Handmaidens were very common on Naboo. Their primary duties were to manage the queen's frequent costume changes, and handle her hair and make-up. Occasionally, they were asked to act as decoys so that assassins would kill them instead of someone important, like the queen. In many cases, queens retained a troupe of handmaidens after their terms had ended. Most handmaidens were female, but exceptions were made. Handmaidens were also expected to have their names accented in a particualr way, in accordance with ancient Naboo customs.