Name: Londo Mollari Species: Centauri Sex: Male Profession: Ambassador Birthdate: ?? - b. unknown - Birthplace: Centauri Prime
Londo Mollari was the Centauri Ambassador to Babylon 5.
Peter Jurasik played the role.
Londo had a good heart, but he was damned at every turn by his own bad
Note: This is a complete biography of Londo Mollari.
contains spoilers for all five seasons of Babylon 5.
The biography is written in
chronological order, so if you are watching Babylon 5 for the first time you can
safely read the early parts of this article and stop before you reach the
sections that would reveal events that you haven't seen on the show yet.
Londo Mollari was born into a noble family on Centauri Prime around the Earth
Londo grew up immersed in Centauri society.
He learned the subtle art of
intrigue required for Centauri politics.
He also developed an admiration for
Centauri greatness, which was greatly diminished from its former glory and would
sink even lower during his lifetime.
As a child, one of his closest friends was
As teenagers, they joined the Couro Prido dueling society
Londo was nicknamed Paso Leati because he fought like a crazed leati.
As a young adult, Londo impetuously married a beautiful dancer.
His family members were horrified that he had married below his station.
They threatened Londo with the loss of his title, position, and money.
Londo capitulated and divorced the girl.
The look in her eyes when he told her caused him to die inside that day.
Over the next several years, Londo Mollari served in the Centauri military
and participated in two noteworthy campaigns.
He was on the lead ship of the invasion fleet that conquered the Beta System in nine days.
He also participated in the raid on Phalos XII.
In 2229, Londo's father died, and Londo became head of House Mollari in an
event that would be remembered as his Ascension Day.
A few years later he was invited to the Imperial palace where he became a good friend of Prime Minister
In 2239, Londo wed Timov, the daughter of Algul, in an arranged marriage.
Over the years he accumulated two more wives, Daggair and Mariel.
Londo took to
calling them Pestilence, Famine, and Death in private.
Centauri people are blessed (or cursed) with a limited prescience.
A very few
women become seeresses, but for most Centauri the ability is limited to a
premonition of their death.
In 2242, Londo first dreamed of his death.
dream he was very old, and he and a one-eyed Narn were strangling each other to
Londo Mollari became the Centauri liaison to Earth.
This began his lifelong
fascination with the Humans.
In 2245, the Earth government approached him for information about the
Londo reported that the Centauri avoided the Minbari during their
He advised the Humans to avoid contact, but warned them to send only
one ship to appear less threatening if they insisted on going.
provided them with Centauri intelligence on the disposition of the Minbari
In 2247, with the Earth-Minbar War in full swing, Londo learned of a secret
meeting between the Narn and Humans.
Assuming that it was an arms sale and
fearing that the Narn would develop closer ties with the Humans, Londo ordered a
Centauri ship to intercept.
Unknown to Londo, the Humans were meeting with
Anla'shok Na Lenonn, the leader of the Minbari Rangers, to discuss an end
to the war.
Londo's actions condemned the Humans and Minbari to another year of
Londo was appointed to be the Centauri Ambassador to Babylon 5.
By the time
he arrived on the station in 2256, the Centauri Republic was at the lowest point
of its decline.
Londo's mission was to ride the coattails of the expanding Earth
Alliance to restore whatever glory he could to the Centauri Republic.
When Londo met Narn
Ambassador G'Kar for the first time, he instantly recognized him as the
one-eyed Narn from his vision of his death.
This combined with the traditional
enmity between the Centauri and Narn to set them off on a long adversarial
In January 2257, G'Kar blackmailed Londo into voting to send Commander Jeffrey
Sinclair to the Vorlon homeworld for trial in the attempted assassination of
In 2258, Londo was joined on Babylon 5 by his attaché, Vir Cotto.
years, Vir would play the voice of Londo's conscience, though Londo would rarely
heed his advice.
In February 2258, tensions were raised a notch when Narn attacked and
captured the Ragesh 3 colony where Londo's nephew, Carn Mollari, was
The following month, Londo had an affair with another dancer named Adira
Unknown to him, she was a slave to a Golian named Trakis.
ordered Adira to steal Londo's Purple Files, data that each House kept on the
other Houses for blackmail purposes.
Commander Sinclair helped to resolve the
situation, and Adira returned to her home planet, Davo, as a free woman.
In May 2258, Londo got back at G'Kar personally for the Ragesh 3 attack.
G'Kar needed a G'Quan Eth plant for a religious ceremony, and the one intended
for him was destroyed in a spacecraft accident.
Londo just conveniently happened
to have a spare plant with which he was able to taunt G'Kar ceaselessly.
again, Commander Sinclair resolved the situation by confiscating the plant from
Londo as an illicit substance.
When Varn, the caretaker of the Great Machine on Epsilon 3 was dying in June,
Londo piloted Varn, Draal, and Minbari Ambassador
Delenn to the planet so that Draal could take Varn's place.
Londo served as the point of contact with Mr.
Reno, a human who had recovered
The Eye, a precious Centauri symbol of power.
Londo arranged for Lord Kiro to
return it to Centauri Prime as a symbol to inspire the people.
At this same
time, Mr. Morden visited the station and asked several of the ambassadors, "What
do you want?" Londo wanted to see the Centauri Republic restored to its former
Mr. Morden and his Shadow masters could use Londo's ambition for their
When Lord Kiro arranged with raiders to steal The Eye, a Shadow
ship destroyed them.
The Shadows recovered The Eye from the wreckage, and Mr. Morden returned it to Londo with the offer of additional help in the future.
Londo's miraculous recovery of The Eye began his climb to higher status in
His association with Mr. Morden began his descent to damnation.
In December 2258, Mr. Morden offered to help Londo with disputed territory in
He accepted the help, but was horrified to learn that his
mysterious allies had savagely attacked a Narn colony and killed thousands.
Londo's star began rising very quickly at home, and he found himself locked into
a deadly alliance with Mr. Morden.
When Captain John
Sheridan arrived on the station in January 2259, Londo got the feeling that
he was present in the premonition of his death.
When the techno-mages stopped at Babylon 5 during their exodus, Londo tried
to secure a blessing from Elric as the first Centauri Emperor had done.
would provide only a prophecy of Londo's hand reaching out to the stars as
billions of victims called his name.
The Centauri Emperor Turhan was in poor health and had no clear heir.
Refa led a group of nobles who intended to seize power after Turhan's death by
controlling his nephew, Cartagia.
He was impressed with Londo's success at
Quadrant 37 and invited him to join their ambitious plans.
In May, Emperor Turhan granted Londo a request on the anniversary of his
Londo requested a divorce from his three wives.
the divorce, but required Londo to keep one wife.
Londo summoned the women to
Daggair and Mariel tried to win Londo's favor by seduction and other
means, while Timov seemed indifferent and as acerbic as ever.
Mariel tried to kill Londo, Timov provided the blood transfusion necessary to
save his life.
Londo divorced Daggair and Mariel, and sent Timov back to
Emperor Turhan came to Babylon 5 the following month.
He intended to
apologize publicly to G'Kar for the Centauri occupation of Narn, but he suffered
a heart attack before the event.
Not knowing of the Emperor's plans, Londo had
already arranged for the Shadows to attack the Narn in Quadrant 14.
whispers his dying words to Londo, and he reports them as, "Continue.
to the stars." In truth, the Emperor's last words were that Londo
and Refa were both damned.
The attack on Quadrant 14 launched the Narn and
Centauri into war.
In August, Lord Refa tried to do away with his political opponent Urza Jaddo
by having his House declared a traitor to the Republic.
Urza devised a plan and
came to Babylon 5.
He challenged Londo to a duel, realizing that if Londo killed
him, his family would fall under the protection of House Mollari and escape the
fate that Refa had in mind for them.
Londo reluctantly played his part in his
old friend's death.
As Londo's power increased, Vir's position became more enviable.
recalled to Centauri Prime so that a more powerful person could take his place.
Londo threatened to resign if Vir was taken away.
As the Centauri's only contact
with their mysterious allies, Londo's demand was quickly obeyed.
As the war against Narn progressed, Lord Refa revealed the final step in
their plan to Londo.
The Narn fleet would be led out to Gorash 7 where Londo's
allies would be needed to destroy them.
Meanwhile, the Centauri fleet would
attack the Narn homeworld.
In December 2259, Londo accompanied the attacking
They used illegal mass drivers to decimate the cities of Narn.
Londo returned to Babylon 5 and presented the terms of Narn's surrender.
