- "Master! I've just encountered some kind of assassin droid, armed with a new weapon, a cortosis sword."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Qui-Gon Jinn
A series of assassin droid was used by the Trade Federation during their invasion of the planet Naboo in 32 BBY. The droids were humanoid in appearance and carried cortosis weapons. They fought the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi during the invasion.
The Trade Federation, a galaxy-spanning corporation, used a model of assassin droid. The droid series was humanoid in appearance and had red and black coloring and red photoreceptors along with an armored breastplate. The units carried cortosis blades or cortosis maces, and were constructed to kill Jedi, the peacekeepers of the galaxy. The cortosis weapons were able to block lightsabers, the Jedi weapon.
When the Trade Federation invaded the planet Naboo in the year 32 BBY in response to a trade dispute, the assassin droids were deployed. An assassin droid had its first encounter with the Jedi Knights when two Jedi were sent to negotiate an end to the invasion and escaped a Trade Federation ambush onboard a C-9979 landing craft. Obi-Wan Kenobi destroyed the droid. More droids dueled with Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn on the planet's surface while they tried to meet with Naboo's Queen, Padmé Amidala, later deciding to escort her off-planet. When the Queen returned to Naboo, Kenobi agreed to rescue several Naboo Security Force pilots. Kenobi encountered and destroyed more of these droids during that mission.
Behind the scenesEdit
These assassin droids appear in the 2001 video game Star Wars: Obi-Wan. Those carrying maces were referred to as "mace droids" in the game's strategy guide, and the droids as a whole received a small introduction in the guide. In the game, there is an altered scene from the film The Phantom Menace. Two assassin droids escort Queen Amidala in the game instead of OOM battle droids. This article assumes that portion of the game is non-canon.
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan (First appearance)