- "Is it the Mando thing that's coming between us, dear?"
"Just my appreciation of the irony that we're fighting Mando mercenaries in some places."
- ―Fi and Barlex
Barlex was a Republic clone trooper sergeant, and senior Non-commissioned officer (NCO) of Parjai Squad during the Clone Wars between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. By 21 BBY he developed a strong dislike for Mandalorians due to several of the mercenaries fighting for the Confederates, and he expressed this to the clone commandos of Omega Squad.
Biography[edit | edit source]
- "Couldn't you at least get us matte-black ones? I don't want to plunge to my doom with uncoordinated accessories. People will talk."
"You'll have white, and like it."
- ―Fi appeals to Barlex for black winged jet packs
Barlex was a Kamino-bred clone of Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett, and served the Grand Army of the Republic in the Clone Wars between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In 21 BBY, he was a sergeant and senior NCO of Parjai Squad, part of the paratrooper 2nd Airborne Company. This company was itself a part of the 212th Attack Battalion of the 7th Sky Corps, assigned to the Third Systems Army.
En route to the planet Gaftikar before continuing to Mirial aboard the Republic auxiliary freighter Core Conveyor, he met with the clone commandos of Omega Squad in the ship's hangar. He greeted the commandos with a snide remark about their armor, which was fitted with winged jetpack. The clone Commando Fi almost hit Barlex in the face when he extended his wings, and proceeded to make several attempts at humor. The NCO however was unsmiling, and pointed out to the Mandalorian-trained commandos that members of their adopted culture were often fighting for the Separatists as mercenaries. This led to the compartment going quiet before the squad's Sergeant Niner both subtly and unofficially reprimanded Fi. Barlex then walked off without a word when the Niner suggest they contact their Jedi commander, General Arligan Zey.
Personality and traits[edit | edit source]
- "Nice of you to join us, Omega, and may I be the first to say that you look like a bunch of complete prats?"
- ―Barlex greets Omega Squad
By the time Barlex met Omega Squad, he had become weary of supporting special forces and had lost ten clone brothers to Mandalorians. Like other members of the 2nd Airborne, this meant he held strong feelings of animosity towards them and their culture. He thus resented Omega Squad due to their adopting the Mandalorian mindset, and made several vindictive comments to the squad. However, he dropped the topic and walked off after a moment when Niner suggested they get in contact with General Zey, with Darman believing the sergeant withheld a final comment.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Barlex appeared in the 2007 novel Republic Commando: True Colors, part of the Republic Commando series written by Karen Traviss. In 2009, he was later mentioned in the final book in the series Imperial Commando: 501st.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Republic Commando: True Colors p. 4-16
- Republic Commando: True Colors places the interaction between Barlex and Omega Squad 470 days after the First Battle of Geonosis, which takes place after the start of 22 BBY, according to The New Essential Chronology. Given that The Essential Atlas defines a galactic standard year as 368 days, the events must therefore occur in 21 BBY.
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