Aarno Dering was a tall humanoid male who served as a sports "timing" official for the swoop obstacle race during the Galactic Games on Euceron during the Separatist Crisis. The information dealer Fligh gave Dering the false alias "Quentor," in order to protect him.
During the Galactic Games of 26 BBY, Dering altered the swoop obstacle race time logs so it would appear that Alderaan had won. However, a fast-moving airspeeder piloted by former local athlete and Games Council member Maxo Vista killed Dering moments before Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi could interrogate him.
As Skywalker, his face gone pale, paused in a moment of solemnity over Dering's body (a ritualistic moment of commemoration observed by all Jedi to reflect on a life lost, even if the spirit was unknown to them), Kenobi was grateful to see his Padawan so affected, still, by death. For there had been a time when he had wondered if Anakin failed to connect, a time when he had witnessed a curious blankness on the boy's face after he had killed in battle (the slaver and crime-lord Krayn). He was glad, now, and reassured, after having watched Anakin since that time, to see his Padawan feel via the Living Force that connection, the enormity of a life lost. And he hoped that Anakin would never lose that particular vulerability.
The Jedi discovered postmortem that Dering had in his possession a false text doc ID and secret alias—Ak Duranc (using the first initials of their real names often helped beings remember their new identities). Investigating the corrupt timing judge's room (Block Seven, Room 4116) at the official Games quarters, Kenobi and Skywalker discovered on Dering's dropped datapad that he had information on the "fixing" of the illegal Podrace at the Great Dordon Caves also, suggesting that all the rigging during the Games came from the same source.
- Jedi Quest: The Dangerous Games (First appearance)