- "Governor Griff Takel was appointed to the world of Esseles, in the Darpa sector, after the local uprising overthrew that planet's Confederacy presence."
- ―CIS Shadowfeed
The Battle of Esseles took place five months after the First Battle of Geonosis. When a Separatist-funded government faction declared that the planet had joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a Republic loyalist resistance movement was formed. The two sides clashed in battle for five days. Described as "bloody." The loyalists eventually won, however, and they forced the Separatist faction out. After the battle, Griff Takel was appointed as Governor of Esseles by the Republic.