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First Battle of Dantooine
Mercenaries against militiamen
Conflict

First Jedi Purge (Old Sith Wars)

Date

3,951 BBY

Place

Khoonda Plains, Dantooine

Outcome

Khoonda/Republic victory

Combatants
Commanders
Strength
  • Mercenaries (initially four times as many as militiamen)
Casualties

A sizable number of the militia defenders

Azkul and most of the mercenaries

The First Battle of Dantooine, also known as the Battle of Khoonda, was a local conflict that followed the catastrophic Jedi Civil War in 3,951 BBY and was a major event during the First Jedi Purge.

The main target was Khoonda, site of the local government established after the destruction of the Jedi Enclave. It was particularly aimed at Administrator Terena Adare, the only person on Dantooine capable of uniting the surviving farmers. Territories outside the Khoonda Plains were inhabited by salvagers, who sought for Jedi relics in the ruined Enclave, and mercenaries of the Exchange led by Azkul, who participated in the Jedi Civil War under Darth Malak's command.

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Preparations

The Exchange hoped to use Dantooine, which had nearly been severed from the Galactic Republic following the loss of the Jedi Enclave, as their base of smuggling operations. Administrator Adare and her advisor, Jedi Master Vrook Lamar (one of the former members of the Dantooine Jedi Council) were seen as obstacles to the Exchange's plans. The latter seemed to be removed when Master Vrook was caught by the mercenaries in the Enclave sublevel and brought to a prison cell in the Crystal Cave. Azkul then intended to transport him to Nar Shaddaa to receive G0-T0's bounty for live Jedi.

What Azkul didn't know was that the Jedi Exile had arrived on Dantooine, seeking Master Vrook. Soon, the Exile entered the Crystal Cave and freed Vrook, but the Master was not grateful. He understood that, following this event, tensions between Khoonda and the mercenaries would soon grow into a full-scale war.

Vrook ran to Khoonda to warn the officials about the upcoming threat. Azkul was confident that his attack would succeed, knowing that Khoonda was almost completely defenseless and his forces held a numerical advantage of nearly four to one. His overconfidence, however, proved to be his undoing.

Administrator Adare and Zherron, the militia commander, charged the Jedi Exile with bolstering Khoonda's defenses. While the mercenaries were preparing for their assault, the Exile persuaded several civilians to join the militia, healed those of the militia who were injured, planted more mines in the surrounding fields, and repaired damaged gun turrets and medical and combat droids. Ironically enough, the Exile was repeating her own experience from the Mandalorian Wars, when she had turned a disorganized mess into a powerful army.

The battle

Once all of the battle's preparations were ready, Master Vrook left, hoping to slow the mercenaries' progress toward Khoonda while the Exile was trying to strengthen the militia's will to fight. Vrook killed several mercenaries during his delaying action.

Azkul's mercenaries suffering losses on the mined bridges of Khoonda

The initial battle was a disaster for Azkul's mercenaries and the Exchange. Following intelligence that had changed only recently, Azkul led a straight charge over the two bridges, believing them to be only lightly mined. This cost him a number of men due to the heavy sapping done, most of it conducted personally by the Exile. The mercenaries took heavy losses just getting to the battlefield thanks to the minefields set beyond the bridges.

His intelligence also told him that the turrets would attack anyone on the battlefield, friend and foe alike, and thus the defenders would not deploy men on the battlefield itself. This proved false when he saw militiamen standing calmly by the turrets as they killed merc after merc.

A Khoonda gun turret firing away at Azkul's mercenaries

Azkul also believed that the militia members were few in number and cowardly. Here, he was stymied once more by the Exile; the Exile had managed to recruit several civilians and salvagers into the militia on a temporary basis and hastily, yet thoroughly, healed all the militiamen in the infirmary.

The Khoonda Militia taking Azkul's mercenaries by surprise.

Azkul's two columns ran straight into the militia. The militia were all killed, but not before inflicting 2 to 4 times their number of casualties onto the attackers. These were the only militia casualties in the battle.

The intelligence Azkul collected also pointed to the external armory door being lightly locked, which would allow his men to loot it for better weapons, while at the same time flanking the defenders concentrated around the main entrance. This would not prove to be the case, as the Exile jammed the external armory door shut to the point where it would take over a year of work once the battle had ended to finally reopen it. Still taking casualties from the guns, Azkul failed to force his way into the armory, and had to go through the defender's main force at the main entrance instead.

His men's sacrifices would not amount to anything, however, as when Azkul and his men came in, they were severely outnumbered by the militia, civilian volunteers, and the crew of the Ebon Hawk. Also, the defense droids Azkul believed to be inoperable were fully optimized for maximum defense and firepower, and only targeted hostiles (like the turrets, they had previously attacked anything that moved). With Vrook's return, the odds would steepen even further, but the worst blow was one he could not have hoped to predict.

Upon encountering the Exile inside, Azkul attempted to bribe her away, claiming that the Exile could dispatch 4 mercenaries before she was killed, and therefore offered 4000 credits (with 1000 being the recruitment and training fee for a merc), but the Exile didn't take the bribe, and some of the mercenaries, noticing the odds and Azkul's complete disregard for their lives, switched sides. Azkul took his right hand man, Dopak, and the surviving men still loyal to him, and attempted to reach and slay the Administrator. Azkul was suddenly betrayed by Dopak, who had entered a secret alliance with Zherron. A quick struggle between the mercenaries themselves followed, and Azkul's forces proved to be no match for the combined efforts and overwhelming numbers and firepower of the militia, the turncoat mercenaries, the droids, the crew of the Ebon Hawk, and the two Jedi.

The aftermath

The Khoonda Militia would later assist the Jedi Exile in the Battle of Telos IV.

