Asajj Ventress was born on the planet of Rattatak some decades Before The Battle Of Yavin. She was trained by Jedi Knight Ky Narec. As her Jedi Master died, Ventress entered into the Dark Side of the Force and destroyed all warlords from her homeworld and became ruler of Rattatk. Later, she would become Count Dooku's assasin during The Clone Wars, as well as a commander within the ranks of the armies of The Confederacy of Independent Systems, along with the Bounty Hunter Durge and the Supreme Warlord of Kalee, General Grievous. During the time of the conflict, Ventress became one of the darkest figures, by facing and defeating numerous Jedi, such as Kit Fisto, Luminara Unduli, Aayla Sercura, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Plo Koon, Mace Windu and of course, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. At the ending stage of the war, Asajj was found in Boz Pity, where Dooku implanted her cybernetics to increase her rage. She fought against both Kenobi and Skywalker, only to be unexpectedly abandoned by Dooku, who did not want her to delay his escape with an exhausted and malfunctioned Grievous. He ordered one if his MagnaGuards to shoot her, while she was heading to the Count's ship. In a fit of anger, Ventress attacked Kenobi, only to be stabbed by Anakin Skywalker. As she was lying nearly-dead, Asajj told Obi-Wan to protect the Galactic Core from Dooku, as she let go of her anger. However, this was not the end for Asajj Ventress herself. She survived Skywalker's strike through the use of Sith healing arts and as she woke up from her trance, she orders the pilots to send her away from everything related to the Clone Wars, with unknown fate.
"Let me tell you about the dark side. Typical Jedi propaganda to name it so. Let me give it another name. Let's call it the truth."
Mara Jade was born in 17 BBY, at some unknown location. As a child, she was taken by Emperor Palpatine, where she will being her training in the ways of the Force by the former himself. In that time, Jade carried her Master's bidding, from hunting rebels to execute Corrupt Imperials, as well as doing other confidential mission here and there. In 4 A.B.Y, Mara would recieve a task from Darth Sidious, which was killing Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. However, she failed to get the job done and with that, The Galactic Empire would fall in the Battle Of Endor, follwoing the deaths of both Vader and Sidious in the process. Eventually she joined smuggler chief Talon Karrde, becoming one of his best smugglers and his second-in-command. During the predations of Grand Admiral Thrawn, she was forced to work with Skywalker, and developed a grudging respect for him. During the Galactic Civil War, Mara Jade proved herself skilled in a variety of fields; she was a good pilot and mechanic and trained in the use of both a blaster and hand-to-hand combat even without relying on the Force.
Over the years, she continued to work for Karrde and interact with Skywalker intermittently, training at his Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4 for a short period of time. She was groomed by Karrde to take over the Smugglers' Alliance and had a brief relationship with Lando Calrissian as part of that role, although she later admitted it was a charade. She also continued to grow closer to Skywalker and worked alongside him on numerous occasions, including the Almanian Uprising and the Corellian Crisis. The two finally realized in 19 ABY while on a mission to Nirauan that they were in love, and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.
After marrying Skywalker, Mara Jade took the surname Skywalker and devoted her life to the New Jedi Order, becoming a Master in her own right. In that time, Jade will participate in many galactic conflicts, such as The Yuuzhan Vong War, The Dark Nest Crisis, The Swarm War until The Secind Galactic Civil War. After becoming a Master, Jade Skywalker took her niece Jaina Solo as an apprentice until she reached Knighthood. She continued to serve by the side of her husband as a Jedi Master during the Second Galactic Civil War, first serving alongside the Galactic Alliance against the rebellious Confederation. The re-emergence of the Sith Lady Lumiya was another threat that Jade Skywalker had to confront, but though she and her husband skirmished with both Lumiya and the fallen Jedi Alema Rar on multiple occasions, the darksiders escaped. As the war escalated, Jade Skywalker was slain by her nephew, Jacen Solo, whom she had learned was a Sith and therefore saw as a threat to her family personally, to the Jedi Order, and to the galaxy at large
"I'm a fighter. I've always been a fighter. The few times when I have been at leisure, I've been miserable. I want challenges, I crave them."
―Mara Jade Skywalker
Ok people. You all know the reason why I am using Ventress' old biography and it's the obvious that I don't like the change of her being a Nightsister, which was done for no other reason than being a set-up to prepare the Return of Darth Maul. I will admit that the whole redemption part may have been slightly better than the lazy resolution from the "Obsession" Comic book ARC, from Dark Horse, it still didn't made up for me very much. But I will admit that both Ventress' desing/costumes and voice acting were way better than in the microseries, by far. Smackdown intended people. As for Mara Jade, I will only analyze her feats, in her time as Palpatine's Hand, not as a full character arc ands I will explain better after the outcome. Now that it's all out of the way, please enjoy this Versus Series. Asajj Ventress, Dooku's Assassin vs. Mara Jade, Palpatine's Hand. Let's go.
As I stated before, Ventress was originally born from the Rattataki Species. For anyone who isn't aware of this, The Rattataki were a Near-Human species characterized by their chalk-white skin and bald heads. Ventress was able to use her agility and acrobatics to a very good degree, when fighting against groups and multiple enemies. The same can be said in lightsaber duels. An example of this is when she fought Anakin Skywalker on Yavin 4. Taking several hits, such as one from a dome. But her resistance to pain was limited. A sad example is when she gets shocked by Force Lightning or electrical cables. But still, Ventress can demonstrate a great use of kicks and fists during combat, which makes her a dangerous opponent to deal with.
-"She will be more than a match for young Skywalker."
-"It matters not. She is merely an instrument to bring forth the eradication of the Jedi."
―Darths Tyranus and Sidious on Ventress
In her time as The Emperor's Hand, Mara was taken to a far more serious training. Hers consisted in learning the arts of infiltration, followed by eliminating Imperial corrupts, inner enemies inside the Galactic Empire and other tasks Palpatine commanded at her. It's kind of unknown how capable she is on taking physical pain. But she remains in very good shape and has great reflexes, followed by good stamina and speed. Those attributes should suit her to be a cunning enemy in battle.
"She is, shall we say, an experiment."
From what I can see these two don't deliver higher advantage over the other. They demonstrate to have an almost comparable amount of speed and resistance in combat. Though, it can be limited to a point. So for that reason, I deem both Ventress and Jade as equals.
Winner: Tie between Asajj Ventress and Mara Jade.
Asajj Ventress was first trained by Jedi Knight Ky Narec and after she turned to the Dark Side, it will Darth Tyranus, who will aid her in the ways of the Force. Ventress applied good levels of Telekenisis, Force Speed, Force Stealth, as well as Force Choke and Force Crush. Additionaly, Ventress was able to even use Beast Control, as well as calling an army of dead Gungans to her will. However, this power could only be done by the use of a Dark Side nexus, likely and provided with well focus in the process. Despite not being a powerhouse, Ventress demonstrated to have some competence in the Force.
"Death is a tool the Sith are unafraid to use."
Trained by one of the most powerful Sith Lords in galactic history, Mara was highly trained in the use of Force Concealment. This was a vital ability that she used to suceed in her missions. A great example of how good she used The Force Concealment was when she was spying the infamous Darth Vader. With this, it can summarise how great Mara was in her spying methods. She was also trained by Darth Sidious in other Force Abilities. Among them, there were Force Healing, Force Choke, Telekenisis, as well as Force Lightning (though she didn't applied this ability at all) and Force Stun (Which she did it with ease. But this ability isn't effective against Force Sensitives). While she isn't a powerhouse in the Force until she turned Jedi, Mara will use what she has at her disposal to get the job done.
"The wrath of the Empire truly knows no boundaries."
I find this one a bit difficult. But since Mara Jade was trained much in force abilities than Ventress, even though she shows great application. I personally believe Mara has some abilities that can counter Ventress' efforts, since she was trained by Sidious in good part. Sure Ventress learned dark side abilities from Dooku, who was also one of the most powerful Force users of the time. But sadly Ventress seemed to prefer her lightsaber skills and her speed over the Force majorly. For this reason, I will give mara the edge as a Force user. Though it is slightly in this regard.
