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Mon Mothma
Biographical information
Homeworld

Chandrila[1]

Born

48 BBY {13BrS}[2], Chandrila

Died

24 ABY {59}, Chandrila

Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Female[1]

Height

1.5 meters[3]

Hair color

Auburn[1]

Eye color

Blue[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation
"We are not Separatists trying to leave the Republic, we are Loyalists trying to preserve democracy in the Republic."
―Mon Mothma — (audio)Listen (file info)

Mon Mothma, a native of Chandrila, was an important political figure from the waning days of the Galactic Republic, one of the founders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and the first Chief of State of the New Republic. She had a daughter, Lieda, and a son, Jobin.

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Biography

Early life

Mon Mothma was born in 48 BBY into a wealthy and influential family living on Chandrila. Her mother, Tanis Mothma was the governor of the planet, and her father was an arbiter-general for the Republic, so it came as no suprise when she would follow in their influential footsteps and become a Senator and later on lead a Rebellion against the Empire.

Senator

Senator Mon Mothma of Chandrila.

At the age of nineteen she was elected to represent the Bormea Sector in the Galactic Senate, becoming the youngest Senator ever to serve[4]—a record later broken by Leia Organa, future apprentice and colleague of Mothma.

To those who knew her, Mothma was kind and caring, yet sometimes forgot herself when dealing in politics, which often seemed to claim importance over everything else in her life. She was a daring woman with charisma and political savvy—and as such was not devoid of enemies.

As a senator, Mothma was a proponent of the rights of local systems. She was also friends with fellow Senators Bail Organa and Padmé Amidala. Just before the Clone Wars, she became a member of the Loyalist Committee along with fellow Senators Bail Organa, Padmé Amidala, Fang Zar, and other prominent politicians. She later signed the Petition of 2000, along with many other senators, in an effort to request that Chancellor Palpatine reduce his power. The Delegation of 2000 presented the petition to Chancellor Palpatine, but the Dark Lord made false promises saying that he would give up his emergency powers and silenced Fang Zar when he tried to speak.

In 19 BBY, she attended Senator Amidala's funeral on Naboo. It is likely that she, like the Naboo and Queen Apailana themselves, did not believe the claim that she had been murdered during the false "Jedi Rebellion."

For several months following the formation of the Galactic Empire, she urged fellow Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan to publicly speak out against Emperor Palpatine with her. However, she recanted after witnessing the Empire's subjugation of Kashyyyk.

Mon Mothma was a key member in starting the Rebellion.

Rebellion

"This great struggle is a people's struggle: a struggle between the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor, the cruel and the gentle."
―Mon Mothma describing the Rebellion

During the Galactic Civil War, Mon Mothma openly defied the Emperor, unlike Bail Organa and other senators who only secretly backed the Rebellion. Her forthright views against the Empire brought her under closer investigation by ISB, COMPNOR and even Emperor Palpatine himself, thus preventing her from dabbling in more effective cover efforts to undermine Imperial rule. She continued to use her official channels, senatorial privilege and political contacts to effect change, maintaining the belief that a system of the government, no matter how broken, still has some degree of effectiveness. During these years she frequently met with colleagues on Coruscant and other worlds, introduced fruitless measures to grant local systems relief from Imperial policies, and tried to place Senate's oversight on Imperial operations. She also tutored Bail's adopted daughter, Leia Organa, in political and diplomatical affairs, preparing her to succeed her father as Alderaan's representative in the Imperial Senate and eventually lead a galaxy-spanning resistance movement.[5]

Eventually Palpatine finally lost patience with her outspoken opposition and covert operation with resistance groups. She only escaped arrest by the Imperial Security Bureau in 3 BBY thanks to a warning from Bail Organa. Organa placed a guard at her side named Malan Tugrina. Now a fugitive from Imperial law, she went underground to lead the Rebellion full-time. She became the organization's public face, signing such open proclamations as the Declaration of Rebellion and A Call to Reason.[5]

Mon Mothma present at the signing of the Corellian Treaty.

