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Battle of Serroco
Nuclear explosions
Conflict

Mandalorian Wars[3]

Date

3,963 BBY[1]

Place

Serroco[3] later

Outcome

Mandalorian victory[1]

Combatants

Galactic Republic[4]

Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders[5]

Commanders

Admiral Saul Karath[4]

Mandalore the Ultimate[4]

Strength
Casualties

All starships on the surface except eight[4]

Most of the Republic fleet[5]


Civilian casualties

27 populated areas[4]
Enormous Stereb casualties[4]
Many starships,[4] including the Queen of Taris, Little Bivoli, and Grubstake[6]

"This… is a new phase of the war. We're going to have to change the way we look at things."
Saul Karath[src]

The Battle of Serroco was a major confrontation between Mandalorian Neo-Crusader and Galactic Republic forces during the Mandalorian Wars, in 3,963 BBY. The Stereb cities of Serroco were destroyed by Mandalorian nuclear devices during the battle.[7]

BackgroundEdit

Serroco battle group
The Courageous lined up with its battle group.

Prior to the battle, the fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick received a vision from the Force that the Mandalorians would use nuclear devices to destroy the Stereb cities, with the Republic soldiers camped next to them. Realizing that this vision was true, Zayne Carrick stowed aboard the Deadweight, Carth Onasi's ship, and requested an urgent meeting with Admiral Saul Karath. Karath was on board the Courageous, where Onasi agreed to take Zayne.

Unfortunately, once they boarded the Courageous, Admiral Karath quickly recognized Zayne Carrick and revealed him to be allegedly responsible for the Padawan Massacre of Taris. Further, Karath accused Zayne of being a Mandalorian spy and subsequently had him arrested. Zayne made every attempt to warn the Republic of the Mandalorians' plans, but Karath would have none of it.

The battleEdit

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Nuclear missiles bypass the Republic ships.

Soon enough, the Mandalorian fleet arrived to challenge the Republic Navy. Instead of directly engaging the Republic Fleet in any way, they held their position outside the range of the Republic's weaponry. They launched nuclear missiles at the planet, though the Republic believed they were aimed for the fleet itself and incorrectly launched countermeasures against the missiles. However, the missiles were not aimed at the fleet, but at the planet Serroco itself.[7]

The missiles hit the planet surface at various points, destroying whole cities and the Republic troops stationed there. The Republic fleet recorded impacts near 27 population centers, estimating heavy damage to the human settlements while the Stereb were wiped clean.[7] They were "nuked into glass craters", as Atton Rand, a Republic officer, would later state.[8]

However, Carth Onasi was down at the communications center trying to contact Squint to see if he would vouch for Zayne's innocence. He couldn't, but he managed to call 17 cities and alert them to the incoming Mandalorian assault.[7] The Jedi general Meetra Surik participated in the battle, but the extent of her involvement would remain lost to history.[8] Still, Republic's Ministry of Defense reported that a certain Jedi scout had escaped the destruction aboard one of the military vessels.[9]

AftermathEdit

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The remains of the Serroco battle group being overpowered by Mandalorian ships.
"That—That was what it feels like when a vision starts to come true."
Q'Anilia[src]

In the aftermath of the battle, the Republic fleet in space had become completely taken aback by the tactics the Mandalorians were willing to use to achieve galactic conquest. Admiral Karath declared that they would have to resort to new options to counter the threat to the Republic.

In the meantime, Zayne Carrick was placed in a holding cell, left with the thought that his friend, Marn Hierogryph, must have been lost in the attack. It turns out that Zayne's friend, plus Slyssk, somehow got off the planet in time and made their way to Taris. Later on, the Serroco Battle Group was finished off by the attacking Mandalorians.

Although Saul Karath, Carth Onasi, and Zayne Carrick escaped with a number of Republic personnel, the Courageous was lost to the battle and melted for scrap parts. Mandalore the Ultimate would forge his personal war axe from the remains of the Courageous.

Following the war, a host of military personnel that had fought in the battle became refugees on Nar Shaddaa and formed a gang.

Behind the scenesEdit

When the Battle of Serroco first appeared in the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, there was a discrepancy between it and the account of the battle given by Atton Rand in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Atton states that the Jedi Exile was present during the battle, saying "you were at Serroco, when they turned the Stereb cities into glass craters." The presence of the Exile causes problems, however, because the Revanchists had not yet begun their rebellion against the Jedi High Council at this early point in the war. This issue was later resolved with the release of the Galactic Republic Defense Ministry Daily Brief KD0092, a back-up to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 24: Knights of Suffering, Part 3: Surik, though unnamed in the back-up, is mentioned as "one of the Knights on regular assignment to Serroco." The report establishes that Surik managed to escape the battle aboard one of the three military vessels that managed to escape the system.

However, the issue does not end there. Later in the same conversation with the Exile, Atton says, "I heard about Dxun. Everyone has. I heard about Serroco, and I sure as hell know about Malachor V. What makes you think you've got the right to interrogate me on anything? You've got plenty of lives to answer for—all you Jedi do." His dialogue inexplicably blames the Jedi Order, and the Exile in particular, for what happened at Serroco.

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SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Mandalorian Wars
(3976 BBY3960 BBY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Great Sith War
(3996 BBY)

Concurrent: Kanz Disorders
(39703670 BBY)

Next: Jedi Civil War
(39593956 BBY)

Battles of the Mandalorian Wars
Outer Rim sieges
(39763964 BBY)

First Althir · Cathar · Corsin · First Azure
First Lianna · Makem · Quermia · Kaelta · Florn
Jaminere · Sy Myrth · Taskeed · Dennogra · Dernatine
Flashpoint Station · First Suurja · Second Suurja
Third Suurja · Fourth Suurja · Suurja ambush

Invasion
(3963)

Vanquo · Taris Siege · First Onderon
First Jebble · Serroco · Nouane · Dagary Minor
First Omonoth · Wayland · Second Omonoth · Myrkr
Thustra · Obroa · Second Jebble
Zongorlu · Ithor · Ord Mantell · Zabrak colonies
First Iridonia · Second Iridonia

Mandalorian Triumph
(3962 BBY)

Essien · Halthor · Phaedacomm · Dantooine
Charros · Randon · Eres III · Second Azure · Contruum
Gizer · Nazzri · Vena · Ambria · Zel
Commenor · Quellor · Exodeen · Duro

Republic counteroffensive
(39613960 BBY)

Second Taris · Second Althir
Vorzyd · Lucazec · Stenos · Elom
Jaga's Cluster · Second Onderon · Dxun
Second Lianna · Malachor V

Uncertain placement

Bespin · Lantillies · Quelii

Related topics and articles

Galactic Republic · Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders · Mandalorian Knights · Jedi Council · Revanchists
Mandalore the Ultimate · Cassus Fett · Demagol · Jimas Veltraa · Noma Sommos · Saul Karath
Revan · Malak · Meetra Surik · Mass Shadow Generator · Jebble-Vanquo-Tarnith line

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