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Quell was a planet located in the Quell system of the Outer Rim Territories. In 21 BBY, the planet served as a site of a Clone Wars engagement, where the Galactic Republic task force of Jedi General Aayla Secura was attacked by a Confederacy of Independent Systems squadron of frigates commanded by the T-series tactical droid TF-1726. During the battle, the Republic forces were inflicted with heavy casualties as the Confederacy claimed victory.

Description[]

"We're entering the atmosphere."
―Aayla Secura, during the Battle of Quell[1]

Quell was a planet[5] located in the far reaches of the Quell system[1] and the distant reaches of the galaxy,[5] in the regions known as the Outer Rim Territories[1] and New Territories.[2] Situated in grid square Q-6 of the Standard Galactic Grid,[3] Quell's surface was cerulean in color,[6] while its atmosphere was almost entirely shrouded in white clouds.[1] The planet was also located along[3] the Salin Corridor hyperspace route,[4] which connected it to the astronomical object Yalbec Prime and[3] the planet[7] Lola Sayu.[3]

History[]

"Hurry, Skywalker. We're depending on you."
―Aayla Secura, after her forces begin to suffer heavy casualties[1]

Aayla Secura's forces engaged a Separatist squadron in Quell's atmosphere.

In 21 BBY,[8] during the Clone Wars fought between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Republic task force of three Venator-class Star Destroyers, including the Liberty, commanded by Twi'lek Jedi General Aayla Secura came under attack by a Confederacy[1] naval squadron[5] of five Munificent-class star frigates led by the T-series military strategic analysis and tactics droid TF-1726.[1] As the battle raged, Secura's 327th Star Corps clone troopers experienced heavy casualties, while the Republic vessels descended from orbit into the planet's upper atmosphere, where the attacks further intensified.[5] Informed of Secura's situation over Quell, fellow Jedi General Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, reached the planet's orbit aboard the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute.[1]

Arriving over Quell, as the Twi'lek Jedi lost her accompanying pair of Star Destroyers, Skywalker launched several Low Altitude Assault Transport/infantry gunships from his flagship in order to board the Liberty and rescue Secura. A Republic Consular-class cruiser proceeded to dock with the Liberty's lower hangar as per Skywalker's orders in an effort to extract the Jedi and return to the Resolute. However, as the Jedi and several clone troopers boarded the frigate, Skywalker was injured while attempting to hold back an explosion using the Force in order to allow his compatriots to enter the ship. While fleeing from the Liberty—which plummeted to Quell's surface—and returning to the Resolute, the frigate suffered damage from crossfire and was forced to activate its hyperdrive. The vessel thus entered hyperspace, departing to the planet Maridun, while the Republic's remaining forces continued to engage the Confederacy in Quell's atmosphere.[1]

Anakin Skywalker intervened in the Battle of Quell with the arrival of the Resolute.

After the battle had ended at Quell, the Confederacy had secured an unqualified victory over the Republic, which revealed the latter's struggles in maintaining control throughout the Outer Rim Territories, where acts of separatism had begun to flourish. In addition, the Battle of Quell also underscored how ultimate Republic victory in the war over the Confederacy was not truly certain.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

Quell first appeared in "Jedi Crash,"[1] the thirteenth episode of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first season, which originally aired on January 16, 2009.[9] The episode's script described the Battle of Quell as being fought in space, but it was moved to the planet's upper atmosphere for dramatic effect as the show entered pre-production.[10] The planet was first identified in the Episode Guide for "Jedi Crash" on StarWars.com.[9]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy places Quell in the area of space Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide identifies as the New Territories.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 StarWars.com SWCC 2022: 7 Things We Learned from the Lucasfilm Publishing Behind the Page Panel on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars.com SWCC 2022: 7 Things We Learned from the Lucasfilm Publishing Behind the Page Panel on StarWars.com (backup link) places Quell along the hyperspace route Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 75 (Guide to the Galaxy: Lola Sayu and the Citadel) identifies as the Salin Corridor.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  6. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  7. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 30 (Highlights of the Saga: The Betrayal of Captain Argyus) and Star Wars: Galactic Atlas date the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "Cloak of Darkness" and "Blue Shadow Virus" to 21 BBY, respectively. As the episode "Jedi Crash" takes place between the two episodes according to StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link), its events, including the Battle of Quell, must take place in that year.
  8. 9.0 9.1 StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Jedi Crash on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
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