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"Ignore the fighters! Our only concern is finding Captain Eclipse."
―Boba Fett, issuing orders to the Imperial strike force[src]

A battle took place near the Itani Nebula in the year 1 BBY when an Imperial strike force launched an attack on a Rebel fleet that was hiding just outside the nebula. After Rebel Jedi General Rahm Kota was rescued from Imperial Baron Merillion Tarko by Starkiller, the clone of Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader's late Sith apprentice Galen Marek, Starkiller and Kota traveled to where the Rebel fleet was stationed. The Rebels came under attack there from forces of the Galactic Empire commanded by the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who had first been hired by Vader to kidnap Starkiller himself. However, after failing in that task, Fett was instructed by Vader to kidnap Rebel Captain Juno Eclipse, the lover of the late Marek, in order to lure Starkiller back to the planet Kamino, where Vader awaited.

Fett led the Imperials into the Rebel fleet's flagship, the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Salvation, to capture Eclipse. While a battle ensued outside the starship, another broke out between the attacking Imperials and the Rebel Alliance inside the ship. Starkiller and Kota fought through the interior of the Salvation in an attempt to rescue Eclipse, joining forces with Rebel troopers along the way. Although Starkiller and Kota defeated many Imperials, Fett escaped with his captive. Knowing that he was taking Eclipse back to Kamino, the Rebel fleet pursued. At Kamino, the Rebels and Imperials fought yet another battle as Starkiller made his way to where Vader held Eclipse captive.

PreludeEdit

"He has a healthy head start."
"Find the woman and bring her to me. He will follow."
―Boba Fett and Darth Vader[src]
Starkiller Escape Kamino

Starkiller attempts to escape from Kamino.

In the year 1 BBY,[3] Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader secretly commissioned a project on the planet Kamino to recreate his late apprentice, Galen Marek—codenamed "Starkiller." However, the accelerated cloning process was initially imperfect, thus producing many failed experiments. One clone progressed further than his precursors. Vader oversaw the training of the clone, who was also called "Starkiller." During one training session, Vader ordered Starkiller to strike down a holodroid that was in the form of Captain Juno Eclipse, the lover of the original Starkiller. However, due to the emotional imprints that the clone genetically inherited from his progenitor, the new Starkiller had the same attraction to Eclipse that Marek had felt, so he refused to strike her down. Vader prepared to kill the clone for failing the test, but Starkiller escaped from Timira City and set out find Juno Eclipse.[1]

Shortly thereafter, Darth Vader hired the bounty hunter Boba Fett via a holoprojector to track down and retrieve Starkiller. After failing to intercept him on the planet Cato Neimoidia, Fett traveled to Kamino, where he personally met with Vader.[3] The Sith Lord redirected the mercenary's attention to the capture of Juno Eclipse. Vader planned to use her as bait for Starkiller to bring him back to Kamino. To infiltrate the Alliance to Restore the Republic fleet and extract Eclipse, Fett requested an entire squadron of disposable stormtroopers; Vader responded by providing[1] stormtroopers[2] as well as elite Terror Troopers, Terror Biodroids, and Terror Droids, and a Terror Walker[1] from the Imperial Terror Soldier division.[4]

Meanwhile, Starkiller rescued Rebel Jedi General Rahm Kota from Imperial Baron Merillion Tarko on Cato Neimoidia. Following clues he had obtained, Starkiller went to the planet Dagobah, where he met Jedi Master–in–exile Yoda. Entering a cave, Starkiller had a Force vision of Eclipse being attacked on the Rebel ship EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Salvation. Back outside, Yoda gave Starkiller advice on what to do in relation to his vision, and Starkiller left Dagobah to retrieve Kota,[1] whom he had left on the planet Malastare before going to Dagobah.[2] Reunited, the pair went to the location of the Rebel fleet near the Itani Nebula; Starkiller hoped to get to Eclipse before his vision came to fruition.[1]

The battleEdit

"Stay on guard. A powerful glimpse of the future like you experienced is rarely wrong."
―Rahm Kota, to Starkiller, concerning the latter's vision of the Rebel fleet under attack[src]
Salvation fleet

The Salvation near the Itani Nebula.

By the time Starkiller and Kota reached the Rebel fleet, Fett had also succeeded in discovering that the Rebel flagship Salvation, under the command of Captain Eclipse, was located amongst the fleet's starships. Just as the clone and the Jedi landed the starship Rogue Shadow on Eclipse's ship, Fett and the Imperials under his control—Shadow Squadron, including Shadow Leader and Shadow One—launched their surprise attack. The battle began with an Imperial attack on the Rebel ships and fighters[3]—which included the assault bomber Lexi Dio, the first vessel to be destroyed along with all of its crew[2]BTL Y-wing starfighters, at least one GR-75 medium transport, a couple of DP20 frigates, and an Action VI transport. The TIE starfighters launched breaching pods into the Salvation, and the Imperials entered and secured several decks of the starship. The bounty hunter then entered the Salvation and proceeded to the bridge with an escort of Terror Troopers[3] and stormtroopers.[2] In the ensuing firefight, many Rebels were killed, the holodroid PROXY was severely damaged, and Eclipse was captured by Fett. The bounty hunter, Eclipse in tow, made his way to his personal ship, the Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft Slave I, which he had used to reach the Salvation.[3]

