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[The Clone Wars]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[The Clone Wars: Slaves of the Republic]

Graphic Novella
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Comic Book series
Published September 2008 thru May
2009 as The Clone Wars
#1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 by Dark Horse Comics:

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e-Comic Book Series
Issues #1 thru #6 published 2011
by Dark Horse Digital.


Slaves of the Republic
COMIC STORY
Henry Gilroy, Scott Hepburn, Dan Parsons, Dave Filoni, Kilian Plunkett et al.
Dark Horse Comics [US]; Titan Books [UK]
Story published as:
Comic Book series (2008-2009)
Graphic Novella (2009)
e-Comic Book series (2011)
Alternative language(s):[Also published in French language][Also published in German language]

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Synopsis:
Shortly after the kidnapping of Jabba the Hutt's son, Count Dooku and his droid army have occupied the neutral and peaceful planet of Kiros, a planet colonised by the Togruta, under the guise of providing protection for the neighbouring systems from Republic aggression. Nearly three weeks later, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano lead the Republic forces liberating Kiros. As the final battle for the capital and the planet nears its conclusion, General Kenobi decides to negotiate for the surrender of the droid army. The leader of the Separatist army on Kiros, Commander Ugg, is a Besalisk and has been instructed not to acquiesce to Republic demands. As Kenobi begins his negotiations Ugg explains that he has secreted bombs in critical locations around the city and will detonate them if Kenobi does not surrender. Listening into Kenobi's conversation, Anakin and Ahsoka plan to defuse the bombs if Kenobi can extend his negotiations with Ugg. Goading Ugg with accusations of cowardice, Kenobi successfully gets the large Besalisk to fight him in the "traditional way". Even though Ugg is larger than Kenobi and has four arms, the fight is really one-sided as even without his lightsaber, Kenobi still has the Force to help him. With R2-D2's help, Anakin and Ahsoka locate the bomb locations and successfully defuse all but one bomb. In a final attempt to defeat Kenobi, Ugg activates the bomb trigger, but the only bomb to explode is the one located next to his own escape ship. Angered by his own failure, Ugg lunges for Kenobi, but by deftly sidestepping Ugg, Kenobi is able to lift him over his shoulder and throw him through the window. Ugg falls to his death several stories down.
As the Jedi congratulate themselves, they are aware that they haven't seen a single native inhabitant since the fighting began, so when Kenobi checks Ugg's transmission records they discover that Ugg has had several communications with someone in the Zygerrian system - a known Separatist area and slave trading centre.
After reporting their findings to Master Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka are informed that Dooku has begun a propaganda campaign blaming the Jedi for the destruction of the Togruta. Revealing the clue of possible Zygerrian involvement, the three Jedi are instructed to investigate the possibility of that connection so they can prove the Jedi's innocence.
Realising that he is chasing slavers, Anakin orders a full troop recall from the Kiros surface and orders the Fleet Admiral to set course for the Zygerrian  system. Obi-Wan is quick to  reprimand Anakin for being too hasty and offers an alternative plan: use the Twilight to capture a Zygerrian ship and so masquerade as slavers in order to infiltrate Zygerrian space.
Thus the Twilight travels to the asteroid field that was once the homeworld of Shi'kar, but is now a lawless region stalked by scavengers, smugglers and pirates. It is here that they locate the Fate's Hand, a Zygerrian slaver vessel commanded by a Captain Onyx. At first, Anakin wants to disable the Fate's Hand's engines, but Obi-Wan admonishes him for the possible endangerment of slaves onboard the Fate's Hand and suggests a more subtle route. Docking with the Fate's Hand, the Jedi along with a squad of clonetroopers led by Captain Rex, attempt to bluff their way on board but are repelled by Onyx and his crew. During the fire-fight Ahsoka is captured by the slavers while Anakin, Obi-Wan and Rex are repelled back into the Twilight.
Ahsoka is taken to the Fate's Hand's bridge where she is secured. However, she is left alone when Onyx and his crew have to repair the slaver vessel's engines after Anakin successfully disables the engines to prevent it escaping. Ahsoka is able to retrieve her communicator and talks to Obi-Wan who asks Ahsoka if she can unlock the Fate's Hand's rear airlock so that he and Anakin can rescue her. Accompanied by clonetroopers, Obi-Wan and Anakin space-walk from the Twilight to the Fate's Hand's airlock, which Ahsoka successfully unlocks using the Force. With the element of surprise, the two Jedi Knights successfully capture the Fate's Hand while rescuing Ahsoka and learn from Onyx that there is going to be a large slave auction on Zygerria.
