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"And we are all aware that Onaconda was a flawed man. He knew better than anyone of his own mistakes, but he never compromised his principles, and what he did, he did for his people. Their needs always came first."
Silood, in a eulogy at Onaconda Farr's funeral[src]

Onaconda Farr was a male Rodian politician that served as the Senator of Rodia in the last years of the Galactic Republic. In the early days of the Clone Wars, Senator Farr felt compelled to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems in order to secure much needed supplies for his planet. Farr subsequently rejoined the Republic when he regretted his actions, and with the help of his friend, Senator Padmé Amidala, captured Viceroy of the Trade Federation Nute Gunray. Farr was then able to secure Republic aid for his people.

Senator Farr remained a staunch Republic loyalist for the remainder of the war and was noted for his involvement in several attempts at ending the conflict, along with a group of senators that included Padmé Amidala, Bail Organa, and Mon Mothma. Farr was murdered by his personal aide and Rodian Representative, Lolo Purs amidst a debate regarding the Republic military enhancement bill, motivated by how Farr had brought war to Rodia.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Onaconda Farr was a male Rodian,[1] who by 32 BBY,[7] represented Rodia as a senator in the Galactic Senate of the Galactic Republic, and was accompanied by his aides Pa Dua and Tox Don.[8] He was also Ruwee Naberrie's strongest ally in the Galactic Senate, and met Naberrie's daughter, Padmé Amidala, when she was a young girl. At some point he gained the affectionate nickname of "Uncle Ono" from Padmé,[1] and Padmé would eventually become the Queen of Naboo.[8]

The invasion of Naboo[edit | edit source]

During the invasion of Naboo[8] in 32 BBY,[7] Senator Farr and others were present in the Galactic Senate Chamber when Queen Amidala arrived on Coruscant to plead for Republic aid. After several objections to solve the incident immediately, Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum sought to send a special commission to investigate the matter. Queen Amidala, however, committed to ending the conflict on her homeworld as soon as she could, sought a Vote of No Confidence in Valorum's leadership at the behest of Naboo Senator Sheev Palpatine. The vote succeeded, and by the aftermath of the Battle of Naboo Senator Palpatine had won the election and became the new Supreme Chancellor of the Republic.[8]

The Separatist Crisis[edit | edit source]

Farr serving in the Senate.

Farr continued to serve as senator during the Separatist Crisis, and by 22 BBY, he was present with his aides when the Senate agreed to grant Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers, allowing him to establish the Grand Army of the Republic.[5]

The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

As the Clone Wars erupted into a pan-galactic conflict, Farr was present in the office of the Chancellor when Jabba Desilijic Tiure made contact with the Republic, pleading for aid in finding and rescuing his son, Rotta the Hutt.[9]

Some time afterward, when Farr was in Rodia, his planet was invaded by pirates that destroyed Rodia's supply ships. Afterwards, Rodia's citizens were starving without any food. Separatist leader Nute Gunray realized that this was the perfect opportunity to turn Rodia over to the Separatists. Gunray told Farr that he would supply Rodia with food, ships and protection if Farr would help him capture Senator Amidala. Farr, determined to save his planet, agreed to Gunray's offer. He contacted Amidala and asked her if she could come personally to Rodia.[1]

Mission to Rodia[edit | edit source]

When Amidala arrived on Rodia, she and Farr had a brief conversation about their friendship and the Republic's relief effort to help Rodia. Farr then told Amidala about Gunray's offer and informed her that he had joined the Separatists. Amidala then was captured by B1-series battle droids.[1]

Soon, Farr got the news that Gunray had arrived and that there were no sign of Amidala's friends. Thinking they fled in the jungle, Farr went to greet Gunray. As they walked to Amidala's cell, they spotted Jar Jar Binks whom they thought was a Jedi because of his cloak. Gunray ordered the battle droids to destroy him, but Binks got away. Later, Farr asked why the supplies had not arrived yet. Gunray said that his request would be taken into consideration after Amidala's execution. Farr shocked, said that wasn't part of their deal, but Gunray interrupted and said that Rodia was now under their protection. Farr realized he'd been tricked into joining the Separatists and that the "Jedi" was their only hope.[1]

Later, Amidala escaped from her cell and started an ensuing battle. Meanwhile, Binks fell into the water. At some point in the battle, there was a great explosion in the ocean. Assuming Bink's was dead, Amidala stopped fighting to mourn. The Separatists surrounded Amidala. To Farr's horror, Gunray ordered them to kill Amidala. Farr begged Gunray not to kill her, but Gunray refused.[1]

Farr after Nute Gunray's arrest.

