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The swiftest path to destruction is through vengeance.
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Troubled by Asajj Ventress' growing prowess with the dark side of the Force, Darth Sidious commands Count Dooku to eliminate her. But Ventress survives Dooku's assassination attempt, and the jilted former apprentice vows to take revenge, enlisting the aid of her kinswomen — the mystical Nightsisters — in her sinister scheme. Mother Talzin, leader of the Nightsisters, veils Asajj and her fellow assassins in a cloak of invisibility, and they infiltrate Dooku's palace on Serenno. Though they fail to kill the Count, their use of captured Jedi lightsabers leads Dooku to mistakenly believe that the Jedi have tried to kill him. Interested in protection, he requests a new apprentice from Mother Talzin.


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  • Black Speech: The language the Nightsisters are using for their enchantments is the creepy variant.
  • Canon Immigrant: Apart from the Adaptation Species Change, Ventress' backstory of having grown up on Rattatak and trained by Jedi Master Ky Narec comes straight from the Legends comics that introduced her.
  • The Corrupter: It is shown that Dooku swayed Ventress to the Dark Side while she was vulnerable after her Master's death, playing on her desire for revenge.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Ventress, Karis, and Naa'leth vs Count Dooku.
  • False Flag Operation: The Nightsisters provide their agents with Jedi lightsabers (blue for Ventress and green for her lackeys), so that Dooku will blame the assassination attempt on the Jedi if he survives.
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  • Hot Witch: None of the Nightsisters are ugly, not even Mother Talzin.
  • Kick the Dog: Count Dooku doesn't even tell Ventress the real reason for his betrayal, coldly telling her that she's failed him.
  • Matriarchy: No males are seen among the Nightsisters; Talzin offers one as an assassin for Dooku because he "couldn't tame" a female.
  • Off-Model: The long skirt Ventress is initially wearing has vanished when the salvagers take her out of the remains of her fighter. This was deliberate as they found it too difficult to animate. Given that she gets a new outfit without a skirt in this episode anyway, wouldn't it have been simpler to just leave it in?invoked
  • Parental Abandonment: Ventress was handed over to a slaver by her own mother; her father was presumably killed by tradition before her birth.
  • Parental Substitute: Jedi Master Ky Narec was this for Ventress. It appears she considered Dooku as such, too.
  • Reality Ensues: Ventress had been built up in previous episodes as utterly loyal to Dooku, but all of that goes out the window in this episode. She once killed an ally just for downplaying her abilities, so she's going to go berserk when someone she saw as a Parental Substitute tries to murder her. It doesn't help that she has no way of knowing that Sidious ordered Dooku to do it. As soon as she's recovered, she's not conflicted at all — the only thing she wants is his death.
  • Revenge: Ventress' sole focus after recovering is to avenge herself upon Dooku. As seen during her Troubled Backstory Flashbacks, revenge upon the killers of her parental figures has been a primary motivation for most of her life.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Darth Sidious senses the growing powers of Dooku's assassin, Asajj Ventress' growing powers. He subvertly says the trope, hinting that he would kill Dooku if he was breaking the Rule of Two.
    Sidious: I would hate to think you are training your own Sith apprentice to destroy me....
  • Shoot Your Mate: Darth Sidious orders Count Dooku to eliminate Ventress because he fears Dooku might try to overthrow him with her help.
  • Shoutout: To the original Battlestar Galactica, when the tactical droid says "By Your Command" in her monotone.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Ventress' history (traded away for the survival of her tribe, rescued and trained by a Jedi, fell to the Dark Side and found by Dooku after he was killed) is summarized while she is unconscious and her injuries are treated by the Nightsisters' magick.
  • Villain Episode: Obi-Wan and Anakin appear at the beginning, but the focus is on Ventress' betrayal and revenge.
  • Visible Invisibility: The Nightsisters' potion renders Ventress and her lackeys invisible "to most". To the viewers they appear smoky and indistinct. Their lightsabers are quite visible, but this serves to convince Dooku that they are Jedi.
  • Voice of the Legion: Mother Talzin's words echo in a voice far deeper than her own.
  • Witch Species: The Nightsisters are all Force-sensitive, and are explicitly called "witches".
  • You Have Failed Me: Dooku's stated reason for abandoning Ventress to die, though the truth is quite the opposite: she has become too powerful and effective to be compatible with Sidious' paranoia.


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