- "In war there is no such thing as neutrality."
"On the Wings of Keeradaks" is an unfinished episode from the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It premiered in story reel form on April 17, 2015 at Celebration Anaheim, and it was later released online on April 29, 2015.
The Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the Bad Batch fight off several D-wing air support droids while Rex and Tech attempt to free Echo from the tubes connecting him to the stasis chamber. Echo can't remember much since his last mission to the Citadel. Echo's vital life signs are still dependent on the machine and his body is controlled by computer generated brain waves. Since their mission to Skako Minor was unsanctioned, the clones and Skywalker can't call for reinforcements.
Meanwhile, on the ground floor, the D-wing commander informs the Techno Union leader Wat Tambor that the clones are trapped in the Core Systems room. Tambor orders his men to prepare the organic decimator, a large spherical machine capable of vaporizing organic life. Skywalker then contacts Tambor to offer a bargain but the Techno Union leader refuses to relinquish his ownership over Echo. While Anakin watches, Tambor tests the organic decimator on a Poletec captive, killing him instantly. Tambor then issues his ultimatum to the Jedi: surrender or be his next test subject.
Back at the Techno Union facility, Skywalker and the clones are surrounded by countless D-wing droids. Tambor deploys the decimator against the intruders. Meanwhile, Tech manages to figure out how to unplug Echo, who tells them that they can escape through an exhaust pipe above the chamber. After opening the top exhaust door, Wrecker helps lift Skywalker and the clones into the pipe. Before they leave, Wrecker plants several detonators as a "parting gift" for Tambor. Skywalker manages to levitate Wrecker moments before the decimator enters the chamber. After the clones escape, an explosion destroys Tambor's machines and years of research. Furious, the Techno Union leader vows vengeance on Skywalker and the clones.
With Echo leading the way, Skywalker and the clones navigate their way through the facility's cooling systems. Echo informs Rex that the Techno Union had inserted cybernetic implants which gave him access to their database and the building's schematics. When they reach a door, Echo points the way to a narrow long pipe which leads to a landing pad on the other side. While Tech comments about their poor chances of survival, the clones and Skywalker try to cross the pipe but find themselves trapped by D-wing droids on both sides. Seeing several nearby Keeradaks, Wrecker suggests that they mount the winged reptiles in order to escape. Skywalker and the clones leap onto the Keeradaks. The entire party survive the jump but are pursued by the D-wing droids, which can fly. Skywalker and the clones flee on four Keeradaks into the wilderness. Their droid pursuers crash into a cliff face but the clones managed to make it back to the Poletec village they had encountered earlier.
The Poletec chief is impressed that the offworlders have managed to tame the Keeradaks but is displeased that they have returned to his village, bringing the war with them. Tech apologizes on behalf of the group for overstaying their welcome. A short time later, several D-wing droids follow but the clones managed to shoot them down. Rex apologizes for breaking their promise and gives a speech denouncing the Techno Union, and shows them the cybernetic prosthetics that the Techno Union have inflicted on Echo. The Poletec are won over by the Clone troopers' arguments. Meanwhile, Tambor sends a force of D-wing droids and octuptarra magna tri-droids to wipe out the clones and the villagers sheltering them.
During the ensuing battle, Skywalker, the clones, and their Poletec allies lure the droid army into a valley and then attack them from all sides. The Poletecs swarm the droids but many are killed by blaster fire. The clones then join the fight while the Octuptarras descend into the valley. The clones also deploy charges that cost the D-wing droids to short circuit. After instructing the clones to take out the Octuptarras, Anakin uses his lightsaber to disable one of the tri-droids. Wrecker throws Rex and another clone onto an Octuptarra each. Rex manages to disable the droid by firing into its eye sensor. Meanwhile, Anakin causes a third Octuptarra to topple into another one; ending the threat of the tri-droids. The surviving D-wings flee back to Wat Tambor, who regards the loss of Echo as a devastating blow to his company's profit margin. He decides to find a way to recoup on the Techno Union's losses.
Back at the village, the Poletec chief praises the bravery and valor of Skywalker and the clone soldiers. Rex also praises Echo for his courageous performance during the battle.
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