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"Anakin, I'm going to need some help."
"Where are you?"
"[…] I'm hit!"
―Obi-Wan Kenobi informs Anakin Skywalker that his ship has been damaged by Asajj Ventress's fanblade fighter[src]

The Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter, also referred to as the Geonosian fanblade starfighter or simply the fanblade fighter, was a model of starfighter manufactured by Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective. It was flown by Sith apprentice and Separatist commander Asajj Ventress during the Clone Wars against the Galactic Republic. The ship was equipped with a solar sail, which granted it greater speed and shielding at the cost of allowing other ships' sensors to more easily detect the fighter.

Only six fanblade fighters were made for Ventress, one of which she flew in the Battle of Sullust during the Clone Wars. After destroying the Star Destroyer Resolute with her craft, Ventress engaged the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, although she was forced to crash in the Separatist command ship's hangar. Despite her master, Count Dooku, turning on Ventress and ordering her remaining forces to destroy the flagship, Ventress managed to escape aboard her damaged fanblade fighter before the cruiser's complete destruction.

Characteristics[]

The cockpit of a Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter

Manufactured by the Geonosian-run Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective and constructed on the[1] Outer Rim planet[5] Geonosis, the Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter was 13.05 meters[1] (42 feet, 11 inches) in length and was capable of reaching 1,250 kilometers per hour (777 miles per hour).[2] It was equipped with life support systems, airscoop thrusters,[1] a class 1 hyperdrive, and a deflector shield generator.[2]

The fanblade fighter's fuselage was gray in color with the cockpit situated at the front and encased in a clear glass dome. Within the cockpit was a single seat for the pilot as well as a number of screens used to display information on enemy starships. The fighter was flown with the use of a yoke, in the center of which was a targeting computer. The yoke was also capable of displaying holographic transmissions, which were colored red.[3]

The ship was equipped with a large, vertically-aligned solar sail, which appeared as a translucent red semicircle and connected to a retractable boom,[1] which could be folded inward for when the craft was in flight or landing. The fanblade fighter was also equipped with a backup sail, which could be deployed in place of the primary one. At each tip of the solar sail was a laser cannon, which would rotate to face forward when the sail was retracted.[2]

Role[]

A rare[1] and expensive ship,[5] the starfighter combat-capable[3] Ginivex-class fanblade fighter was incredibly fast thanks to its solar sail.[2] The sail, when deployed, would better spread the ship's deflector shield pattern,[1] thereby strengthening its shielding, although the resulting energy output allowed the starfighter to be detected more easily by other vessels' sensors.[2] When flown by a Force-user, the fighter could perform turns and flips, which showcased the joint capability of both the craft and its pilot.[1]

History[]

Battle of Sullust[]

"I've got her."
―Anakin Skywalker prepares to fire at Asajj Ventress's fanblade fighter during the Battle of Sullust[src]

Only six Ginivex-class fanblade starfighters were constructed for Asajj Ventress,[2] a Force-sensitive Dathomirian loyal to the Sith who was apprenticed to Count Dooku.[4] A commander in the Confederacy of Independent Systems as well, Ventress flew one of her fanblade fighters against the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars' Battle of Sullust[3] in 20 BBY.[6] With the aid of two groups of droid tri-fighters from her fleet, Ventress took aim at[3] Jedi General[7] Anakin Skywalker's flagship, the Resolute,[2] dealing substantial damage to the Star Destroyer's bridge[3] and resulting in the cruiser's destruction.[8]

Asajj Ventress pilots one of her fanblade fighters during the Battle of Sullust.

