FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
During the Clone Wars, the Weequay pirate Hondo Ohnaka led a gang of brigands on the Outer Rim world Florrum, making a dishonest living raiding starships and holding travelers for ransom. Hondo dreamed of the big score that would make him an underworld kingpin, and thought he’d achieved it when he captured the Sith Lord Count Dooku.
Dooku escaped Hondo’s clutches, as did Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Jedi would deal with Hondo several more times – and they learned that while the pirate boss did possess a sense of honor, he never took sides in his relentless pursuit of profit. Sometimes Hondo was a valuable ally; other times he was a determined adversary.
Years after the Clone Wars, Ohnaka encountered the young Padawan, Ezra Bridger, aboard the Broken Horn. Bridger was answering an SOS, though Ohnaka claimed he’d won the ship from the gangster Cikatro Vizago. Impressed with the boy, he proposed they become partners. When the Empire arrived, there was little time to negotiate, and the two were off on an adventure. They eventually found themselves face-to-face with the slimy crime lord Azmorigan, looking to sell him power converters, but he decided instead to kill them both. They managed to escape, and Ezra revealed himself to be a Jedi; Ohnaka was delighted, as it brought back memories…and presented an opportunity. Maybe the boy would be a Jedi pirate?
Back on the Broken Horn, however, Bridger found Vizago in the brig. He claimed that he never lost the ship to Ohnaka — rather, the Weequay betrayed him and stole it. Ezra freed the gangster and helped him reclaim the Horn, though Vizago turned on the boy, as well. In the end, Hondo, Bridger, and the droid reached safety, though the boy decided not to join Ohnaka. “Oh, Ezra,” Ohnaka said. “You truly are a Jedi.”
After their initial meeting, Hondo later contacted Ezra Bridger with some intel: Imperials had Lasat survivors in custody and were transporting them. Based on this information, the Ghost crew freed the prisoners. Hondo, naturally, figured out a way to profit from the situation.
Along with Azmorigan and the Ghost team, Hondo tried to steal heavy weaponry from an abandoned Imperial ship near Wynkahthu. Things went haywire when Imperial sentry droids reactivated, and the only treasure Hondo walked away with was friendship: Melch, an Ugnaught and old crew member of Hondo’s, had stowed away in his crate.
This band of space pirates haunts the shipping lanes of the lawless Outer Rim Territories, in search of cargos to steal and travelers to hold for ransom. They have prospered just enough to maintain a stronghold on a sulfurous world, where they keep stores of grog, food, and other comforts. During the ongoing Clone Wars, the pirates attempted to remain neutral lest they get too drawn into an unprofitable conflict.
A pirate captain, Jiro attempted to salvage a transport that carried the Sith brothers Darth Maul and Savage Opress. Maul throttled Jiro with the Force, and made the attentive pirate an offer: his life spared as well as a trove of riches in exchange for his servitude. Jiro agreed to follow the commands of these new, impressive crime lords and offered to recruit more pirates. When Maul's bid to conquer Florrum failed, Hondo Ohnaka reminded his former pirates that their new Sith allies had no interest in helping them. Hondo called on all his pirates to pillage the now undefended cargo vessel used by the Sith, earning their loyalty once more by appealing to their boundless greed.
A deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious, Darth Maul was a formidable warrior and scheming mastermind. He wielded an intimidating double-bladed lightsaber and fought with a menacing ferocity. Though he fell in battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Zabrak from Dathomir would prove to be much harder to destroy than originally believed.
A harsh, arid desert world in the Outer Rim Territories, Florrum is off the beaten path of major galactic hyperspace routes, making it the perfect haven for hunted criminals or lawless thugs. During the Clone Wars, Hondo Ohnaka ran a profitable salvage and piracy operation out of Florrum. His affairs crossed paths with the Jedi on more than one occasion.
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.