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"Surprised you're back to work so soon."
"Well, a girl's gotta make a living."
―Ahsoka Tano and Aurra Sing[13]

Aurra Sing, also known by the name "Nashtah," was a Force-sensitive female Palliduvan who left the Jedi Order to take up the life of a bounty hunter. Operating prior to and during the Clone Wars, she was present on Tatooine, where she watched the Boonta Eve Classic podrace, during the Trade Federation's invasion of the planet Naboo. During this time, she also became acquainted with Weequay pirate captain, Hondo Ohnaka. After the outbreak of the Clone Wars and the death of fellow bounty hunter Jango Fett, Sing trained Fett's son, Boba Fett, and helped him in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Jedi Master Mace Windu, who killed Jango on Geonosis. After parting ways with Boba, Sing took jobs from Ziro the Hutt and Cad Bane. Sing's long and storied career, however, ultimately came to an end with her death at the hands of Tobias Beckett.

Biography[]

Early life[]

"I have a bad feeling about this, Bane. Our employer seems capable enough. Why does he need us?"
―Aurra, to Cad Bane on Darth Maul[12]
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Sing meets the Sith Lord Darth Maul

Born in 51 BBY[2] on[3] her homeworld[1] Nar Shaddaa[3] to a father she never knew and[9] a spice-addicted[19] mother too poor to raise her,[9] Aurra Sing was a Force-sensitive Palliduvan[10] who became part of the Jedi Order. Eventually she left the Order to become a bounty hunter,[11] taking her lightsaber with her.[2] She was trained as a killing machine by Anzati agents.[19] She later told others of her past with the Jedi, but her word was not taken as fact by the pirate Hondo Ohnaka.[10] She was also known by the name "Nashtah."[15]

As a feared[5] hunter known for her chalk-white skin and built-in comlink antenna, Aurra Sing was an expert sniper and trained assassin who would work for anyone who paid her. She was a known associate of Jango Fett and was at one point involved in a relationship with Ohnaka.[17] On Nar Shaddaa, she and fellow bounty hunters Cad Bane and Vorhdeilo met Sith Lord, Darth Maul. Sing picked up a transmission that Jedi were on their way to Hutta Town to investigate. Together with Bane's group, despite Sing's suspicions about Maul, they attended Xev Xrexus's Cartel's auction of the Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis.[12]

During the auction, Sing, Bane, and Vorhdeilo spoke with Maul aboard their ship. Together, they planned to take Kaitis from Jee Kra, who had successfully won the padawan in the auction. Sing and her compatriots killed Kra's crew. Sing, Maul, and the others met Kra and Kaitis at his ship. After Maul subdued Kra and his remaining crew, Sing spoke with Bane about about leaving or killing Maul after their job was done. Having discovered the theft, Xrexus ordered the ship shot down.[20]

After the group crashed onto the moon of Drazkel below, Xrexus allowed the rest of the bidders to hunt them down for sport and offered Kaitis to anyone who captured her. Maul and Kaitis split off from the group to distract the hunters, instructing the bounty hunters to steal a ship. Turning the tables on the hunters, Bane, Sing, and Vorhdeilo set a trap. Bane lured a group of Trandoshan hunters into a kill zone, where Sing sniped them from a distance and Vorhdeilo attacked them at close range.[21] The group then stole a Ohnaka Gang starship and picked up Maul, who promised they would be compensated.[22]

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Aurra at the Boonta Eve Classic

Ten years before the start of the Clone Wars, Sing was on the Outer Rim world of Tatooine during the time of the Boonta Eve Classic podrace. Sing watched the podrace from a balcony on Beggar's Canyon,[8] and became impressed by the flying skills displayed by Anakin Skywalker.[2] A hologram image depicting Jabba Desilijic Tiure paying Sing as two of his underlings dragged the injured podracer Neva Kee away from his crashed Podracer was acquired some time later by the Coruscant Security Force police inspector Tan Divo. All identifying authentimarks were scrubbed from the hologram, making it impossible to confirm its legitimacy, but if true, the image suggested Sing had a hand in Kee's demise. Divo developed a theory that Farwan & Glott, the original manufacturers of Kee's podracer, hired Sing to take out Kee so that they could acquire the podracer customization secrets that he refused to reveal.[14]

Halcyon Legacy[]

"My name is Colman Vestig, and I'm looking to--"
"That's a lot of credits. So, who do you need "taken care of"?
"
―Colman Vestig and Aurra Sing[23]
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Colram Vestig hires Aurra Sing

At some point prior to 22 BBY,[24] Sing was vacationing aboard the Halcyon, along with the Clawdite bounty hunter, Zam Wesell, where she was hired by a man named Colram Vestig for protection against the Hutts, whom he owed a great sum of credits. As Vestig was negotiating with Sing, his son Wilmar approached to pester his father about his promises to let him join a safari to the planet Numidian Prime to see the native Predavorexxes. Vestig shooed his child away, and soon after, they were approached by a representative of the Hutts aboard the Halcyon. Sing attacked the man, but he informed her and Vestig that his bosses now had possession of the boy, and they followed him to Numidian Prime to retrieve him. As they were departing the ship, the droid D3-O9 warned Sing that the Halcyon was approaching a solar storm, which had caused all other passenger excursions from departing as scheduled. This, however, did not deter the bounty hunter.[23]

They were led to a band of Weequays, who had Wilmar held at gunpoint. They let loose a wild Predavorexx to attack Sing, much to the alarm of the representative who had been sent to collect Sing, who was still down on the ground with her when the creature attacked. The Hutts began to gamble on Sing's chances of success, but to their collective dismays, Aurra came out victorious in the match. With the help of Wesell, who had taken on the form of a Weequay in order to sneak behind the child's captors, Sing defeated the Weequays. She then returned to the transport and flew back to the Halcyon, where she returned Wilmar to Vestig. The Halcyon narrowly avoided the solar storm. Shortly after, the Hutts finalized their purchase of the pleasure vessell, and so the bounty hunter pair decided to cut their vacation short and slink off at the next spaceport.[23]

The Clone Wars[]

Joining Boba Fett[]

"I just wanted to kill the Jedi that murdered my father!"
"Well, that will have to wait. Grow up. You'll get your revenge in time."
―Boba Fett and Aurra Sing[16]
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Aurra on board Slave I with Bossk

During the Clone Wars, Sing joined up with Boba Fett to kill Mace Windu for revenge for Boba's father, who Windu had killed on Geonosis. Boba, under the name of "Lucky," boarded the Endurance as a clone cadet. After his first attempt on Windu's life failed, he contacted Sing to ask for advice. Sing told him to blow up the reactors, much to Boba's surprise. After Boba successfully destroyed the Endurance's reactors, sending it crashing towards Vanqor, he got into one of the escape pods along with several of the other cadets. Once they were away from the plummeting vessel, the pod was docked by Slave I. Bossk and Sing entered the pod to confront Boba. After telling him that the other cadets must be launched into space, due to the fact that they were "living witnesses," Boba reluctantly came aboard Slave I and jettisoned the pod from Slave I's docking area. Although the group of bounty hunters escaped, the cadets were saved by Anakin Skywalker and Windu, who had escaped the Endurance in their Jedi starfighters.[16]

Sing and her crew reached the crashed cruiser before the Jedi. There, she encountered and executed multiple clone survivors, shooting them in the back or chest. She later abducted Admiral Kilian, Commander Ponds, and a naval officer from the crash site of the Endurance on Vanqor. After Skywalker and Windu triggered their bomb in the crash site, Boba convinced Sing to go back to get the two Jedi's heads to bring to Count Dooku, who might pay them for their trouble. Sing, along with Boba and Castas, went to the crash site. Due to the ship falling apart, and R2-D2's interference, Sing decided to blow up the crash site. As they left, Bossk contacted Sing, telling that a explosion happened near where the Jedi landed. Sing then ordered Bossk to jam all transmissions from the planet. When Sing and her team returned to Slave I, they saw Windu's Jedi starfighter taking off. Unbeknownst to Sing, only R2-D2 was aboard. Though Slave I took out the Jedi fighter's communications, Artoo reached the hyperspace rings and escaped. Knowing that Windu would not hold a grudge against them, she decided to motivate Windu by using the hostages.[18]

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Aurra Sing caught by Ahsoka Tano

