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|“||You will respect us. In time, you will bow before the Nihil.||„|
|~ Nan threatening Reath Silas.|
Nan is a major antagonist in the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project, appearing as the main antagonist of the novel The High Republic: Into the Dark, a cameo antagonist in the manga series The High Republic: The Edge of Balance, the central antagonist of the novel The High Republic: Out of the Shadows, and a major anti-villain in the novel The High Republic: The Fallen Star.
Nan's parents joined the space-faring pirate gang called the Nihil when she was young. She grew up believing in violence and strength above all else, and developed a deep hatred for the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order due to their meddling nature. Eventually her parents were killed during a raid and she was taken in by the elderly Zabrak Hague, who taught her to fight with her brain rather than her diminutive body.
Two years later, Nan and her guardian Hague came across the Amaxine station, an ancient space station that had a set of hyperspace pods which could be used to instantly transport Nihil raiders onto key Republic worlds. Although they planned to claim the station in the name of the Nihil, other groups discovered the station at the same time including the Jedi. Initially posing as an innocent girl, Nan befriended the Jedi Padawan Reath Silas and learned about the Jedi and the Republic from him.
After the Jedi left, Nan called for Nihil reinforcements and began exploring the station. However, the Jedi returned after discovering her true identity and a battle broke out between the two groups. In the chaos, all of the hyperspace pods were jettisoned by Silas, rendering the station useless to the Nihil. Additionally, all of Nan's comrades including Hague were killed. Nan herself escaped and reported to the Eye of the Nihil Marchion Ro, who appointed her to be one of his personal agents and informants.
Nan was an adolescent girl around seventeen to eighteen years old who was petite, standing just short of five feet tall. Like a lot of Nihil, her body was plastered with thick tattoos and she decorated herself with the insignia of the group. Her long, wavy, swept back, black hair reached down to her shoulders and sported several dyed light blue streaks that denoted her affiliation to the Nihil. She also had brown eyes and tanned skin.
While not trying to conceal her identity, Nan wore blue paint over her round face that matched the strands in her hair. As a marauder, she usually wore practical clothing consisting of tight-fitting light brown pants, a dark green sleeveless top, dark green elbow-length gloves, an open khaki green jacket, light brown fingerless gloves, and a light brown scarf. During her stay on the Amaxine station however, Nan wore a vibrantly colorful patchwork dress that concealed her abundance of tattoos.
|“||I haven't forgotten that you saved me from being kidnapped. You returned me to my fleet. That earns you one chance to walk away. One.||„|
|~ Nan displaying honor towards an opponent, a rare trait among the Nihil.|
Having been raised in the ranks of the Nihil, Nan believed in the gang's creed of violence and individualistic strength with the fervour of the fanatic. Unlike many Nihil however, she possessed a sense of honor and firmly believed a favor given should be returned in kind, regardless of whether it was beneficial for her to do so. Nan had an intense hatred for the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order that protected it, seeing them both as threats to the Nihil way of life that sought to impose their elitist way of living on the Galactic Frontier. Although prideful in her strength, Nan recognized her own shortcomings and adapted in accordance in order to improve herself and her chances of success.
|“||Our family joined the Nihil together. They offered us the chance for a better life than we could ever have had otherwise. My mother and father were proud of their choice. I'm proud of their choice. When they died in a raid, I was taken in by Hague.||„|
|~ Nan revealing her history to Silas.|
When Nan was young, she and her parents joined the marauder gang called the Nihil. The Nihil were a group of murderous pirates that plagued the Galactic Frontier and disdained the Galactic Republic and the mystical peace-keeping Jedi Order. The gang made use of unique hyperspace lanes known as "Paths" to strike in unorthodox locations and to take their enemies by surprise. The Nihil were divided into three Tempests, each roughly a thousand man strong and led by their respective Tempest Runners.
Nan grew up with the Nihil's code of hatred and violence, and came to believe in individual strength above all else. When Nan was in her teenage years her parents died during a raid, and she was subsequently taken under the wing of the elderly Zabrak Hague. Hague, who had been a great commander in his youth, taught Nan to use her mind to overcome her opponents. She became a skilled liar and strategist, and thus earned her place among the Nihil.
Agent of the Eye
Immediately after Hague's death, Nan reported to the Eye of the Nihil Marchion Ro. Ro was responsible for distributing the Paths to the Nihil, and had essentially became the de-facto leader of the organization since the Great Hyperspace Disaster which he had devised. Rather than punishing Nan for her failure, the Eye of the Storm made her one of his personal spies and promised her that she would get her revenge against the Jedi for the death of Hague. As a spy, Nan became Marchion Ro's greatest informant and worked with elements of every Tempest on raids at least once.
At one point she worked with the Tempest Runner Kara Xoo, and although the job hadn't been especially lucrative, Nan came to appreciate Xoo's methods. Overtime, Nan grew fiercely loyal to Marchion Ro and became privy to many of his secrets. She discovered the source of the Paths—an elderly Force-sensitive human woman named Mari San Tekka who resided on the Eye's gigantic flagship called the "Gaze Electric." Nan also formed a rivalry of sorts with a teenage boy named Krix Kamerat, who was also a favourite of the Eye's despite Nan believing there was nothing special about him.
Sometime later, Nan was summoned by Marchion Ro to the Great Hall of the Nihil, a structure in No-Space which served as the organization's ceremonial base. Among those also gathered were Zaret, Krix Kamerat, and Kamerat's right-hand woman Sabata Krill. The group discussed their future plans against the Republic and the Jedi Order, and decided that they should begin attacking more Jedi temples across the galaxy.
Guardian of the Oracle
Mission to the Heart of Gravity
Roughly a year and a half after the battle on the Amaxine station, Nan eavesdropped on a private meeting aboard the Gaze Electric held between Ro and the Tempest Runners. As the meeting commenced Nan was approached by Krix Kamerat, who reminded her that she wasn’t supposed to be there. Nan responded that he was also eavesdropping and threatened to kill him for bothering her, which made Kamerat move to the other side of the room in defeat. Lourna Dee, the longest-running Tempest Runner, spoke with Ro about a secret weapon known as Gravity’s Heart that a scientist of her’s was working on.
Gravity’s Heart was a space station under construction that would allow the Nihil to pull vessels out of hyperspace and prey on them. The station would provide the Nihil with a much-needed advantage, as they were being forced onto the back foot by the Republic and the Jedi. Dee requested that, in order for the weapon to be prepared faster, she be given access to Mari San Tekka as the elderly woman would be able to use her hyperspace-related insights to speed up the development of the station. Although Ro was reluctant to be separated from his Oracle, he accepted Dee’s request.
The Eye beckoned over Nan and ordered her to accompany and protect the Oracle during her time in Dee’s care. Although she outwardly accepted the Eye’s request with zeal, Nan privately saw the mission as a burden as she believed she would be punished if the incredibly frail San Tekka passed away while in her care. However, she soon began to regard the responsibility as a way to prove herself to Ro and as such saw it as a blessing in disguise. Before she departed aboard her personal starship the “Whisperkill,” Nan was given a box by Ro that would allow her to make the senile San Tekka responsive if she became too absent-minded.
Trying to Recover the Box
|“||We know you took it, and in a very short time you will be dead. So stop resisting and give us what we want. Or call down the fury of the Storm.||„|
|~ Nan threatening the haulers that stole from her.|
Nan was accompanied on her journey by Kisma Uttersond, the Eye’s private doctor whose job it was to oversee the Oracle’s failing health. On their way to the Gravity’s Heart, Uttersond had Nan make a stop at the planet Tiikae so he could pick up some supplies from a group of haulers. Upon reaching the Gravity’s Heart, which was situated in a radiation cloud in the Berenge sector, Nan requested docking access. Before she could land however, Uttersond informed her that the box Ro had given her had been stolen. Believing the haulers from Tiikae to be responsible for the theft, Nan sent a threatening message to them.
Upon docking on the station, Nan sent a small group of the Gravity Heart's Nihil to Tiikae to kill the haulers and retrieve the box. However, only the group's leader survived to return emptyhanded as a small number of Jedi had killed the rest of the team and thwarted the Nihil's efforts on Tiikae. Nan shot the group's leader for his failure and stomped into the Gravity Heart's laboratory to check on the progress that Lourna Dee's scientist, named Chancey Yarrow, was having. However, Yarrow threatened to kill Nan if she executed another member of her crew and had her locked up alongside Uttersond so they couldn't interfere in her work.
Ambush on the Everbloom
In order to escape her imprisonment, Nan secretly sent a message to the powerful San Tekka family informing them that their long lost relative Mari San Tekka was still alive and being held captive on the Gravity's Heart. In doing so, she hoped the San Tekkas would attack the station and give her an opportunity to escape. However, three days later Nan was released from her confinement so that she could transport Yarrow and her most loyal soldiers aboard the Whisperkill to a space station in the Hynestian sector. The station in question, called the "Everbloom," was owned by an incredibly rich and influential family called the Grafs.
Yarrow, Nan, and the Nihil met with the head of the Graf family — Catriona Graf. Graf agreed to allow the Nihil to stage an ambush on a group of Jedi being lured to the Everbloom by Catriona's grandson Xylan. The true purpose of the ambush, however, was to retrieve Chancey's daughter Syl Yarrow who was travelling with the Jedi. While the other Nihil ran off to get into their positions for the ambush, Yarrow revealed to Nan that she had intercepted the transmission Nan had tried to send to the San Tekkas. Instead of being angry, Yarrow was impressed by Nan's efforts.
Ultimately, the ambush was a success. The group of Jedi, consisting of two Padawans and their masters, were knocked unconscious by poisonous gas. In addition to Syl Yarrow, Chancey decided to bring the two Padawans back to the Gravity's Heart as she had promised Marchion Ro that she would deliver some Jedi to him that he could use to test a new secret weapon on. One of the Padawans in question coincidentally turned out to be Reath Silas. After returning to the Gravity's Heart, Nan was given the task of guarding the new prisoners in their cell.
Parting with the Nihil
After sometime Nan entered the cell where she was surprise attacked by Syl Yarrow, who was able to knock the young informant unconscious. Chancey Yarrow then locked Nan into the cell with the prisoners, as she believed Syl and Nan could learn something from one another. Nan argued with Syl Yarrow until Reath woke up, at which point she awkwardly greeted her old enemy. Silas was able to open the door by tampering with its wiring. Seeing her opportunity, Nan abandoned the Jedi and began running through the Gravity's Heart. While she had been imprisoned in the cell, the Jedi had arrived to rescue the Padawans and Syl Yarrow.
As the Gravity's Heart was slowly destroyed in the Jedi attack, Nan was able to meet up with Chancey Yarrow and escape aboard the latter's ship called the "Switchback." Together they travelled back to the Everbloom, where Chancey met with Catriona Graf and her grandson Xylan. Yarrow had decided to continue her research under the support of the Graf family rather than the Nihil. Nan (knowing she could not return to the Nihil because San Tekka had died during the destruction of the Gravity's Heart) also decided to begin working for the Grafs as an informant, at least until she could earn redemption in the eyes of Marchion Ro.
- Master Deceiver: Rather than other Nihil who largely relied on their physical prowess, Nan practiced deceit and manipulation to upstage her enemies. In her own opinion, Nan could use her unassuming appearance and sharp mind to make anyone she hadn't met before believe almost any story she told them. Her ability to effortlessly lie made her the most successful of the informants at Marchion Ro's disposal. She could even use her deception on members of the Jedi Order, who were usually capable of discerning lies through the use of the Force.