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"No. No, no! Stop! We're friends, we're friends! Cara is my friend!"
―Din Djarin affirms his friendship with Cara to the Child[src]

Carasynthia "Cara" Dune was a human female Alderaanian who served as a shock trooper in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the New Republic during the Galactic Civil War. A seasoned warrior, she was an intimidating brawler and a crack shot. By 9 ABY, Dune had put her days of military discipline behind her to operate as a mercenary.

Biography

Galactic Civil War and early retirement

"Saw most of my action mopping up after Endor. Mostly Ex-Imperial Warlords. They wanted it fast and quiet. They'd send us in on the drop ships. No support, just us. Then when the Imps were gone, the politics started. We were peacekeepers, protecting delegates, suppressing riots. Not what I signed up for."
―Cara Dune, to Din Djarin — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]

Cara Dune fought as a shock trooper for the Alliance to Restore the Republic and its subsequent government, the New Republic,[1] against the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. Dune saw most of her action after the Battle of Endor hunting down former Imperial officials who had become warlords. After the Imperial warlords were seemingly gone and the Alliance became more politically organized, the Alliance focused more on peacekeeping tasks such as escorting delegates and suppressing riots. Dune came to regard these as tasks she had not signed up for.[3] As a result, she left the Alliance and reinvented herself as a mercenary, putting her days of military discipline behind her.[2]

Sorgan Bar The Mandalorian

Dune shared her story with the Mandalorian.

In 9 ABY,[4] during the New Republic Era, Cara Dune found her way on a backwater world called Sorgan, which she called an early retirement. She eventually encountered a Mandalorian bounty hunter associated with the Bounty Hunters' Guild called Din Djarin, who she engaged in a brief skirmish with after falsely believing he had come to fulfill a bounty on her. Their scuffle came to a draw after the two both pulled their blasters on each other and noticed "the Child" watching them, after which the Mandalorian invited her for soup. Dune explained who she was to Djarin and why she attacked him, stating she figured that he had a tracking fob on her. She then told him to leave Sorgan as she had arrived to the planet first.[3]

Defending the village

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Dune informs the villagers that their home is unsafe.

When Djarin was convinced to help a tribe defend its village against Klatooinian raiders, he gave Dune the credits the farmers had paid earlier. Dune accompanied the bounty hunter to the village. The two later investigated the source of the attacks, and discovered the footprints of an AT-ST. They later returned to the village and informed its population that they could not live there anymore. Dune cited the lack of available fighters, but after she was convinced that the farmers would stay and defend their village, they trained the villagers to fight off the invaders. She explained that the pond needed to be deeper in order to trap the AT-ST and trained a number of villagers in close-quarters combat. After completing their training, Dune and Djarin headed for the raiders' encampment in order to provoke them.[3]

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Dune defended the village from raiders.

They infiltrated their tent after incapacitating the guards, drawing the other Klatooinians' attention. The two then fought them as they entered the tent, and quickly escaped after the detonator Djarin had placed was set to explode. After alerting the AT-ST, they ran towards the village while evading its attacks. Returning to the village, Dune, Djarin and the farmers all fought off the invaders. Dune noticed that the AT-ST failed to step into the trap they had created, and demanded Djarin's pulse rifle in order to bait the walker. She stepped into the pond and proceeded to fire at the walker, luring it into the trap and giving the Mandalorian and opportunity to destroy it with a detonator. The village's defense was successful, forcing the remaining raiders to flee.[3]

Aftermath of the raid

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Dune suggested that the Mandalorian should settle in the village.

Dune and Djarin resided at the village for a few weeks. She questioned why the Mandalorian never took his helmet off publicly, to which he stated that he could never put it back on if it was removed in the presence of others. She suggested that he could settle in the village with fellow farmer Omera, but he stated that the previous attack would draw a lot of attention and that he would leave the Child at the village and move on from the planet in order to keep him safe. While Djarin chatted with Omera, Dune patrolled the outskirts of the village and killed a bounty hunter that attempted to eliminate the Child, and concluded that the Bounty Hunters' Guild was still hunting him down. Dune later parted ways with Djarin, hoping that their paths would cross again someday.[3]

A new mission

"So, we're going to Nevarro?"
"Have you ever been?"
"No. We lost a lot of our forces there. The city's dug in pretty deep. No cover when you drop in. It stayed in Empire control 'till the end of the war."
―Carasynthia Dune and Din Djarin — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]
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Dune fights a Zabrak.

She went back to her normal life for a few days when Djarin came back to ask her to help him take down the Imperial remnant that has taken over Greef Karga's city. She agreed, eager for another shot at the Empire. They were travelling to Nevarro, when they realized they needed a babysitter for the Child while they went to Nevarro. As such, the group made a detour to Arvala-7 to convince Kuiil to come with them. He went as long as IG-11 and a few blurrgs could travel along as well.[5]

They met up with Karga at a rendezvous point on Nevarro so they could discuss how they were going to take out the remnant. That night, they were sitting by a campfire when they got attacked by some winged creatures, severely injuring Karga, but he was healed by the Child. The next day, they walked closer to the city when Karga killed the remaining two bounty hunters that were with them, and he explained that he had a change of heart from what happened the previous night. So they come up with a new plan, tricking the remnant into believing that Cara caught Djarin and the Child, only for them to kill "the Client" and get rid of the remnant.[5]

They almost convinced the remnant but Moff Gideon saw through their lie and shot down the Client and some stormtroopers. Djarin tries to get into contact with Kuiil, who was carrying the Child back to the ship, only for scout troopers to overhear and head toward Kuiil. They eventually caught up to Kuiil, killing him, and taking the Child back to Gideon.[5]

A new start

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Dune fended off Imperial forces on Nevarro.

