The First Battle of Geonosis was the Clone Wars'explosive beginning, the first in a long series of massive clashes between the Grand Army of theRepublic and the CIS Droid Army. Most Star Wars fans are familiar with it – but very few know thefull story of the battle. A lot more happened on Geonosis on that fateful day than Attack ofthe Clones suggests. In this video, we’ll be discussing all of it and how everything fits intothe greater timeline of this massive first battle. Two years before the outbreak of war on Geonosis,the ex-Jedi Count Dooku delivered the fiery Raxus Address, condemning the failures and corruptionof the Republic and declaring the formation of a new Separatist government, the Confederacy ofIndependent Systems. At first, this Confederacy seemed to be nothing more than a coalition ofdisaffected worlds, but in 22 BBY, Jedi Knight.
Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered that the Confederacyhad received the backing of a number of powerful corporate factions, who were assembling a massivearmy of battle droids on Geonosis. The Separatists captured Kenobi, but not before he relayed thisinformation to the Jedi Council. Kenobi, along with Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala,were to be publicly executed in a Geonosian arena. In response to this revelation, the Republicquickly passed the Military Creation Act, which approved the adoption of a clone armybred by the Kaminoans as the new official Republic Military. The Jedi were to take commandof this new army and lead it to Geonosis. While Yoda went to Kamino to pick up the clones,Mace Windu and a team of 212 Jedi formed an elite strike force that traveled directlyto Geonosis to rescue Kenobi, Skywalker,.
And Amidala. After disabling the Geonosians’air defenses, the Jedi infiltrated the arena to rescue the prisoners, sparking a battleto the death. Meanwhile, Count Dooku, sensing that Sith was about to go down, summonedfour Dark Jedi servants to Geonosis, including the Chiss general Sev’rance Tann, whom he plannedto name the Supreme Commander of the Droid Army. The Jedi strike force was eventuallyoverwhelmed by the Separatists’ battle droids. All but thirty of the Jedi were killed,and the survivors were soon surrounded by the droids in the center of the arena. Butbefore the survivors could be executed, Yoda arrived with the new Grand Armyof the Republic. The GAR rescued the survivors and rapidly deployed tanks andtroops on the desert plains of Geonosis,.
While the leaders of the Separatist Councilhastily sent out detachments of their droid armies. What began as an arena skirmish hadblossomed into a full-scale field battle. The droid armies massed around their groundedcore ships, which were massed in several large clusters south of the Petranakiarena. The closest was located in a broad valley to the southwest, while anotherwas further south and slightly to the east, beneath a jumbled network of rock spires thatcontained the Separatist Council’s command center. Between these two clusters of transportswere the Im’g’twe Hills, beneath which were the Geonosian droid factories. On the far sideof the hills reached vast desert plateaus, at whose southern end was the largest collectionof transports, stretching out to the E’y-Akh.
Desert in the west. Republic assault shipslanded at and around the arena and along the far side of the Im’g’twe Hills, where theclones established a forward command center. The surviving Jedi took up various commandpositions during the battle. Yoda took command of GAR forces, as a whole, from the army’sforward command center, while Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, and Echuu Shen-Jon took commandof important theaters and Adi Gallia oversaw the battle in space. 192,000 regular clonetroopers fought in the Battle of Geonosis, roughly five full corps plusthe 501st Legion. All ten thousand clone commandos were also deployedalongside them. The clones were ferried into battle by a fleet of twenty Acclamator-classAssault Ships, of which twelve landed on the.
Planet’s surface and eight attacked from orbit.2160 AT-TE Walkers, 100 SPHA-T artillery walkers, 1600 LAAT/i Gunships, and 400 LAAT/c Dropshipswere deployed during the battle, as were a few thousand speeder bikes, a few TX-130 fightertanks, and an unknown number of starfighters. The Separatists deployed a tiny fractionof their army to fight the ground battle, since their objective was not to defeat the GARbut to escape with their cargo of battle droids. The CIS troop transports present included sixtyTrade Federation Core Ships, 41 Commerce Guild cruisers, and 286 Techno Union transports. Toprotect these craft, the Seps deployed a million B1 Battle Droids, 100,000 B2 Super Battle Droids,3000 Droidekas, 15,000 DSD1 Dwarf Spider Droids, 4100 IG-227 Hailfire-class Droid Tanks, 7500 OG-9Homing Spider Droids, and an assorted selection.
Of other ground craft. A squadron of Geonosianstarfighters also participated in the battle, as did an unknown number of Geonosian warriors.Count Dooku and the Separatist Council oversaw CIS forces from their command center, whileSev’rance Tann and led troops on the ground. Before storming the arena, Republic warshipsshelled the Geonosians’ starfighter nests from orbit, ensuring that Republic gunships would haveair superiority for the duration of the battle. They provided close air support while Republicforces deployed in assembly areas, charging across the plateaus towards the docked troopships underthe command of Jedi Generals. A total of five major battlefronts opened up. Two Republic corpsmoved south from the arena, each moving towards one of the troopship clusters, while two othersproceeded south towards the largest cluster,.
One under Mace Windu’s command and the other underYoda’s. The fifth advanced north, covering the flanks of Yoda’s army and attacking one of thetroopship clusters near the arena from behind. As soon as the battle commenced, the TechnoUnion and Commerce Guild transports fled, while the more heavily armored Core Ships stayedbehind, hoping to finish loading their cargoes before escaping. Many of the Techno Uniontransports were shot down by gunships or walkers, but around half of them managed to escape. Asthe Jedi took command of their clone units, the Republic began deploying clone commandos onto thebattlefield and landing their SPHA-T artillery. All across the battlefield, the Jedi-ledarmies pushed the droid forces back. On the southernmost front, Mace Windufaced a wall of deadly spider droids,.
But he broke through and made a rush forthe grounded Core Ships. Near the arena, a counter-offensive of Hailfire Droids was squashedby a small fleet of gunships commanded by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kit Fisto was able to block a Separatistflanking attack near the edge of the desert, while Jedi General Echuu Shen-Jon defeated the armies ofSev’rance Tann near the Separatist command center. When it became clear that the battle was notin their favor, the Separatist Council made the unanimous decision to get the frak offGeonosis. As they fled, the Geonosians fled the battle and sought refuge in the catacombs,and the last Trade Federation Core Ships began to launch. Numerous Core Ships were shot down bySPHA-T artillery as they tried to reach orbit, and hundreds of thousands of battle droids werelost with each ship that fell. Within a few hours,.
The GAR mopped up the last pockets ofdroid resistance, ending the ground battle. As the battle raged on the ground, Loyalistand Separatist forces also clashed high up in orbit and deep underground. The space battlefought above Geonosis was smaller in scale than most Clone Wars-era space battles, since theSeparatist warships at Geonosis were focused on retreating. A few Trade Federation battleshipsand their complement of Vulture Droids kept a path open for the escaping transports, and they went upagainst six Republic Assault Ships and a squadron of Jedi starfighters. Led by Adi Gallia and SiriTachi, the Jedi in the space battle were initially focused on preventing the droid transportsfrom escaping, but their priorities shifted when Gallia’s pirate friends informed them thatthe Separatists had called for reinforcements.
Mercenary Captain Cavik Toth and his men,the pilots of Sabaoth Squadron, were called to Geonosis late in the battle by Count Dooku,who wanted them to lay waste to the battlefield using a deadly bioweapon. Adi Gallia and herfellow Jedi pilots put a stop to this plot and, with the help of Gallia’s pirate friends,completely wiped out Sabaoth Squadron. However, this distracted them from their initial objective,allowing many Separatist transports to escape. Around the same time, Republic forces attemptedto force their way into the Geonosian catacombs, seeking a path to the Separatist command center.This effort involved many clone commandos, including Delta Squad and a few Jedi, mostnotably Ur-Sema Du. However, most Republic units that entered the catacombs never returned.Most were ambushed by Geonosian warriors,.
And others were slain by General Grievous, who wastasked with securing the command center. Ur-Sema Du became Grievous’ very first Jedi kill, and herlightsaber made a fine addition to his collection. Several catacomb missions were successfulhowever, most notably Delta Squad’s mission to assassinate Geonosian lieutenant SunFac. Delta Squad was also effective in disabling a Geonosian droid factory,shutting down a key artillery battery, and grounding several Trade Federation coreships, all without losing a single commando. Most of the Separatist Council had their personaltransports docked near the command center, but Count Dooku’s ship was docked far from thebattlefield, far out across the E’y-Akh Desert. As he fled the battle to his private hangar in aspeeder bike, he was spotted by Obi-Wan Kenobi,.
Who pursued him in a gunship. Mace Winduattempted to intercept him as well, but was cut off by the three Dark Jedi Dooku had summoned,who forced him into a lengthy tank battle. Windu defeated all three of them, but by that pointit was too late for him to join the chase. Yoda, on the other hand, was able to follow Kenobiand his gunship. He ended up rescuing Kenobi and Skywalker from Count Dooku during alightsaber duel in the Count’s private hangar. Despite Yoda's best efforts, the Jedi wereunable to prevent Dooku’s escape from Geonosis. The First Battle of Geonosis was swift andbloody, and the Republic’s victory came at a very high cost. One hundred and seventy-nineJedi, including a member of the Jedi High Council, perished, mostly in the arena battle.Republic casualties were substantial;.
Thousands of clones died or were wounded, whilenearly half of all clone commandos were wiped out. Many survivors of Geonosis saw these lossesas consequences of the Jedi's tactical ineptitude. That said, the Republic dealt as good as itgot. Separatist leaders Sun Fac and Cavik Toth were both killed, as were three of Dooku’sDark Acolytes. Sabaoth Squadron was wiped out, and many of theConfederacy’s groundedwarships were destroyed. In total, the Separatists lost 14 Core Ships, five CommerceGuild cruisers, and 117 Techno Union transports. All droid forces deployed on the surface wereeither destroyed, disabled, or forced to retreat, while the Geonosians suffered significantcasualties. But what mattered most was what the Republic failed to destroy in the battle – Dooku,the Separatist Council, and the CIS Droid Army.
The Republic had failed to crush the CISbefore they became a threat. On Geonosis, they had an opportunity to end the warbefore it even began. After the battle, however, the Republic had no choice but tosettle in for the long fight. The Republic took no comfort in its victory; afterall, the Clone Wars had only just begun. The Clone Wars was a very bloody conflict, andeven though it only lasted for three years, it saw countless planets destroyed in thattime. Peaceful, backwater worlds were turned into sprawling battlefields where tens ofthousands of troops were thrown into the meatgrinder by the Republic and the CIS, allbecause they were unlucky enough to be valuable in some way to the war effort. Such was thecase for the planet we’ll be talking about.
Today. You’ve likely never heard of the Battleof Atraken, but it was one of the longest and most depressing battles of the Clone Wars,an eleven-month slog in which everyone, the people of Atraken especially, lost.In this video, we’ll be telling its story. Atraken was an extremely obscure planet in theOuter Rim’s Rolion Sector, located on the very edge of Separatist space at the start of theClone Wars. It was a fairly ordinary world, with three moons, shallow oceans, andmountainous terrain. Atraken had a small population of just one million beings, ruled by aguild government based in the planetary capital, Kattellyn City. The primary industry herewas mining, much like thousands of other backwater worlds in the region, and it’s possiblethat, like with many other local mining worlds,.
Atraken was dominated by the CIS-aligned.Commerce Guild, which had a pretty tight grip on mining in the Outer Rim. Only onething made Atraken more significant than the hordes of other mining worlds in the region- its mines were a rich source of doonium. Doonium was an extremely valuable ore thatwas essential to the production of capital ship hulls – it’s what gave Star Destroyers thatdistinctive gray-white color. As you might expect, at the outbreak of the Clone Wars, demand fordoonium skyrocketed , as both the Republic and the CIS were attempting to rapidlyexpand their brand-new navies. At the start of the Clone Wars, Atraken fell just withinSeparatist space, and the Confederacy took control of its doonium mining operationsimmediately after the Battle of Geonosis,.
Redirecting all of Atraken’s ore shipmentsto CIS shipyards. But it didn’t take long for the Republic to challenge the Confederacycontrol of Atraken’s doonium mining operation. Just a few days after the Battle ofGeonosis, Republic forces arrived in the Kattellyn System and demanded local CISprotectionist forces withdraw and relinquish the doonium mines. Obviously, the Sepsdid no such thing. In preparation for the inevitable Republic assault, theyhad converted the mines into massive, kilometers-deep fortresses and packedthem to the brim with battle droids, daring the Republic to come and try it. Inresponse, the Republic launched a full-scale planetary invasion. So began more thaneleven months of bitter, bloody fighting.
Most of the exact details of the Battle ofAtraken are unknown. The Republic appears to have achieved orbital supremacy at Atrakenpretty early on, allowing Acclamator-class Assault Ships to land on the planet’s surfaceand deploy clone troopers by the thousands. But Atraken’s local space wasn’t uncontested,and at least one side appears to have made use of orbital mines to make naval operationsdifficult at some point during the battle. We know a little bit more about how thingsshaped up on the ground. For months, the Confederacy was able to maintaincontrol of their subterranean fortresses, while the planet’s surface became bitterlycontested between Separatist droid forces and the Grand Army of the Republic. The Confederacymade use of vast numbers of B1 battle droids,.
Together with Commerce Guild DSD1 and OG-9 spiderdroids, while the Republic’s clone troopers were supported extensively by Jedi and units fromvarious Loyalist militias. We don’t know the commanders for either side, but we do know thatMajor Nick Rostu of Haruun Kal fought with the GAR during the later stages of the battle, suggestingthat the battle wasn’t entirely Jedi-led. For months, the Battle of Atraken was effectivelya stalemate. On the one hand, the Confederacy was entrenched deep in the planet’s crust andthe Republic was unable to flush them out; on the other, the Separatists were unable todislodge the GAR from their beachheads on the surface. To break this stalemate, both sidesturned to increasingly extreme methods. The Republic began this escalation with OperationKatabatic, a series of extremely destructive.
Airstrikes and ground offensives that successfullydislodged CIS forces from several key positions. Operation Katabatic managed to turn thetide of the battle, and from that point forward the Republic had the advantage. Butthe Confederacy wouldn’t give up that easily. As the Republic began increasinglydestructive offensives, the Confederacy began deploying biochemical weapons ina bid to halt the Republic’s progress, hoping that these weapons would massacre cloneforces while leaving the Confederacy’s battle droids unscathed. These weapons ultimatelyfailed to slow the Republic’s momentum, however, and slowly but surely the GAR beganto capture Atraken’s doonium mines. By the eleventh month of the Clone Wars in 21 BBY,the Confederacy was finally forced to abandon.
Atraken. The Republic was victorious- but the victory was a pyrrhic one. The Battle of Atraken left the entire planet inruins. The fierce fighting had destroyed virtually every trace of infrastructure on the planet, andtens of thousands of beings had been caught in the crossfire and killed. But it was the biochemicalagents unleashed by the Confederacy that did the most damage. These weapons killed large numbersof civilians outright, but to make matters worse, they ended up seeping into Atraken’s watertable. Even as the Republic began the final push to capture Atraken’s mines, the entireplanet was rapidly succumbing to the poison. By the time the Republic had driven the last of theSeparatists from Atraken, it was uninhabitable. 90% of Atraken’s population died in the fighting,and the remaining hundred thousand people were.
Rendered refugees. Those who had the money fled toneighboring systems. The remainder fell under the protection of the neutral Refugee Relief Movement,which ultimately helped them settle Trilos, Atraken’s lone habitable moon, despite initial trouble with orbital minespreventing access to the moon’s surface. Atraken itself was abandoned. Its remainingoceans – the ones that hadn’t been boiled away by the fighting – became toxic sludgepools, and the planet’s atmosphere became completely unbreathable. Virtually all organiclife on Atraken died, leaving only the diehards, an aggressive insect species that was able tofeed on the toxic sludge. The doonium mines that the battle had been fought over wereabandoned shortly after the battle’s end,.
As using them became more effort than it wasworth thanks to Atraken’s ruined biosphere. The Battle of Atraken dispelled many of the mythsthat both Loyalists and Separatists constructed to claim they were the “good guys.” It provedthat the Republic couldn’t and never intended to fight a “clean” war with the Confederacy, andthat it was every bit as vicious and callous as the Separatist megacorporations when it wantedresources. Even though it was the Separatists who ultimately poisoned Atraken, it was theRepublic that started the battle to begin with, and the Republic still destroyed plenty ofAtraken’s infrastructure, killed countless civilians, and refused to withdraw when itbecame apparent that the battle was going to kill more civilians and Loyalist personnelalike than the planet’s doonium was worth.
On the other hand, the Battle of Atrakenproved that the Confederacy cared far more about its wealth and resources than it didabout the “independent systems” it claimed to defend from Republic tyranny. The CISactively poisoned a Separatist world when it came close to falling into Republic hands.Either they knew that unleashing biochemical weapons would likely kill Atraken and didit anyway, or, as some sources suggest, they poisoned the planet on purpose whenit became apparent they were losing. In many respects, the Battle of Atraken was amicrocosm of the Clone Wars as a whole. Neither the Republic nor the Confederacy cared about theordinary people of the galaxy, and they proved it on Atraken, where they destroyed the lives ofthe ones they were supposed to be fighting for..
All either side cared about was destroying theother. The Republic just wanted to subjugate those ungrateful rebellious Rimworlds,while the Confederacy wanted to suck its people dry of resources and get revengeon the Republic for a mix of real and perceived injustices. On Atraken, theyslaughtered each other and the planet’s civilian population over doonium mines that,in the end, neither of them ended up using. It all underscores the pointlessness of the CloneWars, how utterly unnecessary all the carnage was. Just as Atraken didn’t have to die, the galaxy asa whole didn’t have to suffer through the Clone Wars. The Republic could have just let its memberworlds exercise their right to self-determination, and the Confederacy could’ve beencontent with independence instead.
Of setting their sights on revenge.Much like with the Battle of Atraken, the Clone Wars were needless bloodshed,often done for no reason other than to not let the other guy win, and by the timethe war was over, everyone had lost. The Battle of Christophsis was thefirst battle showcased in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and it reappeared in a numberof later episodes which explored it in greater detail. But as with many other prominent StarWars battles, those three episodes don’t tell the full story. Christophsis was a uniqueworld that the CIS targeted for a reason, and the Republic’s attempt to recapture it wasa lot more complicated than you might expect. In this video, we tell the full storyof this critical Clone Wars battle.
Christophsis was located along the Corellian Runin the Outer Rim’s Savareen Sector, close to the edge of the Mid Rim. The planet was discoveredvery early in the Republic’s history, but for over twenty thousand years, galactic society ignoredit, passing it off as unsuitable for colonization. This was because Christophsis and its moon sharedthe Christoph System with not one, not two, but three dense and unpredictable asteroidbelts, which made navigating the system hell. These belts, named the Barren, the Hammers, andthe Halo, regularly pummeled Christophsis with asteroids, scouring its crystalline surfaceand making settlement highly dangerous. However, Christophsis was prime real estate thanksto its location on the Corellian Run, so in 600 BBY a family of Tepasi nobles laid claim to thesystem, which they renamed after themselves..
They hired Verpine engineers to design miningships that could safely operate in the belts and Givin scientists to plot the trajectoriesof any asteroids that could endanger their new home. The asteroids were then eliminated. Oncethe work was done, the nobles transformed the system into a great network of mines, both onChristophsis itself and in the belts. After enlisting the services of lawyers to cut theVerpine and Givin out of their profits, the Christophsian nobles began refining the plentifulcrystals of Christophsis while extracting massive amounts of ore from the asteroids,becoming incredibly wealthy in the process. Over the centuries, Christophsis boomed frombeing completely uninhabited to boasting a population of 35 billion, mostly human, but withsubstantial Rodian and Kerkoidian minorities..
Its population was largely crammed into theplanet’s famed crystal cities, the largest being Chaleydonia, the planetary capital. Politicalpower and wealth on Christophsis were very unevenly distributed. A mercantile oligarchycomposed of the Christophsian nobles ruled the planet, and the rest of the population was dividedinto castes. Nonhumans were forced into the lowest caste and treated little better than slaves,while poorer humans weren’t much better off; the luckiest among them were the household servantsof the nobles, while the rest worked in the mines. By the time of the Clone Wars, Christophsis hadamassed a great deal of power and influence on the galactic stage, but, fortunately forthe rest of the galaxy, its rulers favored isolationist policies. The Christophsians werevery secretive and mostly kept to themselves,.
Interacting with the outside galaxy only tosell their products and import food. When the Clone Wars began, Christophsis stayed inthe Republic but was noncommittal, hoping to remain out of galactic affairs. However, this wasnever meant to be. Christophsis was located close to the front lines along the Corellian Run,with the Separatist strongholds of Ando and Mon Gazza located just a short hop Coreward.Its policy of isolation was doomed to fail. Christophsis was an obvious target for theCIS. The planet was close to their territory, was extraordinarily wealthy, hadvast caches of resources that would be enormously beneficial to militaryproduction, was isolated and poorly defended, and was located on the all-important CorellianRun. Control of the planet would boost the.
Separatists’ production and allow them to cutthe Republic off from the outer Corellian Run, isolating Ryloth and Geonosis and providing alaunchpad for attacks on Kamino and Rothana. No matter what the Christophsians did, therewas no way they were sitting out the Clone Wars. In 22 BBY, Christophsis’s isolation came toan end. A vast Separatist fleet led by Admiral Trench arrived in-system and demanded the planet’ssurrender. When the Christophsian nobles heard the news, those motherfrakkers fled the system,leaving their servants to fend for themselves. Trench established a blockade of Christophsisand seized the asteroid mines, while a huge ground army led by General Whorm Loathsomlanded and secured the planet’s cities. Trench commanded the blockade from his flagship,the Providence-class Dreadnaught Invincible..
It contained at least twelve Lucrehulk-classBattleships and nineteen Munificent-class Star Frigates complete with complementsof Vulture Droids and new Hyena Bombers, and these are just the ships we know aboutfor sure – there were likely many more. On the ground, General Loathsom wasn’tmessing around either. He commanded a truly massive army of battle droids,backed with endless columns of AATs, Corporate Alliance tank droids, STAPs, DwarfSpider Droids, and Octuptarra Magna Tri-Droids. Despite its size, Loathsom’s army met plenty ofinitial resistance. Though their rulers had thrown them to the wolves, the Christophsians weren’tabout to give up their homes without a fight. They made the Separatists fight for everycity block, especially in Chaleydonia,.
Where a small clone garrison led by SenatorBail Organa coordinated the resistance. Organa was on Christophsis overseeinga refugee camp when the attack began, and once Separatist leadership discoveredthis, he became a priority target. It was Organa who first put out a callfor help, contacting the Jedi Council and requesting a Republic intervention on Ryloth.The Council put Obi-Wan Kenobi and the newly knighted Anakin Skywalker in command of a smalladvance force and sent them to Christophsis, where they were tasked with breaking the blockadeand rescuing Organa while a larger invasion army was prepared. This task force consisted of fourVenator-class Star Destroyers, including the Resolute, the Negotiator, and the Dauntless,all under the command of Admiral Yularen, as.
Well as three Pelta-class medical frigates, whichwere meant to deliver supplies to the surface. The task force found itself badly outmatched whenit arrived in-system. Trench’s forces shrugged off Skywalker’s initial offensive and were beginninga counterattack when the Republic fleet retreated behind Christophsis’s moon. After determiningthat breaking the blockade the old-fashioned way was likely impossible, the Jedi chose toinstead use an experimental stealth ship to sneak past the blockade and deliver supplies toOrgana while the fleet waited for reinforcements. Skywalker personally took command of the stealthship, and Admiral Yularen accompanied him. Instead of running the blockade, Skywalkerended up attacking the Invincible head-on to draw Trench’s attention away from theresistance fighters on Christophsis’s surface..
After a brief game of cat-and-mouse,Skywalker destroyed the Invincible by luring Trench’s own torpedoes into his bridgewhile the dreadnaught’s shields were down, taking Trench out of commission and punchinga hole in the blockade. The loss of Trench disoriented Separatist naval forces enough forRepublic forces to resupply Organa and his men. Shortly after Trench’s defeat, the bulk of theRepublic invasion force arrived in-system. At least seven additional Star Destroyers andfour Acclamator-class Assault Ships showed up to reinforce the advance fleet, giving AdmiralYularen the firepower he needed to take on the remnants of the blockade. Yularen’s warships andtheir complement of V-19 Torrent Starfighters began an all-out space battle over Christophsis,while Kenobi and Skywalker landed their ground.
Forces in Chaleydonia, occupying a broad swath ofthe city and establishing a military base beyond the city’s outskirts. Around this time, Organa andthe rest of the Christophsians evacuated the city. Republic ground forces on Christophsis weremostly composed of clones from the Thirteenth Sector Army, as Christophsis lay within Iron LanceCommand. These units were joined by the 501st Legion and units from the 7th Sky Corps, commandedby Captain Rex and Commander Cody, respectively. The clones brought plenty of LAAT/iGunships to the surface for air support, knowing they wouldn’t be able to counton their naval forces for assistance, as well as AT-RTs, AT-TEs,and AV-7 Antivehicle Cannons. This was a fairly large army, but it was badlyoutnumbered. Though the Jedi didn’t know it at.
First, their intel about Separatist forces onChristophsis had drastically underestimated the size of Loathsom’s army, and Republicforces were not prepared to stand against it. To make matters worse, the Republic had aspy in its ranks. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, Count Dooku had sent Asajj Ventress to coordinateSeparatist forces on Christophsis, and she had talked clone sergeant Slick into betrayingthe Republic. As the Jedi formulated their plan to stop Loathsom’s advance in Chaleydonia,Slick transmitted everything to the Confederacy. As a result, Loathsom’s forces outmaneuveredRepublic forces in several early engagements, and after capturing the head of a tacticaldroid, the Jedi determined they had a spy. Kenobi and Skywalker chose to investigate thematter behind enemy lines, tasking Rex and Cody.
With finding and apprehending the traitor. At theSeparatist command center, the Jedi discovered Ventress’s involvement in the operation and caughta glimpse of the true scale of Loathsom’s army. Realizing that the Republic was badly outmatched,they rushed back to the command center. There, they found that Rex and Cody had apprehendedSlick – but not before the traitorous sergeant blew up the Republic’s armor depot, destroyingnearly all of their gunships and walkers. The situation looked dire. With no time to lose, Republic forces relocatedinto Chaleydonia and occupied the city center, which was considered a defensible position. Clone squads set up lookout posts in thecrystal towers surrounding the district,.
While the antivehicle cannons, which were nowRepublic forces’ main weapons, were moved into a secure location at the heart of the complex,facing the Separatist command center. Meanwhile, Loathsom gathered his armies and attacked,sending Tri-Droids and tanks to lead the charge. Republic forces fought tooth and nail againstLoathsom’s troops, making them pay dearly for every meter gained, but Separatist forces provedoverwhelming. The Republic’s surviving AT-TEs were destroyed, and not even the cannonscould slow Loathsom’s offensive for long. Fortunately for the clone, the orbital battle was,by that point, firmly in the Republic’s favor, and Admiral Yularen could provide assistance.He sent the Star Destroyer Dauntless into Christophsis’s lower atmosphere, where itshelled Loathsom’s positions in Chaleydonia.
And forced him to retreat from the cityentirely. As the Dauntless returned to orbit, Kenobi and Skywalker reported to Coruscantthat Christophsis had been liberated. However, the fight wasn’t over yet.Separatist forces soon returned, led by a column of Tri-Droids. At the sametime, the orbital battle intensified and the Jedi lost contact with Yularen, who couldno longer afford to provide assistance. Yet again, however, they managed to turn thetide of battle. As Kenobi and Cody held the line against the Separatists’ infantry,Skywalker and Rex led a squad of clones in a flanking attack on the Tri-Droids,successfully destroying them all. As his tanks suffered heavy losses due to the Republic’scannons, Loathsom again called for a retreat.
During the second lull in combat, a new Jediarrived on the planet’s surface – Ahsoka Tano, who had been assigned as Skywalker’s Padawan.Tano first saw combat not long after her arrival, as Loathsom’s forces quickly regrouped andbegan a third offensive against Republic forces. This time, the droids marched under the coverof a deflector shield, rendering the Republic’s cannons useless. However, Loathsom stillhad no luck overcoming the Grand Army of the Republic. General Kenobi surrendered to him,but this turned out to be a ruse, as Skywalker and Tano snuck behind Separatist lines during thenegotiations and destroyed the deflector shield. Once the shield fell, Republic forces opened fireon Loathsom’s tanks, which were rapidly destroyed. Thirteenth Army reinforcements led by Yoda himselfarrived around the same time, quickly obliterating.
The rest of the droid army and securing control ofChristophsis. In orbit, Yularen drove off the last of the Separatists’ naval forces, while on theground General Loathsom was placed under arrest. After a lengthy fight, the Battle of Christophsiswas over, and the Republic was victorious. But this came at a high cost. The Republicsuffered heavy losses in the battle, and much of Christophsis was reduced to rubble.The nobles returned home to find that their vaults had been looted by the Separatists, and theirgreat palaces in Chaleydonia had been destroyed. In the event that you were wondering, themain thrust of the Battle of Christophsis was actually not featured in Star Wars: The CloneWars, only alluded to. The movie opens after the first wave of full-scale combat in Chaleydonia,while the later episodes took place before it.
Ryloth was the homeworld of one of the Star Warsgalaxy’s most prominent species, the Twi’leks, and at several points in the modern era ofthe galaxy it found itself at the center of galactic geopolitics. During the Clone Warsin particular, Ryloth became one of the most important planets in the Outer Rim, playinghost to one of the war’s longest battles. But why was Ryloth, tidally-locked dustballclose to the edge of known space, so important? Despite being the homeworld of one of the galaxy’smost prolific species, Ryloth wouldn’t have seemed all that important to casual observers. Most ofthe planet was uninhabitable due to tidal locking, most of its communities were relatively low-techand poor, and the planet had few useful resources. During the Clone Wars, however, it was importantfor a few reasons. Firstly, Ryloth was located.
Along the Corellian Run, albeit close to its end;secondly, a long series of corrupt senators had granted the planet significant political power;and thirdly, Ryloth had one crucial resource that was always in high demand: ryll spice. Ryloth wasa bastion of the spice trade, which meant that, even though much of the planet was undeveloped andlarge swaths of its population lived in poverty, Ryloth’s rulers were quite wealthy. On topof all this, at the start of the Clone Wars, Ryloth was made the headquarters of the Republic’s14th Sector Army, also known as Red Tails Command. All of these factors meant that Ryloth,a Loyalist world, was relatively high on the CIS’s hit list from early on. At the startof the war, Count Dooku provided Kh’aris Fenn, a Twi’lek clan leader with Separatist sympathies,with considerable amounts of funding in the hopes.
That he would be able to wrest political controlof the planet from the Twi’lek Loyalists. However, Fenn ended up embezzling a lot of that money andusing the rest to post bounties on Jedi, and this early Separatist bid for control of Ryloth wentnowhere. However, Fenn’s activities did allow members of the Separatist leadership to makeinroads on Ryloth, most notably Passel Argente. Sometime in 22 BBY, Argente, the Magistrate ofthe Corporate Alliance, began storing some of his personal wealth on Ryloth through corrupt brokersin Lessu. Among the goodies he stashed away on Ryloth were hoards of treasures stolen from worldsconquered by Corporate Alliance forces, many of which were extremely valuable. Unfortunately forArgente, however, Foreman Wat Tambor of the Techno Union discovered this secret stash of wealth.Tambor, who distrusted Argente and considered him.
A rival, coveted the Magistrate’s treasures,and was not above abusing his power on the Separatist Council to steal them. Tambor musteredthe Techno Union’s armies and prepared to launch a full-scale assault on Ryloth, planning to usethe invasion as cover while he looted the planet. The Techno Union’s assault was swift anddevastating. In orbit, a fleet of warships led by Neimoidian Captain Mar Tuuk ripped apart Ryloth’sdefense fleet and killed its commanding officer, Admiral Dao, trapping Ryloth’s defensivegarrison on the planet’s surface. Red Tails Command only had a small unit planetside, led byJedi Master Ima-Gun Di and Captain Keeli, and as the Confederacy began landing its own troops, theysoon found themselves outnumbered. But Di and his clones weren’t alone. In these early stages ofthe battle, they received assistance from Cham.
Syndulla and an army of Twi’lek freedom fighters,who had assembled in response to the invasion. Even with support from the Twi’leks, however,Ryloth’s Republic garrison was doomed. Master Di and his men held out just long enough for Republicblockade runners to deliver crucial supplies to Syndulla and his men, following which the lastof the clones were wiped out by the advancing battle droids. Syndulla and the Twi’leksresisted the Separatist invaders bitterly, but in the end they were forced to go intohiding, taking shelter in the countryside and beginning a campaign of guerrilla warfareagainst the CIS. Lessu, the capital, fell, and Tambor made the conquered cityhis fortress. As the Droid Army began occupying settlements all over Ryloth, Tamborordered his troops to scour the planet for any.
Valuables they could find, which he hadshipped offworld to his personal vaults. Ryloth was under Separatist occupation forseveral months, and in that time Tambor and his subordinates fortified the planetagainst a potential Republic counterattack. In orbit, Captain Tuuk established a blockadeof Ryloth from his flagship, the Lucrehulk-class battleship Procurer, which was reinforced byat least six Munificent-class Star Frigates. Vulture Droids and the Techno Union’s new Hyenabombers provided both air support for ground troops and fighter support for the blockade, whileon the ground Tambor mustered a huge droid army. Tambor’s ground armies were mostly commanded bytactical droids, with Tambor’s assistant, TA-175, assuming overall command from Lessu. South ofthe capital, in the village of Nabat, Tambor.
Had TX-20 establish anti-air defenses in the formof powerful J-1 semi-autonomous proton cannons, which were protected by Twi’lek civilians employedas living shields. Of course, the occupation force also contained vast hordes of battledroids, reinforced by STAPs, AATs, and MTTs. Several months after Ryloth’s capture, theRepublic began a campaign to retake the planet. At that point in the war, Loyalist forces werestretched thin and High Command was unsure of whether the Republic could even afford tocommit to retaking the planet, but at the urging of several high-ranking Jedi Generals,the operation got a green light. Overall command of the Ryloth operation fell to Mace Windu, butthe first stage of the counteroffensive was led instead by Anakin Skywalker. Skywalker, alongsidehis Padawan Ahsoka and Admiral Yularen, was put.
In charge of the naval stage of the Battle ofRyloth, tasked with breaking Mar Tuuk’s blockade. Skywalker initially attacked the blockade withthree Venator-class Star Destroyers, the Resolute, Defender, and Redeemer. His plan was simple: theships would drop out of orbit, launch fighters, and attack. Ahsoka Tano would lead the Republic’sV-19 Torrent squadrons in a direct assault on the Separatist flagships, while the Star Destroyerswould come in behind her. However, this plan went sideways when the Separatists called inadditional cruisers to reinforce their blockade. In the chaos, the Republic lost the Redeemerand many of its fighters, the Defender was severely damaged, and Admiral Yularen was knockedunconscious. The Republic was forced to retreat. Things seemed grim for Ryloth,but fortunately for the Twi’leks,.
Skywalker and his Padawan wereable to turn the battle around. Skywalker took sole command of theDefender and used it to ram the Procurer, destroying the blockade’s flagship, while Tano ledbomber squadrons in a rapid assault on the other Separatist cruisers. The blockade was broken, andWindu began the liberation of Ryloth in earnest. The ground assault on Ryloth was commanded in thenorth by Mace Windu and Commander Ponds and in the south by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Commander Cody. Asthe ground assault began, the Republic initially had trouble landing its assault ships due tothe proton cannons at Nabat, forcing Windu to postpone the assault on Lessu while Kenobi led asmall company of clones to take out the cannons. Kenobi, Cody, and Ghost Company successfullyinfiltrated Nabat and worked around the.
Various defenses TX-20 had set up in thecity, aided by a Twi’lek girl named Numa. Numa led Kenobi to the village center,where the cannons were, through the sewers, while Cody led a diversionary assault to draw thedroids away from the cannons. While TX-20 and his droids were focused on Cody and Ghost Company,Kenobi successfully freed the Twi’lek hostages and destroyed the proton cannons. TX-20 was thenripped apart by the enraged people of Nabat, and Windu’s assault ships were able tomake groundfall just outside the village. While Kenobi moved on to other occupiedsettlements in the southern hemisphere, Windu, Commander Ponds, and the 91st ReconnaissanceCorps began to push straight towards Lessu. Resistance was fierce, and the advance was slow,as Windu’s AT-TEs struggled to navigate Ryloth’s.
Treacherous mountain passes, where they wereoften exposed. Windu and the AT-RT riders of Lightning Squadron had more success than thelarger walkers in clearing the road to Lessu, but by the time the capital was within sightWindu no longer had the manpower to take it alone. For help, he sought out and alliedwith Cham Syndulla and the Twi’lek resistance. As Windu made inroads with the resistance,Wat Tambor began to realize that Ryloth was lost. As he and TA-175 made plansto evacuate, he ordered his troops to finish looting the towns around Lessu and thendispatched Hyena bombers to carpet-bomb them, destroying whatever the droids couldn’t steal.Tambor gathered all his loot in Lessu and began to ship it offworld, much to the ire of TA-175,who urged Tambor to prioritize personnel instead.
Upon arriving at Lessu, Windu and Syndulla foundthemselves in a tricky tactical situation. Tambor had ordered the city’s population to beforced into camps around the city walls, employing the same living shield tacticsTX-20 had used at Nabat. Because of this, Windu was forced to completely rule out the useof artillery against the occupied capital. The only alternative, however, was to cross an energybridge over a huge gorge that surrounded Lessu – a bridge that could be deactivated at will fromthe city. Charging over it would be suicidal. Ultimately, Windu overcame this dilemmathrough stealth tactics. He and two ARF Troopers snuck across the bridge aboard an MTTand stormed the bridge control room, allowing Republic forces to swarm into Lessu. Meanwhile,Windu cut a swath through the city’s defenders,.
Making a beeline for the city’s spaceport,where Tambor’s evacuation shuttle waited. The shuttle ended up leaving without the Techno Unionforeman, however. TA-175 became tired of Tambor’s stalling and left without him, abandoning himin Lessu for Windu and Syndulla to capture. Upon realizing that there was no escape, Tamborcalled in his Hyena bombers to destroy Lessu in a final act of spite, but the bombers wereshot down before they could reach the capital. Tambor was taken into Republiccustody, and Lessu was liberated. Fighting on Ryloth continued for afew days after the fall of Lessu. Though most of the Droid Army leftthe system after TA-175 evacuated, a few holdouts remained, most notably in thecity of Resdin. Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano,.
And the 501st Legion were sent out to mopup the stragglers while the rightful Twi’lek government was reinstated in Lessu. Before long,Ryloth was completely free of battle droids, and its Republic garrison returned,now stronger, warier, and more closely coordinated with Cham Syndulla and his fighters.Ryloth would not fall so easily in the future. Ryloth was actually the site of a secondbattle during the Outer Rim Sieges, much later in the war, but the planetwas never again occupied by the CIS, and remained free for theduration of the Clone Wars. “We will let the Jedi Generals knowthat we will fight to be free! We will fight to defend our planet! Wewill send the Jedi home in caskets!”.
Those words were spoken by Alto Stratus, theleader of the Separatist Jabiimi Nationalists, three weeks into the Battle of Jabiim,while rallying his troops for an assault on the Republic’s field headquarters atShelter Base, an attack that would reverse the tide of the battle. And Stratus and hismen made good on that promise. The Republic invaded Jabiim with a strike force oftens of thousands of clone troopers, led by twenty-nine Jedi. Most of those clonesand twenty-seven of those Jedi never left Jabiim, and their bodies disappeared quickly intothe planet’s muddy surface. The Battle of Jabiim was one of the Republic’s most devastatinglosses, and in this video we’ll be analyzing it. Jabiim was a fairly unremarkable Outer Rim world.It was one of many backwater planets located on a.
Somewhat-notable hyperspace route south of theTion Cluster, on the borders of what, at the start of the Clone Wars, was Separatist Space.It had been a member of the Republic for three thousand years, but it didn’t get much out ofthat arrangement – the Republic all but ignored the world, leaving it at the mercy of plaguesand pirates. Or rather, they ignored it until, a few months into the Clone Wars, it wasdiscovered that the planet was rich in ore. The Republic quickly moved to seizecontrol of the ore, a move that enraged the Jabiimi Nationalists,a faction in Jabiim’s congress. Led by a man named Alto Stratus, they executeda coup and killed almost all dissenters in the planet’s government. Those Loyalists that remainedregrouped under Orliss Gillmunn, who petitioned.
The Republic for aid. As the Republic preparedits response, Stratus declared that Jabiim was to secede from the Republic and join the CIS.This opened the civil war up to both sides, and the Republic was determined to reverse the stringof defeats that they had been having recently and take back Jabiim. They rallied a massive forceof tens of thousands of clones for the battle, led by twenty-nine Jedi and complemented notjust with AT-TEs and AT-XTs, but also new, experimental AT-ATs. The Jedi General assignedto lead the mission was one Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Republic encountered problems almostimmediately upon reaching Jabiim. The planet was almost constantly engulfed bymassive rainstorms, which made repulsorlifts unreliable and atmospheric descent tricky.The rainstorms also meant that almost the.
Entirety of Jabiim was covered in mud, which ledto constant mechanical problems for the walkers. Despite these conditions, the Republicstarted off the battle fairly well. They met up with the Loyalists at a sitecalled Shelter Base, which they turned into their field headquarters. A few otherRepublic bastions were established nearby, including at the city of Choal and a basesouth of Shelter Base called Cobalt Station. The Republic’s strategy on Jabiim, at first, wasto divide and conquer. There were twenty-nine Jedi on Jabiim, many of whom came leading their ownarmies. Seven of those Jedi were part of what was called the Padawan Pack, a group of masterlessapprentices who the Council had grouped together in the hope that they could learn from each other.Aside from the Pack and the two other Padawans.
Present, Aubrie Wyn and Anakin Skywalker, therewere twenty Knights and Masters present, including distinguished heroes like Kenobi, Sirrus, Norcuna,and Leska. Also present, of course, was Alpha-17. The Jedi were rather confident in their odds ofvictory at first, what with so many of their Order present and with their new, powerful AT-ATs.They began moving northwest from Shelter Base, attacking position after position and easilyrouting their enemies each time. To Kenobi’s surprise, they encountered no droids or anyother sign of Separatist hardware – only human Nationalist soldiers and outdated secondhand lightweapons. None of it was a match for the walkers, and so by the end of the battle’sthird week, the Republic had taken twelve different enemy positions, which ledin a string northwest from Shelter Base.
But this was exactly what Stratus intended tohappen. He had indeed been given all manner of battle droids, complete with tanks and spiderdroids, which he was holding in reserve with his best troops at the Razor Coast, his baseof operations. Backed by the Nimbus Commandos, an elite force of Jabiimi soldiers thatused rocket-boots to glide over the mud of the planet’s surface, he executed a sneak attackon Shelter Base itself on day twenty-one of the battle. As he intended, the attack caught theRepublic off-guard – most of its walkers were mired in mud and its troops were unprepared forcombat. The Nimbus Commandos destroyed many of the walkers before they could be freed from the mud,and the battle turned quickly in Stratus’s favor. Thankfully for the Republic, Alpha had figured outwhat the Nationalists were doing earlier that day,.
And he, Kenobi, and Skywalker got back to ShelterBase just in time to help. At about the same time, one of the AT-ATs was able to freeitself and launch a counterattack, dealing significant damage to Stratus’droid forces. Stratus ordered a retreat, but his Nimbus Commandos were able to bringdown the AT-AT as they fled. Kenobi and Alpha went to evacuate the walker, but it explodedas they went inside. Both were presumed dead, and though they weren’t, the Republic wouldn’tlearn this until after the battle had been lost. The Republic had technically been victorious atShelter Base, but the victory was pyrrhic. They had lost a good many clones, including the entire43rd Battalion, from which not one man survived. They’d lost plenty of walkers, too, and now they’dbeen dealt a blow to the chain of command as well..
And it only got worse from there. The Nationalistspushed back from the northwest, retaking most of the positions they had lost and dealing theRepublic defeat after defeat thanks to their droid reinforcements. The Republic was caught completelyunprepared, and it cost them many clones and many Jedi. Stratus and his Nimbus Commandos continuedto whittle away at the chain of command; by the twenty-eighth day of the battle, seventeenJedi and over ten thousand clones were dead. That day, Stratus personally made that numberrise of eighteen Jedi when he killed General Norcuna near the city of Choal, which by thatpoint had been the Republic’s last foothold in Jabiim’s entire northern hemisphere. Command fellto General Leska, who was the only non-Padawan left on the planet. With the apparent death ofObi-Wan Kenobi and the death of Master Sirrus,.
Anakin and Aubrie had both joined the Padawan Packby this point, which Leska tried to keep away from the front lines, as she was unwilling to send anymore children to die. The front lines repeatedly found the Padawans regardless, though they usuallyemerged from the clashes more or less unscathed. By this point in the battle, the situationfor the Republic was dire. They only had a handful of positions around Shelter Base andCobalt Station left, and their numbers were falling fast. But Leska had a stroke ofluck – as she took command, the Republic discovered Stratus’ base at the Razor Coast.Hoping to capture the Nationalist leadership, she ordered the bulk of the remaining Republicforce to advance on the Coast immediately, while she sent the Padawan Pack with most ofthe remainder on a supply run to Cobalt Station..
But luck wasn’t on her side – Stratuslearned of the Pack’s mission, and set out with the Nimbus and a largepart of his army to intercept them. Unbeknownst to the Padawan Pack and their convoy, they were headed right into a minefield, whereStratus and his forces launched an attack. The Padawans, thinking quickly, used theForce to detonate the entire minefield, which caught the Nationalists off-guard andallowed them to escape with the convoy south to Cobalt Station. Unfortunately, they failedto kill Stratus in the process, and the vengeful Nationalist leader ordered his armies toregroup and march on Cobalt Station next. Meanwhile, Leska’s all-out assaulton the Razor Coast was a success,.
Though a costly one. But it was of little useto the Republic – the Nationalist leadership had left. As Leska and her armies returned south,they were caught by Separatist reinforcements, which retook the Razor Coast and pinnedthe Republic forces down. During the battle that ensued, the rain paused for the first timesince the battle had started, distracting Leska for the few seconds needed for the droidsto gun her down. Her armies were crushed, and Shelter Base fell shortly after. TheRepublic had no choice but to flee Jabiim. As Gillmunn prepared the Republic’s forces toevacuate on a mesa south of Cobalt Station, Stratus rallied his armies toadvance south towards them, knowing that he would be able to wipe them off themap before they could escape. This was, in part,.
Thanks to the break in the rain – during thepause, which lasted for only a few hours, reinforcements from the Confederacy hadlanded. Among these reinforcements were deadly A-series assassin droids, sent by Count Dookuhimself to deal with the Jedi that were left. But the Republic wasn’t finished yet. Faced withcertain death, the Padawan Pack decided to make a last stand at Cobalt Station, rallying theclones left there to hold their position for as long as possible in hopes of buyingtime for the others to escape. Amazingly, they lasted for a full five daysin combat against Stratus’ forces. The cost was heavy, and one by one, the Padawansfell. But the Separatists suffered casualties too. The Nimbus were completely wiped out overthe course of the battle, and as Aubrie Wyn,.
The last of the Padawans present, died, shetook Alto Stratus to the grave with her. Not all of the Padawans were present atthe battle, however. At the last minute, Anakin Skywalker had received a personal messagefrom Supreme Chancellor Palpatine himself, who ordered the Padawan to oversee theevacuation. Left with little choice, Anakin cut his way south to the mesa, wherehe met with Captain Gillmunn and waited for the Republic evacuation ships to arrive.On day forty-three of the Battle of Jabiim, they did – the Padawan Pack hadbought them just enough time. But there was a problem. Two transports had beenlost on the chaotic descent through Jabiim’s atmosphere, and there wasn’t enough space for allof the survivors. With no right choice to be made,.
Anakin at length chose to save his survivingclones and leave the Loyalists behind. Captain Gillmunn was enraged by this decision, sayingthat Anakin had proved Stratus right, and he and his men prepared to storm the transports toescape with. Anakin ordered Gillmunn to stand down – and inadvertently discovered, in theprocess, how to choke a being with the Force. The Loyalists stood down, but they swore neverto forget or forgive Skywalker and his treachery. Anakin and the few surviving clones left Jabiimbehind, throwing the Loyalists to the mercy of the Nationalists and their Separatistallies. The Battle of Jabiim was over, and it would prove to be one of theRepublic’s most devastating defeats. Jabiim joined the CIS, bringing a swathof other planets in the region with it,.
Though it should be noted that this andthe loss of Jabiim’s ore ultimately didn’t matter as much as the catastrophic lossesthe Republic had suffered in the battle. The losses on Jabiim hurt the Republic on agalactic scale, especially as it came coupled with defeats on a number of other fronts. Itwas a sign to the galaxy that the Republic was growing weaker, and that the Confederacywas rising. A steady string of Republic embarrassments and Separatist victoriescontinued in the weeks that followed right up until the Battle of Praesitlyn. The JabiimiLoyalists survived their defeat in the battle, and remained in the shadows for decades tocome. During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance tried to win them over, only for thename of Skywalker to come back to haunt them.
The 2003 Star Wars: Clone Wars microseries isa bit of a cult classic among Star Wars fans, known for introducing us to General Grievousand detailing the earlier stages of the Battle of Coruscant. Most of the series’s firstchapter was centered around one massive, pivotal campaign – the Battle of Muunilinst.This sprawling battle was fought over one of the wealthiest worlds in the galaxy, theheadquarters of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. In this video, we’re going to giveyou all the juicy details of this battle. Muunilinst, located in the Obtrexa Sector of theOuter Rim’s New Territories, was a remote world, but it played a crucial role in galacticcivilization. The planet was extraordinarily rich in precious metals, so much so that theplanet’s wealth was considered inestimable..
When the Muuns developed space traveland joined the Galactic Republic, they quickly took advantage of theposition of power that put them in. They founded the InterGalactic Banking Clan andtook over the entire galactic financial system, keeping currencies and markets stablewith their vast reserves of capital. Over the millennia, Muunilinstbecame unfathomably powerful, using its role as the headquarters of the IGBCto rival Coruscant itself. The Muuns bought up numerous worlds and took control of countlessmore through debt traps, carving out a substantial chunk of the galaxy for themselves. When the IGBCjoined the Confederacy of Independent Systems, they brought most of this wealth and power withthem. A few IGBC branches remained neutral,.
Most notably the Scipio branch, while theBank of Aargau remained in the Republic, but the two most powerful IGBC worlds,Muunilinst and Mygeeto, seceded. In the early months of the Clone Wars, Muunilinstand the IGBC contributed significantly to the Separatist war effort. They supplied vastnumbers of warships and Hailfire Droids to the CIS Military, and Muunilinst’s wealth bankrolledSeparatist insurgencies in dozens of sectors. Muunilinst was a big problem for theRepublic, which made it a target. Just four months into the Clone Wars, theRepublic decided to conquer Muunilinst, deeming it too much of a threat to ignore.The planet was well defended and would not be easy to conquer, but the Republic waswilling to deploy a significant chunk of.
The Grand Army to even the odds. Obi-WanKenobi was chosen to lead the offensive. San Hill and the other Muuns on the IGBC’sruling council weren’t taking any chances with the defense of their homeworld. Vast fleet ofwarships protected Muunilinst from orbit,including at least 14 three-kilometer-long orbital defenseplatforms. On the ground, it boasted millions of droids, with the largest garrison located at theplanetary capital, Harnaidan, which was defended by extensive arrays of anti-air artillery.Among these battle droids were deadly droidekas, snipers positioned all over Harnaidan,and a squadron of IG-series lancer droids, which were held in reserve. Thousands of HailfireDroids, Dwarf and Homing Spider Droids, AATs, and MTTs reinforced Muunilinst’s ground armies.On request from San Hill, Count Dooku also sent.
Two of his most trusted agents to assist in thedefense of Muunilinst – Durge and Asajj Ventress. The Republic’s assault force, meanwhile,was by far the largest it had deployed in the Clone Wars up to that point.Commanded by Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi, Voolvif Monn, Oshi-Jid, and CommanderAnakin Skywalker, the fleet was composed of over two hundred Acclamator-classAssault Ships, led by the Nevoota Bee. Many of these ships had been converted intocarriers for V-19 Torrent Starfighters, but many more were packed to the brim with LAATgunships, AT-TEs, SPHA-T artillery, and clone troopers from the Third Systems Army. Even ifonly half of the fleet consisted of troopships, this would mean the Republic deployed 1.6 millionclone troopers on Muunilinst. If the majority of.
The fleet were troopships, that number could’vebeen double. The Republic was playing for keeps. Upon exiting hyperspace above Muunilinst, theRepublic’s assault ships immediately disgorged all of their LAATs and starfighters, landing the firstwave of their assault force before the IGBC fleet could respond. As Anakin Skywalker took command ofthe Republic starfighter squadrons, the Republic’s carriers engaged Muunilinst’s gun platforms, whilethe troopships descended to the planet’s surface. Jedi Generals led the first wave of clone troopersin a rapid assault on Muunilinst’s major cities, with General Kenobi spearheadingthe assault force at Harnaidan. The gunships took serious casualties fromHailfire Droids and artillery emplacements, but they nonetheless deployed the first waveof clones, which cleared zones for the assault.
Ships to land. As the first wave of clonesclashed with the Droid Army on the outskirts of Muunilinst’s cities, the assault shipsdeployed the rest of the army and the SPHA-Ts. As the battle took shape in space and onthe ground, General Kenobi deployed his secret weapon – the Muunilinst 10, a squad of ARCTroopers. Led by Alpha-77, also known as Captain Fordo, the Muunilinst 10 deployed via gunshipinto the heart of Harnaidan. They immediately came under fire from snipers and AATs butrapidly neutralized these threats and proceeded to their objective – a massive cannon locatedat the base of the IGBC’s command tower. They scaled the cannon, destroyed its droid defenders,planted bombs on it, and blew it to hell without word of their incursion making it back to IGBCleadership. Once the job was done, the Muunilinst.
10 scaled the command tower, where they wouldlie in wait for the next stage of the mission. By that point in the battle, the assaulton Harnaidan and the other cities was well underway. Republic forces had proceeded accordingto the standard GAR battle plan up to that point: the advance force and the bulk of the army hadlinked up and pushed the droid armies back into the cities, while SPHA-T columns advancedto the front lines. The SPHA-Ts proved crucial to the Republic offensive. They pummeledeverything in their path with turbolaser fire, annihilating whole companies of droids with eachshot. The IGBC’s armies quickly collapsed under sustained SPHA-T fire and fell back to thecity limits, using buildings for shelter, so the SPHA-Ts just shelled the buildings,and the Republic’s steady advance continued.
IGBC leaders in Harnaidan started topanic, realizing they had nothing that could withstand the barrage. Their fearswere exacerbated by the destruction of the cannon at the base of their tower,which they erroneously attributed to the SPHA-Ts. With their space forces andstarfighters tied up in the orbital battle, the Muuns saw no other choice but to deployDurge to clear out the Republic’s cannons. Durge took command of the battalion of lancerdroids the IGBC had kept in reserve and tore through the streets of Harnaidan, slaughteringany clones he came across. Upon reaching the city outskirts, he cut a swath through Kenobi’sarmy and made a beeline for the SPHA-T columns. With power lances and explosives, the lancersobliterated the Republic’s artillery, causing.
Chaos behind Republic lines. As Durge and hiscompany began to attack targets of opportunity all over the battlefield, General Kenobitook notice and ordered his men to mount up. Taking command of the Lancer Battalion, Kenobimet Durge head-on in a speeder bike joust. The clone lancers and IG droids tore into eachother as Kenobi and Durge clashed. Kenobi destroyed Durge’s speeder, but the Gen’daiwarrior rose undeterred from the wreckage, seizing Kenobi’s speeder and unseating theJedi Knight. Kenobi and Durge then fought a brief but fierce duel. Durge shruggedoff Kenobi’s initial lightsaber strikes, but he was ultimately brought downwhen Kenobi severed his limbs. After beating Durge, Kenobi sped off to theIGBC command tower. As the remnants of his.
Army regrouped and tore into the remainingdroids, Kenobi joined the Muunilinst 10 and launched a surprise attack on the Muuns’command center. There, they were confronted by a regenerated Durge. After a fierce battle,Kenobi crushed him – or splattered him, more accurately – yet again. The command center, andmost of the IGBC’s leadership, were all captured. As Republic ground forces mopped up the remnantsof the defense, the battle raged in orbit. Under the leadership of Commander Skywalker, Republicspace forces steadily dismantled the IGBC fleet, destroying the defense platforms one byone. Victory seemed near at hand when a new assailant joined the battle – a Ginivex-classstarfighter piloted by Asajj Ventress. Skywalker and Ventress began a ferocious dogfight,which took them from orbit down through the.
Streets of Harnaidan and then back again.Ventress ultimately fled into hyperspace, luring Skywalker after her; they finishedtheir battle on the surface of Yavin IV. Meanwhile, Republic forces under the command ofGeneral Monn mopped up the remaining defenders, both on the surface and in orbit. Eventually,Kenobi’s forces found and disabled the central control computers coordinating the defenders,causing the remaining droids to shut down. The battle was won, and shortly afterwards, Skywalkerreturned from Yavin IV in Ventress’s starfighter. Few battles in the Clone Wars had anywhere nearas much impact as the Battle of Muunilinst. The Banking Clan headquarters remained under Republicoccupation for the rest of the war. After the war, the Republic occupation became an Imperial one,which lasted for over a century, as Muunilinst was.
Unfortunate enough to remain part of the ImperialRemnant for the rest of known galactic history. During the Clone Wars, it provided an economicboost to the Republic, and its fall was a serious blow to the Separatist war effort, a major lossof capital, production facilities, and personnel. The IGBC Chairman, San Hill, and the otherBanking Clan leaders were all captured. Hill was later freed from Republic custody,but the others weren’t so lucky, as far as we know. Republic casualties were substantial,yet minimal compared to the Separatists’. Muunilinst got shafted hard by this battle, buthey, we can’t really say it didn’t have it coming. The Clone Wars featured many exceptionallybloody battles, but none had quite as much gore as the Battle of Drongar. That battle,which lasted for nearly eighteen months,.
Was one of the longest of the wholeconflict, but it involved so much carnage for a completely different reason – bothsides largely refrained from using blasters. The Battle of Drongar was fought over a valuablehealing plant called bota, and to avoid damaging the plant, both the Republic’s clones and theConfederacy’s mercenaries used slugthrowers, vibroblades, and even hand-to-hand techniquesin a bid to win the day. In this video, we’re gonna be talking about this nightmare of abattle, and why it overwhelmed Republic medics. On the surface, Drongar doesn’t really seem allthat deserving of one of the Clone Wars’ largest battles. Much of the planet was uninhabitabledue to airborne spores, which could easily kill those who weren't wearing protection. It was avery humid world, dominated by rainforests and.
Swampland. Constantly plagued by extreme weather,including fearsome monsoons and highly destructive electrical storms, it was located on the Rimwardedge of the Outer Rim Territories, beyond the borders of the CIS’ largest enclave. When itwas discovered by Nikto scouts two hundred years before the Clone Wars, it initially seemedunremarkable and unsuitable for colonization. But there was a reason the Republic andConfederacy were so invested in laying claim to Drongar. Shortly before the Clone Wars,it was discovered that the planet was home to a plant called bota, which, it turned out, could berefined into a highly potent medical substance. Bota had significant medical benefits forvirtually every species in the galaxy, making it incredibly valuable. Its value wasexacerbated by the fact that not only could.
It only be found on Drongar, but it was alsoimpossible to effectively synthesize as well. The plant also began to degrade aftera short period when taken off Drongar, unless it was preserved in carbonite, meaningthat control of the planet was the only way a faction could ensure a reliable supply of bota.Naturally, the Grand Army of the Republic was eager to lay claim to Drongar because of this,and the Confederacy wanted the planet as well, as there were many organic armiesthat fought for the Separatists. About six months into the Clone Wars, both theRepublic and the Confederacy invaded Drongar, seeking to lay claim to the bota. But theplanet’s harsh conditions complicated the battle – frequent storms made air combatnear-impossible, while the high oxygen.
Content of the atmosphere and the fragility of thebota made the use of blaster weaponry unadvisable. Small blasters saw use in the battlenonetheless, but for the most part, clones and droids alike putup their blaster rifles, got out their slugthrowers and vibroblades,and prepared to shank each other over a plant. The Battle of Drongar was more a series of smallskirmishes over the bota fields than a full-scale battle, fought by small units of clones,droids, and mercenaries working for both sides. Combatants were almost exclusively infantry,and close-quarters confrontations were far from uncommon. This meant there were many, manygruesome ways to die on Drongar, far more than there were on the other battlefields of theClone Wars. For many of the clones who fought on.
Drongar, however, being killed was greatlypreferable to being wounded and surviving. Now, to truly appreciate why this battle wasso bloody, we need to talk about vibroblades a little. Vibro-weapons were essentially thedefault melee weapons in the Star Wars universe, and the vibroblade was the most commonby far. Vibroblades ranged in size from knives to short-swords and came in allmanner of designs, but they all shared a similar trait – when activated, they usedultrasonic vibration generators to make their blades vibrate at incredible speeds, making themfar deadlier than regular knives and swords. A glancing hit with a vibroblade wouldleave a gaping wound in an unarmored human, and vibroblade combat typically resultedeither in death or some very nasty wounds.
In particular, Separatist mercenaries onDrongar were quite fond of using vibroblades, and many clones learned that not even battlearmor was a surefire way to protect against these deadly weapons. The carnage on Drongarwas severe enough that over a dozen Republic Mobile Surgical Units were called in to helptreat the wounded, alongside a number of MedStar-class Medical Frigates. It still wasn’tenough. The battle surgeons sent to Drongar were quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number ofseverely wounded clones who were being sent in, many of whom had nasty vibroblade woundsthat were incredibly difficult to stitch up. To make matters even worse, the Republic’s battlesurgeons also had to reckon with the airborne spores we mentioned earlier. The spores quicklyfound their way into the wounds of injured clones,.
A phenomenon that often resulted inwhat the surgeons termed Spore Sickness, an illness that often resulted in sepsis. Thus,not only did Republic surgeons have to work hard to stitch up wounds and treat burns, but theyalso had to work fast to prevent infection. The spores led to even more problems for the surgicalunits as well – they appeared to mutate rapidly, meaning that techniques for treating SporeSickness were quickly rendered ineffective, and the work of cleaning spores fromwounds often clogged up machinery, leaving the Mobile Surgical Unitsin constant need of new hardware. For nearly two years, the Battle of Drongarremained a stalemate. Things only began to heat up at the start of 20 BBY, when those engagedon Drongar had started to get quite sick of the.
Endless war they’d been forced into. It was aroundthat time that a Jedi Healer, Barriss Offee, joined the crew of Republic Mobile SurgicalUnit 7. There, she came to befriend surgeons Jos Vondar, Tolk le Trene, Klo Merit, and Zan Yant, aswell as protocol droid I-5YQ and HoloNet reporter Den Dhur, as the lot of them worked together totry to heal an endless stream of wounded clones. Offee showed up just in time for thebattle to get interesting. Above Drongar, a complex net of backdoor plots saw the Republicadmiral in charge of the MedStar fleet killed, and around the same time, the Confederacy changedits strategy on the surface. Separatist craft began bombing runs, destroying entire bota fieldsand putting the surgical units in harm’s way. Due to sabotage, Republic Mobile SurgicalUnit 7 was destroyed when the bombing started,.
Killing Doctor Yant and forcingOffee and her team to relocate. About a week later, as the surgeonstried to get back to saving lives, an increasingly cynical Barriss Offee started tohunt down the spy responsible for the sabotage of RMSU 7. All the while, the Confederacycontinued to grow more aggressive in its bid to take over Drongar, forcing the Republicto fall back. As casualties began to mount up, Republic surgeons began to use what bota theyhad. After being wounded in one confrontation, Offee used the bota to heal herself, and indoing so she discovered a hitherto-unknown property of the substance – it greatlyenhanced the powers of Force-sensitives. Offee began to develop an addiction tobota. The power it granted was intoxicating,.
And her growing obsession with it drewher close to the Dark Side of the Force. Fortunately, she realized this before it was toolate, and managed to reject both the Dark Side and her budding addiction. As she later realized, indoing so, she had completed the Trials and become a Jedi Knight, something that was later confirmedby the Council when she returned to Coruscant. It was shortly after this that she finallydetermined that the Separatist spy was none other than Klo Merit, a member of her own team.Dr. Vondar shot Merit shortly after she informed him of this, but for the most part, it was toolate – the Republic was already planning to evacuate from Drongar. The Separatists had takencontrol of much of the planet by that point, and to make matters worse, the bota had started tomutate. Perhaps due to the Separatist bombardment,.
The bota was quickly losing its healingproperties, mutating into a useless weed. The Republic had managed to safely preserve twometric tons of the stuff for transport before the mutations began, but this developmentmeant they wouldn’t be getting any more. What Republic forces were left on theworld regrouped around the bota stores, waiting for evac. The Confederacy, realizing itsmistake, became determined to seize the Republic’s bota stores, and launched an all-out attack onall remaining Republic positions. They were on the verge of victory when the Republic Star DestroyerResolution arrived in orbit above Drongar. The Resolution summarily annihilated the oncomingSeparatist forces from orbit, buying Republic forces the time they needed to evacuate Drongar.The Confederacy, in short order, followed suit,.
Bringing the battle to an unceremonious end.By and large, the Battle of Drongar – an eighteen-month-long meatgrinder of a conflict -was all for nothing. Very little bota remained safely in suspension, and it wasn’t nearlyenough to make a significant impact on the war. This is all theory, but it’s quite possible thatit was the Battle of Drongar which radicalized Barriss Offee. Shortly after the battle and herascension to Jedi Knight, she orchestrated the bombing of the Jedi Temple, an event that you’reall surely familiar with. While she did reject the Dark Side during the Battle of Drongar, shedefinitely became more cynical over the course of the conflict, and the realization that it wasall for nothing — to say nothing of the fact that one of the friends she made on the planet turnedout to be a spy — would surely have hit her hard.
During the Clone Wars, General Grievous wasperhaps the most feared being in the galaxy. Loyalists the galaxy over were terrified ofthis “half-living slaughterer of billions,” as the Revenge of the Sith novelizationput it, while even many Separatists were uneasy about the Confederacy’s SupremeCommander and his ruthless tactics, even if they celebrated his victories. Thesewere numerous, so much so that Grievous was often seen as unstoppable. But of thesemany victories, there was one that was particularly infamous for how crushing itwas – Grievous’s first public appearance in the Battle of Hypori. In this video, we’ll begiving a full rundown of that terrible battle. In the first battle of the Clone Wars, the GrandArmy of the Republic took Geonosis, the CIS’s main.
Droid factory, by storm, hoping to nip the threatof the CIS Droid Army in the bud. The Republic failed to crush the Droid Army completely, but thefall of Geonosis still deprived the Confederacy of its primary factory world, which preventeda more rapid escalation of the early war. The industrial powers that backed theCIS scrambled to shift battle droid production to other factory worlds, increasingproduction on worlds like Siskeen and Olanet. During this period, one factory world inparticular became especially important – Hypori. Hypori was a mostly barren, rocky world rich inseveral kinds of ore, which made it valuable for droid production and other forms of industrialactivity. It had been used as a mechworld for millennia before the Clone Wars, but duringthe Separatist Crisis, it ramped up production.
Dramatically. At this time, Hypori had falleninto the hands of the Techno Union, which gave it to Baktoid, the Geonosian company that designedand produced the Confederacy’s infamous B-series battle droids. Baktoid had a whole hive ofGeonosians colonize the planet, building huge Geonosis-style droid factories beneath itssurface. In the early months of the Clone Wars, these underground factories became one of theConfederacy’s biggest producers of battle droids. Four months into the Clone Wars, the Republicdiscovered the Hypori hive and its role in the Separatist war effort. At this time, theRepublic was doing pretty well in the war, with Republic forces on Muunilinst, Dantooine, andMon Cala all close to achieving major victories. Emboldened by its progress, the Republic decidedto press the offensive and capture Hypori,.
Hoping to take it as quicklyas it had taken Geonosis. The Republic assembled a massive taskforceto take Hypori, consisting of more than a dozen Acclamator-class AssaultShips loaded up with clones and armored vehicles. This task forcewas led by a whopping seven Jedi, five of them Jedi Masters. These Masterswere Ki-Adi-Mundi, Shaak Ti, Daakman Barrek, Aayla Secura, and K’Khruk; they were alsoaccompanied by the Cerean Jedi Knight Tarr Seirr and Barrek’s human Padawan, Sha’a Gi. Barrekwas made the overall commander of the operation, as his extensive industrial knowledge was deemedessential to disabling Hypori’s droid factories. Under General Barrek’s command, the Republictask force set a course for Hypori, but the.
Operation went sideways almost immediately.Republic intel on Hypori was incomplete, and Barrek’s fleet exited hyperspace right inthe middle of an orbital minefield. The mines ripped through Barrek’s assault ships, throwingthe fleet into chaos. Many of Barrek’s ships were crippled and crashed on Hypori; the restwere all destroyed. To make matters worse, the tattered remnants of the Republicfleet crashed behind enemy lines. It didn’t take long for Hypori’s droid defendersto completely surround the spacewrecks. All seven of the Jedi and many of theirtroops survived their crash-landings, and they immediately deployed around their assaultships, using the wrecks as makeshift bunkers. But the trouble had only just begun.Unbeknownst to the Jedi, one of the.
Confederacy’s top commanders was stationedon Hypori at the time – General Grievous. Grievous had been fighting for the Confederacysince the start of the war, but at the time, the Republic didn’t know that he even existed,as no enemy that caught a glimpse of the droid general had lived to tell the tale. All theRepublic had were vague secondhand reports from the First Battle of Geonosis about a killerin the catacombs, slaughtering clone commandos and Jedi Knights alike before fleeing thebattle in an unidentified starfighter. In that first battle, Grievous prevented Republicforces from attacking the Separatist Council’s command bunker via the Geonosian catacombs, andin subsequent months, he had been deployed for similar important but covert military operations.The Confederacy kept his existence a secret;.
Count Dooku hoped to use Grievous as asecret weapon when the opportunity arose. Still, Dooku had given Grievous enoughmissions that he had collected at least six lightsabers from fallen Jedi bythe time battle broke out on Hypori. When the Republic assault on Hyporibegan, Grievous took command of the planet’s defense forces, leading them ina merciless offensive against the would-be invasion force. With armies of B2 SuperBattle Droids and OG-9 Homing Spider Droids, Grievous attacked the assault ships one byone, killing every last clone in his path. After sustained fighting, the remainingRepublic forces had been pushed back to just one wrecked assault ship, where thetask force's Jedi commanders had gathered.
Upon learning that there were Jedi withthe clones at the final assault ship, Grievous personally took to the field, leading hisarmies from the front. While his droids encircled the assault ship and subjected it to sustainedfire, Grievous sought out General Barrek, whom he fought in a prolonged lightsaberduel. Barrek fled back to the assault ship, but Grievous managed to kill him before he madeit inside. Before he fell, however, Barrek had managed to make a quick call to General Kenobi,who had just captured Muunilinst for the Republic. Barrek requested an emergency evacuation, but Grievous killed him and cut the feed beforethe Jedi Master could explain the situation. With Barrek dead, what remained of Republicforces collapsed. All remaining clones were.
Slaughtered by Grievous and his advancing droids.Only the six remaining Jedi survived this latest advance. Once the last of the clones were dead,Grievous ordered his troops to cease fire; he wanted to kill the Jedi himself. As the sixJedi regrouped in the wrecked assault ship, Grievous announced his intentions to give themeach “a warrior’s death” and began his approach. As Grievous approached, one of the Jedi, thenow-orphaned Padawan Sha’a Gi, panicked and attempted to flee the assault ship. Grievous heardhim coming and pounced on the poor young man, crushing him with his clawed feet. After allowingthe remaining Jedi to get a brief glimpse of him, Grievous then leapt out of sight intothe rafters of the wrecked ship. As the remaining Jedi gathered into a circle andsteadily backed deeper into the wreckage,.
Grievous hung from the ceiling likea bat, waiting for the Jedi to come directly under them. When they did, hedrew a pair of lightsabers and dropped. The five Jedi were scattered, but they quicklyregrouped and began attacking Grievous from all sides. But Grievous fended off their attackswith ease, moving faster than anything the Jedi had ever seen before. His speed and strengtheventually scattered the group once more, allowing Grievous to attack the five Jedi one ata time. Still weary from the battle and unprepared for Grievous’s ferocity, none of them were amatch for the droid general. Grievous cut down K’Khruk first; then, he killed Tarr Seirr, andflung Aayla Secura into the ceiling. He severely wounded Shaak Ti next, and he had Ki-Adi-Mundiat his mercy when the Muunilinst 10 arrived.
The Muunilinst 10 were a team of eliteARC Troopers gathered under the command of Captain Fordo for the Battle of Muunilinst.After receiving Master Barrek’s evac request, Kenobi had sent Fordo and his men to Hypori.Aboard a modified LAAT/i, the ARC Troopers had infiltrated the assault ship and recovered AaylaSecura and Shaak Ti, both of whom were close to death but still alive. K’Khruk, as it wouldlater turn out, had also survived thanks to a deep meditation trance, but he was presumed deadat the time and his body was left on the scene. The ARC Troopers managed to surroundGrievous while he was busy with Mundi, and when Grievous managed to disarm theJedi Master, Fordo gave them the order to open fire. The commandos caught Grievousunaware, allowing them to extract Mundi,.