When contacting Windu to come and find her, Sing shot Ponds and later ejected his body into space after Boba wouldn't do it. The group of bounty hunters then docked on Florrum for a visit with Sing's old flame Ohnaka to see if he would give them any advice. During a visit in the bar with Hondo, Sing[17] using her biocomputer[5] overheard Castas communicating via hologram to a friend on Coruscant. After hearing him calling her an old hag and offer up information about her, she took out her blaster, called Castas' name and shot him in the face when he turned around, killing him. Jedi Master Plo Koon and the Padawan Ahsoka Tano later caught up with her, having learned of her location via Castas' killing, and a standoff ensued with Boba holding a blaster to Koon's head and Tano a lightsaber to Sing's throat. Though Koon attempted to defuse the situation peacefully by promising no harm would come to the two if they yielded, Sing refused to do so and tried to kill the Jedi Master with darts concealed in her boot. The attempt failed and the situation turned violent; Sing took advantage of a bomb triggered by Boba to escape, but abandoned her protege despite his pleas after Koon managed to capture him. Stealing a speeder bike from a pirate, Sing led a pursuing Tano on a chase away from where the hostages were located but when Tano broke off pursuit to head in the correct direction after being informed of this, Sing took another path and ambushed the Jedi just as she freed the hostages. The Palliduvan boarded Slave I and powered it up, intending to flee, but the ship ended up crashing after a wing was sliced off by the Jedi Padawan. Sing was presumed dead by the Jedi.[17] Unknown to them, Hondo salvaged her out of Slave I's wreckage.[13]

Working for Ziro[]

"Honey, this isn't about your cause. This is about revenge. My employer wants to get even with you. Simple as that."
―Aurra Sing, to Padmé Amidala[13]
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Sing facing Ahsoka Tano

Quickly returning to work after her apparent death, Sing was later hired by Ziro the Hutt to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala in retaliation for imprisoning him. She tracked the Senator to Alderaan, where Amidala was due for a conference on refugee concerns. Infiltrating the conference through the vents and snapping the neck of several Senate Commandos, Sing set up a sniper position. Only the timely intervention of Tano saved Amidala from suffering a fatal wound, forcing Sing to flee.[13]

Sing later made a second attempt on Amidala's life when she tracked down the Senator, not being fooled by the BD-3000 luxury droid acting in her place, but was once again foiled by Tano. Sing outdrew Tano as she grazed the Padawan, but was caught off-guard as Amidala pulled a hidden blaster and hit her with a stun blast, knocking her out. Sing was then arrested and brought to Coruscant; her failure to assassinate her target was exploited to garner an accidental confession from Ziro, guaranteeing her employer an extended prison sentence.[13]

Senate hostages[]

"Help me…no…n-"
―A Senate Commando, before being killed by Aurra Sing[25]
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Sing working with Cad Bane

Later in the Clone Wars, Sing escaped Republic captivity and teamed up with Cad Bane's bounty hunter team for the raid on the Republic Senate Building, with the object of taking hostages to free Ziro the Hutt from his imprisonment. During the hostage siege Aurra covered Bane's entrance to the building by positioning herself at the top of a nearby building and taking out the Senate Commandos who attempted to stop him with a sniper rifle. After Bane eliminated the remaining Senate Commandos, Aurra shot a dying trooper who was lying on the ground. Later she aided Shahan Alama in searching for the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, whose presence in the Senate Building threatened to thwart Bane's plan. Eventually, with the help of Robonino, the hunters managed to render Skywalker unconscious. When the Hutt crime lord was freed, Sing successfully left the crime scene along with the rest of the group.[25]

Further work and death[]

"You're Tobias Beckett. You killed Aurra Sing."
"Pushed her. Pretty sure the fall killed her.
"
―Lando Calrissian and Tobias Beckett[26]

As the Clone Wars continued, Sing eventually took to commanding forces from the Confederacy military. The Jedi agreed to personally capture her. The Republic put out a warning to its citizens about the bounty hunter, asking its people not engage her and instead immediately report any sighting to the Jedi High Council. However, the citizen's alert also[15] incorrectly[2] stated her career in bounty hunting had lasted seven decades by that point.[15]

Around 13 BBY,[4] Tobias Beckett took a job for Crimson Dawn crime lord Dryden Vos and eventually killed Sing. Sing's death pleased Vos, and he gave Beckett a bonus.[27] Sing's death was later recalled to Beckett while talking with Lando Calrissian, who was also pleased by her demise due to his large debt to her, though Beckett claimed that he had merely only pushed Sing and that it was, in fact, the fall that had killed her.[26]

Legacy[]

Sing's former flame Hondo Ohnaka included her in his book The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters and reflected on his past with her. While he believed the galaxy was safer with her dead, he found that there were times when he missed his old lover.[10] In 34 ABY,[28] during the war between the First Order and the Resistance, the droid D3-O9 told the tale of her exploits with Zam Wesell during their stay aboard the Halcyon, reflecting that both bounty hunters had met their fates.[23]

Personality and traits[]

"Next time I tell you to pull the trigger, you do it."
―Aurra Sing, to Boba Fett[17]
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Aurra takes aim

