- "Do you want to lose your fingers or what, Solo?"
"Sorry, Salla, I... I just can't help it."
"Well, keep your hands off my instruments. Nobody flies the Starlight Intruder but me."
- ―Salla Zend and Han Solo
Salla Zend was a Human female who was the ex-girlfriend of Han Solo. She and cohort Shug Ninx later helped Solo and his wife New Republic Senator Leia Organa Solo save Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker and foil the reborn Emperor Palpatine's plan to control the galaxy from Byss years after the Battle of Yavin with her remarkably fast ship, the Starlight Intruder (which Zend often claimed was faster than the Millennium Falcon, but in a number of races with the Falcon, the Intruder never came out on top).
Biography[edit | edit source]
Zend was originally a student with a true gift for fixing and modifying machinery, yet she didn't seek training to become an engineer or a technician, preferring to become a spaceship mechanic aboard a corporate vessel. Eventually, she saved up enough money for a loan, with which she bought her own ship.
Her first time on Nar Shaddaa was eventful, with her getting into a fight with a smuggler named "Jump," who tried to romance her at first, but then tried to be rough; his roughness only got him a dislocated shoulder. Tweaking out her vessel, the Rimrunner, Zend began repaying the debt by smuggling with Han Solo.
She was one of the many smugglers who fought in the Battle of Nar Shaddaa where she and Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon were partnered up. During the battle, she personally destroyed three Guardian-class light cruisers with her ship's concussion missiles.
A race with Solo past a neutron star almost ended in disaster when her hyperdrive failed and Solo nearly died rescuing her. Disturbed by the narrow miss, Zend wished to marry Solo, but he refused and said goodbye to her. She later partnered up with Shug Ninx.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Although the first edition of The Essential Guide to Characters would firmly establish Salla's species as Human, she does have a "purr" and slight alien reverb to her voice in these audio adaptations.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Hutt Gambit
- Agent of the Empire—Iron Eclipse, Part 4 (Mentioned only)
- Rebel Dawn
- Dark Empire 3: The Battle for Calamari (First appearance)
- Dark Empire 4: Confrontation on the Smugglers' Moon
- Dark Empire 5: Emperor Reborn
- Dark Empire 6: The Fate of a Galaxy
- Dark Empire audio drama
- Dark Empire II
- Dark Empire II audio drama
- Empire's End (Mentioned only)
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial (Mentioned only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine 16
- Dark Empire endnotes
- Dark Empire Sourcebook
- Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- Heroes & Rogues
- "The Women Of Star Wars"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 12
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Unusual Suspects
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 88 (German Edition - ZEN1-2, Salla Zend)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 93 (BYS2, Byss) (Picture only)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 133 (INT1-2, Starlight Intruder)
- The New Essential Chronology
- Star Wars: The Comics Companion
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Han Solo: The Early Years"—Star Wars Insider 106
- The Essential Atlas