FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
An assassination on Coruscant led Obi-Wan Kenobi to the remote planet of Kamino – which, oddly, had been erased from the Jedi Archives. Obi-Wan learned that the Kaminoans were known for creating clones – and all they cared about was whether one could pay for their services. His investigation brought him to a stormy waterworld dotted with cities on stilts.
To Obi-Wan’s surprise, the Kaminoans had been expecting him. A decade before, they had begun work on a massive clone army to defend the Republic at the request of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. Obi-Wan pondered this mystery as he toured the Kaminoan facilities: Sifo-Dyas had been dead for years, and the Jedi Council had never authorized construction of a clone army.
The assassin Obi-Wan had trailed was Jango Fett, whose genetic material had been used to create the clones. Fett fought with Obi-Wan when the Jedi tried to capture him for questioning, then fled to Geonosis. After Supreme Chancellor Palpatine authorized the creation of an army to defend the Republic, Yoda came to Kamino to take command of the clones.
Kamino’s clones became the core of the Grand Army of the Republic, commanded by the Jedi in a wartime bargain. Kamino’s importance to clone production and training made it a Separatist target, with the Jedi and clones fighting to defend it from assaults by General Grievous and Asajj Ventress. With the clones essential to the Republic war effort, few sought to investigate the army’s mysterious origins.
At the time of their introduction, the Republic clone troopers represented the future of galactic warfare. Far superior to battle droids, the clone troopers formed the backbone of the Republic's new military that waged war against the forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. So symbolic were they of the times, the galaxy-wide conflict that saw their debut took its name from their ranks: the Clone Wars.
As Kamino’s chief medical scientist, Nala Se played a key role in engineering the Grand Army of the Republic – and worked to protect the army’s secrets. She cared for clones injured on the battlefield, supervising their rehabilitation even when Separatist attacks threatened her own life as well as the lives of soldiers. But she had a ruthless side as well, insisting to Jedi General Shaak Ti that the clones were Kaminoan property to be disposed of as their creators saw fit. Nala Se knew of the bio-chips implanted in the clones to ensure that they obeyed protocols such as Order 66. Obeying the orders of Count Dooku – whom she knew as Lord Tyranus – she sought to keep these implants secret from the Jedi.
A beautiful sylph-like Kaminoan, Taun We is the administrative aide to the Prime Minister of Kamino, Lama Su. When Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived at the rain-swept platforms of Tipoca City, he was greeted by the gentle Taun We. Taun We explained that the Kaminoans had long been expecting the arrival of a Jedi envoy, since a Jedi representative, Master Sifo-Dyas, commissioned a clone army a decade earlier. Kenobi bluffed his way into the heart of the cloning operation, and had the naive Taun We introduce him to the original source of the clones, Jango Fett.
In the final years of the Republic, Jango Fett was regarded as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. A proficient marksman and unarmed combatant, Fett was covered in a sleek armored suit that concealed his scarred face. His combat gear featured an arsenal of weaponry, including retractable wrist blades, a snare, dual blaster pistols and other more exotic tools of the trade. In combat, Jango used his harnessed jetpack to gain the advantage of speed and height over his enemies. The backpack also carried a nasty surprise -- an explosive rocket could be launched from it. For interstellar travel, Jango traveled aboard his well-worn starship, Slave I.