|Arali Olan (Alalio'lan)|
|Chronological and political information|
Arali Olan (Aralio'lan) was a female Tyrian (violet/purple/lavender) Twi'lek diplomat and politician who served as the galactic senator of the Ryloth System and the Gaulus Sector in the Galactic Alliance Senate between 29 ABY and 40 ABY. Similarly like previous Twi'leki senators of note, she also differed from the normal Twi'lek in that she had four lekku (head-tails) instead of the normal two — in Twi'lek culture this may have been seen as a sign of power — her lower extra lekku were vestigial however. Next to representation she stressed the importance of Ryloth for the Galaxy, and so she made that real by her pharmaceutical business initiatives and legally centralizing ryll extraction and processing for twi’lek-owned corporations, and contracting other pharmaceutical enterprises with those. After her office, she still remained an active diplomat up to the time of the Galactic Alliance Remnant.
Arali had purple skin, golden eyes and silvery and later electrum hued, punctuated body paint or tattoo along her lekku. She never wore headpieces of the kind that tried to fashion the Twi’lek head to exact human qualities, rather she left her scalp often uncovered giving display to the bases of her lekku protruding. This was much a passive protest against human-high-culture-assimilation and against Twi’lek slave trade where females were only regarded as colorful prostitutes with two tails attached to their heads instead of hair. Arali showed that those are not attachments, but are integral part of a Twi’lek beign. She moreover to these ideals had even two extra lekku, starting out from the lower reaches of the back side of her head. This additional pair of lekku was half the size as opposed to the general ones. Twi lek males with four lekku, as a rarity were always seen as a persons of great promise, power, or virility. This physical trait was even less common among females, however it was seen as a boon to the society gifted with such a member. Usually the third and fourth lekku, if ever appeared, was the same size of the first two. Arali’s additional lekku were vestigial, but many believed it appears on females this very way. In the time of her youth, her clan regarded his exceptional appearance as a very potential target of slave trade, and they advocated the hiding of her smaller lekku outside of family holdings, as they know well, many other clans were themselves operating or working with slave trade cartels for personal financial gain. Once as she established a relatively safe living on Coruscant, and continually after that, she did little to hide her lekku anymore. As a diplomat and especially during her long senatorial term she was famous of “wearing” her lekku in elaborate styles. For example one large lek and the opposing small one often twisted around her neck, while the other large lek let loose on her back and the small one tucked forward to deck her décolletage. Other times she was also often seen, especially outdoors, while traveling, wearing a very characteristic, mask like hadpiece, believed to be made of transparisteeland adorned with a single violet gem encased. It was barely translucent form outside, but gave a clear, and possibly enhanced sight from the inside. It could be adapted to function as a space helmet as well.She often avoided displaying much flesh, as she half-humorously and half-sternly said that she won’t encourage anyone to see the famously shapely Twi’lek body as pleasing object. However beautiful the package may be, everyone is better to be more interested with the content.
Arali possessed a handsome face and her relatively large golden eyes gleamed with an intellectual serenity. Her features became sharper with age, especially when reaching over 140 years, but she showed no traditionally expected signs of age, like deeper wrinkles, loosened skin or any change in posture. She was very lean built, especially when she became old, much in contrast with the corpulent Twi’lek senators of the late Galactic Republic.
She was born 9 BBY in Lessu, one of the two capitals of Ryloth and was a junior member of the famous and prominent Olan clan. The clan leadership favored her for her odd yet practical talents with the Force. Though it seemed originally not much extraordinary (compared to the power of an actual Jedi), Arali possessed psychokinetic or telekinetic, telepathic and perception-altering abilities. She was introduced to business and political negotiations at a relatively early age.
As slave trade were the day and life of Ryloth in the era of her childhood, her elders decided Arali to escape the planet in a smuggling cargo ship by the Zann Consortium, what was based on Ryloth at that time, in order to prevent a possibly unwanted and hostile slaver brigade capturing her sooner or later. The elders thought this to be the best, as they could not bear if Arali were sold as someone’s slave, and on the other hand they trusted her in that she will contact the clan later on. So 11 ABY Arali was literally smuggled to Coruscant, and the journey and the following months hardened her enough to be mentally tough.
