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

[The Clone Wars: cover image not available]

Comic Book
Published March 2010 as
Star Wars The Clone Wars Comic #5
by Titan Comics:

[issue 5]

Terror on the Twilight
Robin Etherington, Tanya Roberts, Digikore, Andrew James
Titan Comics [UK]
Story published as:
Comic Book (2010)

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With Republic starships scattered throughout the galaxy performing first line defence of strategically important systems, the fleet's responsibilities include other civil duties. So when the Ninth Fleet receives a distress call from the merchant vessel Deyvus, which has suffered a malfunction rendering it powerless as it floats dangerously close to an unstable nebula, it comes at no surprise. As the closest craft to the Deyvus, the Twilight, piloted by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, his young Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, is ordered to effect an immediate rescue of the Deyvus.
Ahsoka is annoyed that the rescue of rich, fat traders is not what she envisioned a Jedi should be doing in this time of war, but Anakin points out that everybody matters to the Jedi. As the Twilight comes alongside the Deyvus, it is clear that the Deyvus's stabilisers are offline causing the merchant vessel to slide into the nebula's gravitational field. As Anakin orders R2-D2 to cross over to the Deyvus to interface with its maintenance systems, Ahsoka is shocked to see heavy laser canons manned by droids appear from the Deyvus's cargo module portholes. Realising it's a trap, Anakin executes an evasive action manoeuvre and while successfully evading most of the laser fire, one shot disables the Twilight's thrusters - the Twilight is effectively dead-in-the-water. Now the Twilight is being pulled towards the nebula. However the Twilight crew's repair attempts are interrupted by a hologram communication from the Deyvus - it's General Grievous!
Grievous teases the Jedi that they were easily fooled by his trap and that he eagerly awaits their destruction by the nebula and that he will watch it from the comfort of the Deyvus. Not to be beaten, Anakin hatches a plan that will save them from the nebula and give them an opportunity to capture Grievous. Using the Twilight's grapple hooks, the Twilight anchors itself to the Deyvus and while Ahsoka and R2-D2 attend to repairing the Twilight, Anakin and Rex spacewalk over to the Deyvus. Boarding via one of the portholes, Anakin and Rex successfully subdue the droid crew and head towards the Deyvus's bridge. However Anakin's excitement at capturing Grievous collapses when they discover that Grievous is not actually on board the Deyvus. The Separatist general has been communicating using the Deyvus as a relay, and he has one surprise left for the Jedi: the bridge has been rigged with enough thermal detonators to destroy the Deyvus.
Reacting quickly, Anakin and Rex punch a hole through the Deyvus's viewscreens and as the inevitable decompression explosion catapults the Jedi and clone into space, Ahsoka simultaneously releases the Twilight's grapple hold on the Deyvus and picks up the two. Just as the Twilight reaches a safe distance, the Deyvus explodes, destroying the vessel.
Barely escaping with their lives, Anakin reflects with Ahsoka that their mission has shown that appearances can be deceptive and although they have failed to capture Grievous, there's always another day.

This story occurs between 22 and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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