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- "I'm just trying to get by in a tough galaxy."
- ―Mirta Gev
Mirta Gev was a female Mandalorian bounty hunter around the time of the Second Galactic Civil War. The daughter of a bounty hunter, Ailyn Vel, she embarked on a quest first undertaken by her mother, which was to find and kill her grandfather, legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, who had abandoned Ailyn Vel at a young age. When Gev finally tracked down Fett in 40 ABY, she ended up entering into a partnership with the dying bounty hunter to find a cure for his illness. Gev assisted Fett in finding a bounty hunter named Skirata, who had medical data needed to treat Fett. She continued to work with Fett after that endeavor, including a mission to find Gev's grandmother, Sintas Vel, who had been frozen in carbonite for thirty-eight years. Gev would later take care of Vel while she recovered from her time in carbonite. Once Vel was well enough to be on her own, Gev fought on the front lines of the Mandalorian involvement in the Second Galactic Civil War, including fighting in the Second Battle of Fondor and the First Battle of Roche. It was after Roche that she was captured by the Galactic Alliance Chief of State, Sith Lord Darth Caedus, and interrogated. After her interrogation, Caedus released a nanovirus into her home planet of Mandalore's atmosphere, preventing her from returning to her home.
- "Mama was all I had and I don't like it that way."
- ―Mirta Gev
Mirta Gev was born the daughter of bounty hunter Ailyn Vel and and a Mandalorian warrior named Makin Marec. While Marec and Vel's relationship didn't last, Gev stayed close to both of her parents. When Gev was young, she spent two summers with her father on the planet Null, where Marec taught Gev everything he could related to combat and bounty hunting. Soon afterwards, Marec was killed when his ship suffered a hull breach. Once Marec died, Vel was left to raise Gev alone. All the while, Vel was angrily searching for her grandfather, a famous bounty hunter named Boba Fett. Fett deserted Vel and her mother Sintas Vel when Vel was still a child, and Vel desired revenge on her absent father. Sintas Vel later disappeared on a bounty hunting assignment, leaving Ailyn Vel all alone. At one point prior to 40 ABY, Gev was married, but that relationship broke up for unknown reasons. Gev got into her mother and grandfather's business as a bounty hunter, at one point encountering former clone trooper Skirata during an ill-fated mission. She eventually came into possession of a gemstone belonging to her grandmother, Sintas. Upon finding the stone, Gev started off on a trip to find her mother and return the stone to her, believing that the stone would be the only thing Ailyn Vel had of her lost mother. Gev also resumed Vel's search for Boba Fett, hoping to aid Vel in her revenge.
Template:Dialogue8 In 40 ABY, she finally found him. Fett was on the Outer Rim world of Taris, for a meeting with his second-in-command, Goran Beviin. Gev approached him as he returned to his starship, the Firespray 31-class patrol and attck craft Slave I. Upon meeting him, she showed him the heart of fire gemstone belonging to her mother. Fett was surprised and suspicious upon sighting the long-forgotten gem which he had given to his former wife. She revealed her name to the bounty hunter, and then informed him of her knowledge of the identity of Sintas Vel's killer, but Fett did not care who killed Vel. However, Fett wished to see his daughter Ailyn and apologize for what he had done to her, and Gev offered to tag along. Also, Fett needed to find his one-time caretaker, the Kaminoan Taun We. Fett was dying due to numerous tumors in his body, and believed that We had the solution to his ailments. The two left the planet Taris in the Slave I, in search of the elusive Kaminoan.
The pair first traveled to Roonadan in the Corporate Sector, where Gev was forced to remain in the cargo bay of the Slave I while Fett was out and about searching for Taun We. Fett returned to the starship empty-handed, an changed course to Vohai, in the Outer Rim Parmel sector. Whilst journeying from Roonadan to Vohai, Gev told Fett of her encounter with Skirata. Fett thought his aging could be stopped and he could be healed by obtaining scientific data gathered by Ko Sai, and dead Kaminoan cloner who specialized in aging. Upon hearing Gev's story about Skirata, Fett realized that Skirata must have had the missing Ko Sai data. Once they reached Vohai, Gev was once again forced to remain in the ship, despite her attempts at coercion. Once Fett returned to the ship, Gev pointed them to Coruscant, where she believed that her mother was.
Before they were able to venture to Coruscant and Ailyn Vel, Fett was presented with urgent business in the Corellian sector, and forced to reroute there, taking Gev with him. Fett, Gev, and a group of Mandalorian commandos assembled by Goran Beviin met in the Zerria bar on Drall two days later. While the rest of the Mandalorians were hostile towards a stranger such as Gev, once Fett mentioned her Mandalorian heritage, they immediately thawed and welcomed her into the group. It was here that Gev met her future husband, Mandalorian warrior Ghes Orade, for the first time. Soon afterwards, they were contacted by rising Corellian politician Dur Gejjen. Gejjen was scheming to eliminate a political rival, Corellian Chief of State Thrackan Sal-Solo, and needed a contract killer. He offered Fett the job, and Fett accepted, bringing Gev along with him. The plan was carried out, with Fett and Gev accompanied by ex-smuggler Han Solo, and Sal-Solo was assassinated, with Gev dealing the killing blow. Gev and Fett escaped the scene of the crime soon afterwards, and returned to Gejjen, who rewarded them to the tune of one million credits. After the assassination, Gev asked Solo for any information on Ailyn Vel's location. Han Solo then contacted his wife Leia Organa Solo for more information on Vel, who informed them that Vel was killed under interrogation by Galactic Alliance Guard captain Jacen Solo, robbing Gev of her mother. Vel's body was returned to Fett and Gev, and Gev decided to bring her mother's corpse back to Mandalore. But first, the pair traveled to Geonosis, to return the body of Fett's father, Jango Fett, to Mandalore to be buried.
Search for Skirata
Template:Dialogue2 With a heavy heart, Mirta Gev and Boba Fett returned to Mandalore with Jango Fett's body in tow. The two buried Jango next to Ailyn Vel, his granddaughter. The two stayed on Mandalore for some time, with Gev staying with in the home of a Mandalorian warrior named Novoc Vevut, one of the Mandalorians who had attended the meeting on Drall. While staying with Vevut, she grew enamored with her future husband, Vevut's adopted son, Ghes Orade. Afterwards, the two attended a meeting of the Mandalorian clans, held in a hall donated to the people of Mandalore by MandalMotors, the prevalent arms company in the Mandalore sector. The Mandalorians were anxious to fight in the ever-escalating conflict between the dominant galactic government, the Galactic Alliance and a breakaway group of systems, the Confederation. Under Mandalore Boba Fett's reign, the economy had been thrown into dire straits, with a flow of credits needed to import food. The meeting with the Fett deciding not to back either side in the war, and calling two million Mandalorians to return to Mandalore to strengthen their homeworld after the devastating Yuuzhan Vong War. After the meeting adjourned, Gev departed with Fett to search for their missing clone, Skirata.
Since Kad'ika was working as a bounty hunter, Fett came up with a plan to locate him. Gev would pose as a client looking to hire a bounty hunter, and would enlist the services of Skirata. The grandfather and granddaughter pair traveled in the Slave I to Bador, in the Core Worlds Kuat system. Once they landed on Bador, the two entered a local establishment known as the Paradise Cantina. The barkeeper and employees of the cantina, however, were hostile to the two, after the last Mandalorian to enter the cantina, Skirata, killed a local crime boss named Cherit. The hostility from the bartender led to an all out brawl, with the Mandalorians winning easily. After the fight, the bartender told Gev and Fett that Cherit's successor, Fraig, took over Cherit's position, and that Fraig could be found at the Tekshar Falls Casino.
Upon the two reaching the Tekshar Falls Casino, Gev conned Fraig's bodyguard into letting Fett and her see him, by claiming that Fett was the "President of Mandalore". Once the two gained admission to Fraig's private suite and attempted to question him, Fraig was resistant. Gev and Fett were forced to intimidate the location of Skirata out of Fraig by attaching him to a fibercord and throwing him off a balcony, and, faced with death, Fraig divulged that Skirata had a grudge against a Twi'lek clan named Himar. Gev and Fett were forced to fight their way out of the building after Fraig's "interrogation" against on onrush of bodyguards, but were victorious and escaped the casino. Once the two returned to the Slave I, prepared to continue their investigation, Skirata appeared to them, ending their long search.
- "Just look for the carbonite slab."
- ―Mirta Gev
After the search for Skirata ended, Gev returned to Mandalore and continued to stay with Vevut and her new boyfriend, Orade. At this point, she had begun to consider marrying Orade, egged on by his adoptive father, Vevut, who promised her a blaster that "could take the head off a dozen Trandoshans with one shot" should she marry Orade. Meanwhile, Fett finally used the Ko Sai data provided to him by Skirata to beat his illness. Gev attended his medical procedure with Orade, and was introduced to Venku Skirata, a Mandalorian political leader and son of clone trooper Darman and Jedi Knight Etain Tur-Mukan. In a meeting with Venku Skirata and his friend Gotab in a Keldabe tapcafe, Gotab revealed the location of Sintas Vel by using Kiffar abilities to read Vel's heart-of-fire stone. Vel was on Phaeda after an unsuccessful fight with a crime lord named Rezodar. Fett, in an attempt to finally get closure with his ex-wife after more than fifty years, commissioned Gev to bring him more information on Vel's situation.
After some research, Gev discovered that Rezodar, a gangster, had died in 2 ABY, and had left a vast estate. Since the Phaedan government couldn't claim his possessions, they had been in storage for thirty-eight years, and the Phaedan state lawyer was more than happy than to give away some of Rezodar's possessions. However, by investigating further, Gev found out that Vel's body, in a carbonite slab, was among these objects, possibly meaning that Vel yet lived. Gev and Fett traveled to Phaeda together in the Slave I, with their objective being to bring her back to Mandalore and thaw her from her carbonite slumber, and to help her rehabilitate along the way. Once on Phaeda, they went to the planet's Registry of Testaments and Legacies, where Vel had been stored, and retrieved her body. They then returned to Mandalore, where Vel was unfrozen. Over the next few months, Gev helped care for her grandmother as she dealt with memory loss and dementia caused by her years in carbonite.
Second Battle of Fondor
Once Vel was well enough to be left on her own, Gev served on the crew of a Tra'kad with several other Mandalorians and Jedi Knight Jaina Solo, who had come to be trained by Boba Fett, during the Second Battle of Fondor. During their time together on the Tra'kad, Gev and Solo formed something of a friendship. The Mandalorians then received word that long time Galactic Empire leader Gilad Pellaeon had been murdered and his flagship, the Bloodfin, had been taken, and were ordered to board and retrieve the ship. Fighting alongside Admiral Natasi Daala and her Maw Irregular Fleet, Gev and the Mandalorians boarded the Bloodfin, killed a large number of the crew, and seized the ship, bringing under the control of Daala. Once the Mandalorians returned, victorious, to Mandalore, Gev and Ghes Orade were married.
- "How many Jedi accompanied your team?
- ―Darth Caedus interrogating Mirta Gev
In 41 ABY, Gev fought along with Fett and Solo in the First Battle of Roche, once again serving in a Tra'kad. This time it was a battle to protect the Verpine, an insectoid race who built the Tra'kads from the Imperial Remnant. During the battle, Gev's husband Ghes Orade was shot down and injured. Orade survived, and Gev later led an assault team, intending to kill Imperial moffs. The assault proved disastrous for the Mandalorians as a large number of stormtroopers and Elite Guardsmen overwhelmed Gev's forces. Sith Lord and Galactic Alliance Chief of State Darth Caedus soon entered, and gravely injured Gev, although she would survive.
Gev, still lying wounded, was taken as a prisoner of war by Darth Caedus and his apprentice, Tahiri Veila, and interrogated on Solo's flagship, the Anakin Solo. Gev was immobilized by a shattered kneecap, and Caedus promised treatment if Gev divulged who and how many Jedi accompanied the Mandalorians. Specifically, Caedus wanted to know who cut of his arm in the battle. When Gev finally revealed that Jaina Solo, Caedus' sister, was the lone Jedi, Caedus believed that she was lying. Caedus believed that he had fought both Solo and Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker, and threatened to construct a nanovirus that would kill both her and her grandfather Boba Fett. To protect herself, Gev obliged and admitted that Skywalker had been with the team. However, Caedus still believed that she was lying, and took a blood sample vital to construct the nanovirus. However, he still healed her. The nanovirus was than constructed by Imperial scientists, and air-dispersed over Mandalore, making it impossible for Gev or Fett to ever set foot there again.
Gev was eventually freed when the Anakin Solo was infiltrated by Solo, who was planning to kill Caedus. Gev escaped the Star Destroyer, but her subsequent whereabouts are unknown, due to the nanovirus preventing her return to Mandalore.
Personality and traits
Template:Dialogue2 Mirta Gev possessed a great loyalty to her late mother, who inspired Gev to go on her hunt of Boba Fett. But once Gev finally met Fett, she was initially hostile, but eventually became friends with her grandfather. Gev didn't want to hate her grandfather, who was cold and forbidding, and tried to find ways to love him, even though it was tough for her. She was curious about her grandmother whom she had never met, and undertook great research to try and ascertain her location. Once she found Sintas Vel, she was caring enough to take care of her grandmother for some time, taking time away from the normal duties of a Mandalorian woman.
Gev was also a capable warrior and a good cook, possessing the two qualities most prevalent in Mandalorian women. She was, as a bounty hunter, good at tracking people down, as demonstrated when she caught up to both Boba Fett and Sintas Vel. She had a passion for weapons, and was also good at healing, taking care of both Sintas Vel and Boba Fett after his surgery. When she was in the custody of Darth Caedus and under interrogation, she refused to speak, but eventually gave up when her grandfather was threatened. When she was later interred in the prison deck of the Anakin Solo, she indicated to Jaina Solo that she rather would have been shot and killed to put her out of her misery than undergo interrogation.
Behind the scenes
Mirta Gev was first created by author Karen Traviss for her novel Bloodlines, the second book of the Legacy of the Force series. She then appeared in Traviss' next two novels, Sacrifice and Revelation, before appearing in Troy Denning's Invincible.
The only canonical picture of Mirta Gev is of her wedding to Ghes Orade. The picture first appeared in an art gallery by Tom Hodges for Star Wars Insider, but the two Mandalorians were not identified. Its later inclusion in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia established the two as being Gev and Orade.