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The 327th Star Corps was a military corps of the Grand Army of the Republic, composed of clone troopers bred to fight for the Galactic Republic. Led by Jedi General Aayla Secura and her trusted clone Commander, CC-5052 "Bly," the 327th fought against the Separatist droid armies on multiple planets across the galaxy. On the eve of the Clone Wars' conclusion, a group of 327th troopers executed Secura in accordance with Order 66.

History[]

Mission to Escander[]

After the Clone Wars began at the First Battle of Geonosis between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance[9] in 22 BBY,[10] the 327th Star Corps became a part of the newly formed Grand Army of the Republic and was assigned to Jedi General Aayla Secura and led by Clone Commander CC-5052 "Bly."[2]

During the war, the Jedi Quinlan Vos discovered intelligence regarding a new Separatist droid. Aayla Secura and the 327th were sent to the muddy planet of Escander, where a Separatist base was located. Shortly after arriving, Separatist battle droids attacked them, resulting in Commander Bly getting injured. Due to Bly's injuries, another clone trooper took command. Secura ordered the 327th to stay put and proceeded to the Separatist base alone.[5]

After no contact with their general, the clones decided to contact Aayla, which resulted in Aayla getting detected. The newly-promoted clone, going against orders, decided to go to the base to attempt to rescue Aayla. Eventually, the 327th reach the base and discovered Aayla being interrogated by Asajj Ventress, who revealed that she had leaked the intelligence to lure and capture the Jedi. The clones then activated the remaining droids to distract Ventress and the clones and Aayla Secura escaped to safety.[5]

Battle of Quell[]

Early during the Clone Wars, members of the 327th Star Corps were aboard three Venator-class Star Destroyers, including Secura's flagship when they engaged multiple Separatist Munificent-class star frigates, culminating in the Battle of Quell.[7]

Aayla Secura and Bly during the Battle of Quell.

During the battle, Republic forces were ultimately overwhelmed and called Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and his forces for reinforcements. By the time Skywalker's flagship, the Resolute arrived, Secura's flagship was the only remaining vessel, and was being boarded by B2-RP super battle droids. During the Separatist boarding action, Secura ordered Commander Bly to repel enemy forces. Ultimately, Secura, Bly, Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex," and a handful of clone troopers managed to escape to a Consular-class cruiser, although Skywalker was critically injured in the escape. As the cruiser attempted to dock with the Resolute during the battle, it came under attack by vulture droid starfighters which accidentally activated the ship's hyperdrive, forcing the cruiser to take evasive action to avoid a catastrophic collision with the Resolute as it jumped into hyperspace.[7]

Defense of Maridun[]

Bly leans over a dead Cameron.

After avoiding a collision with Maridun's star, the cruiser crash-landed on the planet of Maridun. After escaping the wreck and establishing a camp, Captain Rex kept watch over the camp and Skywalker while the others, including Cameron, Flash, and Lucky, sought aide from any possible inhabitants. After encountering Mastiff phalones which resulted in the deaths of Cameron, Flash, and Lucky, the group managed to locate a Lurmen village and appealed for help. The leader, Tee Watt Kaa reluctantly dispatched his son, Wag Too to accompany Bly and Tano back to the campsite and bring back Skywalker and Rex.[7]

Sometime later, a Separatist C-9979 landing craft arrived, forcing the Republic team to escape and hide in the tall grass. Separatist General Lok Durd and his forces ransacked the Lurmen village in search of any Republic contraband.[8]

Battle of Felucia and Order 66[]

Commander Bly (center) and Lieutenant Galle (second from left) and the 327th execute Order 66.

In 19 BBY, the 327th was deployed to the planet Felucia in order to capture Separatist Council member Shu Mai.[11] The 327th was armed with several vehicles, including All Terrain Attack Pods, All Terrain Open Transports, and All Terrain Tactical Enforcers. While advancing through the Felucian jungle towards a Separatist military force, the 327th received Order 66 from Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, directing them to execute their Jedi leader. As a result, Secura was fatally shot in the back multiple times by her own troopers, including Bly and Lieutenant "Galle."[1]

Equipment[]

The 327th had elite pilots trained to operate the highly mameuverable Infantry Support Platform.

At the start of the Clone Wars, the 327th Star Corps was equipped with the standard Phase I clone trooper armor.[7] Later, they discarded their first armor in favor of the more advanced Phase II model. The clones customized the new armor with distinctive yellow markings that identified their affiliation with the 327th. In addition to the colorized pattern design, the 327th soldiers wore pauldrons and kamas with their armor.[1]

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