BIOGRAPHY

INTRODUCING R2-D2 (ARTOO-DETOO)

SOMETIME BEFORE 32 BBY (BEFORE THE BATTLE OF YAVIN) THE DROID MANUFACTURING COMPANY INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION CREATED R2-D2 AS PART OF THE R2 SERIES OF ASTROMECH DROIDS. HE WAS PURCHASED AND MODIFIED BY THE ROYAL ENGINEERS OF NABOO AND SERVED ABOARD QUEEN AMIDALA’S ROYAL STARSHIP.

R2-D2 IS NOTABLE FOR HIS SOPHISTICATED MASCULINE PROGRAMMING, WHICH LENDS HIM THE APPEARANCE OF A UNIQUE PERSONALITY AND NO DROID DEMONSTRATES THE CAPABILITIES OF THESE ROBOTS SO WELL AS R2-D2. WITH LEARNING SKILLS WAY BEYOND HIS PROGRAMMING, HE PLAYED A CRUCIAL PART IN PIVOTAL MOMENTS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE RISE OF THE EMPIRE.

ARTOO, AS HE IS OFTEN FONDLY KNOWN, IS RENOWNED FOR HIS TECHNICAL EXPERTISE WHEN INTERFACING WITH STARSHIP COMPUTER SYSTEMS. ASTROMECHS CANNOT SPEAK, THEY COMMUNICATE IN A SELECTION OF BINARY BEEPS AND WHISTLES THROUGH AN INTERPRETER DROID OR COMPUTER. BUT THE FACT THAT R2-D2 CANNOT DIRECTLY EXPRESS HIMSELF MAY HAVE HELPED HIM FLY UNDER THE RADAR AND AVOID FREQUENT MEMORY WIPES, WHICH IN TURN ALLOWED HIM TO DEVELOP A DISTINCT, ECCENTRIC PERSONALITY.

ALL DROIDS ARE GIVEN BASIC PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS, TO WHICH THEY ADD AS THEY LEARN FROM NEW EXPERIENCES. AN OCCASIONAL MEMORY WIPE WILL RESTORE THE FACTORY SETTINGS, PREVENTING THEM FROM DEVELOPING A “PERSONALITY” AND BECOMING TOO INDEPENDENT. HOWEVER, THIS NEVER HAPPENED TO R2-D2.

THE ESCAPADES OF R2-D2, A HERO OF MANY MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS, ARE A TESTAMENT TO BOTH DROID AND MANUFACTURER AND SET AN ADVENTURE IN MOTION THAT WOULD CHANGE THE GALAXY FOREVER!

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