Top 20 EU Essential Battles #18 - Battle of Shedu Maad
Conflict: Second Galactic Civil War
Date: 41 ABY
Place: Shedu Maad
Outcome: Jedi Coalition victory, Darth Caedus dead, Imperial Remnant joins Jedi Coalition, Confederation Surreders
Combatants: Galactic Alliance, Imperial Remnant v. Jedi Coalition
After seeing the blood trail Darth Caedus left on Jaina during the Second Battle of Roche, Luke lead the remaining Jedi back to their secret base on Shedu Maad to prepare for Caedus’s invasion. Meanwhile, Ben Skywalker escaped from Galactic Alliance Guard custody and arrived with Tenel Ka and the Hapan Home Fleet to protect the Jedi stronghold.
Luke planned to use the blood trail to set a trap for Caedus. Caedus’s fleets would follow Jaina through a narrow channel in the Transitory Mists called the Throat. The Jedi would then launch an attack on the Anakin Solo and retrieve the captured Isolder and the Home Fleet would ambush the Galactic Alliance forces. While all of this happened Jaina would hunt down and confront her brother a second time. Luke and the other Jedi Masters waited on Uroro Station with the Coalition force preparing for Caedus’s arrival.
Caedus’s combined fleet of Galactic Alliance and Imperial Remnant ships entered the system about twelve hours later. Jaina tried to lure the fleet toward the Hapans, but they were fired on by the Megador’s long-range turbolasers. Luke then gave the command for all Jedi forces to launch. Caedus’s fleet still didn’t enter the Throat, instead slowly approaching as they launched their starfighters to engage the blastboats and Owools. Uroro Station was evacuated as fleet came within firing range. The Megador later began attacking the Station and the rest of the fleet fired heavily down the Throat, taking out many fighters. As the Alliance fleet stayed back, the Imperials went down the channel and the Hapans sprang their ambush. The Jedi in StealthXs then initiated a massive shadow bomb strike that nearly destroyed the Anakin Solos bridge. The raid failed to kill Caedus, and Luke Skywalker’s wing of StealthXs had to abort their mission to save Isolder after taking too many casualties. It was now up to Jaina to kill Caedus and retrieve the Prince. After taking heavy damage Jaina ejected from her StealthX and boarded the Anakin Solo in the hole her fighter had made.
Although his flagship had just been badly damaged, Caedus was extremely confident of victory. He even ignored the alarms blaring on the bridge staring at a vision of his daughter Allana as a grown woman at a party in front of his throne. He was shaken out of his vision as his Sith apprentice Tahiri Veila lead him to a meeting with the Moff Council. During the meeting, Moff Lecersen suggested making a nanovirus to cripple the command structure aboard the Dragon Queen. He would have agreed, but in his battle meditation he sensed Allana on that ship as well. He demanded that no such nanokiller be made, and left so that he could deal with Isolder and sent Tahiri to follow the transports that left Uroro Station to the Jedi base. Caedus confronted Isolder and tried to convince him to leave so the Moffs could not create a nanovirus from his blood. However, Isolder refused to trust Caedus and Caedus, knowing he couldn’t convince him otherwise, snapped his neck. Meanwhile, Jaina evaded the security forces searching for her and managed to find Mirta Gev in the infirmary. After a few words, Jaina gave her a blaster before she left and found her brother in the bio-disposal pit trying to incinerate Prince Isolder’s body. Caedus noticed from the marks on Isolder’s arm that the Moffs had betrayed him and developed the nanokiller for Tenel Ka. He then commed Orlopp and learned that Imperials were already on their way to deliver it to the Dragon Queen. As he was about to leave and stop them, Jaina stabbed him under the ribs with her lightsaber.
Caedus responded by Force pushing her away. Jaina crashed into the far side of the corridor and was amazed that Caedus was still standing despite the hole under his ribs. Caedus then unleashed Force lightning on Jaina, who blocked it with her lightsaber and Force pushed him through a nearby door. Jaina sprang after him and was attacked by Caedus, now wielding a crimson lightsaber. After exchanging many blows, there was a pause in the battle. Caedus used the opportunity to explain to Jaina that time was running out for Tenel Ka and their daughter Allana. Jaina ignored his statements and lunged at him in an attempt to strike him down before he could reactivate his lightsaber. Caedus was prepared for this reaction and Force pushed her towards the incinerator. Jaina pulled herself out of the way but still slammed into the scorching hot wall a half meter away.
As Jaina screamed in pain, she opened herself to the Force and drew on the love of the Jacen Solo she had grown up with and loved to regain some strength. Caedus was again trying to leave when Jaina used the Force to close the door on his face. Caedus re-entered the fight by shooting Force lightning at Jaina and slashing his blade at Jaina’s shoulder. Jaina dodged the strike and positioned her arm to block a kick she sensed coming. Caedus then snapped her arm over his leg. Both of them quickly whipped their blades around to strike and they both made contact. Caedus’s blade slashed across Jaina’s abdomen, while Jaina’s met with her brother’s Achilles’ tendon and sent him staggering. Jaina moved to finish off the Sith Lord, who couldn’t even stand up and engage her. Even though she left herself open to counterstrike, Caedus used his final moments to warn Tenel Ka through the Force that there was danger, to take Allana away. He could not finish his message as Jaina’s blade cut through his heart.
"It’s Jacen. Jaina got him." - Leia Organa Solo to Han Solo
As Ben Skywalker prepared to hold out with the Hapans on Shedu Maad’s surface, word reached of a nanoattack aboard the Dragon Queen. Ben, and Taryn left the command center with a dozen Hapan commandos to engage Caedus’s Sith apprentice Tahiri, who intended to destroy the Jedi base with a baradium warhead. The commandos and Taryn charged the Imperials as Ben distracted Tahiri. After seeing the attack had complicated her plans, Tahiri launched herself into a shaft pulling the warhead down with her. Ben quickly jumped in after her and they dueled as they fell down the sinkhole. Tahiri had the chance to kill him but seemed slow and hesitant. Ben noticed that she executed foolish attacks that left her vulnerable as if she didn’t want to survive. When they landed, Ben fell hard into the water as Tahiri landed and started to activate the warhead. Ben then convinced her she wasn’t a true Sith and to turn herself in to the Jedi Order while Hapans secured the area.
The ground assault had failed, and even though the Megador had trapped the Hapans earlier, the Home fleet managed to break free. The battle had clearly turned in favor of the Jedi Coalition. Luke Skywalker then lead another StealthX raid on the Anakin Solo, this time storming the main hangar. The StealthX wing entered the hangar followed by the Millennium Falcon and destroyed the heavy weapon defenses. The StealthXs landed and 12 Jedi Masters followed by 50 Jedi Knights neutralized most of the GAG troopers on board before they finally surrendered. Jag found Jaina and her parents took her to a Battle Dragon to heal with Cilghal. Now that the battle was almost won and the ship was secured, the Jedi went to talk to the Moffs.
After an encounter with the last Elite Guards protecting the Moffs, Luke informed them that Caedus was dead. He then offered them the choice of becoming Hapan prisoners of war or joining the Jedi Coalition under the leadership of Jagged Fel. The combined strength of the Galactic Alliance, Jedi, and Imperials would force the Confederation to surrender. The Moffs were glad to have that alternative, and Jagged Fel accepted knowing that taking Pellaeon’s place would end the war. Han Solo was not as happy about the outcome, but he and Tenel Ka convinced Fel to start an Imperial Mission. This was in honor of Tenel Ka’s dead daughter Allana, who was truly alive and given a new identity so she could live safely and without fear of Nobles hunting her.