I dedicate this article to
Mr Laszlo Csurka,
Hungarian voice of Ramsis Dendup.
Ramsis Dendup was a human male who served as the king of the planet Onderon during the Clone Wars. During the war, Dendup was disposed of by the Separatists after they invaded. A new king, Sanjay Rash, was installed by the Separatists, who promised to back the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka and Rex travel to Onderon, a world under Separatist control. There, they will train a group of insurgent rebels
- including Lux Bonteri - to help take back the capital city of Iziz from the rule of a duplicitous king.
The Onderon rebels, under the supervision of the Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, and clone trooper Rex, have begun striking at the Separatist droid forces in Iziz, wrecking them in droves while taking painstaking care not to endanger innocent civilians, and inching their way closer to the Unifar Temple with each step.
Seeing this as a direct threat on his life and position, Sanjay Rash, the usurper
King of Onderon, has his predecessor Ramsis Dendup brought from the palace dungeons, self-indulgently accusing him of having caused this uprising. Dendup argues that this was triggered by
Rash's submission to the Separatists, and that only he - as the acting king - has the power to end this, by first ending the droid occupation.
rebels continue their attacks on the Separatist droid forces occupying the capital, but despite their continued successes, they are once again hard-pressed to gain the people's trust and support.
Sanjay Rash, the Separatists' puppet king, again accuses his predecessor and prisoner, Ramsis Dendup, of having triggered this terrorist movement, despite Dendup's protestations, and orders his execution the very next day in order
to shatter the rebels' morale. At the same time, Ahsoka feels more and more torn between her duties as a Jedi and the orders of the Council and her sympathy for the rebels, but in the end she feels that she must follow orders and allow the rebel movement to gain strength on its own.
When one of the rebels, Dono, brings news of the impending execution, Steela decides to free King Dendup as he is brought to the executioner's block in order to use the publicity of this event to win the people's support. Her brother
Saw, however, still disgruntled about not having been chosen as the rebel leader, decides to break out Dendup immediately, and sets off to the palace alone. He manages to find his way to the king and profess his movement's loyalty to him, but as he prepares to rescue his ruler, a one-way shield foils his attempt and he is captured. He is subsequently tortured by Kalani so that he should reveal whatever he knows about the rebels, but Saw holds firm, and General Tandin, commander of the
Onderon military forces, stalls further torture before Saw is killed off. Later on, the two men have a private talk, where Tandin's desire to sit still in order to preserve his people's lives clash with Saw's dedication to his cause and loyalty to his king.
When Dono, who was sent by Steela to keep a watch on Saw, returns with the news that Saw has been captured, Lux and the other rebels prepare to mount a rescue, but Steela and Ahsoka hold them, pointing out that
rescuing Dendup is paramount. The next morning, Steela, Lux, Ahsoka and a small troop of rebels go to the palace square where Dendup's execution is about to begin, along with Saw's. They manage to halt the execution, but before they can escape, a squad of super battle droids and destroyers appear and surround them, killing Dono in the process. Under the order of Dendup, the rebels lay down their arms and are forced to watch as Rash attempts to repeat the execution. But then an unexpected ally makes his move: Tandin, disgusted by the Separatists' and Rash's takeover of his homeworld and stirred by Saw's arguments, leads a squad of his soldiers, freeing Dendup and the rebels and allowing them to escape by taking Rash as a temporary hostage. Before he can be killed by the droids, Ahsoka, abandoning her orders to remain inactive, steps in and uses a Telekinesis against to knock out the droids over; when Rash orders the droids to go after them as they escape, the outraged spectators in the palace square rise against them, stemming themselves against the droid squad and thus allowing Ahsoka and Tandin to escape.
Later, in the rebels' hideout, both the rebels and the Onderon army, represented by Tandin, pledge their loyalty to their rightful king, and with renewed confidence a grateful Dendup decides that winning their people's trust is the best way to counter a retaliatory strike by
Count Dooku for his liberation, making his loyalists, including a reconciled Saw, cheer. Later on, as Ahsoka reports to Obi-Wan and her master, she reveals that the involvement of the Jedi in the rebellion has now become public knowledge; and thus the Jedi are forced to decide whether they should now openly take sides in the impending battle.
