|Siblings|| Kapryn LaSalle (brother)|
Angela LaSalle (sister-in-law)
|Died||Circa Year 9|
|Affiliation|| Rebel Alliance|
The Jedi Order
[See Citations and Awards]
Eli LaSalle was male Human born on Corellia who became a revered Jedi Master and a dignitary in the New Republic Advisory Council. He notably founded CorSec under an assumed name and later became an inaugural member of the New Republic Senate.
While serving as a New Republic Senator, LaSalle drafted many pieces of legislation including the senatorial rules and procedures. He was primarily responsible for formulating the New Republic criminal code and the Private Sector Act, a statute that allowed for private citizens of the New Republic to create personal enterprises. He also led the charge for constitutional amendments such as run-off elections for the Chief of State position.
After many years of faithful service in the Rebel Alliance, New Republic, and the Jedi Order, LaSalle was caught by paid operatives of the Black Sun crime syndicate circa Year 9 and subsequently executed. His final resting place is unknown.
Eli LaSalle departed his homestead on Corellia and joined the Rebel Alliance in Year -2. After receiving a commission in the Alliance Starfighter Corps, he was quickly promoted to Commander and squadron leader. His abilities and steady advancement did not go unnoticed, and one of Zee Wolf's first acts as Supreme Commander was to promote LaSalle to the new rank of Wing Commander in charge of all B-Wing squadrons. Shortly thereafter, Zee Wolf promoted him again to Vice Admiral in the elite Conquest fleet.
Circa Year 0, out of a desire to work for peace rather than fight for it, LaSalle left the Alliance military to further the diplomatic initiatives of the Rebellion by liaising with neutral organizations and allied governments. Serving on the High Command and once again working for the newly-returned Zee Wolf, he saw a lull in the Galactic Civil War as neutral and independent groups flourished. Negotiations with such groups led to LaSalle's foundation of an ostensibly neutral organization known as CorSec, dedicated to providing security in the Corellian Sector while clandestinely supporting the Rebel Alliance.
- "The Corellian Security Force. The very name strikes fear into pirates, smugglers, thieves and other scum of the galaxy. Join the cause to fight for justice, order, and help us bring down piracy wherever we encounter it!"
- — CorSec slogan
As the Galactic Civil War stalled, LaSalle returned to his home of Corellia to lead CorSec, the conclusion of his diplomatic efforts to stop piracy. He used an assumed name in order to disguise his Rebel sympathies. Dedicated to fighting piracy and providing safety in the Corellian sector, LaSalle wrote CorSec's slogan, which stands to this day. CorSec was later taken over by Imperial sympathizers and is now allied with the Galactic Empire.
After the Empire's injustices grew, LaSalle felt the call to return to the Alliance military. Although he was promoted to High General to lead the Alliance Special Forces, the predecessor to the Army, he left the Rebel Alliance due to disagreements with Supreme Commander Fox Spookers, who was later found to be a criminal and proscribed as enemy of the state. Along with other comrades from the Alliance such as Hobbes, Owan D'arc, Kell Tainer, LaSalle left to create the famous Centrepoint Space Station.
Once again, LaSalle could not idly stand by while his friends and comrades-in-arms suffered against the Empire. After the Rebel Alliance found new leadership, LaSalle received a commission as an Ensign in the Alliance Navy under High Admiral Bisz Aldaris, his future clanmate. After a stint in Industrial Automaton producing droids, where his service was recognized by naming a government Carrack cruiser after him, LaSalle reactivated his commission. As a Lieutenant in the Legacy fleet, LaSalle served under Admiral Phymp Mindano and LaSalle's own brother, Kapryn LaSalle, who had joined the Alliance looking for him. After Phymp was promoted to High Admiral, Kapryn was given command of the fleet with Eli as his executive officer. The brothers joined Falleen Phymp and Bisz in the Mindano Clan as they were inducted as Hertheka into the Falleen Federation's royal clan, despite being human.
Some time after Liberty Fleet merged into Legacy, Jedi Master Reajiad Nero approached LaSalle and offered to teach him the ways of the Force, informing him that he was force sensitive. While completing rotating assignments in the Navy, as well as serving as General and Deputy Chief of the Army, LaSalle became a Jedi Knight and later a Jedi Master. LaSalle studied under Jedi Master and Chief Military Officer Thies Windu who was his friend and mentor.
LaSalle served for some time as a Captain while executive officer. He was the first executive officer to be promoted to flag rank when he was promoted to Commodore before being offered a higher position. One notable mission LaSalle served in was Operation Praxis, including the Battle of Commenor where he aided Oilios Katastrefor.