A historical moment for the Rebellion was the signing of the Corellian Treaty in circa 2 BBY. Signed by Organa, Mothma, and Garm Bel Iblis, with Galen Marek and Rahm Kota also present, the document formalized the relationship between the Corellian, Alderaanian and Chandrilan resistance forces, respectively, from a loose coalition to an organized rebellion - the Alliance to Restore the Republic. However, Darth Vader arrived moments later and his stormtroopers arrested Mon Mothma and everyone else. Marek was in fact Vader's secret apprentice, and unknowingly led the senators willing to rebel against Palpatine into the Vader's trap. Vader's forces took the senators to the under construction Death Star I, while Marek fought with Vader. It seemed all was lost and the Rebellion was doomed before it even began.[6]

Marek was betrayed by Vader, who deceived him by telling him that they would use the Rebellion to overthrow Emperor Palpatine and rule the galaxy. Together with his pilot Juno Eclipse, Marek traveled to the Death Star construction site. There, Marek defeated Vader and held Palpatine off long enough for Mon Mothma and the other rebels to escape, sacrificing himself in the process. After meeting on Kashyyyk, the rebel leaders found Marek's family crest, and Leia Organa suggested honoring Marek by using it as the symbol for the Rebel Alliance. Mon Mothma and the other rebels agreed.[6]

Sometime after Mothma was put on the top of the most wanted list by Palpatine, she was located by agents of the Imperial Security Bureau. Although they managed to capture Mothma's entourage, Mothma herself was able to escape. Mothma soon tried to escape to the Outer Rim on the Blackjack, but was unable to make it onboard as she was captured by fellow Senator Pel Talon. Talon locked her up in the archaic dungeon of his own personal castle, hoping to take exploit her capture at a later time. He was unable to do so, however, as Mothma was rescued by a group of Rebels including Jax Keyn, Trillia, and "Mouse" Temple.

During the early days of the Rebellion, Mothma took a leadership role in many important missions. These included gaining the X-wing starfighter for the Alliance and finding the plans for the first Death Star. Captain Raymus Antilles acted as her right hand man until his death.

Bail Organa's death in the Destruction of Alderaan led to an imbalance in the Alliance's leadership. Without Organa to counter her, Garm Bel Iblis thought that Mothma was assuming dictatorial powers over the Alliance and intended to set herself up in Palpatine's place. He left the Rebellion in protest, forming a rift which would not heal until the Thrawn campaign of 9 ABY. Mothma showed her commitment to democracy, however, by making her position as Chief of State subject to a vote by the Alliance membership every two years. In all her time at the head of the Rebellion, she was never challenged.

When Admiral Harkov, a high-ranking officer in the Imperial Navy, contacted the Rebel Alliance to talk about his defection, Mon Mothma personally traveled to a secret meeting with him to negotiate the price of his services.

Mon Mothma led the Rebel Briefing shortly before defeating the Empire.

In 4 ABY, Mon Mothma led the briefing of the Rebel forces before the Battle of Endor, knowing that it was the Alliance's best chance to defeat the Empire by destroying both its terror weapon (the second Death Star) and its leader, Palpatine, effectively ripping the regime's heart out. Mothma conducted the meeting with a heavy heart: shortly beforehand, a message had arrived via General Crix Madine that at last confirmed the death of her son Jobin months earlier in the Battle of Hoth.

Mothma was also uncomfortable with elements of the plan itself, feeling that the Alliance would be damaged by resorting to assassination. Her demeanor remained steady, however, and the Rebel forces, inspired by her resolve, went on to victory at Endor, destroying the battle station and ending Palpatine's reign. After the battle, she turned the Rebel Alliance into a transitional government—the Alliance of Free Planets. During this period, she built diplomatic and military coalitions to fight the remnants of the Empire, as well as such threats as the Ssi-Ruuk during the Bakura crisis, the Nagai, and the Tofs.

Chief of State

"That is our goal: To become the New Republic in fact as well as name."
―Mon Mothma
Mon Mothma as Chief of State.

As the Alliance transitioned into the New Republic, Mothma became its Chief of State. For eleven years she led the fledgling democratic republic, holding together the many factions that flocked to its membership. As the New Republic weathered one major military threat after another, Mothma’s charisma and leadership proved essential.

