In 20 BBY, Hondo Ohnaka and his pirates raided the Jedi training cruiser Crucible, which was transporting a class of Jedi Initiates back to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, for its supply of lightsaber crystals from Ilum. Ohnaka sought to convert the younglings' crystals into easy profit on the black market, however, Ahsoka Tano managed to dive the pirates off the ship but she was taken captive, leaving the younglings alone in the deep space.
After a group of Jedi Initiates consisting of Byph, Ganodi, Gungi, Katooni, Petro, and Zatt successfully passed a test on Ilum, Ahsoka prepared to escort them back to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. In the meantime, as part of their journey, the younglings were to be instructed in the proper construction of their lightsabers under the expert tutelage of the Jedi's prime lightsaber designer and engineer, Huyang. Huyang wasted no time introducing the younglings into the basics of determining the styling of their individual lightsabers and gave them the necessary instructions to assemble their lightsabers from the parts he provided, but Hondo Ohnaka attacked the Crucible to steal the younglings' crystals so that he could convert them into easy profit on the black market.
The pirate saucer pelted the Crucible with missile strikes aimed at the cruiser's hyperdrive. Tano and R2-D2 tried to steer the ship to safety, but it was too large and ungainly and the Crucible started to lose power. The pirate vessel fired grappling harpoons, and then Ohnaka personally led the pirates boarding the Crucible. In the training room, Huyang ordered the younglings to hand over their crystals to him for safekeeping but Petro, however, didn't hand his over. Tano then rushed back to the younglings and there Huyang suggested that the younglings hide in the ship's ventilation shafts. Within the ventilation shaft, the younglings heard the pirates walking overhead. Tano ordered Ganodi and Zatt to make their way to the cockpit, find R2-D2, and secure the ship's bridge. The rest of the younglings would follow Professor Huyang and seal themselves in the ship's hold and await Tano's command. Tano then intended to reroute the ship's power to the engines so the Crucible could break free of the pirate ship's grip.
Zatt and Ganodi finally made their way to the bridge. They were accosted by a pirate, who reached for them through the closing bulkhead door. R2-D2 then used his electric pike to shock the Weequay thug. In the meanwhile, Ohnaka ordered the pirate to smoke the younglings out of the ventilation shaft and secure the crystals, and soon the younglings started coughing as gas grenades filled the ventilation shafts with choking smoke. Huyang lifted the floor panel to emerge in a corridor, and he was immediately throttled by a pirate. The pirates demanded that the captive younglings hand over their crystals. Petro then pulled out his lightsaber, opened its crystal chamber, and inserted his shard. He ignited his blade, looking to fight, but the gleaming blue shaft faded out. The pirate chuckled and snatched the lightsaber, but Petro's lightsaber exploded in the pirate's grip. The younglings and Huyang dashed away from the stunned pirates. Huyang instructed them to continue to the hold. He had been damaged in the explosion and couldn't aid the children in battle. At the cruiser's engineering station, Tano began redistributing power from the ship's core. She overrode the emergency power fail-safes. Then, she called Zatt at the bridge via comlink to find out if the other younglings have reached the hold, but Zatt had no information for her.
In the training room, Katooni and Gungi set the training remotes to their highest power settings and programmed them for defense. Running about the corridors, Byph lured the pirates into the room. Katooni called Zatt to seal the room from the bridge. The remotes swarmed the Weequays, relentlessly zapping them. Unfortunately, the younglings couldn't make it to the hold. Ohnaka and his pirates stood in the way. The younglings were surrounded by pirates. Huyang closed one of the bulkhead doors, using a built-in welder to seal the controls shut. Ohnaka demanded the young Jedi to hand over the crystals. Suddenly, Tano arrived. She Force-pushed most the pirates out of the way, and demanded that Ohnaka stand down. With the scent of profit in his wrinkled nose, however, Ohnaka was not about to surrender. Tano ignited her lightsabers, and Ohnaka powered up his electro-staff and engaged Tano in battle. Huyang also engaged one of the pirates in a short brawl and defeated him, despite being dismantled in the process. As soon as the younglings and Huyang were safely in the hold, Tano ordered Zatt to break away from the pirate ship, even though she was not secure. The Crucible's engines flared to life and pulled away from the saucer. The grappling hooks snapped off and the docking tube bent, and the pirates were sucked down the corridor. Tano and Ohnaka tumbled through the Crucible. Many pirates were blown into vacuum, although some, including Ohnaka, landed back in their own ship. An errant pirate then knocked Tano into the saucer as well as she closed the tube doors. Unaware that Tano was not aboard, the Crucible blasted off into hyperspace.
- "This is the Crucible, Calling the Republic fleet, Come in please, We need help."
After Ohnaka's raid on the Crucible, the younglings called for help, and they were able to contact Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi hailed the younglings and promised to send Commander Cody to first pick up the stranded younglings. However, Kenobi suffered a surprise attack by General Grievous and Kenobi was defeated. Meanwhile, the younglings decided to disobey Kenobi's orders to stay where they were and went to Florrum in order to rescue Tano on their own.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Test of Strength" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue" (Appears in flashback(s))
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gathering"
- ↑ Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bound for Rescue"
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Test of Strength"
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 44 (20 BBY 43–46, Liberation of Onderon) dates "Tipping Points" to 20 BBY, while The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 10 (HMP1, HMP Droid Gunship) dates "Bound for Rescue" to 20 BBY. Since places "A Test of Strength" between those two episodes, it can be concluded that "A Test of Strength" also takes place in 20 BBY.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"