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Battle of Khorm
BattleofKhorm
Conflict

Clone Wars[1]

Date

c. 22 BBY[1]

Place

Khorm[1]

Outcome

Galactic Republic victory[2]

Combatants

Galactic Republic[1]

Confederacy of Independent Systems[1]

Commanders
Strength
Casualties
Civilian casualties

Several native Khormai, from the storm that devastated their village[1]

"With the addition of the Khormai agrocite to our arsenal, I am confident we have taken a bold step toward bringing peace to the galaxy. Your brave service to the Republic made this great victory possible."
―Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, to Kendal Ozzel, after the battle[src]

The Battle of Khorm took place around 22 BBY during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Hoping to obtain access to the deposits of the valuable agrocite mineral on the ice planet of Khorm for the Republic, the Galactic Senate dispatched a force under the command of three Jedi GeneralsPlo Koon, Kit Fisto, and Tauht—to Khorm. However, by the time the Republic arrived there, the Confederacy had formed an alliance with the native Khormai Warlord Unger Gout, occupied the planet, and enslaved the local population to mine agrocite for them. The Confederacy additionally constructed a weather-control station that created a storm in Khorm's atmosphere, preventing the Republic from using air support but still enabling the fleet to land ground troops.

Soon, the Republic captured an agrocite processing facility and established an outpost there, forcing Gout to request reinforcements from the Confederate leader, Count Dooku. Asajj Ventress, Dooku's Dark Acolyte, was dispatched to assist Gout and arrived at Khorm. However, the Jedi realized that the storm was being created by the weather-control station, prompting Fisto, Koon, and a detachment of clone troopers to set off to destroy it. After the Jedi had left, Ventress and Gout initiated a counterattack at the processing facility and recaptured it. Ventress personally slew General Tauht—who had been left in charge of the base—and the Confederacy captured Major Kendal Ozzel, Clone Commander CC-3636, and several clone troopers. Ventress tracked and ambushed the remaining two Jedi and their team but was unable to kill them, as she was recalled back to the processing facility to recapture Ozzel and the clones, who had managed to escape from Separatist custody.

Ventress pursued the escapees to a Republic staging point and almost decimated all remaining Republic forces stationed there. However, after Koon and Fisto finally managed to destroy the weather-control station, Republic reinforcements arrived, and Ventress was forced to retreat to an agrocite mine, where the enslaved Khormai were being held. The Dark Acolyte then had the mine rigged with explosives with the intention of killing the Khormai if the Republic conquered the mine. Discovering this, the Jedi decided to free the hostages before initiating a full-scale attack and tried to signal Ozzel—who was tasked with leading the assault on the mine—to delay his advance. The Jedi were not able to contact the Major, as the Separatists were jamming all signals, and Ozzel began his attack while the hostages were still in Ventress's custody. During the ensuing fight, Gout revealed the powerful agrocite cannons that he had constructed. Fisto and Clone Captain Sharp were able to destroy them, however, and Koon prevented Ventress from demolishing the mine. The battle was won by the Republic, and the Khormai were liberated, but Ventress managed to escape.

PreludeEdit

"An ambitious Warlord cast his lot with Dooku in exchange for control of all we have. Now he enslaves his own people to mine for the Separatists."
―Adaroo[src]

During the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, both sides struggled for resources to supply their armies. One such resource was agrocite, a valuable mineral that could be used to exceptionally increase power to starfighters. Agrocite, however, was found only on three planets in the entire galaxy, one of them being the ice world of Khorm. Around 22 BBY, the Galactic Senate dispatched a Republic force under the command of Jedi Generals Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, and Tauht to secure the agrocite deposits.[1]

By the time the Jedi arrived at the planet, the Confederacy—allied with the native Khormai Warlord Unger Gout—had already occupied Khorm, enslaved the Khormai, and forced them to mine agrocite for the Separatists. On the Kafiri Mountain, the Confederacy built a weather-control station, which created a storm in Khorm's atmosphere and prevented the enemy from utilizing air support.[1] Additionally, Gout secretly began construction of agrocite-powered cannons inside the mine, intent on using them against the Republic.[2]

Khorm

The Republic forces on Khorm

Despite the storm, the Republic was able to land its ground troops, leaving a fleet of Venator-class Star Destroyers commanded by Admiral Wieler in orbit of Khorm.[1] After landing, the Republic left some troops at a staging area,[3] while the rest of the force, commanded by Major Kendal Ozzel, moved toward a Separatist-controlled agrocite processing facility. Before attacking the facility, Koon arranged a meeting with several Khormai in order to better understand the current situation. One of the Khormai, Adaroo, told the Jedi about Gout's dealings with the Separatists. Informed of the enslaved natives, the Jedi decided that their main priority was to liberate them and assured Adaroo of it. Joining the Republic forces in their attack, Adaroo promised to show his new allies a weakness in Gout's defensive positions.[1]

The battleEdit

Capturing the facilityEdit

"Bury them in ice!"
―Unger Gout gives an order to destroy the Republic forces[src]
Khorm assault

The Jedi and Adaroo fight in the trenches.

The Republic troops soon reached the agrocite processing plant—where Gout was located—and were attacked by Separatist J-1 semi-autonomous proton cannons. As the Republic's AT-TE walkers fell under laser fire, Ozzel ordered the clone troopers to disembark. The move, however, only exposed the clones to the enemy fire. Realizing that the troopers could not survive the barrage, the Jedi drew fire upon themselves and used their lightsabers to deflect blaster shots aimed at the clones. Koon, Fisto, and Adaroo then charged Gout's BX-series droid commandos and B2 super battle droids in the trenches that surrounded the plant, while Tauht proceeded to destroy the cannons.[1]

Meanwhile, Ozzel's AT-TE walkers reached the attack position, and the Major ordered them to open fire on the Jedi's positions—thus endangering their lives but greatly reducing the Separatist defenses. Seeing this, Gout fled the facility on a rail jet. The Republic soon captured the facility and established a base there, while Gout retreated to the main Separatist base in an agrocite mine to await reinforcements from the Confederate leader, Count Dooku. At the newly established Republic base, the Jedi started contemplating an attack on the mine, where the Khormai slaves were being held. Ozzel proposed a direct assault, but the Jedi declined, as such a tactic would result in too many clone casualties. Meanwhile, Separatist Commander and Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress arrived in her starship, the Trident, to assist Gout. Wieler tried to prevent her from reaching the planet and dispatched two V-19 Torrent starfighters to intercept Ventress's vessel.[1]

The Republic fighters pursued Ventress to the edge of the storm and witnessed it opening for her. When they tried to pursue the Trident further, however, the storm closed again, and both Republic fighters were destroyed. Wieler immediately contacted the Jedi and informed them of what had just transpired, and the Jedi realized that the Confederacy possessed a weather-control station, recalling previous intelligence reports of Separatist attempts to acquire such technology. If the station was to be destroyed, the storm above Khorm would dissipate, allowing the Republic to utilize air support during the assault on the mine and lessen the amount of casualties. Realizing that the station was located somewhere in the mountains near the Separatist mine, Koon, Fisto, Clone Captain Sharp, and Adaroo took Ozzel's Devil Dogs clone unit and departed on CK-6 swoops to destroy the station with explosives, leaving Tauht in charge of the Republic base. In order to approach the weather-control station undetected, Koon decided against taking a direct route to their objective and instead asked Adaroo to show them another way.[1]

CounterattackEdit

"Signal the enemy. We're surrendering."
"Droids seldom take prisoners, sir."
"Not even officers?"
―Kendal Ozzel and CC-3636, after Ozzel's failed attack[src]
Ozzel charge

Major Kendal Ozzel orders the Republic forces to attack.

Shortly after Koon and Fisto had departed, Ventress and Gout initiated a counterattack on the processing facility. Before proceeding with the assault, Ventress had a unit of DSD1 dwarf spider droids hidden beneath a layer of snow near the facility. Separatist Armored Assault Tanks then besieged the plant, and Tauht rushed inside the structure to contact Koon and Fisto. On his way there, Tauht ordered a frightened Ozzel to reinforce the lines and hold the facility. Ventress, however, was able to infiltrate the Republic base and, by detonating some explosives, made Tauht fall to the ground, where she confronted him. After a brief lightsaber duel, Ventress killed Tauht by manipulating one of her lightsabers behind his back with the Force and stabbing him with it. The Dark Acolyte then made her way back to the Separatist positions.[1]

Informed of Tauht's death via his comlink, Ozzel assumed command of the remaining Republic forces, but instead of staying put and holding the facility as Tauht had ordered him to do before he had been killed, the Major ordered all troops to charge the enemy. Ozzel himself—alongside Clone Commander CC-3636, nicknamed "Wolffe"—boarded one of the AT-TEs and participated in the attack. At first, the Republic seemingly gained the upper hand, and the Confederacy appeared to retreat. However, Ventress ordered Sergeant 126 to reveal the hidden spider droids, and the sudden appearance of the Confederate reinforcements caught Ozzel by surprise. The spider droids decimated the majority of the Republic force,[1] including heavy armor.[3]

As the few remaining Republic troops became surrounded by the droids, Ozzel panicked and ordered the Republic forces to surrender.[1] With the engagement won, the Confederacy regained control of the processing plant,[3] while Ozzel, Wolffe, and four other clone troopers were taken prisoner by Ventress and interrogated by her regarding Koon's and Fisto's location. Citing the Convention of Civilized Systems, Ozzel initially refused to cooperate, but after Ventress killed two clone troopers and promised to do the same to him, the Major revealed the Jedi's plan. Receiving the information she needed, the Dark Acolyte desired to kill Ozzel, Wolffe, and the remaining troopers[1]Spitter and Comet[3]—but Gout instead had them imprisoned.[1] Ventress then took a detachment of droid commandos and set off to kill the Jedi.[3]

AmbushEdit

"You've bitten off more than you can chew, assassin. Against two Jedi Masters and without the element of surprise, your best option is surrender."
"Who says I've lost the element of surprise?"
―Plo Koon and Asajj Ventress[src]
Ventress vs. Plo Koon

Asajj Ventress attacks Plo Koon.

The Jedi soon reached the mountain area and saw a Khormai village devastated by the storm. After making a stop there and burying the bodies of the dead Khormai in graves cut in the ice with the Jedi's lightsabers, the Republic strike team continued with its mission.[1] Climbing higher in the mountains, the group was forced to abandon the swoops and travel the rest of the journey on foot. Meanwhile, Gout contacted the commander of the weather-control station, the Aqualish Villpu Nagg, and ordered him to create a storm large enough to destroy the Jedi, despite its additional potentiality of killing Ventress, who was pursuing them.[3]

Nagg executed Gout's orders, but Ventress herself was able to pass the Republic troops' advance. She reached a mountain located at a half-rotation's hike from the station and prepared a trap for the Jedi by hiding most of her droids beneath the snow. She then took position at an upper level of the mountain with the remaining droids and an Armored Assault Tank. When the Republic troops reached the area, the Dark Acolyte ambushed them, jumping from above and attacking Koon with her lightsabers. At the same time, the droid commandos emerged from the snow and opened fire on the clone troopers. A firefight ensued, and Fisto ordered Sharp and his men to hold off the droids while he rushed to assist Koon. The two Jedi Masters engaged in a duel against Ventress. During the fight, Ventress was offered a chance to surrender, but she declined. Instead, the Dark Acolyte used the Force to bring down an avalanche, burying both the Republic forces and Ventress's droids underneath a crust of snow and ice. In order to avoid being crushed to death by the avalanche, the two Jedi created a Force pocket that offered them and the rest of the Republic strike team protection from the imposing wall of snow.[3]

