Star Wars' Most Inexperienced Bounty Hunter Knows How to Take Down Crimson Dawn
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #14 by Ethan Sacks, Paolo Villanelli, Travis Lanham and Arif Prianto, on sale now.
Crimson Dawn's return has shaken the entire galaxy to its core. While many of the most prominent organizations in the galaxy are eager to meet with Crimson Dawn, others are learning how problematic Dawn's return has become. The Mourner's Wail Syndicate is the most recent group to learn first-hand of Crimson Dawns' ferocity, but they just learned of a secret weapon that could change the outcome of the War of the Bounty Hunters.
T'onga was originally a bounty hunter who was a part of Nakano Lash's crew along with her twin brother T'ongor. T'ongor would stay in the bounty hunting business while his sister traded in for a life of farming. T'ongor was killed during a mission where it appeared that Lash had betrayed her team. T'onga took it personally. Years later when Lash reappeared, T'onga attempted to collect the bounty on her head. This led to a team-up with Beilert Valance and the pair tracked Lash down where they learned the truth behind her actions.
The successor to the Mourner's Wail Syndicate had hired Lash's team to infiltrate the Unbroken Clan and kill a target. Lash soon learned that the target was the heir to the Unbroken Clan who was currently pregnant with an heir that could bridge the two criminal organizations together. Lash used this opportunity to kill the Mourner's Wail's successor before trying to help the pregnant woman. She would soon perish, but Lash took her daughter named Cadeliah and fled. After Lash explained her reasoning, T'onga was blasted in the back by none other than Boba Fett.
T'onga was barely able to survive the blast but felt her mission was not yet complete. The only way she felt she could avenge her brother's death was to end the crime war. She convinced her wife to join her side in her new hunt for Fett. Her wife agreed and their mission led them straight into the Mourner's Wail's headquarters. The syndicate was under attack from Crimson Dawn, but T'onga and her wife arrived with perfect timing. They were able to help fight off the threat before T'onga informed the leader of the syndicate of Cadeliah, his heir. The leader then tasked T'onga with returning his heir in secret, since the heir's existence creates a threat to Crimson Dawn.
T'onga's new mission to find Cadeliah will prove to be extremely difficult. After Lash's death, Cadeliah fell under the guardianship of Beilert Valance. During this time, the pair were chased endlessly by the Unbroken Clan and their general Vukorah. Valance would eventually leave Cadeliah with his former colony and lost love. The bounty hunters 4-LOM and Zuckuss were in pursuit of Valance and the girl, and he believed she would be much safer away from him. T'onga's hunt for Cadeliah should prove tedious. She is unaware that Cadeliah is no longer in Valance's care, let alone the fact that the heir was now in the possession of the Rebel Alliance.
If T'onga is able to track down Cadeliah and convince her to return to her heritage, it could prove to be detrimental to Crimson Dawn. The crime war has separated many of the criminal syndicates from each other. A shared heir between the Unbroken Clan and the Mourner's Wail Syndicate could bring an end to the war. They will have to act fast as Vukorah will surely continue her pursuit of Cadeliah.