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- "I don't sense any danger here."
"The danger you can't sense is usually the most deadly, Master Fisto."
"Succinct. Was that one of Yoda's?"
"No, it's one of mine."
- ―Kit Fisto and Keelyvine Reus
Keelyvine Reus was a Human female Jedi General during the Clone Wars. She had the tutelage of the Padawan Tyzen Xebec foisted upon her during the conflict after Xebec's former Master, Bolla Ropal, was slain by the bounty hunter Cad Bane. Reus found it difficult to connect with her new Padawan, as she thought him to be unfocused and reckless. She was teamed with Admiral Dron and Jedi Master Kit Fisto on an expedition to the vital agriworld Ukio, which Clone Intelligence believed was being targeted by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, although there were no enemy fleet movements suggesting such an attack. Ukio itself supplied the Grand Army of the Republic with vital food supplies.
The expedition encountered a significant problem when a Confederate battleship entered the area and deployed an electromagnetic cloud that blocked out Ukio's sun. Although Reus was loathe to have the world's planetary deflector shield lowered to disperse the cloud, lest the Confederacy try and land on the planet, she eventually relented. Her worst fears were realized when an enemy insertion team led by the tactical droid "Doctor" made planetfall. Xebec was able to thwart the Doctor's plans, and Reus came to his rescue when he was cornered by the tactician. Master and apprentice bonded over the course of the mission, but despite the Republic's tactical victory in the engagement, Ukio was later purchased by agents of the Confederacy.
- "What would the Separatists want with this world? They don't have an army to feed."
"No, but we do, Padawan."
- ―Keelyvine Reus and Tyzen Xebec
Keelyvine Reus was a Human female Jedi Knight who served as a General during the Clone Wars. In that pan-galactic conflict, during which the Confederacy of Independent Systems battled the Galactic Republic for supremacy, Reus was forced to take a Padawan learner, Tyzen Xebec, a Zabrak male. Xebec's former Master, Bolla Ropal, had been slain by the Confederate-allied bounty hunter Cad Bane in the wake of a battle at Devaron, and so Reus took Ropal's place as the Zabrak's instructor. She had also inherited Ropal's clone trooper commander, one nicknamed "Ganch." Teamed with fellow Jedi Kit Fisto, as well as Admiral Dron, Reus commanded a Republic fleet consisting of a Venator-class Star Destroyer and two Consular-class frigates.
The fleet was dispatched to Ukio, a vital agriworld that supplied the Republic troops with food. Upon being informed of their arrival by Dron, Reus instructed the Admiral to have her frigates form a sentry line, while the fleet was to be placed on yellow alert. Fisto could not detect any hint of danger, but Reus was adamant that any danger that they could not sense would prove the most vital. A clone informed Reus that they were receiving an incoming intelligence update from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Reus, remembering that her Padawan was with Ganch at that time, instructed that the Commander be contacted and that Xebec be brought to the bridge immediately. Fisto jokingly suggested that she summon him through the Force—the Human was less than amused.
Reus and Fisto were contacted by Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu, although they had to wait for Xebec to arrive. When the Padawan turned up, the Jedi, along with Dron, conferred with Coruscant as to the background of Ukio's involvement in the war. Windu informed them that Ukio was not only vital to the Republic, but that it also supplied the entire Abrion sector and Triellus Trade Route with food. The planet had attempted to secede from the Republic just prior to the opening of the Clone Wars, but had been prevented from doing so by Grand Master Yoda. Kenobi noted that the citizenry were still divided, and that the planet was in enough political turmoil that it might attract the attention of Confederate agents such as Asajj Ventress, or even the enemy figurehead, Count Dooku. Xebec was curious as to why the Confederacy would be interested in Ukio, as they had no mouths to feed, but Reus reminded him that the Republic most certainly did.
Clone Intelligence had determined that Ukio was indeed possibly being targeted by the Confederacy, but aiding the Republic was the fact that the planet was protected by a powerful planetary shield. Consulting a readout, Reus noted that the shield would be strong enough to deflect a considerable enemy bombardment, and that was what puzzled Kenobi—there had been no reports of any major Confederate fleet movements anywhere near Ukio. Windu instructed the Jedi to perform reconnaissance and inspect the situation on the planet surface. He suspected that there might be Confederate sympathizers or saboteurs among the Ukians, and Reus obeyed. Conferring with Fisto after the meeting, Reus decided that the fleet should retain orbital patrol, in case the intelligence reports were erroneous, and that they should perform sensor analysis on the planetary shield to hunt for weak spots. Fisto asked the trailing Xebec, who had remained silent, for his opinion, but the young Zabrak was unable to tender one. Reus instructed her Padawan to take a team to Ukio's surface and survey the planetary defenses. As Xebec departed, Reus confided in Fisto her feelings that the Padawan was reckless and lacked focus. The Nautolan assured her that she would eventually be able to connect with him, in time, through the Force.
