- "This girl—Aayla—she called me through the Force. She helped calm me in battle with the wampa. Could she be…"
"A Jedi? Perhaps."
- ―Quinlan Vos and Tholme
Aayla Secura, born Aaylas'ecura, was a female Rutian Twi'lek Jedi Master in the later days of the Republic, who served with distinction as a General during the Clone Wars. She served as a Padawan under the tutelage of Quinlan Vos, and later, Vos' own master Tholme. Both Secura and Vos survived a brush with the dark side early in their Jedi training, though she later proved herself worthy of knighthood.
After Secura was promoted to the level of Jedi Knight, the Clone Wars broke out, and she was one of many Jedi to participate in the First Battle of Geonosis. She served in various campaigns, surviving such infamous battles as those on Hypori and Kamino. Indeed, such were her achievements that Secura was promoted to the level of Jedi Master near the beginning of the conflict.
As a Jedi Master, Aayla Secura led the Republic war efforts at Quell and was instrumental in the defense of Kamino and later Maridun. However, despite her undoubted prowess, Secura met her end during the instigation of Order 66 on Felucia. Master Secura was remembered for generations by the people of the worlds she had helped during her life, and stories of her were known to have become part of the culture of many such people.
In 46 BBY, two-year-old Aayla Secura was discovered on Ryloth to be strong in the Force during a mission undertaken by the young Quinlan Vos, the Kiffar Padawan of Jedi Master Tholme. Though she was Lon Secura's niece, the very young Secura was yet kept with the Twi'lek slaves of the local Hutt crime lord, to help ensure her safety from any possible threat. Notwithstanding, during Tholme and Vos's visit, the wampa guard of the Hutt went on a rampage, and the little Secura found herself in immediate peril. Fortunately, she emanated her need through the Force and was sensed and saved by Quinlan Vos. A strong connection and Force bond formed almost instantly between him and Secura. Vos persuaded master Tholme to test Secura for Jedi training on Coruscant, where she passed the tests. When Aayla was about ten years old, Quinlan Vos took her as his Padawan.
Secura was a skilled swordswoman and studied Ataru and Shien / Djem So. She also studied the Jar'Kai form, using a green and a blue lightsaber. She would also occasionally use a violet lightsaber. She had a good relationship with a young Twi'lek Padawan named Xiaan Amersu, to whom Secura gave a Heart of Fire as a gift. She also had a very close relationship with Jedi Kit Fisto, one which pushed the limits of the Jedi Code at times.
Secura once learned a very valuable lesson when her dear pet T'da died. Her master comforted her by relating how her beloved was now part of the Force, and would also live on in her heart. Ironically enough, she buried T'da on Felucia—a planet she returned to just before her own life abruptly ended.
Padawan Secura and her Master, Quinlan Vos, undertook many successive missions together. They rescued a little princess from the Skyboat pirates of Xoman Free, faced the Terbeasts of Ogden Minor, and solved the Mystery of the Lodi on Solibus IV. Also, in 30 BBY, an 18-year-old Secura tells Jedi High Council members (during their recounting of the Stark Hyperspace War) that she and Vos worked undercover on Tatooine in 32 BBY when Qui-Gon Jinn was temporarily stranded there. But the following year, when Vos and Secura were assigned on a mission to Ryloth to investigate the sources of glitteryll, all went wrong. The two were captured and drugged. Secura and her master suffered heavy amnesia. She was taken by her uncle Pol Secura, who had to feed her more glitteryll every day because her spirit kept reasserting itself. She forgot that she was a Jedi; she forgot she had a master and that she harbored Force powers.
One day a strange man came to Pol Secura's quarters, looking for his "Padawan" Aayla Secura. He showed Secura her lightsaber, but she still couldn't remember anything. After a while, when the man discovered that Pol Secura was behind the drugging, he came back for him. But when Secura tried to rescue her uncle, Quinlan Vos accidentally sliced him with his lightsaber, killing him. Enraged, Secura fled, vowing vengeance.
