From The Clone WarsServing as Count Dooku's most-trusted assassin, Asajj Ventress was a lithe beauty possessing both serpentine grace and lethality. Though she was not officially a Sith apprentice, Ventress had clearly been well-trained in the arts of lightsaber dueling and Force manipulation. If Dooku's Master, the terrifying Darth Sidious, ever found out about Ventress' "education," the consequences would be dire for both teacher and student.
Power-hungry and cunning, Ventress took great delight in toying with her victims before she killed them. Using her exotic allure, Ventress often distracted her opponent before dispatching him. One notable exception was the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who consistently proved immune to Ventress' "charms," though he never missed an opportunity to banter with his formidable adversary.
Her confidence masked a lifetime of enduring cruel hardships that purged any compassion from her cold heart. She had a fierce survival instinct forged in the ceaseless dangers of her bloody homeworld that kept her on the dark path.
Asajj has perfected a lightsaber combat form that uses paired blades to strike and parry. She carried twin weapons given to her by Count Dooku, and each bears a similar archaic curved handle design favored by the former Jedi Master. Ventress' lightsaber handles are especially modified so that they can connect into a joined, S-shaped handle, becoming a double-bladed lightsaber.
Ventress figured prominently in the plot to discredit the Jedi in the eyes of the Hutts, the criminal masterminds who controlled transit through the contested Outer Rim Territories. Ventress arranged the kidnapping of Rotta the Hutt, kingpin Jabba the Hutt's infant son. Securing the child in an abandoned monastery on Teth, Ventress then provided cleverly staged holographic evidence of Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano abducting the Huttlet. Though Anakin escaped Teth with the young Hutt, Ahsoka remained behind, and faced off against Skywalker's reinforcements -- namely Obi-Wan Kenobi. A fierce lightsaber duel was cut short when Asajj escaped aboard a vulture droid.
Aside from her duties as an assassin, Ventress was also a field commander and proxy presence for Count Dooku. She tried to pressure the Toydarian monarch, King Katuunko, into siding with the Separatists, but her plans where ultimately thwarted by Jedi Master Yoda.
Other Tales of VentressMuch of Ventress's past remains shrouded in mystery. She hails from Rattatak, a barbaric world where violent bloodshed is a daily occurrence. The primitive planet is far from the Republic borders, and is ruled by brutal warlords who constantly battle for domination. A warlord named Osika Kirske murdered Asajj's parents when she was very young. Somehow, a young Jedi named Ky Narec came to be stranded on this forsaken world. Cut off from the Jedi Council, Narec discovered Asajj and took it upon himself to train the Force-strong orphan. The two quickly became heroes, vanquishing many warlords, ending wars, and uniting armies until Kirske conspired with the remaining warlords to retaliate. They succeeded in killing Narec before he could complete Asajj's training.
As a result, she had the skills of the Jedi combined with a raw, unfocused talent in the Force. She never controlled her instinctual fury, and when her master died, she developed a hatred for the Republic that had abandoned her mentor, and had ignored the atrocities of Rattatak.
Asajj's rage fueled her power, and she clawed her way up to a position of authority on the lawless world of Rattatak. She conquered and imprisoned most of the remaining warlords, including Osika Kirske, whom she would eventually kill. She could best any of the monstrous combatants in the gladiatorial games held regularly on the world. Shortly after the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku came to Rattatak, looking for another world to add to the Separatist fold. What he found instead was far more promising.
Ventress' raw talent and fierce determination impressed Dooku. The charismatic leader of the Confederacy was able to recruit the young warrior by appealing to her disgust with the Jedi and the Republic. Dooku confirmed Ventress' bitter ideas that the Jedi had abandoned their ethics and convictions. Ventress proved her skills by challenging Dooku to a duel. Though Dooku won the sparring contest, he invited Ventress to accompany him back into the Confederacy as a personal protégé.
Though Ventress longed to identify herself as a Sith, she did not receive Sith training. While Dooku helped hone her talents, he taught her none of the knowledge unique to the Sith. Her skills were a combination of incomplete Jedi training coupled with her own techniques. Her raw talents and bottomless well of anger and pain bolstered her dark side abilities. Giving into her rage granted her further powers.
Ventress proved to be a cunning military mastermind, and Dooku made her a commander within the Separatist army. One of her first assignments was disrupting a meeting between Jedi Master Mace Windu and a group of dissident Jedi. Dooku had no compunctions about exploiting and lying to Asajj to meet his ends. He told her that Windu was responsible for the abandonment of her former Jedi mentor. Asajj did battle with Windu on the moon of Ruul, and though Asajj was forced to flee the fight, Windu came to realize that a new and dark menace to the Jedi was at large.
Asajj was in command of a Separatist plot to unleash a deadly chemical weapon on the Gungan colony moon of Ohma-D'un. This was an early test of a chemical warfare program against the clone troopers of the Republic. Though Asajj and Durge had to flee the Naboo moon, they had proven to be formidable opponents against the Jedi.
General Obi-Wan Kenobi followed Asajj to the chemical weapon development plants on Queyta. Asajj was tasked by Count Dooku to once again offer Kenobi a chance to join the Separatists, but the Jedi refused. Asajj again escaped to plague the Republic on other battlefronts.
Four months after the Battle of Geonosis, Asajj joined the fighting on Muunilinst, where Republic clone troopers attacked droid factories on the InterGalactic Banking Clan homeworld. Though the bounty hunter Durge handled the ground campaign, Asajj soared into battle aboard one of her fanblade starfighters. Her incredible piloting skills drew the attention of Anakin Skywalker, the Padawan who was leading the space forces. Despite orders not to pursue, Anakin gave chase, and Asajj lured the young Jedi-in-training into a trap.
Anakin followed Asajj through hyperspace to the ancient Sith temples of Yavin 4. Anakin continued his pursuit on foot, aided by clone troopers. Using the Force, Asajj whittled away the clone trooper guards, and then began a stunning lightsaber duel with Anakin. So skilled was she, Asajj even proved to be a challenge to the fabled Chosen One of Jedi legend. To defeat her, Anakin needed the edge granted by giving into anger. In a furious counter-attack, young Skywalker repulsed Ventress, who nevertheless survived.
After being captured on Jabiim, Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi and the ARC trooper known as Alpha were transported to Ventress' private fortress on Rattatak. There, she tortured the prisoners in hopes of breaking Obi-Wan's spirit and presenting the defeated Jedi as a trophy to Count Dooku. Kenobi foiled her plans, though, and escaped along with Alpha. Adding insult to injury, Kenobi stole Ky Narec's lightsaber, which Ventress kept as a memento of her past, and left Rattatak by absconding with one of her fanblade fighters.
Behind the ScenesAsajj Ventress was developed for the Clone Wars multimedia project from unused concept art generated for Episode II. Before the character of Count Dooku was finalized, the Art Department at Skywalker Ranch explored a variety of possible directions for the new Sith in Attack of the Clones. One ultimately abandoned direction was that of a pale, bald-headed female warrior with twin lightsabers. She was vividly depicted in a series of illustrations by Dermot Power. Though that design was never chosen, it was reused by Lucas Licensing to become Asajj Ventress, the Dark Jedi enemy, and commander of the Separatist Army.
Keywords: Databank - The Clone Wars, Databank - Expanded Universe
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