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"We're not marauders. We're allies."
―Enfys Nest[src]

Enfys Nest was a human female resistance fighter who led the Cloud-Riders, a band of pirates and rebel group that fought against the crime syndicate Crimson Dawn. Nest's skills as a pirate earned her a reputation as an infamous marauder including in Crimson Dawn, who Nest and her Cloud-Riders actively fought against in retaliation for the atrocities Crimson Dawn had committed against them. Nest, who wore a battle helmet passed down to her from her mother, had run-ins with Crimson Dawn operative Tobias Beckett and his gang.

In 10 BBY, Nest and the Cloud-Riders sparred with Beckett and his crew, including Han Solo, as they competed for a score of valuable hyperspace fuel called coaxium. After both groups failed to steal a shipment on Vandor, Nest and her lieutenant, Weazel, tracked Beckett’s crew as they stole coaxium from Kessel. Nest and the Cloud-Riders found Beckett’s crew on Savareen, where she revealed the group’s true purpose as allies fighting against Crimson Dawn. Solo sided with Nest and they teamed up to steal the coaxium from Crimson Dawn, dealing the syndicate a critical blow in the process. Nest intended to use the coaxium to help give life to a rebellion, so she gave the coaxium to Saw Gerrera of the Partisans and his young ward, Jyn Erso.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"And what would you use it for?"
"The same thing my mother would have used it for if she survived and still wore the mask. To fight back."
―Tobias Beckett and Enfys Nest discussing the contested coaxium[src]

Born during the twilight years of the Galactic Republic around 28 BBY[1] into a family whose women fought to protect the galaxy for many generations,[4] Enfys Nest was the daughter of a woman who led the Cloud-Riders,[5] a band of pirates who sought reprisal against the Galactic Empire and criminal syndicates that terrorized the galaxy. She came from a world that was brutalized by the criminal organizations of the Five Syndicates[2] and carried a specific vendetta against Crimson Dawn[5]—widely considered the deadliest and most powerful of the Five Syndicates[6]—for what they did to her homeworld, family and innocents across the galaxy. Around 12 BBY[7] Nest's mother perished, leaving the 16-year-old Nest to take up the mantle of her mother's distinctive mask and armor and her place as leader of the Cloud-Riders to carry on the mission of fighting back against the threats to the galaxy's safety.[5] With her identity and age hidden behind mask and vocoder chest box, she built a reputation as an infamous and dangerous pirate, not underestimated for her youth as she had been in the past.[8]

Raid on GargonEdit

"Nest is not in it for the money. I believe she's building an army and readying to go to war."
―Andressa Divo[src]
Gargon

Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders during the raid on Gargon

In 11 BBY,[9] about a year following her ascension to leader of the Cloud-Riders, Nest led a squad of six marauders on a raid of an Imperial spice cache on Gargon. The raiding party approached the cache aboard their swoop bikes and stole its stores of medicinally processed spice, kept in ready-for-use triage kits and emergency packs. Although pursued by Imperial forces that came near to closing in on them, the Nest and the Cloud-Riders successfully escaped with their quarry. In the ensuing Imperial Security Bureau investigation of the incident, Agent Andressa Divo observed how the raiding party took only the medicinally processed spice, forgoing the raw spice that could be refined into a lucrative narcotic form and sold for immense profit. While her compatriots attributed this curiosity to a hurried escape forced by Imperial pursuit, Divo judged it was a deliberate decision on Nest's part and reflective of the ideological motives behind her gang's activities. She suspected Nest was not simply out to make a profit but fostering an insurrectionist movement against the Empire and preparing an army to go to war.[10]

Tricking BeckettEdit

"If you died trying to recover the blank I.D. chips, then I'd have gotten rid of some competition, but if you succeeded—even better."
―Enfys Nest, to Tobias Beckett[src]
Enfys and Beckett

Enfys Nest confronting Tobias Beckett

In need of some blank identichips, Nest decided to trick her rival Tobias Beckett into acquiring some for her. Nest sent a transmission to Beckett and his crew, posing as Dryden Vos of the Crimson Dawn. Believing Vos wanted them to steal blank identichips, Beckett and his crew stole a package of identichips from Dvorad on Hovun IV.[11]

Beckett's gang took their cargo to the space station Munt Ontdal on the Rampart. However, when they arrived, they discovered that it had been a setup when Nest and her Cloud-Riders confronted them, managing to take them prisoner. Beckett tried to intimidate them with the threat of Dryden Vos showing up, but Val had deduced that Nest had been the one to send them on their mission. Nest threatened Beckett with a blaster, asking him where the identichips had been hidden. To prevent Nest from getting the cargo, Beckett destroyed the Rampart, escaping with his crew during the explosion.[11]

Train heist on VandorEdit

Having been a thorn in the side of Tobias Beckett and Crimson Dawn for an extended period of time, the possibility of Nest and the Cloud-Riders interfering with Beckett's heist on Vandor was brought up by Val, whose advice fell on deaf ears; Beckett had been assured that only he and his inside men had the knowledge of the supply carried by a 20-T Railcrawler conveyex transport in the mountains of Vandor. However, Val's fears were soon proven correct when Enfys Nest arrived with her Cloud-Riders, attempting to thwart an attempt by Beckett's gang to steal a large quantity of coaxium from the conveyex, wanting to take the coaxium for themselves. As Beckett and his gang detached the train car carrying the hyperfuel, Nest and the Cloud-Riders, flying swoops, attached tow cables to the car and attempted to wrest the fuel from Beckett's stolen Y-45 armored transport hauler, flown by Rio Durant and Han Solo. In the ensuing struggle, the coaxium cargo fell into a mountainous ravine, resulting in a huge explosion.[2]

Showdown on SavareenEdit

Beckett and his gang regrouped and managed to steal a second load of coaxium, this time in unrefined form, from the mines of Kessel. The unrefined hyperfuel was highly unstable and needed to quickly be processed at the Bis Refinery on the planet Savareen. After the fuel was processed, Beckett and his crew planned to deliver it to Dryden Vos, but were once again ambushed by Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders, who had been tracking them since Vandor. One of Beckett's crew members, Han Solo, attempted to bluff that the Millennium Falcon was poised to dispatch the Cloud-Riders, only for its owner, Lando Calrissian, to flee the planet.[2]

Enfys Nest and company

Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders on Savareen

After a confrontation, Nest revealed that the Cloud-Riders were not "marauders" as Beckett had believed, but freedom fighters trying to stop crime syndicates and the Empire from gaining more power. Solo was sympathetic to her cause, and hatched a plan to double-cross Crimson Dawn for the coaxium. The Cloud-Riders would then temporarily go into hiding and villagers would pose as the Cloud-Riders in order to lure away the Crimson Dawn's Hylobon Enforcers so Vos would be alone and easy to kill.[2]

Solo's plan worked and the Hylobon Enforcers disarmed the "Cloud-Riders", securing the coaxium vault. Before they could take the coaxium back to Vos, Nest and the real Cloud-Riders appeared in the encampment, ambushing and quickly defeating all of the guards. After the deaths of both Vos and Beckett, Solo handed the coaxium over to Nest, who stated that such a large quantity of the valuable material would help fund a rebellion against the Empire. She gave one of the vials of coaxium, offering Han a chance to join her movement, which he politely refused, leaving Savareen.[2]

Meeting with Saw GerreraEdit

"Saw Gerrera."
"Enfys Nest. I hope you have good news for me."
"Refined coaxium, enough to power a fleet, I trust you will put it to good use."
―Enfys Nest and Saw Gerrera[src]

Backed by her Cloud-Riders, Nest delivered the coaxium acquired on Savareen to the Partisan leader Saw Gerrera. Meeting on the condition that Gererra come alone, Nest was vexed by sounds of another person from within his shuttle and the Cloud-Riders readied their weapons for a fight. Gererra diffused the situation by revealing the companion was his eleven-year-old ward, Jyn Erso. Jyn had wanted to accompany him, curious to observe the exchange; believing she needed to learn to survive the dangers of the Empire, Gerrera allowed it. While initially surprised by her presence, Nest saw much of her younger self in the young girl and sensed Jyn lost her innocence at a young age much as she had. Choosing to break with her custom of hiding her identity and age even from potential allies, she removed her mask to reveal she herself was very young. Nest asked Jyn if she thought her age protected her. When the girl said no, she warned Jyn that people would still underestimate her and advised she make them regret it. Redirecting their attentions to the true purpose of the meeting, Gerrera and Nest boarded his shuttle to negotiate the exchange of coaxium, leaving the Cloud-Riders behind to secure the ship. As Nest walked in, Jyn quietly told her that Gerrera would underestimate her, impressing the older woman with how quickly she learned.[8]

EquipmentEdit

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Enfys Nest was a skilled combatant with her electroripper staff.

Enfys Nest wore gauntlets made of beskar armor plates that could be fanned out using a built-in servo and act as shields. She wore a battle helmet,[12] previously worn by her mother,[2] which was made out of items stolen or scavenged by its owners[13] and inscribed with a poetry extract reading "Until we reach the last edge, the last opening, the last star, and can go no higher." Nest rode a Skyblade-330 model swoop bike.[14] Enfys also made use of repulsorlift boosters strapped to her legs in order to increase her jumping ability. One of her most crucial weapons was her electroripper staff, which ran a current of energy through a coil in order to shred metal.

