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"And for your information, I am the boss. I am Duke Solha of the Free System of Serenno."
―Solha, to Anakin Skywalker and Thrawn.[src]

Duke Solha was a human male born on the planet of Serenno, who served in the Galactic Republic before joining the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In 19 BBY, he was dispatched along with his sister and his brother to the planet Mokivj by Count Dooku, where they mined cortosis, a metal that deflected blaster bolts and powered down lightsabers thanks to it's high energy absorption rate. He designed the cortosis B2 super battle droid and manufactured them on the Mokivj droid factory. He also manufactured clone trooper armor covered with cortosis, the manufacturing of the armor was requested to Dooku by Darth Sidious, who personally wanted the armor for its future use in Order 66. However, the Duke wasn't aware of its true purpose. Both projects were foiled by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the Chiss Senior Captain of the Chiss Ascendancy, Thrawn.

In 19 BBY Solha served the Confderacy of Independent Systems, he oversaw the mining and processing of cortosis on a droid factory on the planet Mokivj, which would be used to manufacture the cortosis b2 super battle droid, a variation of the B2-series super battle droid, which was covered by cortosis and could power down lightsabers and deflect blaster bolts. When former handmaiden of Padmé Amidala started investigating the Separatist presence on Mokivj, Solha ordered some assassins to deal with her so the droid factory or Solha's plans wouldn't be rveealed. Some months afterwards, Amidala received the call of her former handmaiden telling her of the former's discovery, Amidala traveled to Mokivj, and went missing for some weeks. When her husband, Skywalker noticed she was missing, he flew to Mokivj to find his wife.

Skywalker teamed with Chiss Senior Captain Mitth'raw'nuruodo or core name, Thrawn to save his wife and defeat the Separatists on the planet, they infiltrated the factory and shortly afterwards were captured by the Serennian duke. However, after Amidala and some maintenance workers, Huga, Cimy and LebJau arrived on the factory and later, Thrawn unlocked the improvised prison cells they were in, the group evacuated the workers of the factory and destroyed the factory and the Separatist's chance to produce cortosis battle droids. The destruction of the factory caused an explosion expanded by the cortosis in the cortosis mine which was destroyed too, that activated volcanic activity and later, produced desertification and deforestation accompanied by the destruction of the planet's best cropland and water.

Biography[]

Early life[]

"I'm impressed. So many in the Republic and Senate thought of me as a joke, or didn’t notice me at all."
"That's not true, you were seen as one of the quieter but more solid supporters of justice and order."
―Solha and Padmé Amidala.[src]

Solha hailed from the planet Serenno.

Solha was a Serennian born on the planet of Serenno, Duke Solha had a brother and sister. Before the Clone Wars, a galactic-wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the duke served in the Galactic Republic, and met senator Padmé Amidala on a diplomatic excursion. In that time, Solha believed the Republic and the Senate saw him as a joke.[1] Eventually, Solha lost faith in the Republic and joined Count Dooku's Separatist ideology.[2]

Dispatched to Mokivj[]

"You are part of the Separatist movement, currently at war with the Republic and Loyalist systems. Your duke has constructed a base and is shipping materials and equipment to it. Because he didn’t want anyone to know where the base is, he gathered his supplies from various origination points and sent them to Batuu, where the inhabitants don't pry into others’ activities. But he didn't expect interference from thieves."
―Thrawn on Solha.[src]

During the war, the Separatist leader, Dooku discovered a metal known as cortosis, which was capable of resisting lightsaber strikes and deflected blaster bolts. He contacted his master, the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, who was publicly known as Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine of the Republic, and told him of his discovery. In Sidious's desire to use the cortosis for various future purposes, such as his plot to destroy the Jedi Order, the count dispatched Solha along with his siblings to the planet Mokivj to oversee the mining operations[1] in 19 BBY.[3]

Solha served underneath Count Dooku, Sith Lord.

