Nala Se was a female Kaminoan doctor and scientist who served the Galactic Republic throughout the Clone Wars. As the Chief Medical Scientist of Kamino, her home planet, she was directly involved in the creation of the Grand Army of the Republic. She was also one of the few individuals who knew about Clone Protocol 66, a secret directive within the design of every clone trooper's inhibitor chip. During the war, Nala Se went to great lengths to preserve the secrecy of Protocol 66, believing it to be a contingency against rogue Jedi.
An army for the RepublicEdit
- "You were created in our laboratories. You are Kaminoan property."
- ―Nala Se, to CT-5555
Thirty-two years before the Battle of Yavin, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas hired the Kaminoan cloners to create an army for the Galactic Republic. As the chief medical scientist of Kamino, Doctor Nala Se was one of the primary engineers of the clone troopers—an army cloned from the genetic template of Jango Fett, a human bounty hunter. With the death of Sifo-Dyas shortly after the army's inception, Nala Se and her people gained a new benefactor: the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus. At Tyranus' behest, Nala Se oversaw the installation of an inhibitor chip in the brain of every clone trooper in development. She was told by Tyranus that the bio-chip and its directive, Clone Protocol 66, served as a safeguard against betrayal from renegade Jedi, although its true purpose was to fulfill the Sith plot of exterminating the Jedi Order. As a contingency plan, Protocol 66 was classified information that Nala Se guarded in accordance with Tyranus' instructions. In 22 BBY, shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi visited Tipoca City to investigate the planet, Nala Se was supervising the secret implant of inhibitor chips into the brains of the clones.
The Clone WarsEdit
- "Even if we had the transports, it is not possible to evacuate all of our wounded in time."
"You must try. You won't stand a chance against that battleship."
- ―Nala Se and Wullf Yularen
In the aftermath of the Battle of Geonosis in the Clone Wars, Nala Se became an asset to the newly-formed Grand Army of the Republic due to her close involvement in the creation of clone troopers. As a doctor, she served on multiple Haven-class medical stations where her medical skills were put to use for the treatment of injured clones. In addition to her off-world duties, Nala Se supported the war effort as a scientist and doctor from the Tipoca City cloning facility on her homeworld.
- "General Skywalker, I wanted to thank you for your valiant effort today. Do not take the lives you saved lightly."
- ―Nala Se, to Anakin Skywalker
While serving as the Kaminoan chief of the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center, Nala Se learned that her facility had become a target for the Malevolence, a Separatist Subjugator-class heavy cruiser commanded by General Grievous. While coordinating the evacuation of the station's staff and patients, she was informed by Admiral Wullf Yularen that the Separatist attack was imminent—making it impossible to completely abandon the facility in time. However, the Kaliida Shoals station was ultimately saved by the efforts of the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, before Grievous could destroy it. Following the Separatist withdrawal, Nala Se commended Skywalker for his service.
The infestation of TB-73Edit
- "Warn all medical hazard crews that I don't want anyone boarding that ship until the parasites are contained."
- ―Kit Fisto, to Nala Se and her medical staff
After the near-destruction of the Kaliida Shoals facility, Nala Se was transferred to a new post at the Ord Cestus medical station. After the second Republic victory on Geonosis, the crew of the Pelta-class frigate TB-73 was assigned the errand of delivering medical supplies to the Ord Cestus station. However, the frigate became infested by numerous brain worms—parasitic lifeforms native to the Geonosian homeworld. The incident aboard the TB-73 almost resulted in the contamination of Nala Se's facility, but was ultimately prevented by Tano who succeeded in killing the worms.
Clone Protocol 66Edit
- "It appears there has been a preemptive execution of Clone Protocol 66."
- ―Nala Se, to Lama Su
During the Battle of Ringo Vinda, CT-5385 fatally shot the Jedi Tiplar as a result of a malfunction in his inhibitor chip. The defective clone was subsequently taken to Tipoca City in order to undergo an extensive evaluation. As the chief medical scientist on Kamino and one of the cloning program's founders, Nala Se was given the task of discovering the cause of the malfunction. She subjected the clone to a hyper test which caused her patient to undergo extreme convulsions. The test's data revealed no signs of infection, but Nala Se recognized the clone's actions and aggressive behavior as signs of a premature activation of Protocol 66. Alarmed by this discovery, she communicated her findings to the Kaminoan Prime Minister Lama Su and Darth Tyranus, leading the latter to insist on the clone's termination in order to protect the secrecy of the inhibitor chip and its true nature. However, the ARC trooper CT-5555 conducted his own test on CT-5385 which, despite its fatal consequence, led to the discovery of the chip.
The ARC trooper's interference caused Tyranus to doubt the clone army's reliability in the event of an intentional activation of Protocol 66, although Nala Se assured him that the preemptive execution was an anomaly. As for the clones' growing sense of individuality, she believed that it was due to the Jedi's influence, yet remained confident that it would not interfere with the execution of the protocol. When CT-5555 discovered that every clone had a bio-chip in their brain, Nala Se claimed that it was a safeguard designed to suppress the more aggressive tendencies of the clones' template, Jango Fett.
As a result of these revelations, CT-5555 was taken to the Grand Republic Medical Facility on Coruscant—along with the bio-chips of himself and the late CT-5835—in accordance with the wishes of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. Fearing the possibility of the Jedi discovering the true programming in the bio-chips, Nala Se accompanied Shaak-Ti and the ARC trooper. Prior to their arrival on the Republic capital world, the Kaminoan injected the clone with a drug in order to make him appear unstable and his testimony unreliable. At the medical facility she asserted that the ARC trooper was dangerous without his control chip, and that the death of Tiplar was the result of a virus that infected CT-5835. Despite her efforts, the secrecy of Protocol 66 was ultimately saved when CT-5555 unsuccessfully attempted to kill Palpatine after learning of the chancellor's involvement in the conspiracy. Palpatine entrusted the bio-chips to Nala Se's care, knowing that the Kaminoan scientist would send them to his Sith apprentice, Tyranus.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "These Jedi are a curious cult."
"Too spiritual for my taste. I will terminate the clone immediately."
- ―Lama Su and Nala Se
As the chief medical scientist of Kamino, Nala Se was highly intelligent and well-versed in the science of cloning. Her background in the development of the clone army enabled her to serve in the Clone Wars by caring for wounded clones and supervising their rehabilitation. Although she was willing to risk her own life to oversee the evacuation of injured troopers during a Separatist assault on medical facility near Kaliida Shoals, Nala Se possessed a ruthless side to her personality. She favored scientific methods that yielded the quickest results, such as hyper tests, and was unconcerned by their adverse effects on a patient. If an initial test failed to produce a satisfactory result, she would advocate for a more intrusive method such as surgery regardless of the risk to her patient's survival.
She held no regard for the lives of her clone creations beyond their usefulness to Kamino and the Galactic Republic. From Nala Se's point of view, clones were disposable assets and the property of their creators. Her methods and opinions greatly differed from those of Shaak Ti, who regarded the clones as living beings. As such, Nala Se experienced difficulty in her professional relationship with the Jedi. In addition to her disregard for the Jedi's moral views, Nala Se disapproved of their spiritual beliefs as well.
Nala Se was a Kaminoan female who possessed the average physical features of her people, including white skin and large black eyes with white pupils. She was tall in height and possessed a slender build, both of which were also common to the Kaminoan anatomy.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"