During Mothma's time as Chief of State, the Republic reclaimed Coruscant from the Galactic Empire. Mothma then had to deal with the artificial Krytos Virus, a biological weapon left behind by Imperial Intelligence that affected only nonhumans and was only curable by massive amounts of bacta. The fallout from the Krytos Virus seriously tested the new government.[7] During the hunt for warlord Zsinj an aide named Tolokai, another bodyguard, had undergone brainwashing. He attacked Malan first, driving a knife into his chest, then her. As Mon Mothma fled down the stairs she fell and was wounded badly. Before Tolokai could raise a knife, Malan surprised him and they tumbled down the stairs. His death saddened her deeply.[8]

Mothma always put the Republic before her personal life, even going so far as to advocate for Leia Organa to accept Hapan Prince Isolder's offer of marriage to strengthen the Republic. In 8 ABY, she presided over the wedding of Leia to Han Solo.[9] Shortly after, a painting containing a Shadowcast key for the Rebellion's spy network that had been in a painting thought destroyed with Alderaan resurfaced on Tatooine. She sent newly married Leia Organa and Han Solo along with Chewbacca and C-3PO to recover the painting.[10]

Grand Admiral Thrawn engaged in a campaign that nearly toppled the New Republic. At about the same time as Thrawn was engaging in his campaign, she faced trouble within her own government—a group of Bothans nearly forced her from office, before the lead Bothan, Borsk Fey'lya was found out. After Thrawn's death, the revived Emperor Palpatine, in a new clone body attacked the New Republic, driving the Republic from Coruscant to Da Soocha V[11][12] and later to Nespis VIII[13]. Palpatine was defeated, but the cost in terms of loss of life and other damage was huge.

Mothma supported Luke Skywalker in his efforts to reestablish the Jedi Order to protect and guide the New Republic. She gave her official sanction to Skywalker's efforts to find and recruit potential Jedi. Mothma also arranged for Skywalker to be given the former Rebel base on Yavin 4's moon as a home for the new Jedi school.[14]

In 12 ABY Mon Mothma contacted Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors to investigate an Imperial Remnant base on Kejim. After they returned with an Artusian crystal in her office, she sent them to Artus Prime to investigate further.[15]

Unlike her years in the Alliance, Mothma did not stay hidden in safety. During a diplomatic visit to Coruscant, Ambassador Furgan, an ambassador from Carida, threw what appeared to be a drink on Mothma's face as an insulting send-off gesture. This "drink" turned out to be nanomachines that slowly affected Mothma. Mothma decided to resign her post as Chief of State as her condition worsened, and guided the council to appoint Leia Organa Solo to succeed her in office.

Retirement

Mon Mothma worked late into her life with New Republic Intelligence.

The condition nearly killed her, but at the last minute Mothma was saved by the Mon Calamari Jedi Cilghal who used the Force to cleanse her body. Without the nano destroyers in her body, Mothma's condition improved. Within a few weeks she was standing again, something that Leia never thought she'd see Mothma accomplish after her ailment. Leia tried to convince Mothma to become Chief of State again, but Mothma refused—feeling that the time had come for her to step aside.

Despite her improvement, Mothma never completely recovered. For the most part, she retired from public life. However, in 17 ABY, during the Almanian Uprising, she became acting Chief of State while Leia Organa Solo, the current Chief of State, led Wedge Antilles and a fleet to Almania to find her brother, and rescue him from the megalomaniac Kueller. She later resigned when Leia returned.[16]

In 19 ABY, she was present at the signing of the Bastion Accords[17], and was a guest of honor at the wedding of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade, where she arrived with Talon Karrde, Borsk Fey'lya and Elegos A'Kla. Jedi Kam Solusar showed Mothma her seats and left her as some imperials attacked.[18] Her condition continued to worsen, albeit slowly, and shortly before the Yuuzhan Vong War she died quietly in her sleep. In honor of her courage and bravery throughout the years, a New Republic Imperial-class Star Destroyer was given the name Mon Mothma.[19]

Behind the scenes

Mon Mothma was portrayed by Caroline Blakiston in Return of the Jedi and Genevieve O'Reilly in Revenge of the Sith. Most of the footage of O'Reilly, including a scene that illustrates early discussions on the formation of a resistance, did not appear in the theatrical release of the film, although they are included in the Deleted Scenes of the Revenge of the Sith DVD. However, she was seen briefly near the beginning of the film awaiting the Chancellor and his "savior" along with other Senators, after the Invisible Hand crash-landed on Coruscant.

