Real Name: Aayla Secura
First Appearance: Star Wars #19 (June, 2000)
Powers: Jedi Master
Affiliation: Galactic Republic, Jedi Order
Did You Know? Aayla Secura is the first comic book character to be successfully adapted to cinema.
A Little History
The origin of Aayla Secura is pretty straightforward.
Aayla Secura is a Twi’lek who hails from the planet Ryloth. She was the creation of John Ostrander (creator of DC’s Oracle) and Jan Duursema. She first appeared inside the pages of issue #19 of the Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars series.
While visiting Ryloth on a mission, Jedi Master Quinlan Vos sensed that there was a Force Sensitive being nearby who was in danger. That being, Aayla, was rescued by Vos and taken to Coruscant for testing. After the testing confirmed Vos’s suspicion, Aayla was sent for Jedi training. Although she was initially trained by Master Tholme, around ten years old she was handed over to and trained by the man who found her, Quinlan Vos. Under his tutelage and later on her own study, she became proficient in both the Jar’Kai and Ataru fighting styles.
Serving as a General during the Clone Wars, Aayla fully understood what it meant to be a Jedi. She understood that a Jedi must do as the Force wills and that Jedi are prohibited from creating attachments, emotional or otherwise, with others. Never was this more evident than it was after Ahsoka Tano became overly concerned for her Master, Anakin, after he was injured on Maridun.
Although a great Jedi, Aayla’s fate was all to similar to the fate of many other Jedi. After Chancellor Palpatine enacted Order 66, Aayla, like many other Jedi, was shot down by the Clone Troopers.
and that’s it. The origin of Aayla Secura.