An individual, a Twi'lek male, was the head of a primitive clan on Ryloth. He was the father of Oola, a Twi'lek girl who spent much of her youth dancing due to his unwillingness to educate her. In 3 ABY, a visitor to the clan's village named Bib Fortuna saw Oola perform and, rather than purchase the dancer from her father as custom demanded, conspired to kidnap her. Fortuna then enslaved the girl as a companion for his Hutt employer, the crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Oola's father did not see her again, as she was killed by Jabba two days after arriving at his palace on Tatooine.
Born before 25 BBY, a Twi'lek male was a member of the primitive Ryloth Clan—a small community of natives from the planet of the same name—where he lived in a village built deep in underground warrens. He had a daughter, who was named Oola, a word meaning "water" in Twi'leki. By no later than 3 ABY, he became the renowned chief of his eight hundred–person clan, granting both himself and his family considerable power and influence. Despite this, he provided Oola with little or no formal education, as Twi'lek society held that educating women was a threat to male authority. His daughter instead devoted herself to dancing, which won her dozens of admirers, including a visiting Twi'lek criminal named Bib Fortuna. Clan custom gave Oola's father the right to sell her, but Fortuna had doubts that the chief would agree to this, so he abducted the girl during the night. Afterward, Fortuna enslaved Oola at his Ryloth smuggling complex, and in 4 ABY had her taken to the planet Tatooine as a gift to his master, Jabba Desilijic Tiure. The Hutt crime lord retained the dancer as a concubine in his desert palace for two days before having her killed, more than four months since she'd last seen her father and clan.
Personality and traitsEdit
Society on Ryloth was oppressive toward Twi'lek females, and Oola's father demonstrated this widespread bigotry by restricting her education. Bib Fortuna believed that he might have been unwilling to subject his daughter to a life of slavery, however. Even though Oola's father followed the laws and rules of not educating his daughter he refused to obey the custom of letting Fortuna take his daughter as a slave. Oola's father gave her the opportunity to take classes at a great dance school an opportunity his daughter would turn down for a chance of a new life in Jabba's Palace.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi (First mentioned)
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi, Second Edition
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- Star Wars Finest (Card:
- 77 Oola)
- Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 96 (TWI19–22, Twi'leks - Oola)
- Star Wars: The Official Figurine Collection 45
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II ("Oola")
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Oola's Tale"—Tales from Jabba's Palace
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Oola's Tale takes place at the beginning of 4 ABY (events depicted in Return of the Jedi), and sets Oola's abduction at four months prior.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ultimate Alien Anthology, p. 172. Twi'lek age ranges: "Adult" is 16–43 standard years, and The Official Star Wars Fact File 96 establishes that Oola reached adulthood by 3 ABY. "Child" is 1–12 standard years and "young adult" is 13–15, making Oola's father older than 12 years at the time of her birth.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: The Official Figurine Collection 45
- ↑ Galactic Campaign Guide
- ↑ The Essential Atlas sets Return of the Jedi at the start of 4 ABY, so Oola last saw her father four months before the end of 3 ABY.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Official Star Wars Fact File 96 (TWI19–22, Twi'leks - Oola)