Who was Zam Wesell, the mysterious assassin?

Zam Wesell was a female shape-changer of the species called Clawdite.

As an experienced bounty hunter, Zam Wesell from the planet Zolan was working with Jango Fett on assignment to assassinate Senator Padme Amidala.

Zam Wesell attempted to kill Padme by blowing up her ship, but the target was a decoy, one of Padme’s staff. Wesell then released poisonous Kouhuns into Padme’s apartment, but the senator managed to escape with the assistance of two Jedi.

A mission ended in failure when Zam Wesell was caught by Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.  Zam was just about to reveal who she was working with when Fett killed her with a kaminoan saberdart.

Check out out where it goes wrong for Zam Wesell in Coruscant below:

Zam Wesell Background

In her true form, Wesell was a reptilian-like humanoid, although she often appeared as a Human woman with short blonde or bronze-colored hair. She trained in the ways of the Mabari warriors on her homeworld of Zolan before eventually being labeled a heretic and fleeing to the commercial center of Denon.

To escape, Wesell took the form of a human woman and took a job in personal security. Over time, she moved up through the ranks by honing her skills, gathering equipment, saving finances and making valuable contacts which eventually allowed her to begin a career in bounty hunting.

Wesell first encountered the bounty hunter Jango Fett in 32 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) during his search for Bando Gora outlaw leader Komari Vosa. After assisting Fett in his scheme to defeat Vosa, the two began to develop a friendship that was propagated by their periodic partnership on various contracts. One such contract arose in 27 BBY when the two bounty hunters were seeking the Infant of Shaa ancient artifact and superweapon on behalf of the Dug Fernooda.
Originally pitted against each other, the pair agreed to work together to capture the idol. It was then revealed to Wesell that a seedy underworld general planned to use it to destroy the Republic capital world of Coruscant. At Wesell’s lead, Fett joined in the hunt to retrieve the artifact and save Coruscant. During this incident, Wesell made use of her developed shapeshifting abilities. This skill was also employed in her other exploits, such as the hunt for Kuati Hurlo Holowan, which was subcontracted by Jango Fett.
Zam Wesell's true reptilian form.
Zam Wesell’s true reptilian form.

Zam Wesell’s Airspeeder

Hired assassins Zam Wesell flies an airspeeder that is as unusual and exotic as she is herself. The totally self-enclosed craft has no external thrusters and few air intakes because it was built for use on hostile, primitive worlds.

Its repulsorlift units provide anti-gravity support, while other mechanisms generate radiation and electromagnetic fields that move the craft by dragging upon the air. This system is versatile enough for use in a huge variety of atmospheres. However, in urban areas outdoor power lines can smack the proportion fields and confound the steering, although this merely provides an extra means of traction to a cunning mercenary like Wesell.

Zam Wesell
Zam Wesell’s Airspeeder

The Koro-2’s forward mandibles operate as an external electromagnetic propulsion system. They intensely irradiate the air around them to induce ionisation and make it conductive. Electrodes on each mandible project powerful electric currents across the gap, and the electrified airstream is magnetically propelled towards the rear, therefore passing thrust to the speeder.

The speeder was designed for scouts exploring the wastelands of worlds lacking complex native life.  Zam Wesell acquired hers on one of the billions of anonymous young, Highly-metalliferous planets dominated by the resource hungry Mining Guild in the Galaxy’s spiral arms. Her use of it in downtrodden urban environments would dismay its designers.

Zam Wesell
Zam Wesell

Zam Wesell’s speeder creates some hazardous side-effects that amuse the callous hunter. Irradiation zones are constrained around the mandibles, but can sicken unknowing innocent bystanders along the vehicle’s path. Furthermore, drag-stream ions recombine chemically into unpleasant forms as they pass the cabin. In breathable atmospheres the products can include noxious gases that leave a foul reek in the speeder’s wake.

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