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"Master Sinube, you're right. I've found the intruder and she has my lightsaber. She's a Terrelian jango jumper, and hard to keep up with."
―Ahsoka Tano to Tera Sinube — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Cassilyda "Cassie" Cryar was a female Terrelian Jango Jumper criminal who lived on the planet Coruscant during the Clone Wars.

Biography[]

Cassilyda "Cassie" Cryar, a female Terrelian Jango Jumper[2] from Terrelia,[1] operated as a thief in the underworld on the planet Coruscant during the Clone Wars.[4] She was hired as an assistant and bodyguard by Nack Movers, a Trandoshan hitman whom the Coruscant Security Force had tried and failed to bring to justice for his string of murders using Sennari poison. He lived in an apartment with his girlfriend,[5] a Salenga criminal[3] named Ione Marcy. Despite Movers' paranoia, he failed to notice Marcy and Cryar grow close to each other and become partners. Ignoring Marcy's entreaties to him, the lecherous Movers propositioned Cryar. The two women subsequently plotted to kill him.[5]

Nack Movers failed to notice that Ione Marcy and Cassilyda Cryar had grown close and were plotting to poison him.

Sometime after Movers had acquired Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano' stolen lightsaber,[4] his drink was poisoned by Cryar and Marcy using the same poison he used on his targets. As he convulsed and died, his claws raked across a painting of the three beings together.[5] While Cryar and Marcy were still in Movers' apartment after ransacking it, they were discovered by Tano and Jedi Master Tera Sinube, who had questioned the thief Bannamu after he had stolen and sold Tano's lightsaber.[6] Using her natural agility,[4] Cryar escaped the apartment with the lightsaber, but she was pursued across the skyline by Tano. Marcy was able to escape the apartment as well when the police arrived, and take her speeder to reunite with Cryar. They fled to a train station, and Cryar took hostages as Tano pursued her across a hovertrain. After the train stopped, Cryar attempted to use Tano's lightsaber, but the weapon was easily disarmed by Sinube. The couple was captured by the Jedi and placed under arrest by the GU-series Guardian police droids.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

"Cassie is very mischievous and strong, but I also like that she's not sure what she's doing once she gets the lightsaber. She's not necessarily all bad; she's doing what she has to do in order to survive. She's also quite charming in a way. She has this acrobatic, beautiful way of moving as well, especially during the chase scenes with Ahsoka."
―Jaime King[src]

Concept art of Cassie Cryar

Cassie Cryar appeared in "Lightsaber Lost," an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series that was part of the second season's Rise of the Bounty Hunters storyline in 2010. She was voiced by Jaime King, who was drawn to the role for Cryar's strength. She doesn't consider Cryar to be a bad person, believing that she is only doing what she needs to do to survive.[7]

The design of Cassie Cryar harkens back to one of Iain McCaig's early Sith concepts for the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[8]

In the years after "Lightsaber Lost" aired, some viewers posted in venues such as the Jedi Council Forums that there appeared to be romantic subtext between Cassie Cryar and Ione Marcy.[9] Pablo Hidalgo mentioned via his Twitter account in 2016 that they were written to be a couple.[10] He subsequently wrote the 2018 reference book Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious, which made this detail more apparent and gave Cryar the full first name "Cassilyda."[5]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 AltayaCite.svg "Jabba the Hutt and Other Bounty Hunters and Criminals" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 StarWars-DatabankII.png Cassie Cryar in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  6. 6.0 6.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lightsaber Lost"
  7. StarWars.com Jaime King and Meredith Salenger: Thick as Thieves on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  8. StarWars.com Back from the Drawing Board: Recycled Star Wars Aliens on StarWars.com (backup link)
  9. Grade the Episode: 211: Lightsaber Lost on the Jedi Council Forums (Star Wars TV- Completed Shows board; accessed June 12, 2021) "Kudos to the TCW team for at least implying a lesbian relationship (it's a little unclear), we definitely haven't seen that before, and I'm glad they don't beat us over the head with how "thoughtful" they are to do so; you would think in 2011 it wouldn't be an issue at all to have a lesbian couple in Star Wars." (backup link)
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter: "For those talking about the subject, note that Cassie Cryar and Ione Marcy were written as a couple in a relationship." (screenshot)
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