- "So this is just some kind of filibustering raid? You sally in and fly and back out? And you think that's enough"
- ―Gorlan Palladane
The Raid on Chelloa was the second stage of Operation Influx—a Jedi hit–and–run operation against the Sith in 1,032 BBY during the New Sith Wars. Operation Influx aimed to disrupt the Sith warlord Daiman's extraction and export of baradium on Chelloa. Baradium was a volatile compound used in the manufacture of munitions including thermal detonators. Chelloa was exporting baradium to Daimanite war forges near the front lines. Since the Jedi feared that the baradium lode would provide Daiman with a tactical advantage that would allow him to end the stalemated civil infighting in the Grumani sector, Jedi Master Vannar Treece advocated knocking a portion of the Chelloan export offline. For Operation Influx, Treece recruited a volunteer force of several Jedi including his former apprentice Kerra Holt, who had recently passed the trials to become a Jedi Knight.
The Chelloan resistance led by the undercover former Knight Gorlan Palladane had supplied the Jedi with intelligence about Daiman's baradium mining operations. The Jedi strike team landed at the spaceport in the town of Jenith and overwhelmed a small Daimanate security force with the assistance of local miners who were members of the resistance. Their attack was interrupted by the arrival of Sith Lord Odion's forces which had deployed a kinetic corruptor, which ignited a large area and killed many Jedi, Daimanate guards and miners. Vannar himself was slain during a duel by Odion with Kerra being the sole Jedi survivor. Gorlan managed to evacuate several of the survivors including Kerra to Jenith. From that point, Kerra was forced to operate undercover within Daiman's realm. This skirmish on Chelloa effectively terminated Operation Influx while giving Odion a foothold in the Chelloan system. Kerra's later operations on Chelloa became subsumed into the Chelloan affair.
- "The Jedi couldn't mean to free Chelloa with this [sic] few knights."
"Er--this isn't that kind of mission. The Jedi are busy holding the line back home--"
- ―Gorlan Palladane and Vannar Treece
By time of the Republic Dark Age, the New Sith Empire disintegrated into several factions including the Chagras Hegemony. These factions fought the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order in a protracted and stalemated war. By 1,040 BBY, the Hegemony had collapsed into several warring factions led by rival Sith Lords such as Daiman and Odion. The bleak planet of Chelloa became an exporter of baradium for Daiman's war effort against both the Republic and his own brother. This mining operation was dangerous and he utilized slave labor during the extraction efforts.
Daiman's mining operations attracted the attention of the Jedi who dispatched a mission of Jedi Knights under Vannar Treece to disrupt shipping and to liberate the slaves. Operation Influx involved three stages. Firstly, Treece's Jedi strike team infiltrating the Daimanite transport hub on Oranessan. There, the Jedi would steal one of the massive ore transports that regularly travelled to Chelloa. Secondly, the Jedi team would travel to Chelloa on the ore transport and then launch a lightning raid that would knock a portion of the baradium shipping depot offline before any of the material could reach Daiman's munitions factories near the front lines. Thirdly, the Jedi team would depart Chelloa via a direct hyperspace lane to neutral space where they would find their way back to the Galactic Republic.
Due to the weakened state of the Republic's finances, Treece had personally raised the funds for the trip and recruited the Jedi volunteers. The operation was a hit-and-run raid aimed at sabotaging the export of baradium from Chelloa. With the supplies to the frontline cut, the Sith would buckle to Jedi pressure. Gorlan Palladane, a relief-worker and an undercover Jedi agent, had supplied the Jedi with intelligence on Daiman's baradium mining operation. To communicate with his Jedi counterparts offworld, Palladane and the local Rodian mechanic Skodo had activated one of the dormant hyperspace relay networks within the Chelloan system. Unknown to the Jedi, their transmissions had been intercepted by the Sith warlord Odion, the estranged older brother of Daiman and the ruler of the Odionate. Despite being brothers, both Sith Lords hated each other with the insane Daiman viewing himself as the Creator of the universe with Odion being seen as the "evil" Destroyer. Meanwhile, Odion was the leader of a Sith death cult that glorified death and destruction as a means of bringing peace to himself.
The first stage of Operation Influx went well without any serious delays. The Jedi travelled to Oranessan on one of their own starships. While descending, they shot down a small Daimanite personnel shuttle. Master Treece, the Jedi Knight Kerra Holt and two other Jedi including the Celegian Dorvin Eltrom then went to the wreckage and retrieved several cloaks and identification badges from the dead flight crew. Posing as pilots, the Jedi advance team killed a party of Daimanite sentries and then commandeered an empty Daimanite Heavy-Lift Starcrosser from the Sith transport landing zone. After giving the signal for the other Jedi to enter the transport, the Jedi planned to use the transport to take them to Chelloa, but discovered that the transport's navigation computer was missing its activation cylinder. Holt stole a replacement cylinder from a nearby hangar, and after fitting the device, the Jedi departed Oranessan.
- "What in--? That cargo liner's firing on our own ships"
- ―Sith trooper commander
Daiman's slaves were loading crates of baradium onto cargo liners destined for the war effort under the supervision of several Sith troopers. During the process, Treece's Jedi team infiltrated the spaceport using a captured cargo liner, destroying several of the waiting liners and igniting some of the baradium crates, creating chaos among the Sith ranks. The disembarking Jedi quickly overwhelmed the Sith defenders before attending to the wounded. Treece also made contact with Gorlan Palladane, the leader of the slave miners. Another objective of the Jedi mission was to liberate Daiman's slave miners and to return to Republic lines aboard their captured cargo liner.
However, this short-lived victory was interrupted by the arrival of an offensive force of ships above Squatter's Hill under Daiman's older brother and rival—Lord Odion. Odion's forces included a massive kinetic corruptor, a massive mobile machine capable of igniting baradium deposits. During a heated duel, Treece and Holt took on Lord Odion which was interrupted by an explosion generated by the kinetic corruptor which killed and wounded many of the assembled workers and combatants including most of the Jedi team with the exception of Holt. The duel culminated in the death of Treece who was impaled by Odion while distracted.
However, the slave leader Palladane and Holt survived the explosion since they had managed to hide in cargo liner. With Vannar and the other Jedi dead, Kerra and Palladane began to attend to the wounded including both slaves and Sith troopers. The blast created by the kinetic corruptor had freed the baradium gases from shale by igniting the veins. A significant proportion of the wounded were burn victims due to the vast baradium deposits on the ground.
Behind enemy linesEdit
- "I'm glad you're here, Lord Daiman. There are many injured. Not just workers -- also many of your soldiers!"
"Then death will claim them. I require knowledge. You saw the device my brother brought-- it was a Kinetic Corruptor?"
- ―Palladane and Daiman
While the survivors began attending to the wounded, Lord Daiman arrived on a repulsorcraft. He was unconcerned at the loss of lives and the wounded, demanding to see Palladane, the spokesman for the workers. Palladane pleaded for help in treating the wounded but Daiman was more concerned with wanting to know how his rival Odion and the Jedi discovered his secret baradium mining operations. When Palladane expressed his ignorance of the matter, Daiman used Force choke to strangle the former. However, Kerra intervened and tried to force Daiman to stop tormenting Palladane at gunpoint.
Amused by her courage and dismissing her as an orphan, Daiman relinquished his grip on Palladane and fondled with her. He mockingly told her to embrace her anger as a diversion and released her since he was preoccupied with the threat of Odion to his goals. Showing little concern for the well-being of his subjects, Daiman ordered them to erect up one of his statues in the village square before dismissing the crowd. 
Behind the scenesEdit
The Raid on Chelloa first appeared in Star Wars: Knight Errant 1: Aflame, Part 1 which debuted on October 13, 2010. As a plot device, it introduced the main characters of the comic series including Kerra Holt, Gorlan Palladane, Daiman, and Odion. It also acted as the exposition of the plot of the comic arc which was told from the point of view of Kerra Holt. The battle also introduced several new plot elements including the planet Chelloa, the particle baradium, and the kinetic corruptor.
- Star Wars: Knight Errant: Influx (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Knight Errant 0
- Star Wars: Knight Errant 1: Aflame, Part 1 (First appearance)
- Knight Errant novel (Indirect mention only)