Brush with the dark side
- "From the moment you stepped foot on this planet, I sensed you…your scattered thoughts…I sent out my thoughts…my will…I drew you to me…for I need you, little Jedi. Great need…"
- ―Volfe Karkko to Aayla Secura
Desiring revenge on the man who killed her uncle, Secura hid herself on a pirate ship en route to Kiffex. On that planet she discovered and released Dark Jedi Volfe Karkko from his stasis field. She gave in to the dark side of the Force and was willing to help the Anzati Dark Jedi. He gave her command of his Anzati minions and let her hunt down the Jedi on Kiffex. Karkko needed them alive to regain his strength; he needed to suck their "Jedi-soup." But first he needed to feed himself and his Anzati. Secura took the Anzati and stormed a local stronghold. There she faced off against Quinlan Vos, Tholme, and Master Zao and got away with their captured people. Vos followed her and reached the prison of Karkko. Again she fought against her former master, but then she at last realized her true identity. At that moment Karkko used Force lightning to knock her out. When she woke up, she found Karkko dead.
Aayla Secura was soon thereafter assigned to Jedi Master Tholme, Vos' former master, and began the process at the Jedi Temple that would aid in a full recovery of her memory (it was towards the end of that recovery that the Jedi Council regaled Secura with their nostalgic recounting of the events of the Stark Hyperspace conflict). Vos, on the other hand, pictured himself as "a leaf blown forth by the wind," and he left Kiffex, going where the Force told him to go.
Return to Coruscant
- "Patience, Aayla. A Jedi you still are, and with you is the strength to overcome. But believe it, you must."
- ―Yoda to Secura after the latter returns from Kiffex.
After Secura returned to Coruscant, she sought the counsel of Jedi Grand Master Yoda. He told her that he was relieved when she had been found. She herself feared she was still lost after what had happened to her. Master Tholme had briefed Yoda on all that had happened to Aayla, and Yoda counseled her that she should not judge herself harshly. She replied that something was missing from her life now. Yoda offered his advice, telling her she was a Jedi and to be patient. Finally, he wished for her to understand that the Force leads them towards not what they always want, but what they need. Still somewhat confused, Yoda gave her one last piece of advice—to believe the Force was with her and would help her.
Ascension to Knighthood
Having returned to the Jedi capital, Secura, as happened with Vos, was re-trained in the Jedi Temple. Master Plo Koon agreed to use his telepathy to guide Secura as she arranged and organized in her mind her newly-recovered memories. In learning again of the Stark Hyperspace War, she met conflict veteran Jace Dallin.
Later that year, Secura went undercover, infiltrating the Twi'lek clan Fenn. She discovered that the clan's leader, Ro Fenn, was planning an attack on the Secura clan's male heir, the child Nat Secura. She informed Tholme and quickly joined her master against this new threat. Facing off against two Nikto Morgukai, Tholme was defeated but still managed to slip on their ship. Unfortunately, he was discovered and imprisoned. Secura followed Vilmarh Grahrk, who was in league with the Nikto, to his ship Inferno, but the Devaronian escaped.
The Force led Secura to a junkyard on Ord Mantell. There she found her former master, Vos, and helped him fight against bounty hunters. She explained all that had happened to Quinlan, and the two decided to rescue Nat Secura and Master Tholme. They succeeded in tracking down Grahrk and persuaded him to tell them where the two Morgukai went. They quickly set course for Kintan, the home planet of the Nikto, and there faced off against the two Morgukai, Bok and his father, Tsyr.
The Nikto escaped Ord Mantell and went to the fortress of the Twi'lek Kh'aris Fenn, who, all the while, had been behind the clan's current strife and misery, and waited for the Jedi to arrive. The two Jedi broke into the fortress and there confronted the Nikto again: Secura was to rescue Nat Secura and Tholme, Vos would fight the Nikto.
