- "GALACTIC CITY, CORUSCANT - The skies over the Naboo Embassy were filled with flames, debris and tragedy when Senator Padmé Amidala's cruiser was destroyed in a massive explosion. According to satcam footage, as the Naboo cruiser touched down on its hovering multi-lobed landing pad, escorted by three Naboo N-1 starfighters, an explosion tore through the gleaming silvery craft. Hurling debris destroyed an accompanying fighter. At least seven people were believed killed in the blast."
- ―HoloNet News Vol. 531 56
The plot to assassinate Padmé Amidala was a scheme to assassinate the Senator from Naboo, Padmé Amidala. The plot was carried out by Clawdite bounty hunter Zam Wesell on behalf of Jango Fett, who was following orders from Count Dooku, leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. It was also part of Darth Sidious' plot to ensure the passing of the Military Creation Act, of which Amidala was one of the leading opponents. The first attempt initially appeared to be a success, but Senator Amidala was found alive. The second attempt, however, was foiled by Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. In the aftermath of the second attempt, Zam Wesell was silenced by Jango Fett before the two Jedi could fully question her.
The first attackEdit
- "Milady, I'm so sorry. I've failed you, Senator…"
- ―Cordé and Padmé, before the former's death
The assassination did not claim the life of Senator Amidala thanks to the foresight of Captain Gregar Typho, Amidala's head of security. He had Amidala replaced by her handmaiden Cordé, while Amidala flew in a N-1 starfighter. A massive explosion prepared by Wesell took the lives of Cordé, fellow handmaiden Versé, and four members of the Royal Naboo Security Forces, including lieutenant Theomet Danlé. Ironically, the explosion occurred just a few seconds after Typho began to think there was no danger after all.
The attack was tracked to disgruntled spice miners from the moons of Naboo, though Amidala suspected Dooku. Afterwards, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine requested the Jedi Council to place Senator Amidala under the protection of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker were assigned for the task. Kenobi and Skywalker's protection prevented a second assassination attempt from succeeding.
The second attemptEdit
Following the first failed attempt, Wesell was sent by Fett to terminate the life of Amidala a second time. Fett, saying that a more subtle attempt would be more desirable, gave Wesell two kouhuns, a type of venomous arthropod capable of easily killing adult Humans. He then warned her that they cannot afford to make any mistakes this time, as Fett's client was getting impatient. Wesell placed the kouhuns in her ASN-121 courier droid and sent it to place the kouhuns in Amidala's bedroom. Although the Kouhuns initially made enough noise to put R2-D2 out of standby mode, they quickly blended in with the bed frame and illuded the astromech droid's scanning the perimeter until it shut itself off.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, from outside the bedroom while in a heated discussion, sensed the danger, however, and Skywalker burst into the room and killed the kouhuns. Kenobi then grabbed onto the ASN-121. Wessell, seeing this, was forced to shoot her own droid down, knowing full well that if she tried to shoot Kenobi directly, the autopsy would find the bullet in his body and thus trace it back to her, and that him falling would seem less suspicious. However, Anakin, via an airspeeder that he had "borrowed" from a senator, proceeded to rescue him at the last minute. The two Jedi then pursued Wesell by airspeeder through the Coruscant skylanes to the CoCo District. During the pursuit, Anakin, seeing Zam Wessell's craft, jumped down towards it and gripped onto it. He ultimately was forced to let go when she shot at him, although not before getting a good enough look at her to not only deduce that Zam was a female, but that she was also a changeling (due to Wessell briefly showing her true form when she looked up), and reported this to Kenobi when reconvening. After catching up with the bounty hunter and literally disarming her, the pair took Wesell outside, where Fett was forced to shoot her with a toxic saberdart, killing her, just as she was about to reveal her employer's identity to the Jedi.
The saberdart proved to be Jango Fett's undoing; Kenobi brought the dart to his friend Dexter Jettster, whose knowledge of the dart's origins led him to the mysterious planet Kamino. On Kamino, Obi-Wan uncovered Fett and pursued him to the planet Geonosis, where Obi-Wan discovered the Confederacy of Independent Systems was constructing a droid army. Fett was later killed on Geonosis by Mace Windu just minutes prior to the Clone Wars.
According to a HoloNet News poll, 55% of its readers believed the Separatists were behind this attempt, while 11% voted for pro-military loyalists, 6% for disgruntled space miners, and the remaining 28% voted "Others".
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