The Dance of Light and Shadow
Battle of Bothawui
“The Republic fleet obliterated the Imperial squadron, and the Battle of Bothawui became the Republic’s first major victory in the war.”
―Jedi Master Gnost-Dural
The Battle of Bothawui was a conflict between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic during the Great Galactic War. Following the return of the Empire and its initial victories in the Outer Rim Territories in the early stages of the war, the Sith Emperor turned his sights toward the Mid Rim, with Bothawui as his first target. The incursion was a disaster for the Empire, as a large Republic force was stationed over the planet, ready for the attack. However, the Empire’s defeat during its first attempt at taking Bothawui provoked their second, more aggressive attack.
Believing that the forces of the Republic navy were still recovering from the Outer Rim campaign, the Imperial armada hastily rushed into Bothan Space. Over Bothawui itself, Sith battlecruisers were engaged by the entire Republic fleet, consisting of numerous Thranta-class corvettes. The Imperial fleet was caught completely off-guard and was quickly overwhelmed by the Republic vessels, which obliterated all of the invading forces.
The conflict at Bothawui was the Republic’s first major victory against the Empire since the war had begun. News of the battle spread across the HoloNet, restoring the morale of the people of the Republic and reinvigorating its jaded military. The bulk of Bothawui’s defense forces soon moved on, once again scattering throughout the galaxy to combat the Empire. However, a dedicated contingent of Jedi and Republic soldiers remained on the planet in anticipation of the Empire’s retribution.
News of the Republic’s victory at Bothawui spreads across the galaxy.
The Empire indeed returned, this time with a massive invasion army intended to overwhelm Bothawui.
“Jedi Master Belth Allusis, seven dozen of the Order’s finest Knights, and four thousand of the Republic’s strongest soldiers dug in to defend the shield generators… or die trying. The disparity was staggering; an unprecedented Imperial army, fifty thousand strong, descended on Bothawui’s brave defenders. The defenders were undaunted; with no expectation of survival, they were mindful only of their duty.”
The remaining Republic forces under the command of Jedi Master Belth Allusis were wiped out during their fight to protect the planet, but were ultimately able to repel the Sith from Bothawui. For every Republic fighter killed 10 Imperial troops were killed. The Imperials arrived with 50,000 troops against the Republic meager forces. After the last Republic fighter fell, the Imperials had lost their taste for battle. The battles at Bothawui restored hope to a discouraged Republic and empowered its defenders to continue fighting the war…
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