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"Yes, we do have a new mission: stop the Separatists from blowing up that cruiser."
"I'll cover you and clear the way, Colonel. You all head strait to the shuttle; I'll take care of those clankers."
"Sounds like a good plan. You soldiers ready to get dangerous?"
―Colonel Gascon and Gregor discussing the plan with D-Squad[7]

During the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic's D-Squad escaped from Separatist forces on the planet Abafar. D-Squad, a specialized unit composed largely of astromech droids and headed by the Zilkin Colonel Meebur Gascon, had been sent on a mission to steal a Separatist encryption module from the flagship of the tactical droid Aut-O. However, their shuttle had been damaged in a comet storm on their way back to Coruscant, forcing them to crash on Abafar. After reaching the town of Pons Ora, they discovered that battle droid forces controlled the local spaceport, impeding their ability to steal a new starship. However, Gascon and WAC-47 had encountered an amnesiac clone commando named Gregor working in a local diner, and the squad thus confronted him in a successful attempt to jog his memory, recruiting him to assist in storming the spaceport. Gascon and the droids escaped in a Rho-class transport shuttle, but they were forced to leave Gregor behind as he detonated a massive rhydonium explosion to cover their escape, not knowing if he had survived.


During the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, an encrypted transmission of the Separatist military commander General Grievous was intercepted. Unable to decode it, the Jedi decided to assemble a specialized squad of droids to infiltrate a Separatist warship holding an encryption module which would allow them to gather intel from the message. The "D-Squad" was led by the diminutive, bravado-prone[1] Zilkin[7] Colonel Meebur Gascon, who hoped to be back in time for his promotion to Brigadier General. Accompanying Gascon were the astromech droids R2-D2, QT-KT and U9-C4, who had been specially upgraded for the mission, and M5-BZ, who had been modified so Gascon could ride inside his head-dome. The DUM-series pit droid WAC-47 was brought along to pilot the unit's Maxillipede shuttle. Despite tension between Gascon and WAC, the unit was able to infiltrate the flagship of the super tactical droid Aut-O and steal the module. R2-D2 destroyed the tactical droid during a confrontation, after which the group escaped in their shuttle.[1]

The D-Squad's journey back to Coruscant hit a snag when their shuttle was caught in a comet storm in the Abafar system, forcing them out of hyperspace. The comets damaged the shuttle, causing it to crash-land in Abafar's barren Void, a desert which possessed qualities making it difficult to navigate. After some bickering, R2-D2 seized the encryption module and headed off with the other astromechs, leaving behind WAC and Gascon as they eventually found their way to the town Pons Ora. Gascon and WAC eventually caught up after encountering a herd of Void striders, and they began to plan how they would get offworld.[5]

The Battle of Sarrish had been one of the Republic's greatest defeats in the war, with many clone troopers lost. One of the units which had participated in the battle was Foxtrot Group, a clone commando unit in the 212th Attack Battalion. The members of the group were considered missing in action, but the unit's commanding officer, Clone Captain CC-5576-39 "Gregor",[7] had somehow escaped Sarrish on a shuttle. However, Gregor developed amnesia when his ship crashed on Abafar,[8] remembering nothing but his own name. Gregor was found by Borkus, the owner of the Power Sliders diner in Pons Ora, who stole and hid his armor and equipment before taking advantage of his condition to employ him as a dishwasher in his business, under slave-like conditions and wages.[7]

Abafar had once been mined for its resources of rhydonium, a highly volatile and dangerous fuel, although by the time of the Clone Wars most of it had been mined out. However, what rhydonium did remain caught the interest of the Separatists:[7] a Republic strategy conference which would be attended by some of the Republic's most important military commanders was due to be held on the Valor space station above Carida, and in fact was where Gascon expected to be promoted. The Separatists planned to use a stolen Venator-class Star Destroyer to bomb the conference, and parked the capital ship above Pons Ora while it was loaded with rhydonium. Borkus became aware of the Venator's presence, but did not suspect it had been captured, assuming the Separatist battle droids active in the area intended to blow it up with the fuel they were mining.[7]

The escape[]

Clone encounter[]

Having regrouped from their journey across the Void, the D-Squad entered Pons Ora, which R2-D2 commented reminded him of Tatooine. Travelling along the town's main road, Gascon spotted Power Sliders and, feeling hungry, decided to stop for a bite to eat, while ordering the astromechs to scope out the local spaceport. WAC, whom Gascon had unofficially promoted to corporal, accompanied him. Upon entering the diner, however, Gascon chose to attract Borkus' attention by loudly announcing himself to be an officer of the Republic Military. Not wanting Gascon and WAC to encounter Gregor, Borkus quickly kicked them both out, saying his business did not serve "conduit worms" or droids. The astromech droids, meanwhile, reached the spaceport and saw battle droids active there, loading a Rho-class transport shuttle with rhydonium canisters.[7]

In response to Gascon's complaint that he was still hungry, WAC suggested that he scavenge for food behind the diner in its garbage bin. The colonel was disgruntled at the demeaning task, but reluctantly agreed. However, while the two were there, Gregor came out to dump more waste, splattering the colonel before Gregor saw he was there and profusely apologized.[7]



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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Secret Weapons"
  2. "Brain Invaders" establishes that the second occupation of Geonosis began after the Second Battle of Geonosis, while Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel shows that it continued throughout the rest of the Clone Wars.
  3. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Bacara (★★★★))
  4. 4.0 4.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Sunny Day in the Void"
  6. According to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), the events of "A Sunny Day in the Void" occur after "The Gathering." Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle! dates the events of that episode to be 20 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 20 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Additionally, A Sunny Day in the Void is set during the Clone Wars, which Galactic Atlas says ended in 19 BBY. Therefore, the escape from Abafar, which is depicted in A Sunny Day in the Void, must be set in 20 or 19 BBY.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action"
  8. StarWars-DatabankII.png Gregor in the Databank (backup link)

Clone Wars
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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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