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Ebenn Q3 Baobab
Biographical information
Homeworld

Manda

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair color

Gray/brown

Eye color

Brown

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"Ebenn can be crotchety sometimes. He was once a great man, though, long ago."
Rinto Liprus

Ebenn Q3 Baobab, or EQ3, as he was sometimes called, was a Human male scholar and polymath; perhaps most notable for his contributions to intergalactic communications through such publications as his Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide. For a total of forty-five seasons, EQ3 traveled with the Baobab Merchant Fleet, visiting 1,300 distinct culture units and losing the tip of his left foot and some hair along the way. He also served for a time as Chief Philologist and head of the Baobab Archives, a vast repository of knowledge that rivaled any contemporaneous research center.

As a member of the prestigious Baobab family, EQ3 counted among his relatives the intrepid explorer Mungo Baobab. Something of a jack-of-all-trades, he held many different professions and experienced an unending variety of adventures throughout his life as an artist and art collector, teacher, best-selling writer, poet, doctor, merchant, philosopher, spacer, scientist, linguist and philologist. Baobab was even a war hero, serving valiantly in the Koong Wars, the Aerial Plankton Uprising, and the Mora Infantry.

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Biography

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Early life

Born to a circus-owning family on Manda, Ebenn began his career modestly enough. Searching for adventure among the stars, he quickly hopped onto a Baobab Merchant Fleet vessel, Caravel. It is currently unknown whether Ebenn's surname was adopted after this life-changing event, or if his original family actually did own the vessel; either way, Ebenn seemed to enjoy the mystery that it gave his persona. If the latter is true, it would, as often suspected, make him a relative of the famed merchant Mungo Baobab. As a cabin boy, the young man traveled the expanse of the galaxy, satisfying his wanderlust through visits to locales as diverse as Bantu, Tatooine, and Roon.[1]

Years as a captive

Baobab at the celebrations following the Battle of Naboo.

However, Ebenn still wanted more to his life than being a vagabond. Somewhere near Biitu, he left the merchant fleet, only to be apprehended and imprisoned by the Moras. After being forced into serving in the Mora Infantry, Ebenn somehow wound up in the "employ" of the Hutts, who enlisted him in the Koong Wars for their own designs. While the terror of combat forged Ebenn into a skilled warrior, his official duties to the Hutts included writing poetry and serving as a mathematician. Escaping this life of servitude, he returned to his merchant roots by serving as a ship's doctor with a Neimoidian fleet in the Trade Federation.[1]

At some point, Ebenn spent an unknown amount of time as a member of the Naboo Royal Advisory Council.[2] He was present in Theed at the celebrations following the Battle of Naboo—however, it is not clear whether or not he was still serving with the Federation at this time.[3]

Prior to the Clone Wars, Baobab wrote many articles for HoloNet News, including a primer on the language and culture of the Snivvians.[4]

The writer and media mogul

"Got that 'Q3' by undergoing the ceremonial Passage Rite at the semi-summer festival on Vintrus."
―An elder Ebenn Q3 Baobab reminiscing his younger years (perhaps erroneously)

The years following Palpatine's rise to power were good to Ebenn. Utilizing his nascent talents, he wrote five volumes of poetry and was thus bestowed Laureate of the Empire not once, but twice.[1]

It was also during these years that his writing output increased dramatically, resulting in an autobiography (entitled Blazing Rockets), two short story collections, and five nonfiction books (including The Secret of Joy in the Galaxy and the bestselling Repair Guide to Vaporators).[1]

Through the money amassed by these endeavors, Ebenn was able to finally establish his dream, the Baobab HoloNet. An alternative to the Imperial-controlled HoloNet, Ebenn's broadcasts provided esoteric bits through his appearances, ranging from acute social analysis to holiday cookie recipes.[1]

Accomplishments

"I collected folk art of the Hutts—very interesting, Hutt art, I remember one piece that—well, never mind."
―Ebenn Q3 Baobab

The enormous fortune Ebenn now possessed led to increased freedom in his life. Now, he had time to pursue more leisurely activities, such as painting, composing, collecting art (notably pre-Slime Era folk art of the Hutts), the study of history, entertaining high-profile friends, traveling, and, most importantly, philology.[1]

