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"We've lost our momentum, fall back!"
―Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, ordering a Republic retreat[src]

The Battle of Ringo Vinda, also known as the Ringo Vinda campaign, took place at Ringo Vinda during the Clone Wars. During a period of the battle when forces of the Galactic Republic were advancing upon the command center of Separatist Admiral Trench, they lost their momentum when clone trooper Tup abruptly executed Jedi General Tiplar due to a malfunction in his behavioral modification biochip causing him to carry out Order 66 prematurely.

The battleEdit

The Battle of Ringo Vinda took place over and on the large circular space station controlled by the Separatist Alliance that surrounded the entire planet. The battle raged for several rotations with neither side gaining or losing any ground. Galactic Republic commanders included Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and the twin Jedi Masters Tiplee and Tiplar, leading their respective units. Separatist forces were commanded by the Harch Admiral Trench and the super tactical droid Commander Kraken.[4] At one point during the battle, clone trooper CT-5385 "Tup" of Skywalker's 501st Legion went missing for five rotations, with his disappearance reported by Skywalker, though he eventually reappeared.[3]

In a desperate bid to end the destructive battle, Generals Skywalker, Tiplee and Tiplar led a massive assault on the space station. Following a series of deadly confrontations in corridors and walkways, the Republic forces, made up of Skywalker's 501st Legion and Clone Commander Doom's men, reached the main Separatist command center. Prior to their assault on the command center, they split their forces into three groups, each led by one Jedi, to take each of the three hallways leading to an open area before the command center. Since Doom's men had been severely depleted, Skywalker ordered ARC trooper Fives and Tup to take ten of their best men and join Tiplar's group.[4]

PrematureExecution-TU

Tup about to execute Tiplar due to his malfunctioning inhibitor chip.

As the groups were getting ready to depart, Fives noticed that Tup was acting somewhat strange and asked him if he was all right, but Tup shook off what appeared to be just a headache and said he was fine. Even though they were faced with a large number of droids, the Republic forces continued to make good progress and close in on Trench's position. However, the battle turned against the Republic when Tup's secret behavioral modification biochip malfunctioned and forced him to prematurely execute Order 66, killing Tiplar. Faced with this betrayal, the Republic forces had no choice but to retreat, with Skywalker personally ordering Fives to ensure Tup made it back to the Republic lines so he could be examined. Despite this setback, the Republic forces continued to maintain their blockade of the planet.[4]

The odd behavior of the clone trooper was noticed by Trench, who reported the action to Count Dooku. At first Dooku believed the action to be a simple betrayal by the clone. However, after the action was described to him further by Trench, he came to believe that it was, in fact, a malfunction in the programming of the clone. Knowing that this was a serious problem, he immediately reported the event to his master Darth Sidious, who ordered him to capture the clone for further examination. Meanwhile, the Jedi, having found no answers in their initial examination of Tup, decided to transport him to Kamino for further examination. However, their convoy was ambushed by the Separatists before it could jump to lightspeed, by forces consisting of buzz droids and super battle droid rocket troopers. All the clones on board the ships were killed save Tup, who was transported to a Confederacy-controlled part of the colossal space station to be taken for examination by the Sith.[4]

After the discovery of the ambush, Skywalker, Clone Captain Rex, and Fives investigated the wrecked shuttle and found that Tup had been abducted. The three located Tup as he was being moved onto a Separatist shuttle, but the two clone troopers noted that there were too many battle droids in the enemy hangar for a straightforward ambush. At Fives' suggestion, they used grappling lines to board the departing shuttle, carrying Tup, several battle droids and Kraken. Skywalker, Rex and Fives quickly overpowered and destroyed the droid forces onboard and retrieved Tup, who was in bad shape, with Fives suggesting that he might be dying.[4]

AftermathEdit

"Rex…"
"Fives…"
"This is bigger than any of us, than anything I could have imagined. I never meant to… I only wanted to do my duty…"
"Fives, stay with me Fives. Fives!"
"The mission… the nightmares… they're… finally over."
―Fives and Rex, upon the former's death[src]

