- "Rys. Always focused on the enemy are you. For inspiration, look to yourself and those beside you."
- ―Yoda, to Rys
"Rys" was the nickname of a clone shock trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. A part of the Coruscant Guard, he accompanied Jedi Grand Master Yoda together with his squadmate Jek and Lieutenant Thire on a mission to meet with the Toydarian King Katuunko on the moon Rugosa. Upon arriving at Rugosa, the Consular-class space cruiser carrying Yoda and the clones came under attack from the Confederacy and was forced to flee after deploying the four to the moon's surface in an escape pod. On Rugosa, Yoda discovered that the Confederacy had already sent the Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress to meet with Katuunko, and an agreement was made between the three parties that who the king allied his people with would depend on whether Yoda and the clone troopers could evade capture by Ventress's forces. Yoda led the clones through Rugosa's coral undergrowth in an attempt to avoid the Confederate battle droids, but they were forced to confront them during the journey, and after Thire was injured the Republic forces retreated to recover in a cave. After hearing inspiring words from Yoda, the three clones emerged together with the Jedi to defeat the Confederacy's forces and then complete the journey to reach Katuunko. After saving the king from Ventress, Yoda was promised the allegiance of the Toydarian people, and Rys and his comrades were picked up by Republic forces arriving to reinforce them.
Arrival on RugosaEdit
- "There's gotta be a full battalion in there. Probably packing armor, too."
- ―Rys spots a C-9979 landing craft
"Rys" was the nickname assumed by a clone trooper of the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars, a conflict against the Confederacy of Independent Systems and their Separatist Droid Army. Like all clone troopers, he was created and trained on the planet Kamino before being deployed. Rys was assigned as a clone shock trooper to the Coruscant Guard, a division of clones stationed on the planet Coruscant, capital of the Republic.
During the early years of the war, Rys was one of three clones from the Guard picked to accompany the Jedi Grand Master Yoda on a mission to Rugosa, a moon close to the planet Toydaria. Yoda was scheduled to meet secretly on the moon with King Katuunko, leader of the Toydarian people and the Toydaria system, where the Republic hoped to build a supply base. The four were transported to the moon in a Consular-class space cruiser; however, upon reaching Rugosa the cruiser found its communications jammed and then came under attack from two Separatist Munificent-class star frigates. As the cruiser was taking heavy fire, Yoda ordered that he and the clone troopers be launched to the moon's surface in an escape pod so that the ship could retreat.
Upon reaching the moon's surface, Lieutenant Thire, leader of the clones, made contact via hologram with Katuunko for Yoda and discovered that Separatist agent and Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress had already reached the king with an offer of allegiance from Count Dooku, leader of the Confederacy. A deal was struck between the three parties where if Yoda and the clone troopers could evade capture by Ventress's forces and reach Katuunko, Toydaria would join the Republic, otherwise the Separatists would have their allegiance. Once the discussion was over, Rys spotted a C-9979 landing craft delivering the Separatists troops they were to face, and Yoda gave orders for the clones to only carry what they needed to avoid being slowed down. He then led them on an indirect route toward the meeting place, hoping to avoid encountering the battle droids located between them and their objective.
Journey to meet KatuunkoEdit
- "Tanks. Is that the best they can throw at us?"
As they traveled, Rys and his comrades were spotted by the Separatist forces, which began firing with Armored Assault Tanks. As the clone troopers were out of range, Yoda ordered them to wait, and soon the tanks were forced to stop as they could not move through the coral growths that covered Rugosa's surface. The droids' commander, 224, then ordered his ground troops to advance on foot. The clones moved to flank the incoming droids from the south, hiding behind corals until the Separatists approached and then opening fire.
Rys and his clone squadmate Jek managed to destroy a squad of B1 battle droids together before meeting up with Thire and learning that he had lost Yoda. A group of B2 super battle droids then attacked, forcing the clone troopers to retreat. As the clones fled, Thire was hit by a heavy weapons super battle droid's missile, knocking him to the ground. Rys ran back to help the lieutenant up while Jek provided covering fire, after which Yoda arrived and used the Force to destroy the battle droids. Three droidekas then arrived, forcing the clone troopers and Jedi to retreat again.
With Thire injured, Yoda's team settled to rest in a cave and took stock of the low amount of ammunition they had left. After Rys declared the battle lost, Yoda provided reassuring words to the clones, telling Rys to pay more attention to and gain inspiration from his teammates instead of focusing on the enemy. The four then heard the sounds of Separatist tanks outside, and moved to the top of the canyon the cave was located in to view the enemy. Yoda leaped down and took on the droids and tanks alone, quickly destroying all of them.
The clone troopers then spotted more droidekas headed toward the Jedi, and as they opened fire on Yoda, Jek fired the clones' last rocket into a rocky overhang that promptly fell and crushed the droids. Victorious, the group made their way to the meeting point and found Ventress trying to kill Katunko on Dooku's orders, as he had chosen to ally with the Republic. Yoda quickly saved the king, forcing Ventress to escape while she distracted the Republic troops with a remotely triggered avalanche. Yoda prevented the debris from reaching them by using the Force, after which Katuunko offered the service and allegiance of the Toydarian people to the Republic, marking the mission as a success. A Venator-class Star Destroyer then arrived in the skies above Rugosa, and a Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry was dispatched to pick up Katuunko, Yoda and the clone troopers.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Do, erh, you have any idea what the general's talking about?"
"How should I know? There's no figuring out a Jedi Master."
- ―Jek and Rys discuss Yoda's odd personality
As a clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, Rys stood 1.83 meters tall, with black hair, brown eyes and tanned skin. He had a black tattoo running up his neck onto the back of his jaw on each side of his face. During missions he tended to focus on the enemy rather than his fellow soldiers, a trait which Yoda picked up on during their time together. Rys struggled to understand Yoda's odd phrases and wise sayings, but believed that such difficulty was to be expected from conversations with a Jedi Master. He was quick to declare the mission lost while the clone troopers rested in the cave, but took heart after hearing Yoda's words of encouragement and was consequently not discouraged when he saw the enemy's tanks.
Behind the scenesEdit
Rys first appeared in "Ambush," the first episode in the first season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, which aired on October 3, 2008. Like all clones in the series, he was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.