Secura reached the dungeon, defeated the torture droid AX/RX, freed Tholme and Nat, and went to Vos's aid. Vos had already beheaded Tsyr, but he had been knocked to the ground by Bok. Secura saved Vos's life by engaging Bok before he could deliver the final blow. She wounded the Nikto, taking his right hand, but did not kill him. Bok let himself fall hundreds of meters in order to keep his honor. The three Jedi and Nat survived. They returned the young Twi'lek boy to his father, but, unfortunately, Fenn escaped from Ryloth to Count Dooku's hidden stronghold. Ro Fenn, now forced to face Twi'lek justice, was sent into a land of no return—the Bright Lands, the side of Ryloth that was baked in eternal sunlight.
Clone Wars (22 BBY–19 BBY)
Battle of Geonosis
Aayla Secura was in the Jedi Temple at the time of the First Battle of Geonosis and thus was a member of the 212 Jedi task force sent to Geonosis to rescue two Jedi and the Senator Padmé Amidala held captive. Igniting her lightsaber and charging into battle, Secura was one of the few survivors of the battle between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Jedi that ensued in the Petranaki arena. At one point, she dispatched a super battle droid with a kick to the face as fellow Jedi Knight Sarrissa Jeng dealt with a Geonosian. Forced into the circle of survivors at gunpoint, Secura and the others evacuated on newly-arrived gunships and then led her own squad of clone troopers into battle. Thus was sparked the conflict known as the Clone Wars.
Mission to Corellia
Like almost every other fully trained Jedi in the Order, Secura became a Jedi General. Eight standard days after the Battle of Geonosis, she was sent on a mission to intercept Techno Union scientist Ratri Tane, who had fled to Corellia with the files and prototype of new droid circuitry, along with fellow Caamasi Jedi Ylenic It'kla.
Infiltrating the Wheel
Less than a standard month later, Secura infiltrated the Wheel, posing as a down-on-her-luck mechanic named Jayzaa, in order to locate Quinlan Vos, who hadn't reported from his undercover mission since the Battle of Geonosis. Together, they secured a copy of the plans of the impending Confederacy attack on Kamino. With the help of Khaleen Hentz and Tookarti they kept crime boss Zenex from stealing back the plans. After killing Zenex and his henchmen, Vos told Secura that he was going to set up spy networks for the republic. Using the intelligence they had collected, the Galactic Republic was able to fend off the attack on the rainy planet. In the Battle of Kamino, Secura defended the cloning facilities in her Jedi starfighter.
Battle of Kamino
She would remain on the planet, alongside Master Kit Fisto, and save the facilities once again, this time from sabotage from within—a Kaminoan nano-virus meant to wipe out the clone troopers. During the last minutes of the battle against super battle droids (under the control of a double-crossing Kaminoan), Secura fell into the waters of Kamino and nearly drowned before being saved by Fisto. As an amphibian, the Nautolan was able to absorb oxygen from the water and breathe it into Secura to help her breathe. When they were up on the surface again, they killed the double-crossing Kaminoan using the virus by tricking her into injecting it into herself. When Fisto saved Secura, it marked a significant point in the lives of both Jedi. The event started a relationship between the two that pushed the limits of the Jedi Code. The two Jedis' relationship was similar to that of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Siri Tachi.
Battle of Hypori
Later into the war, Secura ascended to the rank of Jedi Master. Four months after Geonosis, the Twi'lek Jedi, along with fellow Jedi Masters Daakman Barrek, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak Ti, K'Kruhk participated in the Battle of Hypori, where she was one of the Jedi who survived their first encounter with General Grievous. Grievous gripped Secura and the dead Tarr Seirr with his feet and sent both flying into the ceiling. She suffered grave wounds in the attack, and only survived due to the intervention of a squad of ARC troopers. It was after this mission that she was assigned to the 327th Star Corps, and later forged a close relationship with Commander Bly.
Battle of Quell
- "Are all Jedi this reckless?"
"Just the good ones."
- ―Republic Admiral Yularen and Aayla Secura
The Jedi and the Clones destroyed most of the droids on her ship, but were ambushed by a large number of Super Battle droids and were forced to flee toward Skywalker's ship. But then, an explosion started behind the pursuing droids. Skywalker noticed this early and Force pushed Secura, Tano, and some more clones into the ship's doorway and tried to use the Force to stop the explosion, but it didn't work and seriously injured him, but fortunately, Tano and Secura rescued him. Before the Jedi could dock aboard the Resolute to give Skywalker medical attention, fire from droid fighters knocked out one of the pilots, accidentally activating the hyperdrive. Secura told Admiral Wullf Yularen to take the Resolute up above, before they took the cruiser with them.
Battle of Maridun
- "Sometimes it takes courage to stick to one's beliefs, young Padawan."
- ―Secura, to Ahsoka Tano
After a treacherous trip through hyperspace, the Jedi and the few clones in their company crash landed on the planet Maridun. After they landed, Secura and Tano took Bly and the remaining troopers (except for Rex, who guarded Anakin during the night) to look for help. They found a drawing of a tree, so they looked for it, but some giant pods fell down, . Secura noticed that other pods had been dragged away by. Secura guessed that whatever or whoever had dragged away the pods were sentient creatures and thought they might be able to help Anakin. The group followed the tracks and were attacked by a pair of mastiff phalones and only Bly, Tano and Secura came out alive. The next morning, they found a village of Lurmen who had settled on the planet, far away from the war. The village elder, Tee Watt Kaa refused to aid them, fearing that destruction would break the peace they already had. However, at Tano's request, he did give them medical supplies and had his son, Wag Too help deliver them. But he requested that only one Jedi take the supplies and that Bly should follow. The Jedi agreed to this, Tano and Bly went to bring back Anakin, and the injured Jedi was healed.
Later, an army of droids, led by General Lok Durd, landed on Maridun and upon meeting Tee Watt Kaa, claimed the planet for the Separatists. The Jedi and the clones decided to leave the village, or else the droids would have killed the Lurmen. They left, but decided to steal a Separatist ship to get off of Maridun. They were followed by a spy droid, but they destroyed it before it could send news of their plans to the Separatists. The team climbed a tree and saw a Separatist fort and Durd testing a new weapon that destroyed life forms, but not machines. After the successful test, the Separatist army headed for the Lurmen village. The Jedi and the clones mounted a raid on the fort that night and stole a ship and two shield generators. They then headed back to the village. They offered their help, which Tee Watt Kaa turned down, but they then barricaded the village anyway. The Separatists reached the village and tried using their new weapon, but the shield generators stopped the effects of it. They then sent the droids out. Secura and the others obliterated the first wave, but the second group got past them and destroyed the shield generators. Secura and Tano took care of them while Skywalker destroyed the new weapon. After the battle, Wag Too thanked the Jedi for saving the village, and Kaa admitted that the Lurmen owe the Jedi their lives. Finally, three Jedi cruisers appeared and picked up Secura, Tano, Skywalker, Rex, and Bly.
Mission to Alzoc III
Later Secura went with Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Clone Commanders Bly and CC-1004, nicknamed "Gree," to investigate the planet Alzoc III, where Separatist activity had been reported by the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure. The Republic squad took several All Terrain Tactical Enforcers and headed for the coordinates of the location provided by Jabba. Along the way, the walkers were forced to scale a vertical cliff, and when a walker's path became blocked by a bulk of ice, Bly immediately ordered his men to blast it. Secura, however, ordered to hold, stating that the blast could lead to the collapse of the entire cliff, and proceeded to remove the obstacle in a more delicate way. Upon arriving at their destination, both the Jedi and the clone troopers witnessed a crash site of a large capital ship and were stunned by the view of huge masses of ice and numerous starship parts floating freely in the air. Deciding to investigate the unusual phenomena, the clone troopers used their jetpacks to reach what remained of the ship's hangar, while the Jedi followed them by using the Force to navigate through debris. Rendezvousing at the hangar, the group was attacked by a Vulture droid, and it became apparent that the crash site attracted Separatist interest as well. Unduli and Secura quickly defeated the droid and ordered the clones to scout ahead and find the ship's data recorder, while they themselves engaged the battle droids and followed by an alternate route.
