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"Master, I need your help quickly. I am surrounded."
"You have already lost the battle, child. I've ordered your reinforcements to return."
"No! I will destroy the Jedi. I'll show you!"
"You have failed me for the last time. You are no longer my apprentice. And now, you shall die."
―Asajj Ventress is betrayed by Count Dooku during the Battle of Sullust[1]

The Battle of Sullust was a conflict which took place during the Clone Wars, a conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems for control over the planet Sullust.

During this battle, Asajj Ventress commanded Separatist forces, but was targeted by Count Dooku, who wished to prove his allegiance to his Sith Master, Lord Sidious by killing his aspiring apprentice. Ventress was presumed dead in the conflict, but had escaped, while the Galactic Republic succeeded in its objectives with moderate cost.


"There is a disturbance in the Force. Your assassin, she has become very powerful."
"Yes, my Lord. She is quite important to me."
"Too important.
―Dooku and Darth Sidious speaking about Ventress[1]

Despite her past failures during battles on Teth,[4] Rugosa,[5] and Kamino,[6] Ventress remained Count Dooku's most trusted and cunning assassin. However, his master, Darth Sidious, feared that she was being trained by Dooku to overthrow him, so that Dooku would become the master and Ventress as his apprentice. Dooku then sent Ventress to Sullust to battle.[1]

The battle[]


Ventrss flies her starfighter during the battle.

In 20 BBY,[2] Ventress and TJ-912 led the Confederacy navy against the Republic Navy under Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Admiral Wullf Yularen. Ventress, in her Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter then led two groups of fighters in attacking the Republic's flagship, the Resolute. Trident group one attacked the starboard engines and Trident group two disabled the port shield generators. Using this opportunity created by the droid tri-fighters, Ventress was able to destroy the Resolute. Yularen was able to escape the Resolute's destruction.[1]

Ventress and her fighters then pursued Kenobi and Skywalker in their fighters. Ventress pursued Kenobi while her fighters went after Skywalker. Ventress was then able to shoot down Kenobi and force him to land on the Separatist command ship. Ventress was then forced to crash-land on the command ship when Skywalker shot her down.[1]

Betrayal of Asajj Ventress[]

However, during the battle, Dooku was contacted by Lord Sidious. Darth Sidious told Dooku that he sensed a disturbance in the Force. Sidious suspected Dooku was training Ventress as his Sith apprentice to destroy him, and demanded that Dooku eliminate her to prove that the Count's allegiance was to him alone. Despite his objections of killing her, Dooku carried out his master's wish and recalled Ventress' reinforcements. Dooku then contacted Ventress, telling her that she had failed him for the last time and was no longer his apprentice and would die.[1]


Ventress duels Kenobi and Skywalker.

Ventress then dueled Kenobi and Skywalker in the command ship's hangar. She was able to evade the Jedi's attacks until they force-pushed against her fighter. However, Ventress was able to force-choke them until TJ-912, under Dooku's orders, had her ship fire on the command ship to kill her. Hyena bombers along with the destroyer's cannons took out the Providence's shields, exposing it to enemy fire. One bomber sustained heavy damage and crashed into the hangar. Skywalker and Kenobi then decided to flee the doomed flagship. Ventress barely escaped the cruiser's hangar before the ship was completely destroyed. However, her fighter's life support failed and she was left unconscious in her fighter. TJ-912 reported to Dooku that Ventress was killed. Dooku then ordered the tactical droid to withdraw from Sullust with what remained of their fleet.[1]


"Dooku. He betrayed me."
"I know. I had hoped you would find your way to us sooner."
"I will have revenge."
"Yes, you shall, Sister. We will see to it.
―Ventress and Mother Talzin[1]

Returning to Dathomir, Ventress reunited with the Nightsisters and sought revenge on Dooku.

