- "Master, General Grievous's ship is directly ahead. The one crawling with vulture droids."
- ―Anakin Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Invisible Hand was a modified Providence-class Dreadnought that served in the naval forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems as the flagship of the navy and the command ship of Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous during the Clone Wars. Manufactured by Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps and Pammant Docks as the first of its class, the dreadnought was initially used by the Trade Federation, where it belonged to Viceroy Nute Gunray, but was given to Grievous after demanding control over the vessel.
In 19 BBY, the Invisible Hand was used by Grievous in a decisive assault against the Galactic Republic's capital planet Coruscant in an attempt to capture Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. However, during the battle, the ship was boarded by Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in order to rescue the Chancellor. Amid the rescue, the Jedi, who had been brought to the bridge, managed to force the ship's commander to flee the battle, which led to the Invisible Hand's destruction as the vessel broke in two while the Jedi attempted to land the dreadnought on Coruscant's surface.
- 1 Description
- 2 History
- 2.1 Service to the Trade Federation
- 2.2 Clone Wars
- 3 Commanders and crew
- 4 Behind the scenes
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Sources
- 7 Notes and references
- "Fire the emergency booster engines."
- ―Grievous, as Invisible Hand plummets to the surface
The Invisible Hand was a modified 1,088-meter-long, 198-meter-wide and 347-meter-tall Providence-class Dreadnought manufactured by Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps and Pammant Docks. The first of the Providence-class designed by Quarren engineers, the Invisible Hand was equipped with three shielded Nubian-manufactured Creveld-4 radial ion drives, which provided the craft with a maximum acceleration of 2,500 G and maximum atmospheric speed of 2,000 kilometers per hour and deflected ion particle streams in order to generate reverse braking thrusts. Furthermore, the dreadnought possessed a large main hangar accessed by both the port and starboard sides, a Class 1 hyperdrive generator, emergency booster engines, which helped the craft regain stability, emergency airbrake panels, and tensor fields designed to prevent the ship's hull from breaking apart.
Near the front of the dreadnought, the Invisible Hand possessed both a main and subsidiary reactor, and towards the aft section of the craft, near an internal freight shaft and engineering access doors, was an auxiliary reactor. Its reactors were capable of annihilating up to 12,000 tons of hypermatter fuel per second and contained plasma within its ion engine shafts. The craft was also fitted with a portside hyperdrive module.
- "All batteries, fire! Fire!"
- ―A Neimoidian captain, after the Invisible Hand suffers fire from Guarlara
The dreadnought was also armed with an array of different weaponry that provided it enough firepower to conduct an orbital bombardment on its own, armament that included twelve point-defense ion cannons and thirty-four dual laser cannons which were capable of dealing with smaller craft, while its fourteen quad turbolaser cannons and two forward-mounted heavy ion cannons were used to deal with larger vessels. The Invisible Hand also possessed point-defense laser cannons, which protected both the command bridge and conning tower, flak guns with large magazines of proton bombs located port and starboard, 102 proton torpedo launchers and tractor beam projectors.
Thickly armored, the Invisible Hand incorporated a powerful deflector shield generator that protected the craft from attacks, as well as the hangar to prevent enemy boarding parties. It also possessed an atmospheric shield projector around the hangar which could be destroyed by concentrated cannon fire. Upon breaching the hangar's shields, an emergency blast door was ready for immediate closure to seal the defenseless bay within seconds of shield deactivation. The Invisible Hand's hull armor was also strong enough to take heavy turbolaser fire from a Venator-class Star Destroyer in a broadside engagement.
Hangar and complement
- "Let's see if we can find something in the hangar bay that's still flyable."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Within its hangar, the Invisible Hand possessed a complement of various vehicles. The complement incorporated twenty squadrons of 240 droid starfighters, such as 120 droid tri-fighters and 120 Vulture-class droid starfighters, which were held in ceiling-mounted racks, as well as 440 ground assault vehicles. These vehicles included Armored Assault Tanks, LM-432 crab droids, OG-9 homing spider droids, 160 Multi-Troop Transports, and IG-227 Hailfire-class droid tanks stored in a compartment beneath the hangar, as well as landing craft which brought its complement of vehicles to the surface. The vehicles stored within the compartment were brought up to the hangar by heavy circular lift platforms, and the bay also had claw-like cranes. Within the bay were the access doors to the dreadnought's engine and power generator sections.
In addition to its fighter and vehicle complement, the Invisible Hand also carried 1.5 million deactivated battle droids within. However, it also carried active battle droids of various different models, which patrolled the vessel's many corridors and hallways and worked as maintenance crew. These droid models included B1-series battle droids, B2-series super battle droids, droidekas and OOM-series security droids.
- "The chancellor's signal is coming from right there - the observation platform at the top of that spire."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, locates the Chancellor in the Wizard's Tower
As a member of the Providence-class, the Invisible Hand had a towering fin-like spire that erected from the craft's hull, and was the location of the ship's main communications and sensor pod which was refitted into a sanctum for the Confederacy's leader, Count Dooku, and became known as the Wizard's Tower. At the top of the spire was an observation platform that was accessible by five turbolifts and had a table situated in the center of the room with holographic screens and two chairs, as well as display screens near a chair that overlooked the surrounding space from an expansive 180-degree viewport within the room. Atop the observation platform, the Invisible Hand possessed an interstellar communications array.
Like all Providence-class vessels, the Invisible Hand was outfitted with two lines of escape pods, and were intended for use by organic crewmembers rather than its complement of replaceable battle droids. The pods were accessible from the command bridge's rear and were located on the ship's port and starboard sides. Furthermore, the aftward spire also possessed a set of escape pods for the vessel's visiting dignitaries, who stayed within the tower. During ground assaults, the Invisible Hand used a command area located along its bulky superstructure to regulate Separatist ground forces.
Inside the vessel, the Invisible Hand possessed several turbolifts in order to reach higher levels, such as elevators 31174 and 3224, which could be manually controlled by an astromech droid via scomp link. The craft also had several hallways and corridors throughout its interior, one that was large enough to allow access for its hailfire droid complement. One such hallway included hallway 328, which possessed a ray shield that could be controlled from the vessel's bridge. Moreover, the ship's command center was located in the forward bridge of the Invisible Hand, which was heavily shielded and protected from attacks by point-defense cannons and, if necessary, when threatened or its viewports were damaged, heavy armor plating was quickly activated to enclose the bridge and seal it against loss of atmosphere. The bridge also offered the ship's command crew a 180-degree view of the surrounding space from viewports.
Service to the Trade Federation
Manufactured by Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps, the Invisible Hand was the first of the Providence-class to ever be created. After its creation, the dreadnought served under Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray within the Federation's fleet before the outbreak of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Following the war's inception and the loss of the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence earlier in the war at the Kaliida Nebula, the Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous began to lose face. As a result, it would be sometime before the Kaleesh was to be trusted with another vessel worthy of his position as the Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies, and was forced to use several disposable Munificent-class star frigates as his flagship. However, sometime later, Grievous demanded the ship be turned over to him, where it became the flagship of the entire Confederacy navy, but was still operated by the original crew, who were supplemented by a crw of battle droids. After gaining command over the dreadnought, Grievous used the Invisible Hand to further cement his reputation for vicious excess.
Final fight of the Invisible Hand
Capturing the Chancellor
- "Grievous has attacked the capitol."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, after being alerted of the situation
In 19 BBY, as the war began to move into its final stages, Grievous was using the Invisible Hand in a series of skirmishes before receiving new orders; the Sith Lord Darth Sidious commanded him to launch a bold attack against the Republic capital world of Coruscant. Provided with the coordinates for a secret hyperspace route, Grievous led a surprise and unprecedented assault, with the Invisible Hand leading a large fleet of Separatist warships against the Republic's Coruscant Home Defense Fleet under the command of Commander Honor Salima. Following it and the fleet's exit from hyperspace directly over the planet, the Invisible Hand and its hundreds of accompanying warships managed to overpower the defense fleet, reducing a substantial amount of Republic Star Destroyers in orbit to flaming wreckage, with the dreadnought taking many such kills within minutes of their arrival.
As the battle raged above, the Kaleesh general landed on the surface of the planet in the Federal District, where he proceeded to follow his plan to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, who was actually the public identity of Sidious. While seeking the Chancellor, Grievous and his IG-100 MagnaGuards crossed paths with Jedi Master Shaak Ti, Jedi Knight Roron Corobb and a task force of clone troopers alongside the Chancellor's guards. As a result, Grievous managed to kill Corobb and the clone troopers, as well as incapacitate Ti, allowing for the Kaleesh to return to the Invisible Hand with the Chancellor in custody.
Returning to his command ship, Grievous attempted to flee to hyperspace with the Chancellor onboard, but was prevented from doing so as the Republic defense fleet formed a blockade around the Invisible Hand in order to allow the arrival of reinforcements from all across the galaxy, including the Open Circle Fleet. With the arrival of Republic reinforcements, the Separatist warships of Recusant-class light destroyers, Lucrehulk-class Battleships and Munificent-class star frigates began to trade fire with Republic Venator-class Star Destroyers, whose goal was to destroy as many Separatist ships as possible, as they fought for their very survival, and resulted in the Invisible Hand becoming the prime target of the Republic forces.
Boarding the Invisible Hand
- "What's the situation, Captain?"
"Two Jedi have landed in the main hangar bay. We're tracking them."
- ―Grievous and a Neimoidian captain, after Kenobi and Skywalker board the ship
Amid the prolonged space battle, the capture of the Chancellor and the loss of contact from Master Ti began to concern the Jedi Order's leading council, which resulted in the arrival of Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and their warships from the planet Yerbana, who had plans to assist in a siege on the planet Mandalore. After the arrival of their fleet group, the two Jedi flew into the heart of the battle in their respective Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptors, whose orders were to board the Invisible Hand and rescue Palpatine. However, while making their approach to the Separatist flagship, the Jedi were engaged by a large force of droid tri-fighters Vulture-class droid starfighters had been assigned to protect the Invisible Hand, which had taken severe damage during the battle and caused leakages of plasma from its engines, the reduction of power to the shields, and fragility to its armor.
After evading the starfighters, with the help of Clone Flight Squad Seven, and several pistoeka sabotage droids, the two Jedi resumed their approach on the Invisible Hand. While closing in on the dreadnought, Kenobi realized that the flagship's deflector shields were still active, leading Skywalker to strike the Invisible Hand's atmospheric shield generator, lifting the shields around the main hangar bay and causing emergency blast doors to seal the breached hangar in seconds, but not before the Jedi Generals crash landed inside the Providence. After landing in the hangar, the Jedi were engaged by several OOM-series security droids, but were able to defeat the battle droids and move on to continue their mission, leaving their astromech droid, R2-D2, behind to remain with their fighters.
As the two Jedi proceeded to the dreadnought's spire near the rear of the craft where the Chancellor was being held hostage, Grievous was called onto the command bridge by a Neimoidian captain. Inquiring as to why he had summoned him, the Neimoidian reported to the general that Kenobi and Skywalker had landed in the main hangar and were currently tracking their position, to which the Kaleesh stated that their arrival was previously predicted by Count Dooku. Afterwards, the Jedi reached one of the vessel's turbolifts, where they were met by a triad of droidekas ordered to engage them, but were prevented from killing them as the Republic generals entered elevator 31174. While in the elevator, Kenobi and Skywalker were caught by more security droids, but were quickly destroyed by the Jedi.
Shortly thereafter, as the Jedi pressed onward to the Chancellor's location, the elevator suddenly stopped moving, which forced Kenobi to contact their astromech in the hangar to activate the elevator. However, Artoo was forced to go into hiding as a pair of B2-series super battle droids entered the hangar to investigate the Jedi starfighters, and resulted in Skywalker cutting a whole in the ceiling of the elevator with his lightsaber and jumping out. Although Skywalker took his own measures, Artoo came out of hiding despite the presence of enemy droids and followed Kenobi's orders, but instead sent the elevator plummeting downward, although he eventually managed to move it in their desired direction as the two super battle droids noticed the astromech and approached him.
Duel in the Wizard's Tower
- "Get help. You're no match for him. He's a Sith Lord."
"Chancellor Palpatine, Sith Lords are our speciality."
- ―Sheev Palpatine and Obi-Wan Kenobi, after Count Dooku arrives
After Artoo returned them to their set position, the two Jedi reached the top level of the spire, where they exited the central elevator door into the Wizard's Tower. Walking over to the Chancellor, who was strapped to a throne-like spinning chair, the Sith Lord Dooku entered the room and demanded they turn over their lightsabers, but was instead met by a duel throughout the entire room.
During the duel, Kenobi destroyed the two super battle droids sent to assist the Count, who managed to incapacitate the Jedi Master by Force choking him and trapping him underneath a platform, leaving the Sith Lord to fight Skywalker. Shortly after, however, the Jedi Knight managed to outmaneuver the Sith and cut his hands off, proceeding to hold him in a decapitating position immediately after. While holding him between two lightsaber blades, Skywalker was continuously ordered by Palpatine to kill the Separatist leader, resulting in Dooku's death, despite the Jedi way forbidding killing an unarmed prisoner.
Battle with Guarlara
- "Prepare for attack!"
- ―Grievous, as the Invisible Hand crosses paths with Guarlara
Freeing the Chancellor after killing the Count, Skywalker went for his unconscious friend and carried him to the elevator. However, while waiting for the inactive elevator, the Invisible Hand crossed paths with the Venator-class Star Destroyer Guarlara, resulting in the starships engaging in a broadside battle as both took heavy damage. Despite being heavily armored and armed, the Guarlara managed to strike one of the Invisible Hand's flak guns, which resulted in the destruction of a magazine of proton bombs and sent the dreadnought plummeting towards the surface of Coruscant as smoke and flames trailed from its starboard hull.
As the bridge crew attempted to regain control, the Neimoidian captain ordered the battle droids to reverse the dreadnought's stabilizers and to magnetize their feet, while starfighters and Multi-Troop Transports in the hangar fell with the entire ship. Still falling, Grievous proceeded to order his pilot droids to active the Invisible Hand's emergency booster engines, which allowed the ship to regain stability and a level position.
After returning to a stable level, the two Jedi and the Chancellor pressed onward to the hangar bay where they hoped to find a ship to commandeer and leave the dreadnought. However, while moving through hallway 328, the bridge crew managed to locate the Jedi and were ordered by Grievous to activate their ray shields and trap them. Trapped in the ray shield, Artoo came to their location in order to lift the shields, but was stopped as droidekas and super battle droids arrived and proceeded to bring them to the command bridge.
Confrontation with Grievous
- "Crush them! Make them suffer!"
- ―Grievous to his MagnaGuards, after Kenobi and Skywalker regain their lightsabers
Aboard the bridge, the two Jedi and the Chancellor were greeted by Grievous, who mocked their failed rescue mission and took their lightsabers from an OOM command battle droid. Grabbing their weapons, the Kaleesh noticed Skywalker in front of him, and mocked him that he seemed young for someone with his reputation, but was in turn insulted and angered the general. Thereafter, Grievous stated that their weapons would make fine additions to his collection of Jedi lightsabers he had collected over the years, although Kenobi proceeded to assure their enemy that he would not escape again. In response, R2 distracted the guards at Skywalker's command and allowed both Jedi to pull their lightsabers back from the general, who ordered his MagnaGuards, IG-101 and IG-102, to kill them, but were instead destroyed by the Jedi as well as the security droids guarding the Chancellor.
Afterwards, Grievous ordered his pilot droids to not interfere and to keep the Invisible Hand in orbit as the general became surrounded by the Jedi near the viewport. With both Skywalker and Kenobi on either side of him, the Kaleesh grabbed an electrostaff and destroyed the viewport, which sent Grievous out into space while the Jedi gripped onto a surface as armor plating sealed the breached areas of the viewport.
Destruction of the Invisible Hand
- "Can you fly a cruiser like this?"
"You mean, do I know how to land what's left of this thing?"
"Well, under the circumstances, I'd say the ability to pilot this thing is irrelevant."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as they attempt to land the Invisible Hand
While in space, Grievous used his grappling hook to return to the Invisible Hand as he re-entered the vessel through a dorsal hatch and entered an escape pod. Attempting to flee, the OOM pilot droids were destroyed by both Jedi while the rest of the crew escaped aboard the pods. After boarding, Grievous launched all the escape pods to spite both Jedi and fled to the Lucrehulk-class Battleship Profusion, while the Jedi were left to pilot the crippled dreadnought down to the surface.
After Grievous fled the dreadnought, Skywalker reported that all the escape pods had been launched, to which Kenobi inquired the Jedi Knight as to whether or not he was capable of piloting the vessel. In response, Skywalker stated that piloting the Invisible Hand was irrelevant as a result of its crippled state and told Kenobi and the Chancellor to strap themselves in as they entered Coruscant's atmosphere. However, upon entry, the entire aft of the Invisible Hand broke off from the front of the craft due to atmospheric stress and damage sustained during the battle, forcing Skywalker to order Kenobi to grab a lever in order to keep them level.
As the Invisible Hand came in on fire, several emergency firespeeders closed in and dowsed the hull with foam to reduce the flames. Crashing on a Coruscant landing strip, the ventral side of the Invisible Hand's hull began to drag against the surface of the landing strip, destroying a control tower in the process as it slowed down and eventually stopped, with Kenobi humorously stating that it was another happy landing.
Commanders and crew
- "Now we must leave before more security droids arrive."
- ―Sheev Palpatine
Before its service to the Confederacy's naval forces, the Invisible Hand served the Trade Federation, where it was initially owned by Viceroy Nute Gunray. However, during the time of the Clone Wars, the dreadnought became the property of the Confederacy's Supreme Martial Commander of the Separatist Droid Armies General Grievous, who demanded it to be turned over to him. As a result, the Kaleesh general used the Invisible Hand to further expand his reputation for vicious excess. Although relinquished of command, Gunray's captain and bridge crew of Neimoidians were allowed to remain, but were assisted by a crew of battle droids, which included OOM pilot battle droids and OOM command battle droids.
During its Confederate service, the Invisible Hand was refitted to serve as the base of operations for both Grievous and Separatist leader Count Dooku. In addition, the dreadnought also had several OOM-series security droids, which helped to defend the inside of the craft.
Behind the scenes
The Invisible Hand first appeared in Labyrinth of Evil, a direct prequel novel to Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The events of this book are, however, now considered part of the continuity of Star Wars Legends and not official canon. Despite being portrayed in other media as General Grievous's flagship towards the end of the Clone Wars, the Invisible Hand was never seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in which Grievous was heavily featured as a character.
- Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath" (In flashback(s))
Notes and references
- Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings
- Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 75 (Starship Fact File: General Grievous's Invisible Hand)
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith shows the Invisible Hand is equipped with a type of shrapnel weapon that Fantasy Flight Games' Rise of the Separatists identifies as flak guns.
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 8 (Highlights of the Saga: Kidnap of the Chancellor)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 27 (Databank A-Z: InterGalactic Banking Clan–Jakku)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 46 (Databank A-Z: Providence-class–Raxus)
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Old Friends Not Forgotten"