Aurra Sing was one of the most powerful and ruthless bounty hunters in the galaxy. She had no qualms about killing, whether it be executing wounded clone troopers,[25] former partners like Castas or setting adolescent clones adrift in a disabled escape pod. Despite her ruthlessness, Sing was also somewhat of a mother figure to Boba Fett during his teenage years, sometimes addressing him as "Honey" and stopping him from drinking alcohol in Hondo Ohnaka's bar. Despite this, she was also selfish, and she abandoned Fett to save herself after the boy was captured by Plo Koon.[17]

Sing also tried to serve as a mentor to Fett, as shown by when she tried to make him murder the helpless Clone Commander Ponds and, when he hesitated, she simply shoved him aside and killed Ponds herself. Aurra Sing also had a romantic relationship with Hondo Ohnaka, and though they were no longer lovers, Ohnaka still referred to her as "My Dear." Consequently, after Sing and Boba arrived at Ohnaka's base, he asked if Boba was his son. Even with their past, Ohnaka refused to help Sing when she tried to lure Ahsoka Tano and Plo Koon into a trap.[17]

Skills and abilities[]

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Sing was equally deadly with a blaster pistol or sniper rifle.

Sing was a very skilled markswoman[25] and vicious bounty hunter whose abilities included being Force-sensitive. Her specialty was in political assassinations.[15] She effortlessly shot several Senate Commandos with a sniper rifle without being seen and shot Alama's blaster out of Skywalker's hand. She possessed a considerable amount of strength as she snapped the neck of a Senate Commando[25] and was even able to completely close her large hand around the smaller Ahsoka Tano's throat.[17]

Equipment[]

Aurra Sing was known for her built-in comlink antenna.[5] Her skull contained[1] a Rhen-Orm[29] biocomputer that allowed her to track multiple threats simultaneously and to line up distant shots with her sniper rifle.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The character of Aurra Sing was first conceived in a sketch labeled "Babe Fett" by Lucasfilm's Doug Chiang. Chiang had made the sketch as a result of George Lucas' request to have more characters fill out the podracing sequence in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. In the film, Sing was played by model Michonne Bourriague in a cameo appearance.[8] She was voiced by Jaime King in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series.[25] The dark strip of makeup across Aurra Sing's eyes in the The Clone Wars episode Assassin is a homage to a similar look worn by Daryl Hannah in the 1982 classic film Blade Runner, which starred Star Wars actor Harrison Ford.[30] In May 2018, Kyle Newman, King's husband, revealed that Sing was planned to be killed in one of the unfinished episodes of the Clone Wars series.[31] Sing's death was later revealed in the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story.[26]

While Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine 2 and Star Wars Helmet Collection 76 state Sing was half-human,[32][33] her Databank entry,[5] Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition[34] and Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition[35] say she was a Palliduvan. This article assumes Jedi Master Magazine 2 and Helmet Collection 76 are in error. The "Sith Fugitives" card for Sing claimed she had a seven-decade long career in bounty hunting by the Clone Wars,[15] but Jedi Master Magazine 2 states she was only born in 51 BBY.[2] As the "Sith Fugitives" card represents an in-universe piece of propaganda,[15] this article assumes it as an in-universe error.

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine 2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 49 (Databank A-Z: Serenno–Anakin Skywalker)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Timelines
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 StarWars-DatabankII Aurra Sing in the Databank (backup link)
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Head-to-Head
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Star Wars: The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Darth Maul (2017) 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Assassin"
  14. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Topps logo 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith – Sith Fugitives (Card: Aurra Sing) (backup link)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Death Trap"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Lethal Trackdown"
  18. 18.0 18.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "R2 Come Home"
  19. 19.0 19.1 Topps logo 2015 Topps Star Wars Chrome Perspectives: Jedi vs. Sith – Jedi Temple Archives (Card: Aurra Sing) (backup link)
  20. Darth Maul (2017) 3
  21. Darth Maul (2017) 4
  22. Darth Maul (2017) 5
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Halcyon Legacy 2
  24. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones to the year 22 BBY. Because the death of Zam Wesell is depicted in that film, and a living Wesell appears in flashbacks in Halcyon Legacy 2, those flashbacks must have taken place before 22 BBY.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Hostage Crisis"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Solo: A Star Wars Story
  27. Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
  28. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Halcyon Legacy 2 to 34 ABY.
  29. Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
  30. StarWars "Assassin" Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 2)
  31. YouTube Solo Live Reaction on the Steele Wars YouTube channel: "You know, she actually died befo... There were episodes of The Clone Wars season 6 that I was in, which were deleted and she was in that too and she died." (backup link)
  32. Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine 2
  33. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 76 (Weapons & Uniforms: Aurra Sing)
  34. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  35. Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
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