- "They are devious and deceitful and most importantly, stupid."
- ―Count Dooku
The Ohnaka Gang, sometimes referred to as the Weequay pirates, was a gang of pirates led by Hondo Ohnaka that was based on the planet Florrum during the Clone Wars, being comprised of Weequay, Nikto, Bith, and Ishi Tib pirates.
Foundation by OhnakaEdit
Hondo started the pirate gang after he and several servants of Porla the Hutt fled from Boonta on Porla's skiff and took with them several Ubrikkian tanks and Starhawk speeder bikes. Ohnaka managed to make his money by selling spice on the black market and by holding hostages for ransom.[source?]
The pirates were known to use swoops, tanks, Flarestar-class attack shuttles and a Surronian cruiser in combat. Their main choice of weapons consisted out of ancient blaster rifles and blaster pistols. The gang mainly consisted of Weequays and Nikto, as well as some Bith, Ishi Tibs, and Jawas, the organization's base of operations was located on the Outer Rim world of Florrum.
Capture of Count DookuEdit
- "Well, well. What do we have here?"
"Who are you?"
"More importantly, my friend, who are you?"
- ―Hondo Ohnaka and Count Dooku
On Vanqor, the pirates discovered Count Dooku, fresh from a battle against Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his heavily damaged solar sailer. Hondo offered him passage to Florrum, a planet six parsecs away. When they arrived at Ohnaka's base, Hondo revealed his true intention of offering Dooku for ransom to the Republic for 1,000,000 credits in spice. Chancellor Palpatine sent Kenobi and Skywalker to confirm the capture of Dooku and negotiate with the pirates, but they too were captured by the pirates, because Ohnaka wanted to triple the spice ransom.
Turk Falso, Ohnaka's lieutenant and Barb Mentir, a fellow pirate, conspired together in betraying the gang and stealing the spice for themselves. Mentir managed to shoot down the Republic shuttle carrying the spice ransom with a Flarestar-class Weequay ship and killing the pilots and Senator Kharrus. Jar Jar Binks, Commander Stone and the remaining clone troopers were then attacked by Falso and half a dozen pirates, utilizing swoop bikes. They stole the spice from the shuttle, but the clones and Jar Jar chased the pirates by riding on skalders and they managed to get the spice back.
Falso returned back to the base and he said to Ohnaka that the Republic hadn't send the spice but an army. Hondo gave him permission to send pirate tanks to wipe out the clone army. The plan failed and the power line to the base was accidentally destroyed by Binks, who drove one of the tanks into the line. During the chaos that followed in the now darkened outpost, the hostages managed to escape. Dooku killed Falso and stole a saucer craft and escaped Florrum. The Jedi kidnapped Ohnaka by using a lightsaber, while the clones and Jar Jar arrived in two stolen tanks. Skywalker released Hondo when he felt that Dooku had left Florrum. Ohnaka ordered his men to stand down and he let the Jedi, the clones and Binks leave in the Twilight.
Attack on FeluciaEdit
Sometime after the capture of Count Dooku, Ohnaka and the band attacked a small nysillin farmer settlement on the planet Felucia. If the villagers would not give him a portion of their crop every harvest, he threatened to destroy them and their homes. Seeking protection for themselves and their crops, they hired a band of bounty hunters consisting of Sugi, Seripas, Embo, and Rumi Paramita, who drove a far more reasonable bargain than the pirates. The hunters were further reinforced when Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Skywalker's Padawan Ahsoka Tano crashed on the planet and decided to help. Ohnaka's gang was being driven close to defeat when Ohnaka opened fire on the village with his WLO-5 speeder tank, killing Rumi and injuring Embo. Ohnaka dueled Skywalker with an Electrostaff but was defeated. He escaped in his Corona-class ship, declaring that 'this operation was no longer profitable.'
Aurra Sing incidentEdit
At some point after the skirmish on Felucia, Aurra Sing, Ohnaka's former girlfriend, showed up requesting help. Ohnaka welcomed her but asserted his group's neutrality, stating it was her affair and that he would neither help nor hinder her. Castas, one of Sing's bounty hunters, had decided to back out and contacted his companions for help, but Sing shot him after hearing him call her an 'old hag.' The Jedi Plo Koon and Ahsoka Tano arrived, and Ohnaka led them into Sing's trap—while informing them about it, in order to assert his neutrality. After the negotiation went south, Sing escaped, betraying Boba Fett by leaving him to the Jedi and stealing one of the gang's speeder bikes. Despite this, Ohnaka ordered his men to stand down. Koon then attempted to find out the location of a group of Republic soldiers Sing had taken captive. He brought Fett to Ohnaka, who convinced him by telling him it was the honorable thing to do and that it was what his father would have done. Sing attempted to escape in Slave I but crashed due to Tano cutting of part of its port wing and causing various other damage. Ohnaka later rescued Sing from the wreckage. Slave I would also be repaired. Fett was then brought to Coruscant to face trial.
Battle of FlorrumEdit
- "You bring unwanted attention to our little world here, bounty hunter."
"Hondo! Extend a neighborly hand to a Weequay in need, would you?"
"Oh, but of course! We will offer our hospitality. And determine who wants you so badly, and for how much!"
- ―Shahan Alama asks Hondo Ohnaka for help
Later, Weequay bounty hunter Shahan Alama crash landed onto the planet in his Flarestar-class ship, after being shot down by a Republic gunship. Over the planet, a fleet consisting of a Munificent-class frigate and dozens of droid starfighters under the command of a Neimoidian captain, drawn out by Alama, mistaking him for a member of the Ohnaka Gang, battled Republic forces. Ohnaka, who saw Alama crash down, went to the bounty hunter. Alama said he was seeking aid, but Hondo revealed his intentions to sell him to the highest bidder.
Sith Lord Darth Maul and his newly-appointed apprentice Savage Opress bribed several lieutenants with the Ohnaka Gang into joining them with credits stolen from an InterGalactic Banking Clan space station, followed by an offensive against Ohnaka and the members of his gang that remained loyal to him at their new camp. The skirmish was joined by Obi-Wan and Jedi Master Adi Gallia, who had tracked the Sith from the Banking Clan space station. The Jedi engaged Maul and Opress in a lightsaber duel, Gallia was however defeated by Savage, who managed to beat her back into some rubble, followed by charging her with his horns, killing her. Obi-Wan retreated further into the camp with Hondo and the surviving pirates where they staged a trap to separate the Sith Lords from their pirate forces. Separated from their troops, Obi-Wan was able to sever Savage's arm and forced the brothers to retreat while their forces surrendered to Hondo. Hondo ordered his gang to recover the credits from the Siths' freighter, shooting down the ship as it took off. Maul and Opress however, managed to escape.
- Surronian cruiser
- Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft
- Flarestar-class attack shuttle
- Personal Luxury Yacht 3000
- "Hondo Ohnaka's Not-So-Big Score"—Star Wars Insider 144
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- The Clone Wars: Switch
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gungan General"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty Hunters"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lethal Trackdown"
- The Clone Wars: Hunting the Hunters (Part I)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Tipping Points"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Test of Strength"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival"
- The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Official Episode Guide: Season 1 (First identified as Ohnaka Gang)
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 116 (Indirect mention only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (as "Weequay pirates")
- (as "Weequay pirates")
- (as "Weequay pirates")