Learning and early career and trainingEdit
In the galactic capital Arali sought to find distant relatives, friends as her elders informed her she possibly will. Finally she found the Schaum/Yfarg/Welbig/Fabrico and Associates advertising agency and public relations firm. The company was owned by Twi'leki interests and operated out of both Ryloth and Coruscant. The Olan clan rejoiced that their daughter foud a secure place to be on Coruscant. She worked at the client service department and lived near the corporate headquarters that was located in the Calocour Heights on Coruscant. She became fast a key account manager for Cybot Galactica as the agency became aware of her enhanced negotiating skills (wich were supported by not infrequent use of minor mind tricks) proven to be useful luring back the important client after ShaumAssoc's infamously disatrous Blaster Proof advertising campaign. Next to her job she studied galactic history and politology at the University of Coruscant this time.
When Arali needed professional practice for the university 14 ABY she left Coruscant for one year experience at the relatively newly formed Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4. During the ride he met Jaden Korr and Rosh Penin, who were apprenticed to Kyle Katarn by Luke Skywalker. Arali first of all studied history and diplomacy from the Jedi masters but New Jedi Order also let her train her telekinetic and mind-influencing abilities which ones she peformed very well but displayed not too often. She was sent largely on missons only to aid others by gathering intelligence or those of peaceful negotiation. Although she wasn’t any kind of Jedi, somehow she got a double bladed lightsaber and received basic training, though her non-martial Force abilities were superior to those of combat. Either way her political ambitions firmly barred her from the Jedi Order.
On returning to Coruscant Arali faced with the unofficial suspicion that ShaumAssoc is a credit laudering company for slavers. Arali suspended her employee status at the agency and soon joined an investigation committee answering to the New Republic Senate Commerce Council. Although she along with her colleagues unveiled a number of laudering companies and slaver groups ShaumAssoc was eventually never found guilty in the case, thus it didn't shadow Arali's past.
Revolutions on RylothEdit
After she graduated at the University of Coruscant she started her political career as being a trainee in the Senate and also an advisor of the Twi'lek Clan Council on Ryloth up to 24 ABY. Females actually were not acceptable as council members, though her suggestions were always welcomed. Shortly after that, the Twi'lek Noola Tarkona engineered a revolution that overthrew the ruling clans of Ryloth. She then assumed control of Ryloth and founded the Anti-Human Diversity Alliance. Arali along with many clan leaders and councilors was expected to go then to the planet’s lethally arid Bright Lands to meet their deaths. Arali instead of going there sent an illusory image of herself and as much Twi’lek she could figment a duplicate of with her concentration. Then she hid the survivors at her clan’s holdings in Lessu. When Nolaa Tarkona found her eventually alive, Arali persuaded her to let her live and told her that she supports the Diversity Alliance in getting rid of the slavers who are all employed by humans. These statements held not much thruth, however Arali was in truth sick and tired of the anti-human terrorist group and in secret she continually provided informations about the organization to the New Republic Senate and even the Jedi through her previous professional connections. These connections were the reason why Tarkona didn't question her word and competence. Arali secretly cooperated with the Twi'Lek statesman Kur all along. Some time later both of them accompanied a New Republic inspection team to Ryloth to investigate reports of the Diversity Alliance keeping Human slave miners and stocking up weapons to wage war on the republic. The inspection quickly escalated into a firefight, yet Kur stepped forward and convinced everyone to lay down their arms. Following the mission, the people of Ryloth appointed Kur as head of government. As one of his first acts in office, Kur sent two delegates to the New Republic Senate, one male Twi'lek, Cola Quis and one female Twi'lek, Arali Olan.
Galactic Alliance SenateEdit
She was the diplomatic aide of Senator Quis right from his inauguration in 24 ABY. Shortly after that the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy broke out. After the Fall of Coruscant, Quis managed to reach Mon Calamari, where the New Republic regrouped. Due to the death of the Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya, a new campaign to choose a Chief of State began. Quis dropped out of the race when the Alderaanian Cal Omas promised to name him as the chairman of the Commerce Council and give midlevel ministry jobs to several of his friends, and an office of the Kellmer Institute of Galactic History for Ryloth. Since that Arali was a proponrnt of the establishment and continual operation of the institute.
She became Galactic Senator in 30 ABY after the Galactic Alliance and the Yuuzhan Vong then signed a peace treaty 29 ABY and the galactic government was transferred to the newly rebuilt Coruscant from Denon.
