- "Our very existence is an act of fate."
Sarus was the leader of the Ophuchi Clan during the Invasion of Utapau in 22 BBY. He was an archaeologist and historian who was later chosen to lead the Ophuchi upon the unexpected death of his predecessor, Darius, whose daughter, Padmé, was not old enough to assume the mantle of leadership.
As the Ophuchi leader, Sarus developed a profound belief in the eventual salvation of the galaxy via the Chosen One. He believed that the savior would be a great warrior who would lead a crusade against the armies of evil. His strong beliefs did, however, make a number of Ophuchi wary, as they felt his strong rhetoric and adherence to Ophuchi traditions bordered on dogmatic.
Nonetheless, Sarus attracted a strong following amongst the Ophuchi, many of whom had become dismayed that the Ophuchi had existed for thousands of years without the savior having fulfilled his destiny. Sarus' zealotry energized them, creating a popular following.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One (First appearance)