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{{Quote|General, the ongoing stalemate in the war has become unacceptable. There is concern you've lost your focus. Lord Sidious demands more dramatic results. ''More dead Jedi''.''"<br />"''You expect victory over Jedi, but all you give me to fight them is battle droids!|Count Dooku and General Grievous|audio=MoreDramaticResults-LoG.ogg|Lair of Grievous}}
 
{{Quote|General, the ongoing stalemate in the war has become unacceptable. There is concern you've lost your focus. Lord Sidious demands more dramatic results. ''More dead Jedi''.''"<br />"''You expect victory over Jedi, but all you give me to fight them is battle droids!|Count Dooku and General Grievous|audio=MoreDramaticResults-LoG.ogg|Lair of Grievous}}
 
[[File:ArgyusGunrayEscape-CoD.png|thumb|left|250px|Gunray and Argyus escape aboard their stolen Republic frigate.]]
 
[[File:ArgyusGunrayEscape-CoD.png|thumb|left|250px|Gunray and Argyus escape aboard their stolen Republic frigate.]]
In [[22 BBY/Legends|22 BBY]]<ref name="Lair of Grievous Date" /> during the [[Clone Wars/Legends|Clone Wars]], [[Trade Federation Viceroy]] [[Nute Gunray/Legends|Nute Gunray]]&mdash;who had been [[Mission to Rodia/Legends|captured]] by [[Galactic Republic/Legends|Republic]] forces on [[Rodia/Legends|Rodia]]&mdash;was to be transferred aboard the [[Venator-class Star Destroyer/Legends|Star Destroyer]] [[Tranquility/Legends|''Tranquility'']] to [[Coruscant/Legends|Coruscant]] for trial. The [[Viceroy/Legends|viceroy]] was kept under heavy guard by [[Jedi Master/Legends|Jedi Master]] [[Luminara Unduli/Legends|Luminara Unduli]] and [[Padawan/Legends|Padawan]] [[Ahsoka Tano/Legends|Ahsoka Tano]]; however, Gunray was able to [[Rescue on the Tranquility/Legends|escape]] with the help of [[Dark Acolyte]] [[Asajj Ventress/Legends|Asajj Ventress]] and turncoat [[Senate Commando/Legends|Senate Commando]] [[Captain/Legends|Captain]] [[Faro Argyus]]. The [[Confederacy of Independent Systems/Legends|Confederate]] agents stole a [[Unidentified Consular-class cruiser (Rodia)|Republic frigate]] to make their getaway, and the [[Starship/Legends|ship's]] [[Homing beacon/Legends|homing beacon]] allowed the Republic to track the stolen [[Consular-class cruiser (Charger c70 retrofit)/Legends|cruiser]]. Since [[Jedi General/Legends|Jedi General]] [[Kit Fisto/Legends|Kit Fisto]] and his [[Fleet/Legends|fleet]] were near Gunray's last known position, Unduli contacted the [[Nautolan/Legends|Nautolan]] [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] Master to follow and recapture Gunray.<ref name="Cloak of Darkness" />
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In [[22 BBY/Legends|22 BBY]]<ref name="Lair of Grievous Date" /> during the [[Clone Wars/Legends|Clone Wars]], [[Trade Federation Viceroy]] [[Nute Gunray/Legends|Nute Gunray]]&mdash;who had been [[Mission to Rodia/Legends|captured]] by [[Galactic Republic/Legends|Republic]] forces on [[Rodia/Legends|Rodia]]&mdash;was to be transferred aboard the [[Venator-class Star Destroyer/Legends|Star Destroyer]] ''[[Tranquility/Legends|Tranquility]]'' to [[Coruscant/Legends|Coruscant]] for trial. The [[Viceroy/Legends|viceroy]] was kept under heavy guard by [[Jedi Master/Legends|Jedi Master]] [[Luminara Unduli/Legends|Luminara Unduli]] and [[Padawan/Legends|Padawan]] [[Ahsoka Tano/Legends|Ahsoka Tano]]; however, Gunray was able to [[Rescue on the Tranquility/Legends|escape]] with the help of [[Dark Acolyte]] [[Asajj Ventress/Legends|Asajj Ventress]] and turncoat [[Senate Commando/Legends|Senate Commando]] [[Captain/Legends|Captain]] [[Faro Argyus]]. The [[Confederacy of Independent Systems/Legends|Confederate]] agents stole a [[Unidentified Consular-class cruiser (Rodia)|Republic frigate]] to make their getaway, and the [[Starship/Legends|ship's]] [[Homing beacon/Legends|homing beacon]] allowed the Republic to track the stolen [[Consular-class cruiser (Charger c70 retrofit)/Legends|cruiser]]. Since [[Jedi General/Legends|Jedi General]] [[Kit Fisto/Legends|Kit Fisto]] and his [[Fleet/Legends|fleet]] were near Gunray's last known position, Unduli contacted the [[Nautolan/Legends|Nautolan]] [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] Master to follow and recapture Gunray.<ref name="Cloak of Darkness" />
   
 
Meanwhile, the Confederate [[Head of State/Legends|Head of State]], [[Count of Serenno/Legends|Count]] [[Dooku/Legends|Dooku]], had become displeased with the ongoing stalemate in the war between his best [[General/Legends|general]], [[Grievous/Legends|Grievous]], and the Republic and [[Jedi Order/Legends|Jedi Order]].<ref name="Lair of Grievous" /> Grievous had failed in several recent operations, resulting in Confederate defeats at the [[Battle of the Kaliida Nebula/Legends|Battle of the Kaliida Nebula]] and the [[Battle of Bothawui/Legends|Battle of Bothawui]], as well as the [[Mission to Skytop Station/Legends|loss]] of the [[Listening post/Legends|listening post]] [[Skytop Station/Legends|Skytop Station]].<ref name="Chronicling TCW 4">{{Blog|official=true|2012/10/26/chronicling-the-clone-wars%C2%A0-4/|Chronicling ''The Clone Wars'' #4|int=Chronicling The Clone Wars}}</ref> As Dooku's [[Sith Master/Legends|Sith Master]], [[Palpatine/Legends|Darth Sidious]], demanded more [[Death/Legends|dead]] Jedi, Dooku decided to arrange a trap for Grievous in order to reassess the [[Cyborg/Legends|cyborg's]] abilities. The [[Sith Lord/Legends|Sith Lord]] remotely deactivated the general's personal [[IG-100 MagnaGuard/Legends|IG-100 MagnaGuard]] [[Bodyguard/Legends|bodyguards]] in [[Grievous's castle|his castle]] on the [[third moon of Vassek]] and deployed the Republic tracking beacon from Gunray's stolen ship to the general's lair, seeking to lure the Jedi to the castle so that Grievous would be able to [[Jedi hunter/Legends|hunt]] them for sport.<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /><ref name="Lair of Grievous" />
 
