FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
Ventress’ life took many sad turns, leading her from light to dark and places in-between. She was born on Dathomir, home of the Nightsisters -- a society of powerful female witches. But her clan was forced to give her up, and Ventress was taken by the pirate Hal’Sted. Upon Hal’Sted’s death, she was found by Jedi Knight Ky Narec. Ky sensed the Force in her, and trained her as a Jedi. But again she was orphaned when her Master was killed, a loss that sent her into a tailspin of rage and the waiting embrace of the dark side. She became Count Dooku’s apprentice, even though the Sith Rule of Two prohibited the existence of another Sith Lord.
Throughout the Clone Wars she acted as a Separatist assassin, always at the beck and call of Count Dooku. One of her first missions was the kidnapping of Rotta, Jabba the Hutt’s son, and framing the Jedi for the act. The Separatists were eventually exposed, however, by Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano. Time and again she battled notable Force-wielders including Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, proving to be adept at lightsaber combat and utterly ruthless. But finally, her value to the Sith expired, and Darth Sidious ordered Dooku to abandon her. Her dark Master instructed his troops to destroy Ventress, but she survived, orphaned yet again -- this time through a backstabbing betrayal, and she vowed revenge. After Ventress failed to assassinate her former Master, she and Mother Talzin found a Nightbrother called Savage Opress. The witch used dark magicks to turn the Zabrak into a brutish menace, meant to be Dooku’s new apprentice but loyal to the Nightsisters. Yet when the moment arose, Ventress and Opress were not powerful enough to destroy Dooku, and the monster turned against both. Ventress escaped and became something of a free-agent bounty hunter; when Ahsoka Tano was framed for murder and on the run, Ventress was the first to track the young Jedi. Despite their many previous battles, Ventress believed Ahsoka’s story and helped her, showing that good remained inside the wandering warrior.
Ventress won renown as a bounty hunter, but her life changed when she teamed up with Quinlan Vos, a maverick Jedi who’d agreed to assassinate Count Dooku. Ventress joined Vos in hopes of destroying Dooku, but grew to love him – he helped her feel love and compassion again. Ventress taught Vos the ways of the dark side, but then rediscovered the light herself, giving her life to prevent Quinlan from being lost to evil.
The Nightsisters are a coven of witches that lived on the mysterious world of Dathomir. The sisters ruled unchallenged, gifted with the power to wield dark magicks. The men of Dathomir, the Nightbrothers, lived apart from the witches, but were subservient to their whims. Despite their power, the Nightsisters avoided the conflict of the Republic and Sith, content to pursue their own matters. The Jedi gave them a wide berth, for they remain focused on matters on Dathomir. Count Dooku has had dealings with them in the past, and turned to them when he was in need of a new apprentice. Their betrayal of Dooku earned the Nightsisters a powerful enemy, and he ordered a massive attack by his droid forces in retribution.
Count Dooku was a menacing Sith Lord and central figure in the Clone Wars. Once a Jedi -- trained by Yoda -- he became disillusioned with the Jedi Order and thirsted for greater power. Dooku voluntarily left the light side behind and became Darth Sidious’ dark side disciple, taking the secret name Darth Tyranus and leading the Separatist army. Dooku advanced Sidious’s secret plot to take over the galaxy, but forgot that betrayal is the nature of the Sith.
Mother Talzin, the spiritual guide of Dathomir's Nightsisters during the Clone Wars, held enormous power on her homeworld and wielded the strange magicks of the Nightsisters. She sold the services of the Nightsisters to the galaxy's wealthy and powerful, but wasn't above backstabbing any clients who treated her clan with disrespect. She sought revenge against Count Dooku and his master, Darth Sidious. Dooku had betrayed the Nightsister Asajj Ventress, but his crimes paled in comparison with Sidious’s. Long before the Clone Wars, Sidious had promised to make Talzin his right hand, only to renege on his promise and steal her son, Darth Maul, to train as his apprentice.
Savage Opress was once a common Nightbrother whose fighting prowess impressed Asajj Ventress. Transformed into a monstrous warrior by Mother Talzin, Opress became Count Dooku's new assassin and secret Sith apprentice. His loyalty, however, remained to Talzin. The Nightsisters leader gave Savage a new quest: to find his brother, Darth Maul, who had somehow survived his apparent death and was living in exile in the Outer Rim. Savage located Maul and became his brother’s enforcer in the Shadow Collective, but died when Darth Sidious confronted the two Sith warriors on Mandalore.
A Jedi with a sarcastic sense of humor and a reputation for not playing by the rules, Quinlan Vos was an expert tracker renowned for his ability to read memories from objects people handled. The Jedi Council sent him on a mission to assassinate Count Dooku, during which Vos fell in love with the assassin Asajj Ventress and was forced to learn the ways of the dark side of the Force.