In the Expanded Universe, the voice of Mon Mothma was provided by Peggy Roberts-Hope in Star Wars: Dark Forces and Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith, by Carolyn Seymour in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Empire at War, by Ann Patricio in the Dark Empire audio adaptations, by Natalia Nogulich in the Return of the Jedi radio drama and by Chris Forth in the Dark Forces audio adaptations.

A slight contradiction exists within the EU. It claims Mothma represented the entire Bormea Sector 19 BBY, but the EU claims Zafiel Snopps represented Corulag (also in Bormea) at the same time.

She is rarely addressed as only "Mon" or "<Prefix> Mothma," but, in most cases, "Mon Mothma." Whether this is a Chandrilan cultural distinction, an official signature of leadership or simply a gesture of respect, is never explained.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Republic 61: Dead Ends
  • Star Wars Republic 63: Striking from the Shadows
  • Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 14:10:03
  • Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 15:01:13
  • Spy Girls
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • The Last of the Jedi: Master of Deception (Mentioned only)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game

Non-canon appearances

Sources

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Essential Guide to Characters
  2. A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
  3. According to several EU sources (e.g. The New Essential Guide to Characters) Mon Mothma's height was 1.5 meters, but actress Caroline Blakiston is significantly taller at 1.73 meters
  4. Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (video game)
  7. The Krytos Trap
  8. Solo Command
  9. The Courtship of Princess Leia
  10. Tatooine Ghost
  11. Retreat from Coruscant
  12. Dark Empire
  13. Dark Empire II
  14. Jedi Search
  15. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  16. The New Rebellion
  17. The Essential Chronology
  18. Union
  19. Star by Star

See also

External links


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Mon Mothma was a female Human and one of the leaders of the Rebellion. She had been saved by Nathaniel Kenobi some time before the Great Jedi Purge.


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Mon Mothma in the Rebel Themepark.

Mon Mothma is one of the famous movie characters that appear in the game. She will appear on several locations giving out mission belonging to a larger quest.

Rebel Themepark

Mission 1

Haven't Given Up Dantooine Yet [Group] Level 89

Description: Your assignment from Mon Mothma is to investigate a damaged Imperial Reconnaissance droid that was detected in the area.

This is probably going to be the hardest mission of the Rebel Theme Park, so be sure to bring at least two friends.

The droid will be located at approximately 5475 5841. It will be guarded by an elite level 90 Stormtrooper and an elite level 88 Stormtrooper.

Once you investigate the droid the mission will update. Head the Imperial Bunker which is located at -5661 1949. The bunker is guarded by pairs of elite level 89 Stormtroopers, and the inside if full of elite level 89 and 90 Imperial NPCs. The three mission objectives are spread throughout the building, one on the top floor and two on the bottom floor.

Enter the bunker. At the first junction take a left, which should be a large room with an elevator opposite the hallway. Next, go down the hallway on the same side of the room as the hallway that you entered the elevator room from. Now make your way to the area with the six circular rooms. General Kehel Sinan is a level 89 elite and can be found at approximately -5749 2019 which should be one of the small circular rooms.

Now backtrack and go down the elevator. This part is going to be really tricky as multiple NPCs will attack at once, if you're not careful this may be as many as four elite level 90 Stormtroopers at once. Once you clear the way, take a left. Kill the wandering Stormtrooper. The assassin should now be all alone in the room. The assassin is a double elite level 90 named Barthis Belangus (-5758 1958). Be careful as this NPC has 500k HAM

Next, go back out to the main room and take another left. Inside the room to the right will be 5 NPCs including General Stromgald Rholar (-5652, 2009). You're going to want to kill the 2 NPCs at the end of the hallway first. Once they're dead you'll have a "safe area" to pull the 2 NPCs near the door. You should be able to single pull both Stormtroopers guarding the General, and then finish off the General.

Head back to Mon Mothma for your hard earned reward.

Reward: GCW Points, Rebel Assault Forest Camouflage Armor Helmet, Schematic: Spec-Ops Field Agent Pack and 129,095 experience.

Next, to General Jan Dodonna

Star Wars Lore

From the Movies
A stern, stately woman, Mon Mothma was the Supreme Commander of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Mothma was an influential loyalist Senator in the final days of the Galactic Republic. She was one of the first to be wary of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's policies during the Clone Wars. When Palpatine created a system of territorial governors to report to him directly, Mothma realized that the Senate was quickly losing its last vestiges of political influence.