In Year 7, LaSalle was appointed commander of Centurion Battlegroup, the Rebel Alliance's strike force, and promoted to Rear Admiral. He was tasked with training a new generation of officers as the Republic's ranks had been thinned by promotions of their best personnel to High Command. He became the third Jedi Master Battlegroup Commander after Thies Windu and Ava'taar Vird'rnnaa, both of whom had also led Centurion.
Admiral LaSalle was Battlegroup Commander of Centurion when the Rebel Alliance and the SoroSuub Corporation merged to form the New Republic. He spent much of his time training his officers and cadets. While the New Republic Academy was being designed, LaSalle created a curriculum for military officers to train military cadets with the practical skills needed to serve in the New Republic military. The training officers program was used by the Republic's military until the founding of the Academy more than six months later. He was subsequently promoted to Vice Admiral.
LaSalle commanded Centurion throughout Operation: Forging Freedom, where he and his unit were decorated for liberating Kashyyyk and capturing Sith Lord Samus Augill, with the help from Jedi Master Vird'rnnaa. Millions of Wookiees and other sentients were freed by the result of the New Republic's operations. Admiral LaSalle received the Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts. Continuing Forging Freedom's success with Operation Stratacator, LaSalle and Centurion reduced The 12 Colonies to a handful and forced a name change to the Chiss Ascendancy. He was promoted to Admiral and Deputy Chief of the Navy.
After running in a completely open campaign for the inaugural session of the Senate, LaSalle was elected. Focusing on setting up the New Republic and completing the merger process, the early sessions of the Senate established procedures and began to tackle the issues of running a democratically-elected government while fighting a war against the Galactic Empire.
The early days of the Senate were sometimes marked with distrust between former Rebel Alliance and SoroSuub Corporation leaders. One topic of controversy was the use of the dark side of the force. The Rebel Alliance had prohibited the use of the dark side. As a Jedi Master and firm believer in the New Republic Constitution, Senator LaSalle argued that the use of the dark side of the force would go against the principles as established in the Constitution and should be illegal. Two senators, Dracul Elensar and Corvis Orion, later notorious for their involvement in Black Sun, notably opposed the effort to criminalize the dark side. After the first bill to do so was vetoed by the Chief of State, Maradin Sandwalker, another version passed and the matter was mostly put to rest.
During the administration of Chief of State Ingo R. Vailis, it was revealed to the New Republic populace that Vailis and his partner, Adam A. Flynn, intended to sell New Republic property to the leader of the Eidola Pirates, Teniel Djo and recreate the Black Sun crime syndicate, without Senate approval or informing the public. With most citizens against the sale, Senator LaSalle led the fight in the Senate to prevent the sale. With public sentiment against Vailis and Flynn, they used New Republic traitors Dracul Elensar and Corvis Orion to kidnap and execute many leaders vocal in their opposition to the sale, including Nim Orlan and David Kellar. An assassination attempt was made on Senator LaSalle and his friend, Naval colleague and fellow Senator Chrono Van Talisman, but they were spared by Elensar's change of heart. Meanwhile, the traitors Vailis and Flynn looted the New Republic and recreated Black Sun for themselves.
Senator LaSalle wrote many important pieces of legislation in the New Republic Senate, including the foundation of the Senate rules and procedures. He was largely responsible for creating the New Republic criminal code and other justice-related issues. One of the most important laws Senator LaSalle wrote is the Private Sector Act, which created another side to the New Republic, consisting of private citizens and enterprises. He also led the charge for several important constitutional amendments, including run-off elections for the Chief of State.
After serving a year term in the Senate, Senator LaSalle was re-elected for another term with the highest vote total of the candidates. After his brother, Kapryn LaSalle, was appointed Minister of State and resigned from his position as High Admiral, Eli LaSalle resigned his position in the Senate and became High Admiral and Chief of the Navy.
During the course of his duties in the New Republic Navy, LaSalle was kidnapped by New Republic traitor Tomra Kotar. Eli was able to turn the tables on his captor, but not before the ship they were fighting on jumped to lightspeed. Although the New Republic and its allies made rescue efforts, LaSalle was delivered by Jett Blackheart to the Black Sun crime syndicate. He was subsequently executed. His loss was an unfortunate blow to the Jedi Order. Eli served the Rebel Alliance, New Republic, and the Jedi Order proudly for many years and his morality and desire to stand for the light will be remembered for a long time to come.
Citations and Awards
New Republic Military
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Unit Medal
- Republic Service Medal
- Stratacator Campaign
- Operation Forging Freedom
- Operation Praxis
- Operation Winter Cleaning
- Joint Operation Ribbon
- Expert Medical Officer
- Expert Survivalist
- Navy Command Ribbon
- Training Ribbon
- 5+ Years Service Ribbon