Ventress and her tri-fighters then targeted[3] Jedi Master[9] Obi-Wan Kenobi and Skywalker himself, both of whom were piloting their Jedi starfighters. After the Dathomirian damaged Kenobi's craft with her fanblade fighter's lower laser cannon, the two Jedi split up, leaving Skywalker to contend with the droid starfighters while Ventress gave chase to Kenobi. As the Jedi Master approached the Separatist flagship, Ventress managed to score a second shot on Kenobi's ship, forcing him to head for the command ship's main hangar in order to make a landing. Ventress stayed on Kenobi's tail, but she was intercepted by Skywalker, who damaged the hull of her fanblade fighter and forced her to crash in the hangar.[3]

Ventress betrayed[]

"You have failed me for the last time. You are no longer my apprentice. And now, you shall die."
―Dooku, speaking through a hologram projected by the fanblade fighter's communication systems, abandons Asajj Ventress[src]

The Raider retrieves the wreckage of Asajj Ventress's fanblade fighter.

With her ship aslant in the hangar with a disabled solar sail, Ventress communicated with Dooku via hologram in the fighter's cockpit, requesting the Count's assistance. Dooku, however, informed her that she had failed him and was no longer his apprentice. Embittered, Ventress emerged from the cockpit and briefly dueled Kenobi and Skywalker as Dooku ordered the remaining Separatist forces to destroy the flagship. After a Hyena-class Droid Bomber crashed into the hangar and exploded, Kenobi, Skywalker, and Ventress each returned to their own craft and narrowly escaped before the command ship's total destruction.[3]

Following the battle, Ventress was found adrift and unconscious aboard her fanblade fighter[3]—sustained by its life support systems[1]—by a crew of scavengers, who brought the ship aboard their salvage freighter,[3] the Raider.[10] After placing the fighter in the freighter's hold, the crew removed the cockpit dome and revitalized Ventress, who used the Force to strangle them soon after. With her fanblade fighter still aboard, Ventress took control of the Raider and piloted it to[3] her homeworld of Dathomir.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Appearance[]

"Master, are you all right?"
"I am now. With your help and Master Ma'kis, we can blow that witch out of the stars."
―Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker, preparing to give chase to Asajj Ventress's fanblade fighter in a deleted scene for "Nightsisters"[src]

Concept art of the fanblade fighter's cockpit

The Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter first appeared in the new Star Wars canon in "Nightsisters,"[3] the twelfth episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' third season, which aired on January 7, 2011.[8] The starfighter was originally made for the Star Wars Legends animated television micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars, where it first appeared in "Chapter 7" of the show,[11] which aired on November 17, 2003.[12]

As the design for Asajj Ventress herself originated from unused concept art made for the[13] 2002 prequel trilogy film,[14] Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, that depicted a warrior reminiscent of Japan's samurai, Star Wars: Clone Wars Art Director Paul Rudish looked to that nation for inspiration on Ventress's starfighter. Rudish based the ship's[13] distinctive shape[8] on the sensu, a type of Japanese folding fan.[13]

Naming and contradictions[]

The Ginivex-class starfighter in Star Wars: Clone Wars

In Legends, the ship was identified as the Ginivex-class starfighter as well as the Geonosian fanblade starfighter in the now-defunct StarWars.com Databank.[13] In the accompanying StarWars.com Episode Guide for "Nightsisters," the craft was canonically referred to as the Geonosian fanblade starfighter,[15] and the 2017 canon reference book Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia provided the name Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter.[16]

A deleted scene for "Nightsisters" has Ahsoka Tano,[17] Anakin Skywalker's Jedi apprentice,[7] disable Ventress's fanblade fighter during the Battle of Sullust; however, Tano is absent from the final episode and Skywalker is the one to send Ventress crashing instead.[17] The rendering of the fighter seen in Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia shows the ship's cockpit window as tinted red,[16] while in "Nightsisters" it is completely clear.[3] In the 2018 reference book Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles, written by Landry Q. Walker, the fanblade fighter's length is given as 13.1 meters,[2] while the nineteenth issue of the Star Wars: Build Your Own X-Wing magazine, published later that same year, lists the fighter's length as 13.05 meters. As the latter source was published more recently,[1] this article defers to its measurements.

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