- "What is it, Commander Thorn?"
"We're under attack by the Separatist garrison. Looks to be a full invasion!"
- ―Padmé Amidala and Thorn, moments prior to the Separatist invasion of Scipio
"Thorn" was the nickname of a Coruscant Guard clone shock trooper who served in the Clone Wars. In battle, he wielded a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon, referred to as the "Hammer." Holding the rank of Clone Commander, Thorn and a garrison of shock troopers from the diplomatic service escorted Senator Padmé Amidala to the planet Scipio where Rush Clovis assumed control of the InterGalactic Banking Clan with the support of the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems in 19 BBY.
Shortly afterward, the Separatist Droid Army invaded Scipio, with a squadron of Hyena-class Droid Bombers attacking the clone troopers' position and destroying their ships. Surrounded by an unrelenting wave of battle droids, the clones fought to the last man, with Thorn standing as the final warrior. Although he was able to destroy many droids, the commander sustained several blaster shots to the chest and was ultimately killed by a BX-series droid commando.
Following the deaths of Thorn and his men, the Grand Army of the Republic retaliated and drove the Separatist military away from Scipio. As a result, control of the Banking Clan was ceded to the office of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine.
Like all clone troopers, "Thorn" was cloned from the genetic code of Jango Fett—the original source of the Grand Army of the Republic—on the planet Kamino. During the Clone Wars, he served the Galactic Republic as a clone shock trooper and held the military rank of Clone Commander in the Coruscant Guard's diplomatic service.
Invasion of Scipio
- "We can't get to you! I suggest you get to a ship as soon as you can!"
- ―Thorn, to Padmé Amidala
In 19 BBY, Thorn and a garrison of shock troopers escorted Senator Padmé Amidala and Rush Clovis to the planet Scipio, home of the InterGalactic Banking Clan's vaults. Thorn's men landed in twelve specialized Republic gunships and one Consular-class Armed Cruiser. After corruption was found in the previous ruling council, Clovis was elected to lead the Banking Clan with the support of the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems on the condition that he would work in the interests of both factions. Upon arriving on Scipio, Amidala and Clovis entered the Main Vault fortress with the Separatist representative Bec Lawise, leaving Thorn and his troopers to guard their ships outside of the main compound. Thorn assured Amidala that the clone troopers would remain close by in case the senator required their assistance. Clovis assumed control of the banks but was later forced by the Confederate leader Count Dooku to raise interest rates on the Republic. Afterward, Dooku sent an invasion force to occupy Scipio so he could frame Clovis for conducting a Separatist takeover of the banks.
Thorn was inside the cruiser when another trooper alerted him or the invasion force that was quickly approaching them, and, realizing that his men's position on the landing platform was vulnerable, ran outside and ordered the clones to retreat into the city. By then a squadron of Hyena-class Droid Bombers arrived and destroyed their gunships as they attempted to take off as well as their cruiser. Unable to reach the senator, Thorn used a comlink to contact Amidala and advised her to find a way to escape from Scipio. A force of super battle droids and commando droids were deployed by HMP droid gunships, intercepting the clones and surrounded them, forcing Thorn and his soldiers to make their last stand outside of the Main Vault.
As the fight progressed, more clone troopers began to fall, while Thorn destroyed numerous droids with his Z-6 rotary blaster cannon, known as "the Hammer." He continued to fight after the last of his troopers were killed, destroying more droids despite being wounded by a blaster bolt. As the droids closed in around him, Thorn used his blaster cannon as a melee weapon to keep them away and defiantly shouted a Republic war cry before ultimately dying in battle. Despite the loss of Thorn and his men, the Republic military defeated the Separatist army and occupied Scipio, allowing Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine to take control of the Banking Clan.
Personality and traits
- "For the Republic!"
- ―Thorn's last words
As a clone of Jango Fett, Thorn was a human male who stood at 1.83 meters. When the Separatists invaded Scipio, he acted with haste in warning Padmé Amidala about the invasion. He fought alongside his troops as they did everything they could to impede the Separatist attack. Despite losing his men and being surrounded, he continued to fight by unleashing a torrent of blaster bolts on the battle droids and bashing them with his Z-6 rotary cannon before falling valiantly in service to the Republic.
Commander Thorn wore the Phase II clone trooper armor, an improved version of the Phase I model that most clones had adopted by the late Clone Wars. His clone armor featured the distinctive red patterns of the Coruscant Guard in addition to several attachments including a black visor, an antenna on his left shoulder piece, and a kama. He also had a military officer's badge on his armor.
Thorn wielded several weapons such as the DC-15A blaster carbine and two DC-17 hand blasters. He also possessed a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon nicknamed "the Hammer." Thorn used it for both ranged attacks and melee combat against his droid adversaries on Scipio.
Behind the scenes
Thorn first appeared in "Crisis at the Heart," the seventh episode of the sixth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The wings on Thorn's helmet and the fact that his blaster is named "the Hammer" are nods to the Marvel Comics superhero Thor.
A 3.75-inch action figure of Commander Thorn was released in 2015 in the Black Series toy line.
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Note and references
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "The Wrong Jedi" and "A Death on Utapau to 19 BBY. As the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Crisis at the Heart" takes place between the two episodes according to , Thorn's death must take place in that year.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"