Her primary arrangements were the slave trade lockdown on Ryloth what she ensured by the raising of thecnology import to the Ryloth System and the increase of researches by diplomatic agreements with the Thyferran Vratix and a host of other pharmaceutical, medical and gene-therapy companies, with the solid backing of her senate predecessor, the chairman of Commerce Council, Cola Quis. Senator Olan also persuaded and convinced the Galactic Alliance and even the New Jedi Order to support and aid Ryloth in wiping out slavers from the planet’s star docks such as the Slavers Camp in Kala’un , she utilized among others, the argument that no proper office of Kellmer Institute can take place in a conniption and crime infested world. Another important deed of her was that she fostered by lawful and lesser lawful ways the Twi’lek overtaking of the whole ryll-business by enhancing the species self-protecting yet militant organizations and by acquiring legal rights for the planet’s own resources. Senator Arali Olan always watched on what is or will be for the benefit of her people. She acquired legal rights to create an organized utilization of ryll, strictly for medical purposes. This was her greatest achievement and her greatest campaign. She worked and negotiated henceforth often with Chiewab Amalgamated Pharmaceuticals, Merisee Prime Pharmaceutical, the Bacta Cartel and probably with other pharmaceutical and medical companies as well. She agitated major investments involving the ryll researches, what resulted the founding of the Pharmaryll Corporation consisting of Pharmaryll Systems (distribution), MediRyll Pharmaceuticals (drug industry), and Rylltech Incorporated (medical research). Her grown influence on this field earn her some control over medical research on a galactic political level.
Her senatorial office ended only in 41 ABY with the fragmentation of Galactic Federation of Free Alliances. After that she held the credentials of the Ambassador at Large of Ryloth and played an unchanged role in the galactic flux of ryll pharmaceuticals. In 43 ABY she participated at the Unification Summit representing the Gaulus Sector and of course the Ryloth System, while also being invested with the trust of all those who wished the galaxy-wide slave revolts to come in to the most favorable outcome.
Afrer hShe lived for a rather impressive lifespan. As records say she lived even in 138 ABY when the Second Imperial Civil War draw to its end with the formation of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate. This exceptional longevity might be attributed to either her Force-sensitivity or the extended usage of some of the less than legal and clandestine experiments of some Parmaryll pharmaceuticals what left her mind sharp and probably even her body firm. Arali took on a spiritual lifestile in her late years deepening her faith in benevolent Twi'Lek goddess of the universe, Kika'Lekki.
Arali Olan was a well-mannered and generally soft-spoken woman, but if it was needed she could be quite ruthless. She was a pragmatic person and sometimes she relayed on her strong suggestive powers, but she never turned out to be a selfish manipulator despite she was the mastermind behind the Pharmaryll and its ryll monopoly, what finally resulted a handsome profit and constant source of credits for her home world.
Senator Arali Olan disdained the lifestile of her former predecessors the decadent Chom Frey Kaa and Orn free Taa. Most of all the fact they paraded with Twi’lek females similarly as did any slaving crime lord. Of course Senator Arali did not so, but even if she was a male she wouldn’t did that. She believed her older predecessors were the very display of what was rotten within the Old Republic. She personally founded a School and Institute of Performed Arts at Kala’uun Starport in place of the Slaver’s Camp what was wiped out by her machinations. She was a stern antagonist of slave trade, especially wich ones involved Twi’leks, and spoke out and did as much as she could against it. She insisted Twi’leks outside their home world must be businessmen, politicians and professional entertainers (according to her belief for astronomical fees) instead of being slaves to anyone. Also a great deal of Pharmaryll's products were well usable to treat posttraumatic stress disordes or were psyhologically rehabilitizing supplements.
Arali had strong opinions and never really hid what was on her mind, wich gave her a number of allies and enemies as well. Slavers went even so far hiring sniper hitmen to shoot and kill her with a recently outlawed (with her vote included) disruptor riffle aimed at her forehead. Only her alertness and presence of mind saved her, thumbling away from the disruprion ray with unnatural speed. After that she was often wearing her later characterisic headpiece or helmet, with its encased violet gem rumored to be some sort of a spiritual charm.
