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Asajj Ventress (TCW 22 BBY)

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Name: Asajj Ventress (as of The Clone Wars Chapter 1)
Type: Dark Side Acolyte
Species: Dathomirian
Homeworld: Dathomir
Gender: Female
Hair Color: Silver
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 1.8 meters
Weight: 60 kg
Skin: Pale

Blaster: 5D
Brawling Parry: 5D
Dodge: 7D
Lightsaber: 5D
Lightsaber: Form I: Shii-Cho 6D
Melee Combat: 7D
Melee Parry: 7D
Thrown Weapons: 7D

Intimidation: 4D+2
Languages: 6D
Planetary Systems: 4D
Scholar: Jedi Lore 3D+2
Scholar: Sith Lore 3D+2
Streetwise: 6D
Survival: 4D+1
Tactics: 4D
Tactics: Ambush 6D
Willpower: 5D

Astrogation: 6D
Beast Riding: 4D
Repulsorlift Operation: 6D
Sensors: 5D
Starfighter Piloting: 6D+1
Starship Gunnery: 6D
Starship Shields: 5D

Bargain: 5D
Command: 7D
Con: 5D
Hide: 7D
Persuasion: 5D
Search: 7D
Sneak: 8D

Brawling: 6D
Climbing/Jumping: 6D
Climbing/Jumping: Acrobatics: 6D+2
Stamina: 4D
Swimming: 5D

Demolitions: 4D
First Aid: 5D
Lightsaber Repair: 4D+2
(A)Medicine: 3D
Security: 4D

Special Abilities:
Lightsaber Combat Form I: Shii-Cho: Advance, Brawl, Defensive Stance, Disarming Slash, Heavy Strike, Push, Quick Strike, Sarlacc Sweep.

Force Skills: Control 5D, Sense 4D, Alter 5D

Control: Absorb/Dissipate Energy, Accelerate Healing, Concentration, Control Pain, Detoxify Poison, Enhance Attribute, Enhance Reflexes, Hibernation Trance, Rage, Reduce Injury, Remain Conscious, Resist Stun

Sense: Beast Languages, Combat Sense, Danger Sense, Life Detection, Life Sense, Magnify Senses, Receptive Telepathy

Alter: Force Jump, Telekinesis

Control & Sense: Blood Trail, Lightsaber Combat, Projective Telepathy

Control, Sense & Alter: Affect Mind, Animate Dead, Telekinetic Kill

Force Sensitive: Y
Force Points: 12
Dark Side Points: 7
Character Points: 12
Move: 10

Equipment: Twin Lightsabers (curved handles, Red Blade, 5D Damage), Armored Robes (+1 Vs Energy Damage, +2 Vs Physical Damage), Geonosian Fanblade Starfighter

Background: Asajj Ventress was a Force-sensitive Dathomirian female who was, at various points throughout her life, a Nightsister, a Jedi Padawan, an assassin of the Sith, a commander in the Confederacy of Independent Systems military, and a bounty hunter. In the final decades of the Galactic Republic’s reign, Ventress was born into a clan of magick-wielding Nightsister witches led by Mother Talzin on the planet Dathomir. When she was only a baby, her coven was forced to surrender her to the criminal Hal’Sted, who spirited Ventress away from her sisters to the war-torn world of Rattatak, where she was enslaved in his service. She was orphaned when Weequay pirates killed her master but was later discovered by the Jedi Knight Ky Narec, who was stranded on Rattatak and waging a battle against the pirate marauders.

Narec raised Ventress and taught her to use the Force in the ways of the Jedi Order, and together they protected the populace of Rattatak and fought back against the predatory attacks of pirates and warlords. Ventress was orphaned once more after a decade of helping the local population when Narec was killed by pirates seeking to end the Jedi’s crusade on their world. Enraged by the loss and bereft of guidance, Ventress embraced the dark side of the Force, deposing the local warlords and ruling in their stead. She was ultimately captured while attempting to assassinate the warlord Osika Kirske, who forced her to fight as a gladiator in his arena. She was eventually discovered by the Sith Lord Count Dooku and entered his tutelage as an aspiring secret apprentice.

