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The "Soaring" Hawkbat Clan was one of the many clans in which prospective young Initiates were placed when they first began to learn the ways of the Jedi Order. Once a member of the clan, the students would travel together through the academy at the Jedi Temple until the time they graduated.
Named after the hawk-bats of Coruscant, this clan was stationed at the Jedi Temple following the Ruusan Reformation of the Galactic Republic. During the Clone Wars, around the time of the Siege of Saleucami, the clan had been transferred to the training facility on Bogden 3 and was under the care of Jedi Master Du Mahn. Caring for the Initiates with the assistance of Padawan Chase Piru, the clan was awaiting transfer back to Coruscant, but was delayed because of the battle that took place in the capital world's orbit.
The clan was on alert when Masters K'Kruhk and Sian Jeisel arrived with their clone troopers on a damaged Theta-class T-2c shuttle. Welcoming the war heroes, the clan began to prepare a feast when the clone troopers received Contingency Order 66 from the Office of the Supreme Chancellor. In accordance with the order, the troopers opened fire on the Jedi slaughtering several younglings before the older Jedi could respond. Master K'Kruhk and Mahn slew many troopers as they fled the carnage with what Initiates they could protect, while Master Jeisel detonated a thermal detonator in the facility's main entrance, killing herself and many of the clones as the younglings fled. Because Master Mahn was killed in the fighting, K'Kruhk became the new leader of the clan, along with help from Padawan Piru.
Taking the repaired shuttle, the Jedi fled to a bountiful world to gather supplies in the wilderness. Making camp on the tree line, Master K'Kruhk hunted while Piru maintained watch over the younglings. All seemed quiet until the group was ambushed by the Gotal pirate Lumbra and his gang. Salvaging the Jedi's ship for parts, the pirates discovered that the children were Jedi and planned to sell them to the Galactic Empire for a large bounty. Piru, who had been left for dead after attempting to protect the Initiates, helped Master K'Kruhk plan an attack on the pirate camp to free the children. Picking the pirates of one by one with the use of a bow and several large arrows, the Whiphid Jedi's aim was aided by Piru's Force use. Moving in with his lightsaber, K'Kruhk and Piru disarmed the rest, ending when K'Kruhk savagely cut down Lumbra.
Disgusted by his less than Jedi-like behavior, K'Kruhk apologized to Piru and announced his plan to part ways with the group. He was afraid his presence would remind the younglings of his violence. He decided to find a secure place for the clan to relocate.
Later, they were on-board a ship that was shot down on the planet Arkinnea. The clan was captured by the Arkinnea Militia and set to a refugee camp. They were assigned to a tent in Section Two-One-Four and told that they were going to be relocated to the Open Lands soon. Once they arrived at their tent, K'Kruhk noticed a fight taking place outside and quickly broke it up, fearing the violence could spread and endanger the younglings.