She was sometimes called Aola ("flower") by close friends - AraliO'LAn - as capitals show here, a condensed version of her original name.
Arali Olan was reported to use and presumed to possess the following Force abilities. It must be noted that her abilities rooted from mental origin and did not invested her with the agility and physical prowess of the Jedi or the Sith. She either needed keen concentration of will, stong presence of mind or clear meditation to manifest a power. On the other hand she was reportedly resistant to Force powers, especially of the one of mental origin. She preferred not to diplay her unusual abilities in poblic, for she knew for example, that being a politician with telpathy usually also means being morally or ethically questionable.
- Telekinesis as either Grip, Push, Pull, jump, or Levitation.
- Telepathy, Empathy, and Meld
- Force of Will
- Illusion, Phantasm, Figment, and compelling Mind trick, as well as Dopplegänger
- Ionize and Lightning
Relatives and AssociatesEdit
- The Olan clan was her extended family on Ryloth, mostly based in the capital, Lessu. It was an influential and wealthy clan with ties to ryll mining and perfomed arts. Since the clan itself was largely Tyrian and Darian artistic expression was just as significantly present than mining operation and geoscience itself. The clan had charismatic persons who were natural in synchronizing others’ agendas.
- Cazne Olan was the actual clan leader during her youth.
- Cola Quis was her senatorial predecessor and employer as diplomatic aide, later colleagues at the Galactic Alliance Senate.
- Senator Olan had a diplomatic aide, a male Tukian Twi’lek, Siolo Valla, who was a galactic lawyer. Rumor said they were not just professionally involved with each other.
She did not however dismiss the luxury usually entitled to a galactic senator, but generally she tried to live moderately.
- Senator Arali Olan had an apartment in the Ambassadorial Sector in the Senate District of Coruscant, actually where the late Senate Apartmet Complex and 500 Republica used to be before the Yuuzhan Wong terraformation of the planet and the rebuilding of Galactic City. The apartment was accessed via a turbolift on the exterior of the building, rising up to a small reception room. From here, visitors were welcomed into the main room sporting immense transparisteel windows and a central lounge area. It was crossed by a passage which at one end led in to the study and work rooms and the other led to Arali’s private quarters. An open-air veranda was also available and which provided a small docking area for speeders. The senatorial suite was tastily decorated. It displayed many of the oddly beautiful luminescent plant life of the Nightlands of Ryloth.
- She purchased a customized, shaplely white and electrum ornamented XJ-2 airspeeder from the Narglatch AirTech (similarly as did once Senator Bail Organa, she also registered the speeder under an alias name Liara Noalle to deflect attention).
- Her personal consular space-vessel was Nubia Star Drives Incorporated built yacht. Once she earned a hefty sum of money from the pharmaceutical business contracts, she ordered Twi’lek artists to oversee the evocation of the class of the Nubian yachts in the design of her new ship. The result was the Twilight class Nubian Yacht named Ayy’lekki ("Starry leks").
- She planned and ordered a unique, sperical mediation and protocol droid from the Cybot Galactica, of which company she was a key account at the Schaum Assoc. many years ago. OH5 was programmed much like protocol droids and had a masculine programming (with 1+1 photo-uv-heat sensor, audio sensor and olfactory sensor, translator unit, audio recorder unit, multiple holocam projectors, and one holocam recorder unit as well, following with vocabulator, SytheTech AA-1 Verbobrain combined with the fabulous TranLang III Communications module allowing over six million forms of communication, and finnally restraining bolt module.) He was not anthropomorphic, instead he had levitating spherical body equipped with repulsorlift, golden exterior with a bright violet sensor in the middle. His body could split in to a head, two torso-parts, and two hands, each five parts having repulsorlift support. (Hence the number 5 in his name) This modularity allowed him to project and take on every shape he needed, and literally took on any holographic form, wich feat was very useful in cross-species metacommunication. OH5 could also provide legal advices as that was also part of his programming, often supporting or sometimes substituting Arali's lawyer aide as well.
Behind the scenesEdit
Arali's protective space/travel helmet was much inspired by the looks of Elesh Norn from the Magic the Gathering collectable card game set, New Phyrexia.
It is safe to say that her character is almost the anti-thesis of the corpulent and hedonistic male Twi'lek senators.
- ˙.˙. (First appearance)