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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 May 2010 as
Star Wars The Clone Wars Comic #8
by Titan Comics:

[issue 8]



Comic Magazine
Published June 2011 as
Star Wars The Clone Wars Magazine #5
by Titan Magazines:

[ The Clone Wars Magazine: issue 5]


A Trooper's Tale
COMIC STORY
Robin Etherington, Andres Ponce, Digikore, Andrew James et al.
Titan Comics [UK]; Titan Magazines [US]
Story published as:
Comic Book (2010 - UK)
Comic Magazine (2011 - US)

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Synopsis:

Under instruction from Grand Master Yoda Jedi Master Kit Fisto and Padawan Ahsoka Tano have been dispatched to a clone medical and re-habitation facility on the planet Sacorria to interview the sole surviving clone trooper of a completed mission. Ahsoka voices her disquiet to Master Fisto about this "waste of time" mission comforting wounded clones but Kit Fisto replies that her presence on this assignment was the request of Yoda, not Anakin's, and so there must be more to the mission than meets the eye.
They are introduced to the injured clone trooper, Sergeant Marrt of the 182nd Legion, who had requested to discuss his mission only with a Jedi. Marrt tells the two Jedi that three weeks ago his four-man Scout Unit was ordered to investigate claims that a Republic weapons factory on the planet Belgaroth was trading with the Separatists. Upon their arrival on Belgaroth they successfully infiltrated the weapons factory and Marrt personally overheard the factory's manager, Tarin, accepting a bribe from Reep Tonith, a member of the Banking Clan, who was there to collect an order of 10,000 grenades. Further infiltrations into the factory's files revealed that the manager was supplying Fex-M3 nerve gas grenades to the Separatists, but as Marrt tries to escape undetected with a grenade as evidence, he his spotted by a droid patrol and comes under fire. Supported by his colleagues, Marrt leads his unit away from the factory and the cover of a swamp.
Unfortunately the swamp does not provide the safety the clones had hoped for as they are soon attacked by a large native swamp creature whose armoured skin is impenetrable by blaster fire. It is not long before Marrt's three colleagues are killed by the creature and Marrt barely survives by using the nerve gas grenade on the creature. Angered by both the loss of his men and the betrayal of the factory's manager, Marrt swears vengeance and begins a one-man campaign against the factory.
Although Reep Tonith escaped Marrt's attacks, his droid escorts were destroyed by Marrt as well as much of the factory. But Marrt was seriously injured, losing his legs as well as many other injuries, before being rescued. Ahsoka tries to explain to Marrt that Tarin was interrogated by the Jedi and Republic Intelligence immediately after Marrt's rescue but claimed that he didn't know the identity of his superiors who had ordered the nerve gas on behalf of the Separatists. However, and this was Marrt's reasons for only speaking to a Jedi, he had documents taken from the factory showing that two influential senators were involved in the weapon's deal with the Separatists. Master Fisto assures Marrt that the senators would be brought to justice and Ahsoka tells Kit Fisto that she has learned their mission's lesson: the actions of one can affect the lives of many.


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

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