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"You admire Skywalker?"
"As a general, yes. His record shows he is a great warrior. And I want him to know that it is I who has beaten him."
―Wat Tambor and Mar Tuuk[src]

Mar Tuuk was a male Neimoidian who served as a captain within the naval forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. From the planet Neimoidia, Tuuk held command over the Confederacy's orbital blockade of the planet Ryloth during the Clone Wars, where he helmed a Lucrehulk-class Battleship in the confederate goverment's invasion of the world. While leading the blockade, Tuuk's forces were opposed by a Galactic Republic task force commanded by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, who the Neimoidian had considered a match against his capabilities, but was, however, defeated by the Jedi following the destruction of his command ship as Tuuk retreated the Lucrehulk beforehand.

Biography[]

"Our blockade is impenetrable. When the Republic attacks, they will get quite a surprise."
―Mar Tuuk, to Wat Tambor — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Mar Tuuk was a Neimoidian that served as a captain in the Separatist Navy. When the Separatists invaded the planet Ryloth, Tuuk was placed in command of the Ryloth blockade, commanding a his Lucrehulk-class Battleship to lead the blockade composed of six Munificent-class star frigates.[2]

During the early stages of the invasion, Tuuk's blockade was able to push back and destroy Admiral Dao's Republic fleet, which had tried to break the Separatist naval lines to dispatch relief supplies to the dwindling Republic garrison stationed on the surface.[4]

Mar Tuuk accepts Anakin Skywalker's "surrender."

When Republic forces prepared to break Tuuk's blockade, Tuuk was pleased to learn that his opponent was Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, whom he admired as a great warrior. The first Republic attack came in the form of Blue Squadron, led by Skywalker's Padawan Ahsoka Tano. However, the brash youngster led her squadron into Tuuk's trap, with Tuuk ordering reinforcements to drop out of hyperspace and annihilate the squadron, leaving only a few survivors. Tuuk's forces then began to chase Skywalker's Star Destroyers, dealing damage to the Resolute, critical damage to the Defender, and completely destroying the Redeemer. The defeated Republic forces quickly jumped to hyperspace. Soon after the short confrontation, Emir Wat Tambor, who was leading Separatist forces planetside, contacted Tuuk to congratulate him on his victory but also to warn him not to underestimate his Jedi foe due to his understanding of how General Skywalker was nothing but trouble for Count Dooku and the Confederacy of Independent Systeks.. Tuuk then ordered a droid to find him some more information on Skywalker so he could learn more about him.[2]

When the Defender entered the system all alone, Tuuk was contacted by Skywalker, who offered his surrender in exchange for safe passage of food and medical supplies to the Twi'leks. Tuuk was all to happy to accept and gain the glory of defeating Skywalker, but he soon realized that Skywalker was tricking him when a battle droid told him that there was only one life-form aboard and that all power was being directed to the forward shields. Tuuk watched in horror as the Defender barreled towards his command ship, and after ordering all batteries to target the crippled Republic cruiser, realized it was no use and abandoned ship. Once his ship was destroyed by the Defender crashing into it, Ahsoka arrived with the rest of Skywalker's fleet to destroy Tuuk's blockade, allowing for Republic troops led by Jedi Generals Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi to land on the planet.[2]

Personality and traits[]

"Patience. Patience. Let's see what trickery the Jedi have planned for us."
―Mar Tuuk[src]

Mar Tuuk was a confident tactician that respected a worthy adversary.

Mar Tuuk was a capable tactician and a prepared leader. As he helmed the Separatist's blockade at Ryloth, he was very familiar with his opponent, the Jedi General Anakin Skywalker. He had a respect for the general but was confident that he would prevail. However, ultimately he was tricked by Skywalker and abandoned ship when Skywalker rammed one of his damaged Venator-class Star Destroyers into his command ship.[2]

Equipment[]

During the blockade of Ryloth, Tuuk wore a blue and gray robe with a blue hat featuring the Separatist hex icon. He used a pair of data goggles to interface with his ship.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Mar Tuuk first appeared in "Storm Over Ryloth," the nineteenth episode of the first season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series,[2]which was released on February 27, 2009.[5]

Mar Tuuk was named after Dave Filoni's deceased cat Tuuk.[6]The spinning scope device on Tuuk's data goggles was partly inspired by the mechanical monocle worn by a Ko-Dan fleet officer in the 1984 film The Last Starfighter.[7]

Tuuk was originally going to die aboard his ship, but George Lucas and the show's crew found the character too interesting, so Tuuk was spared. A new scene of him leaving the bridge was added late in the making of the episode "Storm Over Ryloth," and a battle droid stating that Tuuk fled in an escape pod was also added.[7]

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