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"I smell fear, and it smells good."
―Trench, during the Blockade of Christophsis.[src]
Trench
Admiral trench
Trench during the Clone Wars
Officer Info
Name:

Trench

Rank:

Admiral

Home World:

Secundus Ando [1]

Born:

c. 200 years prior to 21 BBY [2]

Physical description
Species:

Harch[3]

Gender:

Male

Eye Color:

Red

Height:

1.89 meters

Skin Color:

Gray

Chronological and political information
Affiliation:
Adm. T with Ps
Trench after Christophsis.[4]

[Source]

Trench was a distinguished Harch admiral before and during the Clone Wars.

BiographyEdit

Early CareerEdit

Trench symbol

Trench's personal crest

Trench made his name during the Andoan Wars, during which he defended his home world of Secundus Ando against raiders from the Andoan Free Colonies. During the Andoan Wars, Trench became one of Ando's greatest military leaders, besting his enemies at Arbular, Horos, and the last battle of that war at Raquish. Unfortunately, Trench's tactics at that battle brought the attention of the Galactic Republic and the conflict ended. When Ando seceded from the Republic, Trench joined the Corporate Alliance, helping them destroy pirate bases at Ord Namurt, Engira and captured the Kurosti merchant fleet in a daring raid at Prospera Jang.[2]

Battle of Malastare NarrowsEdit

A decade before the Clone Wars, Trench was the Corporate Alliance's master tactician at the Battle of Malastare Narrows.[2] [3] The Corporate Alliance had disagreements with Malastare about fuel allocations.[2] It was here that Trench earned his place in military history. Trench was in command of a Corporate Alliance fleet that blockaded Malastare.[5] During the battle, Trench tore apart the Republic's taskforce, leaving an everlasting memory upon the veterans of that battle. Trench destroyed many ships and killed many men. However, a Jedi-led task force came in and ended the battle, vaporizing Trench's flagship. Many assumed that Trench went down with his ship, but Trench was able to survive thanks to a pressure suit made of Andoan mineral fish armor and his own tough Harch hide.[2]

The Clone WarsEdit

Trench then reappeared during the Clone Wars, when Trench resurfaced at the Blockade of Christophsis.[3]

The Blockade of ChristophisEdit

"Our orders are to blockade, not chase. I have won this round."
―Admiral Trench[src]
Adm. Trench portrait

Admiral Trench aboard the Invincible.

After the Clone Wars began,[6] Alderaan's Republic Senator Bail Organa and his relief forces came to help Christophis. Unfortunately, Trench led the CIS Naval fleet in a space attack above the world of Christophsis.

Trench's main objective was to deprive Organa, Christophsis and the Republic relief force of supplies. Trench commanded the blockade from his flagship, the Invincible. From this ship, Trench was able to cripple any ship from reaching the planet's surface with fresh supplies.

When the Republic sent a task force, Trench was able to hold the blockade line hard. When the Republic fell back behind the moon, Trench and his tactical droid, TI-99 then had their crew recharge their shields and weapons. Trench then waited for the Republic to attack.

Trench then decided to send in his Hyena bombers to bomb Organa's headquarters to speed up the Republic task forces' response. Trench sensed that something odd was going on. Trench then saw a small cloaked ship. Trench then ordered the Invincible's shields raised as the cloaked ship fired on him. After the attack, Trench then fired two torpedoes at the cloaked ship. After the torpedoes missed, Trench then ordered all laser cannons to fire. When Trench's tactical droid told that they missed the cloaked ship, Trench was able to surmise that he was not up against clones, but a Jedi. Trench then sent a message on an open comlink channel. In his message, Trench said that he had dealt with cloaked ships before. Trench then threatened the crew of the stealth ship and advised them to retreat while they still could. Trench then ended his transmission with a warning that he would be their doom.[3]

Trench's "Last Stand"Edit
"Turn back now. Retreat while you can. For I...am your doom!"
―Trench to the Republic's Stealth Ship's crew[src]
Trench then waited and prepared for the stealth ship to attack. Trench knew that a stealth ship could easily get past the blockade, but saw that the Jedi attacked instead. This told Trench what to possibly expect from the Jedi. When the stealth ship attacked again, Trench was able to track the stealth ship's magnetic signature and fire tracking torpedoes, despite having to lower the Invincible's shields.

Unfortunately, the stealth ship got closer to the Invincible. Seeing this Trench and his tactical droid tried to raise the shields to no effect. Trench was caught off-guard and, seeing the Republic ship speeding towards him, the Admiral was unsure of what to do or how to react. Accepting his defeat, he closed his six eyes and awaited his demise. The stealth ship narrowly missed Trench's ship and the torpedoes slammed straight into the bridge, destroying Trench's flagship, killing the Admiral, and bringing chaos to the blockade.[3] Though Trench was listed K.I.A. at Christophsis, a few in the Republic military believed that he survived.[2] He did in fact survive, though he suffered a loss of a couple of eyes and arms.[4]

Ringo VindaEdit

Trench was in command of the droid forces at Ringo Vinda's space station. As his forces fought against clone troopers under Jedi Generals Skywalker, Tiplar and Tiplee. During the battle, Trench noticed that one of the clones had shot General Tiplar. Following his victory at Ringo Vinda, he informed Dooku of this. Trench then arranged the kidnapping of the clone trooper under orders from Dooku. He then commander Kraken take him to Dooku.[7]

Personality and traits Edit

"We need to add some pressure on those who are sent to rescue our enemies on Christophsis. Send the Hyena-bombers to hit senator Organa on the surface. That should draw those cowards out from behind the moon."
―Trench applying his tactics against the Republic[src]
Trench was an admiral who held no mercy or remorse toward his adversaries, which in turn made him a terror to all those who came across him and his fleet.[3] Trench regarded war as a great game. [8] He was a legendary patriot of the Confederacy and the Corporate Alliance, and a military genius, and his tactics and maneuvers made him responsible for the destruction of many Republic fleets.[3] Two of his war trophies included the battle cruiser The Righteous and the frigate Swift Return. His genius was also evident in his method of hunting cloaked ships.[3]

Admiral Trench had a distinctive crest, resembling his face, emblazoned on all of his ships.[3]

Having won many victories in war, Trench had developed an overconfident personality and prided himself on always being one step ahead of his opponents. However, this overconfidence led to his own demise. Even when his death drew near, though, Trench did not panic or show distress, he simply and courageously accepted his fate.[3] He survived the battle however.[4]

Notes & ReferencesEdit

  1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Essential Guide to Warfare
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 SWCustom A New Direction for Lucasfilm Animation on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts: The Visual Guide
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (novel)
  7. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
  8. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episoded Guide

External LinksEdit

Wookieepedia Logo Trench on Wookieepedia

See AlsoEdit

CIS Officers
Admirals

Kirst · Pors Tonith · Trench

Generals

Jedi Grievous · Lok Durd · Oro Dassyne · Rootrock · Whorm Loathsom · Kalani

Commanders

Alto Stratus · Asajj Ventress · Cydon Prax · Merai · Osi Sobeck · Riff Tamson · TX-20 · TA-1313 · Vulpus · Xerius Ugg

Captains & other officers

Bella · Canteval · Cavik Toth · Lt. Daan · Lushros Dofine · Mar Tuuk

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