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"A statement must be made… The Jedi have sided against liberty, against justice. This cannot go unpunished."
―Rackham Sear[6]

A bombing at the Jedi Temple took place a few months prior to the end of the Clone Wars. The bombing was conducted by the Separatist Captain Rackham Sear. However, the Jedi foiled the bombing and Sear perished.


Separatist officers General Grievous, Kleeve, and their top explosives expert, Captain Rackham Sear planned a suicide mission aimed at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Sear then paid bounty hunter Cad Bane a hefty sum[6] for Lord Sidious's layouts of the Jedi Temple.[7] Sear planned to bring down the Jedi Temple's towers in order to show that both the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order were not invincible.

Sear then went to Coruscant, where he climbed the Temple's wall and entered the vents, where he planted mini-drone explosives. However, Jedi Council member, Master Depa Billaba and initiate Caleb Dume sensed him as his explosives went off.[5]

The Bombing[]

Despite the explosion, Billaba was able to protect Dume from the initial blast. Master Cin Drallig and the Jedi Temple Guards then saved Sammo Quid and the other younglings from Sear's other explosives, while Yoda pushed the rest away from the Temple. After confirming everyone remained safe, fellow council members, Masters Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi, soon began to investigate the bombing. Billaba and Dume, despite their hesitation, decided to find Sear. Dume figured that Sear was using the air ducts to plant his explosives, resulting in Dume rushing to stop him.[6]

Dume found and confronted Sear on the roof of the temple. After a brief exchange of words, Dume charged at Sear. However, Sear was able to knock him out with well-placed explosives. Just as he was about to kill Dume, Billaba appeared to stop him. Dume soon deduced that Sear's plan was to blow the temple's central spire. Sear attempted to set his explosives off, but Billaba was able to use the force to prevent the explosion and hurled the explosives far from the Spire.[6]

Sear then revealed his name to Billaba and Dume and flung his Electro swords at them. However, Billaba and Dume were able to destroy them. Sear then jumped off the Temple's roof and attempted to kill Billaba and Dume with last of his explosives while falling to his death. Billaba saved Dume and they both survived the blast.[6]


Billaba decided to take Dume, despite his young age, as her Padawan. She and Dume were soon found by Masters Windu and Kenobi. Dume's friend believed he would not be safe with Billaba, but Dume accepted the offer of being her apprentice. With Dume at her side, Billaba took command of a large force in the Grand Army of the Republic.[6]



Notes and references[]

Clone Wars
(22 BBY19 BBY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Concurrent: Nikardun conquests · Kilji conquests · 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) · Antar 4 · Hebekrr Minor · Rocky planet · Republic transport · Hissrich · Langston · Bracca (I) · Cato Neimoidia (I) · Muunilinst · Quarmendy · Krystar · Separatist weapons depot · Caliban · Hisseen · Christophsis (I) · Teth · Jabba's Palace · Ziro's Palace · Ryloth · Rugosa · Malevolence Campaign (Phu system · Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II)) · Corvair · Kudo III · Mimban · Rishi Moon · Skytop Station campaign (Falleen · 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 (II) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (III) · Geonosis (IV) · Dantooine · Merj · Vallt · Grange · Saleucami system · Saleucami (I) · Republic cruiser · Coronet · Coruscant (I) · Kamino · Pantora
20 BBY Sullust · Devaron (II) · Toydaria · Capture of Even Piell · Lola Sayu · Felucia (II) · Mon Cala · Naboo (II) · Qiilura system · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Kiros · Kadavo · Theed · Onderon (I) · Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Florrum (II) · Unidentified planet · Aut-O's flagship
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
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 · 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 · Mustafar
Other Aargonar · Abafar · Agamar · Alamass · Arkax Station · Aurora · Bray · Carida · Clabron · Confederate people · Coruscant (II) · Crombach Nebula · Cularin · Escander · Halcyon · Horain · Khorm · Kromus · Ledeve Jedi Temple · Mrinzebon · Nal Kapok · Oktaro · Quellor sector · Quermia · Ridlay · Ruusan system · Retta · Secret Research Facility · Sedratis · Skako · Stellar Rise · Unidentified planet
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