But it didn’t take long for the droid generalto recover and begin butchering the assembled ARC Troopers. In response, Fordo calledin his gunship, which managed to ward Grievous off with a barrage of rockets.With Mundi, Ti, and Secura all recovered, the Muunilinst 10 returned to their gunship andfled Hypori, leaving the Separatists victorious. Tactically, the Battle of Hypori wasn’tterribly significant. The Republic had lost a ton of personnel, sure, but the Grand Armywould soon recover. What made Hypori important was the report the surviving Jedi and theMuunilinst 10 brought back to Coruscant, the story of an unstoppableJedi-killing droid general. General Grievous had been revealed to the galaxy,and as he took command of the Droid Armies and.
Started to make himself known on the front linesof the war, Loyalist morale began to falter, especially among the Jedi. Before long,the Republic’s momentum collapsed, and the Confederacy, under Grievous’s direction,quickly took the upper hand in the Clone Wars. During the Clone Wars, many battles betweenthe Grand Army of the Republic and the CIS Droid Army dragged on for weeks or evenmonths, with some lasting over a year. But one campaign topped all the rest – the Battleof Mygeeto. On Mygeeto, Republic forces faced heavy resistance as they laid siege to thestrongholds of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, leading to a long series of deadlocks. All told,the battle lasted for nearly two full years, from 21 BBY to 19 BBY. In this video, we discussthe oft-forgotten details of this crucial battle.
Centuries before the Clone Wars, Muuns affiliatedwith the InterGalactic Banking Clan discovered Mygeeto. After their surveys revealed theplanet’s immense mineral wealth, the Muuns laid claim to Mygeeto in the name of the IGBC. TheIGBC built great cities and mines on the planet, which Muun settlers populated. Mygeeto’s nativeLurmen were relegated to the margins of society, denied access to any of their homeworld’s naturalwealth. By the time of the Clone Wars, Mygeeto had a population of 19 million settlers, the vastmajority of them Muuns in the employ of the IGBC. Mygeeto quickly became one of the most importantBanking Clan worlds, alongside Aargau, Scipio, and the IGBC headquarters of Muunilinst. It lacked theprestige and history of the other banking planets, but Mygeeto’s vast wealth earned it a spot amongthe IGBC’s top worlds. In fact, Mygeeto was widely.
Considered to be the sister world of Muunilinstitself due to its large Muun population and its mineral wealth, a blessing Muunilinst was alsoknown for. The IGBC jealously guarded Mygeeto from outsiders, establishing a huge defensefleet of Munificent-class Star Frigates above the planet and denying access to nearly anyonewho wasn’t affiliated with the Banking Clan. During the Separatist Crisis, the InterGalacticBanking Clan was sympathetic to the CIS but publicly noncommittal. When the Clone Warsbroke out, the clan threw its lot in with the Confederacy, but it continued to do business withthe Republic, serving as the principal banker for both belligerents. Muunilinst and Mygeeto secededat the start of the Clone Wars, but the IGBC continued to operate banking worlds in Republicspace, including the Core WorldAargau. The Bank.
Of Aargau publicly sided with the Republic despitebeing a Muun-run IGBC subsidiary, while Scipio, another banking world, claimed neutrality, givingmassive loans to the Republic and CIS alike. One of the Republic’s principal objectivesin the Clone Wars was securing control of the banks. Against local law, the Grand Armyoccupied Aargau at the start of the war, while a major Republic offensive early in thewar led to the capture of Muunilinst and much of IGBC leadership, including Chairman SanHill, who later escaped Republic custody. Scipio was initially left alone due to itsneutrality, but the GAR occupied it after it seceded from the Republic in 20 BBY. Thislargely consolidated control of the banks under the Republic, despite the IGBC’s continuedaffiliation with the Confederacy. There was one.
Last obstacle the Republic had to overcome ifit wanted complete control, however: Mygeeto. Unlike the other major IGBC worlds,Mygeeto and Muunilinst had firmly sided with the Confederacy at the outsetof the Clone Wars, dedicating their vast repositories of wealth to the Separatistcause. After the Republic captured Muunilinst, Mygeeto became the biggest source of wealthin the entire Confederacy. Its importance in funding the CIS Droid Army cannot be overstated.Mygeeto came to host war plants that built ships and armaments for the Confederacy, a boon to theSeparatist war effort. It was so important that Republic leadership believed that victory inthe Clone Wars depended on capturing Mygeeto. For this reason, the Republic began an invasionof Mygeeto in late 21 BBY. The composition of.
The initial force is unknown, but it’s possiblethat the opening assault was led by Ki-Adi-Mundi and the Galactic Marines. Regardless of whatthe Republic forces looked like, they broke through the Separatist blockade of Mygeetoand laid claim to beachheads on its surface. Soon, however, the campaign stalled. Mygeeto’sdefenses were stronger than Republic forces had anticipated, and the GAR proved unable to dislodgethe Droid Army from several crucial positions. However, Republic commanders refused to cedeany ground on Mygeeto. Instead, they deployed wave after wave of reinforcements to keep upthe pressure. The Separatists did the same. Mygeeto was one of the most heavily-defendedworlds in the entire Confederacy, with a defense fleet so large that it’s a wonder Republic forceswere ever able to punch through. The defense fleet.
Was primarily composed of Munificent-class StarFrigates, but Recusant-class Light Destroyers and Providence-class Carrier/Destroyerswere part of the blockade as well. Vast numbers of Vulture Droids, Tri-Fighters,and HMP Gunships provided fighter support in the orbital battle and air support inthe battle on the ground. On the ground, the Separatists had a comprehensive array ofartillery batteries, including anti-aircraft guns that cut off Republic air support. Mygeeto’sgarrison also included nigh-infinite hordes of battle droids of all descriptions, plus CrabDroids, Armored Assault Tanks, Hailfire Droids, and Octuptarra Tri-Droids. The commandersof Mygeeto’s droid garrison are unknown. What we do know is that General Grievoushad a role in coordinating the defense.
The Battle of Mygeeto dragged on throughthe entirety of 20 BBY without much change, as Republic and Separatist forces were lockedin a stalemate. But at the end of 20 BBY, the Outer Rim Sieges began, and theRepublic started putting pressure on Separatist strongholds in the Outer Rim. Thisbrought Mygeeto into the spotlight. The region of Separatist space around Mygeeto was dubbedthe Mygeeto Theater by Republic tacticians, and in a 19 BBY public addressPalpatine proclaimed Mygeeto, together with Saleucami and Felucia, to bepart of what he called the Triad of Evil. He decreed that the capture of those three worldswas to be the Republic Military’s top priority and sent a massive fleet of reinforcementsto Mygeeto to assist in its capture.
This was the point at which Ki-Adi-Mundi tookover command of Republic forces at Mygeeto, if he wasn’t already in charge. Four otherJedi Knights joined Mundi on Mygeeto, leading the Galactic Marines and many other GAR unitsin a renewed offensive against the Droid Army. In orbit, veteran officer Jan Dodonna commandeda flotilla from the Coruscant Defense Fleet in the naval battle, while renowned Judicial ForcesColonel Hurst Romodi aided the Jedi on the ground. In orbit, dozens of Venator-class StarDestroyers and Acclamator-class Assault Ships did battle with Separatist navalforces, supported by V-Wings, ARC-170s, LAAT/i Gunships, and Eta-2 Interceptors.On the ground, the GAR deployed in force, making use of TX-130 fighter tanks,AT-RTs, AT-OTs, AT-TEs, and UT-ATs.
Under the command of Mundi, Romodi,and Commander Bacara, Republic forces finally started to gain ground, albeit at highcost. The Separatists weren’t willing to give Mygeeto up without a fight, and they made theRepublic pay dearly for every outpost captured. In orbit, one of the largest naval battles of thewar played out, and many ships were destroyed. One such vessel, a Republic Star Destroyer, nearlycrashed into one of the major surface battlefields in the middle of a pitched engagement, somethingthat would’ve crippled Republic forces on Mygeeto. However, disaster was averted throughthe sacrifice of one of the Jedi, Rivi-Anu, allowing Republic forces to press on. During a pitched battle inone of Mygeeto’s major cities,.
A detachment of the 501st Legion was sentto Mygeeto to assist General Mundi’s forces, with their mission ostensibly being todestroy a major Separatist power generator. In reality, the 501st had been tasked by theSupreme Chancellor to capture an ancient crystal that powered the generator, which Palpatinewanted for the secretive Project Hammertong. The 501st was successful, and Mundi was none thewiser about their deception. They shipped off Mygeeto after they secured the crystal, leavingthe Galactic Marines to continue the offensive. By the time of the Battle of Coruscant, Republicforces on Mygeeto had made significant progress. Mundi and the Galactic Marines, however, hadcome up against a major obstacle: a great chasm between city-districts that was spanned by onlya set of heavily defended ceremonial bridges..
They were left with no choice butto charge the bridges in force. Ki-Adi-Mundi, the Galactic Marines,and a column of UT-ATs led the charge, fearlessly facing down an army of battle droidsand Tri-Droids waiting on the other side. They were gaining ground when Commander Bacara receivedOrder 66. Immediately, he and his men stopped mid-charge and opened fire on Mundi, slaying theJedi General before continuing the offensive. After the deaths of the Jedi on Mygeeto, commandof Republic forces fell to Colonel Romodi and Commander Bacara. Under their leadership, Republicforces successfully captured the bridges. A few hours after this, the Droid Army abruptly shutdown. The Separatist Council had been slaughtered on Mustafar, and throughout the galaxy,the remnants of the CIS Military collapsed..
The Confederacy of IndependentSystems suddenly ceased to exist, and the Republic – now the Empire -won the battle of Mygeeto by default. Colonel Romodi was promoted to the rankof General in the new Imperial Army for his role in the Battle of Mygeeto,the longest battle of the Clone Wars. The Second Battle of Geonosis was one of thelargest battles in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the arc that tells the story of the battle isone of the best in the entire show. The Republic, as you all likely know, won that battle, retakingGeonosis for good this time. But that victory came at a high cost, and it came against all odds,considering all the things that went wrong during the early stages of the primary assault. Indeed,were it not for the competence of Commander Cody,.
It’s possible that the entire battle might havebeen lost. In this video, we will be analyzing the Second Battle of Geonosis, and how so much wentwrong for the Republic in that crucial battle. Geonosis was the site of the first battleof the Clone Wars, in which the Grand Army of the Republic launched a surprise attackon the armies of the CIS and conquered the planet in the span of a few hours. But theRepublic was ultimately unable to hold onto the planet once they captured it. In the firstbattle, all incursions they had attempted to make into the Geonosian catacombs weremet with failure, so that, in truth, they only controlled the surface of the planet,while the bulk of the catacomb-dwelling population remained fiercely loyal to the Confederacy.This, obviously, was totally unsustainable.
By early 21 BBY, the Republic’s grip on Geonosishad been greatly weakened by severe losses in the region, most notably at Hypori, and so theGeonosians were able to retake the planet, driving the Republic out entirely and rebuilding theirdroid factories. Poggle the Lesser, the Geonosian Archduke who had fled in the first battle,returned home to oversee one of the largest droid factories the Geonosians had ever built. Thisfactory was capable of churning out whole armies, and it posed a huge threat to the Republic,as did an independent Geonosis in general. As a result, the Republic commenceda massive invasion of Geonosis, one of the largest assaults of the entire war. Theassault was to be led by Generals Kenobi, Mundi, Skywalker, and Unduli, together with AdmiralYularen. The Jedi assembled a massive fleet,.
Which, as far as we know, was able to establish ablockade of the planet without much of a hassle. The invasion that followed happened on aplanetary scale, but we only know anything substantial about the primary theater, so we’ll befocusing on that and ignoring the other theaters. Said main theater was the assault onPoggle’s droid factory. The factory was protected by a theater shield,which ruled out orbital bombardment, a shield that was projected from a generatorcomplex across a bridge to the east of the factory gates. The Jedi planned to land their forcesin the desert east of the generator complex, at a site they named Point Rain. Their plan wasto fly in past the droid defense perimeter from three different angles, with Mundi coming in fromthe northeast, Kenobi coming in from the east,.
And Skywalker coming in from the southeast,with their respective armies accompanying them. From there, they would attack and destroy thegenerator, and then move on to the factory, This attack was planned with the lessons of thefirst battle in mind. The Republic assault force was armed with more varied equipment, whichwas better-suited to Geonosis specifically, and this time around the Jedi minimizedmass charges across wide open areas, which had caused heavy casualties in the firstbattle, instead choosing to land behind the enemy defense perimeter and as close to theshield as reasonably possible. But they had a fatal flaw in their planning – they assumedthat the Geonosians hadn’t done the same. But the Geonosians had indeed learned lessonsfrom the first battle too. This time around,.
They were wary of the Republic air supportthat had doomed them in the first battle, and so they set up artillery positions and deployedstarfighters to shoot gunships out of the sky. Republic deployment began as planned, and thebattle almost immediately began to go wrong. Geonosian artillery opened up as soon as thegunships were in range, and as the gunship pilots desperately tried to avoid them, they wereattacked by swarms of Geonosian starfighters as well. Between the fighters and the artillery,dozens of gunships were destroyed outright, and many, many more were shot down. Plenty ofclones and walkers were lost, while none of the three Jedi in charge of the mission madeit to the landing site. Mundi and most of his forces were shot down on the wrong side of a largeplateau that bordered the battlefield to the east;.
Skywalker and his forces were shot down ina canyon to the south of Mundi’s position. Kenobi’s gunship was shot down just outside theperimeter of the Republic camp at Point Rain The highest-ranking officer to actuallymake it to Point Rain was Commander Cody, who immediately began organizing the defenseof the Republic’s first ground position. The landing zone was already under attack – theGeonosians sent tanks and speeder bikes out to deal with the clones, and their starfighterswere constantly looping around to strafe the site. Cody had the gunships and tanks at PointRain set up in a ring around the Republic camp, forming a rudimentary defense perimeter. Butit didn’t seem like the defense would last for long – the Geonosians had them surrounded,and were coming in greater and greater numbers.
As Cody sent Waxer and Boil to rescue Kenobifrom his gunship, Anakin and Mundi both started moving their forces towards PointRain. Mundi’s forces were in decent shape; he had a few walkers left, and his men were ableto salvage specialty gear from the crash site, including flamethrowers. As Mundi and his menmarched south towards the edge of the plateau, Skywalker’s forces were already under attack. Hiswalkers were all destroyed, and so he, Ahsoka, and Torrent Company were forced to march westthrough the canyons on foot. There was one more problem with this – to get to the landing zone,they needed to go through a Geonosian fortress, a massive wall that blocked the canyonand was thick with droids and gun turrets. Skywalker and Tano, with a little help fromCaptain Rex, were ultimately able to blow up that.
Fortress, however, allowing Torrent Company tomove forward. Mundi, meanwhile, led his men into a network of Geonosian tunnels that cut through theplateau. The tunnels were cleared of Geonosians thanks to Mundi’s flame troopers, and the clonesemerged from the tunnels right above Skywalker’s position. Skywalker and Mundi linked up, andtogether marched their armies to Point Rain. The situation at Point Rain was dire, however.The Geonosians had surrounded the landing zone and were moving in quickly, and the defenders werepreparing for a land stand. At the last minute, however, they were saved by Admiral Yularen.Yularen had been able to spare a squadron of Y-Wings from the orbital battle, and he sentthem to Point Rain to help in the defense; there, they bombed the Geonosian attackersand forced them to fall back in disarray.
To the generator complex, allowing Mundiand Skywalker to rejoin the main force. Now with a clear line of attack, Skywalker ledRepublic forces in a lightning assault on the shield generator, which was quick and completelyeffective. Against all odds, the landing at Point Rain had been a success. But it came with a heavytoll – casualties were high, and both Kenobi and Mundi were forced to fall back from the frontlines to recover from injuries. Luminara Unduli and the 41st Elite Corps flew in to replace themand reinforce the 501st for the assault on the main factory. The odds were still not in theRepublic’s favor for that battle – Poggle had massive armies of droids waiting, and the chancesthat the Republic would be able to charge across a narrow bridge, capture the gates of the factory,and secure the whole complex were slim to none.
Recognizing this, Skywalker and Unduli cameup with an alternative plan. They would lead their men in a show of force across the mainbridge to the factory gates and attack head-on, providing cover while their Padawans, AhsokaTano and Barriss Offee, infiltrated the factory, planted bombs on the main reactor, and blew theplace sky-high. The main assault proceeded on schedule, and the Confederacy took the bait.On orders from TX-21 and Poggle, Geonosians attacked the clones from behind while thousandsof battle droids were sent out and opened fire. The Republic was able to its maintain itsposition, however, through several droid waves. However, the Geonosians had a new weaponthe Republic had not accounted for: the Super Tank. As the clones cleaned up the mostrecent wave of droids, twenty of these prototype.
Tanks were deployed. The Republic fielded all theartillery they had against them, but the onboard shield generators of the Super Tanks protectedthem from damage. They then proceeded to rain missiles on Republic lines, destroying nearly alltheir military walkers and cannons and killing hundreds of clones. The Republic was pushed backover the bridge, and the assault seemed doomed. Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee navigatedthe Geonosian catacombs beneath the factory, and eventually found their way to the main reactor.But they were discovered: a Geonosian drone had informed Poggle of the Jedi’s presence, and asthe Padawans planted their bombs, Poggle arrived with droids and Geonosians, as well as a SuperTank. As Poggle left to deal with other matters, the Jedi fought desperately against the Geonosiansand their droids, destroying TX-21 and eventually.
Eliminating all opponents except the Super Tank,which they were nonetheless also able to disable. Meanwhile, Skywalker and Unduli were ableto deal with the Super Tanks on the surface as well. They planted bombs on the bridgeand detonated them as the tanks crossed, sending them plummeting to a hard landingthat not even their onboard shields could protect them from. Shortly afterwards,Ahsoka and Barriss were able to use the Super Tank they disabled to blow up the reactor,destroying the droid factory and breaking the back of CIS forces on Geonosis. After a bit ofmop-up, the Republic was victorious once more. The Battle of Malastare was briefly featured inthe second season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and was one of the largest battles ever put toscreen on the show. But we only really saw the.
End of this massive battle, in which the Republicunintentionally awoke a massive Zillo Beast with an experimental electro-proton bomb. But therewas much more to the Battle of Malastare than meets the eye. Star Wars: The Clone Wars didn’treally explain why the battle was happening, leaving out quite a bit of interestingbackground information. In this video, we’re going to tell the full storyof the battle that woke the Beast. A relatively hot world of jungles, deserts,and methane lakes, Malastare was located in the Mid Rim’s Dustig Sector on theHydian Way. It was the homeworld of the notoriously aggressive Dug species, whose firstcivilizations were built to coordinate defense against the monstrous Zillo Beasts, massivecreatures the Dugs eventually wiped out..
In 8000 BBY, not long after the Dug victoryover the Zillo Beasts, the Republic discovered Malastare and established a minor outpostthere. For millennia, Malastare was on the very fringe of Republic space, largelyignored by galactic society. That changed, however, in 1000 BBY, when a group of Grancolonists attempted to settle on the planet. At the time, the Republic was nearing the end of acentury-long Dark Age, in which most of the galaxy had been left to fend for itself. During the DarkAge, the Gran of Kinyen began to branch out and colonize other worlds, such as Hok. On Malastare,they found the planet already inhabited by an advanced native species, but one contingentof Gran chose to settle the planet anyway. As you can imagine, the Dugs weren’t terriblyhappy about this. First contact between the.
Gran and the Dugs ended in blood, and all-out warsoon began on Malastare, with the Gran refusing to leave and the Dugs refusing to let analien species lay claim to their planet. The Dug-Gran War was still in progress whenthe Republic began to rebuild under the Ruusan Reformations. During that early period, theGran of Kinyen was instrumental in helping the Republic reintegrate the WesternReaches. Thus, when the Gran colonists on Malastare requested assistance againstthe Dugs, the Republic intervened on their behalf. The colonists successfully subjugatedthe Dug and established the Gran Protectorate, which the Republic recognized as thelegitimate government of Malastare. The Dugs didn’t fare well under thisarrangement. Not only had they lost.
The war and been denied rule over theirhomeworld, but they were also forcibly demilitarized and banned from holdingpolitical power by the Gran ruling class. As Malastare became a powerful player in galacticpolitics in the centuries after the war’s end, the Dugs were kept poor and downtrodden by theGran ruling class. In Pixelito and Malastare’s other major cities, the Dugs were relegated tomenial labor and became second-class citizens on their own world. Those Dugs who weren’t ableto find jobs in the Gran-dominated cities were forcibly relocated to Malastare’s westerncontinent, an impoverished desert region. The Gran back on Kinyen, a planet known for itspacifist and socialist principles, were horrified by the actions of the Gran Protectorate and cutties with Malastare, deeming the colonists true.
Gran no longer. But the Malastarian Gran didn’tseem to care. They profited greatly from their rule of Malastare, which was found to havemassive natural fuel reserves and was located at a junction of several important trade routes.Malastare was also the birthworld of podracing, and by the time of the Clone Wars the sportwas just as profitable as the fuel trade. Sometime after the establishment of the GranProtectorate, the Dugs established their own government, the Malastarian Council. Thoughit’s unclear what sort of power the Council had, especially since the Gran Protectorate stillenjoyed Republic recognition by the time of the Clone Wars, what we do know is the Dugs on theCouncil controlled a major portion of Malastare’s fuel reserves. This leads us to believe thatmuch of Malastare’s fuel came from the western.
Continent, which was likely where the MalastarianCouncil ruled, but that’s speculation on our part. This brings us to the Clone Wars, when allthe history and politics we’ve discussed so far became tangled up in the Separatist Crisis.At the start of the Clone Wars, Kinyen seceded and joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems,despite the extreme ideological differences it had with the Separatist Council and many Separatistworlds. Malastare remained loyal to the Republic, but it lay perilously close to Separatist Space,with major strongholds of the CIS like Sullust, Clak’dor VII, and Sluis Van in its backyard. This,combined with the potential for civil war between the Gran and Dugs, made it inevitable that theClone Wars would find their way to Malastare. Indeed, Malastare had actually been a flashpointin an earlier conflict between the Republic and.
One of the megacorporations that would laterhelp lead the CIS. In 34 BBY, trade disputes between the Malastarian Council and the CorporateAlliance over fuel reserves led to the Alliance dispatching a fleet to blockade the MalastareNarrows. This fleet, led by Admiral Trench, was meant to force a settlement in the CorporateAlliance’s favor, but the blockade was broken by the Republic Judicial Forces before this couldhappen. Twelve years later, during the Clone Wars, the Corporate Alliance hoped to try again, thistime with the support of the CIS Droid Army. The Corporate Alliance wasn’t the only factionthat wanted the Dugs’ fuel reserves, however. By early 21 BBY, the Republic was in desperateneed of fuel, and the shipments it was receiving from the Gran Protectorate were no longer enoughto properly support its war effort. The Republic.
Needed to establish trade relations with theMalastarian Council to secure their fuel reserves, but this was easier said than done. The Dugsremembered all too well how the Republic had helped the Gran take over their planet;indeed, if the Corporate Alliance hadn’t also tried to conquer Malastare, the Dugsmay well have joined the Separatists. The Republic needed to demonstrate good faith tothe Dugs in order to get ahold of their fuel. Fortunately for the Republic, the CIS gave themthe perfect opportunity to repair relations with the Dugs. The Confederacy blockaded Malastareand sent a colossal droid army to its surface, rapidly taking the capital and most of theGran-controlled parts of the planet. After a protracted ground assault, the GranProtectorate seems to have surrendered,.
Leaving the Malastarian Council to fend offthe Separatists. The Dugs surely would have been overwhelmed as well, were it not forthe timely intervention of the Republic, which sent Mace Windu, Anakin Skywalker, anda sizable clone army to defend Malastare. We know surprisingly little about the actualBattle of Malastare, despite the fact that it was one of the largest battles of the Clone Wars. Whatwe do know is that, despite Republic intervention, the CIS came quite close to conqueringMalastare. The planet’s defenders were pushed all the way back to the palace of DogeNakha Urus, the head of the Malastarian Council, where the Council housed its fuel reserves. As alast battle between the Droid Army and GAR began within view of the palace, Republic high commandauthorized the deployment of a new, experimental.
Weapon – an electro-proton bomb. This powerfulweapon released a massive electromagnetic pulse, neutralizing the entire army and allowingthe Republic to drive the CIS from Malastare. The defeat of the Droid Army didn’tbring an end to Malastare’s troubles, however. The electo-proton bomb awoke acreature that had been sleeping beneath Malastare’s desert plains for millennia – thelast of the Zillo Beasts. Its dense scales proved impervious to blasterfire and lightsabersalike, and the newly awakened monster proceeded to rampage across the desert, lashing out atany Republic units that tried to subdue it. Windu, Skywalker, and Republic commanddeveloped a vested interest in the Zillo Beast, especially upon learning of the incredibledurability of its scales. Supreme Chancellor.
