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Fett, Boba

originally from the planet Kamino, Boba Fett was the son of noted bounty hunter Jango Fett. When Jango was first contacted about developing a clone army, one of the only things he requested as payment was an unadulterated clone to have as a son. Boba was the first of the clones produced by the Kaminoans, some ten years before the onset of the Clone Wars, and Jango loved him with all his being. He trained Boba to be self-reliant, and often took the child on bounty-hunting missions. This self-reliance was put to the test when Jango was killed during the Battle of Geonosis. Young Boba Fett fled the planet in his father's ship, Slave I, and spent several years trying to avenge Jango's death at Geonosis. At the age of twelve, he had managed to establish himself as one of the galaxy's best bounty hunters, and had even performed several jobs for Jabba the Hutt. Boba nearly had his chance to kill Mace Windu, after infiltrating the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, but was unable to complete his mission. His presence on Coruscant earned him the recognition of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, however, who took the young hunter into his confidence. Fett was even recommended to Inquisitor Malorum, during the hunt for Feros Olin on Bellassa. Little was known of what happened to him over the next twenty years. It was rumored that he returned to his father's homeworld of Concord Dawn, where he was known as the Journeyman Protector Jaster Mereel. There were also rumors that Fett was an extremely dedicated Imperial stormtrooper who, for reasons known only to him, attacked and killed his superior officer. These rumors have never been substantiated, and many were eventually proven false, but Fett did nothing to rectify them because they added to his mystique and hid his true past. In his travels, Boba Fett acquired a full suit of Mandalorian Shock Trooper armor to replace the suit worn by his father years before. The unique weapons systems of the armor suited a number of purposes, including enhancement of his arsenal as well as increasing the mystique behind his reputation. He also acquired his father's Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-class ship, Slave I and had it heavily modified at Kuat Drive Yards. Many of the modifications to Slave I were developed by Kuat of Kuat himself, and helped further the design of other starships. Fett employed the best microsurgeons in the galaxy to remove as many of the pain-sensing nerves from his body. He also had many of his body's pleasure sensors eliminated as well. As his proficiency as a bounty hunter grew, so did his reputation. It was even believed that Grand Moff Willhuf Tarkin employed Boba Fett to hunt down Han Solo, shortly after Solo's defection, in order to prove to the galaxy that the Empire would not tolerate any breech of loyalty. This led to his being hired by Kud'ar Mub'at, in an intricate plan to eliminate the Bounty Hunters Guild. The plan, masterminded by Prince Xizor, involved Fett actually joining the Guild, which he had felt was too restrictive in its bylaws. The plan worked, resulting in the breaking of the Guild into two rival factions. During this time, Fett also discovered the schemes of Kuat of Kuat, and would have exposed the leader of Kuat Drive Yards if Kuat hadn't been intent on his own suicide. Fett later became one of the bounty hunters commissioned by Darth Vader to hunt down the Millennium Falcon. This occurred at about the same time as Jabba The Hutt hired him to capture Solo. These two commissions fit together perfectly for Boba Fett, who used his knowledge of Han Solo's background to predict Han's maneuver of floating away with the Avenger's garbage, and tracked the Falcon to Bespin and Cloud City. Boba Fett then took possession of Han's frozen body and returned to Tatooine, only to be intercepted over the desert world by IG-88. In a brief firefight, Boba Fett was able to destroy IG-88's ship, but Slave I was so damaged that landing on Tatooine would be impossible. So, Fett travelled to the Outer Rim world of Zhar, and landed on Gall. There, he was further beset by bounty hunters, including Zuckuss and 4-LOM, who wanted to steal Solo's body. Fett managed to escape them as well, only to be assaulted by Alliance starfighters from Rogue Squadron. Fett escaped them as well and transported Solo to Jabba the Hutt, collecting the large bounty on Han's head to go with his Imperial payment. It was