Meanwhile, the Confederate [[Head of State/Legends|Head of State]], [[Count of Serenno/Legends|Count]] [[Dooku/Legends|Dooku]], had become displeased with the ongoing stalemate in the war between his best [[General/Legends|general]], [[Grievous/Legends|Grievous]], and the Republic and [[Jedi Order/Legends|Jedi Order]].<ref name="Lair of Grievous" /> Grievous had failed in several recent operations, resulting in Confederate defeats at the [[Battle of the Kaliida Nebula/Legends|Battle of the Kaliida Nebula]] and the [[Battle of Bothawui/Legends|Battle of Bothawui]], as well as the [[Mission to Skytop Station/Legends|loss]] of the [[Listening post/Legends|listening post]] [[Skytop Station/Legends|Skytop Station]].<ref name="Chronicling TCW 4">{{Blog|official=true|2012/10/26/chronicling-the-clone-wars%C2%A0-4/|Chronicling ''The Clone Wars'' #4|int=Chronicling The Clone Wars}}</ref> As Dooku's [[Sith Master/Legends|Sith Master]], [[Palpatine/Legends|Darth Sidious]], demanded more [[Death/Legends|dead]] Jedi, Dooku decided to arrange a trap for Grievous in order to reassess the [[Cyborg/Legends|cyborg's]] abilities. The [[Sith Lord/Legends|Sith Lord]] remotely deactivated the general's personal [[IG-100 MagnaGuard/Legends|IG-100 MagnaGuard]] [[Bodyguard/Legends|bodyguards]] in [[Grievous's castle|his castle]] on the [[third moon of Vassek]] and deployed the Republic tracking beacon from Gunray's stolen ship to the general's lair, seeking to lure the Jedi to the castle so that Grievous would be able to [[Jedi hunter/Legends|hunt]] them for sport.<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /><ref name="Lair of Grievous" />
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Once Fisto had landed and left R6-H5 to look after his fighter, the Jedi Master met with Vebb. [[Clone trooper commander|Clone Commander]] [[CC-3714|Fil]] had tracked the beacon to the south end of the gorge, and, leaving [[Trooper/Legends|troopers]] [[Bel/Legends|Bel]] and [[Niner/Legends|Niner]] to guard the [[Shuttle/Legends|shuttle]], the group proceeded to the castle. While Vebb and Fil intended to use [[Lightsaber/Legends|lightsabers]] and [[Thermal detonator/Legends|thermal detonators]], respectively, to forcefully open the entrance to the building, Fisto was able to find a secret switch that activated a mechanism that opened the castle's door. Approaching the sanctum overlook chamber of the castle, the Jedi and [[Cloning/Legends|clones]] overheard a [[Hologram/Legends|hologram]] of Gunray giving orders to a [[Squad/Legends|squad]] of [[B1 battle droid/Legends|B1 battle droids]], led by a [[Unidentified B1 battle droid lieutenant|Lieutenant]], from behind a high-backed chair. Unaware that Gunray was not actually present, Fisto and Vebb led the attack on the [[Droid/Legends|droids]] and were able to eliminate their opponents. However, when Vebb [[Telekinesis/Legends|turned]] the chair around with [[The Force/Legends|the Force]], the group discovered Gunray's hologram, and the viceroy taunted the Jedi before severing the connection.<ref name="Lair of Grievous" /><ref name="Lair of Grievous Decoded" />
 
Once Fisto had landed and left R6-H5 to look after his fighter, the Jedi Master met with Vebb. [[Clone trooper commander|Clone Commander]] [[CC-3714|Fil]] had tracked the beacon to the south end of the gorge, and, leaving [[Trooper/Legends|troopers]] [[Bel/Legends|Bel]] and [[Niner/Legends|Niner]] to guard the [[Shuttle/Legends|shuttle]], the group proceeded to the castle. While Vebb and Fil intended to use [[Lightsaber/Legends|lightsabers]] and [[Thermal detonator/Legends|thermal detonators]], respectively, to forcefully open the entrance to the building, Fisto was able to find a secret switch that activated a mechanism that opened the castle's door. Approaching the sanctum overlook chamber of the castle, the Jedi and [[Cloning/Legends|clones]] overheard a [[Hologram/Legends|hologram]] of Gunray giving orders to a [[Squad/Legends|squad]] of [[B1 battle droid/Legends|B1 battle droids]], led by a [[Unidentified B1 battle droid lieutenant|Lieutenant]], from behind a high-backed chair. Unaware that Gunray was not actually present, Fisto and Vebb led the attack on the [[Droid/Legends|droids]] and were able to eliminate their opponents. However, when Vebb [[Telekinesis/Legends|turned]] the chair around with [[The Force/Legends|the Force]], the group discovered Gunray's hologram, and the viceroy taunted the Jedi before severing the connection.<ref name="Lair of Grievous" /><ref name="Lair of Grievous Decoded" />
   
