- "A rather notorious member of this humanoid species is one Nik Hepho, a bounty hunter who specializes in hunting down those suspected of following the outlawed religion known as the Church of the Force. With unmistakable smooth blue skin, he is not an easy character to miss."
- ―An entry in an artist's journal restored and expanded by the Graf Archive
Nik Hepho was a Britarro male who worked as a bounty hunter during the reign of the Galactic Empire. He specialized in hunting members of the outlawed Church of the Force and, after working in the Inner Rim and on the planet Coruscant, traveled to the moon Jedha to hunt down more suspected adherents. Hepho was present in Jedha City shortly before it was destroyed by the Empire's Death Star superweapon.
Nik Hepho worked as a bounty hunter, specializing in tracking down adherents of the Church of the Force, a religion outlawed by the Galactic Empire. His skill gained him some renown in the Inner Rim, and he hunted in the depths of the planet Coruscant until he considered that area empty of targets. Hepho then traveled to the moon of Jedha with a list of suspected Church members compiled by the Imperial Security Bureau that he had bought on the black market.
While on Jedha, Hepho kept his starship, the Apostate, hovering in orbit under the control of a droid intelligence with which he maintained contact via a backpack-mounted long-range transmitter. In the year 0 BBY, he walked past the Disciple of the Whills Silvanie Phest and one of her fellow disciples in Jedha City, shortly before the entire city was destroyed by the Empire's Death Star superweapon. Hepho was mentioned in an artist's journal, which was restored, expanded, and displayed by the Graf Archive at some point after 34 ABY.
Personality and traits
While on Jedha, Hepho wore a yellow coat and gloves with a gray shirt and brown pants, and made use of a metallic headpiece and a BlasTech A310 rifle with a perforated, air-cooling barrel-shroud. He wore a backpack-mounted long-range transmitter that allowed him to keep in contact with his starship, the Apostate.
Behind the scenes
Nik Hepho first appeared in the 2016 Anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film did not identify Hepho, but his name was provided by Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, a reference book written by Pablo Hidalgo and released on the same day as the film.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide (First identified as Nik Hepho)
- Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide dates the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including Nik Hepho's time on Jedha, to 0 BBY.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: Alien Archive establishes that the restored in-universe journal discusses Poe Dameron's mutiny against Amilyn Holdo, which is depicted in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. The Star Wars Book places the events of The Last Jedi in the same year as the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY, meaning the document must have been published after that year.