|Born||47 BBY, Dathomir|
|Died||20 BBY, Christophis|
|Chronological and Political Information|
|Era||Rise of the Empire Era|
Asajj Ventress was a female Dathomirian Padawan who was once served the Old Jedi Order during the waning years of the Old Galactic Republic. Originally a Nightsister from Dathomir, Ventress was born into a clan of Nightsisters led by Mother Talzin on the planet Dathomir. Early in her life, her coven of Force-sensitive witches were forced to surrender the infant Ventress to the criminal Hal'Sted, who was threatening the Nightsisters and demanded a tribute from Talzin in exchange for the safety of her people. Ventress was spirited away from her sisters to the war-torn world of Rattatak, where she was raised as a slave in Hal'Sted's service. She was orphaned when her master was killed by Weequay pirates, but was soon discovered by the Jedi Knight Ky Narec, who was stranded on Rattatak and waging a fight against the pirate marauders. Narec cared for Ventress and taught her to use the Force in the ways of the Old Jedi Order, and together the two protected the people of Rattatak and fought back against the predatory attacks of pirates and warlords. After a decade of helping the local population with her Master, Ventress was orphaned once more when Ky 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, deposing the local warlords and ruling in their stead. She was eventually discovered by the Sith Lord Count Dooku and fell under his guidance and tutelage as an apprentice and aspiring Dark Lord.
When the pan-galactic Clone Wars erupted between the Old Galactic Republic and Dooku's Separatist Alliance, Ventress became a commander in her Master's Separatist droid military and an assassin in the employ of the Sith. Her exploits brought her into conflict with the Jedi Order and she became renown 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’s 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 forced to compete for her Master’s favor against Confederate military leader General Grievous.
Despite Dooku’s aspirations to unseat his own Master, Darth Sidious, by training an apprentice of his own, the Count declined to immerse Ventress in the teachings of the Sith and—unbeknown to her—never embraced her as a partner in power. Thus, when Sidious became aware of Ventress’s growing strength and ordered Dooku to kill her, the Confederate leader complied. During the Second Battle of Sullust, Dooku betrayed his apprentice and ordered her own forces to execute her; although he believed himself successful, 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 embraced her as a Nightsister once more, and together they conspired to kill Dooku. After a failed attempt to assassinate the Count, Ventress and Talzin decided their best option was to install a pawn of theirs 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 rejected both Ventress and Dooku and nearly killed them both.
Ventress wandered for some time before returning to Dathomir, where she was baptised into her coven and resolved to make a new life for herself. To her great anguish, Dooku sought to punish the Nightsisters for harboring Ventress, and so dispatched General Grievous and his droid army to massacre the Dathomirian witches. Mother Talzin and Ventress were the only survivors of the slaughter and both were forced to flee Dathomir separately to escape Dooku’s wrath. Ventress was deeply hurt by the loss of her newfound family and so took to wandering the galaxy in search of a purpose. She ultimately fell into the profession of a bounty hunter and found a good measure of success in that role. Her work led her to adopt unexpectedly shifting alliances—she rescued Obi-Wan Kenobi from the clutches of Opress and his brother, Darth Maul, and worked alongside Skywalker’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, when she was falsely accused of bombing the Jedi Temple.
A final unexpected alliance came in the form of Quinlan Vos, a Jedi Master tasked with assassinating Count Dooku to end the war. Knowing Ventress’s history, Vos partnered with her under the guise of a fellow bounty hunter but ultimately revealed his identity and purpose after the two started . Despite Ventress' mistake in training Vos in the dark side, their attempt to kill the Count failed and she was forced to flee while he was taken into Confederate custody. She eventually worked with Kenobi and Skywalker to rescue Vos, but months of torture at Dooku’s hand had turned the Jedi Master to the dark side. Although Ventress sensed his fall, Vos refused to believe his own darkness and was again sent to kill Dooku by the Jedi High Council. She again joined him on this final mission, but it proved to be an abject failure. In an effort to find out Darth Sidious' identity, Vos gave himself fully to the dark side and saved the Count’s life multiple times, forcing his lover to aid him in fleeing from Jedi pursuit and keeping Dooku alive. Although he insisted that he was simply trying to ensure they could make a life together, free of the Jedi and the Sith, Ventress knew her former master’s penchant for treachery and refused to join Vos. Instead, she redeemed herself by returning to Light Side of the Force and sacrificed herself when Dooku attempted to kill Vos with force lightning, absorbing the blast and saving the Jedi's life. Her death finally motivated Vos to renounce the dark side and she was honored for her sacrifice by the Jedi Council. Becoming one with the Force, her body was later laid to rest in the waters of her clan’s village on Dathomir.