To prepare for the upcoming battle, Ahsoka and Lux sneak into the capital city, where Ahsoka deposits a holographic communicator in the midst of a market square. Through the device, former king Ramsis Dendup addresses his people personally, telling them about Sanjay Rash and the Separatist's lies about him being the instigator of the "terrorist movement" to solidify their hold on Onderon, and convincing them that the rebels are true patriots striving to liberate them all. This speech has the effect of stirring the people's resentments against the droid occupation forces ... much to the misfortune of an unlucky battle droid squad who happens to witness the speech. This event quickly sparks a movement among the citizens of Iziz, who all rise in revolt against Rash's regime. In order to salvage what's left of their power, Kalani suggests to take out the rebels and Dendup in one stroke, thus dealing the rebellion a mortal blow, and sends out a squadron of four droid gunships and a large droid force to the rebels' hideout.
Ahsoka and Lux return to the new rebel camp in the
Onderon highlands, where they have long since been joined by General Tandin and the loyal fractions of the Onderon military forces. While debating about a decisive strike against the occupation forces, Steela successfully overrules her brother Saw's rash proposal to attack them in Iziz itself, instead
proposing to draw them out into the highlands to lessen the endangerment to the civilians. Impressed by Steela's dedication and cautiousness, Dendup entrusts Steela with the command of both forces for the battle, appointing her general on the spot. Before they leave the base to implement their plan, Steela wastes no time planting a firm kiss on Lux, "just in case."
droid host arrives, the Onderon rebels and military forces await them. Initially they are able to inflict heavy losses on the ground and armor forces, but then the gunships attack, and their heavy armament and ray shields force the rebels into retreat. Ahsoka contacts Obi-Wan and Anakin and informs them of the dramatic change
of events, but Obi-Wan still expresses reluctance to let the Republic openly intervene on behalf of the Ondorians. Angry about this decision, Anakin finally hits upon another idea: informally send a third party to Onderon to aid the rebels in their plight ... and the first choice he can think of is the pirate Hondo Ohnaka.
Therefore, Anakin travels to Ohnaka's base on Florrum in order to hire him for an illegal delivery of heavy weapons to the rebels, and after much ironic but good-natured banter, Ohnaka agrees to the deal and delivers a pack of shoulder-fired rocket launchers to the rebels, before making a discreet retreat when a group of commando droids makes its appearance in the rebel camp. After finishing the droids, Steela, Ahsoka and Lux take up the launchers and deliver a few of them to their compatriots, whereupon Saw uses one to take down one of the gunships to the rebels' jubilation. Immediately thereafter, however, Steela is informed that a droid gunship and two BX commandos are attacking the hideout in order to get to Dendup.
Steela, Ahsoka and Lux arrive just in time to save the king from the droids. On the nearby battle field, Saw
shoots down the last of the enemy gunships, but the damaged unit careens, out of control, right into the rebel camp. Steela is trapped on a collapsing rock on the edge of a cliffside, broken loose by the
droid's impact, and while trying to jump to safety, she is caught hanging from the cliff. Lux rushes to save her, but nearly falls off himself. Ahsoka uses the Force to
float him to safety, but as she tries to do the same for Steela, the not yet fully disabled gunship wounds her with a laser blast, causing Ahsoka to inadvertently drop Steela to her death.
While the rebels grieve over the loss of their brave
leader, Steela's life was not lost in vain, however: With the rebellion growing beyond any hope of containment, Count Dooku
decides to evacuate the remnants of his forces from Onderon, and Rash is summarily executed by Kalani, having outlived his usefulness. Later, on the steps of the royal palace, Steela is given a public memorial in full
honor of her struggle for freedom. Lux reveals to Ahsoka that Dendup, reinstated as Onderon's king, has appointed him the official senator of Onderon and that he finally intends to lead its people back to the Republic.
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