- "We've lost our momentum, fall back!"
- ―Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, ordering a Republic retreat
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 thanks to a malfunction in his control chip causing him to carry out Order 66 prematurely.
The Battle of Ringo Vinda took place over and on a large circular space station controlled by the Separatist Alliance that surrounded an entire planet. The battle raged for several rotations with neither side gaining or losing any ground. In a desperate bid to end the destructive battle, Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, and the twin sister Jedi Masters 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 Commander Doom's men, reached the main Separatist command center. Even though they were faced with a large number of droids, the Republic forces continued to make good progress and close on the position of the Separatist Admiral Trench and his super tactical droid Commander, Kraken. However, the battle turned against the Republic when the secret control chip in Clone trooper CT-5385—nicknamed "Tup"—malfunctioned and forced him to prematurely execute Order 66, killing Tiplar. Faced with this betrayal, the Republic forces had no choice but to retreat. Despite this setback, the Republic forces continued to maintain their blockade of the planet.
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 immediately 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. All the clones on board the ships were killed save Tup, who was transported to a Confederacy space station to be taken for examination by the Sith. Tup was then rescued by Skywalker and clone troopers Captain Rex and ARC Trooper Fives when he was leaving the station on a vulnerable Separatist shuttle.
"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
The Republic sent Tup on another ship to Kamino, this time succeeding. 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 truly the control chip, which Nala Se attempted to cover up. After this discovery, Fives removed his control chip from his own head to prove their existence. 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 a clone squadron. His dying words were to his friend, Captain Rex. Fives tried to explain to Rex, but ultimately died in his arms.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders" (Appears in flashback(s))
- (First identified as Ringo Vinda campaign)
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- (First identified as Battle of Ringo Vinda)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 3.41 3.42 3.43 3.44 3.45 3.46 3.47 3.48 3.49 3.50 3.51 3.52 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"