We last see Asajj Ventress in the Season 5 final of The Clone Wars. So what happened
to her afterwards? Her story continues in the book ‘Dark Disciple’. After helping
Ahsoka Tano prove her innocence over the bombing of the Jedi Temple, Ventress left Coruscant
and went on to live in a modified gunship and continued her bounty hunting business.
During this time, she grew out her hair and obtained a yellow lightsaber from the black
market to replace the two red lightsabers she lost on Coruscant. As a Bounty Hunter,
she made a name for herself and became familiar with many of the galaxy’s famous underworld
She befriended a pirate named Lassa Rhayme, after helping her steal precious cargo from
Hondo’s gang. Rhyme offered Ventress to be in her pirate crew, but Ventress refused,
saying to her that she prefered to live and work alone.
She later took up a bounty that required her to capture a Volpai by the name of Moregi.
As she was tracking him down, she bumped into Quinlan Vos who was disguised as a bounty
hunter. Unknown to Ventress, Vos was in fact a Jedi Master who had been assigned by the
Jedi Council to go undercover as a bounty hunter and gain Ventress's trust. His ultimate
goal was to assassinate Count Dooku, and he believed that partnering up with Ventress
would help him because she was familiar with Count Dooku due to her previous service to
him. She initially disliked him, but let him help
her hunt her bounty. The two of them eventually captured Moregi and split the money. Afterwards,
Vos insisted a partnership with Ventress. She reluctantly accepted the offer, due to
his impressive skills and also because she was attracted to him.
The two of them took on many bounty hunter jobs, including jobs from Rhyme and the Pyke
Syndicate. Overtime they grew feelings for each other, but kept their affections to themselves.
Vos, overcome with his feelings for ventress, eventually told Ventress that he was indeed
a Jedi and that he was on a mission to assassinate Count Dooku. To his surprise, Ventress already
knew, citing his unnatural agility and combat abilities. She agreed to help him by training
him in the darker aspects of the Force so that the two of them could stand a better
chance against Count Dooku.
She took him to Dathomir, her homeworld and a planet filled in the energies of the dark
side. Upon arrival, they witnessed the skeletal remains of the Nightsister massacre carried
out by General Grievous about a year before. There, the two of them exchanged their life
stories. She told him about her enslavement and the loss of her Jedi Master Ky Narek,
and how they lead her to the path of the darkside. He told her how he too lost his Master who
went by the name of Tholme. Even though Ventress was the one who killed Tholme, she told him
that it was Count Dooku who killed him.
During the training, Ventress trained Vos in the teachings and culture of the Nightsisters
use of the dark side of the force. She had him kill innocent animals with the force,
use the dark side to control beasts, train in aggressive lightsaber combat, and to use
his hatred when performing the force. As the training went on, they revealed their feelings
for one another and fell in love. Vos declared that after the assassination was done, he
would not return to the Jedi and would instead commit himself to Ventress.
Ventress eventually received information on Dooku’s whereabouts from her contact who
was still apart of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. She told Ventress that Count Dooku
was going to soon visit the Separatist capital world of Raxus to attend a ceremony.
The two of them made their way to Raxus, where they disguised themselves and were able to
get close enough to Count Dooku to confront him. They confronted him in a 2 to 1 duel.
However, Grievous joined in and tipped the fight in favor of Dooku. Ventress and Vos
were overwhelmed by both foes and the incoming droid forces. Ventress was forced to escape,
leaving Vos to being captured by Count Dooku. Ventress swore to herself that she would rescue
him. Meanwhile, Vos embraced the full power of the dark side, believing Ventress set him
up to fail the whole time.
Ventress knew that Dooku would take Vos to his palace on Serenno for imprisonment, and
that she needed help rescuing him. She got the help of Boba Fett, Bossk, Razzi, C-21
Highsinger, and Embo, after negotiating to pay them 250,000 credits for the rescue mission.
They arrived to Serenno on Boba Fett’s ship, Slave 1. There, the bounty hunters acted as
a distraction for the palace’s droid security forces while Ventress snuck inside the palace
to find Vos. She eventually found him broken, from being tortured by Dooku. When Vos sensed
her, he attacked her, calling her a liar and manipulator. He found out that it was her
who killed his Master Thomle, not Dooku. As they fought each other, they made their way
out of the palace, where they would see the bounty hunters fighting Dooku. Vos attempted
to aid Dooku in his fight, and that was when Ventress knew that Vos not only embraced to
dark side, but he joined the Sith Order itself.
Ventress and the bounty hunters barely escaped the failed rescue mission. Still wishing to
rescue Vos and having no other options left, Ventress decided to reach out to the Jedi.
She contacted Obi Wan and met him in a bar on Coruscant. There she told him what happened
to Vos. Afterwards, the two parted ways, and Ventress went back to work as a bounty hunter.
She returned to live on Coruscant on Level 1313. There she fell into a deep depression
worsened by alcoholism and severe insomnia. She was haunted by thoughts of Vos, who had
became Count Dooku’s new right hand man with the new name "Admiral Enigma".
She later met Akar-Deshu, a Jedi Knight and a close friend of Vos, who seeked Ventress
in order to have her help get Vos back. She agreed, and followed the Jedi knight back
to the Jedi Temple. There she went before the Jedi Council, where Yoda gave her a mission
to help Anakin and Obi Wan capture and redeem Vos. She accepted, wanting to get her lover
back and also because Yoda promised to officially pardon her of all her past crimes.
Ventress and the 2 Jedi would eventually land in Dooku’s Providence-class dreadnought,
where they believed they would find Vos. There they confronted Dooku and discovered that
Vos was still a prisoner and that he never actually joined Dooku. They rescued Vos and
escaped Dooku’s dreadnought. They made it back to the Jedi Temple where Ventress was
pardoned for her past crimes and Vos rejoined the Jedi. Unknown to the Jedi, Vos was still
under the influence of the dark side. However, Yoda suspected this and decided to test Vos’
allegiance by sending him once again on a mission to assassinate Count Dooku.
Vos was able to convince Ventress to join him on this mission and she accepted. He gave
her forgiveness over killing his master and told her he still loves her. During the mission,
they tracked Dooku to Christophsis, where they confronted him once more. They got overwhelmed
and Ventress sacrificed herself to save Vos from a lethal blast of force lighting from
Dooku. Seeing his lover being killed, Vos defeated Dooku. As he did, he felt a sense
of clarity and spared Dooku’s life. Vos then attended to Ventress who died in his
arms. Dooku escaped and Vos was brought back into the Jedi Order after attending a hearing
with the Jedi Council. They let him back in after admitting that sending him on a mission
to assassinate Dooku was not the Jedi way in the first place and felt some of the blame
for Vos turning to the dark side was on them.
Both Vos and Obi Wan attended Ventress's funeral on Dathomir, where she was buried in the traditional
way of her people.