Behind the scenesEdit

"To understand who Enfys is, you first kinda think you gotta understand who Woody Harrelson plays, which is a character named Beckett."
Jon Kasdan, on Enfys Nest[src]

Enfys Nest is a character created for the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story, portrayed by Erin Kellyman.[2] The character was inspired by Maisie Williams' portrayal of Arya Stark in the Games of Thrones TV series.[15] John Powell, the composer of Solo, created a unique musical theme for Enfys Nest, one of six new themes written for the film.[16]

Erin was relatively unknown before getting cast on Solo, but casting director Nina Gold discovered her and gave her the role of Nest.[17] To get the part, Kellyman made three auditions. Though she thought after the first one that she had messed up, she was called again, so she did it better. In her third audition, she finally met Han Solo's portrayer Alden Ehrenreich and they did a screen test together. Kellyman was also tested on how well she fought, and went through some stunt tests just before her audition with Ehrenreich, though some of the stunts in the film were performed by Kellyman's stunt double Casey Michaels.[18]

The character's name was officially revealed on a Denny's-exclusive Topps trading card.[19] A French trading card from LECLERC specified Nest's gender as female before the film's actual release.[20] However, Star Wars Insider 180 referred to the character as a male, thus calling her he several times.[21] Nest's gender was left a mystery until the film's release where Nest was revealed to be female.[2]

Nest's height is listed inconsistently across several different sources. In the Databank, her height is listed as being 1.87 meters,[22] whereas Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Sticker Collection provides a height of 1.88 meters[23] and Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide measures her at 1.67 meters.[3] Despite the conflicting information, in the film itself Nest is visibly shorter than Tobias Beckett.[2] Because Beckett's height is consistently given as 1.78 meters across both books and his Databank entry,[24] it is apparent that Nest's true height is 1.67 meters, as listed in The Official Guide.

AppearancesEdit

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition establishes that Enfys Nest was approximately seven years older than Jyn Erso. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel establishes that Erso was born one year after the First Battle of Geonosis. Given that Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Geonosis to 22 BBY, Erso's birth year must be 21 BBY. As Nest is approximately seven years older than Erso, she must be born around 28 BBY.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Solo: A Star Wars Story
  3. 3.0 3.1 Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  4. Solo: A Star Wars Story Read-Along Storybook and CD
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
  6. Solo: A Star Wars Story: A Junior Novel
  7. Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy states that Enfys Nest was sixteen when she inherited leadership of the Cloud-Riders from deceased her mother. Given that Nest's birth year can be calculated as approximately 28 BBY from Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition, it can further be calculated that Nest was sixteen around the year 12 BBY.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition
  9. Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious Establishes that the raid on Gargon took place in 7966 C.R.C., and the Boonta Eve Classic of Neva Kee's disappearance took place in 7945 C.R.C. 21 years earlier. Given that Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates this Podrace to 32 BBY, it can be calculated that the raid on Gargon occurred in 11 BBY.
  10. Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Beckett 1
  12. Breznican, Anthony (2018-02-16). EW Solo the Official Guide by Pablo Hidalgo. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 2, 2018.
  13. Solo: A Star Wars Story Ultimate Sticker Collection
  14. Star Wars: Card Trader
  15. TwitterLogo @JonKasdan (Jon Kasdan) on Twitter "Thank the incomparable @Maisie_Williams 'cause we knew wanted a character in Star Wars that at least ASPIRED to be, like, a fraction as bad-ass as ARYA STARK. https://t.co/CTf7pi3Xit(backup link) (screenshot)
  16. Newbold, Mark (2018-05-18). John Powell reveals new themes from Solo: A Star Wars Story.. Archived from the original on October 2, 2018. Retrieved on October 2, 2018.
  17. TwitterLogo @JonKasdan (Jon Kasdan) on Twitter "continued" (backup link) (screenshot)
  18. SWCustom-2011 Unmasking Enfys Nest: An Interview with Erin Kellyman on StarWars.com (backup link)
  19. Topps logo Solo: A Star Wars Story (Card: Enfys Nest)
  20. Solo: A Star Wars Story (LECLERC)
  21. SWInsider Star Wars Insider 180
  22. StarWars-DatabankII Enfys Nest in the Databank (backup link)
  23. Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Sticker Collection
  24. StarWars-DatabankII Tobias Beckett in the Databank (backup link)

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