G'Kar was stripped of his title and would be returned to Narn for trial.
Sheridan offered G'Kar sanctuary, which forced Londo to endure his continued
presence, but not in the council chambers.
Second Chance Lost
After the invasion of Narn, Londo began to distance himself from Mr. Morden.
Refa took advantage of the situation and made his own personal alliance with
Despite the lessened respect that the other ambassadors accorded Londo due to
the Centauri's aggressive behavior, Minbari Attaché
Lennier did not think twice about rescuing Londo from a terrorist bomb in
Londo attended Lennier's bedside during his recovery from injuries
received during the rescue.
While Londo had distanced himself from Morden, he wanted Vir to be even
He called in the favor that Delenn owed him for flying Draal to Epsilon 3
and arranged to reopen the Centauri Embassy on Minbar.
Vir became the Centauri
Ambassador to Minbar.
Londo's relationship with G'Kar reached a turning point when G'Kar sampled
Dust, a telepathy-inducing drug.
G'Kar attacked Londo physically and mentally.
However, when a vision induced by Ambassador Kosh changed G'Kar's entire outlook
on the universe, he carried Londo's battered form to Medlab and turned himself
In April 2260, Lady Morella, the widow of Emperor Turhan, visited Babylon 5
at Londo's invitation.
She was a seeress, and Londo asked her to give him a
She told him that he had missed two opportunities to avoid the fire at
the end of his journey and had three chances left.
He must save the eye that can
not see, must not kill the one who is already dead, and finally surrender
himself to his greatest fear knowing that it will destroy him.
predicted that both Londo and Vir would be Emperor one day, one after the other
Londo grew concerned that Centaur Prime was being left defenseless.
moved the fleets where Morden suggested, and the Shadows had little concern for
what would happen to the Centauri if the Non-Aligned Worlds turned on them.
Londo summoned Lord Refa to Babylon 5 and secretly fed him part of a two-part
The second part was undetectable and would be fed to Refa if he didn't
follow Londo's instructions.
Londo ordered Refa to urge to Emperor to divert the
fleet to defend the home territories.
He also ordered Refa to cut his ties to
After Londo discovered that Vir was abusing his position on Minbar to aid
Narn refugees, he called in some favors to have Vir's position retracted without
exposing any explanations.
Vir remained on Babylon 5 as Londo's aide again.
By August 2260, Mr. Morden became increasingly concerned that Lord Refa had
lost his usefulness.
He learned that Adira Tyree was returning to Babylon 5 to
An assassin in Morden's employ slipped onto her ship and poisoned
When Londo learned of her death, he assumed that Refa was responsible.
Londo rekindled his ties with Mr. Morden.
Londo plotted his revenge for several months.
Surprisingly, he negotiated
G'Kar's complicity in exchange for the release of 4000 Narn prisoners.
December, Londo had Refa lured to Narn in a hunt for G'Kar who had returned
Guards loyal to House Mollari abandoned Refa to the Narn resistance.
After they killed Refa, G'Kar placed a data crystal on his body implicating him
in the resistance.
As the final step in his plan, Morden suggested to Emperor
Cartagia that Londo be recalled to Centauri Prime to act as the advisor on
Saving Centauri Prime
Knowing that the Shadows planned to attack Babylon 5, Morden sent a warning
to Londo to leave.
When Londo arrived on Centauri Prime after Sheridan's attack
on Z'ha'dum, he learned that Cartagia had given the Shadows the island of Selene
to use as a base.
Londo realized that Cartagia was completely insane.
actually believed that the Shadows would elevate him to godhood, and the cost
would be the destruction of Centauri Prime.
Londo began to plot to assassinate
In January 2261, G'Kar was captured and brought to Centauri Prime where
Cartagia presented him to Londo as a gift.
Londo included G'Kar in his
conspiracy to kill Cartagia.
He encouraged Cartagia to take G'Kar to Narn for
his public execution.
Londo arranged for soldiers loyal to House Mollari to be
However, Cartagia's personal guards would also be present.
Londo would arrange for G'Kar's chains to be weakened.
G'Kar would break them
and distract the Royal Guards while Londo assassinated Cartagia.
Londo would order the complete withdrawal of Centauri forces from Narn
Londo witnessed G'Kar suffering numerous tortures while they awaited the trip
to Narn including the removal of his left eye.
When they arrived on Narn,
Cartagia informed Londo that G'Kar's chains looked weak so he had ordered them
G'Kar still managed to break his chains, and in the ensuing chaos,
Londo dropped the poison needle.
Vir Cotto picked it up and was responsible for
Londo kept his promise and set Narn free.
He returned to Centauri Prime as
its Prime Minister, determined to clean up the Shadow presence there.
installed nuclear bombs on the island of Selene and ordered its evacuation
except for volunteers who remained behind to keep up the appearance of an
Londo learned of a secret investigation into Adira Tyree's death.
discovered that Morden had ordered her death instead of Refa, he realized that
Morden had manipulated him.
He went into a rage with the knowledge of all that
he was responsible for.
Londo summoned Mr. Morden to him, and his guard's killed Morden's Shadow
When Morden refused to remove the Shadow ships, Londo destroyed the
He had Morden beheaded, and his head was placed on a pike as a gift to
Satisfied that he had removed every trace of Shadow influence from Centauri
Prime, Londo couldn't understand why the Vorlon planet killer arrived to attack
When Vir pointed out that there was still one thing on the planet touched
by the Shadows - Londo himself - Londo selflessly ordered Vir to kill him
The sacrifice was not necessary because the planet killer left to
join the Vorlon forces at Coriana 6.
Londo recommended the appointment of a Regent and returned to Babylon 5,
hoping to avoid his fate of leadership as long as possible.
Working for Peace
Despite their turbulent past, Londo Mollari began cooperating with G'Kar more
In May 2261, Londo and G'Kar both allowed Sheridan to post White Stars to
their mutual border.
This tricked the Non-Aligned Worlds into demanding similar
protection, which is what Sheridan wanted to do all along.
In September, Londo convinced the Centarum to support Sheridan in the Earth
He tried to convice G'Kar to sign a joint declaration of support,
pointing out that the Humans on Babylon 5 had always been friends to them.
at first refused, but eventually he reluctantly agreed to sign the declaration,
but not on the same page as Londo.
The following month, Londo continued to help Sheridan.
Afraid of what an
isolationist Earth Alliance might evolve into, Londo organized the Non-Aligned
Worlds to support Sheridan's resistance efforts.
After the conclusion of the Earth Civil War, Delenn asked Londo and G'Kar to
endorse her plan for the Interstellar Alliance.
The two former foes united again
to convince the Non-Aligned Worlds to join the Alliance.
In January 2262, Londo suffered a heart attack.
As Dr. Stephen Franklin fought to save him with medical science, Londo battled with his own
conscience for his survival.
A series of hallucinations culminated in a bizarre
recreation of one of G'Kar's tortures on Centauri Prime, with G'Kar in the role
of Cartagia and Londo in G'Kar's place.
Londo's conscience said he only had to
apologize to G'Kar to live.
As Londo muttered his apology, which G'Kar overheard
from his bedside, Dr.
Franklin announced that he was out of danger.
With the Regent in poor health, Londo began shuttling back and forth between
Centauri Prime and Babylon 5 in May.
At Delenn's suggestion, G'Kar accompanied
him as a bodyguard.
Working in the Imperial Palace, G'Kar and Londo discovered that G'Kar's
former aide, Na'Toth, was a prisoner in the prison.
An imperial order that had
never be rescinded would not allow her release, so Londo helped G'Kar smuggle
her out of the prison and back to Narn.
When Sheridan and his staff presented evidence that the Centauri were
responsible for attacks on Alliance ships, Londo presented the Centauri position
that they were being framed with ships and weapons left behind on Narn.
On 31 July 2262, he announced that the Centauri Republic had withdrawn from the
He warned the Alliance that the Centauri would not
recognize any blockades and that if any ships fired on Centauri ships they would
consider it an act of war.
Within a few days, the Centauri Republic was at war with the Interstellar
Back on Centauri Prime, G'Kar was arrested.
Londo demanded that he and G'Kar should stay together, so he found himself sharing a cell with the Narn.
They spent four days in the cell, and on the final night Londo was abducted by
the Drakh and examined by their alien allies.
Londo awoke with the sense that
something was terribly wrong.
Londo had to leave the cell without losing face,
so G'Kar vomited his stomach contents.
