- "I am merely Administrator Moore…just another cipher in the dark, scorned and forgotten. But if all of us stand together… we will be more powerful than they could imagine."
- ―Sly Moore, on herself and her court
Sly Moore, also known as "the Umbaran," was an Umbaran female Force Adept with the ability to manipulate the minds of others. Moore served as the Senior Administrative Aide and Chief of Staff of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine during the final years of the Galactic Republic. She stood at the chancellor's side along with Vice Chair Mas Amedda on the day Darth Sidious ended the Clone Wars and anointed himself Emperor of the First Galactic Empire. Moore was one of the few people who knew of Palpatine's true identity as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Sources
- 8 Notes and references
A Force-sensitive female native of the planet Umbara, Sly Moore served as the Senior Administrative Aide to Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—who was, in secret, Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith—following his election to that office, and stood beside both the Chancellor and Vice Chair Mas Amedda atop the Chancellor's podium in the center of the Galactic Senate Chamber, located in the Senate Building on the planet Coruscant, during sessions of the Galactic Senate. It was rumored that Moore threatened Sei Taria, Chancellor Finis Valorum's aide, with blackmail to resign when Taria tried to join Palpatine after Valorum's removal from office. Her past prior to her association with Palpatine was shrouded in mystery, but she was aware of Palpatine's dual role as Chancellor and Sith Master, and assisted the Sith's rise to power.
Fall of the Republic
Later, she was present in the session of the Galactic Senate in which Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks of Naboo proposed that Palpatine be given emergency executive powers in order to combat the alleged threat that the Confederacy of Independent Systems posed to the Republic. The proposal was successful, and Palpatine declared that the clone army created in secret on Kamino would become the Grand Army of the Republic.
During the Clone Wars, in which the Grand Army fought against the Separatist battle droid armies, Moore continued to serve the Chancellor and accompanied Janus Greejatus, Ars Dangor, Sate Pestage, and Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic to Geonosis to oversee Poggle the Lesser's homecoming. As Poggle gave a speech to his fellow Geonosians, Moore sat in the Petranaki Arena alongside the other emissaries.
After the Battle of Coruscant, she was present with the Chancellor in the Galaxies Opera House on Coruscant for a performance of the Mon Calamari play Squid Lake. Palpatine dismissed her and his other aides upon the arrival of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, to whom he told the story of Darth Plagueis, his Sith Master, as part of his plan to seduce Skywalker to the dark side of the Force.
Rise of the Empire
In 19 BBY, the Jedi High Council discovered that Palpatine was the hidden Sith Lord. A group of Jedi Masters, led by Mace Windu, attempted to arrest the Chancellor. Sidious killed all four Jedi Masters and publicly declared that the Jedi Order had attempted to take over the Republic. Moore was again present in a special session of the Senate, in which Sidious proclaimed that the Republic would be transformed into the Galactic Empire to ensure security and stability after the Clone War and the so-called Jedi rebellion.
Overseeing Ochi of Bestoon
- "Tell the Emperor I'm done."
"If I tell him that… you surely will be."
- ―Ochi and Sly Moore
After the Sith assassin Ochi of Bestoon had apparently buried the Sith Lord Darth Vader in the cave of the Eye of Webbish Bog on Mustafar on behalf of Sidious, Ochi, reveling in his success, was approached by Moore and four death troopers. Moore expressed her doubts of Vader being dead and refused to contact the Emperor. She told the assassin that Vader was looking for the Emperor's secrets in the cave and demanded to know if Ochi had told Vader anything. Ochi denied this, stating that it would not matter if he told Vader anything, because no one ever came back from the Eye. Moore, however, argued that Vader was still Vader.
Vader ultimately survived the Eye of Webbish Bog and took Ochi prisoner inside an escape pod so he could seek Exegol to discover the Emperor's secrets. Moore was thus sent by the Emperor to complete Ochi's mission, assigning Admiral Corleque and his crew to assist Moore in the task with three Star Destroyers. Firing at Vader's ship, Moore contacted the Sith Lord and expressed her respect for him before notifying him that she would have to eliminate him. Unfazed, Vader told Moore that she would fail just like Ochi. Moore then ordered Corleque to not shoot the cannons and send eleven TIE fighters as "brute force" against Vader. Moore sarcastically congratulated Vader for outsmarting the TIEs and dismissed the losses.
The rest of the TIEs followed Vader until they reached the Red Honeycomb Zone, where a space-faring creature destroyed them. Moore warned Admiral Corleque about the creature and assured Vader that the creature was the galaxy's greatest predator before him. Vader evaded the creature while keeping his course to Exegol, leading a lieutenant to ask Moore if they should still pursue Vader, but Moore asked him to calm down and confided Corleque that she would not require further assistance of them for that day.
Moore met with Sidious shortly afterwards on the Sith Citadel of Exegol. Following Darth Vader's surrender and apparent resignation to share Sidious' power, Moore departed from Exegol along with Sidious, Mas Amedda, Vader and Ochi.
Conspiring to kill Darth Vader
- "No one can defeat him."
"Exactly. Against him, each of us is nothing. But he could grow more powerful than the Emperor and still only kill us one at a time."
- ―IG-88B and Sly Moore, on killing Darth Vader
Upon returning to Coruscant, Moore accompanied Sidious, Amedda, Vader and Ochi to the very tower where Vader had first been rebuilt. When Amedda questioned how he was still alive, Moore responded that as a Sith, his hatred gave him power. Sidious also assured Moore and Amedda that Vader was beyond his reach and that they were both beneath his notice. The three of them then watched as Vader was rebuilt once again and Ochi was given a cybernetic visor so he could continue to see after having his eyes burned. When Vader asked his master his will, Sidious told him to decide that for himself. Vader then departed from Coruscant with Ochi in a Lambda-class shuttle. Shortly after Vader and Ochi's departure, Moore secretly hired IG-88B to assassinate Vader alongside the Droid Crush Pirates of Bestoon. She also informed him of the Sith Lord's damaged state and gave him the code needed to slice into his armor. Vader and Ochi were lured into an ambush by a Hutt named Bokku, who sent them after the pirates in an attempt to locate Han Solo. However, both IG-88 and the pirates were swiftly defeated by Vader and Ochi. IG-88 then returned to Moore on Coruscant to report his loss to her and her court. The droid lamented that Vader could not be defeated, but Moore assured him that Vader could only defeat them one at a time. And if they all stood together, then they would be more powerful than either Vader or Sidious could ever imagine.
After uncovering Sly Moore's betrayal, Vader and Ochi returned to Coruscant to find her, her court and IG-88 in one of the Temple gardens. As Vader struck down IG-88 once again, Moore and her court fled into the Imperial Palace. As they attempted to escape into the streets, Vader used the Force to close the door in front of them. However, Moore then took out another remote and used it to freeze Vader in his own armor, allowing her and her court to open fire on the Sith Lord. But this did not last as Vader overcame the Umbaran's control and struck down her entire court. Moore tried once more to take control of Vader, but Ochi revealed that Vader had fixed that vulnerability in his armor. Vader then knocked the remote out of Moore's hand and told her that she could not bend his will. Moore responded that she only wanted to see if Vader was still plagued by fear, to which Vader said that the only fear in that place was hers. Moore conceded that he could kill her effortlessly, but also pointed out that doing so would do nothing to save him from Luke Skywalker. When Vader asked the Umbaran what she knew of Skywalker, she revealed that the key to finding him, his friend Han Solo was currently being sold by Crimson Dawn. She also pointed out that if she secured Solo for Vader, then the Emperor would not learn of his plans. When Ochi asked Moore why Vader should trust her, the Umbaran answered that she would be delighted to reunite Vader with the only person who could kill him, to which Vader agreed and Ochi laughed.
Attending the auction for Solo
- "Vader cannot kill me without betraying the Empire."
"You're the one who betrayed the Empire!"
"No. I tested it weakest link. And found it lacking. In your fear, you would destroy the Emperor's greatest weapon. But you have failed."
- ―Sly Moore and Ochi
Shortly after, Ochi and Moore left for Jekara along with a few Imperial officers to attend the Auction for Han Solo. Once Crimson Dawn's leader, Lady Qi'ra began the bidding within the Vermillion, Moore attempted to bid for the smuggler, but soon found herself in conflict with Jabba Desilijic Tiure, Bokku and the rest of the attending Grand Hutt Council. While the Umbaran was able to use a mind trick to weaken the minds of the other bidders, she found that the Hutts were too strong-willed for her to manipulate. After losing the bid, Moore took Ochi aside and asked why Bokku was bidding against her. Ochi explained to her that Vader had only sent her there to humiliate her in the Emperor's eyes. The auction was then interrupted by the arrival of Vader himself. Guarded by two death troopers, he declared that Solo belonged to him. As Vader argued with Jabba over the custody of Solo, Moore attempted to explain the situation to him. But Vader simply chastised Moore for her failure and warned her that the Emperor would hear of it. Once Jabba relinquished custody of Solo, Vader briefly fought Qi'ra before contacting Skywalker, ordering him to come to him lest he would kill his friend. Skywalker refused however and told Vader to come to him. Vader then ordered General Romodi to bring Solo aboard the Executor and ready his TIE Advanced.
While Vader pursued Skywalker above Jekara, Moore contacted him from the Vermillion, only for him to tell her that he did not require her assistance. Moore then informed him that she was not helping him as his ship was attacked by the Droid Crush Pirates. Overhearing this, Ochi attacked the Umbaran, destroying her droid guards and accusing her of attempting to kill Vader. To this, Moore reminded him that she served the Emperor in all things at all times. As they fought outside the Vermillion, Ochi ordered Moore to call off the pirates. Moore then explained to Ochi that Vader feared Skywalker because of his strength. If the Emperor claimed Skywalker as his apprentice, then Vader would become obsolete. Moore also pointed out that Vader could not kill her without betraying the Emperor and that he and Ochi had failed to destroy the Emperor's greatest weapon. She then subdued Ochi with a stab to the chest and told him that he would return to his true master. Suddenly, they were interrupted by a Hutt ship flying overhead. Ochi then contacted Bokku and discovered that the Hutts were going after the Imperial shuttle transporting Solo.
After informing Vader of the situation, the Sith Lord eliminated the Grand Hutt Council and forced the Hutts to retreat. All the while, Ochi fought and captured Moore, bringing her onto the Executor before Mas Amedda. Moore once again defended her actions, claiming the Emperor wanted Skywalker alive. But upon arriving, Vader told Moore that the boy had fled during the battle, revealing that he was not who the Emperor believed he could be. When Moore retorted that he was still free and could still fight, the Sith choked her with the Force and claimed that his hope would not be enough. Vader was then contacted by Sidious, to which he released his grip on Moore and knelt before his master. Once Vader restated his loyalty to Sidious, Sidious tasked him with rooting out and eliminating Crimson Dawn's agents within the Empire. Ochi then laughed at Moore once more before departing with Vader and Mas Amedda.
Personality and traits
- "You're trying to kill Vader!"
"I serve the Empire, Ochi. Which means I serve the Emperor--in all things, at all times."
- ―Ochi duels Sly Moore
An Umbaran female, Sly Moore had pale skin and white eyes, and her head was bald. She was always at Palpatine's side—even when he addressed the galaxy from atop his podium in the Senate Chamber—but kept silent in most situations and zealously guarded her master's secrets. Moore was completely aware of Palpatine's identity as a Sith and remained loyal to him even as he dismantled the Republic, forming the Galactic Empire. However, Moore's loyalty to the Empire is questionable as she conspired to kill Darth Vader while saying she is only loyal to Palpatine himself.
Powers and abilities
- "I am touching the minds of these weak-minded fools There will be no more bids. None but ours."
- ―Sly Moore, to Hurst Romodi
Instead of following the lead of her senator in choosing her formal attire, Moore preferred to create an intimidating look, by wearing a long Umbaran shadow cloak with a high collar. Moore also carried stiletto-like knives known as vooktar.
Behind the scenes
Sly Moore was originally created for the 2002 prequel trilogy film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, where she was portrayed by Australian disc jockey and actress Sandi Finlay. However, she was first identified by name in the credits for the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, where Finlay reprised her role as the character. Make-up artist Lesley Vanderwalt determined Moore's skin tones and palette based on goth-like concept art by concept artist Dermot Power. One of the earlier drafts for Episode II had the character who ultimately became Moore known as Uv Gizen.
Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 60 (Guide to the Galaxy: Umbara – Shadow World)
- Darth Vader (2020) 13
- Darth Vader (2020) 14
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Sly Moore (★★★))
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Darth Vader (2020) 8
- Darth Vader (2020) 10
- Darth Vader (2020) 11
- Darth Vader (2020) 12
- Darth Vader (2020) 14
- Doctor Aphra (2020) 12
- War of the Bounty Hunters 2
- War of the Bounty Hunters 3
- War of the Bounty Hunters 4
- Darth Vader (2020) 16
- Darth Vader (2020) 17
- Star Wars: Destiny – Convergence (Card: )
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Attack of the Clones draft script, URL accessed on September 6, 2007