- "Atin's very different. What happened to him to make him so burdened?"
- ―Etain Tur-Mukan
RC-3222, also known as Atin (pronounced /aah-TEEN/), the Mando'a word for "persistent", or "stubborn", was a clone commando in the Galactic Republic's Omega Squad during the Clone Wars. He was trained by Sergeant Walon Vau.
During his training, Atin gained several scars from battle. These were partly due to the regular training, but also for another reason: Walon Vau. Vau was a ruthless training sergeant, making his soldiers fight each other, or fight him. Vau made Atin choose after he lost his first squad, who were killed in training while trying to rescue him. Atin did not want to fight his brother clones, and instead opted to fight Vau. Vau nearly killed Atin with a Mandalorian saber. Vau's training was brutal, and Kal Skirata saw him as a sadist. He went on to join Prudii Squad.
Loss of his squadEdit
He was a former member of Prudii Squad, whose other members died at the Battle of Geonosis, leaving him to be reassigned. To get Atin out of his survivor's guilt after his squadmates died, Vau took his knife to the clone, leaving a scar that stretched from his right eye to the left side of his chin, distinguishing him from his fellow clones. Atin soon after became part of the newly formed Omega Squad, along with three other clones who had lost the rest of their squads, Darman, Fi and Niner.
Mission to QiiluraEdit
Three months after the Battle of Geonosis, he accompanied Omega Squad on a mission to the world of Qiilura.He helped in the capture of the Separatist scientist, Doctor Ovolot Qail Uthan, and also in the defeat of the Separatist forces there, who were under the command of Ghez Hokan. During the mission, he was injured by Hurati.
Galactic City Spaceport Hostage SiegeEdit
Mission to CoruscantEdit
During a mission at the Corellian–Perlemian hyperspace intersection, Atin and the rest of Omega Squad captured some terrorists connected to a terror cell on Coruscant. They were assigned with Delta Squad and Kal Skirata to destroy the terrorist network and during the mission, Atin met up again with Walon Vau. Sev, a member of Delta Squad who had also trained under Vau, tried to protect Vau and had uneasy feelings towards Atin at first, but Kal Skirata made them cooperate. After the mission was over, Atin got his chance. He engaged Vau in nothing but a black bodysuit and with no weapons except a standard-issue commando vibroblade. They fought until Atin was in a position to kill Vau, but before Atin could deal the killing blow, Bardan Jusik burst in, separated them both with the Force, and ordered Atin to stand down.
Mission to OlanetEdit
About 65 days after the Coruscant mission, Atin accompanied the Null-class ARC trooper Prudii on a mission to the droid factory on Olanet. Atin had volunteered to do this, while the rest of Omega Squad were resting on Coruscant for a few days, so that he could learn Prudii's technique of infiltrating droid factories and making them produce substandard droids that could be defeated more easily.
The mission was successful, but while they were there, Atin began to question the official Republic Intelligence figures for the strength of the Separatist Droid Army. They claimed that there were quadrillions of droids, but on Olanet, Atin could only see evidence for just a few hundred million.
They were extracted from Olanet by a TIV, which under Prudii's orders detoured and attacked a Separatist droid transport near to Cato Neimoidia. This was an action that Atin thought was a bit crazy, because the droids were probably of a spiked batch, but Prudii explained that if they stopped taking shots at Separatists at whatever chance they had, then the Separatists may realize that the Republic had sabotaged their droids. Afterward they headed to an RV point near Drall in the Corellian system, to meet up with Kal Skirata, who had recently returned from a mission on Kamino. Atin was glad to see him again.
Mission to GaftikarEdit
A week later, Atin was sent with Omega Squad to the world of Gaftikar, to aide the Null-class ARC trooper, A'den in training the local Gaftikari resistance forces. They were transported there aboard the Core Conveyor, along with the 2nd Airborne Company of the 212th Attack Battalion. The clones of the Airborne Company showed a dislike to Omega Squad, because of their Mandalorian heritage. Atin asked them why they had a problem with this and found out that the Airborne Company had fought against the Mandalorian Protectors, resulting in many casualties. Atin found this whole incident disconcerting, as it was the first case he found of clone troopers disliking other clone troopers, despite the fact that he was already aware of the heated rivalry between the Nulls and the Alpha-class ARC troopers. Afterward, he tried to take his mind off the incident, by reading a letter that Laseema had sent him.
