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Star Wars ABCs: V is for Vernestra Rwoh

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Star Wars ABCs: V is for Vernestra Rwoh

One of the youngest-ever padawans to be promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight.

Star Wars ABCs is a fun 26-part series that partners Star Wars with your ABCs to introduce you to characters, droids, places, and creatures from every era of the franchise, including the newest venture into a galaxy far, far away — The High Republic.

V is for Vernestra Rwoh

Vernestra Rwoh


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Vernestra Rwoh was a mirialan female Jedi Knight born around the year 248 BBY during the High Republic era. Some of her friends and colleagues occasionally used “Vern” as a nickname for her, despite the fact that she disliked it. At the age of fifteen, still just a teenager, Rwoh was one of the youngest Padawan of her generation to attain the rank of Jedi Knight after her apprenticeship under Jedi Master Stellan Gios.

Rwoh had green skin, blue eyes, and dark purple hair, which she typically styled in a ponytail. Like most mirialans, she bore the traditional tattooed markings of her family, six tiny black diamonds stacked in two rows of three on the outside corner of each eye. For attire she wore traditional brown and cream Jedi robes lined in gold with the symbol of the Order embossed on the front, fingerless gauntlets on her forearms and hands, a utility belt with various pouches for equipment, a golden belt buckle featuring the symbol of the Order, and brown boots.

The young Jedi Knight wielded a single-bladed lightsaber with a purple blade that she modified to be able to switch over into a lightwhip by twisting a ring found just below the blade emitter. The idea of the modification came to her in a dream.

For her first mission as a newly promoted Jedi Knight, Rwoh was tasked with watching over Avon Starros — a twelve-year-old aspiring inventor and the daughter of Senator Ghirra Starros — at the Port Haileap outpost on Haileap. It was at the remote outpost that Rwoh secretly modified her lightsaber with the ability to turn into a lightwhip.

Following her mission on Haileap, along with the young Starros, Rwoh joined Jedi Master Sunvale and his Padawan Imri Cantaros aboard the starship Steady Wing, en route to the dedication ceremony for Starlight Beacon. Aboard the Steady Wing the young Knight experienced foreboding feelings through the Force about one of the Aqualish mechanics, which she ultimately dismissed. This proved to be the wrong choice as the Steady Wing was sabotaged by the mechanic and blew up, killing all those aboard except for Rwoh and her companions, who managed to flee in a maintenance shuttle.

You can follow Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh on her adventures in the new High Republic publishing initiative, beginning with A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland.

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