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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[4]

The Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter, also known as the Ginivex series, Ginivex-class fighter, Geonosian fanblade starfighter and 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 during a mission to the planet Cato Neimoidia in 22 BBY. During the mission, Ventress left the starfighter hovering at the end of a sewage tunnel while she confronted the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Mill Alibeth, eventually grabbing Alibeth and leaping a board the starfighter with her. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi then damaged the vessel with his lightsaber, forcing Ventress to jump inside the sinking vessel as Skywalker saved Alibeth. Ventress later encountered Skywalker again when she used a fanblade starfighter to unsuccessfully try and extract the treacherous Republic senator Zast Tri'vak from the MPO-1400 Purgill-class star cruiser Halcyon.

Ventress also used one of the starfighters in the Battle of Sullust in 20 BBY. After destroying the Star Destroyer Resolute with her craft, Ventress engaged Kenobi and 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[]

Design and equipment[]

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[6] Geonosis, the Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter[7]—alternatively known as the Ginivex-class fighter, the Ginivex series,[3] Geonosian fanblade starfighter[8] or fanblade fighter[2]—was a Confederacy of Independent Systems starfighter that was 13.05 meters[1] (42 feet, 11 inches) in length,[2] 2.25 meters in width, 14.40 meters in height with sail deployed,[3] and was capable of reaching 1,250 kilometers per hour (777 miles per hour).[2] It was equipped with life support systems, air scoop thrusters,[1] a class 1 hyperdrive, and a deflector shield generator.[2]

Based on Sith Lord and Confederate Head of State Count Dooku's Punworcca 116-class interstellar sloop, and thus easily recognizable,[3] the fanblade fighter's fuselage was gray in color with the cockpit situated at the front and encased in a glass dome, which was either left clear[4] or colored red,[9] that providing the pilot a wide field of vision. The hull of the fighter was small, as it was designed for a single occupant.[3] 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]

Crimson blade[]

The Ginivex had a crimson red solar sail similar to shield projection technology.

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.[2] Engineers from Huppla Pasa Tisc Shipwrights Collective created an updated sail for Ventress' fighter after Dooku requested a solar sail for his personal vessel. Similar to deflector shield projection technology, the solar sail on the Ginivex-class formed a fan of energy that captured radiation from the surrounding area and redirected it to the starfighter's shield systems, weapons, and engines.[3]

Despite the sail having no impact on the starfighter's performance and its ability to be unaffected by most weapons, an ion weapon could force the solar sail to recharge and then redeploy. The sail had to be deactivated in atmospheric flight and before a hyperspace jump as a safety measure, since the structures that held the sail were not rigorous enough. Differentiating it from other starfighters, and most starships, was that the crimson solar sail fan that formed meant that the fighter could be located at any time. Although it was obtrusive, it was advantageous as the blade's ebullient presence it infused into opponents outweighed the starfighter's lack of stealth.[3] At each tip of the solar sail was a laser cannon, which would rotate to face forward when the sail was retracted.[2] The cannons were capable of aiming independently and in combination to cover a full range of 360 degrees. Their firepower was capable of piercing the hull of a Venator-class Star Destroyer.[3]

Role[]

A rare[1] and expensive ship,[6] the starfighter combat-capable[4] 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[]

Mission to Cato Neimoidia[]

"Wait. Stay behind me. Something's not right. I think I've seen that ship before."
―Anakin Skywalker spots Ventress's fanblade starfighter[10]

Asajj Ventress's Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter was damaged during a confrontation with Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Cato Neimoidia.

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.[5] A commander in the Confederacy of Independent Systems as well,[4] Ventress brought one of her fanblade fighters with her to the planet Cato Neimoidia during the Clone Wars[10] in 22 BBY,[11] while acting as a Separatist emissary in the investigation of the bombing of the Cadesura district of the city of Zarra.[10]

Ventress managed to frame the Galactic Republic's emissary, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, for the bombing, and after he was rescued from the Neimoidian authorities by his allies Anakin Skywalker, Mill Alibeth, and R2-D2, she used the craft to cut off their attempt to escape Cato Neimoidia. Ventress positioned the fighter hovering above a great drop outside an outlet to one of Zarra's sewer tunnels, which Skywalker, Alibeth, and R2-D2 were moving through. After Skywalker sensed the starfighter, Ventress used one of its blaster cannons to collapse the duracrete tunnel exit. The Sith then confronted Skywalker in the darkened tunnel, but after the Jedi bested Ventress in a duel, she grabbed Alibeth and jumped through an opening Skywalker had made in the rubble at the tunnel exit.[10]

Landing on her craft with her captive caused the hovering vessel to dip slightly with the impact, sinking into the fog beneath it for a few moments before stabilizing. This was enough to distract Ventress, and Skywalker used the distraction to pull Alibeth from the Sith's grasp using the Force. Before he could pull her back safely to ground, Ventress stood atop the fanblade's cockpit and also began pulling on Alibeth with the Force, leaving the girl hovering in mid-air over a great drop between the ship and the sewer. Kenobi, who had arrived above the sewer, then threw his lightsaber down at the vital parts of the starfighter's hull, piercing it and causing a puff of smoke and then a short burst of flame to emerge from the craft. As key systems began to fail, the fanblade starfighter gradually began to descend, forcing Ventress to release Alibeth and let Skywalker pull her to safety. The Sith then scrambled inside the cockpit as the vessel gained more and more downward momentum, allowing the Jedi to escape and flee from Cato Neimoidia.[10]

Halcyon escape[]

"Is that the proximity alarm I hear?"
"Er… it was nothing, sir. Just a glitch."
"Okay. Carry on."
―The crew of the Halcyon dismiss the arrival of Ventress in her fanblade starfighter[9]

Asajj Ventress leapt from the Halcyon into the cockpit of her fanblade starfighter.

