genoharadan. The method for choosing and replacing an Overseer was a complicated process that required ensuring each candidate's anonymity; other than this, details of the process are unknown.
Unlike conventional bounty hunters, Genoharadan agents were usually rewarded with advanced gear instead of credits. These items, which were superior to most found anywhere else, included blasters, visors, stealth units, power gloves, poison blades, and mesh armor.
4,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, the four Overseers of the Genoharadan were Hulas the Rodian, Vorn Daasrad the Gamorrean, Rulaan Prolik the (possible) shapeshifter, and Ithorak Guldar the Selkath. Of course, since all Overseers kept their identities secret, no one knew this information... no one except Hulas. Hoping to become sole commander of the Genoharadan, a position that had not been taken since the days of the Guildmasters, Hulas spied and worked to uncover the identities of his peers; having succeeded, he lacked only a means to eliminate them from the picture. This means presented itself when Calo Nord was killed by a powerful but relatively obscure Jedi.
Not realizing this man was the infamous Revan, Hulas invited the mind-wiped Jedi to meet with him personally on Manaan, at which point he attempted to recruit Revan into the Genoharadan. It is unknown whether Revan accepted any of Hulas's initiation bounties (assassination being a questionably moral act), but Hulas undoubtedly intended to have Revan kill his fellow Overseers as common criminals, leaving Hulas the sole head of the Genoharadan. Hulas did not believe he could have found an alternative agent capable of defeating the other three Overseers if Revan refused, so all his work in uncovering their identities may have very well been fruitless.
Some say Revan did assassinate the other three Overseers, and that he may have even killed Hulas himself. If this is the case, then the Genoharadan would have gone through a brief period of chaos before selecting new Overseers, or it may not have even survived past 4,000 BBY at all.
There are other rumors that the Genoharadan did survive the Jedi Civil War, with their Nar Shaddaa chapter being encountered (and destroyed) by the Jedi Exile in 3,951 BBY. These rumors are completely speculative and have no substantiation whatsoever.
As of now there is no real information concerning whether the Genoharadan survived through the later years of the Republic, the Galactic Empire, or beyond, but for centuries there has been no indication of their survival past the Old Republic era. Of course, if they had continued to thrive, then there would not be any indication of their survival regardless.
However, it can be noted that the Tac-Spec Corporation, a droid manufacturer that operated into the last few centuries of the Old Republic, is claimed to have originated as a Genoharadan front-company. Their exclusive automata for the Republic's aristocracy, such as the FIII Footman Droid, would have been ideal agents for the organization's policy of subtly influencing Galactic politics.
Behind the scenes
Hulas claims that the Genoharadan were created 5,000 years before the Galactic Republic (30,000 BBY), but Xim the Despot's reign began at only 25,130 BBY, so this founding year is not possible unless the Genoharadan existed thousands of years before Xim's time.
In a series of dark side quests in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Revan can take part in assassinating dangerous elements to the Old Republic on behalf of the Genoharadan. He had to commit various murders on Manaan, Tatooine, Kashyyyk and Dantooine (if the planet had not been destroyed previously).
The award for each successful murder is a powerful and advanced piece of equipment, including a gauntlet which gives a +4 strength bonus. If the player chooses to accept the assassination missions, Revan eventually learns that Hulas had tricked him into killing the other leaders of the Genoharadan, giving him sole control. The player then has the option to kill Hulas on Tatooine for his betrayal.
The Genoharadan had a part in the sequel to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, in which the Genoharadan were hunted down (and presumably killed) by the Jedi Exile and his/her party on Nar Shaddaa, but it was one of the many things that were cut from the game. See Cut ending to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords for more information on the restoration of the Genoharadan.
The Genoharadan will be restored in The Sith Lords Restoration Project by Team Gizka.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Cut content)
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (Mentioned only)