- "He was relentless in his pursuit and personally killed countless troopers and Jedi."
- ―Flynn Kybo, describing General Grievous
The rescue mission to Vandos took place in 20 BBY during the Clone Wars. In an attempt to lure several Jedi into a trap on the planet Vandos, Confederate General Grievous kidnapped Anx Ambassador Quiyyen and confined him within a dug-out cave. After learning about the kidnapping, as well as a Confederate invasion fleet arriving in the Vandos system, the Jedi Council sent a rescue team led by Jedi Master T'chooka D'oon to Vandos.
During the mission, D'oon was accompanied by his Padawan, Flynn Kybo; Jedi Master Jmmaar; and a group of clone troopers. As they entered the cave, Kybo learned that they had fallen into a trap as they were confronted by Grievous and his super battle droid force. After Kybo rescued the ambassador, D'oon's team prepared to retreat to their landed gunship outside the cave. To give his team more time to board the transport, D'oon attempted to distract Grievous, though the cyborg general quickly slew the Jedi Master. The fallen Jedi Master's team, however, managed to escape Vandos with Quiyyen.
In 20 BBY, the Kaleesh Confederate General Grievous, a known Jedi hunter during the Clone Wars, established a plan to lure several Jedi into a dug-out cave on the planet Vandos. In order to attract their attention, Grievous kidnapped Republic Ambassador Quiyyen and imprisoned him in the cave. While the Jedi Order was unaware of Grievous' trap, they learned about the kidnapping, as well as information about a Confederate invasion fleet arriving in the Vandos system. In order to rescue the Anx ambassador, the Jedi dispatched Jedi Masters T'chooka D'oon and Jmmaar; D'oon's Padawan, Flynn Kybo; and a group of clone troopers from the Grand Army of the Republic. Jmmaar and D'oon had a history with Grievous, having mediated the resolution to the Huk War, which resulted in destitution for the Kaleesh people. Grievous, then known as Qymaen jal Sheelal, never forgot the actions of those Jedi.
- "The rescue mission to Vandos was to be simple—to land ahead of the approaching Separatist invasion fleet and bring out Ambassador Quiyyen. We found instead a large force of battle droids awaiting us. The ambassador was the bait for the trap."
- ―Jedi Padawan Flynn Kybo, on the rescue of Quiyyen
Believing that there was indeed an approaching invasion fleet from the Confederate Navy, D'oon's team needed to land on Vandos and rescue Ambassador Quiyyen before it arrived. Once the team landed their LAAT/i gunship near the cave, they left the vessel and—to their surprise—faced a group of super battle droids. Kybo realized that they had fallen into a trap and that Quiyyen was only the bait. Grievous, who was leading the droids, told his battle droid soldiers to not let the Jedi escape alive. During the onslaught, Grievous killed many clone troopers and Jmmaar, which he enjoyed as a form of revenge for Jmmaar's role in the Huk War.
Kybo, however, found Quiyyen and brought him safely toward the Jedi group. With the Anx ambassador under their guard, the team raced toward their gunship. As they proceeded to board their transport, the super battle droids continued to fire their wrist blasters at the Jedi team. Seeing that his comrades needed more time to board the gunship, D'oon turned his attention to the approaching Grievous and engaged the cyborg general in a lightsaber duel. Kybo watched as Grievous made short work of D'oon with his lightsaber, an event that would stay fresh in Kybo's mind. With the group aboard the gunship, they departed Vandos and headed for the Republic capital planet Coruscant.
- Kybo: "I'm not talking about a military action. A small force of Jedi, no more than a handful, that would infiltrate and target Grievous."
- Windu: "You're talking about assassination."
- Yoda: "Beneath our honor that is. Murder it is. Cowardice I call it."
- ―Kybo confers with Mace Windu and Yoda[src]
Grievous took Jmmaar's lightsaber and carried it for the rest of the war, considering it among his favourite weapons. After the mission, Kybo was present in the Jedi Temple and entered a meeting with the Jedi High Council. Because of the death of his master, as well as many other Jedi, Kybo wanted to seek revenge against Grievous. Instead of military action to target Grievous, Kybo asked Jedi Masters Yoda and Mace Windu if he could organize a small group of Jedi and target the cyborg general, an act that both Windu and Yoda frowned upon. Behind their backs, Kybo disobeyed their advice and sought out Jedi who were interested. That action would later drive Kybo to his death, as he engaged Grievous in a lightsaber duel on the moon Belsus, where he was killed when an explosion caught him by surprise.
Behind the scenes
The rescue mission to Vandos first appeared in the first issue of the comic-book series Star Wars: General Grievous. The issue was written by Chuck Dixon, illustrated by Rick Leonardi, and published by Dark Horse Comics on March 16, 2005.
- General Grievous 1 (First appearance)
- General Grievous 4 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith novelization (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith unabridged audiobook (Indirect mention only)
- The New Essential Chronology
- "Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous" – Star Wars Insider 86
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (Mentioned in multiple entries, but without own entry)
- The Essential Atlas (Indirect mention only)