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"You're right, Ben. Some things you can't forget. But you can fight to make them better."
―Tala Durith, to Obi-Wan Kenobi[3]

Tala Durith was a female human freedom fighter during the early reign of the Galactic Empire, where she was stationed as an officer on the planet Mapuzo and served as a captain in the Imperial Military. While she initially joined the Galactic Empire with the goal of making a difference, she became disillusioned and eventually saw the Empire for its tyranny. This led to her secretly becoming a member of The Path, an underground resistance movement that helped smuggle Jedi survivors of the Order 66 massacre and other Force-sensitive individuals to safety.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived on Mapuzo while in the process of returning Princess Leia Organa to her homeworld of Alderaan, he was recognized and engaged by several stormtroopers. Tala killed the three troopers with her, before fleeing with Kenobi and Organa. She attempted to help Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi return Organa of Alderaan,taking her through an underground tunnel system while Kenobi distracted their pursuers, but later left Leia to meet with one of her companions and saved Kenobi from being captured by Darth Vader.

Tala later infiltrated Fortress Inquisitorius on the Mustafarian moon Nur alongside Kenobi to rescue Organa from the Inquisitorius. After the successful rescue, Tala and her compatriots retreated to Jabiim but were tracked by the Empire and Lord Vader. In the resulting Imperial attack on Jabiim, Tala was shot in the abdomen by stormtroopers and chose to detonate a thermal detonator when they were approaching to sacrifice herself rather than be captured.

Biography[]

Disillusion with the Empire[]

"The Empire said it was a roundup. People not paying their way, taxes for the cause. They lied. There were four families, all Force-sensitive, and we, we gathered them up. I didn't know who they were. I didn't know what the Inquisitors would do. Fourteen people died, and six of them were children"
―Durith, to Kenobi[3]

During the era of the Galactic Empire, Tala Durith joined up with the galactic-government and eventually became an Imperial officer[2] with the military rank of captain.[4] One day, she was deployed to the[3] planet[5] Garel under orders to round up people that had apparently not paid their taxes. Durith complied and carried out the roundup with the Imperial forces, gathering four families, fourteen individuals including six children, that were Force-sensitive. She then watched as members of the Inquisitorius,[3] the Empire's Jedi-hunting group made up of former Jedi that turned to the Dark side of the Force,[6] executed the families.[3]

Following the executions[3] the officer became disillusioned with the Empire and began working with an underground, anti-Imperial network known as "the Path." The Path operated through a number of safehouses on worlds across the galaxy and helped Force-sensitives and Jedi alike reach the planet Jabiim, where they could get new identities. Durith maintained her position as an Imperial officer as a cover, operating officially at a battery on the Mid Rim mining planet Mapuzo.[2] In her work with the Path, she worked with the operative Kawlan Roken, who had lost his Force-sensitive wife to the Inquisitors,[7] as well as the Jedi Quinlan Vos, who helped younglings reach safety. Durith also maintained communications with Haja Estree,[2] a con artist on the planet Daiyu who posed as a Jedi for profit while also helping Force-sensitives reach the Path.[6]

Rescuing Kenobi[]

In 9 BBY,[1] Estree encountered Obi-Wan Kenobi as he was being hunted by Inquisitors and bounty hunters and helped him reach a transport to Mapuzo,[6] informing Durith of a pickup arrangement.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Tala Durith was first pictured in the teaser trailer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi television series, which was released on March 9, 2022.[8] She was first mentioned, albeit indirectly, in the second episode of the series,[9] which aired on May 26, 2022.[10] She first appeared in the third episode of the series,[2] which aired on June 1, 2022.[11] She was portrayed by actress Indira Varma.[2] Her Imperial rank and full name were revealed on a viewscreen in aurebesh in the fourth episode of the series.[7]

Appearances[]

Sources[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Part I" states that the events of the Obi-Wan Kenobi television series take place ten years after Order 66, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, the events of "Part IV" of Obi-Wan Kenobi, including Tala Durith's death on Jabiim, must be set in 9 BBY.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part III"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part V"
  4. Lucasfilm Story Group executive Pablo Hidalgo confirmed that live-action productions treat rank insignia plaques of the Galactic Empire by two eras: pre–First Death Star destruction and post. The pre-destruction era utilizes the "single row" format for live-action media including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor per TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pabl0hidalgo) on Twitter: "@peacemakervitus There's basically two eras for Imperial badges - pre-Death Star destruction and post. So Andor and Kenobi follow the Rogue One 'single row' model." (backup link). Due to this, this individual's rank insignia plaque is consistent with its respective rank insignia and branch in the live-action production chart here, and as such must be that military rank and in that branch.
  5. StarWars-DatabankII.png Garel in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part II"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part IV"
  8. SWYTlogo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi | Teaser Trailer | Disney+ on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  9. Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part II"
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Obi-Wan Kenobi (@obiwankenobi) on Twitter: "The time for #ObiWanKenobi has arrived…early. Start streaming the first two episodes on @DisneyPlus TONIGHT at 9PM PT." (backup link)
  11. D23 logo.png Everything New You Can Stream on Disney+ in June 2022 on D23.com (backup link)
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