[[Count/Legends|Count]] Dooku contacted the Jedi and directed them toward an "alternative prize" to compensate for their failed attempt to recapture Gunray. The Jedi were uncertain of who their offered quarry was, and Vebb activated a mechanism through the chair that revealed another hallway. As the Jedi and clones walked through the castle, rooms opened along the way; inside the rooms were statues of [[Kaleesh/Legends|Kaleesh]] [[warrior]]s&mdash;some featuring [[Cybernetics/Legends|cybernetics]]&mdash;that resembled Grievous himself. The group finally entered Grievous's secret armory and workshop, and deduced that the castle belonged to the general. While inspecting Grievous's trophy room, home to a collection of trophies from the Jedi that the general had murdered, Fisto received a report from Bel and Niner that Grievous's personal starfighter, [[Soulless One/Legends|''Soulless One'']], was approaching the castle. Fisto ordered the two clones protecting the shuttle to keep out of sight, while the Republic infiltrators decided to capture Grievous in an attempt to satisfy the "dead or alive" warrant on the Confederate general.<ref name="Lair of Grievous" /><ref name="Lair of Grievous Decoded" />
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[[Count/Legends|Count]] Dooku contacted the Jedi and directed them toward an "alternative prize" to compensate for their failed attempt to recapture Gunray. The Jedi were uncertain of who their offered quarry was, and Vebb activated a mechanism through the chair that revealed another hallway. As the Jedi and clones walked through the castle, rooms opened along the way; inside the rooms were statues of [[Kaleesh/Legends|Kaleesh]] [[warrior]]s&mdash;some featuring [[Cybernetics/Legends|cybernetics]]&mdash;that resembled Grievous himself. The group finally entered Grievous's secret armory and workshop, and deduced that the castle belonged to the general. While inspecting Grievous's trophy room, home to a collection of trophies from the Jedi that the general had murdered, Fisto received a report from Bel and Niner that Grievous's personal starfighter, ''[[Soulless One/Legends|Soulless One]]'', was approaching the castle. Fisto ordered the two clones protecting the shuttle to keep out of sight, while the Republic infiltrators decided to capture Grievous in an attempt to satisfy the "dead or alive" warrant on the Confederate general.<ref name="Lair of Grievous" /><ref name="Lair of Grievous Decoded" />
   
 
===Capturing a cyborg===
 
===Capturing a cyborg===
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
The mission first appeared in "[[Lair of Grievous]]," an episode in the [[2008]] [[The Clone Wars: Season One|first season]] of the [[Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series)|''Star Wars: The Clone Wars'' television series]],<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /> and was also featured in the young readers' book [[The Clone Wars: Grievous Attacks!|''Grievous Attacks!'']] It introduced the character of Nahdar Vebb as well as General Grievous's castle and featured the series introduction of Jedi Master Kit Fisto.<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /> The episode also completed a three-episode story arc centered around the capture of Viceroy Nute Gunray that began with the episodes "[[Bombad Jedi]]" and "[[Cloak of Darkness]]."
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The mission first appeared in "[[Lair of Grievous]]," an episode in the [[2008]] [[The Clone Wars: Season One|first season]] of the [[Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series)|''Star Wars: The Clone Wars'' television series]],<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /> and was also featured in the young readers' book ''[[The Clone Wars: Grievous Attacks!|Grievous Attacks!]]'' It introduced the character of Nahdar Vebb as well as General Grievous's castle and featured the series introduction of Jedi Master Kit Fisto.<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /> The episode also completed a three-episode story arc centered around the capture of Viceroy Nute Gunray that began with the episodes "[[Bombad Jedi]]" and "[[Cloak of Darkness]]."
   
There has been much controversy regarding whether the mission took place on the third moon of Vassek or the world of Vassek itself. Both the series' [[Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide|''The Visual Guide'']] and [[Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Visual Guide Ultimate Battles|''Visual Guide Ultimate Battles'']] state that it was on Vassek, while the online guide for "Lair of Grievous" states that it was on the third moon.<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /> Because of the online guide's closer relations to the episode, this article assumes that the mission was to Vassek's third moon.
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There has been much controversy regarding whether the mission took place on the third moon of Vassek or the world of Vassek itself. Both the series' ''[[Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide|The Visual Guide]]'' and ''[[Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Visual Guide Ultimate Battles|Visual Guide Ultimate Battles]]'' state that it was on Vassek, while the online guide for "Lair of Grievous" states that it was on the third moon.<ref name="Lair of Grievous Ep Guide" /> Because of the online guide's closer relations to the episode, this article assumes that the mission was to Vassek's third moon.
   
 
===Different portrayals===
 
===Different portrayals===
The non-[[canon]] computer game [[Path of the Jedi (video game)|''Path of the Jedi'']], released on [[Cartoon Network]]'s official site, depicts an alternate storyline with either the Jedi Ahsoka Tano, [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Anakin Skywalker]], or Yoda being sent to aid Fisto.
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The non-[[canon]] computer game ''[[Path of the Jedi (video game)|Path of the Jedi]]'', released on [[Cartoon Network]]'s official site, depicts an alternate storyline with either the Jedi Ahsoka Tano, [[Anakin Skywalker/Legends|Anakin Skywalker]], or Yoda being sent to aid Fisto.
   
 
The [[Nintendo DS]] version of the [[2009]] [[video game]] ''[[Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes]]'' presents a different portrayal of the mission. Nahdar Vebb is completely absent from the story; instead, Kit Fisto is assisted only by [[Clone trooper captain|Clone Captain]] [[CT-7567/Legends|CT-7567]]&mdash;nicknamed "Rex"&mdash;and two clone troopers. While the two troopers remain outside, Fisto and Rex infiltrate Grievous's castle, and, after navigating through its mazes and fighting numerous B1 battle droids and [[B2 super battle droid/Legends|B2 super battle droids]], confront the general himself. After a brief duel with Fisto, Grievous retreats further into the castle, and Rex tells the troopers outside to contact the Republic fleet at the planet Bestine and ask for reinforcements. The troopers, however, fail their mission as the only means to contact Bestine&mdash;their ''Nu''-class attack shuttle&mdash;is destroyed by a [[Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I/Legends|Vulture droid]]. Fisto and Rex continue their pursuit of Grievous, but are forced to split up. Fisto then defeats an IG-100 MagnaGuard and faces the Separatist general for the second time.
 
The [[Nintendo DS]] version of the [[2009]] [[video game]] ''[[Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes]]'' presents a different portrayal of the mission. Nahdar Vebb is completely absent from the story; instead, Kit Fisto is assisted only by [[Clone trooper captain|Clone Captain]] [[CT-7567/Legends|CT-7567]]&mdash;nicknamed "Rex"&mdash;and two clone troopers. While the two troopers remain outside, Fisto and Rex infiltrate Grievous's castle, and, after navigating through its mazes and fighting numerous B1 battle droids and [[B2 super battle droid/Legends|B2 super battle droids]], confront the general himself. After a brief duel with Fisto, Grievous retreats further into the castle, and Rex tells the troopers outside to contact the Republic fleet at the planet Bestine and ask for reinforcements. The troopers, however, fail their mission as the only means to contact Bestine&mdash;their ''Nu''-class attack shuttle&mdash;is destroyed by a [[Variable Geometry Self-Propelled Battle Droid, Mark I/Legends|Vulture droid]]. Fisto and Rex continue their pursuit of Grievous, but are forced to split up. Fisto then defeats an IG-100 MagnaGuard and faces the Separatist general for the second time.
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===Non-canon appearances===
 
===Non-canon appearances===
 
*''[[LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars]]''
*[[Path of the Jedi (video game)|''Path of the Jedi'']]
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*''[[Path of the Jedi (video game)|Path of the Jedi]]''
   
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
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