- "Master, how did you find me? How did you get past the shields?"
"Two questions, one answer, Padawan. When I couldn't reach you, I called Ganch. […] But I reached someone else instead. A rather spirited young AgriCorps worker who led me to you and lowered the shields for me."
- ―Tyzen Xebec and Keelyvine Reus
Dron soon alerted Reus and Fisto to an incoming alert. The Ukian satellite network had detected a lone Confederate Lucrehulk-class battleship over Ukio's horizon, and Reus was concerned by the development. The lone Confederate ship's presence was suspicious, but could not inflict any real damage on Ukio's shield. Fisto suspected that it was a lure to pull the fleet to the other side of the planet, and so Reus ordered Dron to hold the fleet's position while she and Fisto would perform reconnaissance in their Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptors. Deploying in her personal fighter, Reus was joined by Fisto as they headed away from the flagship, toward the enemy battleship.
Upon reaching the flagship, Reus observed that it was deploying modified seismic tanks, which she detected were unarmed. She was puzzled as to just what the tanks were doing, and they subsequently approached the planetary shield, deploying a cloudy black substance all over it. Fisto attempted to run a diagnostic of the substance, and the Jedi quickly moved to engage the tanks. Reus soon realized that destroying them would not prevent them from releasing the substance, so while Fisto transmitted his diagnostic material back to the fleet, she had her astromech droid try and reach Dron. The communication between her and Dron was fragmented, however, as the battleship was jamming most frequencies. The Admiral informed her that he had forwarded Fisto's material to the other ships in the fleet, and that they had made several findings. Acknowledging Dron's message, Reus and Fisto headed back to the fleet so that they could communicate clearly.
Back on the flagship, Reus and Fisto joined Dron in listening to a report from Captain Pharl McQuarrie. The Captain had determined that the substance was soil from the Moorjan badlands—an electro-static compound that would cling to the planetary shield. Reus was curious as to whether the soil was doing any actual damage—McQuarrie assured her that it was not. However, the soil was in fact photoreactive, causing it to move across the shield in tandem with the planet's orbit; in effect, the soil would continually block out Ukio's sun, no matter how the planet rotated. Reus immediately understood the implications—by creating a perpetual eclipse, the Confederacy would stop the vital sunlight from shining on the Ukian crops, which in turn would cause them to die out.
Breaking through the jamming signals, Reus established contact with the Ukian Liege. She informed him of the situation, and he was not at all pleased—the crops of Ukio were highly sensitive, and could not be robbed of any more sunlight. Despairing, the Liege suggested that they drop the shield in order to disperse the Moorjan dirt, but Reus, as well as Ganch, who was with the Liege, advised against such an action, as it was probably exactly what the Confederates wanted him to do. The Ukian protested, however, pointing out that the Republic would soon have nothing more to defend. Reus consulted McQuarrie to make sure that the Liege's plan would work—the Captain confirmed that it would indeed scatter the Moorjan dust to the Ukian winds. Reus relented and instructed the Liege to drop the shields in fifteen minutes, in a size only as large as the cloud and as briefly as possible. Meanwhile, she ordered Dron to take the fleet to the Confederate battleship, reminding him that time was of the essence. As they neared the battleship, they would lose all communications due to the jamming, and they needed to be there when the shield was dropped to ensure that no enemy craft would make it through the shield. The Jedi also resolved to decisively destroy the battleship.
Battle at UkioEdit
- "But just what did the Separatists do to this planet?"
- ―Keelyvine Reus
Reus returned to her fighter, and with Fisto accompanying her, led Blue Squadron, comprised of V-19 Torrent starfighters, into combat against the Lucrehulk-class battleship. She instructed her fellow pilots to close up their formation in order to allow her flagship an open line of fire. As they made their approach, the Liege dropped the shields on schedule, dispersing the cloud. This prompted the enemy battleship to deploy Vulture droids to engage the Republic fighters. A vicious and chaotic dogfight broke out, as Reus and her pilots fought both enemy droids and the remaining seismic tanks. As the carnage continued, a trio of Confederate Sheathipede-class transport shuttles broke through the hole in the shield and were able to land on Ukio.
As the battle raged in space, Reus attempted to contact Xebec, but the communications were still jammed. Fisto noted that she was starting to care about her Padawan, but she pointed out that if the Confederacy had landed on Ukio, it was Xebec's job to defeat them. Eventually, the Confederate battleship was destroyed, bringing an end to the signal jamming. Fisto was relieved, but the atmospheric ionization continued to prevent Reus from contacting Xebec. She decided that they would have to make their way toward the surface and see for themselves what was happening on Ukio. To that end, she resolved to meet up with her Padawan directly. Attempting to contact Ganch, she was instead put through to an Agricultural Corps worker named Sanya, who directed Reus to her Padawan and lowered the planetary shields.