Ventress later used a fanblade starfighter to board the Halcyon, an MPO-1400 Purgill-class star cruiser operated by the Hutts, while trying to extract the treacherous Republic senator Zast Tri'vak. The cruiser's proximity alarm sounded when she entered its hangar, but it was dismissed as a glitch; however, Skywalker, who was on board with Senator Padmé Amidala to keep an eye on Tri'vak, sensed her arrival. The pair ended up dueling once again, but Tri'vak ultimately offered to betray both the Republic and the Separatists to the Hutts, causing Ventress to kill him.[9]

Having remotely activated the fanblade starfighter to open its cockpit hatch and leave the Halcyon's hangar, Ventress then used her lightsabers to shatter one of the Halcyon's viewports and leap into the vacuum of space, where her starfighter was waiting for her. As Skywalker sealed the breach, Ventress was able to escape in her fighter.[9]

Battle of Sullust[]

"I've got her."
―Anakin Skywalker prepares to fire at Asajj Ventress's fanblade fighter during the Battle of Sullust[4]

Ventress flew one of her fanblade fighters against the Republic during the Battle of Sullust[4] in 20 BBY.[12] With the aid of two groups of droid tri-fighters from her fleet, Ventress took aim at[4] Skywalker's flagship, the Resolute,[2] dealing substantial damage to the Star Destroyer's bridge[4] and resulting in the cruiser's destruction.[13]

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

Ventress and her tri-fighters then targeted Kenobi and Skywalker themselves, 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.[4]

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[4]

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.[4]

Following the battle, Ventress was found adrift and unconscious aboard her fanblade fighter[4]—sustained by its life support systems[1]—by a crew of scavengers, who brought the ship aboard their salvage freighter,[4] the Raider.[14] Her fighter's resilience was the cause for Ventress' survival.[3] 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[4] her homeworld of Dathomir.[5]

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"[15]

Concept art of the fanblade fighter's cockpit

The Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter first appeared in the new Star Wars canon in "Nightsisters,"[4] the twelfth episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' third season, which aired on January 7, 2011.[13] 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,[16] which first aired on November 17, 2003.[17]

As the design for Asajj Ventress herself originated from unused concept art made for the[18] 2002 prequel trilogy film,[19] 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[18] distinctive shape[13] on the sensu, a type of Japanese folding fan.[18]

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.[18] In the accompanying StarWars.com Episode Guide for "Nightsisters," the craft was canonically referred to as the Geonosian fanblade starfighter,[20] and the 2017 canon reference book Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia provided the name Ginivex-class fanblade starfighter.[7]

A deleted scene for "Nightsisters" has Ahsoka Tano,[15] Anakin Skywalker's Jedi apprentice,[21] 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] While the fighter's cockpit is completely clear in "Nightsisters,"[4] the rendering of the fanblade fighter seen in Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia shows the ship's cockpit window as tinted red,[7] and the comic Halcyon Legacy 3[9]—which was released on May 11, 2022, written by Ethan Sacks, and illustrated by Will Sliney[22] depicted the ship with a red cockpit.[9] 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 nineteenth issue of the Star Wars: Build Your Own X-Wing magazine, published later that year,[1] and the Star Wars Encyclopedia booklet "Ships of the Republic and Separatists (II),"[3] published on January 28, 2022,[23] lists the fighter's length as 13.05 meters.[3] As the latter sources were published more recently,[1][3] this article defers to their measurements.

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Star Wars Build Your Own X-Wing logo small.png Star Wars: Build Your Own X-Wing 19 (Starfighter Aces: Asajj Ventress)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 AltayaCite.svg "Ships of the Republic and Separatists (II)" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nightsisters"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 StarWars-DatabankII.png Asajj Ventress in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rise of the Separatists
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  8. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Nightsisters on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Halcyon Legacy 3
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Brotherhood
  11. Brotherhood is set between the beginning of the Clone Wars and the Battle of Christophsis, as the novel's plot involves Anakin Skywalker becoming a Jedi Knight, a rank he attained between those events. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both events to 22 BBY, Brotherhood must be set in that year.
  12. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "Nightsisters," which include the Battle of Sullust, to 20 BBY.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Nightsisters on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  14. StarWars.com Nightsisters Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 12)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season ThreeJedi Temple Archives: "Nightsisters"
  16. CloneWarsLogoMini.jpg Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 7"
  17. TVcom logo.png Star Wars: Clone Wars - Season 1, Episode 7: Chapter VII at TV.com (backup link)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Databank title.png Geonosian fanblade starfighter in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  19. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  20. StarWars.com Nightsisters Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 8)
  21. StarWars-DatabankII.png Anakin Skywalker in the Databank (backup link)
  22. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars: The Halcyon Legacy (2022) #3 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  23. Altaya-Logo.png Official Star Wars Encyclopedia on Altaya's official fr website (backup link)
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