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"The Droid Gotra has occasionally gone to extreme measures, certainly, but we want nothing more than peace and freedom for ourselves, just like any sentient species."
TD-H4[src]

The Droid Gotra was a droid group that supported droid rights. It included a band of lethal repurposed battle droids with grievances against the Galactic Empire for having been abandoned after their service during the Clone Wars. The group was confined to an industrial complex in the bowels of the planet Coruscant. They were known to support droid emancipation and served as muscle for the Crymorah syndicate. The group continued to operate into the New Republic Era.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Tasked with controlling crime in his sector, he succumbed to temptation by hiring himself out to the Droid Gotra."
―Darth Vader, on Phoca Soot[src]

Confined to an industrial complex located in the bowels of the planet Coruscant, the Droid Gotra included a lethal band of repurposed battle droids[2] that supported droid emancipation[7] and served as muscle for the Crymorah syndicate in robberies, kidnapping, illegal salvage, and extortion.[2] The Gotra was feared by members of the criminal underworld; simply citing their name was enough to convince others of an informant's legitimacy.[8]

History[edit | edit source]

Under the Empire[edit | edit source]

"I was abstractly meant to be delivering these two to the Droid Gotra. They had another mission lined up…"
―Aphra, in reference to BT-1 and 0-0-0[src]

In 19 BBY, members of the Gotra, including KRONOS-841, attended a Xrexus Cartel auction of a Jedi Padawan named Eldra Kaitis.The group was unsuccesful in acquiring the Padawan.[1]

While the Droid Gotra existed before the time of the Clone Wars,[1] the group included repurposed battle droids[2] by the year 14 BBY.[9] These combat units had what some considered legitimate grievances against the Galactic Empire for having been abandoned after their service during the Clone Wars.[2] The Gotra recruited Q2-B3KO, an articulated holographic color separator who produced propaganda supporting the Separatist Droid Army during the Clone Wars, to disseminate messages of mechanical emancipation.[7]

In 14 BBY,[9] the Empire's base on the Sentinel moon came under attack by insurgents using Separatist equipment and droids. The installation's commander, Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, initially suspected that the Gotra was responsible, but found it unlikely that they would make use of obsolete weapons to send a message to the Empire. Phoca Soot, the Coruscant Security Force prefect of level 1331, hired himself out to the Droid Gotra instead of controlling crime within his sector. However, his duplicity did not go unnoticed and he was executed by the Sith Lord Darth Vader as an example to Coruscant's criminal elements, advising them to relocate their operations to sectors in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories, lest their activities infringe upon Emperor Palpatine's designs.[2]

Around 13 BBY, the Droid Gotra were attempting to place a foothold on Corellia.[3]

In 0 ABY, the Droid Gotra hired the rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra to recover the Triple-Zero protocol personality matrix, which could turn a protocol droid into a torture specialist, and the prototype BT-1 assassin droid on their behalf.[10] They also meant to have her liberate a droid factory[11] from Karina,[12] a Geonosian queen who survived the Empire's sterilization of Geonosis.[11] Although successful in retrieving the droids, she instead turned them over to Darth Vader[10] and helped him secure Karina's droid factory,[11] as he needed personal troops for his own ends without the Empire knowing.[10]

The Cyban Front, an organization who worked with the Droid Gotra, were hired to participate in the auction of the Rur crystal[6] so it could be destroyed due to its technopathy abilities.[13] Their attempt was unsuccessful, and the two Cyban Front droids were destroyed during a skirmish on the Sorca Retreat.[14][15]

New Republic Era[edit | edit source]

"My information is good, I tell you. The city of Mos Pelgo. I swear it by the Gotra."
―Gor Koresh, to Din Djarin[src]

The Droid Gotra continued to operate after the fall of the Empire[8] in 5 ABY.[12] Around four years after the official establishment of the New Republic,[16] the Abyssin criminal Gor Koresh was interrogated by the Mandalorian Din Djarin, who sought to learn the locations of other Mandalorians in the galaxy. Koresh directed him to Tatooine, swearing by the Gotra that his information was legitimate.[8]

Sometime after Supreme Leader Snoke's assumption of leadership within the First Order, Gotra attacked and eliminated an armed Ubrikkian freighter commanded by Red Key Raiders. After sweeping the wreckage, they found Maz Kanata's Journal and flagged valuable datapoints from the contents within. They then began to transmit orders to all members of Gotra and the Cyban Front stationed in the rim territories, ordering them to target the closest data cache. The transmission was promptly intercepted by the Guavian Death Gang, who then broadcast their own counteracting broadcast and somehow removed Kanata's Journal from Gotra.[17]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Droid Gotra was first mentioned in the 2014 novel Tarkin, written by James Luceno.[2]

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