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"Without you, I would have remained blind to what is really going on in the Senate. So I thank you. I may not agree with everything you do, but I now have a clearer perspective."
―Nadea Tural, to the Spectres[src]

Nadea Tural was a female Thradian who represented the planet of Thrad in the Senate of the Galactic Empire. Around fifteen years after the founding of the Empire, Tural suffered a crash while she was traveling to Arkanis. She was rescued by the crew of the starship Ghost, a group of individuals who opposed the Empire. Although Tural's initial feelings toward the rebels were scorn and fear, she changed her mind after Imperial Commander Earll boarded the Ghost and threatened to execute the rebels without a proper trial.

Tural's sympathies towards the rebel cause led to her imprisonment in the Arrth-Eno Prison Complex on Imperial Center. She was killed when Rebel spy Eneb Ray attempted to rescue her and other imprisoned senators from the prison, an event that was a trap by the Emperor, Darth Sidious, to lure all Rebel spies on Coruscant to one place and kill the senators and spies in the destruction of the prison. The Emperor used this as propaganda against the Rebel Alliance, claiming that they killed the senators in an act of terrorism.


Encounter with the SpectresEdit

"I'm a well-respected member of the Senate. The issues I have voted on are of vital importance to the citizens of the Empire."
―Nadea Tural, to the Spectres[src]

A female[1] Thradian,[3] Nadea Tural was a politician. By the fifteenth celebration of the Galactic Empire's founding, she represented her home planet of Thrad in the Imperial Senate, the de jure legislative assembly of the Empire. At some point during the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin[source?] Senator Tural set course for the planet Arkanis, but the hyperdrive of her Star Commuter 2000 shuttle malfunctioned, causing it to crash.[1]

Although injured, Tural managed to send a distress call, which was intercepted by the Ghost, a light freighter owned by a band of individuals who opposed the Empire. Upon seeing who her rescuers were, Tural was at first terrified, thinking that the rebels would torture her. However, the rebels, led by the Twi'lek captain Hera Syndulla and the Jedi in exile Kanan Jarrus, were adamant to prove to the senator that the Empire she served was, in fact, an oppressive regime.[1]

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Tural attempting to stop Commander Earll from executing the rebels

Tural was unwilling to believe them, but her mind would soon change. Having also received the distress call, an Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser attacked the Ghost, and a squad of stormtroopers led by Commander Earll boarded the rebel craft. Earll and her men forced the rebels to surrender and ordered their immediate execution. Upon hearing the commander's orders, Senator Tural was incensed, and she demanded that the Ghost crew get a fair trial. Earll brushed Tural's objections aside, telling her that the Senate had no jurisdiction in that matter.[1]

When the stormtroopers were about to fire, the senator jumped in front of Commander Earll, allowing Kanan Jarrus to Force push everyone out of the way. The rebels managed to get the upper hand, and the Imperial troops were pushed back to their ship. Later on, Senator Tural was brought to the planet of Camson by her rebel rescuers. Although she did not approve of all they did, she thanked them for saving her and giving her a clearer perspective on the Imperial Senate's actual helplessness.[1]

Encouraging the rebelsEdit

"I have arranged transport to get you off Thrad. There is a cell of rebels waiting for you on Klonoid."
―Nadea Tural, to Swain and Cogon[src]

After Syndulla and her crew opened her eyes to the atrocities of Palpatine's regime, Tural started to actively help people who wished to oppose the Empire in secret. Through a fellow Thradian named Beneda, she arranged transport for Swain and Cogon, two Imperial defectors who had taken shelter on Thrad. Although Tural had planned to send the defectors to the planet Klonoid, where they would join a rebel cell, the two were captured by Agent Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau before they could depart.[3]

Imprisonment and deathEdit

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Tural and other Rebel sympathizers were almost saved by Eneb Ray.

Tural became a rebel sympathizer in the Senate, which the Emperor, Darth Sidious, disbanded shortly before the Battle of Yavin, and was arrested due to her views. She was imprisoned in the Arrth-Eno Prison Complex. Some time after the Battle of Yavin, Rebel spy Eneb Ray was ordered by Princess Leia Organa of the Rebel Alliance to infiltrate Arrth-Eno, where Tural and other Rebel-sympathetic senators were scheduled to be executed. Upon breaking into the facility, Tural told Ray that the Emperor himself was planning to visit the prison to oversee their execution. As a result, Ray and other Rebel spies hatched a plot to assassinate the Emperor. Unknown to the spies, however, was that the Emperor's alleged presence was a trap to lure all of the Rebel spies on Coruscant to one place. The Emperor only sent a body double, and the Empire destroyed the prison—along with Tural, the other senators, and all of the spies except for Ray. After their deaths, the Emperor broadcast a message on Coruscant alleging that the Rebels destroyed Arrth-Eno in an act of terrorism and thus deprived the senators of a trial.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Nadea Tural first appeared in the "Senate Perspective" comic strip from the ninth issue of the Star Wars Rebels Magazine, published on September 9, 2015.[1] While designing Tural, artist Ingo Römling based her on sketches drawn by Ralph McQuarrie, the Star Wars original trilogy concept artist.[5]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 SWRM "Senate Perspective"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Annual 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 SWRM "No Sympathy"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 14
  4. Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  5. Facebook icon Thradian design. Ingo Römling (August 26, 2015, 10:40 am). Retrieved on October 27, 2019, 6:12 pm. "Mein erster Entwurf für ihr Design, ganz links, lose basierend auf Skizzen von Ralph McQuarrie, wurde angenommen." (archive copy created on October 27, 2019) (screenshot)
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