The Battle of the Phu system was a battle that took place in 22 BBY during the Clone Wars, within the Phu system. Prior to the battle, a Galactic Republic task force of three Venator-class Star Destroyers was dispatched by Jedi General Plo Koon to locate the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence, which had been commanded by the Kaleesh General Grievous. However, while moving through the Phu system, the Republic task force was intercepted and destroyed by the Malevolence.
Sometime later, the Malevolence was tracked to the Abregado system by the fleet of General Koon in order to destroy the warship before it could strike once more. However, Koon's fleet was destroyed by Malevolence, but he was able to escape the destruction and report his findings to the Republic.
- "This mystery weapon has struck in a dozen systems and disappeared without a trace."
- ―Mace Windu, on the Malevolence's strikes
In 22 BBY, during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, the confederate government, through the help of the Quarren engineers of Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps and Pammant Docks, constructed the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence, a starship capable of destroying entire starfleets with its two mega-ion cannons. As a result of its construction, the Confederacy began to use the Malevolence, placed under the command of the Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous, in a series of attacks against the Republic Navy that left no survivors, which dubbed the warship a mystery weapon.
Due to their losses, the Jedi High Council intended to prevent the Malevolence from carrying out more assaults against their fleets. Eager to destroy the Malevolence, Jedi General Plo Koon dispatched a task force of three Venator-class Star Destroyers to locate the warship and destroy the superweapon.
While moving through the Phu system in the Colonies region of the galaxy, the task force, following their orders from Koon, was intercepted by the Malevolence. With the arrival of the Malevolence, the task force's transmissions were jammed by Grievous under orders from Separatist leader, Count Dooku, to keep the vessel a secret, while the heavy cruiser, one step ahead of the Republic forces, destroyed the entire task force after coming under intense fire.
- "How's the hunt for the mystery weapon going?"
"We've tracked it to the Abregado system. We need reinforcements."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Plo Koon, prior to the Battle of Abregado
Despite the Malevolence's destruction of the Republic task force in the Phu system, the warship was later tracked to the Abregado system by the Republic. As a result, the Jedi High Council, resolute on destroying the heavy cruiser before it could conduct further attacks, dispatched General Koon and his fleet to the Abregado system to destroy the Malevolence. However, despite their attempts, Koon's fleet was destroyed by the Malevolence just as the others before it, but the Jedi Master was able to escape the warship and report his findings to the Republic, resulting in the Malevolence's eventual destruction.
Behind the scenes
The Battle of the Phu system was first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in the forty-third issue of De Agostini's Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon magazine, published around October 28, 2015. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the battle originally appeared in The Clone Wars: Shakedown, authored by Pablo Hidalgo as the second issue of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars webcomics series, released on October 2, 2008.
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 43 (Starship Fact File: General Grievous's Flagship) (First mentioned)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 43 (Starship Fact File: Heavy Cruiser Malevolence)
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the beginning of the Clone Wars and the mission to Rodia to 22 BBY. The end of the Malevolence campaign is depicted in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Destroy Malevolence", which takes place between those events according to . Therefore, the Battle of the Phu system, which was stated to have involved the Malevolence by Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 43 (Starship Fact File: Heavy Cruiser Malevolence), must also take place in 22 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game — Based on data for Phu.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
- The second issue of the De Agostini weekly magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon was set to be published on January 14, 2015, according to Therefore, it can be calculated that Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 43 was published around October 28, 2015.
- The Clone Wars: Shakedown