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.
Galactic Civil War
- "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
Cara Dune fought as a shock trooper for the Alliance to Restore the Republic and its subsequent government, the New Republic, 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, and, as a result, she left the Alliance and reinvented herself as a mercenary, putting her days of military discipline behind her.
In 9 ABY, 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.
Defending the village
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. 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.
Aftermath of the raid
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 he did. 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 the Mandalorian 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.
A New Mission
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. They were travelling to Nevarro, when they realized they needed a babysitter for the Child while they went to Nevarro. So they made a detour to Arvala-7 to convince Kuiil to come with them. He went as long as IG-11 and a few blurrg's went with him.
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 the Mandalorian and the Child, only for them to kill "the Client" and get rid of the remnant.
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.
A New Start
Gideon surrounded the compound which Djarin, Dune, and Karga were held up in and set up an E-WEB. He gave them till sundown to surrender to him. When IG-11 killed the scout troopers and makes a daring attack on the stormtroopers surrounding the compound, Din 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 Stormtrooper 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.
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 find that the Armorer is melting them down for the Beskar. The group then found an underground lava channel that led to the lava flats of Nevarro. They had to use a lava barge to float down the river but it was jammed. 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.
The group was then attacked by Moff Gideon who was flying a 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. After the incidents, Dune joined the Guild after an offer from Karga to become his personal enforcer.
Behind the scenes
- "My character's name is Cara Dune and she's an ex-rebel shock trooper."
- ―Gina Carano, on Cara Dune
- The Mandalorian – "4" (First appearance)
- The Mandalorian – "7"
- The Mandalorian – "8" (First identified as Carasynthia)
- The Mandalorian Season Two
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Mandalorian – "8"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 The Mandalorian – "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.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Mandalorian – "7"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 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.