The Republic sent Tup on another ship to Kamino, this time succeeding.[4] During the examination of Tup, they were able to find out that a brain tumor was present in Tup's head, however, this tumor was actually the "inhibitor" chip, which Nala Se attempted to cover up. The Jedi speculated that a Separatist conspiracy was responsible for Tup's actions, something that his several-day disappearance earlier in the battle lent credibility to.[3] After this discovery, Fives removed his control chip from his own head to prove their existence.[7]

However, on route to Coruscant, Fives was drugged by Nala Se. Seeming to have gone insane, he attempted to inform the Senate and Jedi Council that every clone had these chips which programmed them with clone protocols for the Grand Army of the Republic, including Order 66. However, in the process of trying to get them to listen to his case, he was shot and killed by Commander Fox of the Coruscant Guard. His dying words were to his friend, Captain Rex. Due to the effects of the drug he had been administered, Fives was not able to convince either Rex or Skywalker, who were both present, about the truth of the chips, with Skywalker's skepticism only reinforced by Fives' claim that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was involved, since Skywalker trusted the Chancellor and did not believe him capable of such a conspiracy.[8] Rex, however, harboured lingering suspicions about the truth of Fives' claims, which ultimately saved him and Skywalker's former Padawan Ahsoka Tano when Order 66 was finally issued.[9]

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Clone Wars
(22 BBY19 BBY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Next: Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Great Jedi Purge · Ryloth insurgency

Battles of the Clone Wars
22 BBY Geonosis (I) · Geonosis (II) · Hissrich · Antar 4 · Republic transport · Corvair sector · Kudo III · Quarmendy · Krystar · Hisseen · Christophsis (I) · Teth · Jabba's Palace · Ziro's Palace · Ryloth · Rugosa · Malevolence campaign (Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II)) · Mimban · Rishi moon · Bothawui · Outer corridor · Skytop Station · Rodia
21 BBY Tranquility · Vassek 3 · Vanqor (I) · Florrum (I) · Quell · Maridun · Orto Plutonia · Naboo (I) · Felucia (I) · Devaron (I) · Felucia Medical Station HCTFF2 · Malastare · Cato Neimoidia (I) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (III) · Dantooine · Merj · Vallt · Grange · Saleucami system · Saleucami (I) · Republic cruiser · Coronet · Coruscant (I) · Kamino
20 BBY Sullust · Devaron (II) · Toydaria · Capture of Even Piell · Lola Sayu · Felucia (II) · Mon Cala · Naboo (II) · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Kiros · Theed · Onderon · Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Florrum (II) · Unidentified planet · Aut-O's flagship
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
Cato Neimoidia (II) · Ringo Vinda · Batuu · Mokivj · Scipio · Utapau (I) · Mahranee · Raxus · Haruun Kal · Vizsla Keep 09 · Rescue of Quinlan Vos · Separatist storage base · Vanqor (II) · Christophsis (II) · Jedi Temple · Anaxes · Skako Minor · Kardoa · Mygeeto (I) (Mygeeto (II) · Mygeeto (III)) · Lokori · Geonosis (IV) · Sentinel Flare · Space · Unidentified world · Yerbana · Coruscant (III) · Unidentified sector · Cato Neimoidia (III) · Kashyyyk · Bracca · Utapau (II) · Felucia (III) · Saleucami (II) · Kaller · Mustafar
Others Aargonar · Abafar · Agamar · Arkax Station · Bray · Carida · Clabron · Confederate people · Coruscant (II) · Crombach Nebula · Horain · Khorm · Ledeve Jedi Temple · Mrinzebon · Nal Kapok · Oktaro · Pantora · Sedratis · Slag's Pit · Unidentified planet
Related topics and articles
Galactic Republic · Jedi Order · Sith · Confederacy of Independent Systems

Galactic Empire · Alderaan · Confederate–Republic peace initiative
Sundari (II) · Carida · Toydaria

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