Meanwhile, using their lightsabers, Starkiller and Kota fought their way through the corridors of the Salvation to reach the bridge where Fett had captured Eclipse. Starkiller found PROXY on the bridge, and the droid updated him on the situation. Upon finding out that Fett had taken Eclipse to the docking bay, Starkiller pursued as Kota went to order an attack on the Imperial cloning facilities on the planet Kamino. Traveling through much of the starship, Starkiller fought against the Terror Troopers, Terror Droids, Terror Biodroids,[1] and stormtroopers[2] that were at Fett's disposal, assisting Rebel troopers along the way. Kota, meanwhile, kept in contact with Starkiller via comlink. Eventually, Starkiller spotted Eclipse being taken away by Fett. Starkiller battled through the Salvation, even going through the inner-workings of the ship, to reach the docking bay before Fett could depart;[1] Fett and Eclipse were heading for the Slave I, which was positioned just outside the Salvation. Starkiller attempted to use the Force to retrieve Eclipse, but he failed due to an attack by a giant droid known as the Terror Walker. After a brief battle, the Terror Droid fell through several decks of the Salvation. However, Starkiller was too late; Fett had jumped to hyperspace with his captive. The TIE fighters then escaped as well.[2]

Infuriated at not being able to stop the bounty hunter, Starkiller ordered Kota to attack Kamino. Kota had already done so, and the Rebel ships prepared for hyperspace.[1] Starkiller then experienced another Force vision, one that regarded a possible outcome in the imminent future. On the rain-soaked facility of Timira City, Starkiller witnessed his own death at the hands of a fellow clone of Galen Marek. Unlike himself and the many failures that Vader had created, the dream clone was the perfect version that Vader intended to use as Marek's replacement. After awakening from the vision, Starkiller knew that defeat was in his future if he gave in once more to the dark side of the Force.[2]

Starkiller then realized that the Terror Walker was going for the ship's secondary reactor, and he needed to stop it. Although much of the crew had been disabled during the attack, Kota sent some Rebel soldiers to assist Starkiller, but they were killed.[2] Starkiller fought the Terror Walker once more—along with more Terror Droids, Terror Biodroids, and Terror Troopers.[1] During the battle, the droid punctured a hole in the side of the ship. With some assistance from Starkiller, the Terror Walker was forced out into the depths of hyperspace, and Starkiller returned to the ship's bridge.[2]

AftermathEdit

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Starkiller attacks the Terror Walker.

"Hope you're ready for a fight."
"My Star Destroyers will wipe out the Rebel ships. And the planetary shields will prevent ground troops from landing. But Starkiller will find a way onto the planet. Of this, I am certain."
―Boba Fett and Darth Vader[src]

Boba Fett arrived on the planet Kamino and delivered Eclipse to Vader.[3] Shortly thereafter, the Rebel fleet arrived at Kamino, but the Empire was waiting for them. The Battle of Kamino ensued, and Starkiller went down to the surface of the watery world. He traveled through the cloning facilities and finally arrived where Vader was holding Eclipse. After a lightsaber duel, Starkiller defeated Vader, thus rescuing Eclipse. The Rebels won the Battle of Kamino, and they subsequently took Vader into custody.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Whoever this bounty hunter is, he brought friends."
―Rahm Kota, about Boba Fett and the Imperials, in the Nintendo DS version of the game[src]

The battle first appeared in the comic adaption of the 2010 video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. In the game, it appears as a playable level. The battle also appears in the novelization of the game, written by Sean Williams. The comic book version of the game concentrates more on the events surrounding Boba Fett, rather than those concerning Starkiller. While the Wii, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 versions of the game differ from each other, the storyline remains basically the same. This article follows the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, since it remains closer to the novel, itself considered to enjoy a higher level of canonicity.[5] The novel differs from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of the game in several ways. Stormtroopers are mentioned as part of the fighting force of the Imperials, while there are no stormtroopers included in the battle in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version. The novel also expounds on the overall story more than the game, focusing more on Juno Eclipse's experience than the game does. The novel also includes a sequence where Starkiller uses the Force to attempt to rescue Eclipse from Fett when they make their escape towards the Slave I. However, in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 game, Starkiller merely arrives just as the Slave I is leaving the Salvation. Also, Starkiller has a brief vision in the book shortly after Fett escapes, but this is exempt from the game. The Terror Walker is destroyed in the novel by being sucked out into hyperspace. However, Starkiller actually physically destroys it in the game, and the droid does not leave the ship.

In the Wii version of the game, Starkiller and Kota get separated on their way to the bridge of the Salvation, and they regroup at the bridge. However, in both the novel and Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, no such separation occurs. Similar to the novel, the Wii version has stormtroopers involved in the attack. Although Starkiller chases Fett and Eclipse in the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, the chase is much more involved in the Wii version. The trip through the Salvation differs slightly, and Starkiller comes in close contact and fights Fett at times. Like the novel, Starkiller attempts to stop Fett and Eclipse via the Force when they try to leave in the Slave I. Also like the novel, the Terror Walker arrives, Fett escapes with Eclipse, and the battle with the droid begins. The Terror Walker battle follows a different story than the other adaptions. Starkiller chases the Terror Walker through the core of the starship, and he must fix the core, which the droid had damaged, before actually fighting the mechanical enemy. While the Salvation has already made the jump to hyperspace by the time of the Terror Droid battle in the novel and Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, Starkiller must defeat the Terror Walker in a certain amount of time in the Wii version, as he will be killed if the ship jumps to hyperspace while he is in the location where he fights the droid.

The DS version is played in 2D mode, rather than in the 3D style of the other versions of the game. The story follows the basic storyline of the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version. In the DS version, Starkiller faces stormtroopers, as he does in the novel. Like the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version, Starkiller chases Fett and Eclipse through the Salvation, but he arrives just as the Slave I is leaving; Starkiller does not use the Force in an attempt to bring the ship back as he does in other adaptions.

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