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Battle of Rendili
Conflict

Clone Wars

Date

19.48 BBY (15:11)

Place

Rendili

Outcome

Republic victory

Combatants

Galactic Republic

Independent Provisional Government of Rendili

Commanders

High General Saesee Tiin

Lieutenant Mellor Yago

Strength
Casualties
  • Starfighters
    • At least one-third of Blue Squadron
  • LAAT/i gunships
  • Damage to Acclamator 1-class assault ships
  • Both Lucrehulks
  • Vultures
  • Loss of Rendili fleet to Republic
"You really have done superb work, Anakin. Saving the Rendili Fleet! Far better than I could have hoped."
Palpatine

The Battle of Rendili was a battle of the Clone Wars, occurring thirty months after the Battle of Geonosis, in 20 BBY.

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Prelude

When word came that Rendili, the planet home to the Rendili StarDrive corporation and producer of the Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers was possibly going to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and the Galactic Senate ordered a Jedi-led task force to Rendili. Their mission was either to convince the Rendili Home Defense Fleet to remain with the Galactic Republic or, if that failed, to destroy them lest they fell into the hands of Dooku. As the commander of the Rendili Fleet was Captain Jace Dallin, Jedi Master Plo Koon and Captain Jan Dodonna were sent as part of the fleet to negotiate with him, the three having fought together during the Stark Hyperspace War.

Arriving at Rendili, the Republic force discovered that an Independent Provisional Government had already assumed power on Rendili, and joined with the Separatists. Koon and Dodonna headed over to the Rendili flagship, Mersel Kebir, to speak with Dallin anyways. Despite some initial reluctance, Dallin agreed to order the fleet to defect to the Republic. At that time, Lieutenant Mellor Yago with the help of other junior officers such as Gallan arrested Koon, Dodonna, Dallin, and the other senior officers of the Mersel Kebir for treason against Rendili. Yago used them as hostages preventing an immediate attack, hoping that Saesee Tiin, commanding the Republic fleet, would hold off firing for at least twenty hours—the time at which General Grievous had promised a Confederate Navy support group would arrive at Rendili.

Interlude on the Titavian

Just before the negotiating team crossed to the Mersel Kebir Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Jedi assigned to the Republic fleet, was asked by the Exploration Corps to investigate a missing ship for the Mycroft Intergalactic Zoological Society. Going to the coordinates given, he found the crippled ship, Titavian IV, with an old Jedi signal coming from it. Expecting perhaps to find Zao or Jerec onboard, Kenobi instead found Quinlan Vos, a renegade Jedi who had fallen to the dark side and defected to Dooku.

Vos was being hunted by seeker droids released by two of Dooku’s minions, Asajj Ventress and Tol Skorr, who were charged with punishing Vos for his failure following the Battle of Honoghr, where he had realized that he had indeed followed the wrong path. Stranded on the Titavian IV when the two Dark Jedi had placed his ship, the Skorp-Ion, out of reach, Vos had nearly been overwhelmed before Kenobi’s arrival. Retaking Vos’ ship, evading the Dark Jedi’s droids and a rancor released by them, and destroying their own ship, the two Jedi reversed the situation, escaping while leaving Ventress and Skorr stranded onboard the Titavian IV. Kenobi piloted their ship back to Rendili, despite the fact he anticipated trouble from Tiin over Vos.

The Battle

"The idiots are going to force us to kill them."
―Saesee Tiin

Meanwhile, Yago—expecting the arrival of the Confederate support group at any minute—had given Tiin an ultimatum: in one hour he would execute his hostages, starting with Koon. Onboard the Republic flagship, Sundiver, Tiin and Skywalker debated what to do. Deciding that there was no way to save the hostages, Tiin wished to destroy the Rendili Fleet ships, but Skywalker was convinced that in his starfighter, the Azure Angel II, he could set charges on the rear of the cruisers, leaving them stranded in space via a flaw in their original Mandalorian design. Tiin refused, as did Kenobi when he arrived shortly later with Vos. Tiin ordered Vos confined in a prison cell as Commander Adar Tallon, the Naval commander, reported that Confederate Lucrehulk-class Core Ships had emerged from hyperspace. Ordering the Sundiver to begin firing on the Mersel Kebir and the Triumph and Doneeta to fire on the Confederate ships, Tiin and the other Jedi headed to their starfighters to enter the battle.

Without permission, Anakin had the charges loaded onto his fighter and prepared to put his plan in motion. When the Sundiver was hit and suffered a power loss, Vos was able to leave his cell and get onboard a starfighter, entering the battle. Together with Kenobi, they infiltrated the Mersel Kebir as a means of destroying its Vulture droids from within, giving the distraction Skywalker needed to pull his plan through. Yago, in preparation for a hyperspace jump, had all the Rendili ships slave themselves to the Mersel Kebir; when sensors revealed this, Tiin ordered Tallon to ram the Sundiver into the Mersel Kebir, but this was made unnecessary when Skywalker succeeded in disabling the astrogation of the Mersel Kebir, leaving it and the other Rendili Fleet ships slaved to it stranded.

Onboard the Rendili flagship, Vos and Kenobi had managed to release the hostages. Dallin personally shot Yago, and retook command of the Rendili Fleet. Ordering that all other mutineers be summarily executed, he and Tiin ordered their combined fleets to concentrate fire on the Confederate ships, destroying them and ending the battle.

Aftermath

The Rendili Fleet is delivered to Coruscant.

After the surrender of the fleet, the Independent Provisional Government was presumably quickly subdued as Rendili returned to the Republic by the end of the war.

Following the battle, the Rendili Fleet was taken to Coruscant to be refitted and used in the war effort. Due to their strong design, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine planned to turn them into prison ships for use in transporting captured Dark Jedi loyal to Dooku. Presumably they became some of the Imperial dungeon ships used during the Great Jedi Purge, alongside the Lictor-class.

At Palpatine's urging, the Senate passed a resolution that mandated all defense fleets to be assimilated into the Republic Navy, to prevent a similar situation from arising in the future. This influx of power into the central military while weakening local systems would form the basis of the Imperial Navy and the Imperial ability to "rule through threat of force rather than force itself".

Ventress and Skorr were rescued from the Titavian IV by General Grievous. Skorr was taken by Grievous to make an accounting of the fiasco to Dooku, while Ventress made her way to Coruscant to deal with Vos. When she saw Skywalker, she changed her tactics, and followed him. She witnessed one of Senator Padmé Amidala's handmaidens bring him a hologram of his wife, and suddenly showing herself, threatened to kill the "Jedi toy" before finishing him. In a fit of anger, Skywalker fought Ventress, sustaining a parmanent scar to his face before wrapping her in electrical cables and throwing her off a tower into the Coruscant Underworld. She was presumed dead, but would later be found to be alive.

At a meeting before the Jedi High Council, Vos was cleared of all suspicion and welcomed back into the Jedi Order. They failed to realize that his true allegiance still remained with Dooku, who had engineered the entire situation as a means to get a spy into the Jedi ranks.

Participants

Galactic Republic

Confederacy of Independent Systems

Behind the scenes

The Battle of Rendili was obviously based on the World War II Battle of Mers-el-Kebir (which is clearly the source of the name Mersel Kebir). In that battle, the British Navy was dispatched by Winston Churchill to either convince the Vichy French Mediterranean Fleet to defect to the Allies, or to sink it if they were unwilling to turn. When the French commander (pressured by the fact that the majority of his crew were Germans) refused the offer, the British opened fire, sinking the ships and killing thousands of Germans and Frenchmen. It was a move that resulted in driving Vichy France deeper into the sphere of Nazi Germany's arms while making relations with the Free French difficult.

The novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous includes a scene where Whie Malreaux sees a holographic representation of the "Rendili Fleet Crisis" in the Jedi Temple. However, The New Essential Chronology places the battle of Rendili after the Mission to Vjun due to the fact that in the novel, Asajj Ventress is known to be alive and well (she was seen by Whie and Scout which would have been revealed in their mission report). In Obsession, however, Anakin is convinced that Ventress is dead (he believes he killed her at the end of the comics miniseries The Dreadnaughts of Rendili). Thus, it has to be assumed that the "Rendili crisis" mentioned in the novel (which is referred to only as a 'crisis' and not a 'battle') must be a reference to negotiations that preceded the later armed conflict seen in the comic. In the first issue of the The Dreadnaughts of Rendili story arc, Anakin is shown arriving in the midst of these negotiations.

Further complicating matters, due to a number of continuity conflicts with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which is apparently set in the first year of the war, most of the events of the Clone Wars including the Battle of Rendili are likely to see redating to fit into the first year, as Anakin is shown to already possess his scar as of 22 BBY.

Appearances

  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (Rendili Fleet Crisis) (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic: The Dreadnaughts of Rendili (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Republic 78: Loyalties (Mentioned only)

Sources


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Battle of Rendili
Conflict

Exlusite War

Date

78 BBY

Place

Rendili

Outcome

Galactic Republic victory

Combatants

Galactic Republic

Exlusite Federation

Commanders

Admiral Shuak†

  • Line Captain Olikis†
  • Rear Admiral Kalisan
Strength
  • 7 Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers
  • 25 modified Consular-class Space Cruisers
  • 21 YT-1300 light freighters
  • 8 modified Action I transports
  • 3 modified Super Transport IIs
  • 8 CR70 Corellian Corvettes
  • 29 modified Corellian Star Shuttles
  • 750 modified Jumpmaster 2000 scouts
  • 1 prototype AIAT/i
  • 2 GR-10 Medium Transports
  • 25 YG-4210s
  • Rendili Home Defense Army (5,000 Beings)
  • 1 EHT-210 heavy transport
  • 3 EMT-450 Medium Transports
  • 5 ELT-890 Light Transports
  • 37 ECV-600 corvettes
  • 34 ECF-220 Frigates
  • 1 EFB-40 Battleship
  • 1120 ECS-1200 starfighters
  • 14 ShieldBreaker-class Destroyers
  • 15 ESC-775 Carriers
  • 14 ESD-20 cruisers
  • 1 ESH-410 Heavy Cruiser
  • 1 EGW-10 interdictor cruiser
  • Exlusite 18th Expeditionary Force (4,500 beings)
Casualties
  • 5 Dreadnought-class heavy cruisers
  • 18 modified YT-1300 light freighters
  • 2 Super Transport IIs
  • 8 modified Action I transports
  • 5 CR70 Corellian Corvettes
  • 17 Consular-class Space Cruisers
  • 670 Jumpmaster 2000 scouts
  • 35 ECV-600 Corvettes
  • 824 ECS-1200 Fighters
  • 9 ShieldBreaker-class Destroyers
  • 11 ESC-775 Carrier
  • 34 ECF-220 Frigates
  • 12 ESD-20 cruisers
  • 1 EGW-10 Interdictor cruiser
  • 1 ELT-890 light transport
Exlusite War
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The Battle of Rendili was a battle fought in 78 BBY over the shipyards of Rendili. Retreating from his defeat at Ixtlar, Rear Admiral Kalisan decided to take Rendili, at that time a very major designer of what little capital ships were allowed in the Judicial Forces. If Rendili should fall, the Exlusites would gain a valuable shipyard and possibly a valuable design team. By sheer luck, it was where Kalisan's reinforcements he had called for at Ixtlar had arrived at Rendili and were fighting against Judicial Forces and the Rendili Home Defense Fleet. Kalisan's battle plans were to nail the Judicial Forces on one side while the leader of the reinforcements, Line Captain Olikis, destroyed the enemy on the other side. They would then both land troops on Rendili, and take over the planet. It didn't turn out that way. Line Captain Olikis was killed in his flagship, a heavy cruiser, was rammed by a damaged dreadnought. Kalisan knew he not be able to do his plans, so he landed troops immediately on Rendili. In the atmosphere, another group of ships appeared, and blew up a 2 transports, killing 400 of the men Kalisan wanted on the surface. A carrier blew up to carrying some assault vehicles and another 100 men. Kalisan used his superior command tactics to kill Admiral Shuar, one of the 12 heads of the Judicial Forces. Many ships were destroyed when the Exlusites began point-blank range attacks that blew up many ships. On the ground, the Exlusites had captured the R&D room for the Rendili StarDrive Shipyards. The Exlusites stole several plans, but the Republic and the Rendili Home Defense Army managed to take the plans back. Only 92 Exlusites were not killed in the land battle. In space, the Interdictor cruiser the Exlusites had was destroyed, and the Republic Fleet left, the Exlusites went back to Exlus for the next battle.


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