- "This Party's over."
- ―Mace Windu starts the battle in the arena by holding a lightsaber to Jango Fett.
The Geonosis strike team was a group of 212 Jedi led by Mace Windu that were sent to Geonosis to rescue Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, who were scheduled to be executed by the Geonosians in the Petranaki arena. The rescue mission was the opening to the Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the Clone Wars.
However, not all the members of the strike team fought in the Petranaki arena. Some, like Adi Gallia and Siri Tachi, flew air support in Delta-7 Aethersprite-class starfighters. It should be noted that the space team, led by Adi Gallia, suffered very few if any casualties, while the ground team was almost completely destroyed.
Penetrating the defensesEdit
Before the strike team could enter the arena to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmé Amidala, they needed to get past the Geonosian defenses. Using two Republic TX-130S fighter tanks, Mace Windu and fellow Jedi Master Luminara Unduli fought their way through Separatist GATs, AATs, and Hailfire Droids, clearing the way for a convoy of transports carrying the strike team to the arena.
Upon infiltrating the arena, the Jedi revealed themselves to Dooku and his Separatist counterparts, having secretly infiltrated the stands of the arena. The Separatists' newly-revealed droid army swarmed into the arena in their hundreds, filling the battleground with blaster fire, cutting down many of the less skilled or experienced Jedi.
Amidst the heated skirmish, Jedi Master Coleman Trebor attempted to engage Dooku in lightsaber combat. This act was cut short by expertly placed shots from bounty hunter Jango Fett and Trebor fell to his death from Archduke Poggle the Lesser's viewing box.
The Jedi fought valiantly during the skirmish, though many were not able to survive the onslaught and perished at the hands of Count Dooku's droid army.
Of the 212 Jedi who were part of the strike team, an estimated thirty survived the initial battle, of which at least one more died during the battle that followed, making the losses suffered by the team grave. All of the leaders of the strike force except Coleman Trebor survived, while some others were captured and others (Barriss Offee and Pablo-Jill) escaped the battle. Only the timely arrival of Grand Master Yoda and the newly-created Grand Army of the Republic saved the strike team from impending destruction. Despite the high casualties suffered by the Jedi, their mission was successful, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala were rescued from execution.
The death of so many Jedi in the Geonosian arena considerably drained the Jedi Order, as well as creating several dissidents who refused to fight for the Galactic Republic in the Clone Wars. The strike team's mission paved the way for Palpatine's eventual takeover of the Galactic Republic and the beginning of the Sith's return to dominance.
Arena team, known survivorsEdit
Toward the close of the arena fighting, the battle droids of the Separatists surrounded the Jedi that still stood. A cease fire ensued while Jedi Mace Windu argued that the Jedi would not surrender. Behind and to the right stood Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Senator Amidala, wielding a blaster. Jedi Knights Joclad Danva , Agen Kolar and Luminara Unduli flanked them, while Stass Allie and Bultar Swan stood back to back as Master Shaak Ti and Roth-Del Masona prepared to defend themselves. Sora Bulq, Saesee Tiin, Tarados Gon, and Kit Fisto protected Obi-Wan Kenobi, who had bent down to check the pulse of a dead companion.
As Windu and Dooku continued to banter, a group of Geonosians brought forward Masters Ki-Adi-Mundi and Plo Koon, who had been captured outside the arena. Aayla Secura was also brought from elsewhere in the large complex.
Not within the circle; either wounded, in hiding, or outside the arena were Jedi Barriss Offee and Pablo-Jill .Also free of the execution ring were Bairdon Jace and Kai Justiss who were both wounded due to lack of skill, Coleman Kcaj who was hiding, Maks Leem who was probably injured, Voolvif Monn, Even Piell and K'Kruhk who were probably putting up a struggle for the droids trying to capture them Alta Ranga, might have been captured or lay on the floor in fatigue because of his old age, T'ra Saa, Echuu Shen-Jon, Roan Shryne, B'dard Tone and Selig Kenjenn where all captured but later broke free or were rescued by clone troopers. Another Jedi also helped fight in the battle.
Arena team, known KIAEdit
After the reinforcements arrived, bringing with them Grand Master Yoda, the arena was abandoned. Clones and Jedi alike would later return to the arena to collect the dead. Amongst the Jedi bodies that littered the floor were Joclad Danva, who even after surviving the initial battle, was shot while standing in the survivor's circle. Jedi Knights Sta-Den Eekin, Sarrissa Jeng, Sar Labooda, Sephjet Josall, Ichi-Tan Micoda, Que-Mars Redath-Gom, Fi-Ek Sirch, Nicanas Tassu, and Lura Tranor were all slain by droid blaster fire.
Amongst the Masters lost from the Order's ranks were Chankar Kim, Lyron, Nat-Sem, Khaat Qiyn and Lanchu Skaa, all of whom left Padawans behind. As well as Va'too who fell only four months after the promotion of his Padawan Talia Moonseeker to the rank of Knight. Jedi Council member Coleman Trebor was also killed by Jango Fett during an attempt to confront Count Dooku. Ur-Sema Du would be killed by a mysterious figure, who was not revealed until later in the War.
It is known that Sora Bulq and Eeth Koth were assumed dead after the gunship they were on was shot down, though they did survive. On the exploding gunship, Tarados Gon was indeed killed, which promoted the idea of Bulq and Koth's death.
Space team, survivorsEdit
Above the planet Jedi fought a different battle. Led by Adi Gallia and An'ya Kuro, Jedi Empatojayos Brand, Bant Eerin, A'Sharad Hett, Ranik Solusar, Jaizen Suel, and Siri Tachi fought off droid fighters in the asteroid belt.
Strike team vesselsEdit
The strike team was equipped with land vehicles and spaceworthy craft. The Republic Troop Transport and the TX-130S Saber-class Fighter Tank assisted in the taking of the arena, while Jedi piloted their specialized Delta-7 Aethersprite-class interceptor in space.
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