Having either inherited or simply bought out the Baobab Merchant Fleet, Ebenn continued to remain something of an adventurer—danger and wanderlust still called to him after all these years. He was involved in the dismantling of the Palpatine Mine Network following the Galactic Civil War, being one of only two survivors found aboard the minesweeping craft Rodrigo Andrera.[1]

Ebenn continued to serve in a military capacity in spite of his high-profile status. During the infamous Aerial Plankton Uprising he served valiantly with Captain Gordun to vanquish the Kinkees, later retiring to become something of a military scholar. It was he who exposed the Endor Moon Hoax, and managed to secure a private dinner with the Lost Sultans of Lust.[1]

A passion to establish a noteworthy institution seized Ebenn, resulting in the founding of the Baobab Museum of Science. The facility was most notable for its display of the actual Great Heep, fully restored, an acquisition that would have been impossible to acquire without Ebenn's influence. Ebenn also founded the Baobab Work Placement Bureau, the Baobab School of Speed-Learning (where accelerated language courses could be taken for a modest tuition), and the Baobab Archives Cultural Phenomenon Study Center (where employees analyzed and cataloged various folklore from around the galaxy).[1]

Home life and retirement

While admittedly a bit of a braggart, Ebenn Q3 Baobab truly had every right to be so. It was often difficult for New Republic citizens to comprehend the fact that this larger-than-life personality was, in fact, an actual person. He finally settled down by returning to his home planet of Manda—now center for the Baobab Archives—to live with his wife, Pookie, and their dwarf bantha Nuke. Pookie and Ebenn had four children together, who in turn produced eighteen grandchildren.[1]

Rebel dealings

Baobab as he was seen in Moenia.
"Wha? Who are you? What's that? Plans? I don't know anything about any plans."
―A delirious Ebenn Q3 Baobab in 1 ABY

By 1 ABY, a post-retirement Baobab had returned to Naboo, and was often seen sleeping on the streets of Moenia. Famous as an artist's retreat, it is not known whether Moenia was the location of one of EQ3's vacation homes, or if the jack-of-all-trades merely enjoyed hanging out with the local color. It seemed that he was suffering from severe dementia—at times, he believed that the Republic still existed under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Valorum. He could not remember his exact age, though he claimed that he was at least 90 years old, and had outlived his wife Pookie and his pet Nuke.[2]

Baobab had dealings with a number of beings in Moenia, though could never seem to remember the purpose of the deals or the people involved. It was unknown whether Baobab organized these deals and then muddled the details during the process of implementing the plans, or if operatives were using Baobab's declined mental state to their own advantage. Perhaps Ebenn was faking his condition and fabricating lies, in order to secretly run his Rebel operations right under the Empire's nose.

On one occasion, Baobab provided funds to what he claimed was for Chancellor Valorum to assist the Republic. In reality, the funds were delivered to Tanner Helton to smuggle medical supplies to the Outer Rim. On another occasion, Baobab hired a guide to escort "that Jedi Knight, what's-his-name" into Moenia. In reality, "what's-his-name" was a newly discovered Force-sensitive Gungan known as Wert Jopi. The reasons behind this move were unknown, though Baobab claimed that the Gungan was merely invited to dinner.[2]

Perhaps the most notable occasion was when Baobab believed that a young female poet called Nura Tinall sent him her original poetry, requesting that he would pass it on to his publishers. Baobab refused to do this, and hired a person to "return" the poetry to its author. This "poetry" was in fact the plans to the nearby Emperor's Retreat. The plans were delivered to Nura Tinall, who in turn vowed to deliver them to Leia Organa. Baobab appeared totally oblivious to this entire operation.[2]

At some point, Baobab held the title Imperial Laureate and wrote about how the Human Xim the Despot was the subject of a lot of slander, despite the fact that very little was known about him.[5]

Personality and traits

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Behind the scenes

In reality, the character of Ebenn Q3 Baobab was a minor cameo by sound designer Ben Burtt in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. From that minor character, Burtt created an elaborate biography for the character in his Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide, using his costumed picture as EQ3.

In the MMORPG Star Wars: Galaxies, Baobab appears as a non-player character in the town of Moenia on the planet Naboo at the coordinates (4869, -4875). The game introduced a continuity error in Baobab's quests, where it is stated that Baobab had already published his Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide (before 1 ABY). Earlier sources stated that the book was published 6 ABY.

Appearances

Sources

Notes and references

Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to Ebenn Q3 Baobab.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Galaxies
  3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  4.  Today's Traveler - The Art of Dealing with SnivviansHoloNet News Vol. 531 51
  5. *You must be a member of Star Wars Hyperspace to view this linkXim Week: The Despotica (Part I) on Hyperspace (article)

See also

External links

  • StarWars.com Episode I Snapshot - Royal Cameo on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  • The location of Baobab in Star Wars: Galaxies

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Talking to the old man

In Moenia, there is a retired member of the Royal Council who needs help with some sensitive information regarding the Empire. There seems to be a lot more to this old fellow than meets the eye....

Ebenn (4869 -4875) stands east of the vendor terminals in Moenia. His missions are for Rebel Combatants, and are role-playing heavy. The material rewards are very small, and no xp is granted for these missions. However, they are worth doing for the backstory alone.

Table of contents

Game Info

Part One

  • Level: none. escort mission
  • Reward:
    • 100 credits

Note: This mission may only be taken by a Rebel Combatant.

In the city of Moenia, you wake an old man from a nap and before you can say two words, he demands that you go and find his assistant, Rinto Liprus, who knows how to adjust his hearing aid. He says his name is Ebenn Q3 Baobab, but most people just call him "EQ3" for some reason.

Strike out into the wilds surrounding Moenia and find Liprus. Be sure and "Converse" with him via the radial menu so as not to attack him by mistake. Once you find Liprus, return to Q3.

Part Two

  • Level: none, delivery mission
  • Reward:
    • 150 credits

EQ3 is quite talkative once you get back. He says that the Republic is falling on hard times, and that Chancellor Valorum needs help, lest Senator Palpatine gain too much power. He asks you to deliver some funds earmarked to set up a commission to look into what is going on. He says he is a retired member of the Naboo Royal Council and writes travel books in his old age - the Galactic Phrasebook his his, and he also collects Hutt folk art. But enough about him - he asks if you will help him?

Your contact is called Tanner Helton. He mumbles something about medical supplies getting past the Imperial blockade, and tells you to go backto EQ3.

Part Three

  • Level: none, escort mission
  • Reward:
    • 200 credits

The old man clearly has no idea what year it is, but somehow he seems to be tapped in to the Rebel resistance. However, next he asks you to return some bad poetry to a lady who sent it to him, hoping he could interest his publisher in it. Her name is Nura Tinall.

When you reach her, she asks you if Ebenn sent the "plans" - maybe there is more going on than meets the eye. Return to EQ3 for your reward.

Part Four

  • Level: none, escort mission
  • Reward:
    • 250 credits

EQ3 now thinks he remembers you from the Clone Wars, and wants you to bring a mutual "friend" to dinner. He gives you the location, and off you go!

The target is a Gungan named Wert Jopi, who says something about Baobab thinking he is... Force Sensitive? Return to EQ3 for your reward. As before, when you return EQ3 seems to have no idea who you are.... but he pays you anyway, and falls back to sleep. Your missions with EQ3 are finished.

Star Wars Lore

Ebenn Q3 Baobab, or EQ3, as he was sometimes called, was a Human male most notable for his contributions to intergalactic communications through such publications as his Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide. Somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, he held many different professions and experienced an unending variety of adventures throughout his life.

Born to a circus-owning family on Manda, Ebenn began his career modestly enough. Searching for adventure among the stars, he quickly hopped onto a Baobab Merchant Fleet caravel. It is currently unknown whether Ebenn's surname was adopted after this life-changing event, or if his original family actually did own the vessel; either way, Ebenn seems to enjoy the mystery. If the latter is true, it would make him a relative of the famed merchant Mungo Baobab. It is also unknown if "a Baobab caravel" refers to Mungo's ship, Caravel.

As a cabin boy, the young man traveled the expanse of the Galaxy, satisfying his wanderlust through visits to locales as diverse as Bantu, Tatooine, and Roon.

However, Ebenn still wanted more to his life than being a vagabond. Somewhere near Biitu, he left the merchant fleet, only to be apprehended and imprisoned by the Moras. After being forced into serving in the Mora Infantry, Ebenn somehow wound up in the "employ" of the Hutts, who enlisted him in the Koong Wars for their own designs. While the terror of combat forged Ebenn into a skilled warrior, his official duties to the Hutts included writing poetry and serving as a mathematician (most likely in an accounting capacity). Escaping this life of servitude, he returned to his merchant roots by serving as a ship's doctor with a Neimoidian fleet in the Trade Federation.

It is known that he was spotted at the celebrations following the Battle of Naboo—however, it is not clear whether or not he was still serving with the Federation at this time.

Prior to the Clone Wars, Baobab wrote many articles for HoloNet News, including a primer on the language and culture of the Snivvians.

Unlike many, the years following Palpatine's rise to power were actual quite good to Ebenn. Utilizing his nascent talent for poetry, he wrote five volumes of prose and was thus bestowed Laureate of the Empire not once, but twice.

It was also during these years that his writing output increased dramatically, resulting in an autobiography (entitled Blazing Rockets), two short story collections, and five nonfiction books (including The Secret of Joy in the Galaxy and the bestselling Repair Guide to Vaporators).

Through the money amassed by these endeavors, Ebenn was able to finally establish his dream: the Baobab HoloNet. An alternative to the Imperial-controlled HoloNet, Ebenn's broadcasts provided esoteric bits through his appearances, ranging from acute social analysis to holiday cookie recipes.

The enormous fortune Ebenn now possessed led to increased freedom in his life. Now, he had time to puruse more leisurely activities, such as painting, composing, collecting art (notably pre-Slime Era folk art of the Hutts), the study of history, entertaining high-profile friends, traveling, and, most importantly, philology.

Having either inherited or simply bought out the Baobab Merchant Fleet, Ebenn continued to remain something of an adventurer—danger and wanderlust still called to him after all these years. For a total of forty-five seasons, EQ3 traveled with the fleet, visiting 1,300 distinct culture units and losing the tip of his left foot and some hair along the way. He was involved in the dismantiling of the Palpatine Mine Network following the Galactic Civil War, as was one of only two survivors found aboard the minesweeping craft Rodrigo Andrera.

Ebenn continued to serve in a military capacity in spite of his high-profile status. During the infamous Aerial Plankton Uprising he served valiantly with Captain Gordun to vanquish the Kinkees, later retiring to become something of a military scholar. It was he who exposed the Endor Moon Hoax, and managed to secure a private dinner with the Lost Sultans of Lust.

A passion to establish a noteworthy institution seized Ebenn, resulting in the founding of the Baobab Museum of Science. The facility was most notable for its display of the actual Great Heep, fully restored, an acquisiton that would have been impossible to acquire without Ebenn's influence. Ebenn also founded the Baobab Work Placement Bureau, the Baobab School of Speed-Learning (where accelerated language courses may be taken for a modest tuition), and the Baobab Archives Cultural Phenomenon Study Center (where employees analyze and catalogue various folklore from around the Galaxy).

While admittedly a bit of a braggart, Ebenn Q3 Baobab truly had every right to be so. It is often difficult for New Republic citizens to comprehend the fact that this larger-than-life personality was, in fact, an actual person. He finally settled down by returning his home planet of Manda—now center for the Baobab Archives—to live with his wife, Pookie, and their dwarf (miniature) bantha Nuke. Pookie and Ebenn sired four children, who resulted in eighteen grandchildren.

At some point during his retired years, Baobab was often seen visiting the town of Moenia on Naboo. Famous as an artist's retreat, it is not known whether Moenia was the location of one of EQ3's vacation homes, or if the jack-of-all-trades merely enjoyed hanging out with the local color.

Sources

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This article uses material from the "Ebenn Q3 Baobab" article on the SWG Wiki wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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