Palpatine wanted the beast to be captured aliveso its scales could be studied, while the Jedi wanted to save the creature out of the beliefthat it was the last of its kind. However, the Dugs weren’t having any of it; theywanted to finish what their ancestors had started. The Malastarian Council demandedthat the Republic slay the Zillo Beast, leveraging the fuel reserves the Republic sodesperately needed in a bid to get their way. They would sign no treaties with the Republic,they insisted, until the Beast was dead. The Jedi ended up finding a sort of middleground. Using powerful stun cannons, Republic forces put the Zillo Beast to sleepand then told the Malastarian Council that they had killed the creature. In secret, theRepublic collected the Beast’s body and shipped.
It off to Coruscant, where it was revivedand studied. The Republic ended up getting both the Zillo Beast and Malastare’sfuel reserves, though it’s unclear how relations with the Dugs fared once the ZilloBeast’s survival became public knowledge. “So, the Republic would have the galaxy believethat its heart is secure. Today’s events, however, show that there is nothing thatcan stop our forces from total victory.” These words were spoken by General Grievousin a broadband HoloNet transmission to the whole galaxy, shortly after his victory atthe Battle of Duro. It was, in many ways, merely an open statement of the fears many inthe Republic had during this particularly dire stage of the Clone Wars. At the time, as partof a campaign called Operation Durge’s Lance,.
General Grievous had breached theCore with a massive fleet of warships, going on to conquer twenty-six key Core Worldsover the course of the campaign. Duro was the first of these worlds, and in this video we’llbe discussing the battle that led to its fall, a crippling failure of the Republic admiraltyand the Confederacy’s greatest victory. The year was 20 BBY, and the Republic wasn’tdoing all that well. In recent months, the Clone Wars had turned against them,granting the Confederacy of Independent Systems a string of major victoriesthat terrified Republic Loyalists. But the worst was yet to come. There had beenbattles in the Core Worlds before this point, but the Confederacy had never been successfulin a protracted campaign in the region, which.
Was traditionally the heart of the Republic. ButGeneral Grievous was getting ready to change that. At Yag’Dhul, a stronghold of the Confederacythat sat at the junction of the Rimma Trade Route and the Corellian Trade Spine, Grievousassembled a massive force to execute a plan he called Operation Durge’s Lance. Fueledby supply lines from Thyferra and Sullust, Grievous’ armada contained Yag’Dhul’sConfederate First Fleet and Thyferra’s Confederate Third Fleet, two of thethree foremost fleets in the CIS Navy. If the entirety of these fleets were committed tothe operation, Grievous would have had up to eight thousand warships at his disposal for stormingthe Core, plus untold billions of battle droids and swarms of droid starfighters. Obviously, hedidn’t use all of these at Duro, but aside from.
His flagship, the Invisible Hand, he did fieldlarge numbers of Hardcell-class Transports, Munificent-class Star Frigates,Recusant-class Light Destroyers, Providence-class Carrier/Destroyers,and Lucrehulk-class Battleships, all with full complements of Vulture Droids,Tri-Fighters, and Geonosian starfighters. It was truly a force to be reckoned with, and knowingGrievous, it was probably well-organized to boot. Now, before we really get into things, somethingshould be clarified – we have official statistics for the forces the Republic deployed at Duro,but there’s absolutely no way they’re accurate, so take them with a grain of salt. We’vedrawn out our maps using the official numbers, but keep in mind that the size and dispositionof the Republic defense force at Duro was almost.
Definitely different, all things considered.The Republic likely had far more warships stationed at Duro than just eleven, evenwith the mistakes we’ll mention later, and the same goes for their starfighter forces.Furthermore, the single Victory-class Star Destroyer said to be part of the defensefleet couldn't have been present because this battle took place before the Victory-classwas even launched. Hooray for inconsistencies. With that out of the way, let’s talk aboutDuro itself. The first world Rimward of Corellia on the Corellian Trade Spine, Durowas a bastion of Republic power. The planet itself was incredibly important, being a RepublicFounder and the homeworld of the Duros species, as well as an industrial giant, tradinghub, and overall economic powerhouse..
By the time of the Clone Wars, its surfacewas mostly covered with factories, military strongholds, and poor-quality cities for workers,as well as with large junkyards and toxic waste disposal zones, the byproducts of twenty-fivethousand years of industrial operation. Most of the planet’s population instead livedin a variety of in-orbit space stations, including about two dozen massive space citiesand a handful of orbital shipyard stations. But Duro’s most important feature during theClone Wars was its location — near the start of the Corellian Trade Spine. Corellia itselfwas neutral in the Clone Wars, having recused itself from galactic affairs shortly beforethe conflict began, and so Duro became the Republic’s headquarters on the Trade Spine,which the Grand Army of the Republic used as.
Its primary supply line. Operation Durge’s Lancebegan as part of a wider Separatist campaign to conquer the Trade Spine entirely, which theymore or less did for a brief period of time, and so Duro became Grievous’ target when heplanned to launch an invasion of the Clone Wars, as doing so would cripple Republic supply linesfor the whole southern theater of the war. In the early hours of the morning, Grievous andhis invasion fleet dropped out of hyperspace on the edges of the Duro System, where the Republichad set up a perimeter checkpoint beyond Koli, the outermost planet in the system. Thischeckpoint was heavily fortified. At least four incredibly powerful Golan 1 BattlePlatforms were present, as were a number of Republic Assault Ships, Dreadnaught-class HeavyCruisers, and possibly Venators, though we’ve.
No confirmation on that last one. Regardlessof the exact disposition of Republic forces, Grievous completely annihilated them inshort order, breaching the Duro System’s outer defenses at 0221 local time and leavingonly escape pods and debris in his wake. This was quickly followed up by a full-scaleassault on Duro itself. The Republic had fortified the planet’s orbital cities andclaimed one of the largest, Jyvus Space City, as its headquarters, from which it projected aplanetary shield around Duro. It then arrayed the remains of its defense fleet, which wassupposedly led by a Victory-class Star Destroyer, in orbit above the world. Duro’s ChiefRepresentative Officer, Hoolidan Keggle, assumed direct command of the defense atJyvus as Grievous launched his attack.
Grievous began his attack by sending outTechno Union Hardcell-class Transports, which deployed seismic EMP countermines,neutralizing the orbital mines the Republic had deployed around Duro and giving the CISarmada a clear path towards Jyvus Space City. Grievous then ordered his warships toopen fire on the Republic defense fleet, which was badly outnumbered and quickly destroyed.No Republic warships survived the Battle of Duro, and the orbital exchange costGrievous very few ships in turn. With the defense fleet dealt with, Grievousdeployed starfighters, Hardcells, and landing craft to swarm the nearest of Duro’s orbitalcities, including Jyvus. During this time, Chief Representative Officer Keggle fledto a stronghold on the planet’s surface;.
Not long afterwards, Jyvus Space City becamethe first of Duros’ orbital metropolises to surrender to the Confederacy, and it wasquickly transformed from the Republic’s orbital headquarters into the Office of theGeneral. As Grievous set up shop in Jyvus, the Confederacy set to conquering the rest of thespace cities and setting up a blockade of Duros. The Republic’s response to the destruction ofthe defense fleet was appallingly pathetic. They sent a starfighter force to respond, composedprimarily of light craft, and that was all Grievous’ Vulture Droids and Tri-Fighterutterly shredded the fighters, and he proceeded to send warships to block off allremaining routes into the system, preventing the arrival of Republic reinforcements from Kuator Nubia. In an extremely short period of time,.
Grievous had achieved orbital dominance overDuro, and with control of Jyvus Space City, he was able to lower the planet’s orbitalshield and let the real fun begin. The ground-based portion of the Battle of Durowas a one-sided bloodbath. Grievous’ tactics here were simple, but effective. He began by orderinga large-scale orbital bombardment of the planet, subjecting it to both sustained turbolaser firefrom capital ships and traditional bombardment from drop-fighters, primarily targeting theplanet’s military bases and, more importantly, its industrial facilities. The destructionof the former prevented the clone troopers on the ground from coordinating an effectivedefense, while the destruction of the latter unleashed ecological catastropheon the planet. As we said earlier,.
Duro’s surface was more or less dead by thetime of the Clone Wars, thanks to pollution, but the destruction of the planet’s factories andthe subsequent unleashing of all manner of toxins into the ecosystem finished the job, renderingthe planet a barely-inhabitable wasteland. The destruction of the factories also allowedGrievous to land his armies, which included battle droids, droidekas, Neimoidian irregulars,and spider droids. With most of Duro in ruins, Grievous’ armies ran roughshod over what was leftof the world, exterminating the remains of its clone garrison and taking city after city until,at long last, the planet surrendered. Hoolidan Keggle, who had spent the whole ground battlehiding in some bunker on the planet’s surface, was eventually captured by Grievous and forced to signa capitulation treaty live on the HoloNet, in a.
Transmission Grievous had broadcast to the entiregalaxy. The battle lasted for less than a week. The completeness of the Confederacy’s victoryat Duro cannot be overstated. The casualties Grievous’ forces took amounted to pretty muchnothing, by Separatist standards, while Republic forces in the system had been almost completelywiped out, with next to no survivors either in space or on the ground. Grievous seized on thepropaganda opportunity this victory provided, using it to further dampen Republic spiritsin advance of the next phase of Operation Durge’s Lance. Following the Battle of Duro, theRepublic started to view Grievous as a greater threat than Dooku, a reputation that wouldonly be inflated by the rest of his campaign. With Duro fallen, the Confederacy was ableto seize control of supply lines that had.
Formerly been the heart of the Republicwar machine, and they also benefited from Duro’s economic power and what was leftof their industrial might. Duro was used as a springboard for Grievous’ invasion of theCore, for which it became an infamous symbol, which saw twenty-five other worlds fallbefore his armada before the Republic eventually forced him back. A few months later,during the Republic’s reconquest of the Core, they retook Duro, which became a rallying pointfor fleets participating in the Outer Rim Sieges. That said, there turned out to have been morebehind the Republic’s defeat at the battle than numbers and Grievous’ ruthlessness. A number ofwarships that were supposed to have been part of the planet’s defense fleet had been reassignedto Rodia shortly before the battle, courtesy of.
Corruption in the Senate Action Subcommittee forCorellian Trade Spine Defense. To put it simply, heads rolled once this was discovered, and theSenators involved were forced to resign. The public outcry from these revelations promptedthe further sidelining of Senate committees in managing the war, with their powers beingtransferred to the Supreme Chancellor. The Republic had its fair share of devastatingdefeats in the Clone Wars – after all, Darth Sidious engineered the whole conflict toshed as much blood as possible. One of the worst of these losses, as we’re told in Star Wars:The Clone Wars by one Colonel Meebur Gascon, was the Battle of Sarrish. We knowvery little about this battle, outside of a mission undertaken during it byCommander Cody and outside of the fact that.
It didn’t end all that well for a certainclone commando. Nonetheless, in this video we’re going to analyze the battle, and why itwas so utterly devastating for the Republic. Unlike with Jabiim and Atraken, the twoworlds we’ve covered before in this series, Sarrish had no real key strategic resources tospeak of, at least as far as we know. The planet was mostly a rocky wasteland, inhabitedby a red-skinned humanoid species that, on the galactic stage, was fairly obscure. Whatmattered about Sarrish was not its resources, and likely not even any key Separatist assetson the planet, but rather its location. The galaxy’s five most important hyperspace routes- the Perlemian Trade Route, the Rimma Trade Route, the Corellian Run, the Hydian Way, and theCorellian Trade Spine – all played different roles.
In the Clone Wars. The Perlemian, for instance,acted primarily as a back-and-forth invasion corridor, as it stretched from the heart of theRepublic to the Foundry of the Confederacy. The Corellian Run served in a similar role, thougha less important, two-fronted one. The Rimma was almost entirely dominated by the CIS, and servedas the backbone of their enclave in the Trailing Sectors. The Hydian Way was split and used asa supply route by both sides at various points. The Corellian Trade Spine, however, had aparticularly crucial role – it was the Republic’s primary supply line. It stretched south into theWestern Reaches of the Outer Rim from Corellia, linking the Core with a string of mining andindustrial worlds that were lesser-known and had no real political stake of their own. Particularlynear the Greater Javin, the Republic used many of.
These worlds to maintain supplies of tibanna gasand crucial metals. As Corellia was, at first, neutral in the Clone Wars, the Corellian TradeSpine was maintained as the Grand Army’s key supply line by Duro, which was turned into afortress world to safeguard Republic operations. There was just one problem with this wholearrangement – the Confederacy’s southern enclave cut right through the Trade Spine.From Bestine to Kinyen, the CIS controlled a large swath of the route, which made the matter ofsupply lines more challenging. One way or another, the Republic was mostly able to keep suppliesflowing, at least until Operation Durge’s Lance, in which General Grievous wasable to conquer the entire route. By the start of the 20 BBY, CIS controlon the Trade Spine extended as far south.
As Bomis Koori, and the Confederacy wasadvancing further in both directions. Fearing the loss of their primary supply route,the Republic searched for a weak spot along the route which they could attack to re-establishdominance. This is where Sarrish came in. It lay not far Coreward of Bomis Koori, and asfar as the Republic knew, it was worthless to the Confederacy, and so they guessed that itwouldn’t be heavily defended. They guessed wrong. For the assault on Sarrish, the Republic musteredan attack force spearheaded by the 212th Attack Battalion, a force that was to be led by Obi-WanKenobi and Commander Cody. Their force was backed by gunships, AT-TEs, and ARC-170s, but theConfederacy had plenty of defenders present. A huge force of battle droids, backed by spiderdroids and anti-air artillery, had been mustered.
Near the Republic’s proposed landing zone. Tomake matters worse, they were well-entrenched. The Confederacy’s positions were east of thelanding zone, along the edge of a sheer cliff that faced Republic lines. This gave them theadvantage of the high ground, something that no doubt disturbed General Kenobi greatly,and to make matters worse, they had several fortified rock spikes near these front lines,which had been equipped with anti-air turrets. What happened next was just a repeat of scenesthat had played out many times earlier in the war, on Brentaal IV, Geonosis, and many otherworlds – the Republic’s gunships were shredded. Kenobi ordered his gunships to avoidthe anti-air positions as a result, instead calling for them to flank theenemy droids. His hope was to scatter.
The defenders and then to divide and conquer,allowing the Republic to defeat the pockets of resistance that remained with relativeease. To deal with the anti-air guns, for some ungodly reason, he called inair support – more gunships and ARC-170s. Then, he divided his forces, with Commander Codybeing sent with one platoon around to the south. As the Republic tried to establish landing zones,many of their gunships were shot down and crashed near the forward defenses of the enemy. Cody’swas one of these gunships, and it had the misfortune of crashing behind enemy lines – rightbehind one of the anti-air positions, in fact. As the droids advanced towards the site, Codyordered the other crash survivors to use the gunship as cover while he thought up a plan.Ultimately, he and the platoon’s lieutenant.
Decided to take out the anti-air gun, asthey were in the best position to do so. As the rest of the group provided coveringfire, Cody and three other clones used the ascension cables on their rifles to scalethe promontory. The droids guarding the guns spotted the clones on the ascent, andthey killed all three of Cody’s comrades. Despite this, Cody kept climbing, and eventuallymade it to the top of the rock spike. There, he was outnumbered by battle droids, but hemanaged to destroy all of them in short order. Back at the crash site, however, theclone lieutenant noticed that Cody had a problem – while he had his back turned, theanti-air gun was turning on him. Ordering his men to switch their rifles to a longer-rangefiring mode, he had them shoot the droid gunner.
Manning the turret. Cody proceeded to commandeerthe weapon, and he turned it on the droids, which by that point were advancing on thecrashed gunship. He dealt great damage to Separatist forces on that part of the battlefield,and then returned to the crash site to regroup. However, things weren’t going as well elsewhere.General Kenobi had encountered more resistance than he had anticipated, and the worst was yetto come. Cody and his men regrouped with the rest of the force at the staging area that Kenobihad set up and reported the destruction of the anti-air gun, but it ultimately was for nothing.We don’t know anything about how the tide of the battle turned, but it did, and drasticallyso. Most likely, Kenobi attempted to charge the disoriented Separatist lines, only to bebeaten back and met with a charge in return.
The result was a massacre. A huge chunkof the Republic’s forces on Sarrish were slaughtered by the victorious droids, andKenobi was forced to retreat from the world. As part of this retreat, clone commandos weredeployed, though we do not know exactly why or how. It’s possible that, in desperation,Kenobi was trying to use their skill to slow the Confederacy down. If so, it probablykilled most of those commandos – and at any rate, it nearly killed Gregor, one commando who wasleft for dead among the chaos of the retreat. Aside from the temporary loss of Gregor,we don’t know much about the fallout from Sarrish. Doubtlessly, it cost theRepublic dearly in clones. However, it’s entirely possible that it hurt Republicoperations across the Corellian Trade Spine..
After all, it was shortly after the Republic’sdefeat at Sarrish that the Confederacy began its campaign to conquer the entire route, movingboth Coreward and Rimward in an offensive masterminded by General Grievous. This campaignproved even more devastating for the Republic. For a time, they were driven from the routeentirely, and the loss of the Trade Spine involved the most devastating defeats of all -the Battle of Duro, General Grievous’ finest hour. Thousands of battles were fought overthe three-year course of the Clone Wars, spread across every corner of the galaxy. Thechronology and astrography of the conflict is infamously confusing. Battles were fought invirtually every sector between Loyalists and Separatists, with the tide of the conflictswinging back and forth until, eventually,.
The Republic came out on top. In this mess ofa conflict, it can be difficult to decide which battle was the most important, the lynchpin of thewar – but that’s exactly what we’ve done. In this video, we’ll be taking a look back at the Battleof Umbara, and explaining why it was so important. We’re sure you remember the Battle of Umbara.We often talk about the travails of the clone legions that fought there, the righteous cause ofthe Umbaran Separatists, and the overall course of the grueling jungle battle. Thousands ofclones and Umbaran soldiers were killed, and both sides were fully committed to the fight.The Umbarans, naturally, committed everything they had to the defense of their homeworld, whilethe Republic sent four whole clone armies and the Confederacy dispatched a massive fleetto assist the Umbarans in the naval battle.
The odds were stacked against Republicforces. The native Umbarans knew the jungles better than the clones did, andtheir technology was superior. Republic ground forces couldn’t rely on any vehiclelarger than an AT-RT due to the dense foliage, while the Umbarans deployed shielded tanksthat shredded entire infantry companies. The naval battle wasn’t much easier. TheUmbarans’ naval forces received assistance from a Separatist warfleet that dramaticallyoutnumbered the Republic’s assault fleet. But Republic forces refused to cede anyground. Even when landmines and guerrilla attacks incurred massice casualties, even whenSeparatist warships descended into the atmosphere and began bombing Republic ground forces,even when one of the Jedi Generals present.
Went rogue and deliberately orchestrated anincident of friendly fire, Republic forces refused to retreat. Eventually, the Republicwon the battle, but the cost was staggering. Casualties on Umbara were severe enough thatone might wonder whether Umbara was worth it. This is what a lot of fans forget about theBattle of Umbara – why the Republic was there in the first place. Why did the Republic refuseto back down, and why did the Separatists commit such a huge fleet to some of their most well-armedand advanced allies? The opening newsreel of the episode Darkness on Umbara briefly addressesthis right up front – the Republic wanted to capture Umbara to secure vital traderoutes through the Expansion Region. Umbara’s secession after the assassination ofSenator Mee Deechi threatened the entire Republic.
War effort, and if Umbara hadn’t been retaken,the Republic would have lost the Clone Wars. If you’re blanking on what the Expansion Regionwas, we can’t say we blame you. It was the region between the Inner Rim and the Mid Rim, and itwas pretty desolate, all things considered. Republic-backed corporations completely strippeda large swath of the Expansion Region of resources more than ten thousand years before theClone Wars, and even during the modern era, the Expansion Region was full of poor,overexploited worlds. Unsurprisingly, large chunks of the Expansion Region seceded atthe start of the Clone Wars and joined the CIS, granting the Separatists control of most majortrade routes that crossed through the region. Since the Expansion Region was so desolate,there weren’t that many trade routes to.
Control in the first place, which made thissituation doubly problematic for the Republic. The Republic war effort relied on two majorroutes running through the Expansion Region. One was the Perlemian Trade Route, which ran fromCoruscant out to Raxus and the capital worlds of the Confederacy. The Republic and Confederacyfought a back-and-forth war along this route throughout the war, with each side wantingto push into the other’s core territories. Separatist forces never advanced past Lantilles,a major Republic stronghold which stood between the Confederacy and some of the Republic’s majorfood suppliers. Until the Outer Rim Sieges, the Republic never got past Centares, which protectedthe Confederacy’s most important mechworlds. The other Republic-controlled route inthe region was the Great Kashyyyk Branch,.
Which was used as a supply line to Kashyyyk. Kashyyyk had immense strategic value for theRepublic, firstly because it controlled a bunch of other key hyperspace routes, and secondlybecause it was an important political symbol. Kashyyyk’s leadership was greatly respected bya lot of Mid Rimmers, and dozens of key Mid Rim sectors followed Kashyyyk’s lead politically. IfKashyyyk ever joined the Separatists, the Republic would lose a large swath of the Mid Rim. It cameperilously close to doing so on a few occasions, as Kashyyyk was surrounded on three sides bypockets of Separatist space, connected to the Republic by the aforementioned Great KashyyykBranch alone. This brings us back to Umbara. As it just so happened, Umbara sat right in themiddle of the Great Kashyyyk Branch. By seceding,.
The Umbarans severed Kashyyyk from the Republic.That was why the Republic fought so hard on Umbara – if they failed to retake the planet,Kashyyyk would be surrounded on all sides, and the Republic would have no easy way to gettroops or supplies there. If that happened, the Confederacy likely would have applied tremendouspolitical and economic pressure on Kashyyyk, cutting it off from trade with its neighborsunless it switched sides. Under those pressures, the Wookiees likely would have put their ownconcerns above the Republic’s and seceded. A large swath of the Mid Rimwould have followed suit. In the best case scenario for the Republic,the secession of Kashyyyk and its allies would have given the Confederacy the resourcesand momentum needed to overrun Lantilles,.
The Republic’s vital Perlemian Route stronghold,which was surrounded by the sorts of Mid Rim sectors that followed Kashyyyk’s lead. Inthe worst case, the Republic would also have lost Mid Rim sectors around Ord Mantell,potentially costing it a valuable stronghold on another front. Either way, Kashyyyk’s fall wouldhave heralded a massive Separatist offensive. Most of the systems that the Separatists wouldhave taken were industrial bastions like Lantilles or Roche, on which the Republic relied. Itwas the Republic’s superior industrial might, after all, that allowed it to prosecutethe Outer Rim Sieges in the first place. The fall of Kashyyyk would have greatlyweakened the Republic’s industrial base, however, which would have left the Republicextremely vulnerable to future offensives.
With control of Umbara, Kashyyyk, and Lantilles,the Confederacy could have advanced along the Perlemian as far as the Inner Rim, where theRepublic would have had to devote a ton of resources to prevent Tanaab and other valuableagricultural worlds from being overrun. That would have been just the beginning, too. As many ofyou likely know, a few months after the Battle of Umbara, General Grievous began Operation Durge’sLance, an offensive along a different major trade route. In 20 BBY, Operation Durge’s Lance broughtSeparatist fleets to the Core Worlds themselves, ravaging Duro, Humbarine, and over twodozen other important Republic worlds. In the timeline we know, the Republic stavedoff this offensive, but if Umbara had fallen, the Republic would have had a much hardertime. In our alternate timeline, Operation.
Durge’s Lance might well have taken place on twodifferent fronts, with General Grievous leading an offensive into the Core from Duro and otherSeparatist forces advancing through the Inner Rim down the Perlemian. The Republic wouldn’t havebeen able to handle this combined offensive. As the Confederacy advanced into the Inner Rim,more key industrial worlds would have fallen, further weakening the Republic. Sooner or later,it would have meant a Confederate victory. Though few of the soldiers whofought there knew it, the Battle of Umbara was the lynchpin of the Clone Wars. Ifthe Republic had lost at Umbara, it would have kickstarted a snowball effect that would havechanged the course of galactic history. But the Republic didn’t lose at Umbara, and becauseof that, it won a chance to keep fighting..
The Battle of Umbara stemmed theSeparatist tide long enough for the Republic to take full advantage of itsindustrial might, ultimately allowing the Republic to push back the Separatists’ majoroffensives and begin the Outer Rim Sieges. As far as the Star Wars universe is concerned, Umbara was probably one of the biggestexamples of the butterfly effect out there. Space battles are undeniably an iconicpart of Star Wars, and the Clone Wars era, as you would expect, features quite a fewof them. In fact, some of the largest and most impactful naval conflicts in galactichistory took place during the Clone Wars, with the Battle of Coruscant being the mostnotable. But one of the Clone Wars’ most.
Important naval battles is almost never talkedabout. It decided the fate of the Core Worlds and, unbeknownst to all. involved played amajor role in reshaping the Republic into the Empire. In this video, we’llbe talking about the Battle of Rendili. Rendili was one of the founding worlds ofthe Galactic Republic, and since the dawn of civilization on that world, it had been amajor shipbuilding hub. Once, it had been the birthplace of most of the Republic Navy, but bythe time of the Clone Wars, the once-mighty Core World was beginning to fade. Kuat Drive Yards wascontracted to build the Republic’s new navy for the Clone Wars instead, and despite Rendili’s bestefforts, it was quickly overshadowed by Kuat in the shipbuilding industry. Its economy slumped,and after a few months of rising tensions,.
Rendili underwent a coup, leading to the formationof the Independent Provisional Government of Rendili. The Republic responded by sending a navaltask force and Jedi negotiators to the planet, but they arrived too late to prevent Rendilifrom seceding and joining the Confederacy. When news of Rendili’s secession firstbroke, Republic High Command feared the planet’s formidable Home Defense Fleet would beunleashed against neighboring Loyalist worlds. This had the potential to turn the Core into anactive warzone, something that would assuredly cripple the Republic. To make matters worse,the Home Defense Fleet was one of the many Planetary Security Forces the Republic Militaryhad assimilated at the start of the Clone Wars, and it was feared that, if the Rendili Fleetwere to defect, other PSFs would follow suit.
But there was still a glimmer of hope for theRepublic. The Separatist takeover of Rendili was still incomplete, and while the ProvisionalGovernment was all but victorious on the ground, the Home Defense Fleet had yet to pick a sidein the fight. Rendili’s famous Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruisers had done nothing but sit in orbitabove Rendili as a civil war waged down below, for their crews were divided over which sideto support. Many of the younger crewmembers favored secession, while the veterans stillhad lingering loyalties to the Republic. Captain Jace Dallin, the commanding officer of theHome Defense Fleet, was ultimately a Loyalist at heart. He had fought for the Republic alongsidethe Jedi during the Stark Hyperspace War, which made him uneasy about the prospect of joining theConfederacy. The Republic hoped to exploit this,.
And so they sent Jedi Master Plo Koon andCaptain Jan Dodonna to negotiate with him, as they had personally fought alongsideDallin in the Stark Hyperspace War. The three veterans met aboard the Rendili Fleet’sflagship, the Mersel Kebir, to discuss terms. At length, Plo Koon succeeded in persuadinghis old friend to defect to the Republic, and to bring the Dreadnaughts of Rendili withhim. But before Dallin could give the order, a group of younger officers drew their blasterson him, announcing that he was under arrest for treason. Under the command of Lieutenant MellorYago, the Separatists seized control of the Rendili Fleet, forcing Plo Koon, Captain Dodonna,and Captain Dallin to surrender. Yago claimed the three as hostages, hoping they would allow him tostall the war fleet the Republic had sent in case.
Negotiations failed. This was because, unbeknownstto the Republic, his mutiny had been premeditated, and General Grievous had promised thatreinforcements would arrive in twenty hours’ time. Yago sent a message to the Republic commandship, threatening to kill the hostages, starting with Plo Koon, if the Republic fleetdidn’t clear out. But Saesee Tiin, the Jedi General in charge of the task force at Rendili,was unfazed by the threat and ordered Yago to stand down. The Rendili Separatists remaineddefiant, however, and Tiin uneasily ordered his men to prepare for battle. His fleet, whichwas mostly comprised of Acclamator-class Assault Ships, was well-equipped to handle the RendiliDreadnaughts, but it wouldn’t be an easy fight. As Tiin planned a strategy for engagingthe Rendili Fleet, Anakin Skywalker,.
Who had been sent to join the Republic task forcealongside Commander Cody and a clone detachment, made a suggestion. He noted that the RendiliDreadnaughts had a vulnerability – their astronavigation systems were exposed near the rearof the ships. If a starfighter were to fly in and plant concussion charges on them, the Dreadnaughtscould be prevented from jumping to hyperspace, trapping them at Rendili and making them easierto capture. This would only need to be done once – all of the Rendili Dreadnaughts had theirnavicomputers slaved to the Mersel Kebir, meaning that disabling the flagship would disable thewhole fleet. Tiin deemed the whole plan suicidal and rejected it; Skywalker objected, but theargument was interrupted by the arrival of Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was back from a mission outsystem.Kenobi had arrived at Rendili with a captive.
In tow – Quinlan Vos, who, at that point of thewar, was believed to have fallen to the Dark Side. Tiin ordered his men to haul Vos off tothe brig, but as they did so, a squadron of Trade Federation Core Ships, General Grievous’promised reinforcements, arrived above Rendili. The Core Ships immediately launched VultureDroids and engaged the Republic’s warships, forcing Tiin to order his men to action. Whilethe Triumph, the Doneeta, and the rest of the Republic fleet engaged the Core Ships, Tiinordered his flagship to launch an immediate assault on the Mersel Kebir, determiningthat the Rendili Fleet had to be destroyed. The Republic fleet launched its own starfighters,including Anakin Skywalker’s Azure Angel II, which, against Master Tiin’s judgement, Skywalkerhad ordered to be loaded with concussion charges.
The battle quickly turned against the Republic.The Republic’s V-19 Torrents and LAAT Gunships were massively outnumbered by Vulture Droids,and between the Core Ships and the Rendili Dreadnaughts, the Republic’s warships were introuble as well. As Tiin’s flagship, the Sundiver, opened fire on the Mersel Kebir, LieutenantYago ordered several other Dreadnaughts to join in a counterattack. The Rendili shipsquickly wore down the Sundiver’s shields, dealing severe damage to the cruiser in theprocess. Several decks on the Sundiver lost power, including the deck with the ship’s brig. Inthe chaos of the battle, Quinlan Vos was the only one who noticed as his cell’s energyfield shut off. Wasting no time, the Jedi renegade reclaimed his lightsaber and snaggeda Jedi Starfighter from the warship’s hangar.
With the Republic ships in disarray,Yago ordered the Rendili Fleet to jump to hyperspace and rendezvous withother Separatist assets outsystem. As the Dreadnaughts moved into position, theJedi took notice, and Anakin set off to attempt an attack run on the flagship’s astronavigationsystems. Obi-Wan and Quinlan Vos drew the Vulture Droids following him off, lured them into thefiring arcs of the Mersel Kebir’s automated defense guns, and then landed in the flagship’shangar. From the hangar, they fought their way to the Dreadnaught’s brig, freed the hostages,and then turned their attention to the bridge. Meanwhile, Anakin Skywalker began his attack run,pushing his starfighter to its limits to avoid the Mersel Kebir’s guns. But luck, and the Force, wereon his side. The Dreadnaught’s attention was still.
Focused on the Sundiver, which gave Skywalker aclear shot at the astronavigation systems. Anakin took the shot and hit home, preventing the Rendiliflagship from jumping to hyperspace. The Rendili Fleet stalled, giving Captain Dallin, CaptainDodonna, and the Jedi enough time to storm the Mersel Kebir’s bridge. Yago and his followers wereall killed in the resultant firefight, and Dallin reclaimed command of the Rendili Fleet, which heordered to open fire on the Separatist Core Ships. As one, the Republic assault shipsand the Rendili Dreadnaughts opened fire on Yago’s reinforcements. The CoreShips were unable to stand against the combined firepower of the two fleets, andin short order, they were all destroyed. Though Rendili was still under Separatist control,the Republic had succeeded in capturing the.
Dreadnaughts of Rendili, which, ultimately, wasthe objective that had mattered the most. Without the Home Defense Fleet, the Rendili Separatistgovernment quickly crumbled, and the threat the planet and its Dreadnaughts had posed to theCore Worlds evaporated. It’s no exaggeration to say that the battle and the defection of theDreadnaughts may well have saved the Republic. But, as was the norm for the Clone Wars,this victory wasn’t entirely as it seemed, as Palpatine, yet again, found a way to turnit to his advantage. The threat of the Rendili Fleet sparked discussion about the dangersthat other home defense fleets could pose, even those that had been assimilated into theRepublic Military. As they were, by that point, wont to do, the Senate urged Palpatine to dosomething about this potential problem, and, with.
A show of feigned reluctance, he did. Followingthe Battle of Rendili, Palpatine ordered that all local military forces were to be nationalized,with their assets distributed between the Republic Navy and the GAR. Though few saw it at the time,it was the first step down a dangerous path, one that ultimately led to local sectorsbecoming military dictatorships under the Empire. The Clone Wars ended with the Outer RimSieges, a grueling, six-month assault on the last strongholds of the CIS. It was atthis stage of the war that the Republic finally stopped playing catch-up and began to push hardinto the core territories of the Confederacy, playing for keeps this time around. But howdid the Republic manage to pull that off, to finally push the Confederacy onto its backfoot? In this video, we’re going to be answering.
That question by taking a look at the very firstof the Outer Rim Sieges – the Battle of Boz Pity. Before we begin, a quick disclaimer. Parts ofthis story come into conflict with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which mean that a few thingswe’re about to mention aren’t canon anymore. This story was released in 2005, and atthe time, Asajj Ventress was considered dead after a battle with Anakin Skywalker onCoruscant, while Adi Gallia was still alive. Ventress’s situation is still possible inlight of The Clone Wars, but Gallia’s role in the battle is decisively non-canon, asshe would have been killed by Savage Opress before this. We’ve decided to include Galliaanyway to be faithful to the original story, but bear in mind that, technically, she shouldbe dead. Now, let’s get into the battle.
Boz Pity wasn’t all that remarkable of a planet.It was a grassy world covered by huge mass graves, grisly reminders of an ancient war betweenthe giant native Gargantelles and the Electric Caliphs of Mourn, Boz Pity’s neighboring planet.The Caliphs won that war, successfully driving the Gargantelles to extinction, and so all thatremained on Boz Pity were bones, dust, and echoes. It was a graveyard world on the borders of HuttSpace, and of no real importance to anyone. Of course, this made it the perfect location forthe Confederacy’s secret fallback stronghold. During the Clone Wars, Boz Pity became a reserveposition for Separatist forces in the Felucia Theater, much like Iego was supposed to be. Itwas located far from the front lines, and so, at some point during the war, Count Dooku builta fortress there, featuring a state-of-the-art.
Medical center. This medcenter was where he choseto cybernetically rebuild Asajj Ventress after her supposed death in early 20 BBY, unbeknownst toall but a few. In the Republic, everyone believed Asajj Ventress was dead – almost everyone,that is. Obi-Wan Kenobi was insistent that the Republic hadn’t seen the last of Rattatak’swarrior-queen, and in the last weeks of 20 BBY, he managed to talk the Jedi Council into lettinghim track Ventress down. He took Anakin with him, despite Skywalker’s conviction that Ventresswas dead, and after a battle with Durge over Maramere, they finally got a lead whichsuggested that Ventress was on Boz Pity. Kenobi broadcast this information backto the Jedi Council, and to his surprise, the Council responded by sending its finestto accompany him and Skywalker to Boz Pity..
Accompanied by Senator Bail Organa and theARC Trooper Alpha-17, Mace Windu, Saesee Tiin, Adi Gallia, Plo Koon, Ki-Adi-Mundi,Soon Bayts, Kit Fisto, A’Sharad Hett, and Agen Kolar met with Kenobi and Skywalkeraboard the Republic Star Destroyer Intervention. They revealed that, after receiving Kenobi’smessage, Master Tiin had scouted Boz Pity, and discovered that the Confederacy had afleet of over a hundred warships stationed there. This was enough to demand the Council’sattention, and whether Ventress was alive or not, the Jedi were determined to find out why theConfederacy thought Boz Pity was that important. The Intervention alone was insufficientto break the blockade of Boz Pity, and so the Jedi decided to try to drop the StarDestroyer out of hyperspace behind the blockade,.
Instead of engaging it directly. Using the Force,Anakin Skywalker was able to successfully pilot the massive warship past the Separatist fleet,giving the Intervention a clear shot at Boz Pity. However, he brought the ship out of hyperspace tooclose to the planet’s gravity well and was unable to keep the ship in orbit. As Saesee Tiin climbedinto a starfighter and led the Star Destroyer’s fightercraft out to cause a distraction, most ofthe warship’s passengers climbed into escape pods and rocketed down to the surface of Boz Pity.As the Intervention went down, they contacted the Republic, asking for reinforcements. TheRepublic sent a fleet of Star Destroyers under the command of future Moff Denn Wessex inresponse, and the naval battle was joined. Anakin was able to crash-land the Interventionsafely enough, and the remaining crew rallied.
Around it as a beachhead. As it turned out, thecrash sight was actually just a ridge over from the Confederacy’s secret stronghold, and theclones whose escape pods had landed closest to the base were already being engaged by thefortress’ defensive garrison. Since they had over a dozen Jedi on the ground, Republic forcesdecided to launch a counterattack and push right for the stronghold, lightsabers blazing andblasters firing. Scattered groups of clones joined up under individual Jedi Generals, wholed a rather disorganized charge over the ridge. The Republic was presumably outnumbered, as theIntervention wouldn’t have had more than two thousand clones on board, but the sheernumber of Jedi and the surprise nature of the attack meant that Republic forces wereable to cut through to the stronghold without.
Issue. As Jedi-led teams of clones joinedup, the Republic began to advance faster, slicing clean through any droid squadsthat stood in their path. Before Separatist forces were able to regroup, they hadmade it to the gates of the fortress. At the entrance to Dooku’s stronghold, theJedi came face-to-face with General Grievous. Grievous summarily slaughtered a wholesquad of clones, as well as Master Baytes, and began a counteroffensive against AdiGallia and her troops. As hordes of battle droids slowed the Republic’s advance, Grievousseverely wounded Alpha-17 and killed Gallia, surprising her during a short duel by makinguse of his extra arms. But even as Grievous’s reinforcements pushed the Republic forcesback from the entrance to the fortress,.
General Kenobi managed to slippast the droids and make it inside. As the battle was joined outside, Kenobiworked his way through the fortress, eventually discovering Dooku’s secret medcenter- and Asajj Ventress. Ventress wasn’t in the best state; she was in a bacta tank, wiredup to about a dozen monitoring systems. Dooku had given her cybernetic enhancements,including a cyborg eye and brain implants that increased her rage and presumably suppressed allmemory of how Dooku had betrayed her over Sullust. As Obi-Wan mourned what had become of Ventress,Dooku himself appeared, mocking Kenobi’s pity. Obi-Wan responded by doubling down, somethingthat Ventress took issue with. She awoke from her coma in a rage, smashing through the bactatank and lunging at Kenobi, lightsabers blazing.
Back outside, Mace Windu put a stop to Grievous’srampage by telekinetically slamming a STAP down on his head, while Anakin and Kit Fisto tendedto Alpha-17. The wounded ARC Trooper remarked that Grievous’s blade had cut deep, and thathe might never be able to walk again – but his hands were fine, and he insisted on beingallowed to keep fighting anyway. The Jedi, naturally, sent him off to the medics, andresumed the assault on Dooku’s fortress. As Republic forces pressed forward once more, Kenobireturned to the battlefield in dramatic fashion, as Ventress telekinetically hurled himout of a window. Skywalker ran to his former master’s aid as Ventress leapt after herlong-time rival, intending to finally kill him. As Kenobi, Skywalker, and Ventressbegan one final lightsaber duel,.
Republic forces gained the upper handover the droids, and Count Dooku ordered a retreat. As Grievous’ MagnaGuards hauled thebadly-damaged general to an escape shuttle, Dooku’s MagnaGuards kept the Jedi occupied. AsMace Windu charged ahead, intent on capturing Dooku before he could escape, the Jedi-killingdroids grabbed onto him and pulled him down into one of Boz Pity’s mass graves, giving theretreating Separatists the time they needed. Meanwhile, the battle with Ventress continued. Theonce-mighty assassin was a shadow of her former self, and she left the Jedi multiple openingsover the course of their duel. Anakin repeatedly tried to break through her guard and finishher off, only for Obi-Wan to stop him every time. Even after everything Ventress had done,Kenobi remained convinced she could be redeemed..
As the three of them sparred with lightsabers,Kenobi and Ventress sparred with words as well, with Kenobi trying to convince her shewas serving the wrong master and Ventress telling him to frak himself in varyinglycreative ways. It was only when Kenobi pointed out that Dooku was retreating thatVentress’s concentration on killing him broke. Abandoning the duel, Ventress fled for theshuttles, hoping to escape with Dooku and Grievous. But Dooku determined that she was toofar away and wouldn’t make it in time. Rather than allow the Republic to capture her, he orderedhis MagnaGuards to shoot her. The Separatists left Ventress to die as they abandoned Boz Pity tothe Republic. Kenobi and Skywalker rushed over to Ventress, with Kenobi hoping this would finallylead her to reject Dooku. Instead, Ventress made.
One last-ditch attempt to kill him – only forSkywalker to cut her down before her stroke fell. The Republic emerged victorious from the Battle ofBoz Pity. For the first time since the Battle of Muunilinst, they had captured and held a majorSeparatist stronghold, changing the tides of the war. In the weeks that followed, Republicforces flocked to Boz Pity, using it as a rally point in what became the Felucia Theater of theOuter Rim Sieges. Boz Pity was the launch-point the Republic had been looking for, and itsfall spelled doom for the entire Confederacy. As Ventress lay dying in Kenobi’s arms, shemused that he may well have been right about her. Before she died, she gave him and Skywalkerone last warning – they needed to look Coreward, and protect Coruscant from Dooku. Kenobi orderedVentress’s corpse loaded onto a transport full.
Of wounded clones, including Alpha-17. Herwhole life had been spent on a battlefield, he reasoned, and so he didn’t want herto be buried on one as well. But as the medical transport returned to Coruscant,Ventress emerged from the rear hold, revealing she had put herselfinto a Sith healing trance, which made her seem dead to all scanners. Usinga mind trick, she gave the pilots new orders: “Just [fly] far away. Far from the Jedi, from this war, from Count Dooku…just fly as far away as you can.” The Battle of Coruscant was the climax of theClone Wars, and one of the largest battles in galactic history. As the galaxy held its breath,a vast armada of Separatist warships poured into.
Orbit above the galactic capital, unleashing fearand destruction on Galactic City and kidnapping Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. As fleets ofRepublic Star Destroyers moved to box the Separatists in, the Jedi mounted a desperatemission to rescue the captive chancellor, but the battle’s outcome was anyone’s guess.We all know the rough story, but most Star Wars fans know surprisingly little about some majordetails of this climactic battle. In this video, we’re going to set the record straight witha deep dive into the Battle of Coruscant. Three years into the Clone Wars, the Republichad gotten the upper hand. For six months, the Grand Army of the Republic hadbeen committed to the Outer Rim Sieges, pushing Separatist forces out to their strongholdson the fringes of the galaxy. The CIS had been.
Completely driven from the Core Worlds and theColonies. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine seemingly felt confident enough about the Core’s securitythat he sent large portions of Coruscant’s defense fleet out to Saleucami, Felucia,and Mygeeto to assist Republic units there. Few Loyalists could haveimagined what was to come. Unbeknownst to the galaxy, Separatist leadershipwas planning to attack Coruscant. On orders from Darth Sidious and Count Dooku, GeneralGrievous had requisitioned a whole sixth of the CIS Navy for the campaign, all butstripping the Yag’Dhul Theater of assets. From his flagship, the InvisibleHand, Grievous assembled the largest fleet the CIS had ever fielded, composed ofthousands of Munificent-class Star Frigates,.
Thousands of Recusant-class Light Destroyersand Providence-class Carrier/Destroyers, and several dozen Lucrehulk-class Battleships.This colossal armada carried millions of Vulture Droids, Tri-Fighters, and landing craft, aswell as hundreds of millions of battle droids, among them B1s, B2s, Droidekas, and MagnaGuards.Millions of armored units, including crab droids, Octuptarra droids, Hailfire droids, AATs, andMTTs, were also part of this invasion force. The Coruscant Defense Fleet was at reducedstrength due to the Outer Rim Sieges, but Coruscant was still far from an easy target.Thousands of Venator-class and Victory-class Star Destroyers were in position in orbit, togetherwith substantial numbers of Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruisers and Carrack-class LightCruisers. These vessels were supported by.
Hundreds of thousands of ARC-170s, V-Wings,LAAT/i Gunships, and Eta-2 Interceptors. Millions of clone troopers were stationed on theground, including the entire Coruscant Guard, as were the Senate Guard, several clone commandosquads, several ARC Trooper teams, and several non-clone Republic infantry units. Republicground units were supported by AT-RTs, AT-TEs, AT-APs, AT-XTs, Juggernauts, fighter tanks, andSPHA-T artillery, not to mention scores of Jedi. Grievous timed the invasion to take placeright after Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s annual State of the Republic speech, when most ofthe Republic’s major government officials would be planetside. Using secret routes through theDeep Core supplied by Darth Sidious, Grievous led his armada from Yag’Dhul to Coruscant and caughtthe Coruscant Defense Fleet with its pants down..
The Separatists jumped in right on top of theDefense Fleet, allowing them to vaporize most of the Republic’s orbiting warships before they couldscramble their fighters or raise their shields. Nonetheless, over a thousand Republic StarDestroyers and their complement survived, and a fearsome orbital battle began. Initially, Grievous made the attack on Coruscantseem like a desperate final strike, ordering his warships to spread out, attack targets ofopportunity, and cause as much chaos as possible. Using a battleship-borne communicationsjammer, he cut off all communications in the Coruscant system, preventing Republicforces from coordinating a defense. While he still had the element of surprise, Grievous sentflotillas to interdict key hyperspace reversion.
Points and lay mass-shadow mines. As Separatistfrigates and destroyers fired on orbital mirrors, communications satellites, and random surfacetargets, Grievous’s battleships disgorged swarms of starfighters and flotillas of landingcraft, bringing the battle to Galactic City. The battle in orbit was pure chaos. The tatteredremnants of the Coruscant Defense Fleet struggled to coordinate with communications cut,while the Separatists were deliberately acting disorganized and shooting at whateverseemed a convenient target. Unaware that the system was being interdicted, many Republiccaptains chose to fight conservatively, hoping to hold out until reinforcements arrivedfrom the Outer Rim Sieges. All the while, new Separatist ships continued topour in from the Deep Core. So many.
Ships were crowded into the skies aboveCoruscant that some of the Separatist stragglers ended up crashing into Republicvessels as they came out of hyperspace. Meanwhile, hell broke loose on the surface.Hundreds of millions of battle droids marched into Galactic City, causing mass panic. Dueto the communications blackout, local forces were unable to coordinate evacuations, riotcontrol, or emergency response, and General Grievous wasn’t keen on making it any easierfor them. Vulture Droids rained from the sky, carrying out waves of kamikaze attacks againstcivilian targets. Separatist fighters slammed into buildings, strafed crowded plazas, anddestroyed transport infrastructure. For the wealthy citizens of Coruscant’s upper city,it must have seemed like the world was ending.
Fortunately for Coruscant, the Republic’s firstlucky break came early in the battle. Loyalist analysts discovered that the communicationsjammer deployed by the Separatists was based on one the CIS had used during the Battle ofPraesitlyn, allowing them to break through the encyption codes and restore communications forthe Republic Military and municipal authorities. As local authorities coordinated evacuations, the Jedi set about rallying the GrandArmy of the Republic to defend the planet. Mace Windu, Saesee Tiin, and 22 other Jedipilots took to the skies in their interceptors, intending to join the orbital battle. Windu wasshot down and ended up linking up with Yoda to coordinate Republic forces on the ground, but Tiinand the other Jedi managed to break through to.
Orbit. After passing beyond Separatist lines andrelaying a recall message to Jedi all over the galaxy, the Jedi pilots split to bring order toRepublic naval forces. Saesee Tiin led the clone troopers of the Republic Star Destroyer Impavidin capturing the Separatist destroyer Prosperous, while other pilots aided clone fightersquadrons against Separatist fighter swarms. As Yoda and Windu made significant progressagainst droid forces on the ground, they realized that Separatist forces weren’t making a seriousattempt to capture the Senate or the Jedi Temple. Far too late, they realized thatthe invasion was a diversion – the Separatists’ true objective wasSupreme Chancellor Palpatine. Four Jedi – Shaak Ti, Stass Allie, Roron Corobb,and Foul Moudama – were sent to get Palpatine to.
Safety. They arrived just in time to preventGrievous from snatching Palpatine straight out of his office. As Ti, Corobb, and Moudama usheredPalpatine away, Stass Allie and Palpatine’s guards managed to delay Grievous, though not forlong. The droid general and his MagnaGuards soon broke away and pursued the Jedi throughthe streets of Coruscant, chasing them all the way to a maglev train station, where Shaak Tifinally managed to lose Grievous, for a time. After linking up with Stass Allie, Mace Windu,and Kit Fisto, Shaak Ti and the others shepherded Palpatine onto a train bound for another district,where Palpatine had a bunker. Grievous pursued, but he was unsuccessful in stopping the train.At the bunker, they met up with two more Jedi: Roth-Del Masona and B’ink Utrila. Masona, Utrila,Corobb, and Moudama accompanied Palpatine into.
The bunker, while Ti and Allie waited outsideand Windu and Fisto went to rejoin the battle. Grievous outmaneuvered them all,however. Using a stolen Republic gunship, he penetrated the bunker and slaughtered nearlyeveryone inside, including all four Jedi. As Stass Allie went to alert Windu and Fisto,Shaak Ti tried to stop Grievous from escaping, only to be quickly defeated by thedroid general. Grievous left her alive but restrained in the bunker, using her toleave a message to Windu and the other Jedi. Windu arrived just as Grievous wasescorting Palpatine into a tri-wing shuttle. He wounded Grievous with the Force,but was ultimately unable to stop him from getting Palpatine aboard and taking off.Windu and Fisto, together with Saesee Tiin,.
Agen Kolar, Pablo-Jill, L’lacieloSageon, and many other Jedi pilots, pursued Grievous’s shuttle in a last-ditch attemptto save the Chancellor. They were unsuccessful, however, and Grievous, with the captivePalpatine, made it safely to the Invisible Hand. Pablo-Jill and L’lacielo Sageon werecaught in the warship’s tractor beams and engaged Grievous in the Invisible Hand’s hangarbay, but both were slain. Grievous ordered his droids to dump their bodies out into space,in a spot where their comrades could see them. From the conning tower of the Invisible Hand,Grievous announced his capture of Palpatine in a live HoloNet transmission to the entire galaxy,proclaiming that the Republic would soon burn. Panic broke out across Loyalist space, buteven as Grievous delivered his message,.
The tide of battle began to turn.Unbeknownst to Grievous or the Jedi, Palpatine had secret fleets and armies waitingin reserve. A massive army of Spaarti clones from Centax-2 deployed on the ground, helpingthe Jedi mop up the remains of Separatist ground forces, while fleets of Republicreinforcements poured out of hyperspace. These included fleets from the Open CircleArmada and secret fleets of new Imperator-class Star Destroyers commissioned by Palpatine.These reinforcements linked up with the Home Defense Fleet and cut off the Separatistarmada’s retreat, forcing Grievous into a battle in Coruscant’s upper atmosphere. At thesame time, Coruscant’s municipal authorities finally activated the planet’s orbitalshield, trapping the Separatists within.
As the battle in orbit continued, AnakinSkywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi entered the fray in their starfighters. Unable to make contact withJedi High Command from the midst of the battle, they proceeded straight to the Invisible Hand,battling their way through Separatist fighter squadrons as they went. In short order, theyinfiltrated the ship and rescued Palpatine. All the while, the battle turned against theSeparatists, who began losing ships rapidly. The burnt-out hulks of downed warships rained ontoGalactic City, causing massive amounts of damage. However, in the confusion, not all Republicwarships had gotten the message that Palpatine and the Jedi were aboard the InvisibleHand; as a result, one Star Destroyer, the Guarlara, attacked and severely damagedthe Separatist flagship. The Invisible Hand.
Took serious damage to its internal gravity,tensor fields, and inertial compensators, not to mention its shields, hull, and weaponssystems. Even as Grievous captured Palpatine and the Jedi and brought them to the ship’s bridge,the Invisible Hand was rapidly falling apart. In a battle aboard the warship’s bridge, Skywalkerand Kenobi freed themselves and Palpatine, with Anakin beheading Count Dooku in the process.As Grievous and the remaining crew began to abandon ship, Skywalker took control of what wasleft of the Invisible Hand, which was plummeting into Coruscant’s lower atmosphere. Againstall odds, he landed the vessel – well, half of it – safely. Meanwhile, Coruscant’s planetaryshield temporarily fell, allowing Grievous and the tattered remnants of the Separatist armada to fleethe system in disgrace. For the next few hours,.
Scattered holdouts of Coruscant Separatistinsurgents in the underworld continued to resist Republic forces, but for the most part,the Republic had won the Battle of Coruscant. The Battle of Coruscant saw immense casualtiesfor both the Republic and the Separatists, but ultimately the Separatists suffered worse.With the death of Count Dooku and the loss of so many ships, the CIS was all but defeatedafter the battle. The Republic, meanwhile, rapidly recovered, at least militarily.Coruscant itself suffered grievous damage; deliberate acts of terrorism and warship crashesdestroyed a staggering amount of Galactic City, starting fires that still burnedseveral days after the end of the battle. The damage took years to repair,and civilian casualties were alarming.
The final year of the Clone Wars wasdominated by the Outer Rim Sieges, a six-month string of Republic campaigns againstthe Separatists’ remaining strongholds. But even as the Grand Army of the Republic poured into theRim to reclaim the Confederacy’s core territories, a handful of battles were fought closer tohome back in the Republic Core. The last and most notable of these was the Battle ofCato Neimoidia, a push to conquer the Trade Federation’s greatest purse world. In this video,we’ll be telling the full story of this campaign. Neimoidia was the nominal headquarters ofthe Trade Federation and the homeworld of the Neimoidian species, but after they came of age,few Neimoidians ever returned there if they could help it. Neimoidia served only as a breedingground and the symbolic capital of Neimoidian.
Civilization; the true powerhouses in Neimoidianspace were its purse worlds. The Neimoidian Purse Worlds were the earliest Neimoidiancolonies, planet’s that, in ancient times, became so wealthy and powerful that they madecolonies of their own. Three of the Purse Worlds are known – Deko Neimoidia, Koru Neimoidia, andthe most prestigious of all, Cato Neimoidia. The Purse Worlds were aptly named. Only thewealthiest and most influential Neimoidians were allowed to live on those planets,which were dotted with the fortresses and vast personal vaults of the mostsuccessful Neimoidians. Cato Neimoidia was even wealthier than its contemporaries. Thehouses of its stunning bridge cities were gilded with precious metals, and the countryside estatesof its ruling elites were even more opulent.
One such estate was a heavily defended citadelbelonging to Nute Gunray, Viceroy of the Trade Federation. Though the Trade Federation wasformally headquartered on Neimoidia, its true base of power was Cato Neimoidia, where most ofits executives lived and hoarded their wealth. With this in mind, it should come asa shock to no one that Cato Neimoidia, along with Neimoidia proper and the other PurseWorlds, seceded at the start of the Clone Wars. The Neimoidian worlds posed a serious threatto the Republic throughout the Clone Wars. They composed two enclaves of Separatist spacein the heart of the Republic’s core territories, and were heavily defended. For most of the war,the Republic simply didn’t have the strength to capture the Neimoidian worlds. For over twoyears, their solution was to instead blockade.
The Neimoidian enclaves, establishinghuge naval cordons around the two regions. This stalemate lasted until the war’sfinal year, when the Republic began a campaign against Separatist holdings in theCore and Colonies. Initially, this campaign was a reaction to Operation Durge’s Lance, aimedat recapturing Duro and the other Loyalist Core Worlds that General Grievous had conquered.But in late 20 BBY, the scope of the Core counteroffensive grew to encompass the Separatistenclaves. One by one, the Separatist strongholds in the Core and Colonies were conquered bythe Republic. In response to this campaign, Grievous recalled the bulk of his forces to defendthe Outer Rim, and the Republic pursued them, beginning the Outer Rim Sieges. At the same time,however, they had business to finish in the Core.
In 19 BBY, as battle raged on Deko Neimoidiaand Koru Neimoidia, the Republic set its sights on Cato Neimoidia. At this time, the SeparatistCouncil was retreating to the Rim to rendezvous with Grievous – all except Gunray and hisaides, who went first to Cato Neimoidia. Gunray, being Gunray, wanted to rescueas many treasures from his citadel as he could before the Republic captured it.When Republic leadership learned of this, an attack on Cato Neimoidia became inevitable.To lead the assault, two of the Jedi Order’s brightest stars were recalled from the Outer RimSieges – Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Cato Neimoidia was well defended. TheTrade Federation had a massive droid army on the surface, complete with droidekas,.
STAPs, Corporate Alliance tank droids,crab droids, and dwarf spider droids. In orbit, a warfleet of Munificent-class StarFrigates, Providence-class Carrier/Destroyers, and Lucrehulk-class Battleships waited, includingvessels from Gunray’s personal fleet. Cato Neimoidia also hosted several of the NeimoidianHome Defense Legions and Gunnery Battalions, armies of fierce Neimoidian soldiers dedicatedto the defense of their wealth and homes. Of course, the Republic was willing to commit tothe battle as well. Kenobi and Skywalker enlisted Commander Jan Dodonna to lead their fleet ofVenator-class Star Destroyers, spearheaded by the Integrity, Kenobi and Skywalker’s shared flagshipand the flagship of the Open Circle Armada. Parts of the Republic force were commanded by KitFisto and two other Jedi, possibly Plo Koon and.
Ferroda, based on their involvement in the laterstages of the campaign. Clone officers Cody, Deviss, and Rex played roles in the battle aswell. Many clone units fought there, almost all drawn from Kenobi’s Third Systems Army, withthe most notable being the 442nd Siege Battalion. As Dodonna engaged the Separatist armadain Cato Neimoidia’s upper atmosphere, Republic forces launched a full-scaleplanetary invasion of Cato Neimoidia. The Jedi Generals and their clone troopers weredispatched to key locations across the planet, with Kenobi and Skywalker landing nearGunray’s citadel in the planet’s western hemisphere. They began their assault witha protracted bombardment of the fortress, bringing in bombers and SPHA-T artillery forthe job. But this did little good; the citadel’s.
Defensive shields held, while the fortress’sdefensive turbolaser batteries returned fire. Knowing it was only a matter of time beforeGunray fled the planet, Kenobi and Skywalker opted to infiltrate the citadel instead of waitingfor the shield to fall. As the SPHA-Ts kept up the bombardment, Kenobi, Skywalker, Commander Cody,and the elite Squad Seven snuck in through the fungus farms in the citadel’s basement. Fromthere, the group split up, with Kenobi, Cody, and Squad Seven engaging Gunray’s droid guardsand Skywalker making a beeline for the Viceroy. However, complications arose when Kenobiaccidentally inhaled hallucinogenic fungal spores during a firefight in a storage wing.On request from Cody, Skywalker circled back to assist Squad Seven, returning to findKenobi tripping balls but still fighting..
Cody later commented that the spores had allowedKenobi to unlock his true potential as a Jedi, as the madlad managed to destroy a total of fiftydroids while high on Neimoidian shrooms. That, for the record, was the business onCato Neimoidia that didn’t count. Due to Obi-Wan’s little episode,Nute Gunray and his lieutenant, Rune Haako, escaped Cato Neimoidia,albeit by the skin of their teeth. However, the mission to storm the citadel wasn’tentirely in vain. Shortly after Gunray’s escape and the citadel’s subsequent capture, Republicforces discovered that the Neimoidians had been forced to leave plenty of goodies behind. Amongthem was Gunray’s mechno-chair, a gift from Darth Sidious. The chair still contained a recordingof a message from Sidious, which the Jedi used.
In a bid to track down the elusive Sith Master,who they weren’t even sure existed until then. Cato Neimoidia was formally captured bythe Republic soon after Gunray’s escape, but pockets of resistance remained. The tatteredremains of the Trade Federation fleet continued to fight, while on the surface, many of thebridge cities refused to surrender. Kenobi, Skywalker, and much of the Republic invasionforce were called back to the Outer Rim Sieges after Gunray’s escape, but the reststayed back for mop-up operations. During this part of the Battle of Cato Neimoidia,sometimes classified as a separate battle, Republic forces were led by Jedi MastersPlo Koon, Ferroda, and Denia. Also present were the Force-sensitive troopers X1 and X2.With Gunray and Haako gone, the defense of.
The Cato Neimoidian holdouts fell to SentepethFindos, a high-ranking lieutenant of Gunray’s. Not much is known about the campaign against theCato Neimoidian holdouts, aside from the fact that the Republic steadily made progress in thebattle for the bridge-cities. Towards the end of the battle, Order 66 was issued, and Generals Koonand Ferroda were slain. Not long after, the Droid Army was shut down, and across most of the galaxy,the Clone Wars came to an end. Cato Neimoidia was conquered by the Republic-turned-Empireand subjected to martial law. Sentepeth Findos, the last commander of Separatistforces on Cato Neimoidia, fled back to Neimoidia, despite the fact that the planet had alreadybeen conquered. There, he was named the Acting Viceroy of the Trade Federation due to thedisappearance of Nute Gunray and Rune Haako..
Findos resisted the Empire for a hot minute,before stormtroopers “persuaded” him to sign a treaty a few days after the war’s end,which ceded all of the Trade Federation’s assets to the Empire. The Trade Federation wasnationalized and then liquidated by the Empire. The Battle of Kashyyyk, fought over the homeworldof the Wookies, was one of the last great battles of the Clone Wars. In Revenge of the Sith,the battle seems fairly straightforward, but there was much more to the Kashyyykcampaign than we saw in the films, as those of you who’ve played Republic Commando know. Butnot even Republic Commando tells the full story; like in many other Clone Wars battles, there wasa lot going on simultaneously in the Battle of Kashyyyk. In this video, we’ll be tellingthe full story of this crucial conflict.
Kashyyyk, located in the Mytaranor Sector, wasa world of immense strategic importance. It controlled several major hyperspace routes inthe Slice, the galaxy’s most populous region, and it was highly influential in the politics ofthe Mid Rim, which was starkly divided between Loyalists and Separatists. Kashyyyk’s loyalty tothe Republic had been a problem for the CIS from the start of the war. Not only was it politicallyembarrassing for one of the galaxy’s most prominent Rimworlds to oppose the Separatists,but it was also a logistical pain in the ass, especially later in the war. Kashyyyk wasright on the borders of Separatist space, as most of the Mytaranor Sector had joined theCIS at the start of the war. It was extremely valuable and very close to the heart of theCIS, yet it was out of the Separatists’ reach.
Though only a few were aware of it, therewas another reason why the Separatists wanted Kashyyyk so badly. One of Kashyyyk’slargest cities, Kachirho, was home to a secretive society of highly skilled hyperspacescouts called the Claatuvac Guild. The Guild, it was rumored, had knowledge of thousands ofsecret hyperspace routes all over the galaxy, shortcuts that would be a strategic boon to anygalactic power that knew how to access them. In 21 BBY, during a stretch of the war wherethe CIS had the advantage, Nute Gunray and the Trade Federation repeatedly attempted topersuade Kashyyyk into joining the Confederacy. Gunray himself personally madediplomatic visits to Rwookrrorro, the planetary capital, to meet with KingGrakchawwaa. The negotiations stalled for.
A long time while the king and hisadvisors deliberated. Eventually, General Grievous grew impatient and decided tosettle the matter by sending battle droids to Kashyyyk. This was not one of Grievous’sbest moments. The droids ended up killing Prince Rikummee, enraging King Grakchawwaa,who promptly declared war on the Confederacy. After the negotiations collapsed, General Grievousmade a secret alliance with the Trandoshans, whose homeworld, Trandosha, was locatedin the Kashyyyk system. The Trandoshans, who absolutely hated the Wookiees andregularly attacked Kashyyyk in slaving raids, were all too happy to help the Separatists takeKashyyyk by force. Throughout the latter half of the Clone Wars, the Trandoshans routinelyharassed the Wookiees, establishing slaving.
Camps in the jungles for raids on Wookieevillages. Unbeknownst to the Wookiees, these camps served a dual purpose – some werealso staging bases for the CIS Droid Army. Late in the Clone Wars, during theOuter Rim Sieges, the Wookiees asked the Republic to help them stop Trandoshanslavers after the slavers captured Tarrful, an important chieftain, near Kachirho. TheRepublic sent Delta Squad, an elite clone commando unit. We’ve covered Delta Squad’smission on Kashyyyk in detail before, so we won’t dwell on it for too long, butthe commandos quickly discovered the hidden droid army on Kashyyyk and confirmed GeneralGrievous’s involvement with the Trandoshans. Delta Squad greatly weakened the Trandoshans’slaving operations and destroyed much of.
The Separatist advance force, but they wereultimately unable to stop the coming storm. General Grievous assembled amassive army to take Kashyyyk, one of the largest Droid Army detachmentsever deployed. After plenty of deliberation, Grievous chose to begin the invasion atKachirho, both because of the Claatuvac Guild and because Kachirho was located in theWawaatt Archipelago, one of the few locations on the entire planet where the trees werethin enough for mass troop deployment. The Separatist assault took place in the finalweeks of the Clone Wars. A fleet of dozens of Munificent-class Star Frigates, Recusant-classLight Destroyers, and Providence-class Carrier/Destroyers found Kashyyyk undefended inorbit and immediately established a blockade of.
The planet. They carried with them thousands ofVulture Droids, Tri-Fighters, and HMP Gunships, as well as vast hordes of battle droids, backed bydroidekas, STAPs, Dwarf and Homing Spider Droids, Corporate Alliance tanks, crab droids, AATs, andHailfire Droids. A small detachment of Geonosian warriors and elites was also dispatched toKashyyyk, and Separatist forces received assistance from Trandoshan slavers and mercenariesas well. Grievous wasn’t taking any chances. After the blockade of Kashyyyk was established,the Droid Army sent a vanguard down to the Wawaatt Archipelago, securing a landing zone andsetting up a shield generator to protect the site. The six Wookiee cities of the Archipelago- Kachirho, Palsaang, Kahiyuk, Warralokk, Grunnrurr, and Rowrakruk – all rallied theirdefenses, but it quickly became apparent that.
They would need Republic aid. Kahiyuk, Warralokk,Grunnrurr, and Rowrakruk all fell to Grievous’ troops in short order, following which thedroids pressed on to Palsaang and Kachirho. Kachirho was the Separatists’ main objective. ARecusant-class Destroyer descended on the city, deploying battle droids directly to the upperlevels in sufficient numbers to rapidly capture half the city. However, the droids were preventedfrom advancing any further by Delta Squad, which then went on to destroy the destroyerand help the Wookiees liberate Kachirho, albeit at the cost of one of their own. This wasthe Separatists’ first major defeat on Kashyyyk, but not their last. Even as Delta Squadhelped the Wookiees turn the tide at Kachirho, Republic forces led by Master Yodaarrived in orbit over Kashyyyk.
The Republic really wasn’t frakkingaround when it sent reinforcements to Kashyyyk. Under the command of Jedi GeneralsYoda, Luminara Unduli, and Quinlan Vos, the Republic dispatched a substantial chunkof the Grand Army to aid the Wookiees. Carried aboard a fleet of dozens of Acclamator-classAssault Ships and Venator-class Star Destroyers, the Republic force included numeroussquadrons of ARC-170s, V-Wings, V-19 Torrents, Eta-2 Interceptors, and LAAT/is, as well ashundreds of thousands of clone troopers backed by speeders, AT-RTs, AT-PTs, AT-APs, AT-TEs,Juggernaut tanks, and Republic fighter tanks. The clone army, composed of the 41stElite Corps, Commander Faie’s corps, and numerous other units, was commandedby Commander Gree and Commander Faie.
The Wookiees also participated in the battle,naturally. After the liberation of Kachirho, Wookiee warriors from all over the planetmassed there under Chieftain Tarrful, bringing their own ornithopters and catamaransfor air support. Republic forces also rallied at Kachirho, where an entire Star Destroyerwas landed to offload troops and tanks. As Yoda established a command post in Kachirho,Luminara Unduli and Quinlan Vos finished off the Trandoshan raider detachments in a raid nearPalsaang. During the raid, they learned of the Claatuvac Guild and its secret hyperspaceroutes from a captured slaver, and immediately returned to inform Yoda. After learning of theClaatuvac Guild, Yoda threw out the Republic’s original plan, which was to carry out a mobiledefensive campaign and whittle Separatist forces.
Down to nothing. Instead, Yoda decided thedroids would have to be stopped at Kachirho. While the Separatists’ main invasion forcerallied under the cover of a shield generator across the lagoon from Kachirho, Republicand Wookiee forces assembled on Kachirho beach. As the final battles of the CloneWars were playing out across the galaxy, the droids lowered their shield and chargedacross the lagoon, taking advantage of the shallow waters to lead an amphibious assault.While repulsorcraft carrying battle droids and HMP gunships skimmed across the water, spiderdroids and snail tanks charged right through. The Wookiees responded with a countercharge. Asthe droids approached the beach, they ran forth to meet them, supported by clones on the beachand in the trees. The Republic’s heavy armor was.
Unable to advance until the Separatists hadpushed onto the shore, but Wookiee aircraft provided crucial support to ground forcesto compensate for this. The initial lack of Republic heavy armor allowed the Separatists topush onto the beach, but they were dealt severe losses by the Wookiees and clones, softening themup for the Juggernauts and AT-APs. All the while, Yoda aided the defenders from afar, coordinatingthe battle with Jedi battle meditation. Once the Separatists were fullyinvested in taking the beach, Yoda sent Luminara Unduli and Commander Faieto lead an assault on the droids’ left flank from Palsaang. Quinlan Vos was sent to leada column of tanks to bring the fight to the other Wookiee cities and the Separatists’forward command center. Both attacks were.
Met with tremendous initial success. Yoda’s planworked extremely well, and the Droid Army didn’t stand a chance. But then Commanders Gree and Faiereceived a new order from Coruscant – Order 66. Immediately, Commander Faie shot Luminara Unduliand ordered a Juggernaut tank to open fire on Quinlan Vos. Commander Gree tried to executeYoda, only to lose his head. Faie assumed full command of Republic forces and ordered anotherJuggernaut to blow up Yoda’s command post, but Yoda, aided by Tarrful and Chewbacca,narrowly escaped. The sudden loss of Yoda’s battle meditation and the confusion Order 66caused led Republic forces to falter. The Droid Army seized this opportunity and gained someground, but the Republic soon regained control of the battle. As night fell on Kashyyyk, the lastof the droid forces at Kachirho were eliminated..
Fighting continued elsewhere in theWawaatt Archipelago for a little while longer, but the deactivation of the DroidArmy eventually brought the battle to a close. With the help of the Wookiees, Yodamanaged to escape Kashyyyk without much incident. The same could not be said forQuinlan Vos, however, who also survived Order 66. Republic forces – now Imperial forces- hunted him through Kashyyyk’s jungles, while other clone units executed the Wookieesthat had helped the Jedi, and put Kachirho under martial law. Quinlan Vos was eventually able tokill Commander Faie and escape Kashyyyk, however, and the Empire pulled out soon after, temporarily.For a few weeks, the Wookiees were victorious, though it wouldn’t be long before the Empirereturned as conquerors instead of saviors.
The Battle of Kashyyyk was the CISDroid Army’s last great offensive, a final bid to reverse thecourse of the Clone Wars. Over the course of the Clone Wars, the Grand Armyof the Republic faced more than its fair share of hostile environments, from the desert plainsof Geonosis to the muddy wastelands of Jabiim. But not even three years of grueling war could’veprepared the Republic’s clones for the hell that awaited on Felucia. That vibrant jungle world wasone of the Confederacy’s greatest strongholds, and the Republic made several attempts at capturingit, which often ended poorly. Only at the end of the war did the Republic manage to make anyreal progress on Felucia – albeit at high cost. In this video, we’ll be discussingthe full story of this bloody battle.
Felucia was located in theOuter Rim’s Thanium Sector, roughly halfway between the Perlemian TradeRoute and the Radama Void. The entire planet was covered by shallow seas and dense jungles,which were dominated by species of massive fungi. Felucia harboured many strange and unusualspecies, from gargantuan fungi to strange, translucent animals like the gelagrub. It was saidthat the whole planet was like a single organism, with every individual life-form just a part ofthe greater whole; considering how much Felucia was dominated by fungi, there may have beensome truth to this. There were two sentient species indigenous to Felucia – a species oftimid reptilians known simply as the Felucians, and a more reclusive amphibian species known asthe Jungle Felucians. The Felucians lived in small.
