After the Fall of Coruscant, Ranth managed to reach Mon Calamari, where the New Republic regrouped. Due to the death of Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya of the New Republic, a new campaign to choose a Chief of State began. Ranth was nominated as one of the candidates along with Cal Omas, Fyor Rodan and Cola Quis. Ranth got a great deal of supporters, but it was obvious that he did not have enough support to become Chief of State. Other senators, including Triebakk worried that Ranth was building support only to withdraw at the last moment and give his votes to another candidate in exchange for political favors. Both Fyor Rodan and Cal Omas tried to get Ranth's votes. Ranth's votes, however, were rendered useless after the third round of voting, when most of Rodan's supporters defected to the Omas camp.
Omas was able to persuade Ranth to support him, in return for retaining his chair of the Justice Council, as well as a seat on the High Council as one of the six non-Jedi, New Republic representatives. Apparently, Ranth was not a great supporter of the Jedi, and considered that this place was useful to stop the Jedi from being too autonomous from their government. However, Ranth voted with the Jedi in opposition to Alpha Red.
Behind the scenesEdit
For unknown reasons—possibly an erroneous entry in theforce.net's Unofficial Encyclopedia—Ranth's gender used to be debated. It has since been clarified on the sw.com boards that, canonically, Ta'laam Ranth has always been male.
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse (First appearance)
- The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way
- The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force