With the droid factory established, as well as the mines, the Serennian duke spent several months processing cortosis and battle droids. When Duja, former handmaiden of Amidala, started investigating the Separatist presence on Mokivj. Duja was killed by assassins on Solha's orders, who left her corpse at a bar, as he nor his siblings didn't want anyone to know what was being built in the factory, they covered everything but the levels of the factory but the ones in which the maintenance workers operated. Amidala eventually received the call from Duja and her findings. Amidala then went missing for weeks. That led her husband, the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to go searching for his lost wife. His search would lead him to Batuu, where he discovered a ship.[1] He met Senior Captain[4] Mitth'raw'nuruodo, or Thrawn, his core name, of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet. Eventually, Thrawn and Anakin's search led them to Mokivj, and later Mokivj's droid factory, where the Serennian was.[1]

Dealing with Skywalker[]

"Captain Boroklif is, let's just say, indisposed."
"I need to speak with him."
"Captain Boroklif isn't here. There was trouble at Black Spire. Boroklif and his crew weren't in any condition to fly. Do I have to draw you a picture."
"Are you saying they're all dead? All of them?"
―Anakin Skywalker and Solha.[src]

Skywalker and Thrawn teamed up.

Following Skywalker's and Thrawn's location of the factory, and later their change of clothing, Skywalker contacted the duke, to infiltrate the factory and informed him that Captain Boroklif was indisposed, that there was trouble at Black Spire, and that the he and the others were losing. The Serennian was shocked when he heard this news and asked if the Separatist captain and his companions were dead, to which Skywalker replied that he didn't know as he wasn't there at the end of the battle.[1]

The Jedi Knight offered the Separatist to bring the cargo he had lost to his factory, Solha accepted and told him he'd open the shield when he was on the coordinates of the courtyard, that he wasn't stupid and he wouldn't open it until it was truly necessary, just when he was in position to land. Following their arrival, the Jedi Knight and the Chiss commander were hailed by the Serennian duke escorted by a pair of B2-series super battle droids and two squads of B1-series battle droids, who inquired their possession of an astromech droid that belonged to the Republic, R2-D2. In response, the Jedi explained that he had found the droid and believed it could be worth something if he desired to purchase it.[1]

The Chiss commander and the Jedi Knight asked the Serennian what happened to Amidala's former handmaiden, Duja. They also told him how they acquired Boroklif's ship, the Larkrer, that they came to Mokivj because there was a preset hyperspace course on the ship, the Serennian asked who had put in that course, to which they replied they assumed the Separatist captain did. The duke then warned the pair that they didn't have anything else to bargain with and that he could have them shot. However, the pair told them there was another preset hyperspace course locked below the current one, which was locked by a two-stage encryption passcode, and that each of them had one half, Skywalker then presented his Chiss companion as "Brix." The Serennian ordered all of his droids to lower their weapons and to escort them while they entered the factory. The lights went off while the group was entering the building, and the Jedi sliced a droid squad and threw his lightsaber to the top of the building so the duke wouldn't be aware that Skywalker was in fact, a Jedi. Then two B2s blocked the courtyard's opening to prevent any escape.[1]

Capture of Thrawn and Skywalker[]

"Don't worry, I've got a nice, safe spot for you."
"You've got to be joking."
―Solha and Anakin Skywalker in the detention block.[src]

Solha oversaw the cortosis B2-series super battle droid's construction.

Solha knew that there was a Jedi loose on the factory, however, he didn't know who Skywalker was, he then sent Thrawn and Skywalker to some improvised prison cells. Calling the Jedi a thief, the Serennian aimed at Skywalker from the corridor in front of his cell with his blaster, and said that the Jedi wanted to be here and that he got here thanks to Skywalker, and for that alone he should be shot. He then revealed he was the Duke Solha of the Free System of Serenno, to which the Jedi Knight replied if he should be impressed, Solha said he should be, and that he would be at some point. One B2-series super battle droid took all of their weapons and communication devices, even taking Thrawn's small hold-out blaster located in his boot. Solha and the droids left with R2, who was dropping oil so Skywalker knew where they had taken him. They left the room and locked the cell's doors.[1]

