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"Sir! They've gone up the ventilation shaft!"
―Tey How — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Tey How was the female cyborg Neimoidian communications officer for the Trade Federation Lucrehulk-class battleship Saak'ak. Her vocabulator and data goggles allowed direct communication with the ship. She was also the pilot.

She was present when the two Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi attempted to break into the bridge shortly before the Invasion of Naboo began. She informed her superiors that they lost communication with the squad of battle droids dispatched to ensure the Jedi were destroyed (under the belief that they dioxis gas killed them), before sealing the bridge at Gunray's command. After Kenobi and Jinn were forced to retreat from the droidekas, How informed her superiors that the two Jedi had entered the ventilation shafts.

During the Battle of Naboo, she was stationed aboard the Droid Control Ship Vuutun Palaa and under Captain Daultay Dofine's orders launched the droid forces after the N-1 starfighters, as well as activated the ground troops upon their deployment during the concurrent Battle of the Grassy Plains. After Anakin Skywalker destroyed the ship's main reactor with two proton torpedoes and set off a chain reaction, How made her soon-to-be final damage report to Dofine, who dismissed it as "impossible" and that a starfighter could never have penetrated the ship's deflector shields. How was later killed, along with her Captain and cohorts inside the ship, when the chain reaction triggered by the main reactor's destruction caused the control computer console to explode in front of the crew, just as the bridge was incinerated by the explosion.[2]

Personality and traits[]

A female[1] Neimoidian,[3] Tey How had mottled gray skin[5] and red eyes.[4]


How had audio and visual mechanics surgically implanted to assist her in shipboard operations.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

Originally created for the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace,[5] Tey How was voiced by Amanda Lucas[7] (credited as Tyger)[5] and an uncredited Marc Silk,[8] aboard the Saak'ak and Vuutun Palaa respectively.[5] As a result, Decipher's Star Wars Customizable Card Game erroneously identified Silk's character as a separate Neimoidian known as Sil Unch,[9] even though the screenplay had assigned his dialogue to How.[10] However, Leland Chee considered this an error and How became the pilot of both ships as was originally intended, while Unch was retconned into a separate Neimoidian seen on the left of both vessels' bridges.[11]

Secrets of Naboo provided Tey How as an example of a Neimoidian name.[12]

In Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 1, How does not speak, with all of her dialogue having either been cut or reassigned to different characters. It is P-59 who reports that Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi had escaped through a ventilation shaft, while an unidentified Neimoidian alerts Gunray of Amidala's transmission.[13] This continued in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 4, where the Vuutun Palaa's imminent destruction was instead reported by a Daultay Dofine-lookalike. In addition, How was mistakenly drawn with green skin and without her cybernetics, revealing her to have red eyes.[4] In Star Wars Episode I: I Am a Pilot, How was mistakenly identified as male.[14]



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