- "This… is a new phase of the war. We're going to have to change the way we look at things."
- ―Saul Karath
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.
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.
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.
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. They were "nuked into glass craters", as Atton Rand, a Republic officer, would later state.
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. The Jedi general Meetra Surik participated in the battle, but the extent of her involvement would remain lost to history. Still, Republic's Ministry of Defense reported that a certain Jedi scout had escaped the destruction aboard one of the military vessels.
- "That—That was what it feels like when a vision starts to come true."
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.
Behind the scenesEdit
There is at least one notable disparity between the original account of the battle given by Atton Rand in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords and that later portrayal of it in the Knights of the Old Republic comic series. 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. One possible solution to the continuity discrepancy is provided by Carth Onasi. During a conversation with Zayne Carrick just prior to the battle, he says "they warned me there might be Jedi scouts snooping around the lines—guys who want the Jedi involved in the war." The Jedi Exile may have been one such Jedi scout.
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.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 14: Days of Fear, Part 2 (Vision to Zayne Carrick)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 15: Days of Fear, Part 3 (First appearance)
- The Taris Holofeed: Siege Edition
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 16: Nights of Anger, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- The Admiral's List: Remember Serroco! Edition (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- The Adjudicator Special Report: Tools of the Trade (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 22: Knights of Suffering, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- The Admiral's List: Karath Home Safely (Mentioned only)
- Galactic Republic Defense Ministry Daily Brief KD0092 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 32: Vindication, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 47: Demon, Part 1 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 49: Demon, Part 3 (Indirect mention only)
- (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (First mentioned)
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