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- "Who are you?"
"Zilaash Kuh. Not, I am afraid, at your service."
- ―Luke Skywalker and Zilaash Kuh
Zilaash Kuh was a false identification used by female Human posing as a bounty hunter named Jesmin Tainer. Kuh was hired by the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances in 43 ABY to assist in the arrest of Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker, and later to capture rogue Jedi Knight Valin Horn, who had gone on a destructive rampage after suffering a psychotic breakdown. After failing to capture Horn because of the intervention of Skywalker, she was paired up with Quarren mercenary Dhidal Nyz to capture Seff Hellin, a rogue Jedi suffering from the same disease as Horn. However, they lost that bounty to Darkmeld, a secret organization formed by Jedi Knight Jaina Solo to counter Chief of State Natasi Daala's attempts to undermine the Jedi Order. Kuh soon after disappeared from Coruscant, and by 44 ABY the Galactic Alliance still had not tracked her down.
- "The Chief of State has ordered us to take the rogue Jedi into custody. Surely you've heard of her. Natasi Daala."
- ―Zilaash Kuh, to Luke Skywalker, on Valin Horn
Zilaash Kuh was a false identity used by a female Human bounty hunter. She was best known for carrying her own personal lightsaber, despite the fact that she had no connections to the Jedi Order. In 43.5 ABY, Kuh, alongside the Quarren bounty hunter Dhidal Nyz and Skakoan hunter Hrym Mawarr, was hired by Galactic Alliance Security to assist in the arrest of Jedi Grand Master Luke Skywalker. They were led by Security Captain Savar.
Kuh was later hired by Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala as part of her special-missions force to capture rogue Jedi Knight Valin Horn, who was suffering from a psychotic breakdown that made him believe that everyone he knew—except for others suffering from the same disease—had been replaced by impostors. During the hunt for Horn, Kuh was assisted by the Rodian bounty hunter Kaddit. They were unsuccessful, however, as Skywalker captured the fugitive Jedi.
Shortly after Skywalker's trial and exile from the galactic capital of Coruscant for dereliction of duty, Galactic Alliance Security was issued a warrant from Daala for the arrest of Horn. Under the command of Captain Savar, Galactic Alliance Security forces—accompanied by Kuh and the cyborg mercenary Vrannin Vaxx—went to the Jedi Temple and arrested Horn. He was then encased in carbonite and taken to the Armand Isard Correctional Facility, a prison on Coruscant.
In a later mission, Kuh again teamed up with Dhidal Nyz, this time to capture Seff Hellin, a rogue Jedi suffering from the same psychosis as Horn. Because the psychosis made Hellin believe that everyone but Horn had been replaced with an impostor, he attempted to free Horn from the Armand Isard Correctional Facility. Kuh piloted Nyz's cargo hauler to the prison, and Nyz captured Hellin in an electric-pulse net. However, members of Darkmeld—a secret group formed by Jedi Knight Jaina Solo to counter Daala's attempts to undermine the Jedi Order—intervened, and captured Hellin themselves. In the ensuing speeder chase, a security speeder—stolen and piloted by the bounty hunter and Darkmeld affiliate Tahiri Veila—maneuvered underneath Nyz's and Kuh's cargo hauler. Veila's partner, Imperial Remnant Head of State Jagged Fel, ravaged the bottom of the hauler with his beskar crushgaunts. The hauler began to malfunction, and Kuh and Nyz fell behind and were forced to give up the bounty. Soon afterward, Kuh disappeared from Coruscant. The Galactic Alliance discovered that her identification documents had been forgeries, but by 44 ABY, her true identity and whereabouts remained a mystery to the government.
Following the Jedi Order's exile from Coruscant, Jesmin Tainer, the true identity of Kuh, revealed about her disguise to her fellow Wraith Squadron members during the investigation into GA General Stavin Thaal's involvement in the Lecersen Conspiracy.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Care to surrender the prisoner? It will save everybody trouble."
- ―Kuh, to Skywalker, after the latter captured Horn
Kuh was somewhat domineering, and frequently attempted to take control of situations. She considered herself to be superior in comparison to others, especially the Jedi Order, whose popularity had fallen in the public eye in light of recent events—including Jacen Solo's fall to the dark side of the Force and transformation into the Sith Lord Darth Caedus, along with Hellin's insanity, Horn's rampage, and Skywalker's trial and subsequent exile.
Kuh was well-known for her use of a personal lightsaber, and was also adept at piloting, as she flew Nyz's cargo hauler during their attempt to capture Hellin.
- "You're not a Jedi."
- ―Luke Skywalker, to Kuh
Kuh utilized a lightsaber as her personal weapon. After the New Jedi Order strenuously analyzed holos of Kuh, they discovered that her lightsaber's hilt appeared to have been modeled on the hilt of Old Republic Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi's last lightsaber. During the hunt for Horn, Kuh flew with Kaddit in a racer speeder, and in the later raid on the Armand Isard Correctional Facility, she piloted Nyz's flatbed cargo hauler while he attempted to capture Hellin.
She carried identification documents that were excellent forgeries, and after her disappearance from Coruscant, her true identity remained unknown to the Galactic Alliance.
Behind the scenesEdit
Zilaash Kuh was created by Aaron Allston for his first Fate of the Jedi novel, Outcast, released on March 24, 2009. She later received brief mention in Allston's Conviction, the seventh novel overall and Allston's third and final installment in the series. In X-wing: Mercy Kill, the first post-Fate of the Jedi novel, which was also written by Allston, the author revealed that it was Wraith Squadron member Jesmin Tainer, the daughter of Kell and Tyria Sarkin Tainer, who adopted the persona of Zilaash Kuh.