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"When politicians seek to play at being warriors, one must anticipate disaster."
Shedao Shai
A member of the Praetorite Vong.

The Praetorite Vong were a specialist military force within the Yuuzhan Vong hierarchy, combining the roles of scouts, assault troops, combat engineers, pioneers and logistics corps. Their purpose was to act as the vanguard of invasion, establishing planetary bases to serve as both strategic and logistical nodes in subsequent wars of conquest. Accordingly, it was the Praetorite Vong who launched the first attacks of the Yuuzhan Vong War in 25 ABY.

It is also possible that the Praetorite Vong traditionally served as the bodyguard troops around senior Yuuzhan Vong leaders such as the Warmaster and perhaps even the Supreme Overlord, but the evidence for this is not entirely clear.

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Role and organization

The core personnel of the Praetorite Vong were a specialist cadre within the administrative Intendant caste, with Prefect Da'Gara being in overall command at the start of the invasion, and it appears that several domains were directly affiliated to the Praetorite organization, but members of other castes and massive armies of slaves were also seconded to their command structure as required. Warriors in particular were regularly assigned to augment the fighting strength of Praetorite Vong taskforces, an assignment they often found dishonorable as it required them to work directly under the operational command of Intendants. Senior commanders, however, knew that the work of the Praetorite Vong was absolutely indispensable to Yuuzhan Vong military strategy, as every advance depended on the groundwork they laid for staging points and equipment.

It was known that ooglith masquers were commonly used to cover the face of members of the Praetorite Vong.

Vector Prime

The typical pattern of a Praetorite Vong strike can be seen in the invasion plan of 25 ABY. Da'Gara and other senior Praetorite Vong collated and analyzed the intelligence gathered by Executor Nom Anor during his years in the galaxy, selecting their initial bridgehead at Vector Prime and dispatching a scout, Yomin Carr, to infiltrate the Extragalactic Society monitoring base on Belkadan. This done, Da'Gara entered the Galaxy with a squadron of three worldships and a young yammosk to coordinate his forces.

Although outwardly loyal, however, the Praetorite Vong were in fact pursuing their own independent strategy, plans which Da'Gara had been developing since the Yuuzhan Vong first discovered the Galaxy. The support of the Praetorite domains for the coup which saw Shimrra of Domain Jamaane become Supreme Overlord was merely a cover for their own independent ambitions. Da'Gara had also inveigled Nom Anor into his schemes, persuading the Executor to obtain a yammosk without authorization, albeit one that was regarded as imperfectly formed by the Shapers who had created it.

The Praetorite Vong subsequently established a major base on Helska 4, landing their ships and implanting the war coordinator there. It is unclear how their strategy was supposed to subsequently develop, however, as their plan was foiled when the New Republic destroyed Helska 4, killing the yammosk and the majority of the Praetorite Vong invasion force in the Second Battle of Helska. Da'Gara and 15,000 elite warriors were slain, possibly representing the bulk of the force under Praetorite Vong command, and alongside these military losses, the reputation of the corps was dramatically weakened.

Aftermath

The Warrior caste reacted to the defeat by sending Commander Shedao Shai to temporary take command of Yuuzhan Vong operations inside the galaxy as the next wave of invasion forces arrived. As honor required, Shai was forced to re-conquer the worlds lost by the Praetorite Vong, disturbing the overall invasion plan. After the death of Shai and his second in command Deign Lian, Warmaster Tsavong Lah entered the galaxy with the remainder of the invasion force.

It is not entirely clear what happened to the Praetorite Vong themselves after the defeat at Helska. If they continued in their role as spearhead troops, there is no direct evidence for it. It may be significant that the conquest of Yavin 4 and the establishment of a major base there was carried out not by Praetorite Vong pioneers, but by warriors under Commander Tsaak Vootuh. However, at least two Praetorite Vong guards are recorded in attendance on Tsavong Lah after the conquest of Coruscant, when he was based aboard a Shaper-caste worldship, and it is possible that the Warmaster's entire bodyguard, including Denua Ku, were Praetorite Vong.

Behind the scenes

The Praetorite Vong are the main villains of Vector Prime, the first novel of the New Jedi Order series. However, they hardly appear subsequently: their role and organization, and their place within Yuuzhan Vong society and strategy, are only explicitly explained in the New Jedi Order Sourcebook. In turn, the implication of this source that the Praetorite Vong invasion was simply a methodical part of the overall Yuuzhan Vong strategy is shown to be less than the whole truth by Nom Anor's reflections on Da'gara and his agenda in The Unifying Force. This novel, by mentioning the "Praetorite domains", also shows that the Praetorite Vong organization is constructed around a group of Yuuzhan Vong domains, rather than being an entirely administrative structure.

The name Praetorite is probably intended to be connected with the Latin verb praeire, meaning "to lead the way", an appropriate meaning for a term describing spearhead forces. However, the word is more immediately evocative of the Roman leadership title of Praetor, and the name of the Praetorian Guard, an elite corps of paramilitaries often associated with bodyguard duties. Like the Praetorians, the Praetorite Vong are also led by a Prefect.

Appearances

  • Vector Prime (First appearance)
  • Dark Tide II: Ruin (Mentioned only)
  • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse (Mentioned only)
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Mentioned only)
  • Star by Star (Mentioned only)
  • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
  • The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)

Sources

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