- "Everyone serves somebody, Han."
- ―Qi'ra, to Han Solo
Qi'ra was a human female from the planet Corellia who lived during the reign of the Galactic Empire. She grew up on the streets along with Han as part of the White Worms. Though they were at first rivals, the two scrumrats eventually became lovers. Sometime after Qi'ra was made Head Girl by Lady Proxima, Han and Qi'ra attempted to escape with a vial of coaxium, but were separated at the Coronet Spaceport, with Han getting away, though he promised to return for her.
Qi'ra was sold into slavery by Proxima to the slave dealer Sarkin Enneb, who eventually sold her to Dryden Vos, the public leader of Crimson Dawn. Vos trained Qi'ra in martial arts and prompted her to kill Enneb, branding her right wrist with the Crimson Dawn symbol and making her his most trusted lieutenant.
In 10 BBY, Qi'ra reunited with Solo on Vandor and accompanied him and his friends on a mission to retrieve coaxium. She recommended a ship owned by the smuggler Lando Calrissian and rekindled her relationship with Solo. After the mission was unsuccessful, she returned to Vos, whom she betrayed and killed to save Han. Despite this, however, Qi'ra left Solo behind as she traveled to Dathomir to meet with Maul, the true leader of Crimson Dawn.
Between 3 ABY and 4 ABY, Crimson Dawn resurfaced under the leadership of Qi'ra. Having stolen Han Solo, who had been frozen in carbonite, from bounty hunter Boba Fett, she plotted to bring major galactic factions to her with Solo as the bait. Once the battle over Jekara ended, with the Empire and Hutt Clan in conflict, Qi'ra moved forward with her next plans to begin the reign of Crimson Dawn.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Skills and abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Sources
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
- "It's what we learned on the street, Han; Someone falls, you keep running. It's how you stay alive."
Qi'ra hailed from the planet Corellia during the reign of the Galactic Empire, before the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War. She grew up on the streets and became friends with Han. By the time Qi'ra was eighteen years old, she was enmeshed in a criminal life working for the White Worms gang on Corellia. She was chosen by Lady Proxima to be the Head Girl after Han revealed to her that Qi'ra had turned down an opportunity to travel the galaxy, but to work for her instead. Qi'ra attempted to flee Corellia with Han, by this point her lover, who had stolen a vial of coaxium during a delivery for Proxima that had gone badly. After a confrontation with Proxima, in which Solo caused a distraction by shattering a window allowing light in, exploiting her vulnerablility of her skin, he and Qi'ra attempted to escape through the Imperial control zone using the coaxium to bribe Falthina Sharest, an Imperial Emigration Officer. Sharest agreed to allow them through, provided they handed over the coaxium before passing through the security gate. Solo reluctantly agreed, and instructed Qi'ra to hand it over. However, only Solo got through, Qi'ra was captured by several members of the White Worms, and the gate closed when Sharest triggered a security alert. Solo promised Qi'ra he would come back for her as soon as possible before he ran away from the gate.
Road to Dryden Vos
Qi'ra lived an even more difficult life after being captured again by Lady Proxima's gang. The blistered Proxima was displeased of her actions, opting to sell Qi'ra away. She was sold to a slave dealer, Sarkin Enneb, and later Dryden Vos, the leader of Crimson Dawn. After a year of failed escapes, she attempted to do so yet again, killing the guard outside her cell and reaching the escape pods, only to find Vos waiting. He offered her a position within the ranks of Crimson Dawn, having seen potential within her, but he demanded her lifelong loyalty in return. Vos later branded Qi'ra's forearm and the back of her neck with the Crimson Dawn symbol. Qi'ra also hunted down and killed Enneb.
Life with Crimson Dawn
At some point during her employment with Crimson Dawn, Qi'ra found herself being pursued by bounty hunter droid IG-88 on Ord Mantell. Qi'ra fell into a trap laid by IG-88 and his temporary partner, Weequay pirate Hondo Ohnaka. The two were planning on turning Qi'ra in for a bounty, but she was able to turn them against one another, giving her a chance to remove her bonds and capture them both, with intent to turn them in for bounties.
Reuniting with Han
Events on Vandor
- "Do you got a line on a ship?"
