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"Master Jedi. The Prime Minister is expecting you."
"I'm expected?"
"Of course. He is anxious to meet you. After all these years, we were beginning to think you weren't coming."
―Taun We and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Taun We was a Kaminoan female administrative aide who served Prime Minister Lama Su during the last years of the Galactic Republic. Prior to the Clone Wars, the planetary government of Kamino was commissioned by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas to create an army of clone troopers for the Republic. Taun We worked alongside the clone army's genetic donor, a human bounty hunter called Jango Fett, overseeing the clone troopers' development in Tipoca City. Although Fett lacked pride in the army that was modeled on his template, Taun We was satisfied with the clones' progress, noting that every unit met with her people's expectations. Ultimately, she believed that the clones would grow into the finest soldiers ever produced on Kamino.

During the last days of the Separatist Crisis, Taun We greeted Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi upon his arrival in Tipoca City. Unaware of Kenobi's mission to find the mercenary who tried to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala, Taun We presumed that he was sent by the Jedi Order's High Council to inspect the clone units. Kenobi used Taun We's naïveté to infiltrate the cloning facility which, in turn, led to his discovery of Jango and Boba Fett. She continued serving as Lama Su's aid during the proclamation of the New Order.

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Creation of the clone army[edit | edit source]

"I do believe that this army will be our finest creation yet. Not a single clone unit has fallen below combat parameters. You must be very proud."
"What do I have to be proud of? Livestock bred as cannon fodder? Like you said, they're your creations."
―Taun We and Jango Fett[src]

Taun We was the administrative aide of Prime Minister Lama Su, leader of the government of Kamino,[1] during the last years of the Galactic Republic.[5] In the decade between the Naboo Crisis and the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Kaminoans utilized their advanced cloning technology to engineer an army of clone troopers at the behest of the Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas,[2] who foresaw that the Republic would need a proper military for its defense.[6] As a member of the Prime Minister's administration, Taun We was involved in the army's development.[2]

Taun We kept track of the clone army's progression, noting that not a single clone unit had fallen below combat parameters. She shared this information with Jango Fett, a human bounty hunter who served as the original source of the clone troopers, while observing clone cadets engaged in training routines. She declared the army to be the Kaminoans' finest creation to date, although Fett felt he had little personal pride in the achievements of Taun We's creations.[7]

Genesis of the Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

"Tell your Council that the first battalions are ready. And remind them, if they need more troops, it will take more time to grow them."
―Taun We, to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Taun We introduced Obi-Wan Kenobi to Jango Fett, the template of all clone troopers.

In 22 BBY,[8] the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi traveled to Kamino while investigating an assassination plot against Senator Padmé Amidala.[2] Taun We greeted Kenobi in Tipoca City under the false impression that he came to inspect the cloning operation as an emissary of the Jedi Order.[1] After introducing him to Lama Su, she arranged a meeting between Kenobi and Fett at the Jedi's request.[2]

Before Kenobi's departure from the cloning facility, Taun We confirmed that the first battalions were ready for service, although more units required additional time to complete their growth stage. Shortly thereafter, the Grand Army of the Republic was formed—its ranks consisting of the Kaminoan clone troopers—in response to the military threat of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[2] Following the start of the war, Taun We worked closely with Shaak Ti, a member of the Jedi High Council who was tasked with overseeing the clones' development once the Clone Wars began.[9]

Formation of the Galactic Empire[edit | edit source]

As of 19 BBY, Taun We was still present on Kamino, working alongside Lama Su after the Proclamation of the New Order by Emperor Palpatine. She stood beside Lama Su while he met with Wilhuff Tarkin to discuss the Galactic Empire's need or lack thereof for additional clone troopers, working on a datapad as Lama Su worked to convince Tarkin of the merits of clones versus conscripted soldiers.[4]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"I should very much like to meet this Jango Fett."
"I would be very happy to arrange it for you."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Taun We[src]

Taun We was gentle, beautiful, and proud of her people's accomplishments.

Taun We was a Kaminoan female who stood at 2.13 meters. Physically she was notable for her beauty and sylph-like figure.[1] Like other members of her race,[3] Taun We had large black eyes with white pupils.[2] She was proud of the clone troopers developed for the Grand Army of the Republic, believing the army to be the finest creation of her people.[7] She possessed a gentle nature, but was also naive and therefore failed to realize that Obi-Wan Kenobi had been unaware of the clone army's existence prior to his arrival on Kamino.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Taun We was voiced by Rena Owen in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[2] In the film, she was portrayed as an entirely computer-generated character. Owen performed Taun We's voice on set, wearing a specially modified hardhat with a maquette of the alien's head on top, which provided her co-stars with the proper line-of-sight for talking with the two-meter tall alien.[10]

In her opinion about the character, Rena Owen described Taun We as a creature of love and light, a graceful form that easily glides through life.[10]

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