- "No maiming and no killing. It's hard to win hearts and minds when you're cutting off heads and hands."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the Jedi.
In 22 BBY, during a diplomatic mission to the planet Ansion undertaken by several members of the Jedi Order, a skirmish took place in the plains on Ansion between the Borokii and the Januul, two Alwari overclans. Four Jedi—Master Luminara Unduli, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and their Padawans Barriss Offee and Anakin Skywalker—were dispatched to Ansion to ensure it remained in the Republic. After finding the ruling Borokii, the Jedi agreed to help them deal with their traditional enemies, the Januul overclan. After both the Borokii and Januul armies had assembled outside the Januul camp, Kenobi attempted to get both sides to sit down and talk, though this initially failed and fighting broke out. During the skirmish, which was brief (lasting only minutes), the Jedi fought both sides. Once both overclans realized the Jedi had destroyed their finest weapons while avoiding killing anyone, they ceased all insult and assault and agreed to hear the Jedi out.
- "Our traditional enemies, the Januul overclan, are encamped not far from here. Help us deal with them once and for all, and you will have earned the friendship and concordance of the Situng Borokii forever! This is our price for doing what you ask of us."
- ―Borokii Council of Elders, to the Jedi.
During the growing Separatist Crisis in 22 BBY, in which many star systems seceded from the Galactic Republic to form the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the planet Ansion became a target in a plot led by the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus and Shu Mai, Presidente of the Commerce Guild.
Ansion lay at the heart of several treaties, meaning that if it seceded from the Republic, this would in turn cause the secession of many other worlds. To prevent this, the Jedi Order dispatched Jedi Masters Luminara Unduli and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and their Padawans Barriss Offee and Anakin Skywalker, on a diplomatic mission to convince the Unity of Community, the government of Ansion which was based in the capital city of Cuipernam, to stay within the Republic. To achieve this, the Jedi hoped to negotiate an arrangement between the Alwari nomads and the Unity, in which the Alwari would share dominion over the prairie lands that they currently controlled and allow the Unity to develop the resources that lay within half or more of those lands.
Shortly after encountering the Qulun, a non-traditional Alwari trading clan, the Jedi and their companions managed to find the Borokii, the leading Alwari overclan. In order to be granted an audience with the Borokii council, the Jedi had to collect a tuft of fur from a rare albino surepp, one of only two among the camp's thousands. After Unduli, with the assistance of her Jedi companions, managed to achieve this dangerous, astonishing feat, delivering the white fur to the council, the Jedi were granted an audience with the Borokii elders. The council agreed that it would submit to the proposal set forth by the High Council of the Jedi Order and the Galactic Senate if the Jedi, in turn, would help them to "deal" once and for all with their traditional enemy, the Januul, with whom, for many generations, they'd fought and disputed. Kenobi agreed that they would help—albeit to the great surprise and consternation of his fellow Jedi, who knew that martial involvement in internal planetary affairs was strictly forbidden by the Jedi Order. But Kenobi assuaged for the moment their concerns by saying there was more than one way—apart from afflicting hurt and death—to "deal with" opposing forces.
- "You must learn to work together, with each other, as well as with those who dwell in the towns and cities. If you do not, then you risk losing that which you fight for to greedy meddlers from outside like the Commerce Guild—and others, who see Ansion and its people as nothing more than a pawn in a greater game."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the assembled Borokii and Januul armies.
After agreeing to help deal with the Januul, the Jedi, along with many Borokii warriors, marched for several days towards the Januul camp. Despite attempting to arrive undetected, the Januul spotted the Borokii and both sides lined up in preparation for battle. Unduli, Kenobi, Skywalker and Offee walked out and stood in the center of the battlefield. Kenobi then asked the Januul to sit down with the Borokii to discuss matters that were far more important and far-reaching than the parochial conflict between them. When one Januul warrior broke ranks and attempted to charge forward, Kenobi used the Force to stop his sadain, a large riding animal, sending him flying. Once the warrior hit the ground, however, both sides attacked. The Jedi deflected anything that came near them, carefully avoiding maiming or killing anyone. And after only minutes of fighting had passed, both sides ceased their assault, realizing that the Jedi had destroyed their finest weapons while avoiding injuring or killing anyone. Elders from both the Borokii and the Januul overclans then came forward, agreeing to hear the Jedi out.
- "I am told the two councils have agreed to everything you have asked. The accord will be finalized tonight in the traditional manner, during a feast in which both Borokii and Januul will participate."
- ―Borokii honor-guard captain Bayaar, to the Jedi.
With the skirmish concluded, the Jedi spoke with the presiding-council elders of both the Borokii and Januul overclans, deciding that a new building would be built where they stood, so that negotiations could be conducted without either overclan having any perceived advantage. At first, the Borokii elders were angry, claiming that the Jedi broke their word to help them deal once and for all with their sworn enemy, but they soon realized that the Jedi had treated both overclans equally and, in fact, made good on their promise, albeit differently from what they'd envisioned. The negotiations concluded with both sides agreeing to everything the Jedi asked. The Coruscanti diplomats then returned to Cuipernam and, despite being attacked by forces sent by Soergg the Hutt, were able to convince the Unity of Community to stay within the Republic.
Behind the scenesEdit
The skirmish between the Borokii and the Januul first appeared in the 2002 novel, The Approaching Storm, written by Alan Dean Foster. It later appeared in a flashback in the 2004 novel, MedStar II: Jedi Healer, written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry.
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