Atin and the rest of Omega Squad were dropped onto Gaftikar from the air, wearing Clone paratrooper wings that they had fitted onto their armor and they were soon found by A'den, who showed them the location of the rebel's camp. The job of training the local Marit resistance fighters had originally fallen to Sull, but he had gone MIA. The Marits got on well with all the clones, including Atin. When they offered him some of their stew, A'den told him "not to ask" about it and he happily tucked in. However, he then learned that the Marits had a custom of eating their dead and that the stew contained the grandmother of one of the lizards, something that prompted Atin to throw up. Fi made a number of jokes about this.
Afterward, he accompanied Darman on a reconnaissance mission into Gaftikar's capital city, Eyat, where they spotted Sull. They followed him back to his apartment and when they confronted him, things turned violent and Sull fired on them and hit Atin in the groin with his knee, but Atin succeeded in getting a vibroblade to the ARC's throat. They took him back to the camp, where they handed him over to A'den. Sull was convinced that the Republic wanted to kill him, something that was confirmed when two Covert Ops clone troopers attacked Darman, in the mistaken belief that he was Sull. Darman killed the troopers and Atin dug a grave for them, to give them a Mandalorian-style funeral.
A few days later, he participated in the Battle of Gaftikar along with the rest of Omega Squad, who were ordered to identify comm stations on the planet, to target them for V-19 Torrent starfighters to destroy. Afterward, they went to take out the Gaftikar HoloNet relay center. Atin climbed onto the roof to disable the satellite relay up-link, but the building suddenly exploded, causing him to break his ankle. Fi didn't come out so well and went into a coma, so Atin stood watch by his bacta tank aboard the Leveler, because he had bad memories from being in bacta, so he wanted to be there to comfort Fi in case he came around.
The Leveler took them back to Coruscant and Atin accompanied Darman and Niner to the Arca Company Barracks, to meet up with Corr, who would be taking Fi's place in Omega Squad. Corr was a bit nervous, but Atin said he knew how he felt, as he had been one of Walon Vau's trainees and had had to get used to being with Skirata's trainees in Omega Squad. Here Atin first met Mace Windu.[source?]
Atin met Kal again on Coruscant a few months later and was introduced by him to the newly born Venku Skirata. Kal took the opportunity to officially adopt all of Omega Squad into Clan Skirata, with Atin becoming Atin Skirata.[source?]
Mission to HaurgabEdit
Atin and the rest of Omega were sent to Haurgab to assassinate a Separatist leader. Atin and Omega succeeded but soon became over run by hostiles and got trapped in a sand storm. They are eventually rescued by a LAAT/i.[source?]
During the Battle of Coruscant, Atin feared he would not make it home and married Laseema over comms.[source?]
He was well-versed in communication and technology, as well as a small amount of demolitions, though most of such operations were left to Darman, Omega Squad's expert on that subject.
Atin discovered the Katarn Armor's weakness to Verpine Shatter Guns the hard way, and wound up in a fair amount of pain from it, although it did not seriously injure him.
Personality and traitsEdit
Atin was recognizable for his large scar on his face, which was still healing during Omega's Mission to Qiilura. He was moderately humorous, but mostly his humor consisted of replying to Fi's jokes. He would go dead serious in combat however, much like all Republic Commandos.
- Republic Commando: Hard Contact (First appearance)
- Omega Squad: Targets
- Republic Commando: Triple Zero
- "Odds"—Star Wars Insider 87
- Republic Commando: True Colors
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
- Imperial Commando: 501st
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Republic Commando: Hard Contact
- ↑ Republic Commando: Hard Contact states that the the clone commandos of Omega Squad were ten years old. The New Essential Chronology places the beginning of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY and the creation of the clone army in 32 BBY, meaning that Omega Squad, including Atin, must have been cloned in 32 BBY.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Imperial Commando: 501st
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Confirmation of former Squad name and other techniques by Karen Traviss
- ↑ Omega Squad: Targets
- ↑ Republic Commando: Triple Zero
- ↑ Odds
- ↑ Republic Commando: True Colors