Know your Lore: Queen Amanoa

Know your Lore: Queen Amanoa

Amanoa was the Queen of Onderon from 4,018 BBY until her death at the end of the Beast Wars between the rulers of Iziz and the Beast Riders from the planet’s wilderness. The wife of King Ommin and the mother of Galia, Amanoa’s reign saw drastic changes for Onderon’s role in the Galaxy. Together with her husband, Amanoa was beguiled by the specter of the long-dead Dark Lord Freedon Nadd, and became an apprentice of him in her final years. However, when she requested help from the Jedi Order in bringing the conflict on her planet to an end, Amanoa’s clandestine activities under Nadd’s tutelage came to light. Jedi Master Arca Jeth and his apprentices ultimately triumphed over the Dark Lord’s influence and helped to negotiate peace between the factions of the Beast Wars. The once-proud Queen of Onderon joined her Sith master in death and exile in a burial temple on her home planet’s moon of Dxun.

Early life
Amanoa was an Onderonian, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy noble. When Ommin’s father became one with the Force, Ommin took his rightful place as the King of Onderon and ruler of Iziz. The new King married Lady Amanoa as his Queen and together they had a daughter named Galia. As a direct descendant of Freedon Nadd, King Ommin rose to power like his ancestors, by dominating the citizens of Onderon with the power of the dark side.

Ommin and his ancestors hid their dark secrets well, and so Amanoa knew nothing about her husband’s allegiance with the Sith for many years. One day, Ommin suddenly lost interest in mundane daily activities, as his training under Nadd had progressed considerably. Eventually Amanoa discovered the bond between her husband and the Sith. The Queen tried to tear Ommin away from the evil teachings, a futile effort, for the dark blood of Nadd ran in Ommin’s very body. Failing to help her husband, the frustrated Amanoa’s depression turned into anger and outright hatred for the King. At that very moment, King Ommin decided that his wife was ready to embrace the ways of the Sith and the teachings of darkness. The Queen slowly fell to the dark side. Once Amanoa crossed the point of no return, she opened herself completely to the dark power. King Ommin and the spirit of Freedon Nadd taught Amanoa the ways of the Force and the techniques of the Sith, and together, the King and Queen became powerful Sith sorcerers.

The love between Ommin and Amanoa faded during their quest for dark knowledge.
Soon after, Ommin lost control of his own body

The love between Ommin and Amanoa faded during their quest for dark knowledge. Mistrust, loathing, and outright hatred quickly filled the space where their love had once existed. Little did the pair know that Freedon Nadd was manipulating them both. The long-dead Dark Lord’s ultimate goal was to physically resurrect himself. By teaching his descendants well, Nadd hoped to find a powerful candidate to study Sith Alchemy and create a body to hold his spirit. To ensure that either Ommin or Amanoa would be powerful enough, Nadd manipulated them into competing with one another.

Soon after, Ommin lost control of his own body—the grim price he paid for the power of the dark side. A durasteel exoskeleton was built by the King’s personal doctors to support his flesh and blood. As Ommin retreated from public to further his study of the dark ways, Queen Amanoa assumed the daily duties as the ruler of Onderon.

Apart from ruling Iziz, Amanoa sought to expand the Onderonian Sith cult as well. In Onderon history, only the royal family had been allowed to practice the Sith ways. King Ommin had taken Minister of State Novar as an apprentice two years previous, and had taught his initiate well. Amanoa continued the training of Novar and gave him King Adas‘s Sith holocron, which she had discovered less than a decade earlier, after she had learned all of its secrets. Amanoa commanded Novar to expand their Sith cult, tasking him to instruct the new recruits in the basic principles and philosophies of the dark side. Those who proved themselves worthy of advancement would then receive further training from the holocron.

At the same time, Nadd realized that the couple had failed him: Ommin himself would never be strong enough to fulfill Nadd’s dream, while Amanoa would not further her study once her husband failed to compete with her anymore. Indeed, Queen Amanoa spent all her time focusing on the administration of Onderon, abandoning her dark side studies, and handing the running of her cult over to Novar.

