Zara Fenn is the result of wanting to make a Twi’lek character and wanting to make an original character that fell into the Star Wars sequel trilogy timeframe. First, Zara’s backstory:
Zara Fenn was born in 2 ABY on Ryloth. Her parents were Liana Fenn and Koro Fenn. Koro was a trader and traveled a lot, so he wasn’t around much, but he was a good father when he was home. Liana worked as an artisan, but developed a horrible illness when Zara was 15 and could no longer work. She started smuggling when she discovered certain hard-to-find (and sometimes illegal) substances alleviated Liana’s pain, and the only way to acquire these were through underground smuggling and trading. She was her mother’s primary caregiver until she passed away in 26 ABY when Zara was 24.
After her mother passed away, Zara immersed herself into smuggling full-time, picking up odd jobs here and there. She spent a lot of time at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana, which is where she picked up most of her smuggling jobs. She befriended a lot of other smugglers, rogues, and pirates there.
In 34 ABY, Zara’s father Koro was killed on Cardota when the First Order destroyed the Hosnian system. He was only there for a short time for a trading job.
When the First Order nearly eradicated the entirety of the Resistance, the remaining members established a temporary base on Rakata Prime. They continued to send communication to other planets and systems to find allies who could potentially be recruited. As allies began to respond and agree to join the Resistance, General Organa needed to transport the new recruits to the Resistance base undetected.
A member of the Resistance traveled to Takodana to ask Maz for her recommendations for a smuggler who could safely transport recruits from their home planets to the new base on Rakata Prime. Maz recommended Zara Fenn, and Zara accepted the offer. Zara initially agreed because it was “just another job,” but after working with the Resistance for a short while, she realized she agreed with their goal to end the First Order and restore peace in the galaxy. She officially joined the Resistance, and continued to use her smuggling skills to help them rebuild and recruit.
- “Fenn” is Twi’leki for “Hardworking.”
- Zara adopted one of the Porgs that nested on the Millennium Falcon. She named him Poy (Twi’leki for “wings”), and he accompanied her on her travels.
- She liked knitting and embroidery, both skills she learned from her mother.
- Zara was ambidextrous.
- Her favorite planet to visit was Kashyyyk. She’s learned a bit of Shyriiwook, so she could communicate fairly well with Wookiees.
Now, onto the build of the costume!
Shirt: Just a plain grey scoop-neck tee from Target.
Jeans: Black skinny jeans from Torrid.
Boots: The same Teva Capistrano boots I use for my Poe Dameron costume.
Goggles: I bought a pair of costume aviator goggles from Amazon.
Head Wrap: I made the head wrap using black faux leather upholstery fabric. (More information can be found here.)
Blaster: I repainted a Glie-44 Nerf blaster. (More information and photos can be found here.)
Pouch: I used the same leather pouch I used for my Kaiya Liin costume.
Poy: Poy the Porg is one of the Underground Toys Action Porg plushes. But don’t tell him that…he thinks he’s real.