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"I smell fear, and it smells good."
―Trench — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Admiral Trench was a Harch naval commander who survived a number of presumed deaths throughout his career. Hailing from Secundus Ando, he acquitted himself in engagements with the Galactic Republic, all the while savoring the terror he struck in his enemies. Years after his purported death at the Battle of Malastare Narrows, he resurfaced during the Clone Wars, becoming a key officer in the navy of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. From the dreadnought Invincible he oversaw the Confederate blockade of Christophsis, which brought him into conflict with a Republic battle group led by Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker along with an old foe, Admiral Wullf Yularen. When Skywalker and Yularen attempted to use an experimental stealth ship to breach the blockade, Trench began a deadly game of cat and mouse with them. Though Skywalker outwitted him by redirecting a volley of proton torpedoes at the Invincible, Trench managed to survive his flagship's demise.

During the Battle of Ringo Vinda, Trench captured clone trooper Tup—who had mysteriously gunned down Jedi General Tiplar—and sent the clone to Separatist leader Count Dooku for examination, though a Republic team intervened and rescued Tup. In another campaign, Trench besieged the Republic shipyards at Anaxes for weeks on end, exploiting the Techno Union's secret access to a Republic strategy algorithm. Even as the tide of battle began to turn, Trench remained intent on annihilating the Jedi and their clone infantry. Though he activated a bomb beneath the assembly complex on Anaxes, Skywalker infiltrated Trench's flagship and forced the admiral to divulge the sequence to disarm the device. When Trench tried to retaliate, Skywalker drove his lightsaber through his chest, inflicting a death that even the hardened Harch could not escape.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Trench symbol

Trench's personal symbol

A male Harch from Secundus Ando,[1] Trench saw service in multiple battles throughout his military career, mostly in cruiser-to-cruiser action. In many of these battles he would fight against forces utilizing cloaked starships, defeating them through the use of tracking torpedoes fixed on the vessels' magnetic signatures.[4]

Trench would eventually rise to command a corporate fleet that blockaded the planet Malastare. Trench was able to hold his lines against a Republic fleet led by Wullf Yularen sent to break the blockade, tearing their ships apart. However, a Jedi-led taskforce commanded by Master Kep-She was able to defeat Trench, vaporizing his flagship and seemingly killing him in the process. In reality, however, Trench survived the battle.[4]

Clone WarsEdit

ReemergenceEdit

Trench armada

"I smell fear, and it smells good."

"Turn back now. Retreat while you can, for I am your doom."
―Trench[src]

Trench, along with his tactical droid, TI-99, were then sent to Christophsis[4] to assist General Loathsom and Count Dooku's assassin, Asajj Ventress in seizing the planet for the Confederacy.[6] There, he commanded the blockade from his flagship, the Invincible, to prevent Senator Bail Organa and relief forces from being resupplied. Trench then held his lines against Jedi General Anakin Skywalker's fleet. Trench then watched as the Republic fleet retreated by the moon and had his force recharge their cannons.[4]

Trench grew impatient with the Republic fleet. To put pressure on the Republic fleet to attack, Trench sent his Hyena bombers to attack Organa's refugee camp. When the Republic fleet did not attack, Trench sensed that something odd was happening. Trench then spotted a cloaked ship moving to attack him. Trench and his crew were then able to raise the Invincible's thermal shields. Trench fired torpedoes at the stealth ship, but missed. Trench then ordered a volley of lasers to be fired at it, and since no shots landed, Trench was able to deduce that the pilot was a Jedi, not a clone.[4]

Trench sent a message to Skywalker, telling him that he has dealt with cloaked ships before. He also gloated that Christophsis would join the Separtist Alliance. Trench also told Skywalker to retreat, for he was his doom. Trench waited for Skywalker to attack. After Skywalker attacked, Trench was able to track the ships magnetic signature. Trench then ordered tracking torpedoes to be fired, despite having to lower his shields. At first, Trench's tactic worked. However, he noticed that Skywalker was leading the torpedoes back to the Invincible's bridge. Trench tried to raise his shields, to no avail. Trench accepted his fate[4], but was able to survive once again. However, he lost his left eye and several of his appendages.[5]

CyborgEdit

Trench, alongside the super tactical droid Kraken, later commanded the Separatist forces on the ring station at Ringo Vinda against Jedi Generals Tiplee, Tiplar, Skywalker, and their clone forces. As the Republic came close to breaking his lines, Trench witnessed one of the clone troopers kill General Tiplar. Trench then informed Count Dooku of this, telling him that the clone looked like he was in a trance of some kind. Trench then had Kraken take the clone to Dooku, despite the Republic's blockade.[5]

DeathEdit

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Admiral Trench's death

Later in the Clone Wars, Trench commanded the Confederate forces during the battle for Anaxes.[7] He was able to use the Republic’s strategy algorithms against them using the Techno Union's test subject, a captured ARC trooper named "Echo."[8] Trench was killed by Skywalker when he, Clone Force 99, and Echo boarded his ship, thus ending his campaign.[2]
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