A clone template was the genetic source upon which a clone was created. During the Fall of the Republic, the human bounty hunter Jango Fett became the template of an army of clone troopers secretly built on the planet Kamino.
- "The sample doesn't match anything found in the Jango Fett genotype. Furthermore, it is not even completely organic. It is foreign to the body. Someone implanted it there."
- ―AZI-345211896246498721347, regarding a modification to the Jango Fett template
Cloning was the process of using of a living organism's genetic code as a template in order to create a clone of the original source. Without alterations to the template, the clone would be an exact duplicate of its progenitor. By manipulating the genetic structure of the template, a clone's genotype could be modified for various purposes such as growth acceleration and greater docility.
During the final years of the Galactic Republic, the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus recruited Jango Fett—a human bounty hunter—as the genetic template of a secret clone army. Fett would come to live on the planet Kamino where the Kaminoans, a species of skilled cloners, extracted samples of his DNA in order to create the first generation of clone soldiers for the Republic. In addition to the mercenary's financial compensation, Fett requested the creation of an unaltered clone of himself. The result was Boba Fett, a clone whom Jango regarded as a son.
The Kaminoan scientists modified Jango Fett's genotype for the purpose of producing loyal clones at an accelerated rate. With the exception of Boba, who was grown through pure genetic replication, the rest of Jango's clones were designed to age at twice the speed of birth-born humans. To ensure loyalty and obedience in the clones, the Kaminoans installed an inhibitor chip within the brain of every Fett clone. The chip's official purpose was to diminish the aggressive traits of the clone template so that the clones would be more compliant with orders. Although the Kaminoans believed that the chip was actually meant to serve as a contingency against rogue Jedi, the true nature of its design would compel the clones to execute Order 66—a secret protocol conceived by the Sith in their plot to destroy the Jedi Order.
Following the death of Jango Fett at the Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY, the Kaminoans were forced to conserve their remaining samples of the Fett genome in order to grow more clones for the newly-formed Grand Army of the Republic. Prime Minister Lama Su believed that younger clones were less efficient because of Fett's untimely demise. As such, he recommended that the Jedi procure another template for the creation of new clones.
Shortly after the discovery of the Zillo Beast on Malastare, the Republic military transferred the creature to the galactic capital of Coruscant for scientific study. In the aftermath of the beast's escape and subsequent death, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine ordered Doctor Sionver Boll to utilize its corpse as a clone template.
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets" (Mentioned only)
- Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Clone Cadets"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"