Accompanied by her droid commandos, Ventress initiated a search for any survivors of the avalanche and killed those whom she found. In the meantime, Ozzel, Wolffe, Spitter, and Comet attempted to escape from the agrocite processing facility in which they had been imprisoned. Eventually, the three troopers were able to hot-wire a control panel that operated the doors to their cell and freed themselves from their captivity. Ozzel and the clones then stole an AAT and used it to make their way out of the facility, destroying all droid forces that stood in their way. Attacked by the escaped prisoners, the droids contacted Ventress and called her to assist them. Ventress responded to the call and set off to the processing facility in her own AAT, leaving her droids to kill any surviving Republic troops they could find. As soon as the Dark Acolyte left the scene, however, the Jedi and the clones emerged from the snow and attacked the droids, destroying them.[3]

The encounter with Ventress cost the Republic the lives of four troopers: Sten, Deadeye, Blunt, and Jark. Also, the explosives with which they had planned to destroy the weather-control station were gone, and Koon had broken his left arm. Nevertheless, the Jedi decided to continue their mission. Adaroo used a whistle to call several ice worms, Aelids, which the Khormai commonly used as transportation by riding in them. The Jedi, the remaining clones, and Adaroo took their positions inside the worms and set off for the enemy station. Meanwhile, Ozzel and the three clones finally managed to escape from the processing facility—moments before Ventress arrived there—and proceeded to the Republic's staging area.[3]

Turning the tideEdit

"We cannot stop the storm, but perhaps there is a way to use the enemy's weapon against itself and destroy this location."
"But sir. Aren't we standing on this location?"
"Very perceptive, Captain."
―Plo Koon and Clone Captain Sharp[src]

Ventress deduced Ozzel's intentions and took a force of AATs, spider droids, and NR-N99 Persuader-class droid enforcers to kill all at the staging area and thus sever the Republic's foothold on Khorm. At the same time, the strike team led by Koon and Fisto had almost reached the weather-control station in the Aelids. Because they had lost the explosives, the Jedi were forced to devise another method to demolish the enemy structure. Koon decided to destroy the station by redirecting the atmospheric storm at it. This plan, however, posed a danger to the Republic team, as the group could also be caught in the storm. As Koon, Fisto, and the Devil Dogs moved toward the station to execute their strategy, Ozzel and the rest of the escapees reached the staging point in the AAT and rendezvoused with the Republic troops stationed there.[3]

Although Wolffe offered to contact the Jedi immediately, Ozzel declined this request out of his belief that they were already dead. Ozzel instead ordered the landing ships to be prepared for takeoff in order to return to and resupply with the fleet, after which he intended to launch a counterattack. However, due to Khorm's harsh natural conditions—further intensified by the storm—all Republic vehicles, including the few remaining AT-TEs, had been frozen in ice and had been rendered non-operational. After Ozzel was informed of this, Ventress's forces—with the Dark Jedi herself at the front line—arrived and launched an attack, immediately destroying the commandeered AAT. Ozzel, Wolffe, and the other clone troopers were outgunned and were forced to take cover at the frozen transports and AT-TEs.[3]

Battle of Khorm 2

Admiral Wieler's reinforcements come to rescue Ozzel.

While the battle at the staging area raged on, Koon's and Fisto's team reached a network of antennas that surrounded the Kafiri mountain and could be used to redirect the storm. However, the group was spotted by the station's defenders and came under fire. Despite this, trooper Fixer was able to slice into a junction box and realign the storm's focal node, while Koon and Fisto deflected the blaster fire aimed at him with their lightsabers.[3]

The raging atmospheric phenomena turned on the weather-control station and destroyed it, killing Villpu Nagg. With the station obliterated, the storm itself dissipated as well. Informed of this development, Wieler ordered his forces to launch reinforcements. By this time, the Republic forces had almost lost the battle at the staging point, and Ozzel was willing to surrender again. At that point, Wieler's reinforcements finally arrived. Venator-class Star Destroyers, V-19 Torrent starfighters, and LAAT/i gunships decimated much of the droid force and forced Ventress to order a retreat.[3]

Final movesEdit

Koon: "Inform Major Ozzel to delay his advance until we free the hostages."
Sharp: "It's no good, General. The Seppies are jamming our long-range transmissions."
Fisto: "Then we'd better hurry. If I know Major Ozzel—he's already mobilizing his assault."
―Plo Koon, Captain Sharp, and Kit Fisto[src]

After the arrival of the Republic reinforcements, Ozzel was tasked with retaking the agrocite processing facility. The Jedi scouted out the agrocite mine, which Ozzel was to assault afterward. However, Gout and the Confederate troops who were stationed at the processing plant had also retreated to the mine, albeit with heavy losses. Gout moved the enslaved Khormai deep inside the mine for use as hostages. Observing the thin droid force guarding the mine, Fisto and Sharp expressed a notion to attack immediately, but Koon declined, stating that he sensed that the Confederacy was not showing everything it had. Koon's senses were backed by Adaroo, who mentioned that there had been rumors of heavy weapon construction inside the mine. Soon, Ventress arrived at the mine and confronted the enraged Gout, who blamed her for his losses. Ventress dismissed his concerns and ordered a BX droid commando to rig the mines with thermal charges and key them to her remote detonator. Witnessing the Confederacy's transfer of explosives inside the mine, the Jedi realized that Ventress was going to destroy the mine and kill the slaves if the facility fell into Republic hands. Claiming that the liberation of the Khormai was their top priority, Koon decided to liberate them before attacking and ordered Sharp to contact Ozzel and tell him to delay his assault.[2]

Mine assault

Ozzel's forces assault the mine.

The Separatists, however, were jamming the Republic's long-range transmissions, and the Jedi were therefore unable to contact Ozzel. The Major himself soon gave the order to initiate the attack on the mine. Although the Jedi attempted to liberate the hostages and capture Ventress before Ozzel's forces arrived, they did not succeed, and a full-scale battle began. Republic LAAT/i gunships, V-19 starfighters, Acclamator-class assault ships, and BTL-B Y-wing starfighters all assaulted the mine, and Ozzel prepared for a ground assault. However, Gout revealed his agrocite cannons, which attacked the Republic forces. The artillery shot down half of the attacking Republic force, including one of the Acclamators. Shocked by the sudden turn of events, Ozzel fell unconscious, and Wolffe assumed command of the attacking fleet, ordering it to pull back out of the cannons' range.[2]

Meanwhile, Fisto and Koon developed a plan to assist their forces. Fisto and Sharp set off to sabotage the cannons, while Koon, Adaroo, and two Devil Dogs troopers went inside the mine to capture Ventress and liberate the slaves. Formulating an idea on how to reach the cannon firing platform from an upper level of the mine, Fisto contacted Wolffe and ordered him to advance ground troops. In the meantime, Koon's squad was attacked by Ventress inside the mine. Ordering Adaroo and the clones to continue the mission, Koon engaged the Dark Acolyte in a duel. The rest of Koon's task force soon reached a cave housing the prisoners—who were being guarded by a number of BX droids and B2 super battle droids—and began to develop a strategy to free them. When Wolffe's troops had arrived, the agrocite cannons moved their barrels down to aim at them. This allowed Fisto and Sharp to infiltrate the cannon firing platform via one of the gun barrels and dispatch the droids who were operating the guns.[2]

An intruder alert was sounded throughout the mine, and all droids, including those who guarded the prisoners, were ordered to move to the firing platform and confront the infiltrators. This presented Adaroo and the two clones with the opportunity to make their move and free the Khormai. Realizing that they were going to be overwhelmed by droids in moments, Fisto and Sharp were forced to improvise in order to destroy the cannons. The pair decided to use one of the large containers filled with the agrocite to complete their mandate. Fisto moved the container to the cannons with the Force, and Sharp—willing to end the mission like a Devil Dog—told Fisto to get clear. Sharp then sacrificed his life by running to the container and shooting it with his DC-15S blaster.[2]

The resulting explosion destroyed the cannon firing platform and took out all of the agrocite cannons, killed Gout, and threw Fisto to the ground. There, he rejoined Wolffe's troops, and they set off to aid Koon. Meanwhile, the duel between Ventress and Koon had moved to a walkway inside the mine. Despite his broken arm, Koon put up a fierce resistance and even managed to knock one of Ventress's lightsabers out of her hands. The Dark Jedi reached for her remote in order to destroy the mine, but Koon Force-pushed it away from her. The remote fell on the ground beneath the walkway. Ventress jumped down to reclaim it, but the remote was destroyed by a blaster shot fired by Wolffe, who, along with Fisto and several clones, had arrived to assist Koon. Fisto offered Ventress yet another opportunity to surrender, but she declined again and ran away, injuring Wolffe in the head with her lightsaber as she escaped.[2]

AftermathEdit

"You saved our lives and our livelihood, Master Jedi. Even though I know you came for the agrocite, it was your service to my people, not your Republic, that impressed me."
―Adaroo thanks Plo Koon[src]

Fisto wanted to pursue Ventress, but Koon decided that it was more important to support the surviving Republic troops and allowed her to flee. With the Separatists defeated, all of the Khormai slaves were freed, and the Republic was given access to the agrocite. Adaroo was very grateful to the Jedi for the liberation of his people and thanked them. The Jedi, however, admitted that without the clones' brave service, they would have been unable to secure the victory. Later, the Republic again established a command post at the agrocite processing center. The Republic's Supreme Chancellor, Palpatine, contacted Ozzel—who had taken credit for the Republic victory—and promoted him[2] to captain.[4]

Notable participantsEdit

Galactic RepublicEdit

General Plo KoonEdit

Koon Khorm

Plo Koon

A Kel Dor male Jedi Master and a member of the Jedi Council,[5] General Plo Koon led the Republic forces on Khorm alongside fellow Jedi Kit Fisto. Koon valued the lives of the enslaved Khormai and believed that the Republic's main priority on Khorm was to liberate them. Koon was also reluctant to sacrifice the clones in a direct assault on the mine and therefore decided to destroy the weather-control station to lessen the amount of casualties.[1] When Asajj Ventress ambushed him and brought down an avalanche, Koon broke his left arm. Despite the injury, he still maintained a willingness to continue the mission[3] and eventually faced off against Ventress again. Fighting only with his right arm, Koon was able to withstand Ventress's attacks and ultimately prevented the Dark Jedi from destroying the mine by Force-pushing her detonator away.[2]

General Kit FistoEdit

Fisto Khorm

Kit Fisto

Kit Fisto was a Nautolan member of the Jedi Council and a Jedi General[6] who commanded the Republic troops alongside Plo Koon. During the final engagement on Khorm, Fisto devised a plan to infiltrate the cannon firing platform via a gun barrel, a tactic that eventually resulted in the destruction of the agrocite cannons.[2] Fisto respected his Kel Dor colleague's wisdom and experience. Along with CC-3636, he tried to discern Koon's age several times, something that Koon kept secret.[1] Fisto's curiosity was partially satisfied when Koon revealed at the end of the battle that he was 382 Kel Dor years, although Fisto was still oblivious as to how long a Kel Dor year was.[2]

General TauhtEdit

Master Tauht

Tauht

A Jedi Master dispatched to Khorm alongside Fisto and Koon, General Tauht participated in the Republic's initial assault on the agrocite processing center, during which he destroyed Unger Gout's proton cannons with his lightsaber. Koon trusted Tauht and considered him capable enough to be left in charge of the Republic base while he and Fisto went to destroy the weather-control station. When the Confederacy launched a counterattack at the processing center, Tauht hurried to warn Koon but was prevented from doing so by Ventress. Tauht engaged the Dark Acolyte in a lightsaber duel and managed to knock one of her lightsabers out of her hand. Ventress, however, used the Force to manipulate her fallen weapon and stabbed Tauht through the back with it, killing the Jedi Master.[1]

Major Kendal OzzelEdit

Ozzel Khorm

Kendal Ozzel

Major Kendal Ozzel was in charge of the Republic ground troops during the battle. Although he was promoted by Palpatine for his service following the Republic's victory,[2] Ozzel, in fact, had done nothing but panic and act against the Jedi's orders. More than once, Ozzel's decisions went awry for the Republic.[1][2] Fearing for his life, he even betrayed Koon and Fisto by revealing their location to Ventress.[1] During the battle at the staging point, Ozzel was ready to surrender to the Dark Acolyte, but when Wieler's reinforcements arrived and forced Ventress to retreat, he was quick to claim the victory for himself and stated that everything had gone according to his plan.[3] Such behavior often put him at odds with the loyal and obedient CC-3636, although the latter still followed Ozzel's orders and protected him from enemy fire.[1][2][3]

Captain SharpEdit

DevilDogsCaptain

Sharp

Captain Sharp was the leader of the Devil Dogs, a special detachment of the 44th Special Operations Division that served under Ozzel. During an engagement on the planet Mimban, Sharp took a blaster bolt in the throat, and, as a result, his voice became distorted. Serving under Ozzel, who was rather harsh and uncaring toward the clone troopers, Sharp became a tough and battle-hardened soldier. He did not understand why the Jedi made a stop to bury the Khormai's bodies; for him, it made no difference where they would lay because they were already dead. However, he was taught by the Jedi of the necessity not only to protect the Khormai but to respect their lives as civilians caught up in the conflict.[1] In the end, the Captain sacrificed himself by shooting at the canister with the agrocite at point-blank range, triggering an explosion that destroyed the cannons and killed Gout.[2]

Confederacy of Independent SystemsEdit

Commander Asajj VentressEdit

Ventress Khorm

Asajj Ventress

An assassin and Dark Acolyte serving under Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress was sent by her Master to aid Gout in his fight with the Republic. Ventress was successful at first and was able to recapture the agrocite processing facility and take Ozzel prisoner.[1] However, her later endeavors all ended in failure. She was unable to kill Koon and Fisto when she faced them for the first time and was additionally unable to defeat all of the Republic forces at the staging point.[3] As a last-ditch attempt, Ventress planned to blow up the agrocite mine and kill the Khormai but was prevented from doing so by Koon and CC-3636. The Dark Acolyte was offered a chance to surrender by Fisto, but she did not accept it and instead fled from her defeat.[2]

Warlord Unger GoutEdit

Warlord Gout

Unger Gout

A Khormai warlord who betrayed his own people and allied himself with Count Dooku,[1] Unger Gout was willing to defeat the Republic at all costs, no matter if it meant sacrificing Ventress's life.[3] He often argued with the Dark Jedi and believed her to be responsible for all of his failures. During the Republic's assault on the mine, Gout attempted to defeat the enemy by deploying his agrocite cannons. Although initially successful, the tactic failed when Fisto and Sharp infiltrated the cannon firing platform. When Sharp detonated the agrocite, the resulting explosion destroyed the cannons and killed Gout.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

"We wanted to examine the nature of service and how individuals have different definitions on what that is. Is service the strict sense of duty to accomplish a mission, or is it much larger in meaning, like preserving the ideals of the Republic?"
―Henry Gilroy[src]

The Battle of Khorm was the focus of the 2009 In Service of the Republic story arc of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars comic series. All three issues of the arc were written by Henry Gilroy and Steven Melching and were illustrated by Scott Hepburn. Through the Battle of Khorm, Gilroy and Melching wanted to explore the various perceptions that different individuals have on service. In Service of the Republic was initially conceived by Gilroy—who served as a head writer for The Clone Wars television series—as a potential premise for the show. However, he found that the story was much easier to realize in comic form, where it was not constrained by a television production budget.[7]

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