"I know a guy. And I know just where to find him. It's a long shot, but it's worth a try. He's the best smuggler around. He's slipped through the Empire's fingers more times than anyone else. He's attractive, too. Sophisticated, with impeccable taste and…charisma. Not to mention his prodigious—"
- ―Qi'ra recommends Calrissian
Qi'ra's association with Crimson Dawn brought her back into contact with Solo, who was working with Vos' associate Tobias Beckett in order to obtain a large quantity of refined coaxium. Qi'ra attended the meeting between Vos, Beckett, and Solo on Vos' yacht. Vos berated Beckett and Solo for failing to obtain the coaxium shipment on Vandor, and considered killing them until Solo suggested that they instead retrieve unrefined coaxium from the spice mines of Kessel. Qi'ra advised Vos that the plan would work, and he agreed to allow Beckett to try, the penalty for failure being death. Vos sent Qi'ra to accompany Beckett's crew to make sure the plan would work.
Knowing that they would need a particularly fast ship to transport the unrefined coaxium before it degraded and detonated, Qi'ra sought her old acquaintance, Captain Lando Calrissian of the Millennium Falcon. Qi'ra watched as Solo failed to win the Falcon at sabacc. However, Calrissian agreed to fly the Falcon for Qi'ra, Beckett, and Solo in exchange for a cut of the profits. En route to Kessel, Qi'ra and Solo rekindled their romance, kissing in the back of the Falcon.
Upon arriving at Kessel, Qi'ra masqueraded as a slaver from the Federation of Trade Route Allocation and Monetization, Oksana Floren, selling Han and Chewbacca to Quay Tolsite of Pyke Syndicate in order to infiltrate the mines. Qi'ra, Beckett, and L3-37 secured the control room, allowing Solo to steal the coaxium. Qi'ra initially served as Solo's co-pilot during the escape from Kessel, but was replaced by Chewbacca as they fled from Imperial forces into the Akkadese Maelstrom. After using some of their stolen coaxium to escape a summa-verminoth, the crew flew the damaged ship and arrived on Savareen.
- "Qi'ra… you and I will be working much more closely from now on."
- ―Maul addresses Qi'ra after summoning her to Dathomir
On Savareen, the Falcon crew refined the coaxium and awaited Vos' arrival. Calrissian soon left, angry with Solo for the damage to his ship. They were confronted by Enfys Nest, leader of the Cloud-Riders, who told them they were freedom fighters resisting the atrocities of Crimson Dawn, not pirates. Solo devised a plan to give Vos fake coaxium, and give the Cloud-Riders the real coaxium in order to fund their resistance. Qi'ra, Solo, and Chewbacca presented the coaxium to Vos aboard his yacht, but he saw through their plan, made aware in advance by Beckett, who had been Vos' double agent all along. Vos expressed his disappointment that Qi'ra betrayed him, and realized that Solo was her weakness.
However, Solo foresaw Beckett's treachery, and double-crossed him: the coaxium containers left with the Cloud-Riders were empty, and Enfys Nest dispatched the Crimson Dawn agents sent to recover it. The coaxium they brought along was in fact genuine. Beckett captured Chewbacca, and left with the coaxium. Vos and Solo fought, but Qi'ra intervened, holding Solo at sword point. However, Qi'ra sided with Solo, dueling and killing Vos.
Solo left to rescue Chewbacca and retrieve the coaxium for the Cloud-Riders. Qi'ra told Solo she would be right behind him, but as Solo left, she instead took Vos' ring, and used it to contact Maul, the actual leader of Crimson Dawn, informing him that Vos had failed to obtain the coaxium. After lying that Beckett had in fact killed Vos, Qi'ra was then ordered to bring the yacht to Dathomir, Maul's homeworld, and that she would be working more closely with Maul, leaving Solo behind. Qi'ra then assumed Vos' role as the public figurehead of Crimson Dawn.
Leader of Crimson Dawn
Separated from Solo
- "Hey, I didn't say that I was any good at being a trooper. I didn't have many options… and there was a girl."
- ―Han recalling why he wanted to become a pilot
In the following years, while Qi'ra would manage to survive, Maul was separated from the rest of the galaxy after being stranded on the Outer Rim planet Malachor. Later, Maul was slain on the Outer Rim world of Tatooine, Crimson Dawn was also thought to be destroyed by its rivals. Even during the Galactic Civil War, Qi'ra and Solo remained separated; while on Hubin, Solo took the opportunity to tell Princess Leia Organa about his time in the Empire before defecting. When Organa opined that she could not imagine him in the role of a stormtrooper, Solo said that aside from not having many options, "[t]here was a girl," adding, "Me and women have always been messes."
