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"Master Windu, you have fought gallantly, worthy of recognition in the archives of the Jedi Order. Now, it is finished. Surrender, and your lives will be spared."
Count Dooku to Mace Windu and the surviving Jedi.[src]
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The Geonosis strike team was a group of 212 Jedi led by Mace Windu that were sent to Geonosis to rescue Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, who were scheduled to be executed by the Geonosians in the Petranaki arena. The rescue mission was the opening to the Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the Clone Wars.

However, not all the members of the strike team fought in the Petranaki arena. Some (like Adi Gallia and Siri Tachi) flew air support in Delta-7 Aethersprite starfighters. It should be noted that the space team, led by Adi Gallia, suffered very little (if any) casualties, while the ground team was almost completely wiped out.

Penetrating the defenses

Before the strike team could enter the Arena to rescue Kenobi, Skywalker, and Senator Amidala, they had to get past the Geonosian defenses. Using two Republic TX-130S fighter tanks, Mace Windu and fellow Jedi Master Luminara Unduli fought their way through Separatist GATs, AATs, and Hailfire Droids, clearing the way for a convoy of transports carrying the strike team to the arena.

Arena skirmish

Upon infiltrating the arena, the Jedi revealed themselves to Dooku and his Separatist counterparts, and a battle ensued between the Jedi and the Separatists' newly-revealed droid army.

Amidst the heated skirmish, Coleman Trebor, a suspected Form VI practitioner, attempted to engage Dooku in lightsaber combat, even though he was no match for the vastly superior Count. This heroic act was cut short by expertly placed shots from bounty hunter Jango Fett and Trebor fell to his death from Archduke Poggle the Lesser's box.

Fett, looking to claim more Jedi victims, attempted to fight and kill legendary Korun Jedi Master Mace Windu. However, due to his jet-pack shorting out, Mace Windu quickly beheaded the bounty hunter.

The Jedi fought valiantly during the skirmish, though many were not able to survive the onslaught and perished at the hands of Count Dooku's droid army.

Result

Of the 212 Jedi who were part of the strike team, an unknown amount fought in the arena, and only an estimated thirty of those survived the initial battle in the Petranaki arena, of which at least two more died during the battle that followed, making the losses suffered by the strike team grave. Only the timely arrival of Jedi Master Yoda and the newly-created Grand Army of the Republic saved the strike team from impending destruction. Despite the high casualties suffered by the team, their mission was successful, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala were rescued from execution, despite the loss of life to the Jedi Order.

Legacy

The death of so many Jedi in the Geonosian arena considerably drained the Jedi Order, as well as creating several dissidents who refused to fight for the Galactic Republic in the Clone Wars. The strike team's mission paved the way for Palpatine's eventual takeover of the Galactic Republic and the beginning of the Sith's return to dominance.

Known participants

Arena team, known survivors

In the circle of survivors:

Not in the circle of survivors:

Arena team, known KIA

In arena battle:

After arena battle:

Arena team, unknown

Hostages-turned reinforcements

Space team, survivors

Space Team, unknown

Strike team vessels

See also

Appearances

Sources

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