With the victory, the confrontation on Dantooine was finally over. As the first sign of the coming age of peace and prosperity, the once Jedi-phobic civilians collaborated to rebuild the ruined Jedi Enclave as a tribute to the Jedi who had fought to save them.

Behind the scenes

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Alternate endings

Upon exiting the crystal caves, Azkul offered the Exile credits in exchange for sabotaging Khoonda and helping him in the fight. The Exile agreed and went back to Khoonda to perform acts of sabotage. She met with Zherron and Adare, who gave her a key card to enter the base. The Exile sabotaged the turrets to shoot the militia members, disabled mines, re-activated the droids and programmed them to help the mercenaries, and opened up the jammed door. She then went back to Azkul who then decided to start the battle. The militia was overwhelmed, and the mercenaries took minimum casualties while storming Khoonda. Inside, the Exile, along with Azkul, his mercenaries, and the re-programmed battle droids, finished off the remaining militia members before Azkul dealt with Adare personally. Vrook arrived too late to help the militia and proceeded to fight with the corrupted Exile, leading to his death at her hands. Azkul then gave the Exile her well-deserved credits. In this case, the Jedi Enclave is also mysteriously rebuilt, but Darth Traya predicts that in time, Dantooine will become abandoned, with only wild animals and nomads treading through the ruins of the Enclave.

Another possible scenario is that the Exile initially helps Khoonda, but later betrays them when Azkul offers her credits to stay out of the battle.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Important events of the First Jedi Purge
Conclave on KatarrDevastation of KatarrPeragus IIKhoondaNar ShaddaaOnderon Civil War (First Battle, Second Battle) – Telos IVMalachor V

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Conflict

Chiss War

Date

71 ABY

Place

Dantooine

Outcome

Sith Imperial/Chiss victory

Combatants
Commanders
  • Commander Janes Biff†
  • Admiral Gor'siftuh
  • General Zima†
Strength
Casualties
  • 200 TIE fighters
  • 167 Chiss Clawcrafts
  • 4 frigates
  • 7 total Star Destroyers
  • 900 Dark Troopers
  • 200 Chiss
  • 3 Sith
  • 210 starfighters
  • 6 Star Destroyers
  • 10 frigates
  • 410 New Republic Troopers
"Senator Reels, I assure you that no harm will come to your planet. Not from the Empire or the Chiss"
—Supreme Chancellor Durn Zion

The First Battle of Dantooine was one of the first battles in the Chiss War where the Sith Empire would take part in the war. After a few battles concerning the Chiss and New Republic, the full Imperial Armed Forces were activated and a portion was taken into battle on Dantooine in search of the Supreme Chancellor of the New Republic, Durn Zion and to destroy a hidden New Republic weapons factory. The battle would rage in both space and on the surface with many deaths on both sides. The result would be an Imperial victory and an Imperial takeover of Dantooine. With the help of Dantooini senator Jiko Reels and the Star Dragon Jedi Dix'hat'rut, Chancellor Zion was able to escape Dantooine to the the Kashyyyk system.

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Prelude

The New Republic was secretly using Dantooine to build more advanced weapons for the war effort. It was also rumored that it was used as a training facility for New Republic troops to be able to defeat the Galactic Empire's Sith. The IIA (Imperial Intelligence Agency) and the SIO (Sith Inquisitorious Order) both confirmed the information and noted it was necessary to attack Dantooine. To test the loyalty of one of the Empire allies, the Venen Empire, Darth Splinter was sent to Zosi city on Venen'Ozo to speak to the King and Queen of the Venen Royal Family to see if they could spare any ships to be able to send to the attack. The King and Queen agreed to spare some ships that the Galactic Empire could use. Chiss were also spared by the Ascendancy due to their alliance. The IIA had also found that Chancellor Durn Zion was overlooking the development of the factory. This caused the Chiss to absolutly go to Dantooine. Because the Chacellor was so important, a few Jedi were sent to protect the factory and Chancellor Zion. These Jedi were, Dix'hat'rut, Aimira no-Kimuari, Leon Sparrow, and Aolthin Monostar. Black Star was sent to investigate on the Jedi, she returned to tell the Inquisitors of her find.

Space Battle over Dantooine

The Imperial/Chiss/Venen forces arrived near Dantooine to find a New Republic force awaiting them in orbit. It was obvious that they had found out of their arrival and it was necessisary to engage in a space battle. Supreme Commander Sign took control of the Chiss forces and ordered them to engage instantly showing to the galaxy a Chiss' revenge. Supreme Commander Matas took the Imperial forces and divided them up to attack different sections of the New Republic fleet while the Venen forces would attack the gaps in the attack. This tactic proved too much for the New Republic forces and their forces began to break. After the battle in space raged, it was time to prepare for the ground assault so Matas prepared the attack for the Imperial and Venen forces and decided to land onto the planet and take the factory by his own hands. He would leave Grand Admiral Avic in charge of the remaining space battle as he would go onto the ground and attack.

Dantooini Assasult

Pods of all factions crashed onto the Dantooini plains and out of them thousands of Imperial troopers, Chiss soldiers, and Venen warriors. The New Republic troops stationed on the ground began a sneak tactic on the invading forces but their plan failed due to the Sith that accompanied the troops. The battle erupted with New Republic troops falling to the blaster bolt of a Dark Trooper, a Chiss or a Venen. Many Imperial troopers were caught in barrage of attacks by the New Republic and many of the enemy troops would even be attacked by the native creatures. With the help of the Darth Matas, his squad managed to get close to the factory but were stopped by Republic vehicles. Fortunantly for the Imperials, they too had brought vehicles with them and now it was a full battle.

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This article uses material from the "First Battle of Dantooine" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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