House Organa of Alderaan is doubtlessly familiar to most of our readers as the house that adopted Leia Skywalker and raised her as a princess. As the setting of the Hope cinematic trailer and the first announced Warzone, Alderaan itself is already proving to be an important location in Star Wars: The Old Republic and it would not be surprising for House Organa to play a pivotal role in this planet's story. Hit the jump to take a closer look at the history of House Organa.
The early history of House Organa is relatively unknown. We know that at the time of the Jedi Civil War, House Organa was an influential family on Taris, and rivals of House Ulgo. The rivalry between the two houses grew heated enough that when the assassin Selven killed most of the Ulgo family, House Organa was widely suspected to be behind the assassinations. When House Organa put a price on Selven's head, many believed they had done so purely to draw attention away from their own involvement in the matter.
After the destruction of Taris by Darth Malak, House Organa's only known presence was on Alderaan. By the time of the re-emergence of the Sith Empire, House Organa was well established enough to have its own castle nestled scenically on a river plain at the base of snow-capped mountains. That castle may not have fared well during the Empire's invasion; the following shots from the Hope cinematic trailer (at 28 and 48 seconds) bear a strong resemblance to the previous wallpaper image, and seem to imply that Castle Organa was destroyed by the invading Sith.
However, House Organa once again survived the destruction of its home. By the time of Crown Prince Gaul Panteer's assassination following Alderaan's secession from the Republic over the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, House Organa recovered enough to be the Republic's favored candidate for rule of Alderaan.
This screenshot from Organa Castle shows a Jedi Consular's ship and refers to the Consular as attending "diplomatic discussions with the Alderaanian leaders." The timing of the screenshot in relation to the invasion of Alderaan is unknown; Alderaan was invaded "at the height of the Great War," which is about the same time the Defender-class corvette was developed, making any timing feasible.
At the time of the Old Republic, House Organa has many potential enemies. Chief among them is House Thul, a house once exiled from Alderaan for sedition and "long suspected to be in the pocket of the Empire." House Thul has returned with Imperial support and is making a bid for Alderaan's throne. Bouris Ulgo, Alderaan's greatest general and current ruler by coup d'etat, is another possible source of trouble for House Organa, particularly if he descends from the Ulgo family.
House Organa will definitely have a major role to play in the politics of Alderaan, and it's more than likely that players will have plenty of involvement with them. Only time will answer the question posed in the Aurebesh on the Alderaan page: "Will House Organa inherit the throne?