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Tannon Praji
Biographical information
Homeworld

Coruscant[1]

Born

60 BBY (25BrS)[2]

Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Height

1.8 meters[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[1]

Affiliation
"The transit tax made it difficult for refugees to go to the capital. These new ventures may make it altogether impossible, but I guess that's Coruscant's intent, isn't it?"
Bronwynn Koft

Tannon Praji, a Human male, was the First Minister of the Coruscant Ministry of Ingress. Responsible for overseeing immigrants and emigrants to and from Coruscant, Praji ascended to the job in a difficult time. CMoI's directives began to clash with that of the Republic, and so Praji had to invalidate their core ideals for the sake of Republic security. During the Clone Wars, he closed the borders of Coruscant to all but those known to be loyal to the Republic. Later, he called for the deportation of all those hailing from Confederate worlds. He received much criticism for his hardliner policies, was labeled as a rich, uncaring maniac, and became the subject of several assassination attempts.

In reality, Praji resented the decisions he had to make, but he was under a great deal of pressure from other governmental factions. In order to relieve his stress, he spent a great deal of time at the Galaxies Opera House, where he would commune with political entities and industry tycoons. He enlisted the help of a bodyguard, Ottegru Grey, who secretly drew funds from Praji and donated them to Palpatine. This wound up working to Praji's advantage however, as he crept into favor with Palpatine, who would soon ascend to the position of Galactic Emperor.

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Biography

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Early life and ascension

Tannon Praji was born in 60 BBY to the influential House Praji on Coruscant. He had two siblings: Griff, and another brother. Praji's mother wanted to instill in her sons an appreciation for fine arts and culture, but did not want to limit them to what the capital had to offer. As a result, the family took repeated vacations offworld to such places as the museums of Porus Vida, and the Sharu ruins of the Rafa system. The trips had a great effect on Praji, and he grew to be an armchair aesthete. Eventually, he married a woman named Maree, and sired a daughter, Onnelly. Griff also had a child, a boy named Nahdonnis.[2]

Through his inheritance, Praji was able to build a private fortune for himself separate from the coffers of House Praji, although he continued his family's long-standing investment in the Bank of the Core.[2] The investment bought him a variety of friends and assets in high places.[3] Praji himself, however, had nothing to do with the Bank's day to day operations. When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine came to power in 32 BBY one of the first apointments in his administration was Praji's ascension to the position of Second Minister of the Coruscant Ministry of Ingress, under First Minister Zelebitha Effhod.[2]

At first, the job was uneventful, and Praji was able to carry out his job with a minimum of fuss, until the advent of the Separatist Crisis.[2] Paranoia struck the galaxy as the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems teetered towards warfare.[1] Billions of immigrants wanted to get in to Coruscant, but Praji saw that the Ministry's obligation to provide unlimited opportunity to offworlders and foreigners would clash with the wellbeing of the Republic, as he saw the influx of immigrants as a threat to Coruscant's security. As a result, Praji reorganized the Ministry's operations to better operate under the extraordinary circumstances.[1]

He was able to convince Effhod to close Coruscant's borders to the immigrants indefinitely.In turn the spaceports were overburdened, and transports were forced to wait for clearance that they would not get. The immigrants that did get through the cordons found themselves exploited in roles such as that of a menial servant. Those suspected of treason by the government could and would be deported. This caused a great amount of dissent, and in a knee-jerk reaction, movements such as the Refugee Relief Movement decried Praji and his actions, labeling him as a distant, cold trillionaire who cared little for the plight of those in need. The accusations stung Praji, who found his own position morally taxing.[1] In 22 BBY, Effhod sucumbbed to Quannot's Syndrome, and Praji succeeded as First Minister of the Coruscant Ministry of Ingress.[2]

Clone Wars

The day after, the Battle of Geonosis took place, and the Clone Wars broke out. Praji considered the greatest tragedy of the conflict to be the destruction of the Museum of Light on Tandis Four, which had been spearheaded by Count Dooku to demoralize Loyalists in the area. Dooku was a member of the aristocracy of Serenno, as had several members of House Praji been in the past, and so Praji himself was appaled to see a distant relative commit such acts. He publicly decried Dooku for his actions, but Praji's words had no effect whatsoever.[2]

In short order, the Commission for the Protection of the Republic was formed in order to secure the survival of the Republic in testing times. The committee, however, would bully government officials into leaning their way, and Praji was no exception. COMPOR forced Praji to deport those whose homeworlds had sided with the CIS,[1] such as the Aqualish and the Gossam. The goal was never fully enforcable,[2] but Praji's efforts were enough to make an impact, the results of which for the First Minister were twofold. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine praised Praji's efforts and movements, claiming that they were instrumental in securing peace and security on the capital. However, many of Praji's critics were pushed to extreme measures, and several assassination and kidnapping attempts were made on the First Minister by both dissidents and agents of the Confederacy.[1][2]

Praji and company in Romeo Treblanc's box at the Galaxies Opera House.

Following one particular attempt by Aqualish Separatists, Praji was offered the protection services of Ottegru Grey by the Bank of the Core, at a nominal fee.[2] Grey was a family friend, and Praji accepted. Grey served as Praji's bodyguard, assistant and,[3] more covertly, as his accountant,[2] although in reality he was acting as an agent for the Bank of the Core. He secretly siphoned funds from Praji's coffers and leaked them into Palpatine's war chest, which allowed Palpatine to pay off the debts of Romeo Treblanc, owner of the Galaxies Opera House. Grey's actions secured both him and Praji a lifetime pass to the Galaxies Opera House, which Praji frequented whenever his work schedule allowed.[3]

Grey did continue to serve faithfully as a bodyguard however, foiling an attempt by Confederate-backed Zarracine terrorists to board Praji's repulsorlimo.[2] Praji thoroughly enjoyed the opera and ballet, and he had the added advantage of access to the Treblanc's private box.[3] There, he would meet with lofty industrialists such as Onara Kuat, who he introduced to Ottegru Grey.[4] In 19 BBY, Palpatine declared himself Emperor and transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire.[5] In the wake of Imperialization, the Ministry of Ingress was made into nothing more than a puppet of the Coruscant (now "Imperial Center") military police.[2]

Despite his reservations, Praji secured a position for himself in Palpatine's New Order, and took leave to relocate Maree and Onnelly to "Emerald Splendor," which was apparently a hidden paradise located in the Deep Core. In reality, the world was Palpatine's own private retreat, where he would go to drain the Force energy out of immigrants like Praji's wife and daughter to sustain himself. Praji's life on Coruscant, however, continued without incident, and his nephew Nahdonnis eventually came to serve in the Imperial Army.[2]

Personality and traits

"Look after the credits and the billions will look after themselves."
―Ralltiiri aphorism, Praji's favorite saying

Praji, though rich and privileged, did not seek to oppress the poor and disadvantaged as his detractors asserted during the Separatist crisis. In fact, he lamented his choices, despite finding himself in which neither of the two possible courses of action were particularly attractive.[1] He was also seemingly ignorant of the actions of his bodyguard, Grey, who committed a wide array of shady deals behind his back.[3] Praji was aware, however, of the fact that Palpatine would make a grab for power in 19 BBY, and he was known to share his knowledge with celebrities such as Romeo Treblanc and Onara Kuat.[4] Praji also had an appreciation for fine arts and culture, instilled into him by his mother at an early age. Due to that, he was outraged to see any work of art destroyed.[2]

Behind the scenes

"As Praji's creator, let me say that he's not necessarily a good guy. He's one of those business first kinda guys. Elitist due to his family life (the Praji's [sic] were were a multi-trillionare [sic] family invested in big buiness [sic] and government), and while he may have not relished his decisions, he's not exactly a Saint, or even a philanthropist for that matter."
Zack Bossan

One of the first characters to have their back story fleshed out through the StarWars.com "What's The Story?" feature, Tannon Praji first appeared in George Lucas's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, in which he was portrayed by John Knoll. This was Knoll's second role in the picture, the first being an emergency firespeeder pilot. Knoll had previously appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as Rya Kirsch. The other opera patrons that shared the box with Knoll were all played by crew from the film in cameo roles.[5] Interestingly enough, a throwaway comment by Knoll about their character's motivations would later be adopted by "What's the Story?" authors.[6] Zack Bossan created Praji's back story, and intended to make him Commander Nahdonnis Praji's uncle, although this element was left out of the published entry.[7] and did not become canon until Nathan O'Keefe confirmed the relation in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Praji[2]. Onnelly Praji, a supporting character in Paul Ens' Evasive Action: Recruitment, was established to be the daughter of Tannon in the same article.[8][2] Later in the "What's the Story?" cycle, Tannon Praji's story would be interwoven with those of Onara Kuat and Ottegru Grey by Aidan Hennessy (for Kuat) and Bossan with "magicofmyth2" (for Grey).[3][4] The character would later be given an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (First appearance)

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12  Tannon Praji in the Databank
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Praji
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5  Ottegru Grey in the Databank
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2  Onara Kuat in the Databank
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  6. Part of the Coruscant Elite, 24/11/04, StarWars.com, Hidalgo, Pablo, (Hyperspace only)
  7. Zack Bossan's StarWars.com Blog
  8. Evasive Action: Recruitment

See also

External links


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