• Mattie Stu

Star Wars Lore - The Rise of Aurra Sing

Aurra Sing was a bounty hunter who operated prior to and during the Clone Wars. Whilst the conflict between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic played out, she worked alongside the Weequay pirate captain, Hondo Ohnaka, and took jobs from the likes of Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane. Sing also trained the youngster Boba Fett, hoping to avenge his father’s killer, Jedi Master Mace Windu…

Aurra Sing was born in the polluted urban sprawl of Nar Shaddaa. Growing up not knowing the identity of her father, Sing’s mother was too poor to raise her. Almost by default, she quickly fell into a life of crime, later becoming a cold-blooded killer. Known for her chalk-white skin and built-in comlink antenna, the near-human was an expert sniper and trained assassin who was willing to work for anyone so long as the price was right. She was a known associate of Jango Fett and was at one point romantically involved with Hondo Ohnaka. A decade before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Sing found herself on Tatooine, where she witnessed the podrace known as the Boonta Eve Classic from a balcony on Beggar’s Canyon. To her surprise, the event was won by a young human slave named Anakin Skywalker.

During the Clone Wars, Sing taught young Boba Fett the bounty-hunting trade, and agreed to help him avenge the death of his father, Jango, who was beheaded by Mace Windu. Going under the name “Lucky”, Boba boarded the Venator-class Star Destroyer Endurance as a clone cadet. Under the tutelage of Aurra, Fett learned some harsh lessons: although he only targeted Windu, Sing told him to sabotage the Endurance’s reactor core, risking the lives of everyone on board. Furthermore, the bounty hunter only rescued Fett from his respective escape pod, leaving the fellow occupants or, “living witnesses”, adrift in space. Working alongside fellow bounty hunters Bossk and Castas, Sing and Fett descended to Vanqor’s surface to the crash site of the Endurance. Before booby-trapping a Mandalorian helmet on the cruiser’s bridge in the hope that Windu would trigger it whilst looking for survivors, she took Admiral Kilian, Commander Ponds, and a naval officer from the wreckage hostage. When the helmet exploded, the crew rushed towards the Endurance, hoping to find the body of Windu. However, after R2-D2 slowed down their progress, and due to the fact the ship was falling apart, Sing made the decision to just destroy what was left of the Endurance.

As the crew headed back to the Slave I, they noticed Windu’s Jedi starfighter taking off. Unbeknownst to the bounty hunters, R2-D2 was the one piloting the starfighter, not Mace. Although the ship managed to escape, Aurra told Boba not to worry. She had other ways to force a confrontation with Windu. Sing executed Ponds and sent the hologram to the Jedi Council, warning the other hostages would die if Windu refused to confront Boba. As Mace was injured, the Jedi dispatched Plo Koon and Ahsoka Tano to track down the bounty hunters. Seeking refuge, the crew travelled to Florrum, where Sing reunited with her former lover Hondo Ohnaka. Although the pirate was happy to see Aurra, he warned that he wouldn’t get involved with the quarrel. Tired of her bullying ways, Castas decided to leave Sing’s team, and so contacted a former associate of his on Coruscant. However, Aurra used her biocomputer to eavesdrop on the conversation. After Castas called her an old hag, she shot him dead. When the Jedi arrived on the planet, a firefight broke out. Callously, Aurra abandoned both Boba and Bossk to ensure her escape. After fleeing aboard a speeder bike, she took off in the Slave I. But because Tano sliced off one of the craft’s stabilisers, the ship crashed. Though the bounty hunter was presumed dead, Hondo managed to salvage his former lover from the wreckage of the Slave I.

Ahsoka soon began to have nightmarish visions of Sing preparing to assassinate someone close to her. After meditating, the Padawan discovered that Padmé Amidala was the target, though she still believed the bounty hunter was dead. Sing was hired by Ziro the Hutt to assassinate the senator due to her part in his imprisonment. After Aurra tracked Amidala to a conference on Alderaan, she set up a sniping position. However, Ahsoka discovered her visions were true and thwarted the assassination attempt, resulting in only a flesh wound for Amidala. Fortunately for Sing, she managed to flee the Jedi. Later, the bounty hunter made a second attempt on the senator’s life. Not being fooled by the BD-3000 luxury droid acting in her place, which delivered a speech remotely via comlink, Aurra planned to attack Padmé in her quarters. But once more, Tano interfered. Although the assassin managed to disarm Ahsoka, she had underestimated Amidala, who drew a pistol and stunned her. Sing was then arrested and brought to Coruscant.

After escaping Republic captivity, Sing teamed up with Cad Bane and his team of bounty hunters in the raid of the Senate Building. Whilst the rest of the team approached the building on foot, Sing covered them from a sniping position. After she eliminated the guarding Senate Commandos, she aided Shahan Alama in searching for Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, whose presence in the Senate Building threatened to thwart Bane’s plan. Eventually, with the help of Robonino they rendered Skywalker unconscious. As a result, Bane forced Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to free Ziro the Hutt, who had been arrested in connection to the assassination attempts on Amidala. When the Hutt arrived from the Republic prison, Aurra and the rest of Bane’s crew sped away from the Senate Building. Having a proven track record throughout the Clone Wars, which only boosted her already incredibly dangerous skills, Aurra Sing’s infamous career continued…

To learn more about Aurra Sing’s personality and arsenal of weapons, click the link on-screen or the one in the description. Now it’s time for this week’s question: what do you think happened to Aurra Sing after the Clone Wars? Let me know in the comments below.

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