When the pan-galactic Clone Wars erupted between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy, Ventress rose to become one of the military leaders of its droid armies as a Dark Acolyte. Her exploits brought her into conflict with the Jedi Order, and she became renowned for her skill and cruelty as she waged war against the Republic. She frequently crossed lightsabers with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, heroes of the Republic who were often assigned to counter Ventress’ efforts. Although she was highly talented and saw success in the kidnapping of Rotta the Hutt, the rescue of Nute Gunray, and the infiltration of the Republic fortress world of Kamino, Ventress was repeatedly forced to compete for her Master’s favor against military leader General Grievous.

As the war progressed, Dooku’s master, Darth Sidious, became increasingly wary of Ventress’ growing strength in the Force and ultimately ordered Dooku to eliminate his apprentice in a show of loyalty. During the Battle of Sullust, Dooku complied, betrayed Ventress, and ordered her forces to execute her. Left for dead, Ventress survived and clawed her way back to her homeworld of Dathomir to seek refuge and revenge. Mother Talzin and her coven welcomed Ventress back to their sisterhood, and together, they conspired to kill Dooku. After a failed attempt to assassinate the count, Ventress and Talzin moved to install a pawn of their close to Dooku as his new assassin and apprentice.

To that end, Ventress selected the Zabrak Nightbrother Savage Opress to be gifted to Dooku and eventually to aid her in his murder. This plan also went awry after Opress betrayed Ventress and Dooku and nearly killed them. Resolving to make a new life for herself, Ventress returned to Dathomir to formally rejoin her clan and forgo further plans for revenge, but Dooku would not have it. The count targeted the Nightsisters for harboring his former apprentice and dispatched Grievous and his droid army to massacre the Dathomirian witches. Mother Talzin and Ventress were among the few survivors of the slaughter and were forced to flee Dathomir to escape Dooku’s wrath separately.

The loss of her newfound family deeply hurt Ventress, so she wandered the galaxy in search of a purpose, ultimately turning to bounty hunting and finding a good measure of success in the business. This work forced her to adopt a series of unexpected alliances—she rescued Obi-Wan Kenobi from the clutches of the former Sith Lord Maul and Savage Opress, who had recently apprenticed himself to his renegade Sith brother—and worked alongside Skywalker’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, when Tano was falsely accused of bombing the Jedi Temple.

Near the end of the Clone Wars, she encountered Quinlan Vos, a Jedi Master tasked with assassinating Count Dooku to end the war. Vos partnered with Ventress under the guise of a fellow bounty hunter but ultimately revealed his identity and purpose after the two fell in love. Ventress trained Vos in Nightsister culture and dark side techniques to prepare for assassinating Dooku, but their attempt on his life failed, and Ventress was forced to flee while Vos was captured. She eventually worked with Kenobi and Skywalker to rescue Vos, but months of torture at Dooku’s hand had corrupted him to the dark side.

Although Ventress sensed his fall, Vos refused to believe his darkness and was again sent to kill Dooku by the Jedi Council. She joined him on this final mission, but it was met with failure when Vos gave himself fully to the dark side, intending to kill both Dooku and his elusive master who orchestrated the Clone Wars, Darth Sidious. Ventress reluctantly helped Vos and Dooku flee from Jedi pursuit but refused to embrace the dark side again. Instead, she felt the light side and sacrificed herself when Dooku attempted to kill Vos with Force lightning, absorbing the blast to protect her lover. Her apparent death finally motivated Vos to renounce the dark side and surrender to Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. She was honored for her sacrifice by the Jedi Council. Ventress’ body was later laid to rest in the waters of her clan’s village on Dathomir. However, she lived on during Clone Force 99’s struggle against the new Galactic Empire.

Appearances: The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch

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