"Because the hunt leader—real nasty bastard by the name of Skikkesk—he's the jealous type."
―Chelli Aphra[1]

Skikkesk was a Trandoshan male from the same clan as the promising young Trandoshan Nokk. He led a hunt for young Nokk's coming-of-age ceremony and out of jealousy ordered her to kill a baby Wookiee. After Nokk refused, Skikkesk oversaw the purge of her brood line and Nokk barely escaped. Skikkesk eventually left as well and became a wanted criminal in the Outer Rim. In 3 ABY, one of Skikkesk's allies, Shrem, revealed the Trandoshan's location to Nokk and attempted to warn Skikkesk. However, Skikkesk was captured by Nokk and brought before Jabba the Hutt, where he was dropped into a rancor pit with Shrem.


Jealous decisions[]

"She's expelled, of course. Manages to flee before her brood line is purged—though plenty of her sisters aren't so quick. Old Skikkesk oversaw it all with—you gotta assume—typical Trandoshan stoicism."
―Chelli Aphra explains Skikkesk's role in the purge of Nokk's brood line[1]

Skikkesk oversaw the purge of Nokk's brood line.

Skikkesk lived in the same clan as the young Trandoshan female Nokk. He was the hunt leader for her coming-of-age ceremony but was jealous of Nokk, whose advanced skills had impressed the clan's elders. For Nokk's final trial, called "the bloodletting," Skikkesk placed her in front of a newborn Wookiee and ordered her to kill it. Nokk was unable to and was expelled from the clan as a result. Skikkesk subsequently oversaw the purge of Nokk's brood line,[1] which saw all of her sisters drowned.[2] Nokk herself was able to flee with her life.[1]

Eventually, the elders learned the truth about Skikkesk, but he had fled into the Outer Rim Territories. At one point, the Trandoshan helped the human Shrem betray his accomplice, Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, after they stole from Jawas. Skikkesk became one of the Outer Rim's most wanted criminals, including by the crime lord Jabba the Hutt, though it was to the knowledge of individuals like Shrem that those who came close to the Trandoshan did not survive.[1]


"Listen, I heard a rumor there's a coupla mercs know where you're at."
"You rat me out, you bastard?"
―Shrem warns Skikkesk[1]

Skikkesk and his men are ambushed by Winloss and Nokk.

In 3 ABY,[3] Nokk and her husband, Winloss, went to Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina, where Shrem worked as a barman. The pair tricked Shrem into revealing Skikkesk's location in exchange for a supposedly valuable scurrier, which in reality was a "worthless" spitscuttle. When Shrem contacted Skikkesk, claiming two mercenaries knew where he was, the Trandoshan asked if he had told them. Shrem then tried to ease Skikkesk's concern, but the latter and his fellow Trandoshan thugs were soon ambushed by Nokk and Winloss. Skikkesk's attempt to escape was stopped by a third bounty hunter, the Wookiee Krrsantan.[1]

After being beaten by Nokk and tied up, Skikkesk was taken by his three captors to Jabba's Palace and put before the Hutt. Shrem was also there, and Skikkesk told him to get out of the palace while he could. Out of greed, Shrem stayed and offered the spitscuttle to Jabba. The creature, though, spat at Jabba, causing the Hutt to open the trap door under Shrem and Skikkesk, releasing them into a rancor pit below.[1]

Personality and traits[]

"Skikkesk's wanted by everyone—and that includes the local crime lord—but nobody's gotten close and survived."

Skikkesk was a Trandoshan with green skin and yellow eyes. He was the jealous type: When fellow clan member Nokk displayed a record-breaking performance in her hunt, he deliberately ordered her to kill a baby Wookiee and oversaw the purge of Nokk's brood line when she refused to do so. Chelli Aphra described him as one of the most wanted "psycho villains" in the Outer Rim. As a criminal, Skikkesk made a reputation for being wanted by everyone as well as killing all who came close to him.[1]


Skikkesk wore a black-and-yellow short-sleeved jacket and similarly colored pants, which went down to the tops of his shins, along with a brown belt. He possessed a blaster pistol and a comlink.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Skikkesk appeared in the comic Doctor Aphra Annual 3, written by Simon "Si" Spurrier, illustrated by Elsa Charretier,[1] and released by Marvel Comics on October 30, 2019.[4] A preview for the comic, including flashback scenes with Skikkesk, was released on StarWars.com on October 23 of that year.[5]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Doctor Aphra Annual 3
  2. Doctor Aphra Annual 2
  3. The events of Doctor Aphra Annual 3 take place between issues 22 and 39 of the Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic-book series. In issue 22, Accresker Jail is decommissioned. Crimson Reign 3 states that Jeremoch Colton had been in the wreckage-prison for over three years when Madelin Sun visited him. Crimson Reign 3 issue also states that he was imprisoned after the capture of the Tantive IV, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY. The rebel base on Hoth is still intact during the events of Doctor Aphra 40, and Galactic Atlas dates the base's destruction to 3 ABY. Therefore, the events of Doctor Aphra Annual 3 have to have occurred in that year.
  4. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual (2019) #3 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  5. StarWars.com Rey and Rose Chase a Saboteur in Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Allegiance #4 – Exclusive on StarWars.com (backup link)