The arrival of the Jedi

The arrival of the Jedi
Amanoa learned from Nadd’s example that one would be relatively powerless after death, and so she sought to expand the influence of Iziz to the rest of Onderon, concerned with temporal power while she still lived. The conflict between the rulers of Iziz and the Beast Lords of the wild had never ended. This long struggle, known as the Beast Wars, intensified during the iron-fisted rule of Queen Amanoa. One day during a Sith ritual, the spirit of her mentor Freedon Nadd foretold her demise: if Amanoa allowed the war to fully erupt, she would be destroyed. In a desperate measure of survival, Queen Amanoa called upon the help of the Jedi to settle the three-centuries-old conflict once and for all.

Amanoa never knew that Nadd’s prophecy was not a Force vision, but merely a deception of the Dark Lord. Freedon Nadd hoped to con Amanoa back into studying the Sith ways instead of ruling Iziz, but the Queen completely misunderstood him.

Amanoa experiencing the effects of Master Arca’s light side attack.

Receiving the reply that the experienced Jedi Master Arca Jeth was assigned as the Jedi watchman of Onderon, Amanoa tried her very best to hide the presence of the dark side on the planet. However, just before the Jedi entered her palace, Queen Amanoa still called upon the dark side to execute a prisoner named Olis. She had mixed feelings when the arriving Jedi were revealed to be the apprentices of Arca instead of the Master himself. It would be much easier to hide the dark side from those young Jedi, while the youths might not be experienced enough to settle the conflict, which threatened her survival according to Nadd’s prophecy.

During the negotiation, the Beast Lords breached the heavy defenses of Iziz and stormed the citadel. Convinced that such a breach could succeed only with the help of traitors, Amanoa requested the Jedi help in the defense of Iziz. During the battle in the citadel, Beast Warrior commandos slipped past the Jedi and kidnapped Princess Galia. Queen Amanoa attempted to call upon the dark side, but was not fast enough to prevent the retreat of the commandos—Amanoa demanded that the Jedi rescue the Princess.

The Battle of Onderon
The next reports Amanoa received were of the massing of Beast armies and the unification between her daughter and the Beast Lord Oron Kira. As the young couple and the Jedi came back to negotiate peace with Amanoa, the enraged Queen called upon the dark side and the teachings of Nadd to crush her enemies. The citadel was surrounded by physical darkness, and fear rose in the hearts of everyone. Catching news that the negotiations had failed, Oron’s father Modon launched an attack on Iziz, known as the Battle of Onderon. In the confusion of the citadel, Cay Qel-Droma came face-to-face with Amanoa and ordered that the Queen cease using her dark power. However, Cay’s sword-hand was shot by Amanoa’s guardsman, and the young Jedi eventually lost his left arm completely. Outside, as the battle raged against the very wall of the citadel, Amanoa retreated to the mausoleum of Freedon Nadd in order to launch her ultimate weapon.
Knowing that Iziz’s military strength would not decide the outcome of the battle, Amanoa called upon the dark side against the Beast warriors in the name of Ommin and Nadd. For the first time in her life, Amanoa gave herself completely to the dark side. Achieving an effect quite like battle meditation, Amanoa’s dark power sapped the will of the Beast armies. The attack of the Beast Lords began to lose momentum; the war beasts no longer listened to their riders, and the soldiers became sick and confused. Queen Amanoa had successfully turned the tide of the battle.

However, victory was not destined for Amanoa. Jedi Master Arca Jeth arrived at that key moment and applied Jedi battle meditation to turn the tide once more, and after more than three centuries of war, Iziz finally fell.

Death and legacy
Reunited after the battle, Master Arca led his apprentices and Princess Galia to the deepest sub-levels of the palace: the tomb of Freedon Nadd. As Galia rushed to her mother, Freedon Nadd withdrew his dark power and support from Amanoa as he sensed the approaching light of Arca Jeth. Without the support of the Nadd’s power, Queen Amanoa of Onderon died in the arms of her daughter.

After her death, Amanoa’s husband Ommin ordered his subordinates to launch a series of attacks throughout Iziz. Sensing the presence of the dark side haunting the planet, Master Arca determined to move the sarcophagi of Amanoa and Freedon Nadd to the moon Dxun. An armored dark side warrior named Warb Null led a task force to ambush the Jedi at the spaceport with a groundborer, and the Naddists successfully brought the sarcophagi to Ommin’s stronghold.

After the Jedi settled the Naddist revolt, Amanoa’s sarcophagus, together with Nadd’s, was moved to Dxun and interred in a protected tomb. Despite frequent intruders who sought Nadd’s legacy, Amanoa rested in her sarcophagus peacefully and was never disturbed again.