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"Later, when this is all over, I'll ask the commander for an interview. I hope she'll share what she was thinking in those moments."
―Voren Na'al, to Arhul Hextrophon in a report regarding "Official History of the Rebel Movements, Volume One"[src]

Voren Na'al was a human male[1] who served as a lieutenant in the military of the Alliance to Restore the Republic around the time of the Battle of Scarif. At the time, he was working on a project titled "Official History of the Rebel Movements, Volume One" with Major Arhul Hextrophon. Na'al was in the briefing room at Base One when Jyn Erso was brought before Chancellor Mon Mothma and the rest of the Alliance High Command, and he summarized the proceedings of this meeting in a report to Hextrophon. This report was later included in a compilation of documents prepared by General Airen Cracken, Chief of Rebel Intelligence, for Mothma.[2] Later, Na'al was also at the ceremony held in honor of Luke Skywalker and other heroes of the Battle of Yavin. He bore one of the Medals of Bravery, which General Jan Dodonna handed to Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, who awarded it to Skywalker.[1]

By the time of the New Republic, Na'al had become a bona fide historian.[3] At some point, he attended the Arhul Hextrophon School of Embedded Journalism on Lerct, where he met fellow historian Beaumont Kin. During the war between the First Order and the Resistance, the two maintained a correspondence.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Voren Na'al originated as the in-universe "author" of several Star Wars Legends roleplaying sourcebooks published by West End Games, beginning with Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope in 1989. The character went on to appear in several other reference books.[5] In 2012, the "Rogues Gallery" feature in Star Wars Insider 133 identified one of the extras who hand the medals to General Dodonna as Na'al, retroactively establishing that film as his first appearance.[6] The extra in question was Derek Lyons, who also portrayed a member of the Rebel Honor Guard earlier in the same scene.[7]

The character became canon when he was mentioned in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier.[2]



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