Rise to powerEdit
Circa 57 BBY, the rise of Baron Kindoro and Baroness Omnino to power on Vena changed the historical isolationist position the system always maintained. Due to the fact that Kindoro and Omnino had been both ambassadors to Coruscant and Alderaan, this contact with outsiders motivated an economic deregulation and active foreign policy, including trade agreements, in order to make goods accessible to the Venan royal family.
This radical shift angered many Venans, who resented the fact that only the royal family was benefitting from the economic opening. The commoners called for a return to isolationism and the old-fashioned values. The regents, unwilling to give in to popular demands, imprisoned the movement leaders and sent them to labor camps. This move aggravated tensions and motivated the emergence of terrorism and sabotage against Venan nobility.
- "Twelve years ago, her husband died while traveling in Republic Space. I was his escort. The inquest proved the Baron's heart had failed, but the Baroness blamed me."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn
Her husband's death 49 BBY left her with a son, the would-be Baron Sando. Master Qui-Gon Jinn was responsible for escorting her husband while traveling through Republic Space. The baron's heart failed, and Omnino blamed Qui-Gon for his death; since then, she distrusted the Jedi.
Several years later, the Baroness attempted to defame the Jedi and take control over the Republic. She first used an arcane mind control device to perform a false-flag assassination attempt on herself when she arrived on Coruscant to commence membership negotiations for Vena. This garnered her support within the Republic and discredited the Jedi, tasked with her protection.
Years earlier, she had provided the minor con-man Taxer Sundown with a similar device and dispatched him to rule over the Ten Mile Plateau on Ord Mantell in her service. With the power granted by the mind-control device, he posed as a Jedi, alienating them from the local populace. Together with Baron Sando, he was also tasked with overseeing the deportation of sentient Mantellian Savrips, which the Venan nobility favored as exclusive food.
The Baroness, feigning romantic affection for Qui-Gon, sent him on a quest to rescue her son, who was missing after a pirate raid. Unbeknownst to her, the ship he traveled with also carried captive savrips. Entirely unintentionally, she thus also planted Qui-Gon and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, on the trace to her Mantellian activities, which they swiftly put an end to. Meanwhile, she used her artificial mind control to influence Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, effectively controlling him.
Shortly after the death of Sundown and the breakdown of her Mantellian organization, she arrived at the Ten Mile Plateau to personally put an end to the Jedi interlopers. However, it appeared she had developed some real affection for Qui-Gon, since he was able to persuade her into allowing him to join her side. The feeling was not mutual, however, as the Jedi used the first opportunity to deceive her and sever her head. With all the major conspirators dead, what remained of her scheme quickly unraveled.
- Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell 1 (First appearance)
- Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell 2 (Mentioned only)
- Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell 3
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 10 (KEN3-4, Obi-Wan Kenobi)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 131 (ORD1-2, Last Stand on Ord Mantell)
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia