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"This is the lair of General Grievous!"
―Kit Fisto — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

In 22 BBY, the first year of the Clone Wars, a Galactic Republic team lead by Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his former apprentice Nahdar Vebb undertook a mission to recapture the escaped Separatist Council member and Viceroy of the Trade Federation Nute Gunray on Vassek 3. When the group reached the moon, however, they followed the signal from the Republic cruiser the Viceroy stole to escape to a mysterious fortress on the third moon of Vassek. The group entered and believed they had corned the viceroy, but after cutting through five B1 battle droids, they discovered that this was merely a hologram.[4]

After this discovery, Count Dooku appeared to the group via hologram, and offered an "alternative prize." The Jedi and Clone troopers descended further into the fortress, and after passing several statues they discovered that they were in the lair of General Grievous. Dooku believed that Grievous needed a test to prove his effectiveness, and had engineered for the Jedi to come to the moon. The Jedi surprised the general upon his return to his fortress, and after killing several of the clones Grievous escaped.[4]

Grievous briefly spoke with his doctor, EV-A4-D, who prepared for Grievous's repairs, while Grievous engineered the deaths of the remaining clones, with the Jedi barley escaping each time. Grievous then spoke with Dooku, and learned that the Count had been the one who had sent the Jedi here, and that Dooku was using this to test him. Grievous ended his conversation with Dooku by turning off his hologram, and eventually engaged Nahdar in lightsaber combat, and killed the young Jedi Knight. He then fought against Fisto, until the Jedi was able to escape aboard his Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor.[4]

Grievous reported to Dooku, and the Count remarked that there was "still room for improvement." Fisto later spoke with Grand Master Yoda and Mace Windu about the mission, and revealed that Nahdar had attempted to answer Grievous's power with his own, and Yoda stated that this was not the Jedi way, and that the Jedi could lose their way due to the war.[4]

PreludeEdit

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Gunray and Argyus escape aboard their stolen Republic frigate.

During the Clone Wars, the planet Rodia began to be faced with a shortage of food and supplies. To aid in the Galactic Republic's negotiations them, the senator Padmé Amidala, an old friend of the Rodia's senator Onaconda Farr, was sent to the planet, along with her protocol droid C-3PO and Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks. When Amidala arrived, however, she learned that Farr had decided to ally with the Confederacy of Independent Systems, in order to get aid for his people faster. He revealed that Viceroy Nute Gunray of the Trade Federation promised protection and the aid they required. Amidala pleaded with Farr, but was apprehended by B1 battle droids, and was scheduled for execution by Gunray At the same time, Binks had found a Jedi robe in a closet aboard Amidala's ship, and was confused for a Jedi by Gunray and his battle droids. C-3PO was taken to be dismantled, but escaped and was able to inform Republic Clone troopers of the situation. Binks and Amdidala fought against Gunray's forces, and were eventually reinforced by clones of the 41st Elite Corps, who took Gunray into custody. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine then contacted Amidala and Farr, and promised Republic aid was coming.[6]

After the Grand Army of the Republic's 41st Elite Corps arrived on Rodia with the Venator-class Star Destroyer Tranquility, commanded by Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Padawan Ahsoka Tano, the Viceroy was taken aboard the starship and placed under high security with both the 41st Elite Corps and Senate Commandos, an elite division of the Senate Guard, protecting the ship from Separatist attackers, while making voyage to the Republic capital of Coruscant where he would be tried for his crimes against the Republic once again. However, unbeknownst to the Jedi or the viceroy, Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious—publicly known as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine of the Republic—and his apprentice Count Dooku—secretly the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus—were already discussing the matter, Sidious knowing that with the viceroy in Republic custody, he would not last very long and eventually reveal secrets, becoming a great threat to their plan. Dooku explained that he had already put a plan into motion to free Gunray, sending his assassin Asajj Ventress to the Tranquility to retrieve him alongside Republic traitor Captain Argyus. Sidious felt uneasy about Ventress being sent on the rescue mission, reminding his apprentice of her past failures that have caused the Confederacy and the Sith numerous losses.

Ventress and a battalion of B2 super battle droids attacked the Tranquility, boarding the ship using Droch-class boarding ships. The super battle droids dealt with the clones in the hangar while Ventress waited for them to finish them all off. Ventress made her way to the engine room with several detonators in hand, magnetically sticking them on surfaces to sabotage the ship, causing a distraction for Luminara Unduli to leave her post to go face Ventress. Ahsoka questioned Captain Argyus if she should help her fellow Jedi, knowing that Ventress was too powerful for a single Jedi. Tano left her post, allowing Argyus to knock Clone Commander CC-1004 "Gree", unconscious and release the viceroy.

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Clone Wars
Galactic timeline

Previous: Separatist Crisis

Next: Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Jedi Purge · Ryloth insurgency

Battles of the Clone Wars
22 BBY Geonosis (I) · Geonosis (II) · Antar 4 · Republic transport · Christophsis (I) · Teth (I) · Jabba's Palace (I) · Ziro's palace · Aargonar · Ryloth · Rugosa · Malevolence campaign (Abregado · Ryndellia system · Kaliida Nebula (I) · Kaliida Nebula (II)) · Mimban · Rishi moon · Bothawui · Outer corridor · Skytop Station · Rodia (I) · Tranquility · Vassek 3 · Vanqor (I) · Florrum (I) · Quell · Maridun · Orto Plutonia
21 BBY Nuvo Vindi's laboratory · Felucia (I) · Devaron (I) · Felucia Medical Station HCTFF2 · Malastare · Cato Neimoidia (I) · Murkhana · Dorin · Geonosis (III) · Capture of Eeth Koth · Saleucami (I) · Republic cruiser · Coronet · Coruscant (I) · Kamino · Pantora · Coruscant bombing · Confederate people
20 BBY Sullust · Devaron (II) · Toydaria · Capture of Even Piell · Lola Sayu · Felucia (II) · Mon Cala · Naboo · Patitite Pattuna · Rescue of Adi Gallia · Umbara · Kiros · Theed · Onderon
Obi-Wan Kenobi's fleet · Florrum (III) · Unidentified planet · Aut-O's flagship · Abafar · Carida
19 BBY
(Outer Rim Sieges)
Cato Neimoidia (II) · Ringo Vinda · Scipio · Utapau (I) · Anaxes · Skako Minor · Mahranee · Raxus · Vizsla Keep 09 · Rescue of Quinlan Vos · Separatist storage base · Vanqor (III) · Christophsis (II) · Jedi Temple · Kardoa · Mygeeto (I) · Lokori · Geonosis (IV) · Batuu · Mandalore · Coruscant (II) · Kashyyyk · Utapau (II) · Felucia (IV) · Kaller · Mustafar
Others Agamar · Arkax Station · Bray ·Cato Neimoidia (III) · Grange · Haruun Kal · Hissrich · Horain · Khorm · Merj · Mokivj · Mrinzebon · Mygeeto (II) · Nal Kapok · Oktaro · Saleucami (II) · Sedratis · Slag's Pit · Unidentified planet · Unidentified sector · Vallt
Related topics and articles
Galactic Republic · Jedi Order · Sith · Confederacy of Independent Systems

Galactic Empire · Alderaan · Confederate–Republic peace initiative
Sundari (II) · Carida · Toydaria

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