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"The time has come at last to take revenge on Asajj Ventress and the witch Mother Talzin. I have learned Ventress has returned to Dathomir. Go there, and wipe the witches out. All of them."
―Count Dooku, to General Grievous[src]

The Battle of Dathomir, also known as the Massacre of the Nightsisters, was a battle that took place in 20 BBY, during the Clone Wars, on the planet of Dathomir. The Confederacy of Independent Systems launched an invasion that resulted in the annihilation of the Nightsisters; and the extermination of virtually all Dathomir witches on the planet. The assault was led by the Supreme Commander of the Droid Army, General Grievous, on the orders of Confederate Head of State Count Dooku.

Prelude[edit | edit source]

"Assemble the fleet! The time to exact vengeance against the traitor Ventress has arrived! We go to Dathomir, to battle!"
―General Grievous before the battle[src]

Asajj Ventress had been the Sith apprentice of Count Dooku since the beginning of the Clone Wars. She successfully led Separatist forces against the Galactic Republic during multiple battles and engagements. However, during the Battle of Sullust, Count Dooku was contacted by his Sith master Darth Sidious. Sidious believed that Ventress had grown too powerful, and believed that she was being trained to be used against him so Dooku could take power, in line with the Sith Rule of Two. While Dooku denied this, Sidious ignored him and ordered Ventress' death. Dooku was forced to agree to kill Ventress. While the battle raged on between the Republic and Confederate fleets, he called off her reinforcements, and ordered the T-series tactical droid TJ-912 to fire on the ship Ventress was on, where she was dueling Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Following this, Dooku informed Ventress by Hologram that she was no longer his apprentice and that she would die.[7]

Despite Dooku's scheme, Ventress managed to survive and escaped from both the Jedi and the Confederacy. Having left Dooku and the Separatist cause, she returned to her homeworld of Dathomir, where she rejoined the Nightsisters and began to make plans to kill Count Dooku as her revenge.[7]

Dooku, having learned that Ventress had returned to Dathomir, sent the Supreme Commander of the Droid Army, General Grievous, and a Separatist fleet carrying an army of battle droids to finally exterminate the Ventress and the Nightsisters.[2]

Upon the arrival of General Grievous and his forces, Ventress had completed her initiation, and had become a full Nightsister.[2]

The Battle[edit | edit source]

Commanding his fleet of four Munificent-class star frigates, two Recusant-class light destroyers, and his personal Providence-class dreadnought, Grievous and his forces travelled to and exited hyperspace in the Dathomir system. Upon arrival, Grievous ordered his crew of OOM-series security droids to launch the invasion by beginning to land their troops on the planet below. As the Separatist forces descended toward the surface, Grievous had a squadron of Vulture-class starfighters and Hyena-class bombers bomb the Nightsisters' fortress and force them out of hiding.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"Rest assured, the Nightsisters will not go down without a fight. Prepare yourselves for the Battle of Dathomir."
―Leland Chee, via Twitter[src]

Concept art of the battle's aftermath

The Battle of Dathomir was created for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series and was featured in the episode "Massacre,"[2] which aired on February 24, 2012 as part of the series' fourth season.[8] In December 2012, StarWars.com ranked the Battle of Dathomir as the third most memorable moment of the television series from 2012.[9]

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