- "I've been monitoring your transmissions, General, and I know that this little chat is being sent to the Jedi Council. So let me make one thing perfectly clear. As long as the Republic resists me, 'innocents' will continue to die. Every death in this war lies firmly at the feet of the Jedi. And now… it is time for you and your passengers to join the ranks of the fallen."
- ―Dooku, to Chubor
The Atrocity on Mahranee occurred in 19 BBY toward the end of the Clone Wars and resulted in the genocide of all Mahran refugees who were escaping from their embattled homeworld of Mahranee. When the Confederacy of Independent Systems targeted Mahranee for its plentiful resources, the native Mahran people appealed to the Jedi Order for aid. Jedi General Chubor brought a Galactic Republic task force of clone troopers to Mahranee, but they were too late to prevent the Confederate forces from laying waste to the planet's capital city.
Although Chubor's detachment tried to escort thousands of Mahran civilians off-world to safety, the Separatists were unwilling to leave any survivors, killing the Mahran refugees alongside the Jedi and clone soldiers. Separatist leader Count Dooku unequivocally blamed the Jedi Order for the massacre, leading the Jedi High Council to finally sanction an operation to assassinate Dooku as a means of stemming the war's casualties.
In the year 19 BBY, near the end of the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems set its sights on capturing Mahranee, a member world of the Galactic Republic whose abundant resources made it a valuable target. Count Dooku, the leader of the Confederacy, had unsuccessfully attempted to win the planet over using false promises and lies before planning an assault to take the planet's resources by force. As a result, the planet's native Mahran inhabitants transmitted a distress call to the Jedi Order, which responded by dispatching a detachment of clone troopers under the command of Jedi General Chubor to aid the Mahran against the Separatists.
- "You've got your victory, Dooku. The planet is yours… let us have the people. We have entire families aboard, many of whom are injured. They're innocents!"
"My dear General Chubor. You should know by now that in a war, there is no such thing as an innocent."
"Count, I repeat, our passengers are civilian families. Half of the refugees are younglings. Permit them, at least, to—"
"Younglings whose parents, unwisely, chose to ally with the Republic."
- ―Chubor pleads Dooku to call off the Separatist attack
When the Mahranee government refused to capitulate to their demands, the Confederacy forces initiated an assault on the planet, turning it into a battlefield. Chubor and his clone soldiers arrived too late to stop the Separatists from obliterating the planet's capital city, which was summarily reduced to rubble. Consequently, thousands of Mahran civilians—many of whom were injured—attempted to escape from their homeworld. While some of the refugees departed aboard their planet's vessels, others were ferried off-world aboard Republic craft, such as Chubor's Republic frigate, with clone troopers aiding in the escort operation. The Republic and Separatist forces battled each other in orbit of Mahranee, exchanging barrages of laser fire through the vacuum of space, while Mahran ships made their attempts to flee.
Desperate to save the refugees, Chubor opened a direct holographic transmission to Dooku. Chubor pleaded with Dooku to spare the Mahran, stating that his own frigate was filled with civilian families; moreover, half of the Mahran were only younglings. However, Dooku was unsympathetic to the plight of the Mahran. Knowing their conversation was being broadcast to the Jedi High Council, Dooku took the opportunity to blame the Jedi Order for the billions of casualties that the war had caused, claiming that such was the price of the Republic's resistance to his Confederacy. Chubor's frigate was the next ship to fall to Separatist fire, with members of Mahranee's prominent bloodline of Ashu—including Ashu-Nyamal, the Firstborn of Ashu—being among the deaths. Altogether, it took the Separatists a matter of hours to capture Mahranee and slaughter its thousands of inhabitants, resulting in a victory for their side.
- "Mahranee's fall is terrible. But it's only the most recent crime Dooku has committed against a world and its people."
"The Mahran who died today already have more than enough company. Do we want to increase those numbers? One man's life must be weighted against those of potentially millions of innocents. Isn't protecting the innocent the very definition of what it means to be a Jedi? We are failing the Republic and its citizens. We must stop this—now."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu, explicating the latter's proposal to assassinate Dooku
Once they had established control of Mahranee, the Confederate forces all but issued a death warrant for any surviving Mahran, claiming that they were extremely hostile and were to be killed on sight. Dooku's message to the Jedi Council, meanwhile, was met with dismay and anguish from its recipients. At a subsequent session, the Council decided that the time had come to assassinate Dooku, an act that Jedi Master Mace Windu and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker—the latter of whom had been invited by Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to sit in on the meeting—believed would collapse the Separatist regime and also prevent further bloodshed from occurring. Grand Master Yoda also agreed to such a plan, acknowledging that Dooku's schemes placed too many innocent lives at risk.
The maverick Jedi Master Quinlan Vos was assigned the task of killing Dooku with the aid of Asajj Ventress, Dooku's jilted apprentice–turned–bounty hunter. Although they failed to execute Dooku, the count would eventually meet his demise at the hands of Skywalker during the Battle of Coruscant.
Behind the scenes
The Atrocity on Mahranee served as the opening scene of author Christie Golden's 2015 novel, Dark Disciple, based on an unfinished eight-episode story arc for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series written by Katie Lucas, Matt Michnovetz, and Dave Filoni. Described in Dark Disciple only as an attack on Mahranee, it was the 2019 reference book Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition, published by Dorling Kindersley, that would eventually provide the proper name—the "Atrocity on Mahranee."
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Big Bang"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Death on Utapau"
- The Lawless," which features the Mandalorian civil war, before Dark Disciple, which features Dooku's involvement in the Atrocity on Mahranee. Since the civil war ends after Dooku's death in "The Phantom Apprentice," it must have occurred concurrently with the atrocity. (version archived on June 29, 2017; now replaced) places "
- "Brain Invaders" establishes that the second occupation of Geonosis began after the Second Battle of Geonosis, while Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel shows that it continued throughout the rest of the Clone Wars. As the dating system of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle! dates the events of Dark Disciple, and therefore the Atrocity on Mahranee, to be after the Second Battle of Geonosis but before the end of the war, the atrocity must be concurrent to the second occupation.
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Bacara (★★★★)) notes the Mygeeto Campaign lasted three years until the end of the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As the Atrocity on Mahranee in Dark Disciple takes place during the war, the battle must have occurred concurrently with the Mygeeto Campaign.
- Dark Disciple
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of both "A Death on Utapau" and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith in 19 BBY. As Dark Disciple takes place between these two pieces of media according to (version archived on June 29, 2017; now replaced), its events, which include the Atrocity on Mahranee, must also take place in 19 BBY.
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition