- "They aren't going down!"
"We have to turn back!"
- ―Gearshift and his comrade right before their deaths
"Gearshift" was a clone trooper who served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars as a part of the 212th Attack Battalion. He was killed during the Second Battle of Geonosis by undead Geonosians under the hive of Queen Karina the Great.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Prisoners on Caliban[edit | edit source]
- "Please sir, don't even mention the word cold. It's hard enough keeping my mind off of how freezing I am."
- ―Gearshift, on the freezing climate of Caliban
Early on in the Clone Wars, Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi and several members of the 212th Attack Battalion, including Gearshift were captured by General Grievous on the frozen moon Caliban, located in the Outer Rim Territories. Grievous ordered the Republic troops to rebuild a bridge that had been destroyed in the Separatist invasion of the moon, or he would kill them.
After an altercation between Obi-Wan and Grievous, they finally agreed to Greivous's terms. However, they came up with a plan to purposely sabotage the bridge, but these plans were discarded when they realized that one of the moon's natives, the Qubey, had been separated from the others. They then were able to cooperate with the Qubey and come up with a plan to escape.
When the bridge was completed, Grievous revealed that he was planning on leaving the prisoners on the moon. Then the Qubey attacked, which distracted Grievous and his forces, allowing the clones to steal the E-5 Blaster rifles from the B1 battle droids. The Qubey then caused an avalanche, burying General Grievous and his forces. Obi-Wan and the clones then escaped from the planet in their LAAT/i gunship, destroying the bridge as they departed.
Second Battle of Geonosis[edit | edit source]
After Republic forces destroyed the Geonosis primary droid foundry, the search began for Separatist leader Poggle the Lesser. When Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and clone trooper Buzz failed to come back from patrol, Jedi Generals Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi gathered a rescue party to help. Gearshift was chosen alongside Clone Commander Cody to enter the Geonosis catacombs to find the missing soldiers.
When they arrived, they discovered Buzz, who had been killed, and Luminara's lightsaber and decided to search the catacombs in hopes of finding Luminara. As they searched the catacombs, they encountered undead Geonosians. Alarmed by the discovery, Kenobi sent Gearshift and another trooper to the surface to make contact with their forces, but Gearshift and his companion were overwhelmed and killed before they could make it.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
On Caliban, Gearshift wore HT-77 Cold Assault Armor armor with orange markings, signifying his place in the 212th Attack Battalion. On Geonosis, he used Phase I clone trooper armor, and utilized a DC-15A blaster carbine.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales 5 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror" (First appearance)