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"We're not marauders. We're allies. And the war's just begun."
―Enfys Nests describes Fi and the other Cloud-Riders — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Auromae Iselo was a male Melbu bounty hunter. Possessing a strong sense of justice, his frustration with the number of political targets he was assigned by the Galactic Empire inspired him to pursue and punish violent criminals, joining Enfys Nest's Cloud-Riders gang as a vigilante.

A member of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, his service with the Cloud-Riders had ended by 9 ABY. Around this time, Iselo, along with other bounty hunters including his former Cloud-Riders comrade Chussido, was known to frequent a cantina on Nevarro. He was killed while attempting to reclaim The Child from The Mandalorian.

BiographyEdit

Joining the Cloud-RidersEdit

"Crimson Dawn and the rest of the five syndicates have committed unspeakable crimes across the galaxy."
"Says you."
"No. Says them. Each of our worlds has been brutalised by the Syndicates."
―Enfys Nest speaks to Tobias Beckett of the crimes committed against Fi and the other Cloud-Riders' homeworlds — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Hailing from a world that was at some point devastated by the Galactic Empire,[3] the male Melbu Auromae Iselo worked as a bounty hunter during the Empire's reign. After becoming frustrated with the number of political bounties he was being assigned by the Empire, he ceased to work within the corrupt bureaucracy and instead became a vigilante. By 10 BBY, Iselo had joined up the Cloud-Riders, a group led by the human Enfys Nest who opposed the Empire and its criminal allies.[2]

In 10 BBY, Iselo was amongst the Cloud-Riders who accompanied Nest to the planet Savareen in order to find a group of criminals led by the thief Tobias Beckett and associated with the Crimson Dawn syndicate. The criminals had just managed to steal a large amount of raw coaxium from the planet Kessel and were on Savareen to have it refined before handing it over to Crimson Dawn's leader, Dryden Vos.[3]

The enemy of my enemyEdit

"I need a drink. Bring them inside."
―Nest orders Fi and the other Cloud-Riders to bring Beckett's crew into the cantina. — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Enfys Nest and company

Auromae Iselo was a member of the Cloud-Riders

The Cloud-Riders, who needed the coaxium to use against the Empire, confronted Beckett and his allies in a standoff outside a cantina in a village on the Pnakotic Coast. Initially Iselo and the other Cloud-Riders kept their weapons aimed at the criminals as Nest addressed them, but after a failed bluff by the criminal Han Solo claiming that there were thirty mercenaries waiting to reinforce them, Nest removed her helmet and lowered her weapon before heading into the cantina for a drink and the Melbu and his allies followed suit.[3]

In the cantina, Nest explained the Cloud-Riders fight against the Empire and syndicates to Beckett's gang and appealed to them to join forces against Vos. All bar Beckett were won over by the speech, and after the thief had left the village, Solo and the others worked with Iselo and the other Cloud-Riders to set a trap for Vos and Beckett, who they suspected would betray them.[3]

Arid ambushEdit

"It's empty. The case is empty!"
―Aemon Gremm realises he has fallen into the Cloud-Riders trap. — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Iselo and several other Cloud-Riders, including Nest, gave their headwear to the inhabitants of village they were in and then hid nearby as the villagers impersonated the Cloud-Riders as decoys. When Vos arrived on his yacht, the First Light, he dispatched his Hylobon Enforcers led by Aemon Gremm to attack the Cloud-Riders and reclaim the coaxium from them as he had been informed by Beckett that Solo had betrayed him and sided with Nest. The real coaxium however, was with Solo, who boarded the yacht with his allies to meet with Vos.[3]

After the Hylobon surrounded the villagers and reported their apparent success to Vos, they discovered that the false Cloud-Riders did not in fact have the coaxium, at which point Iselo and the other true Cloud-Riders attacked the enforcers. The Melbu rushed at the foe on foot and battle with them, ultimately standing over two of the defeated Hylobon with his blaster on them after the enforcers were overwhelmed.[3]

With the Hylobon enforcers defeated and Vos left undefended, Solo his comrades ultimately killed Vos and Beckett and returned the coaxium to Nest. Once the coaxium was secured on the Cloud-Riders' speeder bikes, Iselo and the others waited by the bikes as Nest exchanged a few final words with Solo.[3] The group then mounted the bikes and waited for Nest to launch first, taking off and leaving the village behind. The Cloud-Riders then traveled to a rendezvous with the leader of the Partisans rebel movement, Saw Gerrera, to whom they gave the coaxium to aid in his fight against the Empire.[4]

Return to bounty huntingEdit

Sometime after serving the Cloud-Riders, Iselo joined the Bounty Hunters' Guild.[1] Around 9 ABY,[5] Iselo was present in a cantina on Nevarro[6] that was frequented by fellow bounty hunters,[1] including his former comrade from the Cloud-Riders, Chussido. Iselo, sitting next to a Kyuzo, watched as the Mandalorian claimed a bounty on The Child from Greef Karga, head of the Guild.[6]

The Child and deathEdit

"Here's what I'm gonna do. I'm going to walk to my ship with the kid, and you're going to let it happen."
"How about this: we take the kid, and if you try to stop us, we kill you and we strip your body for parts."
―The Mandalorian and Greef Karga, in Iselo's final moments[src]

Despite successfully retrieving the Child from Arvala-7,[7] the Mandalorian had a change of heart and rescued the Child from the Client, in flagrant violation of the Bounty Hunter Code. The Guild members present on the world were alerted of this through their suddenly-reactivated tracking fobs, and attempted to reclaim the Child under Karga's leadership.[1]

Bounty Hunters Sneaking The Mandalorian

Iselo attempted to sneak behind the Mandalorian

The hunters confronted the Mandalorian as he made his way to his ship, the Razor Crest, with the Child in hand. The situation quickly erupted into violence on the streets of the settlement, where Chussido met her end. While the Mandalorian hid under a speeder during a brief pause in the fighting, Karga signaled Iselo and another bounty hunter to sneak up on him from behind, as he attempted to distract him. The plan, however, did not succeed as they were quickly caught. The bounty hunter accompanying Iselo was electrocuted and incapacitated by the Mandalorian's Amban sniper rifle. Iselo fired his blaster pistol at the Mandalorian but missed, and was immediately shot and killed in return. Though Iselo's death provided a few seconds of momentum for the rest of Karga's bounty hunters, the arrival of the Mandalorian's Tribe allowed the hunter to eventually escape the crossfire with the Child.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

Iselo had amber eyes and mottled green and reddish-brown skin.[3] While serving the Empire, Iselo was frustrated with being given political targets as his strong sense of justice prompted him to seek out and punish violent criminals instead.[2] Iselo also respected the Bounty Hunter Code, however, as evidenced in his participation in Karga's posse which attempted to stop the Mandalorian from leaving with the Child, obeying the Guild leader until his death.[1]

EquipmentEdit

Iselo wore red and black robes while riding with the Cloud-Riders, including a red cowl that hid his Melbu respirator horns. He also covered his face with a silver mask and wore a red and white belt and black boots. The Melbu carried a white blaster rifle[3] and a tuft of hair from a loyal bantha he once used as a mount.[2] During his time with the Bounty Hunters' Guild, he used a blaster pistol.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"This character, Auromae Iselo, really made it high up in The Last Jedi. Rian [Johnson] had picked him and he was getting close, and then he didn’t happen. And then I put him in again; I’d keep redrawing him and putting him in new costumes. I think I put him in a casino outfit for The Last Jedi."
Jake Lunt Davies on Auromae Iselo's near appearance in Episode VIII[src]

Auromae Iselo was portrayed by Derek Arnold[8] in the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story[3] and was identified in the accompanying reference book Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide, which was written by Pablo Hidalgo.[2]

Auromae's design was inspired by a drawing made by Eloïse Aurora Mae, the then seven year old daughter of creature designer Jake Lunt Davies and his name is an anagram of her name.[9] Her father had taken some of her drawings since the production of the Star Wars sequel trilogy began in 2014. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson highly considered to use Auromae in the film and Lunt Davies drew him in a casino outfit for the Canto Bight sequence, but his inclusion was ultimately dropped.[10]

According to Lunt Davies, his daughter became really excited upon knowing that Iselo had been selected and more when he informed her that Iselo had been sculpted. Shortly afterwards, her father emailed Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo telling him the story and asking him if the character's could be somehow based off Eloïse's name and Hidalgo semi-anagrammed it into Auromae Iselo.[10]

Iselo also appeared in the 2019 television show The Mandalorian, whose appearance was confirmed by Davies.[11]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Solo: A Star Wars Story
  4. Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
  5. According to SWCustom-2011 SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link), the events of The Mandalorian take place about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, it can be deduced with simple math that the events of The Mandalorian take place around 9 ABY.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1"
  7. The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 2"
  8. TwitterLogo Dee Tails (@deetails) on Twitter "Yeah, Regineer Teed, is me. Gelan Yees, Dilu Miah. Auromae Iselo, Derek Arnold. Tubes, Aiden Cook aka Two Tubes. Silvasu Fi, Stephanie Silva. Faddera Rabar, Barbara Fadden. Other than Warrick (Weazel) and Erin (Enfys) the others are stuntmen and women." (screenshot)
  9. TwitterLogo Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) on Twitter "“An unmasked Auromae Iselo, one of Enfys Nest’s Cloud-Riders from #SoloAStarWarsStory. His design was based on a sketch my then 7-year-old daughter had given me and his name is a loose anagram of hers.” - #StarWars creature designer Jake Lunt Davies https://www.instagram.com/p/BlTw4DnleKY/"
  10. 10.0 10.1 SWCustom-2011 Inside the Designs of Solo: A Star Wars Story on StarWars.com
  11. InstagramIcon jakeluntdavies (@p/B40rdRZDQpg) on Instagram—Auromae Iselo's appearance in The Mandalorian Chapter 1 was confirmed by Jake Lunt Davies.
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