FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
On Coruscant, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker captured Zam Wesell, a shapeshifting assassin who’d tried to kill Padmé Amidala. But before the Jedi could interrogate Wesell, a mysterious figure in Mandalorian armor shot her dead with a toxic dart. The strange weapon led Obi-Wan to the waterworld of Kamino, where he discovered a galaxy-shaking secret. Supposedly on Jedi orders, the Kaminoans had created an army of clones using the genetic material of a bounty hunter named Jango Fett. When Obi-Wan confronted Jango, he recognized him as the killer he’d tracked from Coruscant. Jango said the Kaminoans had recruited him through a man named Tyranus. Obi-Wan tried to bring Jango back to Coruscant for questioning, but he escaped with his “son” Boba, actually an unaltered clone. Obi-Wan tracked them to Geonosis, evading a fusillade of fire from the Fetts’ starship Slave I. There, he discovered Jango was working with Count Dooku’s Separatists. Jango defended Dooku during the battle with the Jedi, but proved no match for Mace Windu, who struck off his head with one swing of his amethyst-bladed lightsaber. But Jango’s legacy lived on through the millions of clones that became the Grand Army of the Republic.
Purged from the otherwise complete Jedi Archives is all evidence of the mysterious world of Kamino. A lonely world beyond the Outer Rim and just south of the Rishi Maze, few could have predicted that Kamino would become a key contributor to a massive shift in political power in the final days of the Republic. Kamino is a planet of endless oceans and storms. Few features mark its surface, save for massive stilt-mounted cities wherein reside the planet's natural inhabitants, the Kaminoans. From Tipoca City, the planet's Prime Minister rules. Lama Su closely monitored the operations of Kamino's most prized export: clones.
With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. A genetic clone of his “father,” bounty hunter Jango Fett, Boba learned combat and martial skills from a young age. Over the course of his career, which included contracts for the Empire and the criminal underworld, he became a legend.
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.
The deadly Slave I was infamous for its association with Jango Fett, a bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor. Fett packed the craft with weapons, from laser cannons and projectile launchers to seismic charges. Boba Fett inherited Slave I upon Jango’s death, but Aurra Sing crashed it on Florrum and Boba was taken into Republic custody. Hondo Ohnaka repaired Slave I, and Boba later reclaimed it. A generation after Jango’s death, the distinctive craft remained the last thing fugitives wanted to see on their scanners.
Count Dooku was a menacing Sith Lord and central figure in the Clone Wars. Once a Jedi -- trained by Yoda -- he became disillusioned with the Jedi Order and thirsted for greater power. Dooku voluntarily left the light side behind and became Darth Sidious’ dark side disciple, taking the secret name Darth Tyranus and leading the Separatist army. Dooku advanced Sidious’s secret plot to take over the galaxy, but forgot that betrayal is the nature of the Sith.