After reaching the remains of the ship's bridge, Gree began to slice the vessel's data recorder, while the Jedi and the clone troopers protected him from the attacking droids. After successfully neutralizing the battle droids, Gree was able to access the record of the ship's final moments. It became apparent that an individual had used a Telgorn dropship to board a Munificent-class star frigate carrying two classified weapons, stole one of them, and then departed shortly before the frigate was hit by an explosion. The vessel had then crashed on the planet, where the weapon created a gravity anomaly. Soon, it was also revealed that the Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress had already visited the crash site and set the remains of the frigate to self-destruct. Unduli and Secura ordered the clone troopers to safety and then briefly dueled Ventress. The two Jedi trapped the Dark Jedi under the bulk of ice before leaving the crash site and reporting to the Jedi High Council.
Distracting the Zillo Beast
- "We aren't having much effect."
"Time to leave, it is."
- ―Aayla Secura and Yoda, on the Zillo Beast
When the Zillo Beast broke out of its captivity on Coruscant, it stormed its way to the Senate building and captured the escape craft Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was using to usher himself, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala to safety. Secura teamed with Yoda to leap onto the beast's back, attempting to distract it and allow the occupants of the escape craft enough time to scurry away from the beast's clutches. They were successful in their attempt, and followed the group to safety, shielding them from the cloud of gas from the toxin-bombs used to kill the Zillo beast.
Hunting Attuma Duum
- "Yes, tragic the events were—but a failure your mission was not. Destroyed was Duum's operation. And sense a change in you I do, Aayla Secura."
"Yes...maybe. Perhaps I found something within myself that was missing before."
- ―Yoda and Secura after her mission to Cavamina Minor
Around 21 BBY, Secura was assigned an escort of elite Clone troopers to arrest the mercenary Attuma Duum on the moon Cavamina Minor. She was betrayed by Duum's operatives, and in the ensuing struggle in the cantina, all her clones were killed. She fled, and her Delta-7B was shot down. She broadcast a distress signal on channel Delta-622-Echo. She was pursued on foot by Sabat, Duum's chief of security. The Force-sensitive Shon-Ju intervened to rescue her, engaging Sabat and his security droid. Sabat activated his jetpack, leaving Shon-Ju to assist a wounded Secura, who passed out from her wounds. Secura later woke up alone in Shon-Ju's castle. She explored the castle and found Shon-Ju watching over his students. The man told her his story, how he had trained as a Jedi but was rejected. Secura was ready to leave to return to her mission, but Shon-Ju told her to wait, because he wanted Duum shut down as well and agreed to accompany her.
The next morning, they stole two abandoned bombers to infiltrate Attuma Duum's headquarters. Once aboard, Shon-Ju rashly took her lightsaber to trip the alarms. Secura used her Force powers to subude the guards, but Sabat took Shon-Ju hostage and force her to surrender. Once placed in suspension, Duum visited them but was called off to other matters. He had lured two fleets, one of the Republic Navy and the other one from the Confederate Navy. When Sabat was distracted, Shon-Ju told her he wanted to kill Duum to humiliate the Jedi, who had failed to capture the mercenary. Shon-Ju then used own Force powers to escape his bonds and attack Sabat, throwing the latter into a turbine and killing him. Shon-Ju left Secura in her bonds for the moment, telling her that her destiny was in her hands, but she wouldn't stop him from finishing what he had come for. Shon-Ju then went to confront Duum, who revealed his cyborg body. As flames from the damaged base spread near her, Secura accessed the Force to escape. She arrived in time to intervene, preventing Shon-Ju from finishing a damaged Duum. Shon-Ju stated attacking her instead, allowing Duum to escape. As the two traded blows, Secura had a flashback to what Yoda had once told her. Shon-Ju picked her up by her lekku, sayihng he would end it for her quickly, but she just laughed in response, saying being a Jedi was accepting one's place. She then used the Force to grab her lightsaber and cut off Shon-Ju's hands. Shon-Ju said the Jedi kept taking from him, and ran off in tears into the flames.
With the base in its death throes, Secura stole another bomber to return to Coruscant. There she met Grand Master Yoda to discuss the results of her mission. Yoda consoled her, telling her Duum's operaiton was destroyed, and that he sensed a changein her. She replied that she found something inside of her which had been missing. She had doubts though, whether the change was for the better, as Duum could still be alive. Unbeknownst to her, both Duum and Shon-Ju had indeed survived, the latter accepting a set of prosthetics.
Mission to Devaron
Later in the war, Secura investigated Separatist raids on Republic supply lines along the Corellian Trade Spine as part of a Jedi task force of masters Tholme, T'ra Saa, Kit Fisto, and An'ya Kuro. When the headquarters of the raiders were pinpointed to the planet Devaron, Secura went undercover as Tuulaa Doneeta, the spoiled daughter of a Twi'lek shipping baron. This way, she managed to infiltrate Senator Vien'sai'Malloc's apartments as her guest, with Masters Tholme ("Miles Croft"), and Kuro ("Saba") as her servants. The Senator was the one who backed the raiders, hoping to play both sides in the war. She had hired bounty hunter Aurra Sing, an ex-Jedi, to make sure nobody learned of her plans.
The Jedi on Devaron were Sing's next targets, and after caving in her former Master and Tholme, she ambushed Secura. The Twi'lek survived and attacked Aurra. The two fought, and Secura was able to win by hitting the bounty hunter where it hurt: her feelings of abandonment. Aurra reacted by unleashing her rage, but thus became disoriented, and Secura cut off the antenna implant—installed by the hunter's Anzati mentors—that allowed Sing to feed off the fear of her prey. As Sing was enveloped in anger, Secura was at peace, and turned the former Jedi over to local authorities. She eventually ended up on the penal colony of Oovo IV. Then, Secura rescued Tholme and Kuro and provided intelligence she had gathered about the raider headquarters to Fisto and Saa and the raiders were dissolved in a battle between them and Republic forces.
Betrayal on Honoghr
Eighteen months after the Battle of Geonosis, Tholme told Secura that Quinlan Vos had not really betrayed the Jedi Order, but was a double agent infiltrating the Separatists to spy on Dooku, although he feared that Vos had fallen to the dark side.
She was then sent to the head of a squad of clones and seconded by the Clone Commander Bly on Honoghr to recover the Scientific Instrument Package (SIP) containing all data on a deadly gas developed by the Separatists, and fell into the hands of Noghri warriors. She had to battle against the fierce natives when unexpected help came: her former master Quinlan Vos. But when they had recovered the SIP, Quinlan turned against Aayla to bring her to Dooku. Aayla was again forced to fight Vos, but was defeated. Bly intervened to save her life; shooting Vos and causing him to flee.
Mission to Endor
- "Do you have any Jedi skills whatsoever?"
- ―A sarcastic battle droid, to Aayla Secura
During the war, Master Secura and Commander Bly investigated a deserted Separatist outpost in the Endor system. After discovering the base to be empty, (and finding remains of countless clone troopers and battle droids) Secura went out scouting, during which she was spied upon by a lone battle droid. When it attempted to shoot her, she severed its appendages with her lightsaber. While interrogating the droid, Secura was caught unaware by the native Ewok people and was shot with a tranquilizer dart.
