Admiral Daala is a female character who features in Star Wars.
She came to be one of the very few high-ranking females in the Imperial Navy. Though she is a talented student and officer at the Imperial Academy, she is continually passed over for promotion simply because of her gender. To take out her frustrations toward the male-dominated military, she makes herself a false computer identity. Daala defeats many a high level officer and more than a few of her own instructors. This wins her the attention of Grand Moff Tarkin. He investigates the talented young officer and is pleasantly surprised to discover that she is female. Tarkin takes her on as his protégé, helping her to ascend to the rank of Admiral. Many of her fellow officers quietly complain that she is sleeping her way to the top. When one of those remarks makes its way back to Tarkin, he searches out the offending officer and ejects him into space over Carida, with his suit intercomm on so that all of Tarkin's subordinates are forced to listen to his slow demise. As Tarkin's most trusted officer, Daala is tasked with overseeing and protecting the Maw Installation, birthplace of the Death Star, World Devastators and the Sun Crusher. This facility is hidden away even from the rest of the Empire, and no less than four Imperial Star Destroyers are stationed there. Tarkin orders Daala never to abandon her post or to break communication silence unless he returns. After Tarkin's death aboard the first Death Star, Daala stays isolated in the Maw with no news of the galaxy outside and no one in the Empire aware of her existence.
When Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Kyp Durron escape from the mining planet of Kessel in Jedi Search and accidentally discover the Maw Installation, Daala captures and interrogates them, learning for the first time about the destruction of the Empire and the death of Tarkin. Daala knows that her orders are obsolete and it is time to strike back at the Rebel Alliance, who have now taken control of the galaxy as the New Republic. When Han, Chewie, and Kyp escape, they destroy one of Daala's Star Destroyers by ramming it with their vehicle, the Sun Crusher; this loss greatly decreases her firepower. Furious, she wrathfully attacks the proving grounds of Dantooine, slaying a colony of civilians. The AT-ST and Imperial walkers commanded by Commander Kratas destroys the colonists easily. Eventually, she unleashs her hatred against the Mon Calamari for their fleet support and troops to the Alliance. Her campaign is foiled, however, and one of her highest-ranking officers is killed by Admiral Ackbar. After planning a kamikaze attack on Coruscant using the Basilisk, Daala's final mission is foiled when Kyp Durron (now a Sith apprentice to Exar Kun) using the Sun Crusher, causes the Cauldron Nebula that two of her ships, the Basilisk and the Gorgon, are resting in to go nova; this destroys the Basilisk and cripples the Gorgon. Daala and the Gorgon were later forced to limp back to the Maw Installation to protect it against the Rebels who would no doubt eventually try to seize it. They arrive after the Rebels have already captured the Installation. Daala immediately attacks the Rebel fleet, but is outmatched; the Installation is indefensible, and Daala is forced to destroy it after making backups of the data stored within. The explosion of the Installation's reactors conceals her escape from the Maw, convincing the Rebels that she has finally died.
Afterwards, she joined Supreme Warlord Harrsk's forces. Under his incompetent command, Daala realizes what shambles the Empire is in. Feuding over what was left of a formerly galaxy-spanning government, the various warlords are destroying everything they have left. Daala forces the most powerful warlords to meet, finding only Warlord Teradoc's subordinate, Vice Admiral Pellaeon, a worthy enough commander among them to live. Together they murder the warlords, sealing them in a room and poisoning their air, the two conspirators wearing the only rebreathers. Daala takes command of all their forces, consolidating the scattered fleets of Victory-Star Destroyers, Skipray Blastboats, and even a single Executor-class Super Star Destroyer, the Knight Hammer. Her glorious fleet lasts just long enough for a poorly planned and even more poorly executed attack against the New Republic and Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy. Her old nemeses Kyp Durron and Admiral Ackbar defeat her once again, with the assistance of another: on the Knight Hammer, Daala confronted the former Jedi Knight Callista, who has effectively sabotaged the vessel. Callista intends to kill Daala as well, but she hadn't reckoned on Daala's skill with a blaster - instead of firing a normal bolt (blockable with a lightsaber), Daala instead fires a stun bolt, consisting of unblockable rings, rendering Callista unconscious. Despite the damage Callista has done to her plans, Daala lets her live, impressed by her aggressiveness. Defeated for good, Daala promotes Pellaeon to the rank of Admiral, handing her rank insignia and remaining fleet to him, and resigns from Imperial service.
She later came to learn of Moff Getelles' plan to use the Death Seed plague to take over the Meridian sector and made efforts at stopping him. Afterwards, she returns once more to the Deep Core looking to establish another fleet. Though she makes an attack against the Republic a short time later, General Garm Bel Iblis defeats her soundly and she makes a blind hyperspace jump; though she is presumed dead, New Republic Intelligence refuses to take her off the threat list. After the Yuuzhan Vong War, she returned as the head of the Maw Irregular Fleet; this is where her first name is given. She has a son and a granddaughter, possibly with Liegeus Vorn. This saw her becoming the Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, promising to create a just and stable government that will no longer need to rely on the Jedi for security.
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- Admiral Daala was created by Kevin J. Anderson and featured in the Star Wars Legends continuity.
- In an Interview, Anderson commented, "In the books I wrote, she is a kind of ruthless free electron. Fans have complained that she is not as good a tactician as Admiral Thrawn, but she is not. Not at all. It is a public danger, it pulls first and asks questions afterwards. It means that she did a lot of terrible things and she did not become a statesman until several years ago. After all the hardships she has gone through, the crises she has faced, she can certainly improve and learn her lesson. We have some politicians right now who seem to be impetuous and talk before thinking ... They have to become better leaders.... Strangely enough, I planned to kill her at the end of Dark Disciple ! There is a big explosion at the end, where the nebula fires and destroys everything. I thought she was going to be killed, and that's how I wrote it. I had a whole group of test readers who had read The Jedi Quest ... I had arranged everything, Lucasfilm had approved it, Daala was supposed to die at the end of the second book! But damn, the test players wanted to lock me in a room until I had rewritten it because they liked the character too much! We made him come back from the dead and let him continue his task. Yes, I was going to kill her in the second book, so she already lived much longer than I had ever imagined!".
- Jedi Search: