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"Stand by. Grievous is boarding."
―Eeth Koth, to his clone troopers[src]

The Steadfast was a Venator-class Star Destroyer of the Galactic Republic's Open Circle Fleet that served as the flagship of Jedi Master Eeth Koth and his fleet. In 21 BBY, during the Clone Wars, the Steadfast was attacked by the Recusant-class light destroyer of Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous. During the battle, the Steadfast was boarded by the Kaleesh and several battle droids, resulting in a firefight aboard the Star Destroyer with Koth's clone troopers, who were ordered to flee the ship by the Jedi, allowing Grievous and his droids to head for the command bridge to engage Koth.

Aboard the bridge, Grievous initially sent in a group of BX-series droid commandos to battle the Jedi. However, Koth destroyed the droids, which prompted Grievous and a team of IG-100 MagnaGuards to enter and engage Koth in a brief duel aboard the bridge. The Kaleesh and his droids were able to overwhelm Koth, subsequently taking him as a captive onboard the Recusant-class warship.

Description[]

"Get yourselves to the escape pods."
―Eeth Koth, ordering Lock to retreat using the Steadfast's escape pods[src]

As a Venator-class Star Destroyer, the Steadfast[6] had two bridges and a broadside port that could be boarded via docking tube and was also equipped with escape pods[1] and eight ion drive thrusters.[2] The Star Destroyer was additionally armed with four port and four starboard DBY-827 heavy turbolaser turrets and one port and one starboard medium dual turbolaser cannons,[3] while it also possessed a pair of hyperwave comm scanners at the top of its bridges.[4]

Furthermore, the Steadfast carried a passenger complement of clone troopers, who served as the Star Destroyer's onboard personnel to defend it from boarding attacks. Both sides of the Venator's hull were emblazoned with the symbol of the Open Circle Fleet, while its port and starboard wings were painted with three red stripes commonly featured on Republic Venators.[1]

History[]

Separatist ambush[]

"I will deal with Grievous here."
"But, sir, they're commando droids."
"That does not matter, Captain. Now go."
―Eeth Koth and Clone Captain Lock, amid the battle[src]

Eeth Koth's clone troopers engage Grievous's battle droids aboard the Steadfast.

In 21 BBY,[7] during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, following the Second Battle of Geonosis, Jedi Master Eeth Koth and his fleet were sent by the Republic to track down those who had been responsible for launching attacks near hyperspace routes of the Outer Rim Territories.[5] However, while moving through the Saleucami system,[8] Koth's flagship was ambushed by the Recusant-class light destroyer of the Kaleesh Separatist General Grievous. As the Star Destroyer was dealt heavy damage to its hull from the destroyer, Grievous's ship proceeded to dock with one of the Venator's starboard docking ports. While docked, the destroyer began to send several squads of B2-series super battle droids and BX-series droid commandos into the Steadfast, resulting in a firefight with the clone troopers aboard the Star Destroyer.[1]

However, as the droids and clones continued to exchange fire, the Jedi ordered his Clone Captain, Lock, and remaining troopers to flee aboard escape pods while Koth awaited Grievous on the command bridge. Hesitant to follow Koth's orders, Lock explained that there were commando droids among the Separatist forces, but the Jedi Master disregarded the Clone Captain's worries and ordered him to leave once more, prompting Lock to reluctantly flee the Steadfast.[1]

Duel aboard the Steadfast[]

"Eeth Koth, isn't it? I've been looking forward to meeting you."
―Grievous, upon meeting Eeth Koth aboard the Steadfast's bridge[src]

Grievous duels Eeth Koth aboard the Steadfast.

After Lock and his remaining troopers fled the Steadfast, the Kaleesh and his droids made their way to the bridge, where Grievous used his lightsabers to breach the sealed command center. Upon breaching the blast doors, the general sent in a group of commando droids to battle the Jedi and the clone troopers aboard the bridge, killing Koth's troopers.[1]

Despite the deaths of his clones, Koth eliminated the commando droids, but he was engaged by the Kaleesh and a team of four IG-100 MagnaGuards in a brief duel aboard the bridge shortly after. Amid their duel, Koth used the Force to push Grievous into the command bridge's viewport, which prompted the Kaleesh's MagnaGuards to intervene. With the droid intervention, Koth became overwhelmed and weakened as he was repeatedly struck by the electrostaffs of the MagnaGuards, which allowed Grievous to defeat the Jedi Master and take him captive aboard his Recusant-class destroyer, before traveling to[1] the planet Saleucami.[6]

Commanders and crew[]

Placed under the command of Jedi Master Eeth Koth during the Clone Wars, the Steadfast was additionally crewed by Koth's clone officer, Clone Captain Lock. The Venator was also crewed by several clone troopers, who served as onboard security and the bridge crew.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Steadfast first appeared in "Grievous Intrigue,"[1] the ninth episode of the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' second season, which aired on January 1, 2010.[9] In the new Star Wars canon, it was identified in the 2015 reference book Ultimate Star Wars.[10] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the Steadfast was originally named in Star Wars: The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts: The Visual Guide, a reference book authored by Jason Fry[11] and published in August[12] 2010.[11]

In the 107th issue of the 2014 version of De Agostini's The Official Star Wars Fact File, it was stated that Grievous's attack on the Steadfast had occurred near the planet Arda in the Gordian Reach.[13] However, the 2019 reference book Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition establishes that the attack took place in the Saleucami system.[6] As Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition is the more recent source, the article assumes it is correct.

The 2020 47th issue of the Star Wars: Build Your Own X-Wing series incorrectly used an image of Koth's duel with Grievous aboard the Steadfast to depict Grievous's capture of Jedi Master Adi Gallia.[14]

Appearances[]

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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 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Grievous Intrigue" depicts the Steadfast as a Venator-class Star Destroyer with eight of what Star Wars: Complete Vehicles identifies as ion drive thrusters.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Grievous Intrigue" depicts the Steadfast as a Venator-class Star Destroyer with eight—four port, four starboard—and two—one port, one starboard— of what Star Wars Complete Vehicles, New Edition identifies as DBY-827 heavy turbolaser turrets and medium dual turbolaser cannons.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Grievous Intrigue" depicts the Steadfast as a Venator-class Star Destroyer with two of what Star Wars Complete Vehicles, New Edition identifies as hyperwave comm scanners.
  5. 5.0 5.1 AltayaCite.svg "The Beginning of the Clone Wars" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  7. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "Landing at Point Rain" to 21 BBY, and Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 76 (Highlights of the Saga: The End of Endurance) dates the death of CT-411 "Ponds," as seen in the episode "Lethal Trackdown," to the same year. Since StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) places "Grievous Intrigue" between "Landing at Point Rain" and "Lethal Trackdown," its events must also take place in the same year.
  8. The Star Wars Book
  9. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Grievous Intrigue on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. Ultimate Star Wars
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts: The Visual Guide
  12. StarWars.com First Look: New Battlefronts: The Visual Guide on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. The Official Star Wars Fact File (2014) Part 1 (KOT1–4, Eeth Koth)
  14. Star Wars Build Your Own X-Wing logo small.png Star Wars: Build Your Own X-Wing 47 (Starfighter Aces: General Grievous – Cyborg Raider)
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