at time that Fett discovered Ree Duptom's personal starship adrift and Duptom himself dead. He took possession of the droid in Duptom's hold and the young woman in his holding cell. The droid contained data on Kuat of Kuat's plot to discredit Prince Xizor, and the woman turned out to be Neelah. Jabba then offered him a large sum of money to remain on Tatooine as his personal bounty hunter. This allowed him to hide Neelah from the rest of the galaxy, but Fett stipulated that he would remain a freelance bounty hunter on retainer. Although the work was extremely simple for Fett, he believed that there would be a rescue attempt made on Solo, and he wanted to be there when it happened. After slightly underestimating Leia's disguise as Boussh, Boba Fett's instincts went into overdrive, and he was ready when Luke Skywalker showed up at Jabba's palace. Unfortunately for Boba Fett, when Luke, Han, and Chewie were about to be thrown into the Sarlacc pit, Fett's rocket backpack was accidentally activated by the then-blind Han Solo. Fett careened into the side of Jabba's sail barge and was knocked unconscious. Fett was thought to have been killed in the Sarlacc's acid-filled belly, but he managed to set of a series of explosions which destroyed much of the beast and allowed him to escape. Note that Marvel Comics' Star Wars issue 81 showed Boba Fett being "rescued" by the Jawas from the Sarlacc pit, only to fall back in when the Jawas' sandcrawler fell into it. He lay dying in the twin suns of Tatooine until he was discovered by Dengar and Manaroo, who recognized him by the tattered armor that still clung to his skinless body. Dengar also found Neelah,and took them both to his hideout in the desert. There, with the help of some of Jabba's medical droids, Dengar nursed Fett back to health. Once recovered, Boba Fett set out to clear up the situation with Kuat of Kuat and Neelah. They managed to put all the pieces together, with the help of Balancesheet and Kuat himself, before Kuat killed himself. After recovering the heavily-damaged Slave I from the Alliance, he limped to Nar Shaddaa and commandeered a second ship for his use. He designated this ship Slave II, and was again commissioned by the Hutts, this time to kill Solo once and for all. He almost succeeded at Nar Shaddaa, but was again thwarted. When Han Solo and Princess Leia returned to Nar Shaddaa to take Vima-Da-Boda into custody, Boba Fett again nearly captured Solo, but Chewbacca overpowered him, ripping off his helmet and igniting his rocket-pack. Fett careened into the ceiling of the spaceport's lowest levels and was knocked unconscious. It was believed that he sustained near-fatal head injuries, but Fett returned to action shortly afterward, this time with the newly-repaired Slave I. His spent much of his career tracking down the two most elusive targets, Han Solo and Rivo Xarran. Fett caught Rivo on Ladarra, but let him live after discovering that Rivo was caring for a group of children. He later caught Solo on Jubilar,and the two decided that they had been adversaries too long to kill each other, and they went their separate ways. Fett returned many times to Kamino, where Taun We had been secretly growing replacement body parts for the bounty hunter. She asked him to hunt down and destroy Fenn Shysa, as it had been Shysa who participated in the devastation of Kamino near the end of the Clone Wars. Many years passed after this final hunt, and Fett returned to Mandalore to assume control of the Mandalorian Protectors. When the Yuuzhan Vong began their invasion of the galaxy, Fett and his Mandalorians worked to protect the planet Mandalore before setting out to do as much damage as they could. From a base on Caluula Station, they worked to thwart any incursion of the Yuuzhan Vong into the Tion Hegemony. When Han Solo and his wife Leia arrived at the station with rescued prisoners from Selvaris, Fett removed his armor and introduced himself as Hurn. The Solos couldn't place the face, which was just fine with Fett. When the Yuuzhan Vong launched their final assault on Caluula Station, Fett and his soldiers worked tirelessly to ensure that the Solos escaped the station and returned to Calamari with the prisoners. As he cleared an escape lane for the Millennium Falcon, Fett called Solo to explain that he was always angry with the Jedi Knights, and that Solo was just valuable cargo. As Solo commed back that Fett was just a nuisance, they once again went their separate ways.
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