Gideon surrounded the compound which Djarin, Dune, and Karga were held up in and set up an E-Web cannon. He gave them till sundown to surrender to him. When IG-11 killed the scout troopers and made a daring attack on the stormtroopers surrounding the compound, Djarin asked Dune to cover him while he went into combat. Despite their initial victory due to their surprise attack, IG-11, Djarin, Dune, and Karga were pushed back into the compound. While IG-11 looked for an escape route, Dune attempted to convince Djarin to remove his helmet due to the fact that he was injured when the E-Web was shot by Gideon. He refused since he was not allowed to take off his helmet in the presence of another living creature. Gideon then sent in a Incinerator trooper to force the group to surrender but the Child killed him. Dune, carrying the Child, escaped the compound through the sewers while IG-11 healed Djarin.[1]

Dune, Karga, IG-11, and Djarin met up in the sewers and attempted to find the covert. They discover a pile of Mandalorian helmets and found that the Armorer was melting them down for the Beskar. The group was directed to an underground lava channel that led to the lava flats of Nevarro. They found a lava barge to float down the river that was jammed against the tunnel walls. Dune fixed the issue by repeatedly shooting at the bottom of the boat. As they got closer to the exit, Djarin saw a group of stormtroopers waiting for them. IG-11 then sacrificed himself so that the others would be protected.[1]

The group was then attacked by Moff Gideon who was flying an Outland TIE fighter. Dune tried shooting at the fighter to no avail. Djarin defeated it by using a jetpack to get onto the fighter and planting bombs on it, causing it to crash to the ground. After the incidents, Karga offered for Dune to join the Bounty Hunters' Guild and become his personal enforcer. When Karga offered Djarin the chance to rejoin the guild, he declined, citing that he needed to find the Child's species. Before he left, Dune advised Djarin to take care of the infant, though Karga then speculated that the Child would end up taking care of the Mandalorian. Dune and Karga then watched their friend, using his jetpack, leave with the Child. As they departed from Nevarro on the Razor Crest, Karga and Dune were walking back to the city. Unknown to her or her allies, however, Gideon had survived the crash.[1]

Personality and traits

Not wanting to protect delegates or suppress riots, citing that it was not what she joined the rebellion for, Dune left the New Republic,[3] moved past her days of military discipline, and reinvented herself as a mercenary.[2] Upon learning that the Client was a former Imperial, Dune was instantly willing to leave Sorgan to kill him.[5] She was also unwilling to be captured by Moff Gideon, fearing the punishment that the Imperial remnant would inflict upon her.[1] When Karga offered her a place in the Bounty Hunters' Guild, she expressed clerical concerns about her chain code, though Karga revealed they would be of no worry if she became his enforcer.[1]

Skills and abilities

A seasoned warrior[2] who had served as a rebel shock trooper,[3] Dune was a crack shot with a blaster and an intimidating brawler.[2] Highly skilled in hand-to-hand combatant, she was able to fight Din Djarin, an accomplished fighter in his own right, to a standstill during their first encounter.[3] Later, Dune fought a male Zabrak in a tavern on Sorgan, overpowering him and causing him to tap out.[5] Dune's small frame often belied her true strength, which she demonstrated by holding Djarin in an arm wrestling contest, confidently stating that he could not beat her.[5] During their first encounter, Dune was able to knock him to the ground with a single blow to his helmet.[3]

Behind the scenes

"My character's name is Cara Dune and she's an ex-rebel shock trooper."
―Gina Carano, on Cara Dune[src]

Carasynthia Dune first appeared in Chapter 4 of Jon Favreau's 2019 Disney+ television series The Mandalorian,[3] which aired on November 29, 2019.[6] Her full name and origin were revealed in Chapter 8,[1] which aired on December 27, 2019.[6]

She was portrayed by Gina Carano, who initially believed that she would be playing the role of a female Wookiee, and was surprised that her face would be seen within the series.[7] Gina Carano performed her own stunts while shooting. During one such stunt, Carano kicked a stunt performer hard enough to knock him back so far that Bryce Dallas Howard believed it was a prank and that the performer was wearing a wire.[8]

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 StarWars-DatabankII Cara Dune in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 4: Sanctuary"
  4. According to a timeline shown at D23 Expo 2019, The Mandalorian is set five years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY, meaning that The Mandalorian is set in 9 ABY.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 The Mandalorian Official Logo The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Mandalorian Media Kit. Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020. Retrieved on February 3, 2020.
  7. Robinson, Joanna (2019-11-29). Why The Mandalorian Star Gina Carano Thought She Was Playing a Wookiee. Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on December 1, 2019. Retrieved on December 1, 2019.
  8. Stone, Sam (2019-12-03). The Mandalorian's Gina Carano Legitimately Sent a Stunt Man Flying. CBR. Archived from the original on January 26, 2020. Retrieved on January 26, 2020. ""But that one take she kicked someone, it was totally planned, but there was more contact than usual and from where I was standing looking at the monitor, I thought there was a wire on the guy. He went flying back, I thought it was a gag. I asked, 'Who put a wire on that guy?' And people said that wasn’t a wire, that was the force of Gina’s kick.""

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