- "Do not be afraid, your friend is in quite capable hands. Doctor Nala Se is the Chief Medical Scientist on Kamino. She was one of the primary engineers of all the clones."
- ―Shaak Ti, to CT-5555
Nala Se was a Kaminoan female doctor and scientist who served the Galactic Republic throughout the Clone Wars. As the Chief Medical Scientist on her homeworld of Kamino, she played a key role in engineering the Grand Army of the Republic and, during the galactic conflict, assisted in the rehabilitation of battle-wounded clone troopers. Although she cared for injured clones even when Separatist forces threatened her life as well as her soldiers, Nala Se had a ruthless side to her, insisting to Jedi General Shaak Ti that clone troopers were Kaminoan property, and therefore, disposable assets.
She was also one of the few individuals that knew about Clone Protocol 66, a secret directive encoded into the behavioral modification biochip of every clone in the Republic Military. Believing the chips acted as a safeguard against renegade Jedi, Nala Se went to great lengths to preserve the secrecy of Protocol 66 during the galaxy-wide Clone Wars.
Creation of the clone armyEdit
- "You were created in our laboratories. You are Kaminoan property."
- ―Nala Se, to CT-5555
Prior to the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas commissioned the Kaminoans to create a clone 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—genetically identical soldiers bred from a human template, the bounty hunter Jango Fett. Sifo-Dyas would die shortly after his army's inception, however, leaving Nala Se and her people with 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. Shortly before the Clone Wars began on Geonosis in 22 BBY, Nala Se was supervising the secret implant of inhibitor chips into the clones' brains when the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi visited Tipoca City to find Jango Fett.
- "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 First Battle of Geonosis, 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 saved through the actions of the Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and his apprentice, Jedi Commander 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, where served for a time with Jedi General Kit Fisto. With Geonosis reconquered from the Separatists, 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 when Tano killed the worms.
Clone Protocol 66Edit
- "It appears there has been a preemptive execution of Clone Protocol 66."
- ―Nala Se, to Lama Su
At the height of the Clone Wars, Nala Se returned to her homeworld, where she worked alongside Jedi General Shaak Ti. After CT-5385 fatally shot the Jedi Tiplar during the Battle of Ringo Vinda, the defective clone was 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 tasked with discovering the cause behind the clone's 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 that they terminate the clone 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.
Against the protests of Nala Se, Shaak Ti decided to take CT-5555 to the Grand Republic Medical Facility on Coruscant along with his bio-chip and that of the late CT-5835, believing the clone should have an audience with Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. Fearing that the Jedi would discover the true programming in the bio-chips, Nala Se accompanied them to the Republic capital, where she secretly drugged the clone 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 attempted to assassinate Palpatine after learning of the chancellor's involvement in the conspiracy. Palpatine entrusted the bio-chips to Nala Se for safekeeping, knowing that the Kaminoan scientist would send them to his Sith apprentice, Darth 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.
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.
Behind the scenesEdit
Nala Se first appears in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series season one episode "Shadow of Malevolence" on Cartoon Network. She is voiced by Gwendoline Yeo, who reprises the role of Nala Se in season six.
- 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"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shattered" (Appears in hologram)
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
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 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"