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- "Commander Neyo (CC-8826) and CT-3423, accompanying Allie on speeder bike reconnaissance, received Order 66 and fired on the Jedi with the cannons of the BARC speeder operated by the 91st. Several blasts hit the rear of Allie's Aratech 74-Z speeder bike, igniting its reactor and sending it into a fatal crash."
- ―Moff Marcellin Wessel reporting to Emperor Palpatine
CC-8826, nicknamed "Neyo", was an ARC clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. Cloned from the template of Jango Fett on the water world of Kamino, Neyo was a graduate of ARC trooper Alpha-17's elite clone commander training program. Given the rank of clone marshal commander, Neyo became the commanding officer of the 91st Reconnaissance Corps, and in 19 BBY served in the five-month-long siege of the Separatist planet Saleucami. After the Republic captured Saleucami, Neyo and his Reconnaissance Corps—under the command of Jedi General Stass Allie—stayed behind on the planet after the main Republic forces left, tasked with destroying the last pockets of Separatist resistance. During a speeder patrol on Saleucami with General Allie and a fellow trooper designated CT-3423, Neyo received Order 66—a Republic directive that labeled the Jedi Order as enemies of the Republic to be executed—via his comlink from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Neyo and 3423 followed through, killing their former commanding officer with their speeder bikes' laser cannons. After the declaration of Order 66 and the Republic's transformation into the first Galactic Empire, Neyo retained his rank of commander in the new Imperial Army.
Early life and training
Unit CC-8826 was conceived on the water planet Kamino, cloned from the template of the Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett. An Advanced Recon Commando clone trooper in the Grand Army of the Republic, 8826's purpose in life, along with his clone brothers, was to fight for the Galactic Republic in the Clone Wars against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, being denied a chance to form his own feelings and ideas.
However, during the war, unit 8826 was enrolled in ARC trooper Alpha-17's experimental clone trooper commander training program back on Kamino, designed to give the Republic a new elite fighting force to combat the Separatist Droid Army. In this training camp, 8826 and the other clone commander cadets began to develop their own personalities, encouraged by Alpha's unorthodox training methods which allowed for more free thought and expression. CC-8826 himself took the nickname "Neyo" and became one of the coldest, most morbid members of his class. Neyo eventually graduated among the first 100 alumnae of Alpha's program, being given the rank of clone marshal commander and command over the GAR's 91st Reconnaissance Corps. Neyo also maintained a close relationship with his fellow clone commander and equally as laconic trooper CC-1138—nicknamed Bacara—who worked with Neyo to develop and test tactics in utilizing the Republic's newly invented BARC speeders on the battlefield.
Outer Rim Sieges and Order 66
In 19 BBY, Neyo and the 91st were assigned to Senior Jedi General Oppo Rancisis's command during the battle over the Separatist controlled planet of Saleucami during the Outer Rim Sieges. Throughout the five-month-long operation, Neyo worked alongside fellow clone commanders Faie and CC-5052, leading the Republic's forces in destroying the Confederacy's Nikto Morgukai warrior cloning facilities on Saleucami. After the defeat of the Separatists on Saleucami, Neyo and his reconnaissance units remained on the planet while the majority of the Republic's forces left Saleucami, being put under the leadership of Jedi General Stass Allie and tasked with patrolling for any remaining Separatist resistance or Morgukai warriors.
While patrolling Saleucami's twilight plains alongside General Allie and trooper CT-3423 on speeders, Commander Neyo received a call through his comlink from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to execute Order 66, a Republic contingency directive that mandated the destruction of the Jedi Order. Following his orders without remorse, Neyo motioned for CT-3423 and himself to fall behind Allie's 74-Z speeder bike. With their former commanding officer directly in front of them, Neyo and CT-3423 opened fire on Allie with their BARC speeders' laser cannons; with Neyo's final shot, the reactor ignited and sent the Jedi crashing into the ground, killing Allie in the resulting explosion. Following the declaration of Order 66, the Republic was reorganized into the first Galactic Empire by Palpatine, who crowned himself Galactic Emperor. Neyo retained his rank of commander in the new Imperial Army, and later filed a report to Imperial Moff Marcellin Wessel and Emperor Palpatine on the circumstances of Stass Allie's death.
Personality and traits
A clone bred for nothing except fighting and dying for the Republic, CC-8826 was never given a chance to develop his own feelings and beliefs. However, in Alpha-17's unconventional clone commander training program, CC-8826 was given a chance to form his own personality, taking the nickname "Neyo" and forming an attachment with his clone commander colleague Bacara. In the program, Neyo became one of the coldest and unfeeling clones in his training class, creating a laconic, almost morbid personality. Neyo was also a loyal clone trooper, willing to follow through any order given to him by his true commanding officer, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. When Palpatine declared Order 66, Neyo adhered to his master's wishes, killing General Stass Allie without a second's hesitation.
Neyo wore a style of Phase II clone trooper armor similar to that used by the deadly clone assassins of the GAR. Neyo was skilled in driving the Republic's BARC speeders, and worked with his friend Commander Bacara to develop revolutionary techniques in utilizing the BARC speeder in combat.
Behind the scenes
CC-8826 was first mentioned in Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary, and first appeared in the film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, released to theaters May 19, 2005. His background was expanded upon the articles Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic and Order 66: Destroy All Jedi, which appeared in the eighty-fourth and eighty-seventh issues of Star Wars Insider, respectively. Neyo appeared in Star Wars: Republic 79: Into the Unknown, Part 1, in which he was drawn by Douglas Wheatley. Neyo has also appeared and been referenced in other Star Wars publications, including having his own entries in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and the Databank on StarWars.com.
In the video games Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and the PSP version of Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, there is an avatar wearing Neyo's Phase II armor in the games' customization features. Gentle Giant Studios released a collectible miniature bust of the character in 2007. Hasbro released two action figures of CC-8826. The first figure was released in 2007 as part of a Battle Pack with a figure of another clone trooper and two BARC speeders. The second figure was released in 2008 as part of the Saga Legends wave of the 30th Anniversary basic figure collection.
The digital model used in Revenge of the Sith for Commander Neyo was originally designed to appear during the Battle of Kashyyyk alongside Grand Master Yoda. Initially, Neyo's digital model was to be a commander of a A6 Juggernaut, and during the Order 66 scene, he was to order his tank to open fire on the tree-top command center above the battlefield that housed Yoda. This scene was cut and the digital model was reassigned to a biker clone commander that carried out the execution of Stass Allie on Saleucami. Originally, the Saleucami clone was to be named Faie—after Art Department Supervisor Fay David—but the use of the Neyo model changed that commander's name. The Faie model was never used in the film, but did later appear in the comic story arc, Star Wars: Republic: The Hidden Enemy.
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Republic 79: Into the Unknown, Part 1 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron (Appears in cutscene(s))
- Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary (First mentioned)
- "Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic"—Star Wars Insider 84
- "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 87
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II ("Neyo, Commander")
- Galaxy at War
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide (Picture only)
- "Ask Lobot"—Star Wars Insider 130
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 87
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 377 ("Neyo, Commander")
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Republic: The Siege of Saleucami
- ↑ Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game
- ↑ 'Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary'
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron