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Veruna was a human male who served as the king of the Mid Rim planet of Naboo right before the reign of Queen Padmé Amidala. A philosopher named Sio Bibble was elected Governor of Naboo under Veruna's rule.[1] During his reign, Veruna established a vast royal library collection in a tower at the back of the Theed Royal Palace.[3] He shared his name with Veruna, one[4] of the three[5] moons of Naboo.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

Veruna was first canonically mentioned in Sio Bibble's entry from the 2016 reference book Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, written by Pablo Hidalgo.[1]

In a flashback scene from James Luceno's Tarkin novel, Senator Palpatine briefly talks to Wilhuff Tarkin about a Naboo king who ruled fifteen years prior to the rise of the Galactic Empire: "Even on my own Naboo, the king finds himself embroiled with the Trade Federation and off world bankers with regard to our plasma exports."[6] This quote superficially describes events previously seen in Luceno's Star Wars Legends 2012 novel Darth Plagueis.[7] However, it has not yet been confirmed in canon whether this king is indeed Veruna.[6]

In the Legends continuity, Veruna was first mentioned in the 1999 novel Star Wars Episode I Journal: Queen Amidala, written by Jude Watson.[8] He later made his first appearance in the 2000 short comic "A Summer's Dream", published in Star Wars Tales 5 by Dark Horse Comics.[9] Veruna was eventually given the first name Ars in the novel Darth Plagueis, in which he has a prominent role.[7]

In Star Wars: Complete Locations, Veruna's reign was stated to have lasted thirteen years.[3] However, the more recent novel Queen's Shadow established that Naboo monarch can only serve for a maximum of four years.[10]


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