Secura awoke within an Ewok treehouse, and using the battle droid as a translator, learnt that the natives believed her to be a forest spirit. As a spirit, it was her duty to vanquish the Beast in the Mouth of the Mountain. Secura, taking the droid along, complied. While climbing to the Beast's lair, Secura argued with the droid over her sympathy for the clones. Reaching the cave, the Jedi Master tripped on a pile of bones, alerting the Beast to her presence. The Beast quickly impaled the battle droid with its claw, leaving Secura free to use the Force on collapsing parts of the ceiling, forcing them down upon the monster. Having fulfilled her duty as the Ewok's spirit, Secura returned to her Republic gunship, where Bly was waiting. Dismissing her commander's worries, the pair, along with their squadron, headed to Felucia. The Ewoks would remember her brave deeds by immortalizing her in a painting depicting her defeat of the Beast .
Siege of Saleucami
Few months later, she accompanied Tholme to the planet Anzat in order to investigate the renegade Jedi Sora Bulq, Dooku's right hand. She found Bulq's ship, fought against a Morgukai warrior and stole the logbooks. The logbooks revealed separatist activity on Saleucami.
Then, the Council sent her to Trigalis to lead troops. There, she met Obi-Wan Kenobi, obsessed with stalking of Asajj Ventress, and offered him her Jedi Starfighter. She then received a transmission from Tholme, telling her that the Separatists had created an army of Bok's clones on Saleucami, the Morgukai warrior she had defeated years ago, specially trained by Anzati to kill Jedi.
The Republic therefore sent an army to lay siege to Saleucami, supported by many Jedi including Quinlan Vos, apparently repentant but still playing a double game. They fought side by side against Morgukai clones, destroyed the planetary shield that prevented the republican forces to bombard the planet, and destroyed the cloning facilities. Secura then had to face Bok again and killed him, while Vos faced Sora Bulq in a duel, sliding more towards the dark side of the Force. Secura and Tholme went into meditation and snatched Quinlan from the darkness, allowing him to defeat his opponent.
Following the siege of Saleucami, Secura and her troops were sent to Felucia to help Jedi Knight Barriss Offee uncover a plot to poison Felucia's water supply. There, Secura had also gained the respect of the 501st Legion in the time they served with her when she saved them from a number of deadly acklays and helped destroy an auto-turret system. After freeing Offee and her new Padawan Zonder, Secura and the Padawans Ekria and Drake Lo'gaan were able to discover that Presidente Shu Mai of the Commerce Guild had arranged the poisoning of Felucia's water supply.
While Offee took a squad to Har Gau, Secura and Commander Bly went to Niango. While preparing to engage an oncoming onslaught of droids, Secura glanced to the skies as a Felucian bird flew overhead. Standing behind her friend and commanding officer, the ever-loyal Commander Bly received word from the Supreme Chancellor ordering him to carry out Order 66, which denounced Secura and her fellow Jedi as traitors to the Republic. Distracted by the bird, the Twi'lek could not even ignite her lightsaber before she was struck by blasterfire from behind; as she crumpled to the ground beneath a large fungal growth, her troops continued to fire at her body repeatedly. Soon after, the AT-TE walker that was closest to her fired at Barriss Offee, making her the next victim of the Great Jedi Purge. Immediately after the Twi'lek's death, Secura's friend Jedi Master Darrus Jeht felt her demise through the Force and experienced a vision of her being killed by the clone troopers.
- "They believe you are a forest spirit…"
- ―Anonymous B1 battle droid
When the Galactic Empire emerged, official records compiled by Sate Pestage stated that Aayla Secura and Barriss Offee were both executed because they were plotting to poison Felucia's water supply, although it was really the Separatists. When the purge of the Jedi Order was enacted, a member of the 501st reflected on his time on Felucia with Secura and, though he believed the Jedi to be traitors to the Republic, hoped that she had been granted a quick death as he believed that "she had earned that much".
However, despite the attempts of the Empire, Aayla Secura was remembered by the peoples of the worlds she aided, in some cases merging with pre-existing goddess myths or historical figures. As late as 40 ABY, a professor by the name of Movac Arisster believed that he had seen a vision of Secura telling him to kill a Jedi, though this had in fact been a projection by the Sith Lady Lumiya. By that time, there were still fictitious accounts of her life being written.
