- "Other sections of the warship appear to have come from the Invincible."
- ―An Imperial technician and Moff Wilhuff Tarkin
The Invincible was a Providence-class Dreadnought that served in the naval forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars as the flagship of Harch Separatist Admiral Trench. In 22 BBY, the Invincible served as the command ship of the Confederacy's blockade of the planet Christophsis, where it and the blockade were contested by a Galactic Republic task force led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker. However, the Republic was unsuccessful in their initial attack and was directed to retreat at the behest of Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, who arrived at the battle aboard his flagship, thereby giving Trench and the Invincible the first victory.
Not long after, the Invincible was assaulted once more by Skywalker, who was using a prototype stealth ship against it. As a result, Skywalker managed to destroy the dreadnought after a lengthy battle between the two ships, which caused the Invincible's tracking torpedoes to destroy its bridge and therefore the vessel as well.
Later, during the time of the Galactic Empire, the modules that belonged to the Invincible were salvaged by Imperial defector Berch Teller. Teller then supposedly used the dreadnought's modules to construct a downsized version of a Providence-class Dreadnought, but it was later destroyed by Imperial forces near the Gulf of the planet Tatooine.
- "Foolish Republic scum! Your puny torpedoes are no match for my thermo-shields."
- ―Trench, after four torpedoes are repelled by the Invincible's shields
The Invincible was a 2,177.35 meter-long Providence-class Dreadnought of modular design that was crewed by B1-series battle droids and was equipped with three Nubian-manufactured Creveld-4 radial ion drives, along with a port hangar bay, which carried a complement of ten Hyena-class Droid Bombers. The dreadnought was also armed with fourteen heavy quad turbolaser cannons, thirty-four dual heavy laser cannons, and two forward-mounted heavy ion cannons. The Invincible was additionally armed with twelve point-defense ion cannons, twelve heavy flak cannons, and 102 proton torpedo launchers which could fire tracking torpedoes. However, in order for the dreadnought to fire its tracking torpedoes, the vessel was required to deactivate its shields, which left it vulernable to an attack until the shields were fully recharged.
The Invincible also came equipped with recyclable thermal shields, which were capable of withstanding heavy fire from the DBY-827 heavy turbolaser turrets of Venator-class Star Destroyers as well as the proton torpedoes of an IPV-2C Stealth Corvette, and it was additionally equipped with a communications device that could be patched into an open frequency. The dreadnought was also capable of tracking the magnetic signature of other starships, including models with cloaking devices, and was equipped with scanners that could indicate whether or not they were successful in striking an enemy vessel with their turbolasers. The bow of the ship was painted with blue markings that mimicked the eyes of its commander, the Harch Separatist Admiral Trench. Both the port and starboard sides of its hull were adorned with Trench's personal symbol instead of the emblem of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Repelling the Republic
- "Hold the line. Intensify forward deflectors."
- ―Trench, in response to Skywalker's advancement
In 22 BBY, during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, the planet Christophsis was invaded by the Separatist Droid Army as a result of its resources and strategic position along the Corellian Run hyperspace route. After managing to occupy the planet's surface, the Confederacy established a thirty-craft blockade of at least twenty-three Munificent-class star frigates and six Lucrehulk-class Battleships, which were placed under the command of Harch Separatist Admiral Trench aboard his flagship, the Invincible, which acted as the command ship of the blockade.
Following its establishment, the Invincible and the rest of the blockade were attacked by a Republic task force commanded by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, who was sent to breach the blockade and deliver relief supplies to the trapped Republic Senator Bail Organa on the surface. After the Republic's arrival, the Invincible and the other Separatist warships began to exchange turbolaser fire with Skywalker's fleet of three Venator-class Star Destroyers and three Pelta-class frigates. As both fleets fired upon one another, the Invincible began to advance unopposed on the Republic fleet and proceeded to open fire on all opposing warships, destroying one of the Republic's supply ships. Continuing its barrage, Skywalker ordered his fleet to over-fire their reactors in order to charge directly through the blockade, which prompted Trench to order the Invincible and his fleet to maintain their position and intensify their forward deflector shields.
However, the Republic fleet was prevented with following through with their plan after Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi, who had arrived in the Christoph system aboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer Negotiator, ordered them to withdraw from the battle to behind Christophsis' moon, which prompted the Invincible and the rest of the blockade to end their attack. While the Republic fled, Trench's T-series tactical droid, TI-99, inquired as to whether or not they should as well. The Harch explained that their orders were to hold a blockade and not to chase and that the Republic would return. Shortly thereafter, Trench ordered the Invincible's bridge crew to recharge the dreadnought's shields and their cannons to reset while the Republic restrategized.
Baiting the Republic
- "We need to add some pressure on those who are sent to rescue our enemies on Christophsis. Send the Hyena-bombers to hit senator Organa on the surface. That should draw those cowards out from behind the moon."
- ―Trench applying his tactics against the Republic
While the Republic recuperated, Trench, aboard the Invincible, ordered TI-99 to provide an update on the surface engagements. The droid stated that the resistance from the inhabitants was crumbling and that the Confederacy was expected to have full control in a half planetary rotation. In response, the Harch sent a squadron of ten Hyena-class Droid Bombers from the Invincible's port hangar to bomb the surface, believing that a two-pronged assault would draw out the Republic fleet. Unknowingly flying directly over Skywalker, who was ordered by Kenobi to use a prototype stealth ship to continue their supply run, the bombers succeeded in their mission and prompted Senator Organa to contact the Republic fleet of the situation.
As a result of the bombing run, the Invincible was once again attacked by Skywalker aboard the stealth ship. Skywalker then revealed himself to Trench and the dreadnought by deactivating the ship's cloaking device and proceeded to fire several proton torpedoes at the Invincible's command bridge, which were repelled by the Providence's thermal shields.
In response, Trench ordered the crew of his dreadnought to fire four tracking torpedoes at the Republic craft, which were unsuccessful, as they hit flares dispersed from the stealth ship. Shortly thereafter, the Invincible proceeded to fire a wall of lasers in the direction of the once-again cloaked vessel, but the Invincible's scanners indicated that they were unsuccessful in hitting Skywalker. However, despite their failed attack, Trench came to realize that a clone trooper would not have been able to navigate a barrage of lasers with such ease, and that they were instead opposed by a Jedi.
Fight with a Jedi and destruction
- "Lock us onto that ship's magnetic signature."
- ―Trench, as the stealth ship reactivates its cloaking device
Shortly thereafter, Trench once again ordered the Invincible's crew to patch him into the communications channel on an open frequency to relay a message to their attackers. In his message, the Harch warned them to retreat while they were able, and that despite them being in possession of such a vessel, he informed them that he had had previous encounters with similar ships in the past.
As the transmission ended, Trench hypothesized that, in spite of his message, the Jedi Knight was unlikely to break off his attack and would strike once more. Affirming the Harch's theory, Skywalker once again disengaged the cloaking device and fired four more torpedoes at the Invincible's port hull, but they were once again repelled by the dreadnought's shields. Amid re-engaging the cloaking device, the Providence was able to lock onto the stealth ship's magnetic signature before it could disappear.
Upon acquiring its magnetic signature, the Invincible attempted to fire more tracking torpedoes towards Skywalker's ship but was forced to deactivate their shields in order to do so. Lowering its shields, the dreadnought proceeded to fire its torpedoes, which prompted Skywalker to disengage the cloaking device once more and divert all power to their engines, advancing directly toward the unshielded Invincible and sending the torpedoes into its bridge, destroying the dreadnought as a result. Following the Invincible's destruction, the Republic fleet returned and continued their attack on the rest of the blockade, which had been thrown into disarray as a result of the command ship's destruction.
- "That was Separatist Admiral Trench's ship—destroyed during the Battle of Christophsis."
"Partially destroyed, in any case. The ship was modular in design, and the modules that survived must have been worth salvaging and putting on the open market."
- ―An Imperial technician and Tarkin, examining Teller's warship
Despite the destruction of the Invincible above Christophsis, modules that once belonged to the vessel and survived the ship's destruction were salvaged after the battle and put up for sale on the black market. Sometime later, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, the successor state of the Republic, the Invincible's modules were acquired by Imperial defector Berch Teller, who used them construct a downsized version of a Providence-class Dreadnought for his resistance group. Teller's use of the modules was later brought to attention by an Imperial technician, who reported to Moff Wilhuff Tarkin that sections of Teller's downsized Providence were supposedly constructed from modules of the Invincible, which surprised the Moff.
Later, Teller used his warship, and subsequently the Invincible's modules, in an attack on the Empire's Sentinel Base located in the Arkanis sector, but he was forced to retreat from the battle after being ambushed by the Venator-class Star Destroyer Electrum. Sometime later, the warship was used once more in a battle near the Gulf of the planet Tatooine, where Teller planned to ambush an Imperial convoy. However, the battle resulted in the destruction of the warship and the remaining modules that belonged the Invincible.
Commanders and crew
- "I believe the opposing commander is none other than Admiral Trench."
- ―Admiral Wullf Yularen, after researching their enemy
The Invincible was placed under the command of the Harch Separatist Admiral Trench, who had the vessel painted in his image. The vessel was additionally maintained by the T-series tactical droid TI-99, who served as Trench's second-in-command, and it was operated by a crew of B1-series battle droids.
Behind the scenes
The Invincible made its debut in "Cat and Mouse," the sixteenth episode of the second season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, which aired on March 26, 2010. The ship was identified in the corresponding episode guide on StarWars.com. Concept art for the Invincible was illustrated by Wayne Lo and was titled "Taranch Dreadnaught Ep217."
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Distant Echo" (Appears on poster)
- Tarkin (Parts only)
- Tarkin audiobook (Parts only)
- (First identified as Invincible)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 56 (Databank A-Z: Tractor Beams–Tri-Fighters) (Indirect mention only)
- Rise of the Separatists (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Complete Vehicles, New Edition
- Star Wars: Armada – Invisible Hand Expansion Pack (Card: ) (Picture only)
- "The Beginning of the Clone Wars" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Anakin Skywalker" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- (Picture only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- The Invincible is depicted in "Cat and Mouse" with what Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia identifies as Creveld-4 radial ion drives, which states that Providence-class Dreadnoughts possess three manufactured by Nubia Star Drives, Inc..
- "Cat and Mouse" depicts the Invincible with what Collapse of the Republic identifies as heavy quad turbolaser cannons, which states that Providence-class Dreadnoughts possess fourteen (seven port, seven starboard), and dual heavy laser cannons, which states that Providence-class Dreadnoughts possess thirty-four (seventeen dorsal, seventeen ventral).
- "Cat and Mouse" depicts the Invincible with what Collapse of the Republic identifies as twin light point-defense ion cannons, which states that Providence-class Dreadnoughts possess twelve (six port, six starboard).
- "Cat and Mouse" depicts the Invincible with what Collapse of the Republic identifies as heavy flak cannons, which states that Providence-class Dreadnoughts possess twelve (six port, six starboard).
- "Cat and Mouse" depicts the Invincible with what Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy identifies as heavy ion cannons, which states that Providence-class Dreadnoughts possess two mounted at its prow.
- "Cat and Mouse" depicts the Invincible with what Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy identifies as proton torpedo launchers, which states that Providence-class Dreadnoughts possess 102.
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones to 22 BBY. As the episode "Cat and Mouse" takes place between those two pieces of media according to , the events of the episode, including the destruction of the Invincible in the Christoph system, must also take place in 22 BBY.
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- (Slide 1)