The House of Organa, also known as the Royal House of Alderaan, the Royal Family of Alderaan, or simply House Organa, was an Alderaanian Noble House that dated back to the earliest days of Alderaan's colonization. Throughout history, the Organa dynasty was the one that ruled over their homeworld the longest. Throughout several millennia of existence, the House Organa sired many well-known figures of the pan–galactic politics. Two of its most renowned scions were Viceroy Bail Prestor Organa and his adopted daughter, Princess Leia Organa. Following the destruction of Alderaan in 0 BBY, the name of Organa died out.
History[edit | edit source]
Origins[edit | edit source]
In the few centuries that followed the fall of Infinite Empire, the Humans developed sleeper ships. Aboard those transports, groups of Human colonists left Coruscant, the purported fountainhead of their species. By 27,500 BBY, their ships had established colonies on various planets, including Alderaan. Organa ancestors were among the first to settle that new world, and they played a pivotal role in the formation of the Galactic Republic some 2,500 years later. In the following millennia, Founding Day was celebrated in memory of the foundation of the House of Organa.
The newly-founded Alderaanian society opted for a political system in which a reigning monarch was chosen by and among a number of noble dynasties. House Organa was one of those bloodlines, along with House Panteer, House Ulgo and House Alde. As one of the larger houses, the Organa family took smaller, like-minded ones under its protection in exchange for their fealty and support.
Jedi Civil War[edit | edit source]
- «But the Organa family were powerful rivals of the Ulgos. Some think they were the ones who hired Selven, then they tried to have bounty hunters kill her to keep the secret from coming out.»
- ―Zax the Hutt[src]
Despite its habit of producing heroes, the history of the Organa family had not always been honorable. At some point before the end of the Jedi Civil War in 3956 BBY, the Organas rivaled a Tarisian branch of House Ulgo, and were believed to have hired the assassin Selven for the assassination of the entire Ulgo family. The Organas later placed a price on Selven's head, supposedly to tie up loose ends.
Great Galactic War[edit | edit source]
- "I am Duke Charle Organa, lord of House Organa and heir to the chalcedony star."
- ―Charle Organa
In the following millennia, the Organas remained firm supporters of the Republic, believing in patient negotiation rather than aggression. When Senator and Crown Prince Gaul Panteer announced Alderaan's independence, many Alderaanians were shocked. After the deaths of both Gaul Panteer and Queen Silara Panteer prior to the Alderaan Civil War, House Organa, with Galactic Republic backing, made one of many claims to the throne of Alderaan. After the futile attempts to secure the throne diplomatically, House Organa and other prominent houses took matters into their own hands, resulting in the Civil War. Duke Charle Remmot Organa, the patriarch of the House at the time, remained the fiercest ally of the Republic on the planet, determined to restore the peace on his homeworld.
Twilight years of the Republic[edit | edit source]
Before ascending as Prince, First Chairman and Viceroy of Alderaan, Bail Organa served as the Senator of Alderaan in the Galactic Senate. He was a contemporary of Padmé Amidala of Naboo and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Together with his wife Breha, a member of the House of Antilles, Bail adopted Leia, the daughter of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker. The adoption was common knowledge in the court, but even as an adopted daughter Leia took on the title of Princess and became the rightful heir. Therefore the blood lineage continued only via Nial Organa.
Before and during the time of the Clone Wars, the Organa family maintained a vineyard that produced white wine. A favorite of Bail Organa, he kept the beverage at hand in his wine cabinet at his Coruscant apartment.
At some point prior to the Galactic Civil War, the House of Organa planned an alliance with House Vandron from the Senex sector. However, the planned marriage between Tia Organa and a Vandron noble was cancelled following a scandal.
Family tree[edit | edit source]
|(see Skywalker family)||Breha Antilles|
(see House of Antilles)
|Bail Prestor Organa||Celly Organa||Rouge Organa||Tia Organa|
(adopted by House of Organa)
|(see House of Solo)|
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
"Organa" or "Ogana Major" was originally the name of a desert planet in the first draft summary of the original script of A New Hope, which was called Utapau in the first draft itself. In the treatment summary and rough draft, it was called Aquilae, but became a distinct world in later versions. By the second draft, Utapau had become Tatooine, and Ogana Major was what became Alderaan in the final script. Organa survived the various name changes as Princess Leia's surname.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure: A New Hope
- LEGO Star Wars: The Han Solo Affair
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- The Courtship of Princess Leia
- Children of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith novelization
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
- The Essential Atlas
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex Entry: "House Organa"
- The Clone Wars: Wild Space
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex Entry: "Noble Houses"
- Knights of the Old Republic
- Darth Plagueis
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: Molator)
- The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film