Personality and traits
- "Does it concern you that you have doubts?"
"No, I think it is good. I trust in my skills and training, but without doubts, without realizing that things could spin out of control, I would become arrogant, a failing that could lead to the dark side."
"Very good, Aayla Secura. Now you know why you are worthy of being entrusted with so important a mission."
- ―Jedi Knights Ylenic It'kla and Aayla Secura.
In the aftermath of the events on Kiffex, she felt something was missing inside of her. Master Yoda consoled her and told her to believe that the Force gave her strength. Events on Cavamina Minor years later forced a change inside of her, and she said she felt something had been found.Secura had a brief romantic relationship with Kit Fisto, but she was dedicated to the Jedi Order and decided the Order was more important than her relationship with Fisto, though they would still nurse feelings for each other. From childhood, Aayla formed an intimate Force bond with her savior, the stripling padawan Quinlan Vos, years before he turned to the dark side; she once said that he had been like a father to her. Like her relationship with Fisto, however, she eventually learned to let go of her attachment to her master, and she later taught Ahsoka Tano, Skywalker's padawan, to do the same. She also had a close friendship with Commander Bly, but like most clones Bly obeyed Order 66, betrayed her trust, and killed her.
Secura's attire was practical, albeit somewhat revealing, and allowed her to both move freely and show her Jedi affiliations. She also wore ornate jewelry on her navel. When she retired from her duties to sleep, she usually wore an ornate red and gold floral robe, although she tended to leave its folds fully open, exposing her body in the process.
Powers and abilities
- "The Force has made us strong."
- ―Aayla Secura
Aayla Secura was trained as a Jedi Guardian, leading her to focus more on her combat skills, becoming an impressively skilled fighter. She mastered the fourth form of lightsaber combat, Ataru, and had some skill in Form V, as well as being a practitioner of Jar'Kai. Secura's lightsaber skills allowed her to survive the battle of Geonosis, hold her own against General Grievous, (albeit with help from several other Jedi) and overpower the skilled bounty hunter Aurra Sing in a duel. She had also grown adept in unarmed fighting, especially while sparring with Commander Bly. She also survived an encounter with Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress on Alzoc III and several acklays when on Felucia.
In addition to her combat skills, Secura was very skilled in stealth and infiltration which she learned from Quinlan Vos and Tholme. Secura also had some skill with Force cloak, which was a hard to learn ability that some masters couldn't complete. She was also known to use her beauty and Force powers to seduce people into giving information.
Aayla Secura was also a skilled pilot.
In combat she was known to use the nexu stance evasive roll.
Behind the scenes
- "I was thinking of killing her off early, just to up Quin's angst quotient, but Jan's daughter Sian asked us not to. I'm glad she did!"
- ―John Ostrander, on Aayla Secura's character development
Aayla Secura was originally created for the Expanded Universe by artist Jan Duursema and writer John Ostrander. In early concept art for the character, she was a fish-like creature rather than a Twi'lek. After seeing a piece of cover art of the final character, George Lucas decided to place her in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. However, the character's appearances in the films are brief, and she sees most of her action in Expanded Universe material.
She is voiced by Jennifer Hale in The Clone Wars TV series in a slight French-type accent in the series. Director Dave Filoni wanted the character to have something slightly different for her voice, resembling a post World War II veteran dialogue.[source?]
Her surname came from Nat Secura, originally introduced in the short story Of the Day's Annoyances: Bib Fortuna's Tale from Tales from Jabba's Palace. The two eventually appeared together in Rite of Passage. Writer John Ostrander originally wanted to kill Secura in Twilight, but was convinced by Jan Duursema's daughter Sian to let her live.
Secura is depicted in the game Star Wars: Battlefront II as having two lightsabers—a green one and a blue one (although she has blue and purple sabers in the cutscenes and the PSP version)—but uses a single blue saber in all G- and T-canon appearances.
In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (video game) all concept art can be unlocked by entering AAYLASECURA as a cheat code.