Using the captured Fate's Hand, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka and Captain Rex successfully bluff their way through Zygerria's planetary defence network and land in the capital city. Disguising themselves as slaver and slave, Anakin and Ahsoka head towards the auction site with Rex and Obi-Wan discretely following them as back-up. However, Ahsoka's cover as a slave is almost blown when she intervenes to protect a young boy from a brutal beating by a Zygerrian slaver. Aware that Ahsoka has committed a social faux pas, Anakin is forced to perform a Jedi mind-trick on the slaver so that he does not remember what Ahsoka did. Anakin then dismisses Ahsoka telling her that being a slave is a state of mind not just a pretence and until she understands that she is to return to Obi-Wan and Rex while he continues on to the auction.
But Anakin doesn't get far before he is accosted by a Captain Slego and his squad from the Zygerrian Security Guard who demand to know who Anakin is and why he is on Zygerria. Attempting to bluff his way out of trouble, Anakin explains how he won the Fate's Hand from Captain Onyx in a game of chance. But Slego knew Onyx and knows that Onyx would never relinquish the Fate's Hand to anyone for any reason and attempts to arrest Anakin. Using the Force, Anakin takes Slego's firearm and turns it on its previous owner. The standoff is averted by the arrival of a cam-droid that instructs Slego and his Guards to stand down and escort Anakin, now using the moniker Lars Quell, to the High Queen of Zygerria.
At the Royal Palace, Anakin is introduced to Queen Miraj who takes a liking to Anakin's arrogant attitude and her trust in him is increased when he stops an assassination attempt by one of the Palace's slaves. But, Anakin's cover is nearly blown when one of the Queen's advisors informs her that they can find no record for a Lars Quell. Unsure of Anakin's intentions, Queen Miraj instructs Anakin that he can stay so long as he can supply a sample of his merchandise. Meanwhile Obi-Wan, Rex and Ahsoka are attempting to sneak into the Palace via the catacombs beneath it when Ahsoka spies Kiros' Governor, Roshti, inside a cell in the detainment area. However, after freeing Roshti, they are spotted by guards and are forced to flee the Palace riding a pair of large creatures.
Pursued through the streets, Obi-Wan and Roshti are separated from Ahsoka and Rex and are eventually captured by Zygerrian Guards. Meanwhile Ahsoka and Rex successfully evade their pursuers and return to the Fate's Hand where Anakin contacts his Padawan and tells her he needs her as his 'slave' once more.
After a change of clothes and securing their weapons inside R2-D2, Ahsoka and Rex head back to the Royal Palace, this time Ahsoka pretending to be a Princess Zaa Vashee, the heiress to the Throne of Shili. Impressed by this sample, Queen Miraj demands to know Anakin's price for this slave. To impress her further, Anakin offers 'Princess Zaa' to Queen Miraj as a gift. Gaining her complete trust, Queen Miraj tells Anakin that he can sit beside her at the auction.
Meanwhile in the dungeons of the Palace, Slego looks forward to torturing Obi-Wan.
The auction begins with the arrival of the Separatist leaders from the Techno Union and the Commerce Guild and the first "samples" from Togruta are displayed as specimens representing the eight million beings presently held in an unknown place of captivity. As the bidding begins, Anakin, as Lars Quell, discusses with Queen Miraj the rumours of how the Kiros population were destroyed by the Jedi in the battle to liberate their homeworld. Miraj remarks that this was propaganda generated by Count Dooku to vilify the Republic. The truth being that every planet conquered by the droid army faced the same situation as those of Kiros: enslavement. Queen Miraj and Zygerria will act as brokers and auctioneers of the enslaved peoples. Further probing by Anakin reveals that all slaves are processed in a hidden location, but Miraj would not reveal its whereabouts.
Suddenly, Obi-Wan Kenobi is brought into the auction ring as Miraj wants to show the buyers that even a Jedi can be enslaved and instructs Anakin to whip Obi-Wan into submission. Reluctantly Anakin takes the whip while Miraj takes hold of Ahsoka, as the enslaved 'Princess Zaa'. Obi-Wan instructs Anakin that he must use the whip, but Anakin has other ideas.
With a clear signal to Rex who initiates a distraction, Anakin attacks Obi-Wan's captors while R2-D2 dispatches the hidden lightsabers to Anakin and Obi-Wan. Ahsoka turns on the Queen force pushing her guard and retrieving her own lightsaber. However, Ahsoka is still wears a slave's electric collar and the Queen promptly stuns the young Padawan with an electric shock. Seeing his Padawan fall, Anakin attempts to rescue her but once separated from Obi-Wan, he is overpowered by the slavers. Meanwhile the battle begins to turn against Rex and Obi-Wan when the clone captain is knocked down by the blast from a rocket and they are also captured.
Learning of the auction, Count Dooku is displeased with Miraj that she overextended her authority in proceeding with the auction before he had authorised it and via holocom orders the immediate execution of her Jedi prisoners. But Miraj has another use for her prisoners.
While Obi-Wan and Rex are transported to the secret processing plant and Ahsoka is thrown in the palace's dungeon, Anakin is forced to become Miraj's slave - forced to obey - otherwise his friends will be killed.
On the planet Kadavo, the secret Zygerrian slave camp, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Captain Rex are processed as its latest inmates. To ensure Obi-Wan's compliance, the camp's commandant arranges a demonstration of the futility of insubordination by killing three Togrutan slaves who would were unwilling to yield to the slavers' will. The commandant makes it clear to Obi-Wan that it is not he who would be punished for his indiscretions, but innocent Togrutans.
Meanwhile somewhere in the Drukarg Highlands on Zygerria, Queen Miraj has arranged to take payment from some spice runners. The spice runners have a grudge against the queen and at the rendezvous the spice runners attack here and her entourage. Fortunately for the queen, Anakin Skywalker is amongst her entourage and he quickly sees off the spice runners without mortality wounding any of them - claiming that he will not kill for the queen, merely protect her. After the spice runners flee, Queen Miraj receives word that Count Dooku has arrived in-system and requests an immediate audience with her. As they make their way back to the palace, Miraj offers Anakin co-rule of Zygerria and the freedom of his friends if he acquiesces fully to her will and she can convince Dooku of her plans. Anakin makes no commitment to her for the time being.
In his spacecraft Dooku is instructed by Darth Sidious to ensure that Queen Miraj follows their will and if she wont to remove her expediently. As Dooku approaches the palace, he dispatches Asajj Ventress to hunt down Ahsoka Tano and use her a bait to lure Anakin away from the queen.
Back on Kadavo, Obi-Wan quickly understands that he is alone amongst the Togrutan slaves as any form of defiance from him only results in the punishment of the Togruta.
Anakin realises that with Dooku arriving he does not have much time left to find Ahsoka and with the queen busy preparing for the count's arrival he has the opportunity to wander freely around the palace. Using the Force he finds her suspended in a bird-cage and forces her guard to exchange places with his Padawan. Anakin instructs Ahsoka to find them transport to leave Zygerria while he plans to return to the queen and discover Obi-Wan's location.
Miraj meets Dooku in her throne room and the count tells the queen that he was invited at the request of her advisor who feared that Miraj's attachment to Anakin was affecting her reasoning. Angry at the betrayal of her advisor, Miraj tries to explain to Dooku of her plan to enslave all of the Jedi, not just Anakin and Skywalker, but Dooku is uninterested as his plans for all the Jedi are extermination, not enslavement. When Dooku orders the immediate execution of Anakin and Obi-Wan, Miraj lashes out and orders her guards to arrest Dooku. With a simple Force push Dooku incapacitates Miraj's guards and begins to strangle the queen with a Force grip. Just then Anakin appears on the balcony and Force throws Dooku against the wall. In her dying words Miraj tells Anakin that Obi-Wan is on Kadavo.
As Dooku recovers Asajj arrives to battle Anakin and in a great struggle takes one of Asajj's lightsabers and escapes when Ahsoka arrives flying Dooku's spacecraft. Worried that Queen Miraj's pre-emptive auctions could show that Dooku's propaganda regarding the fate of Kiros was false he orders Asajj to rendezvous with General Grievous in the Kadavo system and destroy the slave processing plant.
Inside the slave processing plant, despair and hopelessness has begun to infect the Togruta slaves until Obi-Wan reminds them that their home planet, Kiros, has been liberated from Separatist rule. With the promise of hope returned to them, the slaves' attitude to imprisonment changes. The change is noticed by the camp commandant who summons Obi-Wan and Rex and blames them for instilling defiance amongst the Togruta.
At that moment, a transport ship arrives carrying Anakin, Ahsoka and a detachment of clone troopers. Obi-Wan suggests that the camp commandant surrenders, but the commandant threatens to purge all the slaves unless the Jedi and clones surrender. Just as Anakin surrenders, Asajj Ventress arrives with droid reinforcements but instead of assisting the slavers, they begin to attack the processing plant.
Realising he has been betrayed by the Separatists, the commandant hesitates too long in accepting Anakin's surrender and Obi-Wan and Rex overpower him and their guards. Although Obi-Wan stops the purge of the Togruta by destroying the control console.
Meanwhile, Anakin and the clones focus their firepower on the droid bombers and are successful in repelling the attack. Anakin and Ahsoka secure Obi-Wan and Rex's freedom from the control room but discover that many of the Togruta slaves are still in danger. Utilising the transport ship the three Jedi rescue the slaves from certain death but are attacked by Asajj and her spaceship. Working together the three Jedi and Rex hold off Ventress's attacks but just as she is about to destroy them, Republic reinforcements led by Master Plo Koon force Asajj to retreat.
The camp commandant and Zygerrian slavers are imprisoned by the Republic and the processing plant destroyed. The surviving Togruta slaves are returned to Kiros where the once peaceful Togruta realise that they must be in a position to protect themselves and begin training under the tutelage of clone units.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 21 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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