Farming communities and occasionally interactedwith the outside galaxy. The Jungle Felucians, on the other hand, were deeply in tune with Felucia’slife web due to innate Force sensitivity, and they lived secretive lives in the deepest parts ofthe jungles, where outsiders rarely trespassed. In the pre-Republic era, the ancient GossamCourivers set up their first colonies on Felucia, using primitive and unstable tumbledrivesto cross the vast distance between their homeworld of Castell and the distant jungleplanet. The Gossam deemed Felucia unfit for large-scale colonization due to itsdense jungles, but over the millennia, they still established a number of smallcommunities and private estates for the elites of Gossam society. The Gossams subjugated the timidFelucians and claimed absolute rule of Felucia,.
And for most of galactic history, the planetwas nominally under their control. In reality, though, the Gossams only ever controlledthe planet’s larger settlements; much of the jungle resisted exploration, and the JungleFelucians refused to answer to the outsiders. In 700 BBY, the Commerce Guild took Feluciaand made the planet its headquarters. However, like the original Gossam colonists, the Guildnever achieved total control over Felucia. The Jungle Felucians continued to ignore the planet’sself-declared rulers, and many villages out in the Felucian wilderness rejected the authority ofthe Guild, among them many indigenous Felucian townships and small settlements established bythe Guild’s enemies. Nonetheless, all the major settlements on Felucia were under CommerceGuild control, and the jungle world became.
Home to great strongholds guarded by the PunitiveSecurity Forces, the Guild’s private droid army. At the start of the Clone Wars, theCommerce Guild, under the direction of the Gossam Shu Mai, seceded fromthe Republic, taking Felucia with it. Felucia became one of many Separatist strongholdsin the so-called Foundry of the Confederacy, a broad swath of Outer Rim worldsthat served as the heart of the CIS. Felucia lay close to the outskirts of Separatistspace, bordering the mostly uninhabited sectors around the Radama Void. Because of its importanceto the Commerce Guild and how close it was to unclaimed space, the Republic repeatedly attackedFelucia over the course of the Clone Wars, hoping to use it as a beachhead for assaultsdeeper into the Foundry of the Confederacy.
If the Republic thought Feluciawould be an easy target, however, it was sorely disappointed. The First Battle ofFelucia ended in a disastrous Republic defeat, and while the Republic made some headwayin the subsequent Second Battle of Felucia, the planet’s Separatist defenders ultimatelyprevailed once more. During the Outer Rim Sieges, Felucia again became a target, so much sothat the entire Foundry of the Confederacy was deemed the Felucia Theater by Loyaliststrategists. The Grand Army of the Republic invaded Felucia yet again during the Sieges, andthis time it was determined to take the planet. Capturing Felucia was a tall order, however;the Commerce Guild had the planet heavily defended. After losing Castell andmany of her coreward territories,.
Shu Mai had mustered a sizable army at herretreat on Felucia to defend the planet. A fleet of Munificent-class Star Frigates andProvidence-class Carrier/Destroyers waited in orbit, backed by swarms of Vulture Droids, whileon the surface the Guild had mustered hordes of battle droids, Dwarf and Homing Spider Droids,Armored Assault Tanks, Hailfire Droids, Corporate Alliance tank droids, Droidekas, and even afew squadrons of the infamous Gossam Commandos. Shu Mai had also prepared more exotic defensesfor her prized stronghold. On her orders, dozens of vicious acklay beasts were releasedinto the jungles, trained to attack clones. The first Republic unit to make groundfall onFelucia, the 182nd Legion, found out the hard way that the Commerce Guild capital wasn’t an easymark. The Republic Navy managed to punch a hole.
In the Separatists’ orbital defense fleet withoutmuch difficulty, but upon landing in the jungles, the clones found themselves in hell.The jungles inhibited their progress, leaving the 182nd vulnerable to attacks from droidunits hidden in the foliage or marauding acklays. Flesh-eating diseases tore through theranks, and after only a few weeks on Felucia, nearly the entire legion was lost. A detachmentof the 501st Legion was ultimately sent in to save the day, wiping out the acklays and clearinga landing zone for Republic reinforcements. Once a beachhead had been established,the Republic dispatched a much larger force to take Felucia, spearheaded byAayla Secura and the 327th Star Corps. Now, before we continue, we need to quicklydiscuss continuity. In the original story of.
The Battle of Felucia, Barriss Offee took partin the battle alongside Aayla Secura. Star Wars: The Clone Wars threw in a wrench by making BarrissOffee fall to the Dark Side before the start of the Outer Rim Sieges, effectively retconningher role in the Battle of Felucia. However, since no alternative version of the story of thebattle was ever written, we’re going to tell the original tale with Offee in her originalplace. Just keep in mind that, though the following story is mostly canon in the Legendscontinuity, Offee no longer has a role in it. In the final month of the Clone Wars,Supreme Chancellor Palpatine branded Felucia, along with Saleucami and Mygeeto, partof what he called a Trial of Evil. The capture of those three strongholds becamethe Republic Military’s first priority,.
And large waves of reinforcementswere dispatched to all three worlds. Aayla Secura and Clone Commander Bly led thereinforcements bound for Felucia, which included a new fleet of warships led by the Republic StarDestroyer Intrepid and the entire 327th Star Corps. The clones of the 327th brought with thema diverse array of war machines, which included ISP and BARC speeders, as well as AT-TE, AT-OT,AT-AP, and AT-RT walkers. Thanks to the help of the 501st, they were able to land in Felucia’sjungles and engage the planet’s defenders. As the 327th began deploying in force,Secura, Bly, and the Jedi Padawan Ekria led a lightning strike on the Nigkoe DetentionFacility, a remote Separatist fortress where Barriss Offee and her Padawan Zonder were beingheld prisoner. Shu Mai’s elite Gossam Commandos.
Were guarding the facility, but Secura and hertroops bested them and rescued the prisoners. The Jedi then returned to the main force, whichhad finished deploying. The 327th, true to their role as environmental specialists, provedquick to adapt to Felucia’s unusual environment. The clones not only managed to quicklyacclimate to the strange jungle but they also tamed Felucia’s native gelagrubs, which someclones chose to use as mounts or beasts of burden. They began to make seriousheadway against Separatist forces. After rescuing Offee, Secura and the 327thadvanced on Shu Mai’s compound, located outside the city of Kway Teow. On Secura’s orders,Republic forces attacked the fortress head-on, but this was merely a diversion. While thefortress’s defenders were distracted, the Jedi.
Infiltrated the compound from behind, hoping tocapture Shu Mai before she could escape Felucia. They soon found that they were too late,however; Mai had fled the planet days before. While the Jedi were still inside, thecompound’s security failsafes were triggered, and they just barely managed to escape before aremote-activated timebomb destroyed the compound. As Republic forces regrouped, CommanderBly reported that the destruction of Shu Mai’s compound was just the first stage of anelaborate self-destruct mechanism the Commerce Guild presidente had set in motion. Bly’s scoutshad determined that Separatist troops at three of Felucia’s water treatment facilities had beenordered to release toxins into the planet’s water supply if the main compound fell. Separatistforces had employed a similar tactic in the.
Battle of Atraken, another Commerce Guild world,much earlier in the war, rendering the entire planet devoid of life. Shu Mai’s self-destructorder threatened to do the same to Felucia. Unwilling to let Felucia suffer the fate ofAtraken, Secura chose to divide her forces and attack all three facilities at once.Barriss Offee was to lead a force to the plant at Har Gau, while the Padawans attacked oneat Jiaozi. Secura led an assault on the plant at Niango. The Padawans successfully captured thetreatment plant at Jiaozi, using diversionary tactics to get past the guards and deactivatethe facility before the toxin could be released. Around this time, Offee and Secura werewell on their way to their own targets, routing droid forces as they went.However, their offensives were cut short.
Before the elder Jedi could make it to theirobjectives, the men of the 327th received Order 66. The Padawans at Jiaozi escaped the carnage,but their masters weren’t so lucky. Barriss Offee was shelled by one of her own AT-TEs, whileCommander Bly personally executed Aayla Secura. Following this, Bly took command of the Feluciaoperation, leading the 327th on to Niango and Har Gau. The clones deactivated the treatmentplants just before the droid army was remotely deactivated, bringing an end to the Clone Wars.The Republic, now the Galactic Empire, emerged victorious on Felucia, and Imperial propagandablamed the plot to poison the planet on the Jedi. The Battle of Utapau was one of the last battlesof the Clone Wars, a decapitation strike meant to cripple the Confederacy of Independent Systems.Taking place over the course of just a few hours,.
The battle was extremely fast-paced. Somuch happened at once that even those of you who think you know the battle well may havemissed several important details. In this video, we’re going to be rectifying that and takinga closer look at the Battle of Utapau. In the final weeks of the Clone Wars, Separatistleadership was on the run. The members of the Separatist Council had been forced to abandontheir personal strongholds to Republic forces, and as the Republic pressed its advantage in theOuter Rim Sieges, the Councillors came under the personal protection of General Grievous. Grievouswasn’t all that happy about having to babysit the Council, especially since he had to keepaway from the front lines while the Council was present aboard the Invisible Hand. On therecommendation of Count Dooku and Darth Sidious,.
Grievous planned to just dump the Council on somedistant stronghold, where they would be safe. Initially, Grievous planned to conquer theplanet Belderone for use as the Council’s redoubt, but his plans were foiled byAnakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, so he turned to Wild Space for other candidates.He settled on the remote sinkhole planet Utapau, a neutral world in the OuterRim Sieges’ Praesitlyn Theater. One day, without warning, a Separatist armadadescended on Utapau. With little to no choice of victory, the Utapauans surrenderedwithout a fight. Claiming Pau City, the Utapauan capital, as his stronghold,Grievous deployed thousands of battle droids into the city. A Trade FederationCore Ship, the Unlimited Projection,.
Landed in the sinkhole city and was rapidlytransformed into the Separatist Council’s new command center. With the Utapauans powerless toresist, the Techno Union set about turning parts of Pau City into droid factories, churning out newbattle droids and Mankvim-814 Light Interceptors. Even as Grievous and the SeparatistCouncil settled in on Utapau, they began making plans to move once more,this time to a new, state-of-the-art fortress on Mustafar. As this fortress was still underconstruction, the Separatist Council remained on Utapau for several weeks. During thistime, General Grievous left to carry out an attack on Coruscant. That battle,which became the largest of the Clone Wars, ended with a Separatist defeat and the death ofCount Dooku. The CIS was left reeling after the.
Battle, leading Grievous to hasten hisplans to move the Council to Mustafar. As Grievous returned to Utapau after theBattle of Coruscant, he was unaware that he was being tracked by a pair of Null-classARC Troopers, who reported his presence on Utapau to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.Palpatine informed the Jedi Council, who immediately dispatched Obi-Wan Kenobi toliberate Utapau and capture or kill Grievous. Obi-Wan Kenobi traveled to Utapau with a clonearmy large enough to capture three whole star systems. Drawn from the Third Systems Army,Kenobi’s force consisted primarily of the 7th Sky Corps, led by Commander Cody, and a detachmentof the 501st Legion. They were carried into battle by a flotilla of Republic Star Destroyers,led by the Vigilance, Kenobi’s flagship.
The Republic fleet waited outsystemwhile Kenobi infiltrated Pau City alone, hoping to capture Grievous before the fightingstarted. After getting confirmation that Grievous was present from Port Administrator TionMedon, Kenobi told the Utapauans to rally any military forces they had and await the coming ofRepublic troops. After requisitioning a varactyl dragonmount named Boga, Obi-Wan infiltrated theUnlimited Projection, locating Grievous and the Separatist Council in Hangar 10. Kenobiarrived too late to capture the Council, which left on a shuttle bound for Mustafar, buthe was able to get the drop on General Grievous. After dismantling Grievous’ MagnaGuards,Kenobi began a fierce lightsaber duel with the droid general himself. Grievous was fast andrelentless, but Kenobi’s mastery of defensive.
Lightsaber tactics allowed him to weatherthe storm and break through Grievous’ guard. While Grievous was distracted by Kenobi,Commander Cody led Republic forces into Utapauan airspace and began an assault on PauCity. As clone troopers landed in Hangar 10, Grievous fled aboard a wheel bike,but Kenobi summoned Boga and pursued. The Separatist forces in PauCity were heavily entrenched, but they were unprepared for the Republic’slightning assault, leaving them at a disadvantage. Grievous had tens of thousands ofbattle droids present in Pau City, as well as droidekas, Techno Union crab droids,Octuptarra Tri-Droids, Homing Spider Droids, Hailfire Droids, and Armored AssaultTanks. The droids had gun emplacements.
Set up all over Pau City, as well as artilleryemplacements around the Unlimited Projection, but they were rather lacking in air support.There was no Separatist fleet in orbit above Utapau, and all the Separatists had for fighterswere a few Vulture Droid squadrons from the Unlimited Projection and the light interceptorsproduced by the Techno Union’s factories. The Republic was much more prepared. The Vigilanceand four other Star Destroyers immediately established air supremacy above Pau City, allowingLAAT/i Gunships and HAET-221 assault gunboats to suppress Separatist fighter squadrons within thesinkhole itself. Using jetpacks to descend on the city safely, Commander Cody and several companiesof clone airborne troopers made up the first wave of the Republic offensive, clearing landing zonesfor the rest of the clone army to be deployed at..
Alongside clone infantry, Republicdropships delivered AT-TEs, AT-RTs, and AT-APs to combat zones all over Pau City,where the walkers made quick work of Separatist tanks and artillery. The Republic also hadallies in the battle for Pau City – the Utapauans themselves. The Utapauan Skyforce participatedin the aerial battle, with dactillion riders and squadrons of Porax-38 Starfighters providingair support for clone forces on the ground. Two battalions of clone troopers, includingthe 212th Attack Battalion, participated in the first wave of the assault on Pau City,while a third cut off any potential escape routes. The Separatists deployed their HailfireDroids in a bid to quickly repulse the clones, but the droids were obliterated from above bythe Star Destroyer Vigilance. After this setback,.
Separatist forces retreated deeper into the city,where they would be safe from orbital bombardment. This allowed the 212th and a detachment ofthe 501st to capture Hangar 10 and dismantle nearby Separatist artillery emplacements,throwing the defenders into disarray. The Republic’s initial offensive wiped outmost of the Separatists’ Spider Droids and Hailfire Droids, but the droid forcesdeeper in the city still had Tri-Droids, Crab Droids, and AATs backing them up, as wellas numerous gun emplacements. The Republic was able to secure its initial landing zoneswith support from AT-TEs and AT-APs, but it struggled to push deeper into Pau City,especially into areas where the larger walkers couldn’t fit. Republic forces had much moresuccess in the aerial battle than on the ground,.
However. With fighter support from localforces, the Republic’s gunships and gunboats made short work of the Vulture Droids and lightinterceptors the Separatists were fielding. Meanwhile, General Kenobi pursued GeneralGrievous through the streets of Pau City. The two fought as they went, ignorant of thebattle around them. Kenobi pursued Grievous to a remote landing platform, where hispersonal starfighter, the Soulless One, was ready to take off. Kenobi and Grievousfought one last battle on the landing platform, during which Kenobi killed thedroid general with his own blaster. With the CIS successfully decapitated, Kenobijoined the rest of his army on the battlefield. By that point, Separatist defenses were beginningto give all around Pau City. The Republic and.
Utapauans had wiped out the Separatists’ fightersquadrons, and Republic troops had captured the outer landing platforms and parts of the UnlimitedProjection. The Separatists were still holding out in the parts of the city the AT-TEs andAT-APs couldn’t reach, but clone forces were still advancing. The Republic had a distinctadvantage, and it was slowly beginning to clean out the last pockets of Separatist resistance asGeneral Kenobi rendezvoused with Commander Cody. After meeting with Cody,Kenobi went to join the battle, only to suffer an unexpected betrayal.As Kenobi and Boga charged into battle, Commander Cody received Order 66. He orderedan AT-TE to fire on Kenobi’s position, blasting the Jedi General off the cliff walland into the sinkhole. After ordering seeker.
Droids to descend and look for Kenobi’s body,Cody took full command of Republic forces on Utapau. It only took a few hours for theremaining Separatist forces to be eliminated. Once the battle was won, Commander Cody tookover the late General Grievous’ command post in the Unlimited Projection, from which he orderedhis men to put Pau City on lockdown. The seeker droids Cody had sent after Kenobi’s body had beendevoured by a Nos Monster that lived at the bottom of the sinkhole, leading Cody to suspect that theJedi Master was alive. He ordered his troops to search for Kenobi, refusing to rest until he sawa body. Of course, despite Cody’s efforts, Obi-Wan Kenobi managed to escape Utapau. When he climbedback up into Pau City, he found the Soulless One unguarded. As Grievous no longer needed thestarfighter, Kenobi stole it and fled the system.
The Battle of Utapau is one of themost well known Clone Wars battles, but there’s a surprising amount of detailin the battle that flies under the radar. The Jedi Order suffered many terrible losses overits long history. Its original homeworld, Ossus, destroyed by the Sith, it was riven apart byschisms again and again, and during the First Jedi Purge, the Sith almost completely wiped the Jediout. But as far as single events went, not even the Destruction of Ossus or the Conclave at Katarrcould match the devastation that the 501st Legion wrought on the Jedi Temple in 19 BBY. Officiallynamed Operation Knightfall, this infamous battle has been featured in all manner of Star Warsmedia, and in this video, we explore it in detail. You all know how Operation Knightfall began. Onthe last day of the Clone Wars, four Jedi Masters.
Tried to arrest Supreme Chancellor Palpatine,who had been revealed as Darth Sidious. They were defeated, in part thanks to Anakin Skywalker,who fell to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. Following Anakin’s fall, Sidious sent him to theJedi Temple with the 501st Legion to wipe out all the Jedi inside, while Sidious transmittedOrder 66 to clone units across the galaxy. On a thousand battlefrontsacross the galaxy, Jedi died. Before the killing began, the Jedi atthe Temple sensed something was up. Shaak Ti, Jedi Battlemaster Cin Drallig, ChiefArchivist Jocasta Nu, and Gate Master Jurokk all felt a massive disturbance in the Force.Drallig readied the Temple’s defenders for battle, while Jurokk ran to the gates to seal theTemple. Jocasta Nu sent her Padawan out.
Into the Coruscant Undercity with a detailedmap to save him from whatever was to come, while Shaak Ti kept meditating, hoping todiscern what had caused the disturbance. At the same time, Darth Vader marched up theTemple steps with the 501st Legion at his back. You already know what time it is – time for apassage from the Revenge of the Sith novelization. “‘Anakin!’ [Gate Master Jurokk]gasped, running up to the young man. ‘Anakin, what happened? Where are the Masters?’ Anakin looked at him as though he wasn’t surewho the Gate Master was. ‘Where is Shaak Ti?’ ‘In the meditation chambers – we felt somethingin the Force, something awful. She’s searching the Force in deep meditation, trying toget some feel for what’s going on…’ His.
Words trailed away. Anakin didn’t seem to belistening. ‘Something has happened, hasn’t it?’ Jurokk looked past him now.The night beyond the Temple was full of clones. Battalionsof them. Brigades. Thousands. ‘Anakin,’ he said slowly, ‘what’s going on? Something’s happened. Somethinghorrible. How bad is it?’ The last thing Jurokk felt was the emitter ofa lightsaber against the soft flesh of his jaw; the last thing he heard as blue plasma chewedupward through his head and burst through the top of his skull and burned away his life,was Anakin Skywalker’s melancholy reply, ‘You have no idea…’”.
With the gates clear, the clones poured into theTemple, firing on any Jedi they saw. On the orders of Commander Appo, the 501st Legion dispersed,splitting into squads to cover more ground. Meanwhile, Vader led a squad to capturethe Jedi Temple’s communication center. The center was under the protection of JediKnight Sha Koon, but Koon fled into the Coruscant Undercity before the clones arrived,sensing that Vader had fallen. Vader advanced towards the communications center through theJedi Archives, where Jocasta Nu confronted him. Nu sensed that Vader had fallen and prepared todefend herself, but she was easily slain by the Sith Lord, who slaughtered every other Jedihe found in the library while the clones set about downloading the contents of the archives.From there, Vader moved on to the communications.
Center. Here, he activated the Jedi Temple’srecall beacon, sending out a message to Jedi across the galaxy to come home. Vader ordered ateam of clone assassins to guard the beacon with their lives, and then set out in search of CinDrallig, the commander of the Temple’s defenses. On the way, Vader killedDrallig’s apprentice, Serra Keto. Around the time that Keto perished, Dralligand the surviving Jedi Masters realized the Temple was lost and attempted to evacuateall the Knights and Padawans they could. While LAAT/i Gunships shot down any spacecrafttrying to flee the Temple, doing serious damage to the structure in the process, Vader madehis way to the Room of a Thousand Fountains, where Drallig was evacuating students hehad been training in lightsaber combat..
Vader butchered several Padawans before engagingthe Jedi Battlemaster in a fierce lightsaber duel. While the men of the 501st arrived andslaughtered the rest of the Padawans, Vader managed to overcome Drallig, strikingdown the greatest warrior left in the Temple. Vader hunted down Shaak Ti next, eventuallylocating and attacking her. But Shaak Ti managed to disorient Vader enough to escape, takingseveral Padawans with her. Arligan Zey, the General of the Republic Special OperationsBrigade, also escaped around this time, thanks to the help of a rogue ARC Trooper,Captain Maze. After this, only three Jedi Masters remained to command the defense of theTemple, and the 501st gunned them all down. Vader then went to clear the JediHigh Council’s meeting chambers,.
While squads from the 501st cleared outthe other four spires. There, Vader found a clan of younglings who had taken shelterfrom the fighting. He slaughtered them all. As the Jedi Temple burned due to damage ithad sustained in the battle, Senator Bail Organa flew over to investigate. He was turnedaway by Commander Appo, but before Organa left, Zett Jukassa charged out and severely woundedthe clone commander. Jukassa was killed, but his death confirmed Organa’s suspicionsthat the Republic had turned against the Jedi. Shortly afterwards, martial law was declared onCoruscant and the Temple Precinct was locked down. Coruscant Rescue Ops was forbidden fromputting out the fires at the Jedi Temple, while the Coruscant Security Force joined the501st in hunting down any Jedi who had escaped.
Before the night was over, all the Jedi in theTemple had either fled or been slain. The entire security force of the Temple, including the TempleGuards, were massacred by the men of the 501st. As the sun rose on Coruscant, the corpsesof thousands of Knights and Padawans were strewn all over the Temple ruins.With Operation Knightfall complete, Darth Sidious paid the Temple a visit, praisingDarth Vader and then sending him next to Mustafar. Following this, Sidious, in his guise as SupremeChancellor Palpatine, called an extraordinary session of the Senate for later that afternoon.In that session, he declared that the Jedi had attempted to overthrow the Senate, and he formallytransformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire. While this Senate meeting took place, Jedi MastersYoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi stormed the Temple,.
Cutting through any clones who got in their way.Commander Appo sent all the clones he could muster to kill the two Masters, but Yoda and Kenobinonetheless made it to their objective – the Temple communications room. There, Kenobi defeatedthe clone assassins guarding the recall beacon. He then recalibrated the beacon, having itinstead transmit a message informing any surviving Jedi that the Order had fallen and thatthey should get as far from Coruscant as possible. Before leaving, Kenobi went throughthe Temple’s security footage, discovering that his former apprentice wasresponsible for the massacre. Yoda and Kenobi vowed to kill the Dark Lords of the Sith beforeparting ways, leaving the Jedi Temple behind. All over Coruscant, rumors spread about what hadhappened at the Temple. Even after the official.
Explanation of a Jedi coup had been released,many didn’t buy it, believing there must have been another explanation. There was also plentyof confusion about who was dead and who wasn’t. According to one report, Shaak Ti had beenkilled in the assault. It was widely circulated that Anakin Skywalker was also among thedead. Skywalker, supposedly, had been the last Jedi in the Temple to fall, struck down byoverwhelming numbers of clones while defending a group of younglings. Few knew the truthabout what Skywalker had done that night. In less than twenty-four hours, the Jedi Templewas cleansed of life, the Jedi Order effectively destroyed in the process. In the immediateaftermath of Operation Knightfall, Vader and the 501st took the temple as a base of operations,using its facilities during the later parts of the.
Great Jedi Purge. As the number of Jedi in thegalaxy dwindled, the 501st abandoned the Temple, handing it over to Sidious’s shadow troopers.After the Jedi Temple ceased to be useful, Sidious had several sections of it altered to make itseem as if the Jedi had always been up to no good. Once these secret renovations werecomplete, Sidious offered guided tours of the Temple ruins to high-ranking Imperialfigures, showing it off as a macabre trophy. In Legends, the New Jedi Ordereventually reclaimed and rebuilt the Jedi Temple. But what do you think?Are there other Star Wars battles you’d like us to analyse? Feel free to postyour thoughts in the comments below.
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