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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 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 and used by Sith apprentice and Separatist commander Asajj Ventress during the Clone Wars. Only six fighters were made for Ventress, one of which she flew during the Battle of Sullust. The ship was equipped with a solar sail, which granted it greater speed and shielding.

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Manufactured by the Geonosian-run Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective and constructed on the[3] Outer Rim planet[5] Geonosis, the Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter was 13.05 meters in length and was capable of reaching 1,250 kilometers per hour. It was equipped with life support systems, airscoop thrusters,[3] a class 1 hyperdrive, as well as a deflector shield generator.[1] 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.[4]

The cockpit of a Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter.

A rare[3] and expensive ship,[6] the fanblade fighter was incredibly fast thanks to its large solar sail[1] and, when flown by a Force-user, could perform turns and flips which showcased the joint capability of both the craft and its pilot. The sail was vertically-aligned, appearing as a translucent red semicircle and connected to a retractable boom[3] which could be folded inward for when the craft was in flight or landing.[1] When deployed, the solar sail would better spread the ship's deflector shield pattern,[3] thereby strengthening its shielding, although the resulting energy output allowed the starfighter to be detected more easily by other ships' sensors. 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.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

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

Only six Ginivex-class fanblade starfighters were constructed for Asajj Ventress, Sith apprentice to[1] Count Dooku. 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[4] in 20 BBY.[7] With the aid of two groups of droid tri-fighters from her fleet, Ventress took aim at[4] Jedi General Anakin Skywalker's flagship, the Resolute,[1] dealing substantial damage to the Star Destroyer's bridge[4] and resulting in the cruiser's destruction.[8]

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

Ventress and her tri-fighters then targeted Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Skywalker himself, both of whom were piloting their Jedi starfghters. After damaging Kenobi's craft with her fanblade fighter's lower laser cannon, the two Jedi split up, leaving Skywalker to contend with the droids 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 flagship's hangar in order to make a landing. Ventress stayed on Kenobi's tail, however she was intercepted by Skywalker, who damaged the hull of her fanblade fighter and forced her to crash in the hangar.[4]

With her solar sail disabled and her ship aslant in the hangar, 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 crafts and narrowly escaped before the flagship's total destruction.[4]

Following the battle, Ventress was found adrift and unconscious aboard her fanblade fighter[4]—sustained by its life support systems[3]—by a crew of scavengers, who brought the ship aboard their salvage freighter. 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 freighter and piloted it to[4] her homeworld of Dathomir.[9]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"Commander, we just lost Blue Squadron. A rogue fighter has—"
―A clone trooper reports on the fanblade starfighter's destruction of a Republic squadron in Star Wars: Clone Wars[src]

The Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter first appeared in the new Star Wars canon in "Nightsisters," 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,[10] which aired on November 17, 2003.[11]

The Ginivex-class starfighter in Star Wars: Clone Wars

As the design for Asajj Ventress herself originated from unused concept art made for the[12] 2003 prequel trilogy film[13] Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones of a warrior reminiscent of Japan's samurai, Star Wars: Clone Wars Art Director Paul Rudish looked to the nation for inspiration on Ventress's starfighter. Rudish based the ship's[12] distinctive shape[8] on the sensu, a type of Japanese folding fan.[12]

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.[12] In the accompanying StarWars.com Episode Guide for "Nightsisters," the craft was canonically referred to as the Geonosian fanblade fighter,[14] and in the 2017 canon reference book Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia it was identified as the Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter.[2]

A deleted scene for "Nightsisters" has Ahsoka Tano 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.[15] The rendering of the fighter seen in Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia shows the ship's cockpit window as tinted red,[2] while in "Nightsisters" it is completely clear.[4] 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,[1] 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, this article refers to the fanblade fighter as having a length of 13.05 meters.[3]

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