Zill Kartay was a male Neimoidian who served as a consul of the Trade Federation in the last decades of the Galactic Republic. In 32 BBY, the Federation invaded the backwater planet of Naboo by order of Darth Sidious. On that occasion, Consul Kartay accompanied the Viceroy Nute Gunray to Theed, the capital city of Naboo, where he took a seat in the Occupation Council. After a fierce struggle both on ground and in space, the inhabitants of Naboo—Humans and Gungans—fought off the invasion and destroyed the Federation's droid army. In the wake of the battle, Kartay was arrested by Captain Panaka of the Royal Naboo Security Forces, alongside Magistrate Kund Ekorr and Treasurer Hap Brehg of the Occupation council. Subsequently, they were all shipped as prisoners to Coruscant, capital world of the Republic, to await trial.
Behind the scenes
Zill Kartay appeared as a nameless background character in the movie Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which was released on May 19, 1999. However, since the members of the Occupation Council made a collective appearance in the Terry Brooks's movie novelization, which was published earlier, Kartay's actual first appearance can be dated to April 21 of the same year. In 2014, the character's name was revealed in Rogues Gallery: The Devious Neimoidians Revealed, an article written by Tim Veekhoven, Kevin Beentjes and Sander de Lange for the 147th issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine. Kartay was named after the Neimoidian fan "Lizzi Kartay-Dod," known as Kweh-chan on Wookieepedia.
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novelization (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- The New Essential Guide to Characters (Indirect mention only)
- "The Devious Neimoidians Revealed"—Star Wars Insider 148 (First identified as Zill Kartay)