- "He has just returned from a border dispute on Ansion."
- ―Mace Windu, speaking about Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Mission to Ansion occurred in 22 BBY.
While the Separatist Crisis was growing, the Commerce Guild and the CIS were both trying to add planets to their cause. During this period, Ansion became a target. This was due to the fact that Ansion was a very important piece of a complicated series of treaties and alliances, such as the Keitumite Mutual Military Treaty and the Malarian Alliance, that joined other planets of greater importance. Ansion's secession from the Galactic Republic was, therefore, bound to cause a chain reaction of exponential consequence.
The machinations for Ansion's secession were headed by Shu Mai, Presidente of the Commerce Guild, in league with the Ansionian Senator Mousul, while the Hutt Soergg Vosadii Bezhin was their hired contact on the planet. They planned to use the border dispute that had existed for many years between the Unity Council and the nomadic Alwari to convince a majority of city-states to unite in a collective will that would allow Ansion to leave the Republic.
Arrival on AnsionEdit
Two teams of Jedi were sent by the Jedi Order to convince Ansion to stay with the Republic. Jedi Masters Luminara Unduli and Obi-Wan Kenobi, along with their Padawans Barriss Offee and Anakin Skywalker, were sent on this mission. But from the very first day, they encountered problems. Soergg the Hutt instructed his majordomo Ogomoor, an Ansionian male, to do anything necessary to stop the Jedi's mission. Two days before Obi-Wan and Anakin were scheduled to arrive on Ansion, Luminara and Barriss were attacked by mercenaries hired by Ogomoor. Although they quickly defeated the first wave of the assault, the second began pushing them back. However, it was at this point that Obi-Wan and Anakin arrived, having made good time en route to Ansion. They quickly defeated the remaining mercenaries, before moving on to meet with the Unity Council.
After a brief meeting with the council, where the Jedi Order's diplomatic ambassadors committed themselves to convince the Alwari to share half or more of their land with the industrialized cities, the Jedi began their search for the Alwari. However, before they could leave Ansion's capital city Cuipernam, Barriss Offee was kidnapped by Kyakhta and Bulgan, two of Soergg's enforcers. They let her go, however, after the Jedi Padawan healed them of their mental infirmities and deactivated the explosive devices that Soergg had implanted in their necks to ensure their compliance. After returning Barriss to the Jedi, both Alwari outcasts agreed to guide the Jedi in their search for the Borokii overclan.
Search for the BorokiiEdit
After acquiring six suubatar, the Jedi, along with their Alwari guides, left Cuipernam and began their search. Before long, they encountered gairks while crossing a river. After surviving their encounter with those native creatures, they met the Yiwa clan. Its leader Mazong told them that before they would help them, the Jedi had to prove that they had souls, unlike those of the "great but soulless Senate." To do this, the Jedi were asked to perform at a feast. At the feast, each Jedi gave a heart-felt performance. Barriss went first, giving an astonishing acrobatics display of movement and light (using her lightsaber), which greatly impressed the Alwari, as well as Skywalker. Anakin next sang a moving, melancholic Tatooine ballad taught to him as a child by his mother. After Kenobi enraptured his listeners with a great hero's tale, Unduli, in a mesmerizing display of the Force, manipulated native particles of sand that swirled around her in another fascinating dance of light. The Yiwa were so impressed with the performances that they agreed to give to the Jedi's Alwari guides the coordinates that would enable them to find the Borokii faster.
Shortly after leaving the Yiwa, the Jedi encountered a massive swarm of native Kyren. These were small avians that traveled in packs of up to two hundred million. The Jedi party and their suubatar mounts took cover behind some jijite columns until the swarm passed. Shortly after this, they encountered several chawix, carnivorous poisonous plants that used the wind for travel, to chance upon their prey.
A new companionEdit
Not long after these events, while they were resting, Barriss noticed a creature taking supplies from them. She followed the Gwurran into the tunnels where she encountered its tribe. The Gwurran began throwing rocks at her, but stopped after she sustained for some time a determined deflection of them with her lightsaber. After learning that Tooqui only took the supplies in order to feed his tribe, she promised the Gwurran a party of sorts, in which the Jedi might teach them a little about not only their wider world, but also the galaxy. After Offee's reunion with her comrades, who indeed humored the Gwurran and attempted to satisfy their insatiable curiosity, the bold Tooqui said he would like to join the Jedi in their quest. A brief discussion followed, in which it was decided that he would join them on their mission.
Encounter with the QulunEdit
The group soon noticed a roving caravan on the horizon and were able to identify them as a trading clan, the Qulun. A patrol of Qulun riders were sent out to greet them. After learning of their search for the Borokii, the clan's chief trader, Baiuntu, invited the group to their camp to dine with them and sample their wares. As they conversed within one of their portable, self-erecting trade rooms, however, Baiuntu had them drugged, then locked up, because of the Soergg-issued promised of a reward to those that stopped the Jedi from returning to Cuipernam before the Ansionian secession vote was taken.
Uniting the overclans Edit
Even so, the brave Tooqui returned to rescue all of them, and soon they traveled north and caught up with the Borokii overclan, to whom they at last were able to present their proposal. The Borokii agreed, but only on the grounds that the Jedi settle a conflict that existed between the Borokii and their longtime rival, the Januul, another overclan. The Jedi agreed and ultimately managed to settle the conflict diplomatically. They then returned to the capital city, Cuipernam, where they were again delayed by Soergg, who had hired thugs to dispatch them. However the Jedi managed to make it to the gathering of the Unity, which was in the process of voting on the matter of secession. Due to the fact that the Jedi had effectively settled the border dispute, the Unity voted to stay within the Republic.
Ansion remained a member of the Galactic Republic, and the planet's Alwari ruling councils united under the Council of Alwari Elders. Also, the Separatists' plan of issuing demands to the Republic was delayed (they had planned to issue demands to the Republic the moment Ansion declared secession), though Count Dooku decided that Ansion had been only a minor setback.
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