Winner: Mara Jade
"I always play fair. Exactly as fair as my opponents."
Trained by one of the best duelists of her time, Ventress became a proficent user of Form II, Makashi. It is a lightsaber combat form that focuses on precision and economy of motion. Aside from that, she also applied Form IV, Ataru, which is the most physically demanding of all lightsaber combats and allows to use the body as a weapon, as well as using acrobatics during lightsaber sequences in fight. Ventress compensated the weaknesses of both forms by appling Form III, Soresu, to use it against blaster-wielding foes, as well as Form V, Shien and she also used Form VI Niman. But most of all, Ventress usually used the dual-blade combat style known as Jar Kai, in which she not only overspecialized herself in. But she was extremly more proficent. However, if Ventress was forced to fight in single blade, she would have much difficulty to do. Still, Ventress demonstrated to be a deadly enemy, a testament many of his foes could possibly agree to. In adittion, she used the Sith Tactic known as Dun Moch, where in one ocassion Ventress succeeded in bringing one Jedi to the Dark Side. Which says alot.
"Now you fall… as all Jedi must."
―Asajj Ventress to Luminara Unduli
As far as her skills with the lightsaber goes, Mara used possibly Form IV, Ataru. But in adittion, she added both Form V, the Djem So and Form VI Niman, due to her fightning mindset. However, Jade only used her lightsaber in few and far between moments, since she was much centered in using her arts of infiltration and disguise. But she proved to be good in it's use, when it was needed. If there are times she used her saber was during her sparrings against Palpatine's Shadow Guards during her training and some of her missions.
"Yes the lightsaber. Old fashioned, but useful."
I believe this part can be defined by the experience that the two of them have with the lightsaber. Mara only used it for her missions and she only dueled against the Shadow Guards. Ventress, one the other hand, demonstrated in her use to be proffficent, from her sparrings with both General grievous and Count Dooku to even facing almost the entire Jedi Council membership, including the greatest duelist of the Order Mace Windu, though she actually lost that one. But still, Asajj killed around many Jedi during her time proving to be a dangerous foe. For that, I will give Asajj Ventress the edge as a lightsaber duelist.
Winner: Asajj Ventress
"I'm going to make you pay for what you've done."
"Come, Padawan. Your fall will be my ascension to the Sith."
―Anakin Skywalker and Asajj Ventress
Here we got two strong female fighters who had been trained by two of the greatest Force Users in their time. Ventress, by Dooku and Mara, by Palpatine. In the physical context, they seem to be even. When it comes to the Force, it is likely Mara who passes Ventress in that regard. But when it comes to lightsaber skills, it's definetly Ventress who has the edge, mostly due to her experience in battle during her time in The Clone Wars, by facing many Jedi in that era. So the question on who would truly win. Is Ventress experience with the blade or is Mara Jade potential skills in the Force that will give her the ultimate victory?
Let's set up this battle. Let's say it takes place on Dooku's palace, on the planet of Bakura. Ventress is guarding the establishment, but she senses some presence coming in. So she activates her two lightsabers and jumps after Jade. The hand will release her lightsaber and their fight begins. They will trade blows with their sabers. Ventress seems to have the upper hand due to her combat experience. That gives her a good edge. Mara at this point is pushed into the defensive. They will engage in a saber lock, and it will break once the two assassins resort to a Force Push to unbalance each other. They both fly but they back up. Jade uses telekinesis to throw certain objects, Ventress cuts the objects and bounds and leaps during her race. Mara will use Force Push to bring Ventress down. Asajj recovers quickly and leaps over the young human girl. At this point, the Assassin will join her twin blades and turn it into a saberstaff and proceeds to overwhelm Jade's defense. Mara blocks her attacks, but she gets some quick slashes from Ventress. Then Jade will counter with some blade strikes, causing a few slashes to Ventress. The Assassin counters with more fury pushing The Hand back further. Mara runs out of options and she forces herself to launch a Force Stun, paralyzing Ventress and as Asajj cuts free she feels a blade stabbing in the heart and Mara Jades stares at her. And thus, I personally proclaim Mara Jade, the winner.
Ultimate Winner: Mara Jade.
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