Star Wars: Republic #71
November 2004
"Dreadnaughts of Rendili" part 3, 22ppg, $2.99

Script: John Ostrander
Penciller, Cover Artist: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist, Cover Colors: Brad Anderson
Book Design: Dave Nestelle
Associate Editor: Jeremy Barlow
Assistant Editor: Dave Marshall
Editor: Randy Stradley
Publisher: Mike Richardson

CHARACTER
Featured
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Quinlan Vos

Supporting
Plo Koon, Saesee Tiin, Jace Dallin, General Jan Dodonna (as Captain), Mellor Yago (dies), Gallan (dies), Anakin Skywalker, Oppo Rancisis, Padmé's handmaiden

Guest
Padmé Amidala (as hologram), Mace Windu (as hologram), Tholme (as hologram), Palpatine

Villain
General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, Tol Skorr

Cameo
Khaleen Hentz, Ki-Adi-Mundi (as hologram), Shylar (in flashback)

DROID
miniature hologram droid, Arfour

LOCATION
Rendili, Coruscant

STARSHIP
Titavian IV, Dreadnaught heavy cruiser, Angel, Mersel Kebir, Triumph, Doneeta, droid starfighter, V-19 Torrent starfighter, Trade Federation Battleship, Jedi Starfighter [Delta-7]

VEHICLE
Republic attack gunship, airspeeder

COMMENTS
According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 6 months before Revenge of the Sith.

The fight in this issue is what gives Anakin the scar across his right eye that is so prominent in Episode III.

Four of the council members are present during Quinlan's questioning as holograms. Mace and Ki-Adi-Mundi could be anywhere. Plo Koon is presumably still on or near Rendili and Tholme is on Euceron. From there he will investigate Alliga, Anazat and Saleucami.
SYNOPSIS
Anakin races across the surface of the Dreadnaught flagship and releases his concussion missiles, destroying the chances that the Rendili fleet can leap to hyperspace. On board that ship, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos have freed their fellows and they are all fighting to defeat the insurgent Rendili lead by Yago. Yago, who has gone mad kills his second in command before being blasted himself by his former captain, Jace Dallin.

With his death, Dallin turns the fleet of Dreadnaughts over to the Republic and all ships turn on and defeat the Trade Federation ships. Congratulations are passed around back onboard the Republic flagship, but Jedi master Saesee Tiin still does not believe that any good can come from having Quinlan Vos on board. Kenobi vouches again for him and that satisfies Tiin until they can return to Coruscant and he can be questioned by the council.

Meanwhile on the wreck of the Titavian, General Grievous has come to rescue his erstwhile companions. He dictates that an accounting must be made to Dooku. Ventress dismisses him and tells him that she will be going after Vos, and even softer...Kenobi.

Before the Jedi Council, Anakin receives praise for his part in the Battle of Rendili. He also vouches to them for Quinlan's good deeds. Master Rancisis continues to question the motivations of Quin.

Outside the Senate building, Anakin meets with one of Padmé's handmaidens and receives a hologram projector from her, unaware that he is being observed by Ventress. Back at the Jedi Council chambers, Vos apologizes for his actions towards Kh'aris and Senator Viento. He claims he knew he was being observed and needed to gain Dooku's trust. He openly begins to question if he has really gone to the dark side.

Anakin sits in an abandoned part of the industrial sector watching the holovid made by his secret-wife, Padmé, when the disc jets out of his hand into those of Asajj Ventress. She engages Anakin with her lightsaber, threatening the life of Senator Amidala in the process.

Vos admits his biggest regret is having his friend master Shylar die believing he had gone to the dark side; thinking he was a traitor and cursing his name. Elsewhere Anakin and Ventress continue to lock sabers, inflicting minor slices on each of their faces.

Vos awaits for the judgment of the council. Master Kenobi points out that Tholme and the council need to accept some responsibility for Vos's actions, having put him in a situation that would require him to behave in an un-Jedi like manner. As they ruminate on these facts, Anakin is busy tying Asajj up with electrified cables, stunning her and then tossing her off the side of the building they fought on. He walks quietly away.

The council has accepted Vos back into the Jedi Order, asking that he pass on any knowledge of Dooku's plans and then meditating on his walk in the shadows.

Later Anakin meets with Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and is congratulated on helping the Republic gather the Rendili Dreadnaughts. Palpatine reminds the young Knight that he will always be his true friend.

As the Coruscanti sun sinks, Quin stands alone on the Jedi Temple balcony and releases a miniature insect-like droid from his hands. It flies into the lower levels of the planet where it finds Quin's contact Khaleen before playing his message. A Message stating that the Count's plan is working.


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Republic #69 Republic #70


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