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"This is taking too long. Destroy that cruiser."
"But sir, there are still hundreds of droids on board!"
"I don't care."
"Roger, roger."
―TF-1726 and a B1 battle droid[src]

TF-1726 was a masculine-programmed T-series tactical droid who served in the Confederate Navy during the Clone Wars. In 22 BBY, the droid commanded a fleet of Munificent-class star frigates during the Sky Battle of Quell, in which he ambushed a flotilla of Venator-class Star Destroyers led by Jedi General Aayla Secura. During the course of the battle over Quell, TF-1726 lost one of his own frigates, but his remaining forces were able to destroy two of Secura's Star Destroyers, leaving only Secura's own command ship, the Liberty, maintaining altitude. The tactical droid then sent hundreds of B2-RP battle droids to invade the damaged destroyer.

While the battle droids attacked the Resolute, an evacuation party led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker arrived to help by sending an evacuation party to Secura's crippled flagship, destroying many droids aboard. Becoming impatient due to the prolongation of the battle, the tactical droid ordered his frigate's gunners to open fire on the Liberty. As a result, all of the droids still aboard the destroyer went down with it, although Secura, Clone Commander Bly, and the evacuation party managed to escape the ship before its destruction. After the Republic's evacuation cruiser accidentally jumped to hyperspace, TF-1726's fleet was left to continue the battle with the remaining Republic forces, which ultimately led to a Separatist victory.

BiographyEdit

"We have them now. Send in the super droids."
―TF-1726, during the battle[src]

Manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata,[1] TF-1726[4] was a T-series tactical droid[1] who served in the Navy of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[2] During the first year of the Clone Wars,[5] the Outer Rim[6] planet Quell had become a contested site between the Confederacy and the Galactic Republic.[7] Quell's state of contention soon escalated when TF-1726's fleet of seven Munificent-class star frigates ambushed Jedi General Aayla Secura's flotilla of three Republic Navy Venator-class Star Destroyers in the highest levels of the planet's atmosphere, initiating the Sky Battle of Quell.[2]

Battle of Quell

TF-1726's forces attack the Liberty.

While the cluster of Separatist frigates pelted the trio of Venator-class Star Destroyers with concentrated cannonades, the tactical droid deployed several squadrons of Vulture droid fighters to engage the Republic's V-19 Torrent starfighters. Although one of the Munificent-class frigates was shot down by the Republic Star Destroyers, the Confederacy started to gain the advantage, by concentrating intense turbolaser fire on the outnumbered Republic flotilla–ultimately sending two of Secura's damaged cruisers to the surface of the planet.[2] Before long, Secura's personal command ship, the Liberty,[8] lost its deflector shields, prompting TF-1726 to order several hundred rocket pack–equipped[2] B2-RP battle droids[9] to board the crippled ship. The battle droids invaded the Liberty, although another Republic ship, the Resolute, arrived from hyperspace and dispatched an evacuation party, led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, aboard several LAAT/i gunships and a Consular-class cruiser to evacuate Secura and her crew.[2]

The evacuation party and Secura's remaining forces were able to destroy several battle droids aboard the Liberty, which delayed the battle's outcome as TF-1726 had calculated.[2] Not tolerating the wait, as his forces should have won four minutes prior,[8] the droid ordered his gunners to concentrate all of the frigate's fire at the Liberty, ignoring the fact that hundreds of battle droids were still on board. The resulting laser bombardment set the destroyer's inner corridors on fire, which consumed battle droids and Republic clone troopers alike. However, Skywalker, Secura, and the evacuation party were able to escape from the ship aboard the Consular-class cruiser just before the Liberty was completely destroyed. When the group tried to board the Resolute, the tactical droid's starfighters attacked their cruiser, causing the ship's hyperdrive to accidentally activate. The cruiser jumped to hyperspace, leaving the Resolute and its commanding officer, Admiral Wullf Yularen, to continue the battle against TF-1726's Confederate fleet.[2] The battle would eventually not end well for the remaining Republic forces, turning into a victory for the Separatists over Quell.[10]

CharacteristicsEdit

Tactical droid Quell

TF-1726 gives commands to his crew during the Sky Battle of Quell.

As a tactical droid, TF-1726 had his own individual color scheme,[3] which was green and white.[2] He was built by Baktoid to be 1.93 meters in height,[3] with masculine programming and white photoreceptors.[2] Like all tactical droids, he was far more intelligent than the standard battle droids of the Separatist Droid Army. Not controlled by a central control computer, he could think and function independently.[11] A calculating droid in battle,[12] he estimated that the invading battle droids would swiftly win the battle. However, he started to grow impatient as the battle progressed.[2] When his forces failed to achieve victory as scheduled, being late by four minutes,[8] he changed plans and ordered the Liberty to be targeted and destroyed immediately. A B1 battle droid gunner reminded him that hundreds of droids were still aboard the cruiser, but he lacked any concern for them.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

A picture of this tactical droid was first seen in The Clone Wars: Headgames, an issue of the online Star Wars: The Clone Wars webcomic series. The picture was a screenshot from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series episode "Jedi Crash," in which the tactical droid made his first on-screen appearance, voiced by Matthew Wood. In the episode, the droid did not receive a name, but his appearance marked the debut of the T-series tactical droid model on the show. The unnamed droid later received the name "TF-1726" on a promotional poster for the series.

TF-1726 also appeared in the non-canonical video game LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. In the game's adaption of "Jedi Crash," the droid is surveying the Sky Battle of Quell when his B1 battle droid subordinate spots the Consular-class cruiser approaching the Liberty. The B1 droid shakes the tactical droid and points out the cruiser, after which the tactical droid orders one of his frigates to capture the cruiser. One of the frigates then traps the cruiser with a tractor beam but is soon destroyed by Skywalker, allowing the cruiser to continue with the evacuation.

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