- "I am fear. I am the queen of a blood-soaked planet and an architect of genocide. I have helped to crack the Galaxy in half with this war and conquered every enemy I have ever faced—including death. All except for you."
- —Asajj Ventress to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Asajj Ventress was a Dark Jedi and one of Count Dooku's Force-sensitive operatives. As a child, she was trained as a Jedi on her homeworld of Rattatak by Jedi Knight Ky Narec, but she gave into her anger when he was slain and started down the path to the dark side.
After taking up the lightsaber of her dead master in addition to her own, she slew all of the warlords on her homeworld. Eventually, her actions came to the attention of Count Dooku, and after a test of her abilities, she became a Commander of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. During the Clone Wars, Ventress had several run-ins with both Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but after suffering a severe injury inflicted by Skywalker, she grew weary of fighting and disappeared into the unknown.Biography Early life
Asajj Ventress hailed from the barbaric planet of Rattatak. She became cold-hearted and merciless from a lifetime of enduring cruel hardships that began with the death of her parents. They had been warlords and had assembled a large army on Rattatak's southern hemisphere, but were defeated and killed by a coalition of other warlords under Osika Kirske. Ventress, alone on a harsh, unforgiving world, might have died, had it not been for the arrival of a Jedi Master named Ky Narec. Narec had become stranded upon Rattatak, and sensed Asajj's connection to the Force. Although Narec was cut off from the rest of the Jedi Order, he decided to train Ventress as his Padawan.
The two Jedi quickly became favored by the people, until Narec was killed by Osika Kirske before Asajj could become a fully-fledged Jedi. Because of this, Asajj was as skilled as any Jedi, but had not yet achieved mastery over her emotions. Asajj soon became a force of authority on her lawless homeworld, defeating most of the remaining twelve Rattataki warlords and getting her revenge on Kirske.
She tattooed a black stripe on her bald head for every warlord she slew. Ventress, now in control of the land once held by the warlords, had a castle built on Rattatak, from where she controlled her new kingdom. Asajj kept Ky Narec's lightsaber as a memento of the good times with her mentor, and developed a hatred of the Jedi, who she believed had abandoned Narec. Her bitterness and lust for revenge sent Asajj spiralling down the path of the dark side.