Return of Crimson Dawn
Qi'ra, earning the title of lady, came to control the remains of Crimson Dawn, plotting to use it in order to save herself from danger. Learning that Solo had become important to the Galactic Empire, the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and other powers like the Hutt Clan and that he had also been frozen in carbonite, Q'ira had several of her agents under the leadership of Margo capture him from the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, taking the carbonite block from Doctor Ragon on the moon of Nar Shaddaa while Fett was away. As Ragon had stabilized the carbonite, Solo remained alive as the agents transferred him to Qi'ra's starship Vermillion, where Qi'ra, wearing a hood that covered her face, greeted Margo and Trinia and learned Solo would likely remain alive. Understanding that their operation could therefore begin, Qi'ra ordered pre-recorded invitations be sent out and tried to quell Margo's concerns about Fett coming after them.
With her hood covering her face to keep her identity secret, Qi'ra's hologram message was sent out to various parties, including crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure on the planet Tatooine and the rest of the Grand Hutt Council. In her message to Jabba, she announced the return of Crimson Dawn but claimed they would cause no friction with the galaxy's major powers, inviting him to the frozen Mid Rim planet Jekara and offering Solo as a gesture of good will. As Jabba traveled to Jerkara aboard his Shad'ruu war barge, Fett—who had received a bounty on his head after Jabba mistakenly believed he had sold Solo to Crimson Dawn—also began to journey to the planet after viewing the message Jabba received. Her message was also received by Sana Starros and Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra. Meanwhile, with the messages out, the Vermillion landed on Jekara. After landing, Qi'ra explained Solo's importance to galactic powers to Margo. Understanding that their guests would soon arrive, Qi'ra, finally putting down her hood, reflected that Solo would finally have a chance to save her. As she departed the room, she ordered Margo to finalize their preparations.
Qi'ra truthfully hoped the Rebellion would be able to regain Solo, yet she continued with her plans to use him as bait. Amidst these preparations, Qi'ra hired the Dathomirian Zabrak assassin Deathstick to pursue the bounty hunters Beilert Valance and Dengar. During her mission, Deathstick contacted Qi'ra and asked her why she couldn't just kill them. But Qi'ra told her that herding them in the right direction was an important part of her plan. She then assured Deathstick that she would get to kill them soon enough.
Auction for Han Solo
- "Who trained you? Who was your master?"
"Someone who knew quite a bit about you, Lord Vader. And your master as well."
- ―Darth Vader and Qi'ra duel aboard the Vermillion
As the various syndicates began to arrive at the Vermillion, Qi'ra looked out at the crowd with Margo beside her. Margo pointed out that she seemed to be pleased, which Qi'ra confirmed, saying that she loved a good party. Once all of the bidders had arrived, Qi'ra thanked the syndicates for coming as she introduced herself and officially announced Crimson Dawn's return. She then revealed Solo to the crowd and started the bidding at one hundred thousand credits. After multiple bids from different parties, the present members of the Hutt Clan began to bid over one another with increasingly higher offers. But this soon ended when Jabba the Hutt bid with one million credits. With no other bids, Qi'ra congratulated Jabba and told him that the smuggler was his. However, the auction was then interrupted by the arrival of Darth Vader. Guarded by two death troopers, Vader declared that Solo belonged to him, to which Qi'ra smiled and decided to see where this would go.
As Vader argued with Jabba over Solo, Margo asked Qi'ra how the Sith heard about the auction. Qir'a, however, replied that it didn't matter and remarked that she knew how to handle a Sith Lord. After Jabba agreed to relinquish Solo to the Empire, Qi'ra told Vader she would not interfere, but still required the one million credits promised to her. When Vader told her she was owed nothing, Qi'ra asked him if the Empire was too poor or cheap to pay its debts. This spurred Vader into igniting his lightsaber, to which Qi'ra bared her own pair of blades. During the ensuing duel, Vader recognized Qi'ra's fighting style and inquired as to who had trained her, to which Qi'ra simply said someone who knew quite a bit about both Vader and his master. Vader then stated that she did not have the Force and that her training would not save her. After a quick struggle, Vader used the Force to push Qi'ra back, knocking her into Solo. His opponent subdued, Vader prepared to kill Qi'ra before he was distracted by the arrival of his son. As Qi'ra retreated with Margo, she admitted that she may have been a bit overconfident in confronting the Sith. She then conceded that Vader was going to take Solo and reminded Margo of what she would have to do.
Amidst the commotion on the ship, Qi'ra returned to one of her personal art galleries and studied a necklace confiscated from one of the interlopers at the auction, remarking that the amount of data stored within it would be priceless. She then told Margo to make sure that it would be secure in her absence. Returning to the gallery shortly after, Qi'ra explained to Margo that this both was and wasn't what she expected to happen. Though Vader's arrival hadn't been planned, the fact that Qi'ra fought him herself showed the galaxy that Crimson Dawn does not back down and would not obey the Empire. Qi'ra then told Margo to leave her as she still had many messages to send and strings to pull. After Boba Fett had regained Solo and returned him to Jabba, Qi'ra explained to her followers that the dawn had come and the real work would now begin, as they had successfully escalated tensions between the Empire and Hutts. She then told them to "Await the reign" as she met with more of her associates, including Ren and his knights.
Meeting Leia Organa
- "Release our ship and let us go. We have nothing to talk about."
"Oh, but we do, Leia. After all…we both loved the same man."
- ―Leia Organa and Qi'ra
Shortly after, Qi'ra used the Vermillion to intercept the Millennium Falcon. She then contacted the ship's current crew and asked to speak with Leia Organa, Solo's current lover. After offering her apologies to L3-37, Qi'ra was searched by Calrissian for weapons before he, Chewbacca and C-3PO left the room. Qi'ra apologized to Organa for what happened to Solo, to which Organa chastised her for auctioning Solo off and failing to save him, believing that he had been killed. Qi'ra admitted this wasn't how she wanted it to go, but that she did everything she could. She then explained that she intended for Organa to rescue Solo after the auction, though it didn't work out that way. Organa retorted that Qi'ra could've just given Solo to her, to which Qi'ra countered that she wouldn't have gotten anything out of that. She went on to say that unlike Organa, she manipulated people to get what she wanted, though she would do it Organa's way if she could. She also claimed that being a rebel hero was the ending Solo deserved and that he would have walked a darker path had he stayed with her. To explain this, Qi'ra told Organa a story from her childhood on Corellia about how Solo had defended a child from a group of bullies. After this incident, Qi'ra asked Solo why he had done what he did despite not getting anything out of it. Solo responded that while that may be how the galaxy works, it might not have to be that way. With her story told, Qi'ra then revealed to Organa that Solo was in fact still alive and being held in Jabba's Palace. Chewbacca expressed joy at the news while Qi'ra asked Organa if they would rescue Solo together. Organa refused however, conceding that the Rebel Alliance needed her now more than Solo did. Qi'ra then offered her future aid to the Alliance before leaving the Falcon and departing in the Vermillion.
- "A million stronger than one."
Later, Qi'ra was apparently captured by three members of the Assassin's League and brought to the planet Saki. Acting under the orders of Darth Vader, Ochi of Bestoon travelled to the planet to deliver Vader's message that the League would now be serving him. The three assassins then revealed Qi'ra, offering her as a gift to Vader. Qi'ra briefly greeted Ochi, offering her regards to him and his master. After the assassins ensured Ochi that no one outside of the people in the room knew of Qi'ra's imprisonment, he proceeded to kill them all before freeing Qi'ra and reciting his allegiance to Crimson Dawn.
Personality and traits
- "We're gonna win."
"It's not that kind of game, Han. The object isn't to win. It's just to stay in it as long as you can."
"You don't know everything."
"No. Just a bit more than you."
- ―Han Solo and Qi'ra
Qi'ra was a Corellian human female with moderately short brown hair that was usually kept in a ponytail, blue eyes, and light skin. Qi'ra was a very complex woman. When she was younger she was hopeful that she could escape the criminal life and strove for something better. But as she grew older she realized that because of all the bad things she had done, there was no escaping the criminal life. Despite having grown up on the streets, she was able to adapt to a lusher lifestyle and fit in with Crimson Dawn. Having known Han for so many years, she believed she may have been the one person who could see him for who he truly was, thinking he was "the good guy." She was a fighter and had been trained in combat by Vos, which helped her survive.