Dooku then reported Ventress's death to Darth Sidious, who was pleased with Dooku proving his loyalty to him once again.[1] Both Dooku and the Jedi Order believed that Ventress was killed during the battle.[3] In truth, Ventress was found alive by Ratch's crew of the Raider. She was then revived by them and demanded that they take her home to Dathomir. When they refused, Ventress force-choked and killed them. She then took the Raider to Dathomir. There, she was taken by Mother Talzin and her Nightsisters where she recuperated by the Water of Life. Together, Ventress and her fellow Nightsisters planned revenge on Count Dooku.[1]

Sidious and Dooku’s betrayal of Ventress at Sullust unknowingly set into motion a series of events that would ultimately lead to the return of Darth Maul, Sidious’ first apprentice, into the galaxy, leading to growing challenges for the Sith and their plans for the remainder of the war.



Notes and references[]

Clone Wars
(22 BBY19 BBY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Concurrent: Nikardun conquests · Conquests of enlightenment · Balith Civil War · War on Quarzite · Mandalorian Civil War · Campaign against the Shadow Collective

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

Battles of the Clone Wars
22 BBY Geonosis (I) · Geonosis (II) · Republic transport · Antar 4 · Nooroyo · Hissrich · Dantooine · Hebekrr Minor · Rocky planet · Langston · Bracca (I) · Cato Neimoidia (I) · ThuleHunt for a Jedi artifact (Bursant · Moon of Staggec (I) · Moon of Staggec (II) · Naboo (I)) · Outpost 716 (I) · Outpost 716 (II) · Muunilinst · Quarmendy · Krystar · Melagwani · Caliban · Hisseen · Corvair · Kudo III · Christophsis (I) · Teth · Jabba's Palace · Ziro's Palace · Ryloth · Rugosa · Malevolence Campaign (Phu system · Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II)) · Mimban · Hypori · Rishi Moon · Abrion Bridge · Skytop Station campaign (Falleen · Bothawui · Outer corridor · Skytop Station) · Rodia · Unidentified planet · Alamass · Aargonar (Approximate date)
21 BBY Tranquility · Vassek 3 · Vanqor (I) · Florrum (I) · Escander · Ridlay · Quell · Maridun · Orto Plutonia · Naboo (II) · Felucia (I) · Devaron (I) · Felucia Medical Station HCTFF2 · Malastare · Cato Neimoidia (II) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (III) · Geonosis (IV) · Merj · Vallt · Grange · Saleucami system · Saleucami (I) · Republic cruiser · Coronet · Coruscant (I) · Kamino · Pantora · Secret Research Facility · Coruscant (II) · Confederate people
20 BBY HalcyonSullust · Sarrish · Devaron (II) · Toydaria · Capture of Even Piell · Lola Sayu · Felucia (II) · Mon Cala · Naboo (III) · Qiilura system · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Ledeve Jedi Temple · Kiros · Kadavo · Plan to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine (Theed) · Onderon (I) (Sector S-29 · Onderon power generator · Onderon highlands) · Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Florrum (II) · Unidentified astronomical object · Aut-O's flagship · Abafar · Carida (I) · Olgothon 3Horain (Approximate date) · Retta (Approximate date)
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
Agamar · Cato Neimoidia (IV) · Ringo Vinda · Batuu · Mokivj · Scipio · Utapau (I) · Mahranee · Raxus Secundus · Haruun Kal · Vizsla Keep 09 · Rescue of Quinlan Vos · Separatist storage base · Vanqor (II) · Christophsis (II) · Jedi Temple · D'Astan campaign (Serenno) · Anaxes · Skako Minor · Kardoa · Metalorn · Boz Pity · Mygeeto (I) (Mygeeto (II) · Mygeeto (III)) · Lokori · Geonosis (V) · Sentinel Flare · Xorrn (II) · Space · Onderon (II) · Yerbana · Separatist dreadnought · Coruscant (III) · Unidentified sector · Cato Neimoidia (V) · Kashyyyk · Bracca (II) · Utapau (II) · Felucia (III) · Castell · Saleucami (II) · Slag's Pit · Kaller · FrongMustafar
Other Arkax Station · Aurora · Bavana · Bray · Cato Neimoidia (III) · Clabron · Crombach Nebula · Cularin · Devalok · Hylanth · Khorm · Kromus · Monta · Mrinzebon · Nal Kapok · Oktaro · Quellor sector · Quermia · Rishi · Republic fleet · Ruusan system · Sedratis · Skako · Stellar Rise · Tofen's Raiders · Xorrn (I)
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