- "Name's Fenn Rau, General. And Skull Squadron is happy to demonstrate…that not all Mandalorians have forgotten their honor and obligations."
- ―Fenn Rau, to Depa Billaba
Skull Squadron was a squadron of Mandalorian Protectors who flew Fang fighters to assist the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars. Near the war's end, Skull Squadron was led by Skull Leader Fenn Rau, who commanded the squadron in the Third Battle of Mygeeto. During the battle, Skull Squadron saved the lives of Jedi General Depa Billaba and Padawan Caleb Dume when the two were cut off and overwhelmed by battle droids of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In the following months, the Republic reformed into the Galactic Empire, so the members of Skull Squadron established a camp on the third moon of Concord Dawn and created an alliance with the newly-formed government.
A squadron of Mandalorian Protectors, Skull Squadron consisted of four Fang fighters, starfighters which were crafted specifically for combat. In order to handle the maneuverability of the ships, the Mandalorian pilots were personally trained by Fenn Rau, the squadron's commander, who held the callsign of "Skull Leader." A legendary and respected veteran of the Clone Wars, Rau also served as a flight instructor for the Grand Army of the Republic. Rau believed that many Mandalorians, such as the members of Death Watch, had forgotten their honor and obligations, but he felt that the members of Skull Squadron still demonstrated those duties.
- "My master, Depa Billaba and I were pinned down—trapped by droids. You and your Skull Squadron flew into the Separatist fire over and over to cover us. You saved our lives."
- ―Kanan Jarrus, to Fenn Rau
In the final months of the Clone Wars, Skull Squadron assisted the Galactic Republic during the Third Battle of Mygeeto, a campaign to liberate the war-torn planet from forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Jedi General Depa Billaba and her battalion of clone troopers were tasked with clearing the Southern Mesas of all battle droids, and she, along with Padawan Caleb Dume, Clone Captain "Styles," and the young clone trooper CT-1157 ("Stance") made their way through Separatist forces. However, the four became stranded when the bridges of mesa they traversed were destroyed, and they could not be extracted for an estimated four minutes. As they were quickly overwhelmed by dozens of B1 battle droids, Skull Squadron, led by Rau, eliminated the droid threat, repeatedly flying into the Separatist fire to cover the Jedi. Once the droids were defeated, Skull Squadron left. Dume wished to meet Rau in person to thank him, but he never received the chance.
At the end of the Clone Wars, the Proclamation of the New Order saw the Republic's reorganization into the Galactic Empire, and with the Imperial occupation of Mandalore, members of Skull Squadron established a camp on the third moon of Concord Dawn and formed an alignment with the Empire. The war's end also saw the destruction of the Jedi Order, although Dume managed to escape the slaughter, assuming the name "Kanan Jarrus." Fifteen years later, in the third year before the Battle of Yavin, Jarrus underwent a mission to the third moon of Concord Dawn, where he finally met Rau, hoping to secure passage through the Concord Dawn system for the rebellion against the Empire.
Behind the scenesEdit
Skull Squadron first appeared in Kanan 10: First Blood, Part IV: The Mesas of Mygeeto, a comic book written by Greg Weisman, penciled by Pepe Larraz, and published by Marvel Comics. The comic was released on January 27, 2016 in conjunction with "The Protector of Concord Dawn," an episode in the second season of Star Wars Rebels which featured Kanan Jarrus meeting Fenn Rau.
- Kanan 10: First Blood, Part IV: The Mesas of Mygeeto (First appearance)
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn" (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Kanan 10: First Blood, Part IV: The Mesas of Mygeeto
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars Rebels – "The Protector of Concord Dawn"
- ↑ Kanan 1: The Last Padawan, Part I: Fight
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ The events of this article take place in or after "A Princess on Lothal," which is the first known episode to take place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.