The pair agreed on running a test, which would discover if Skywalker's wife had been captured, if she was free or wasn't on the factory by waiting two hours as Amidala, and if she didn't join them on the detention block, they would break out and try to locate her. Thrawn asked the Jedi that if he recognized the ship in the courtyard, telling him it was an ore carrier, which was full of ore, so this wasn't a staging ground but a manufacturing facility, he also told Skywalker where was there more activity and where was there less activity, as Chiss could see more infrared than humans, and he noticed the heat signatures, and that where they were in was the most active section.[1]

Raid on the factory[]

"Wait a minute, you and Padmé? "
" We cannot create nearly as wide-ranging diversion as you can."
―Thrawn and Skywalker.[src]

Amidala investigating the assassination of Duja.

Following the completion of Thrawn's and Skywalker's test, the Chiss crafted a cord from the clothing he got from the Larkrer and unlocked their cells from the inside. Meanwhile, the senator had entered the building and was accompanied by a group of locals, consisting of maintenance workers of the factory, Cimy, Huga and LebJau. They had entered the factory through the service level which was usually unprotected and only them and the Separatists knew of. Amidala had promised the group a fortune, which would be given to them by her Uncle Anakin if they helped her access the factory. The group later arrived at the detention block, defeated the droid guards and found the Chiss and Jedi Knight inside.[1]

After the Chiss was presented to the newcomers by Skywalker, the group created a plan to retrieve Skywalker's lightsaber, which involved Thrawn and the senator going alone to the roof to retrieve the lightsaber. The Jedi was scared of her going alone with the Chiss, but accepted it. After the Chiss and the senator left, the Jedi began to wander acorss the factory, and found a section of the factory that produced cortosis B2 super battle droids, which was guarded by the duke and his relatives and some droid sentries. The Serennians were protecting themselves with clone trooper armor covered with cortosis, Skywalker tried to confuse Solha's droids but he only achieved making the Serennians aware of his presence. Skywalker then left the room and began his search for the senator once again.[1]

On the roof of the building, Amidala and Thrawn retrieved Skywalker's lightsaber, they also witnessed some spheres which descended onto the factory, which were part of a Chiss mission to retrieve a deflector shield generator from the factory. The senator asked the Chiss commander to continue helping them but he insisted that his mission came first. Meanwhile, the Jedi, disarmed, used the Force to see where Solha and his droids sentries were, so he didn't have to fight them, while he traveled across the maze of rooms, and corridors that the factory contained. Until he met with his wife who gave him his lightsaber, and told him that Thrawn had abandoned them. Their meeting also coincided with the Chiss Ascendancy's raid on the factory, retrieving the shield generator. Skywalker fought several B2s and discovered that their armor disabled lightsabers and deflected blaster bolts. However, he used the Force and disabled them.[1]

Solha met Padmé Amidala on a diplomatic excursion.

In the meantime, Amidala evacuated the workers with LebJau before the factory was destroyed, Thrawn joined the senator and the Jedi Knight who revealed that the ore was cortosis and that it deflected blaster bolts and disabled lightsabers, thanks to its large energy absorption rate. They learned that the ore was mined in the river next to the factory and strengthened the battle droids' armor making them invulnerable, something that could change the Clone Wars forever. Thrawn then agreed to destroy the factory after the Chiss retrieved the shield generator.[1]

Amidala encountered the duke, who wore clone trooper armor covered with cortosis, who protected him from his husband's lightsaber, he then told her that by using the factory he was going to build his name in the Confederacy. As he knew Skywalker and the senator, he rejected Amidala's ultimatum to surrender and told her that he had no doubts that he'd live and that he'd never surrender.[1]

Defeat[]

"What does that- No, that's crazy. It's only supposed to redirect blaster energy"
"I guess it can redirect the heat of explosives too, that's lava out there, Anakin. However the cortosis did it, sent your explosion straight down the crust into the magma."
―Skywalker and Amidala.[src]

Skywalker thought the Sepratists were going to infiltrate Coruscant.

In another section of the factory, the Jedi and Chiss learned the Separatists were are also producing clone trooper armor covered with cortosis. The Jedi thought they were planning to infiltrate the Republic by sending Serennian troopers wearing clone trooper armor to Coruscant,[1] the capital planet of the Republic.[5] After the battle droids protecting the room were defeated by Skywalker and Thrawn, and the Serennian duke by the senator, knocking him out with her grappling hook, they left the factory and then destroyed the factory. Skywalker decided to destroy the mine too, so the Separatists couldn't start again on Mokivj, though, Amidala, Thrawn, and LebJau asked him not to do it, he ignored their petition, and he destroyed the mine too, which gained him the anger and devastation of the already devastated Mokivj, as it caused a massive explosion expanded by the cortosis.[1]

The mission ended with a catastrophe for Mokivj and an end to Solha's career. In an effort to collapse the Separatist's efforts to produce cortosis battle droids, Skywalker accidentally sent lava, ash, and smoke into the planet's best cropland and water. Skywalker did not know the cortosis in the mine would redirect the heat of the explosions, the heat was sent down the planet's crust, activating volcanic activity and leading to widespread devastation, deforestation, and desertification on Mokivj. Resulting in the explosive force doing more than merely collapsing the mine's tunnels.[1]

The catastrophe forced LebJau to move to another planet as the population knew he had collaborated with the ones who devastated Mokivj.[1]

Personality and traits[]

"Count Dooku would need someone who wouldn't be missed to run this facility."
"And who was ambitious enough to work for future promises of glory."
―Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker on Solha.[src]

Solha wished to become one of the Separatist Government's most important members.

Solha was a tall, slender human hailing from Serenno, located in the Outer Rim. He was a very ambitious, confident, quiet man trough his life and arrogant while he served the Confederacy of Independent Systems. When he was a member of the Galactic Republic, he thought the members of the Galactic Senate and the Republic saw him as a joke, Amidala later told him he was seen as one of the quieter but more solid supporters of justice and order. He was very impressed when Amidala said his name, as he didn't think anyone in the Republic would remember him. He was a man with aspirations of becoming one of the most ipmortant members of the Confederacy, which he assured, would have made everyone remember him. During his time leading the Mokivj droid factory, acted as a traffic controller, which later became the reason of Skywalker not taking him seriously. The duke, made the detention block as quiet and empty as possible, he kicked every worker, movable items anything out of there. [1]

During the raid on the Mokivj droid factory, the Serennian duke was always confident that he was going to succeed in defeating the assailants, and therefore, becoming one of the most important members of the Separatist government, however, he underestimated, Thrawn, Skywalker and Amidala, which cost him his entire career. He also believed he would live, and that the assailants would be defeated. Solha didn't care about his workers, therefore, he treated them badly, sometimes not giving them enough food, and letting them die. He asked them to do a hard job, he made his workers carry and lift too much weight, which they couldn't carry without being harmed by their difficult tasks.[1]

Skills and abilities[]

Apart from being a politician, Solha was able to lead workers on manufacturing projects such as the cortosis B2 super battle droids manufactured at the Mokivj droid factory.[1]

Equipment[]

"That wasn't just a cloak. The style, the throat clasps, the color and ribbing—all of it identified it as a royal Serennian cloak."
―Padmé Amidala, on Solha's cloak.[src]

Solha used an E-5 blaster rifle, like the B1-series battle droids did.

Solha wore a cloak, the style, the throat clasps, the color and ribbing identified it as a royal Serennian cloak. And later wore clone trooper armor with cortosis on it while the Mokivj droid factory was being attacked by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. He also used an E-5 blaster rifle and a communications device while he led the droid factory on Mokivj.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Solha first appeared in the 2018 novel Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn, the second installment in the Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy.[1]

Appearances[]

Sources[]

Notes and references[]

  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 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 Thrawn: Alliances
  2. AltayaCite.svg "Anakin Skywalker" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  3. The events of Thrawn: Alliances set during the Clone Wars, such as the missions to Batuu and Mokivj, take place after the trial and exoneration of Ahsoka Tano. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both the end of the the Clone Wars and the trial and exoneration of Ahsoka Tano to 19 BBY. They must therefore take place in the year 19 BBY.
  4. Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
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