- "We've got no homes, no mothers to raise us, no fathers to guide us, but we were thrown into a war and trained to die for a Republic we'd never even seen. We've got nothing but each other and our orders."
- ―RC-1013 "Sarge"
"Orders" was a story from Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 4, the fourth volume in the Clone Wars Adventures comic book series. It primarily focused on the lives of four Republic commandos from Aiwha Squad, their interaction with a young refugee from the Clone Wars, and their execution of Jedi General Traavis in accordance with Order 66.
In 19 BBY, the Galactic Republic battled the Confederacy of Independent Systems on the Outer Rim agricultural world of Garqi. After the Grand Army of the Republic accidentally bombed civilian territory in an attempt to destroy the Separatists' battle droids, the clone commandos of Aiwha Squad were sent in to search for survivors. They found a young boy named Evan, whose parents had been killed, in the bombed out remains of a farm house. Per their orders, Aiwha Squad escorted the child toward the nearby refugee camp, but while en route, Evan attempted to escape from the clones, only to encounter an OG-9 homing spider droid. Aiwha Squad's sergeant, RC-1013, drew the spider droid's attention to himself to protect the boy, and once he had drawn the droid's fire Aiwha Squad struck, attacking and destroying the droid.
As the sun set over the horizon, Aiwha Squad decided to make camp for the night. Leisurely sitting around a fire without helmets and assorted pieces of armor, Evan inquired as to why the four commandos all looked the same. Sergeant RC-1013—introducing himself as "Sarge"—explained that they were clones, and introduced the other members of his squad: Zag, Tyto, and Di'kut. Evan explained his own predicament, including how he'd become an orphan during the battle, and Sarge expressed his sympathies before explaining the nature of their lives in the clone army and the importance of obeying orders in war. The following morning, Aiwha Squad arrives at the refugee camp with Evan and deliver him into the custody of Jedi Knight and General, Traavis. Traavis commended the squad on their efforts and relayed news of General Grievous' death while Sarge took a moment to offer some words of advice to Evan before parting. However, mere moments later, Sarge received the transmission from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine containing an order to carry out Order 66. Obediently, Sarge ordered his men to comply and shot down General Traavis as a traitor to the Republic, right before Evan's eyes. Seeing the child crying and confused, Sarge explained the meaning behind Order 66—that the Jedi were traitors to the Republic who were to be killed—and reiterated his belief in obeying the orders given to him.
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Behind the scenesEdit
Although not stated in the comic itself, author Ryan Kaufman explains on the Jedi Council Forums that "Orders" takes place on the planet Garqi. The next story in Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 4, "Descent", references the battle occurring in this story.