"There are few individuals I trust as much I've come to trust you. It's an honor to serve in the Alliance with you."
―Aaph Koden[src]

Aaph Koden was a female Zabrak Army Lieutenant and carbineer of the Rebel Alliance who operated out of the town Anchorhead on Tatooine during the time of the Galactic Civil War. Sometime following the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY, Koden became involved in a series of operations to secure a female Force-sensitive named Talia Reede. Dedicated to the Rebellion, yet unable to secure Reede herself, Koden depended on a Rebel agent to assist her. Despite Koden's overall lack of trust for outsiders, the Rebel agent pulled through, successfully rescuing Reede from the Empire so that she could be brought back to Anchorhead to begin her Jedi training.


"My name is Aaph Koden. I need the services of somebody willing to deliver a highly important message. Will you do it?"
―Aaph Koden[src]

Sometime following the Battle of Yavin[2] in 0 BBY,[3] female Zabrak Army Lieutenant[2] and carbineer[4] Aaph Koden of the Rebel Alliance was stationed in the town of Anchorhead on Tatooine. While there, she learned of a potential Force-sensitive woman named Talia Reede. Knowing the dangers of being a Force-sensitive in an Imperial-controlled galaxy, Koden hoped to deliver a warning message to Reede in the form of a datadisc.[2]


Lieutenant Aaph Koden, stationed in Anchorhead

Eager to notify Reede, Lieutenant Koden enlisted the aid of a spacer loyal to the Rebel cause. The agent fulfilled Koden's task of locating Talia Reede in the outskirts of Anchorhead, and handing her the datadisc. When Reede inspected the warning, she expressed surprise at its contents. She doubted her Force-sensitivity, yet assured the Rebel agent that she would investigate the matter further. With Reede thoroughly warned, the agent returned to Anchorhead to report the news to Aaph Koden. However, it did not take long for the situation to intensify. Koden soon discovered that the Empire had learned of Talia Reede's Force-sensitivity and dispatched Imperial agents to kill her. Koden, unable to entrust anyone else with the mission, tasked the same Rebel agent who had helped before with saving Reede. The agent once again obliged, as Reede was not yet adequately trained to use the Force to her advantage.[2]

An Imperial stormtrooper commander and two of his subordinates scoured the desert around town, but before they could locate Reede, the agent spotted them. A firefight ensued, but the stormtroopers proved no match and were subsequently killed. Koden was pleased that the life of a potential Jedi Knight was saved. Yet, before such musings could become a reality, Reede would need to be brought to Anchorhead to begin her Jedi training. It was too dangerous for Reede to set out on her own, and the agent was sent to act as an escort on Koden's behalf. As the agent located Reede, there appeared to be no significant danger. In spite of this, just as the agent closed in on Reede, the two of them were suddenly ambushed by three Imperial sandtroopers. Committed to protecting the helpless Force-sensitive, the agent successfully killed them all, and brought Reede safely back to town. News of the success reached Koden, who commended the Rebel agent as one of the few individuals she could trust—a rare distinction, given Koden's overall lack of trust for outsiders.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Excellent! Courageous and adaptable—I like that."
―Aaph Koden[src]

Koden had fair skin, brown hair, and brown-colored eyes. She was somewhat of a suspicious individual, yet placed a great deal of trust in the Rebel agent tasked with saving Talia Reede. It was not until the agent successfully brought Reede back to Anchorhead that Koden opened up to the agent, saying that the Rebel was one of the few people she could trust. Despite her lack of trust, Koden was upbeat in her dealings with the Rebel agent, and totally committed to the task of securing Reede. If someone were to decline a task assigned by Koden, she would be quick to dismiss the person as cowardly, among other things. Indeed, Koden was usually not surprised when people let her down, but she thought considerably better of the Rebel agent who had approached her in Anchorhead. To Koden, the Rebel agent who worked to save Reede was a courageous and adaptable individual.[2]


At the time of her service in Anchorhead, she wore a gray formal shirt adorned with an insignia representing the rank of lieutenant in the Alliance Army. She also wore black uniform boots, and gray dress slacks beneath a brown and white short wrap skirt.[2] As a carbineer, Lieutenant Koden also kept a blaster carbine as her primary weapon.[5] She also possessed pirate weapons.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Aaph Koden was a non-player character in the 2003 video game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts, prior to its closure on December 15, 2011.[2][7] Players who performed a series of quests for Koden had to deliver a datadisc to Talia Reede, rescue her from stormtroopers, and escort her safely back to Anchorhead. Although the player could choose not to do Koden's quests, this article assumes 100% game completion. Furthermore, despite her rank not being mentioned in the quest dialogue, Koden was adorned with a square plaque, dotted by a single red pip in the middle. This insignia was identified elsewhere in the game, as well as in other sources, as the insignia of lieutenants in the Alliance Army.[2]

Aaph Koden is listed in several reference guides for Star Wars Galaxies, including Prima's Official Strategy Guide published in July of 2003, An Empire Divided Quick Reference Guide published on December 16, 2003, the Jump to Lightspeed: Prima Official Game Guide published on November 2, 2004, the Total Experience: Prima Official Game Guide published in 2005, and the Complete Guide: Prima Official Game Guide published on December 20, 2005. In all of these reference guides, she is listed as a townsperson found on Tatooine.[1][6][8][4][5] Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Jump to Lightspeed: Prima's Official Game Guide, and the Quick Reference Guide identifies Koden as a level 10 NPC,[1][8] while the other two identify her as a level 8 NPC.[4][5] The Total Experience guide further identifies Koden as an individual skilled in combat as a carbineer,[4] while the Complete Guide specifically notes that her primary weapon was a carbine.[5] The Jump to Lightspeed: Prima's Official Game Guide notes that she possessed pirate weapons.[6] However, none of these attributes were actually portrayed in the game itself.[2]



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