She worked closely with Bail Organa of Alderaan to organize fellow Senators who shared similar ideals and outrage. The original cabal that tentatively explored what few options remained included Senators Chi Eekway, Terr Taneel, Padmé Amidala, Fang Zar and Giddean Danu, but it was her and Organa who remained at the core of this nascent Rebellion.

Mothma remained a Senator until the end, despite her opposition to Palpatine's policies. When the outrages became too difficult to ignore, and the debate moved from the Senate floor to the battlefields of distant worlds, Mothma helped forge the Alliance that eventually toppled the Empire and restored freedom to the galaxy.

From the Expanded Universe
Mon Mothma was born into political life. Her father was an arbiter-general in the Old Republic, and her mother was a governor on her native Chandrila. When she was old enough, Mothma joined the Galactic Senate, becoming the youngest Senator in the council to date.

In opposition to Palpatine's ascendancy, Mothma organized intelligence cells -- pockets of resistance to challenge the Empire -- each one unaware of the other cells' existence. When the Republic finally crumbled, Mothma went underground, joining the political cells, forming what was to become the Rebel Alliance.

Although her role in unifying the separate resistance groups into the Rebel Alliance is unquestioned, Mothma credits Bail Organa for envisioning the structure of the organization. The two Senators were often opponents on the Senate floor, as Mothma's youthful idealism clashed with Organa's realism and cynicism. The two did agree that Palpatine had to be stopped. In a series of meetings at Cantham House, Organa and Mothma devised and developed a plan for the Rebel Alliance. While Organa helped secretly supply the Alliance, he still played the role of political opponent to Mon Mothma. When the Emperor decided to arrest Mothma, Organa informed her, and she managed to escape just minutes before the Imperial Security Bureau arrived.

Mon Mothma then spent the next several years on the run from the Empire. As a fugitive, she made contact with various resistance groups, expounding the virtues of Alliance. Mothma's life was threatened not only by Imperial agents, but by overly-suspicious resistance groups as well.

The true birth of the Rebellion was the signing of the Corellian Treaty, where three main resistance groups swore on their lives to join the Alliance, and answer to Mothma. Mothma, and her Advisory Council became supreme rulers of the Alliance. Critics, such as former Corellian Senator Garm Bel Iblis, pointed out that Mothma was assuming dictatorial powers on the level of her enemy Palpatine. Mothma realized that a separate, impartial authority was needed to make the big decisions of the Alliance, and she was that person. Mothma instated a policy in that every two years members of the Alliance would vote on her continued command. She was never challenged in all the years of Rebellion.

Once the Alliance was truly formed, Mothma wrote the "Declaration of Rebellion." This document, personally addressed to Palpatine, indicted the Emperor on a number of crimes. The declaration served to undo the damage of Imperial propaganda that painted the Rebels as terrorists. As a result of the declaration, many worlds decided to ally themselves with the Rebellion. During the Galactic Civil War, Mon Mothma served as Chief-of-State of the Alliance Civil Government, as well as Commander-in-Chief of the Alliance Military. At this time, Mon Mothma was number one on the Empire's Most Wanted List.

After the Rebel victory at Endor, Mothma was faced with the challenge of transforming a militarized Rebellion into a fully functional government. She organized a Galactic Congress, a series of diplomatic conferences that helped establish how the New Republic would govern. Mothma became Chief of State of the new government that emerged, and helped guide it through the numerous growing pains and threats that plagued it during its formative years.

When attempting to forge peace with remnants of the former Empire at a diplomatic reception for Imperial Ambassador Furgan of Carida, Mothma was secretly poisoned. Furgan introduced a nano-engineered virus that was dismantling her cell structure one by one. Slowly she wasted away while New Republic medics were helpless to save her. Lying on her deathbed, Mothma tendered her resignation as Chief of State, and passed on the leadership to Leia Organa Solo.

Eventually, the true nature of her illness was revealed. A Mon Calamari Jedi healer named Cilghal was able to cleanse Mothma's body of the artificial contagion, and Mothma soon recovered. Content with Leia as her replacement, Mothma retired from political life.

She died peacefully, in her sleep, years after a final peace accord was reached between the New Republic and the remnants of the Galactic Empire.

Source: Star Wars Databank


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