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"We're losing all our power… That energy field has left us defenseless!"
―Commander Wolffe, after the Malevolence fires one of its ion cannons at the Triumphant — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Triumphant was a Venator-class Star Destroyer and the flagship of Jedi Master Plo Koon during the Clone Wars. The starship was destroyed in the Battle of Abregado, during which Koon and his fleet encountered the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence.

The majority of the Triumphant's crew were killed in its destruction, with only Koon, Commander Wolffe and clone troopers Boost and Sinker surviving.

History[edit | edit source]

In 22 BBY,[source?] the starship Triumphant took part in the hunt for a mystery Separatist weapon that was wreaking havoc upon Republic fleets.[2]

The Triumphant and accompanying fleet track the Malevolence to the Abregado system

With Jedi Master Plo Koon, Commander Wolffe and clone troopers Boost and Sinker onboard, the Triumphant, alongside two Venator-class Star Destroyers, tracked the mystery weapon to the Abregado system. Here, they discovered the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence commanded by General Grievous and Count Dooku.[2]

Before engaging the cruiser, Koon contacted Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, who were stationed in the nearby Bith system, to report his position and ask for reinforcements. Skywalker relays that he has strict orders to protect their staging area and won't be able to join Koon, before their communications are disrupted by the Malevolence. With the Separatist cruiser closing in, the Triumphant prepared for battle.[2]

The Triumphant is caught in a blast from the Malevolence's ion cannon

Before Koon's fleet was in firing range, however, the Malevolence fired one of its ion cannons, sending out a massive shockwave of ion energy that left the Triumphant and accompanying cruisers without power and defenseless against an onslaught of turbolaser fire. The two leading Star Destroyers were destroyed in a matter of moments, and Koon ordered his crew onboard the Triumphant to evacuate. Four escape pods managed to eject from the flagship before its destruction, though one struck a passing piece of debris and exploded.[2]

Later, two of the three remaining pods were hunted down by a pod hunter, with the Malevolence not wanting to leave survivors that could report the position and nature of their mystery weapon. Koon, Wolffe, Boost and Sinker, aboard the remaining lifepod, were able to fight off the pod hunter and were eventually rescued from the debris field by Skywalker and Tano in the Twilight, making them the sole survivors of the destruction of the Triumphant.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Triumphant first appeared in a flashback sequence for "Ambush." During the episode, "Rising Malevolence," the Triumphant is depicted with three red stripes on its wings in some scenes, while five stripes appear in other scenes. Since the majority of scenes depict fives stripes, this article assumes as such that it five stripes is correct.[2]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. StarWars.com "Rising Malevolence" Episode Guide – The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Complete Vehicles establishes that Venator-class Star Destroyers with five red stripes on their wings and with the emblem of the Open Circle Fleet were part of the Fifth Fleet. The Star Destroyer Triumphant had five stripes on both of its wings and the emblem, denoting its affiliation to the Fifth Fleet and therefore the Open Circle Armada.
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