The Centauri guard who discovered the
stench quickly released Londo from the cell without question.
Londo went to the Regent and learned that he had sent the fleet away and
deactivated the homeworld's defense systems.
The Drakh controlled the Regent
with a keeper, a symbiotic creature that attached to his shoulder and relayed
his thoughts to its Drakh master.
After Centauri Prime was devastated by a Narn
and Drazi attack, the Drakh Shiv'kala revealed himself to Londo.
The Drakh had
manipulated Centauri Prime for their own purposes.
They had followed Londo's
example on the island of Selene and planted nuclear bombs all over the planet.
Soon, the Regent would die and Londo would become Emperor.
Londo would accept a
keeper and mold the Centauri Republic into an isolated, bitter war machine set
on revenge against the Interstellar Alliance.
Londo said goodbye to G'Kar and received the Narn's forgiveness.
to Shiv'kala and merged with his keeper.
He ordered ships to locate and rescue Delenn, who was lost in hyperspace, and
then severed all ties to the Interstellar Alliance.
On 25 August 2262, Londo walked to his coronation alone as a symbol of the
Centauri Republic's isolation.
Londo Mollari was now powerless in the most
powerful position in Centauri society.
The next month, the Drakh learned that Delenn was pregnant.
They sealed a
keeper in a Centauri ceremonial urn, and Londo took it to Minbar as a gift.
instructed them to give it to their son on his sixteenth birthday.
The year's of Londo Mollari's rule were a constant battle of wits with
The Drakh could inflict severe pain on Londo, but he couldn't
actually control his actions like a puppet, so Londo had some degree of
He had learned from the Regent that alcohol numbed the
He began keeping a journal called The Chronicles of Londo Mollari -
Diplomat, Emperor, Martyr, and Self-Described Fool.
He would drink heavily
before writing in it to keep it secret from the Drakh.
Londo took a young woman named Senna into the palace as his ward.
She was the
daughter of Lord Refa, and her mother had died in the bombings of Centauri
Prime, so Londo felt responsible for her.
Londo sparred repeatedly with Durla, an ambitious man that the Drakh were
grooming for leadership.
He eventually became Prime Minister and held far more
power than Londo.
Londo tried to give clues to Vir Cotto when he could about
where he should focus his efforts and what dangers he should avoid.
rekindled his relationship with Timov, his remaining wife.
However, he realized
that with their renewed romance the Drakh would likely threaten her life to keep
him in line, so he banished her from the palace.
In September 2275, G'Kar thwarted an assassination attempt against Prime
Minister Durla that could have harmed Londo.
G'Kar spent the next few years in
the Imperial Palace.
Londo ordered that he be treated as a guest, but as Durla's
power increased, G'Kar once again experienced mistreatment in a Centauri
In November 2277, David Sheridan arrived on Centauri Prime, compelled by his
Sheridan and Delenn soon followed and were imprisoned.
Londo gave Vir a clue to the seat of Drakh power on Centauri Prime: the Tower
This led Vir's resistance fighters to destroy it and reveal the Drakh
presence in January 2278.
Shiv'kala threatened Londo with the hidden nuclear
bombs again, but Londo called his bluff.
Unfortunately, the Drakh wasn't
bluffing, and he detonated one third of the bombs, ruining Centauri Prime.
Londo agreed to free David Sheridan.
After drinking heavily, he summoned
G'Kar to his throne room.
G'Kar managed to catch a glimpse of his keeper.
made several inflammatory statements, hoping that G'Kar would become enraged and
G'Kar realized what he was doing.
Londo ordered G'Kar to hide when
Sheridan and Delenn were brought before him.
Londo released them, but asked that
they help rid his world of the Drakh.
After the guards took Sheridan and Delenn away, G'Kar emerged from his hiding
Londo surrendered himself to his greatest fear, knowing that it would
G'Kar began to strangle him.
The keeper awoke and compelled Londo to
strike back at G'Kar.
The two men - adversaries and friends - died with their
hands at each other's throats, just as Londo had foreseen.
Emperor Vir Cotto published Londo's memoirs posthumously.
He also erected
giant statues of Londo and G'Kar on opposite sides of the Centauri capital city,
standing guard and watching each other's backs.
In 2281, Vir remembered Londo
during the toast to fallen friends at Sheridan's final dinner.