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[Era: The New Republic] Admiral Natasi Daala
circa 11 - 43 years after the Battle of Yavin

Natasi Daala was the first female in the Imperial Navy to obtain the rank of Admiral. She was a protégé of Grand Moff Tarkin and was placed in command of his top-secret weapons research facility known as the Maw Installation. Tarkin entrusted Daala with his most important secret projects and given additional command of four Star Destroyers to protect the Maw Installation. She proved to be a thorn in the New Republic's side for several years before disappearing for more than two decades. When she did reappear it was to save the galaxy from a new Sith Lord. Grateful of her support she would eventually become the Chief of State of a Republic she had originally sworn to destroy.


[Admiral Natasi Daala]

About eleven years after the Battle of Yavin Han Solo, Chewbacca and Kyp Durron, a teenager with Force abilities, escape from the prison planet Kessel and accidently discover the Maw Installation. Daala captures the three fugitives and learns the fate of Tarkin and how the Empire had fragmented after the deaths of the Emperor and Darth Vader. Swearing revenge upon the New Republic for the death of Tarkin she took her four Star Destroyers and left the Maw Installation. However, aided by a disillusioned scientist, Qwi Xux; Han, Chewbacca and Kyp escape the Maw in one of Daala's top-secret weapons: the Sun Crusher. In an attempt to prevent their escape Daala loses one of her Star Destroyers to the Sun Crusher.
Undeterred, Daala planned to use her three remaining Star Destroyers to raid New Republic shipping. During one such raid she learns of the Mon Calamari shipyards and their importance to the New Republic military. Utilising one of Tarkin's strategies, she proceeds to attack the shipyards but is hampered by her

own lack of field and battle experience when Admiral Ackbar recognises the strategy, being a former slave of Tarkin. Ackbar countermove destroys another of Daala's Star Destroyers and so she retaliates by attacking several Mon Calamari floating cities before retreating.
With just two Star Destroyers remaining, Daala plans her most ambitious and desperate attack: crashing one of the Star Destroyers into the New Republic capital, Coruscant. Unfortunately, Kyp Durron, now a Jedi Knight, prevents the attack when he uses the Sun Crusher to cause a star to go supernova which destroys the sacrificed Star Destroyer before it can enter Coruscant space.
With her last remaining Star Destroyer, Daala returns to the Maw Installation only to find that the New Republic have laid siege to it. Worse still, disaffected scientists within the facility were sabotaging it. Realising that the facility was lost Daala was able to acquire all of its remaining secrets before destroying it herself. (stories: Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions of the Force)

Having lost her base of operations, the Maw Installation, Daala was forced to retreat to the splintered Imperial forces where she believed she could use her diplomatic skills to unite the warring factions. However her efforts were in vain as the factions continued to fight amongst themselves. Eventually Daala met Vice Admiral Gilad Pellaeon (who had once been Grand Admiral Thrawn's second-in-command) and who also believed that the continual inter-faction fighting was self-destructive and between Daala and Pellaeon they assassinated thirteen of the most important Imperial warlords.
Taking control of the factions, Daala named herself Supreme Commander and appointed Pellaeon as her second-in-command, and prepared the Imperial forces for an assault on the newly formed Jedi Academy on Yavin IV.
However, Jedi trainees Kyp Durron and Dorsk 81 had infiltrated the Imperial camp and learned of Daala's plans for the attack on Yavin IV. During their escape the two Jedi Knights fled to the planet Khomm forcing Daala to split her forces in two: hers to track the escapees, while Pellaeon's would begin the assault on the Jedi Academy. Daala's fleet ravaged Khomm but were unable to capture the two Jedi Knights. Meanwhile, pre-warned the Jedi Academy successfully prevented Pellaeon's attack using, what Pellaeon described as "Jedi sorcery", so when Daala's fleet finally arrived at Yavin IV there was no sign of Pellaeon's fleet. Instead Admiral Ackbar had arrived to protect the Academy with a small New Republic fleet and during the ensuing battle Daala's Super Star Destroyer, the Knight Hammer (pun intended), was sabotaged by Jedi Knight Callista Ming. Unable to control her ship, it eventually crashed into the gas giant plant Yavin but not before Daala had evacuated in an escape pod.
When her pod was recovered by Pellaeon, Daala had realised that her personal vendetta against the New Republic was costing too many Imperial lives and so she relinquished her command to Pellaeon and discharged herself from the military. (story: Darksaber)

Two years later, Daala was settling with a colony of 3,000 on Peduccis Chorios when they discovered that the planet had been poisoned with the Death Seed plague. She learnt that the plague had been released by an ex-Senator, Seti Ashgad; a corrupt Moff, Getelles; and by the Loronar Corporation, and so she decided to fight against Seti, Getelles and the Loronar Corporation even though it meant cooperating with New Republic forces. Following the defeats of Getelles, Seti and the Loronar Corporation, thanks in part to Daala, she settled down with her old lover Liegeus Vorn. (story: Planet of Twilight)

[Admiral Natasi Daala]

Over the following years Daala returned to the Maw Installation and established a small colony under her command. Vorn and Daala had a son, who would later have a daughter, but during these exile years Daala rebuilt the research facilities, designed new weapons and constructed a small fleet known as the Maw Irregular. At some point, Daala lost one eye during a successful assassination of Vorn by Imperial Moffs.
After almost twenty-seven years in exile, Daala returned to the galaxy during the reign of Darth Caedus when Grand Admiral Pellaeon, leader of the Imperial Remnant, sent a secret message to Daala asking for her assistance in dealing with Darth Caedus' Galactic Alliance. Although Pellaeon was assassinated by Caedus and the Imperial Remnant forced to align with the Sith Lord, Daala's

own fleet, the Maw Irregular sided with the Jedi Coalition that included the Wookiees, Mandalorians and disaffected Galactic Alliance forces. With new weapons developed at the Maw Installation, Daala's fleet was instrumental in defeating Darth Caedus's and when Caedus was eventually killed, Daala was nominated to become the Chief of State for the restored Galactic Federation of Free Alliances. A position she accepted. (stories: Revelation, Invincible)


Stories featuring
Admiral Natasi Daala (in chronological order):

Jedi Search
by Kevin J. Anderson
Book Story
1994

Dark Apprentice
by Kevin J. Anderson
Book Story
1994

Champions of the Force
by Kevin J. Anderson
Book Story
1994

Darksaber
by Kevin J. Anderson
Book Story
1995

Planet of Twilight
by Barbara Hambly
Book Story
1997

Revelation
by Karen Traviss
Book Story
1998

Invincible
by Troy Denning
Book Story
2008

Outcast
by Aaron Allston
Book Story
2009

Omen
by Christie Golden
Book Story
2009

Abyss
by Troy Denning
Book Story
2009

Backlash
by Aaron Allston
Book Story
2010

Allies
by Christie Golden
Book Story
2010

Vortex
by Troy Denning
Book Story
2010

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