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Republic Commando:
Hard Contact
Attribution
Author(s)

Karen Traviss[1]

Cover artist

Greg Knight

Publication information
Publisher

Del Rey

Release date

October 26, 2004

Media type

Paperback[1]

Pages

293[1]

ISBN

0345478274

Chronology
Era

Rise of the Empire era

Timeline

22 BBY

Series

Republic Commando[1]

Preceded by

League of Spies

Followed by

Omega Squad: Targets

Republic Commando: Hard Contact is a 293-page tie-in novel to the video game Star Wars: Republic Commando and the first novel in the Republic Commando series. The book, written by Karen Traviss and published by Del Rey on October 26, 2004, is set in 22 BBY during the Rise of the Empire era. It the tells the story of a squad of clone commandos on a mission to destroy a Separatist bioweapons lab on the world of Qiilura. The commandos (Niner, Fi, Atin, and Darman) are aided by the Gurlanins Jinart and Valaqil, along with an inexperienced Padawan named Etain Tur-Mukan.

Plot SummaryEdit

Publisher's summaryEdit

As the Clone Wars rage, victory or defeat lies in the hands of elite squads that take on the toughest assignments in the galaxy—stone-cold soldiers who go where no one else would, to do what no one else could….[1]

On a mission to sabotage a nanovirus research facility on a Separatist-held planet, four clone troopers operate under the very noses of their enemies. The commandos are outnumbered and outgunned, deep behind enemy lines with no backup—and working with strangers instead of trusted teammates. Matters don't improve when Darman, the squad's demolitions expert, gets cut off from the others during planetfall. Even Darman's apparent good luck in meeting a Jedi Padawan vanishes once she admits to her woeful inexperience.[1]

For the isolated clone commandos and stranded Jedi, a long, dangerous journey lies ahead, through hostile territory brimming with Trandoshan slavers, Separatists , and suspicious natives. A single misstep could mean discovery … and death. It's a virtual suicide mission for anyone—anyone except Republic Commandos.[1]

Plot summaryEdit

"No Sarge, that was endex."
―Fi, on Qiilura after creating an asteroid belt out of a Separatist nanovirus research facility[src]

Four clone commandos; Niner, Darman, Fi and Atin; are united for the first time to form Omega Squad after the rest of their old squads were killed early in the Clone Wars. Meanwhile on Qiilura, Jedi Padawan Etain Tur-Mukan hides from the local warlord Ghez Hokan's militia after her master Kast Fulier was killed.[1]

Omega learns their mission is to destroy a clone-killing nanovirus being developed by the Separatists on Qiilura and abduct the project's head scientist, Ovolot Qail Uthan. Darman is injured and separated from the squad on insertion after attempting to salvage extra equipment from the crashing vehicle, and slowly moves toward the rendezvous point, killing several of Hokan's men on the way. Re-grouping is hindered as the ruling Neimoidians control all the planet's communications, leaving Omega only a 10-meter comm-range. Concerned by the Republic infiltration, Dr. Uthan commissions Hokan as a Separatist officer and reinforces the area with 100 battle droids and extra officers including the very adept Lieutenant Hurati.[1]

With the assistance of two Gurlanins named Jinart and Valaqil, Darman meets up with Etain and the two move on to a safehouse. After being sold out by the locals, they move on to rendezvous with the rest of Omega. Darman teaches Etain much about combat and leadership and the two begin to develop a bond. The rest of Omega Squad steal a large quantity of charges from a nearby gem mine and Niner commandeers an excavation droid to transport the charges to the ground station supporting the Neimoidians' communications and destroy it. While taking the explosives Omega also captures a Weequay named Guta-Nay who used to work for Hokan and they learn much about the facility. Free to communicate, Omega Squad, Etain and Jinart meet and prepare their attack on the facility.[1]

Jinart places a detonator in the cellar of Lik Ankkit's mansion where most of the droids are garrisoned, leaving the nanovirus facility with little defense. The squad moves to the facility, where Niner, Fi and Etain set up an E-Web heavy repeating blaster for covering fire. Jinart helps Darman and Atin infiltrate the heavily armored facility through the surrounding gdan burrows. The two commandos blow their way into the facility initiating a lockdown and trapping Hokan and his officers, place implosion devices to destroy the virus and capture Uthan, leaving through the burrows. Hurati manages to override the lockdown and he escapes with Hokan. As Darman, Atin and Etain head towards the LAAT/i for extraction, Hurati shoots Atin with a Verpine shatter gun seriously wounding him and Uthan, but Darman kills Hurati by shooting him in the head. Niner and Fi meet Hokan, and Niner lures him by pretending to be injured. Etain sees Hokan and kills him while searching for the two commandos by decapitating him with her lightsaber; and with that, she collects her dead master's lightsaber from Hokan's headless corpse, who happened to have the lightsaber. Unfortunately, Etain realized that she is getting attached to the Omega squad, because she never wanted to hear their screams again. Omega Squad are extracted, and Etain decides to stay on Qiilura with Master Arligan Zey, primarily to prevent the attachment she is developing toward Darman.[1]

ContinuityEdit

There are several inconsistencies between Hard Contact and later novels. Dha Werda Verda is mistranslated as "the warrior's shadow". ACP array guns are incorrectly referred to as "APC array guns/blasters". Also, Darman is said to pull out his sidearm, but Jinart notes that it is a DC-17. Since all later novels state that the commandos' sidearms are DC-15s, it is assumed this is an error, and either Darman had a DC-15, or the term "sidearm" was misused.[source?]

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Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Republic Commando: Hard Contact

External linksEdit


Republic Commando series
Games
Republic Commando · Order 66
Novels
Hard Contact · Triple Zero · True Colors · Order 66
Imperial Commando: 501st
Comics
Honor Bound · The Package · Orders
Short Stories
Omega Squad: Targets · Odds
Other
Republic Commando soundtrack
Republic Commando: Prima Official Game Guide
Canceled
Imperial Commando · Imperial Commando 2
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