The Jedi Knight found her Padawan battling Confederate troops near a landed Sheathipede-class shuttle in an Ukian field. He had destroyed a series of devices that had prompted most beings on Ukio to go berserk and violently turn against their true nature. Although Xebec had been able to dispatch the battle droids, he had been cornered and disarmed by the Confederate mastermind, a T-series tactical droid known as "Doctor." As the droid closed in on the unarmed Xebec, Reus approached, lightsabers drawn, and dispatched the enemy commander. She asked if her apprentice was alright—he assured her that he was, although he was puzzled as to how she had been able to find him and land on Ukio. She explained what had happened and began inspecting the remains of the "Doctor." Reus also commended her Padawan for his actions, but was curious as to where Ganch was—as it turned out, the Commander had also been affected by the Confederate transmitters, and the young Zabrak had been forced to subdue him. Reus was still puzzled as to what precisely the Confederate forces had done to the planet, however.
After the battle, Reus joined Fisto, Xebec, and Sanya at a landing pad for debriefing. The effects of the Doctor's devices had been localized and temporary—health checks indicated that most workers and clones had regained mental stability. Reus instructed Xebec to have Ganch round up all of the waylaid gigaun herds that had run rampant during the incursion. She also applauded Sanya's efforts, before the group were approached by the Liege. The Ukian was furious and demanded that the Republic forces leave immediately. He had been stripped of his position following the tumultuous events, and as his last official act, it was his formal request that the Republic leave Ukio. As it turned out, the Ukian stock had plummeted as a result of the battle, allowing Corporate Alliance Magistrate Passel Argente to purchase the planet itself, placing it directly under Confederate control.
The Valsedian OperationEdit
After departing Ukio, Reus and the rest of the Republic fleet returned to Coruscant aboard the Venator-class cruiser, Selfless. Reus debarked alongside Xebec, Commander Ganch, and Sanya. Xebec asked Sanya if she would miss the AgriCorps and the work she did on Ukio. She replied that she'd miss the good the AgriCorps does, but not the dirty work, and in fact, she preferred planets like Coruscant. She revealed that she was also born on the planet, and Xebec welcomed her home. Reus thanked Sanya for her help on Ukio and expressed her hope that the Agricorps would reward her in her next assignment. Ganch then made sure Reus was aware that he had fully recovered from the effects of Project Instinction and was ready for duty, but Reus insisted that Ganch was due for leave.
They were met by Captain Rex, who asked that Reus and Xebec meet Grand Master Yoda immediately, and offered to accompany Ganch to the RSO Center for relaxation. Ganch was hesitant, but when Reus insisted, he invited Sanya to join him and they departed. Reus and Xebec then left for the Jedi Temple, and joined Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who were speaking with Master Yoda.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "What are you doing here?"
"I came to see if you were all right. I am pleased to see that you are."
- ―Tyzen Xebec and Keelyvine Reus
Keelyvine Reus was a stern and succinct Jedi, and she shared her own philosophy openly with Master Kit Fisto. He mistook it for a saying of Master Yoda's, but she humorlessly informed him otherwise. Reus was not amused by Fisto's more flippant attitude, and continually chose not to humor her fellow Jedi. Her relationship with her Padawan, Tyzen Xebec, was strained, and she had little tolerance for his tardiness, feeling that he was unfocused and reckless by nature. She confided her misgivings to Fisto, but he assured her that there was no single way to train a Padawan and that she would find her own path.
When faced with a threatening situation, such as the arrival of a Confederate craft at Ukio, Reus acted decisively, deciding to perform reconnaissance tasks personally. When Fisto began to believe that Reus was starting to care about her Padawan, she brushed it off as being concern for the mission objectives. Later in the battle, however, she was genuinely concerned for his well-being, and was relieved to find him safe. She also praised his efforts during the battle, as he had been able to almost single-handedly defeat the Confederate incursion. Additionally, the Jedi was highly impressed with the conduct of the AgriCorps worker Sanya during the battle. She appeared to like the color green, even wearing non-traditional Jedi robes consisting of a green dress and black boots.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Reus was an able pilot, flying a personal Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor. During the opening stages of the battle at Ukio, she demonstrated her combat ability by destroying several of the orbiting seismic tanks.
In addition, she was a skilled lightsaber combatant who wielded two lightsabers. She had been partially trained by Dooku, a well-known swordsman, and commented that he tolerated nothing short of perfection. She was able to defeat a Confederate leader, the "Doctor," in battle and also went up against Ventress.
Behind the scenesEdit
Keelyvine Reus was first introduced in Part Five of the webcomic The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct, published in 2009 and written by Pablo Hidalgo and visualized by Tom Hodges. In that installment, she is mistakenly called "General Geus" by a clone naval officer in a single frame.
Thomas Hodges is the character designer, while Pablo Hidalgo came up with her name.