A survivor at heart, she left Solo and continued to work for Crimson Dawn under Maul, later coming to lead the organization. While leader, she continued to focus on her survival, using Solo as bait to draw in various galactic powers, all while claiming Crimson Dawn would do no harm to the rest of the galaxy. Jabba the Hutt underestimated Qi'ra, claiming to the Grand Hutt Council he was certain they were ready to face the new leader of Crimson Dawn.
Upon first seeing her old lover in carbonite, she questioned if he was conscious, disagreeing with Margo's assessment that such a state would be like Hell; to Qi'ra, if Solo was living in a fond memory or nice dream, it could be preferable to some aspects of life in the galaxy, yet she considered these musings to be unimportant when compared to her plans. She was also confident in Crimson Dawn's abilities, proclaiming that Boba Fett stood no chance against them alone. Unlike Margo, she could see how Solo united the galaxy due to his interactions with its factions, which she saw as something she could exploit. Even so, she hoped Solo would be regained by the Rebel Alliance, but she did not let that desire hold back her plans to use him.
Qi'ra had some overconfidence in her abilities, which could lead her to risky situations. Due to her training, Qi'ra thought she could handle Sith Lord Darth Vader when he barged into the auction and demanded that Solo be turned over to him. Although Qi'ra's ability impressed Vader, she was defeated when Vader used the Force against her and nearly killed her, which made her admit that she was overconfident in facing the Sith Lord.
Skills and abilities
- "You have... training. I recognize the lineage of your instruction."
- ―Darth Vader to Qi'ra.
Qi'ra was trained in the art of Teräs Käsi by Vos and later Maul. She could also wield a blaster. Qi'ra skill as a swordsman has evolved so much over time that during the auction of smuggler and rebel Han Solo, the Sith Lord Darth Vader was impressed by Qi'ra's skill when he faced her, while her skills allowed her to hold her own in a duel for a couple of minutes, her lack of force-sensitivity ultimately meant that she stood no chance against the Dark Lord.
As a member of Crimson Dawn, Qi'ra wielded a S-195 blaster pistol. After the death of Vos, she took control of his starship First Light. When she served as leader of Crimson Dawn, Qi'ra wore a white cloak that could hide her identity with its hood. As leader, she also had the resources of Crimson Dawn at her command, leading from the starship Vermillion.
In combat Qi'ra wielded two electro-sword weapons which were capable of clashing with a lightsaber without being damaged.
Behind the scenes
- "She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive. If you've got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment, you kind of know the glamor is hiding a few rough roads."
- ―Emilia Clarke, on Qi'ra
Qi'ra was created for the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story, written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and directed by Ron Howard, and is portrayed by Emilia Clarke. Her casting was announced on November 18, 2016. In Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Qi'ra was voiced by Olivia Hack.
Clarke said the filmmakers described the character to her as "film noir"; the character of Kathie Moffat of the 1947 seminal film noir Out of the Past was writer Lawrence Kasdan's early inspiration for Qi'ra. He conceptualized the character early in the development of the film, envisioning a Dickensian childhood for Han Solo and a young girl before other main creative talents joined the project, including his son, Jon. In this stage, the character's name was "Kura," and early concept art depicted her as an alien. This design was later used as the character of Margo and her species.
The name Qi'ra is phonetically similar to "Kira," a name that stems from George Lucas' early outline for the Star Wars sequel trilogy and was the original name for the character Rey during the development of the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
In a series of Twitter posts featuring behind the scenes details from the production of Solo, Jon Kasdan stated that Han Solo eventually told Leia Organa how he and Qi'ra escaped from the Den of the White Worms, which led Leia to get the idea of using a thermal detonator when disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh to negotiate with Jabba Desilijic Tiure in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. However, this has not yet been stated in any canon source.
Notes and references
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
- Most Wanted
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "Triplecross"
- War of the Bounty Hunters 1
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twin Suns"
- Star Wars (2015) 58
- War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha 1
- War of the Bounty Hunters 5
- Bounty Hunters 14
- War of the Bounty Hunters 2
- War of the Bounty Hunters 3
- Doctor Aphra 14
- War of the Bounty Hunters 4
- Star Wars (2020) 18
- Darth Vader (2020) 17
- Star Wars (2020) 18
- The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
- The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Michael K. Williams Has a Story You Need to Read to Believe (backup link)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: Emilia Clarke on playing Qi'ra (backup link)