• Mattie Stu

The Insects That Nearly Killed Padmé Amidala – Star Wars Lore

Multi-legged arthropods originally from the jungle planet of Indoumodo, Kouhuns possessed a natural ability to adapt to any surrounding, and were thus found all across the galaxy. Each bug-like creature came equipped with a segmented shell, row upon row of tiny legs, and deadly stingers at their front and rear. Not only were they able to traverse almost any surface in a rapid fashion, as a result, but they were able to deliver an extremely toxic poison. So dangerous was their natural venom that it could kill a fully-grown humanoid in only a matter of minutes. This is why both bounty hunters and hired assassins chose to wield the insects as remote weapons, deploying them against the likes of senators as they slept. Such was the case with Zam Wesell on the eve of the controversial Galactic Senate vote on the Military Creation Act...

Having survived an early dawn bombing on her delegation landing platform – one which killed seven of her close allies – Padmé Amidala was subject to yet another failed assassination attempt that very same day. Under the cover of night, bounty hunter Zam Wesell loaded an ASN droid with a pair of Kouhuns. She hoped to bypass the senator's rather relaxed security detail to deliver a silent but most agonising death. But by failing to account for Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker, who sliced either in two, her plan quickly failed. The remains of each Kouhun were analysed by myriapodologists from the Coruscant Zoo, before being stowed away inside an evidence container. Moreover, their removed venom sacks were studied as a means of concocting an antivenin.

Left alone with one or many Kouhuns, galactic citizens were advised to make a calm yet urgent retreat as soon as possible. If not, death was all but inevitable. But which deadly creature would you utilise as either a bounty hunter or an assassin? Let me know in the comments below.

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