- "They will have the numbers. We will have the Force."
- ―Saesee Tiin
The Fifth Battle of Qotile was the last battle of the Stark Hyperspace War.
After the failure of Stark Collective forces in the previous battle, Iaco Stark’s co-directors were unwilling to continue to tolerate what they saw as his bumbling leadership, and were on the verge of killing him until he told them that he had an ally on the inside of the Republic stronghold of Mount Avos – neglecting to point out that his ally was Jedi Knight Plo Koon, who had convinced Stark to defect.
Meanwhile, the Trade Federation had given the Jedi Council the use of a fleet of freighters and C-9979 landing craft. Jedi Master Oppo Rancisis was on the bridge of the command ship where his use of battle meditation would be most effective, while Saesee Tiin prepared to command the two Jedi fighter groups, Red and Blue Squadrons.
Mace Windu, Adi Gallia, and Eeth Koth also accompanied the force. Although outnumbered by the Combine fleet, they trusted that their better training, resolve, and use of the Force would carry the battle.
On Troiken, Jedi Knight Tholme and his Padawan Quinlan Vos infiltrated the Combine’s command ship, Raptor, in preparation for broadcasting a patch to the Combine’s crippling navcomputer virus, while Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi infiltrated the Combine’s headquarters to acquire it.
They encountered trouble, as the protocol droid in charge of the patch required a password to activate. The password was supplied by Stark, who arrived with his co-directors—who he killed in front of the Jedi. Stark supplied the password and then helped the two Jedi pacify the command center.
Overhead, Tholme and Vos transmitted the patch to the Trade Federation fleet, with Vos additionally setting the shield generators of the Raptor to lower when ordered to raise. The Jedi then fought their way off the ship on one of its fighters as the Jedi force arrived in the Qotile system.
At Mount Avos, the Republic force retreated out a back entrance of the mine while the Combine forces swarmed in from the front. Koon planned to seal both entrances once the Republic soldiers had evacuated, thus trapping the Combine soldiers harmlessly inside the mine.
The plan failed however when, determined to kill off both the Jedi who had stolen his glory and the enemy he had been unable to vanquish, General Ranulph Tarkin stole the last detonator charge and used it to open the challat eater cave, killing himself in the blast. Koon managed to escape just in time, using the Force to seal the mine, unfortunately trapping the majority of the Combine soldiers inside the insect-infested mine, where they were eaten alive.
As the Raptor was destroyed overhead, the few surviving ground forces of the Combine surrendered, ending both the battle and the Stark Hyperspace War. As for Plo Koon, he was made a Jedi Master and would hold a life-time seat on the Jedi Council, in honor of his Master's dying wish.
- Star Wars: Republic 39: The Stark Hyperspace War, Part 4 (First appearance) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Millennium Falcon (Mentioned only)
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook (First identified as Fifth Battle of Qotile)
- The New Essential Guide to Characters