Xev Xrexus was a human female from Drazkel who was the boss of the Xrexus Cartel during the last years of the Galactic Republic. Prior to the Invasion of Naboo, Xrexus captured Eldra Kaitis, a Jedi Padawan whom she planned to sell at her auction. She was later killed by Darth Maul aboard her station to ensure the Sith's secrecy.
Discovering Eldra KaitisEdit
After a shuttle that was holding many Jedi negotiators crashed due to an issue implanted secretly by Darth Sidious, its sole survivor, the Twi'lek Jedi Padawan Eldra Kaitis, was stolen by Xev Xrexus, crime lord and leader of the Xrexus Cartel.
Shortly after the discovery, Xrexus held a party in her personal ship above the Drazkel system, during which it was intended that there be an auction for the Padawan. The parties attending included Grakkus the Hutt, Black Sun, the Pyke Syndicate led by Lom Pyke, several Kyuzo and Trandoshan hunters, each in their own respective group, the Ohnaka Gang, and Moogans led by Jee Kra. Xrexus was familiar with a portion of the guests, but the rest remained unknown, including a cloaked Dathomirian Zabrak, who was secretly Darth Maul, member of the Sith. Accompanying the Sith Lord were Duros bounty hunter Cad Bane, Aurra Sing, Vorhdeilo, and Troo-tril-tek.
Meeting Darth MaulEdit
During Xrexus's auction, she noticed that a young Darth Maul had snuck into the jail were Kaitis was being kept. Unknown to her at the time, his intentions were—as a Sith—to murder Kaitis, as he harbored an intense rage and desire for revenge against all Jedi due to a vision in which he saw the Jedi order wipe out all of the Sith. Xrexus and her guards confronted Maul, but the assassin, not wanting to cause a scene and leave a trail for anyone to discover his scheming, gave her a false explanation as to his appearance along with a fake name, causing Xrexus to merely send him away.
The leader of the Moogans, Jee Kra, won the auction, so Xev gave him Eldra to take away on his ship. However, Bane, Sing, and Vorhdeilo attacked the Moogan and his fellows, taking Eldra and storing her on their ship.
Xrexus discovered that Maul and his crew had stolen Eldra Kaitis and taken her in one of her ships, so she deactivated it mid-flight, sending it down to the Moon of Drazkel. She emerged to her crowd and put a bounty on Maul and Kaitis's heads, saying to the syndicates that she would make a game out of the Padawan's inevitable murder. On the Moon of Drazkel, all survived but Troo-tril-tek, who was severely damaged and couldn't be saved by his droid as her photoreceptors had been pulled out. Aurra and Bane defeated the other syndicates, leaving only the Trandoshans. Aurra, Cad, and Vorhdeilo bailed, leaving only Maul and Kaitis, who had to hunt the Trandoshans.
Overseeing the chaos from her hideout above, Xrexus learned that all of the hunters sent down had been killed, along with Eldra Kaitis. While Xrexus demanded more wine from her guards, Maul appeared, stating that they were dead. Xrexus, mistaking him for a Jedi who wanted vengeance for the death of Kaitis, attempted to barter for her life. At Maul's silence, she realized that he was instead a Sith. Her realization gave Maul his desired reason to strike, and he killed her with his lightsaber.
Maul's vision of the Sith being killed gave him an intense desire for revenge, but at Palpatine's order for patience, he grew restless. Maul tried to keep the assassination of Kaitis a secret from his master, which meant killing all who saw or knew too much. This, ultimately, included Xrexus, who had deduced Maul's true identity. By killing her in an attempt to keep his mission a secret, Palpatine (who had known of his actions all along) commended Maul, who he said had acted acted perfectly within his nature. Xex Xrexus was a factor in Darth Maul embracing the nature of the Sith.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Darth Maul 1 (First mentioned)
- Darth Maul 2 (First appearance)
- Darth Maul 3
- Darth Maul 4
- Darth Maul 5
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition