Cheriss ke Hanadi was a Human female from Adumar and the Cartann Ground Champion in the sport of blastsword-dueling. She served as Red Flight's (Wedge Antilles, Tycho Celchu, Wes Janson, and Derek Klivian) guide during their time on Adumar.
BiographyEditA native of the dominating Adumari state of Cartann, Cheriss had long-admired the skill and tenacity of fighter pilots (figures of immense respect in Adumari culture) but Cheriss herself was unable to complete pilot training due to chronic vertigo. Instead, Cheriss took up the dying art of blastsword dueling to escape what almost amounted to indentured servitude in Cartann's underground factories. Her mother was killed by brownlung, a disease contracted in the factories. Cheriss herself worked in the factories for a season longer, until she could make her living solely through the blastsword, and then through endorsements of blastswords. She ignored most of the normal stylistic conventions of blastsword dueling, favoring the styles from the blastsword's prominence in years past. This gave her a reputation as a "gutter fighter" and earned the enmity of some nobles, but she nonetheless earned great popularity simply because she almost always won. By the time of the New Republics' rediscovery of Adumar, Cheriss had become the planets' Ground Champion thanks to her blastsword skills. The Perator Pekaelic ke Teldan appointed Cheriss the official guide for the New Republics' pilot-ambassador group- which included Wedge Antilles/Legends.
- ""I want to be a pilot. Not for Cartann; not for Adumar. For your New Republic."
- ―Cheriss ke Hanadi to Wedge Antillies
Cheriss developed somewhat of a crush on Wedge Antilles, and was herself crushed when she found he and Iella Wessiri became a couple. She then took on blastsword challenge after challenge, until she was on the brink of death. Wes Janson stepped in and prevented her opponent from killing her, while Hobbie Klivan summoned a medical team from the Star Destroyer Allegiance (Imperial I-class). While undergoing treatment, Cheriss mentioned her vertigo condition to the doctors- who discovered a chemical imbalance in her bloodstream that could be treated with medication. Cured at last, Cheriss soon apologized to Wedge Antilles and joined his rogue Red Flight to resist the dictatorial onslaught of Perator Pakaelic against the "lesser nations." Cheriss was a member of the ground team Holdout Group that uncovered the New Republic pilots' stolen T-65A3 X-wing starfighters and a secret entrance to the Perators' palace- which led Pakaelic to resign in disgrace upon capture.
- "Cheriss is a great pilot. Only that vertigo was holding her back. In fact, in another few years she'll be able to outfly me in an A-wing."
- ―Tycho Celchu regarding Cheriss ke Hanadi
With the Battle of Adumar concluded (and her blastsword endorsement cancelled upon her defeat), Cheriss would go on to enlist in New Republic Starfighter Command and become one of that body's most renowned vibroblade combat instructors. She later served as a lieutenant in Moonlight Squadron, an A-wing group off Mon Casima.
Second Galactic Civil WarEdit
In 40 ABY Cheriss was likely one of the half dozen pilots who accompanied Wedge Antilles to the abandoned Imperial outpost on the Endor moon to where Luke Skywalker had relocated the Jedi Order in opposition to Jacen Solo. She later flew as Rakehell Eight in combat near Centerpoint Station. When Rogue Squadron attacked the Rakehells, her fighter was destroyed. She survived, however, and in 43 ABY, two years after the end of the war, she was among the many pilots who went to Kessel to help save the planet from destruction.
- X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar (First appearance)
- Legacy of the Force: Fury
- Fate of the Jedi: Outcast