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Battle of Nod Kartha
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Separatist Crisis/Occupation of Karthakk

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22 BBY

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Nod Kartha

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"This is just like old times: Flying madly to save your skins while being shot by Scarabs."
Reti

The Battle of Nod Kartha was a lengthy battle which took place prior to the Battle of Geonosis, occurring when Nym's Lok Revenants and the Mere Resistance staged an assault on the orbital defenses surrounding Nod Kartha in an attempt to locate and compromise a Trihexalon production facility on the planet's surface.

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Prelude

When Sabaoth Squadron bombed Point Modie with Trihexalon, it alerted both the Mere Resistance and the Lok Revenants of the Sabaoths' Captain Cavik Toth's new chemical weapon. The leaders of the Mere Resistance and the Lok Revenants, Sol Sixxa and Nym respectively, became determined to make an end to the Trihexalon threat to their system. The two pirate groups were joined by Jedi Master Adi Gallia. Adi had been in the system working with Nym while investigating possible illegal weapon development by the Trade Federation. After Point Modie was attacked, Gallia informed the Jedi Order of Toth and that she would be taking action against him.

Cavik Toth holds a vial of Trihexalon.

The Trade Federation had indeed developed the illegal Trihexalon. Before Cavik Toth took over the project, the Trade Federation had constructed a factory to produce Trihexalon on the planet Nod Kartha. The Federation set up many defenses for the facility. These included an impenetrable deflector shield projected from six separate shield generators in six separate bunkers, and a network of space stations in orbit. The pirates were able to learn of these defenses and developed a plan with this knowledge. Their plan was to use two Mere cruisers to blast hole in the orbital defenses. At the surface, Nym would land his personal ship, the Havoc, and lead a small ground force to set explosives in each of what they believed to be empty bunkers to disable the shield. With the shield down, Sol Sixxa would land at the factory's landing pad and locate its weak points on the factory's computers. Meanwhile, Cavik Toth was able to learn about these plans or predicted that an attack was inevitable. Either way, he deployed his forces accordingly.

The battle

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Orbital defenses

The Kethor sustains a critical hit at the start of the battle.

Upon the arrival of the allied pirate ships, cannons in Nod Kartha’s orbital defense network opened fire and Scarab-class starfighters prepared to attack. Captain Orsai attempted to move the cruiser Kethor into its planned attack position, and was almost immediately was hit by fire from an Planetary Defense Gun. The Kethor was crippled and Nym ordered Orsai to abandon ship. Further troubling for the pirates was the realization that the defenses had been upgraded and the discovery that they didn't have anything that could get through the shields of the Planetary Defense Platforms. Nevertheless, Nym led the starfighters and engaged the Scarabs. Early in, Reti made his fifth ever kill, earning him the ace title.

A C-9979 carrier launched two waves of droid bombers. The first was sent after the damaged Kethor; the other headed toward the second Mere cruiser, Tritus. The allied starfighters attacked the bombers and prevented any further damage to the two cruisers. Just as the last bombers of the first two waves were destroyed, the carrier launched a third wave, again at the Tritus. Again the Revenant fighters were able to shoot down the bombers before they could do any harm.

With the Mere cruisers safe from the bombers, the pirates refocused their attacks. The Tritus had been keeping back to stay out of range of the Planetary Defense Guns. Adi Gallia led the attack against the Guns to allow the Tritus to move in. After one Gun was destroyed, Sabaoth Squadron revealed their trap. Five Sabaoth Frigates with Sabaoth Fighters came out of hyperspace behind the allied ships, blocking any escape route. Tritus traded fire the two frigates closest to it while the starfighters engaged each other.

Also arriving with Sabaoth Squadron was the bounty hunter Jango Fett. Fett had come for the bounty on Reti. Fett attacked and damaged Reti's ship. Reti, out of desperation, sent his ship into hyperspace. Fett then left to track Reti, much to the vexation of Sabaoth Squadron.

The battle continued and Gallia destroyed a second Planetary Defense Gun, allowing the Tritus to move in. Orsai contacted his allies at that time and reported that the Kethor would not last long and the crew was evacuating. Then, to the shock of his comrades, he announced that he would pilot the Kethor into the nearest Planetary Defense Platform. Despite protests, a dying Orsai rammed the Kethor into the Platform. The resulting explosion consumed both cruiser and Defense Platform. The loss of a Defense Platform compromised the shields on the other Platforms. Taking advantage of this, the allied ships destroyed two more Planetary Platforms in short order. After a pause to consider the plight of Reti, it was decided that the destruction of the factory was more important and Nym led the starfighters to Nod Kartha's surface. Tritus remained in orbit to cover for them and scan the debris for recoverable pieces.

Surface

Near the factory, Nym landed the Havoc at a distance from the factory and set out with four other commandos on foot to infiltrate and set explosives in six bunkers to bring down the shield around the factory. Despite having reservations about Nym's plan, Adi Gallia directed Nym from the air to the first bunker. Sol Sixxa, who was part of Nym's team, sliced into the bunker and the commandos placed their explosives on timers. The demolition of the first bunker alerted Trade Federation forces in the area. Underground barracks opened up to deploy units to stop the commandos. Adi Gallia led the Revenant starfighters in defending Nym and his team from battle droids, Single Trooper Aerial Platforms, Armored Assault Tanks, Scarab-class starfighters, and Vulture droid starfighters. Also, a Superfreighter and two landing craft came during the fighting to deliver more tanks. In spite of the onslaught, Nym persisted and his team destroyed four more bunkers in the same manner as the first.

The team ran into trouble in the final bunker. The commandos got trapped inside with a group of battle droids after they set their explosives' timers. Adi Gallia landed her starfighter outside the bunker and took out two battle droids guarding the entrance. She then sliced open a hole in the door between her and Nym with her lightsaber. Everyone was able to escape out the bunker before the bunker exploded with the droids inside. The factory was then left unshielded.

Adi Gallia and Nym run from the exploding bunker.

Nym, Sixxa, and Gallia each returned to the air in their own ships. Nym was joined in the Havoc by Kole, who took to the position of gunner. Two Trade Federation Dropships were sent to the factory to deliver reinforcements. Nym ordered for them to be taken out. Nym then cleared battle droids from the landing platform on top of the factory. This allowed Sol Sixxa too land and enter the factory’s control tower. Once inside, Sixxa searched the factory's computers for weaknesses in its structure.

At that time, Sabaoth starfighters flew in to attack the allied forces. Soon after, several Dropships approached, intent on deploying AATs around the factory. Meanwhile, a Sabaoth destroyer arrived over the planet. Nym and company attacked the Dropships while avoiding getting shot down by the Sabaoth Fighters. Sol Sixxa eventually found that destroying the factory's reactor would devastate the facility. Ironically, the only way to open the doors to the reactor was to turn on the factory he had come to destroy.

After getting Nym's approval, Sixxa activated the factory. This caused six Solar Towers to rise from the ground. However, before the towers could unveil their reflectors, droids overrode Sixxa's commands with a signal of their own. Jinkins detected the droids' signal coming from a transmitter in the factory's hangar. Nym flew into the hangar, destroyed the transmitter, and flew back out to rejoin the battle. The reactor's doors opened to allow in the concentrated sunlight that the towers were reflecting into the factory. Sol Sixxa returned to his ship as the plant came fully online.

The factory explodes.

Nym then had to destroy the control boxes on the back of each tower so the highly concentrated beams of light would misalign with the factory and expose the opening to the reactor. As that was occurring, a Hex Bomber attempted to land at the control tower, but it was easily met with. After all the control boxes were destroyed, Nym reentered the hangar and flew to the reactor’s opening. Although he expressed doubt about it, Nym was able to drop a bomb into the small opening to destroy the reactor and fly out the hangar again. The resulting chain reaction consumed the factory as the allied forces flew back in to space.

Return to space

"This is Lieutenant Bella of the battleship Reaver. Power down your engines or be exterminated!"
Bella to the Lok Revenants

During the fighting on the surface, the Sabaoth destroyer Reaver arrived near the debris field left after the planet's defenses were breached. Lieutenant Bella on the Reaver ordered a salvage operation to be conducted on four pieces of Planetary Defense Guns that could be used to build a new one. Trade Federation Tugs were to be used to collect the parts. Vulture droid starfighters were also sent into the debris field.

After the factory was destroyed, Kole was transferred to his own fighter and Adi Gallia was recalled by Mace Windu to a rescue mission. After exchanging farewells with Gallia, Nym contacted Captain Juno on the Tritus. Juno reported that they had identified four parts for a Defense Cannon that could be salvaged. Nym was glad to hear this and planned to use the cannon to retake his base on Lok from the Trade Federation. He was not glad when he was told that the parts were presently being salvaged for the Trade Federation. One Federation Tug had already obtained a barrel. Nym ordered the Revenants to secure the Orbital Defense Cannon parts. While moving in, the Revenants were surprised to be fired upon from the wreckage by what they believed were still active defensive turrets. These were actually Vulture droid starfighters clinging to debris pieces in their walking mode. Nym noticed this and informed the Revenants of the ruse. The pirates continued their attack and the tug carrying the barrel was destroyed.

After this, Lieutenant Bella contacted the Revenants and gave them a chance to surrender or be killed. None of the Revenants responded. Bella then ordered a commander to execute plan Beta-Three and three Sabaoth Frigates jumped to hyperspace in response. Nym and Jinkins noticed the frigates leave while they and the other Revenants destroyed more tugs sent to collect the cannon parts.

The Revenants were destroying Trade Federation Tugs while Tritus moved to a more favorable position to launch its own tugs. Once in position, Captain Juno unleashed the tugs. Tug 1 was sent to the sent to the barrel, Tug 2 was dispatched to the capacitor, Tug 3 went to get the focus array, and Tug 4 moved to capture the casing. At the time of the Mere Tugs launch, Sabaoth Fighters were released from the Reaver to attack the tugs. Revenant starfighters had to defend the Mere Tugs from the Sabaoths and prevent more Trade Federation Tugs from collecting the cannon parts first, all the while having to avoid being shot down by more droid starfighters in their flight mode. Eventually, though, Revenant forces prevailed, and all four cannon parts were loaded onto the Tritus.

Bella was furious that the pirates had obtained the cannon pieces. She threatened her subordinates' lives if the pirates were not killed. A large amount of Sabaoth Fighters then took off from the Reaver. Nym, in the meantime, ordered the Revenants to cover the Tritus until it could leave. He also gave coordinates for the group to arrive at Lok's moon, Khons, where Nym wanted the Cannon installed.

Shortly thereafter, Bella contacted the commander again to have their plan enacted at that moment. The three frigates then returned; dropping from hyperspace right behind the Tritus. The three ships used their tractor beams to prevent the Tritus form escaping and opened fire. The Revenant forces attacked and destroyed the Sabaoth Frigates, but not before the Tritus' engines were damaged. As the Reaver's anti-capital ship turrets opened fire, Revenant starfighters began to jump to hyperspace. Tritus lingered while Juno reported the ship should get to Khons despite the engine damage. The last of the pirates escaped to hyperspace right before four Sabaoth Fighters reached their position.

Aftermath

The engines of the Tritus did eventually fail before it reached Khons. Juno, however, was able to use the Mere Tugs to install the cannon pieces after Nym's forces removed the Trade Federation from the moon. Nym would go on to use the Cannon to great effect in retaking his base from the Federation. There, Nym went head-to-head against Bella in her personal transport. Nym was victorious in the dogfight, which was the last step in securing his base.

Despite the loss of the Trihexalon plant, Cavik Toth was not finished. Having already gathered the Trihexalon he had, Toth amassed his forces to aid the Confederacy of Independent Systems at the Battle of Geonosis against the Galactic Republic. At Geonosis, Toth's forces were met by Jedi starfighters led by Adi Gallia. The Jedi were able to finish off the hex weapons. With the arrival of the Lok Resistance and the Mere Resistance, the rest of Sabaoth Squadron was destroyed. Cavik Toth himself was killed in a dogfight with Adi Gallia.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter

This article uses material from the "Battle of Nod Kartha" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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