Then Binks came up with a sea creature and defeated the Separatist battle droids. At the end of the battle, Farr came up with a blaster to shoot Gunray. Gunray pleaded with Farr to shoot Binks and Amidala but Farr refused. Farr thanked Binks and said he was either the most brave or foolish Jedi he had ever met. Gunray was taken away by clone troopers of the 41st Elite Corps who had arrived from a message from Amidala' s 3PO-series protocol droid protocol droid, C-3PO, and Chancellor Sheev Palpatine holographically promised Farr that Rodia would get supplies as he had sent a convoy of supply ships to help them. Farr asked if Amidala would ever forgive him, and she replied that it was the Republic that should be the ones asking for forgiveness. She stated that far to often they could forget that their most important allies were not always the most powerful.[1]

Skirmish aboard the Coronet[edit | edit source]

In 21 BBY, Farr attended a Senate meeting and after that he exited almost immediately prior to the Mission to Cato Neimoidia.[10]

Farr and the other Senators were defended by Obi-Wan Kenobi from the probe killers.

Later, he was at Sundari's spaceport and spoke with Senator Kin Robb.[6] Duchess Satine Kryze invited Farr to join her on a voyage on the Coronet. On the Coronet, he was present when Kryze and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi argued over Mandalore's neutrality. At dinner that very night, SD-K4 assassin droids started attacking the cruiser. After hearing the news, the dinner guests and Kryze herself stood up. Jedi General Kenobi defended them. At some point, he fell on the ground. After he got up and they were safe everyone had dinner again. But Kenobi decided to test the guests and see who was responsible for bring the droids aboard. The Jedi had one of the probe killers in a jar and said it would try to kill everyone except its master. They realized it was Tal Merrik. Merrik immediately flicked the jar and it tried to attack Kryze but Kenobi knocked it to the floor. It then tried to attack Farr but Kenobi destroyed it. Eventually, Merrik was killed by Jedi Knight and General Anakin Skywalker, and the Coronet docked at its station and all of its guests left.[11] After that, he walked down the halls after a Senate meeting.[12]

Held Hostage[edit | edit source]

Eventually, Farr attended Senator Philo's meeting about the Enhanced Privacy Invasion Bill. Unfortunately he become a hostage with other senators by bounty hunters under Cad Bane. When the bounty hunters left the senators with bombs around them, Farr thought they should wait. However, Skywalker knew that it was bad idea. Farr and the others Senators were saved from the explosion after Skywalker made a hole in the floor.[13]

The Peace Initiative[edit | edit source]

When Amidala suggested the Senate discuss attaining peace with the Separatists instead of Senator Gume Saam's Republic financial reform bill, Farr sided with Amidala as the peace initiative began. After Amidala and Separatist Senator Mina Bonteri convinced both sides to engage in peace talks, the Senate convened to vote on the initiative. Farr and the other Senators were voting in the Senate Building when the electricity went out as a result of the bombing of Coruscant's Central power distribution grid, an attack that ended all peace talks.[14] Onaconda was present in a Senate meeting and witnessed Padmé announcing that not all Separatists are evil but all the other senators disagree. After the meeting, he accompanied Padmé and said he was sorry for her disgrace at the Senate. He, Bail Organa and Amidala decide that they should take a loan for more logistic supplies in order to gain some means of fighting the deregulation bill. But however Amidala and Farr learned that not only that the Clan is charging the Republic an extraordinarily high interest rate of 25 percent, which by itself would drain public funds for many of their social programs, but also that they are financing more than three million Separatist battle droids as well.[15]

That night, Farr was beaten up by bounty hunters Robonino and Chata Hyoki and got a broken arm in the incident, but he assures Amidala that no matter what, he'd always vote to reject the bill. Later, he congratulated Amidala on her speech.[15] Later, they lost one vote for no more clone troopers in the Senate. Later, Padmé gave another speech. After that, Farr greeted her.[3]

Death[edit | edit source]

Farr lying dead after being poisoned.

Mon Mothma, Purs, Farr, Organa and Amidala decided to have drinks in honor of the speech. While they were talking a private conversation, Halle Burtoni came in and started saying that for once, Amidala actually made sense. She insisted that it was private and Burtoni asked if it was Separatist conspiracy. Farr then told her to leave and as Burtoni left, she told everyone that the war won't end soon. Mothma said he's doing a great job supporting them. Farr said he's only trying to do what's right and he wished he did that long ago. But Mothma insisted he was doing it now. When Senator Organa did a toast for victory, everyone, except Purs, drank their drinks. However, after Farr drank, he started complaining about his heart while Amidala asked what was wrong. Farr then dropped his drink to the floor and fell down dead. Amidala held Farr while she frantically screamed for help.[3]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Following Farr's death, a funeral ceremony was conducted, and was attended by fellow senators, Jedi Council members, Chancellor Palpatine and Honor Guards. In Silood's eulogy, he mentioned that Farr was a flawed man, but had never compromised his principles and always acted with his people's needs in mind. Following the funeral, Senator Amidala and Purs were summoned to the Chancellor's office and were informed by Lieutenant Tan Divo that Farr was murdered by poison. During the course of Divo's official investigation, and Amidala's covert investigation, it was discovered that Purs was the assassin and was subsequently arrested after a struggle.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Onaconda Farr was first introduced as the senator of Rodia in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, released May 16, 2002 and was portrayed by Zuraya Hamilton, who was also the department coordinator for Attack of the Clones. He was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.

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