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[Clone Wars]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Short Story
First published in
Star Wars Insider #73:

The League of Spies
Aaron Allston
Paizo Publishing
Story published as:
Short Story (2004, 2008)

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Joram Kithe and the ARC Trooper Mapper (out of uniform) are sent to the planet Tarhassan, which has recently seceded from the Republic and joined the Confederacy. This came as a complete shock to the Republic, since the Intelligence agent stationed there (Edbit Teeks) disappeared a week prior to the secession. Joram's job is to find this agent, with the aid of Mapper and three others: Cherek Tuhm, Tinian Hanther and Livintius Sazet. But, as Joram discovers to his dismay, the other three "spies" are utterly incompetant! And for good reason; thanks to Joram's unexpected success on Pengalan, a Senate subcommittee decided to try out other government employees as spies. Thus he's stuck with Cherek, a bully from the Ministry of Licenses and Permits; Tinian, a woman from the Department of Health ("I specialize in grains"); and finally Livintius, a Falleen from the Ministry of Education who insists on drawing up a formal agenda for everything. Joram does (finally) get from them that Edbit had a lover, Zazana Renkel, who secretly worked for Planetary Security. And, to find Edbit, they intend to capture Zazana and interrogate her until she tells them where he is. But first, Livintius has to set a time and place for the next meeting…
That night, the group of would-be spies cruise through the city of Nehass in a compact landspeeder to Zazana's apartment. While Cherek asks Livintius for the sub-agenda, Joram suggests Mapper simply walk up to her (he sees her outside the building) and grab her while they're arguing. Cherek is infuriated that Joram won't stick to the plan, and insists Joram publicly vow to follow his orders - or else be sent back home to Coruscant in disgrace. Biting the inside of his mouth, Joram agrees. Back at Cherek's rented quarters, the bungling continues as Cherek unintentionally tells Zazana all about their mission. She insists she doesn't know where Edbit is, and Livintius decides they'll have to kill her. Joram, sensing a disaster in the making, tells Mapper to do it "like those guys we took out (knocked out) to get into the spacecraft bay on Pengalan."
While Mapper's doing that, Joram decides to check out Edbit's house on his own. He finds the place trashed, and activates a signal lamp he spots by a window. A short time later, an informant working for Edbit arrives and receives credits from Joram. He tells him Edbit was taken from the restaurant where he works and is now being held in the Planetary Security main office - and when he returns to the other spies, he learns Cherek is planning a jailbreak there. Tinian will wear Zazana's confiscated PS uniform to get in there, saddened and determined not to let Zazana's "death" be a waste (a hopeful sign to Joram). The following morning, she and Joram (acting as her "prisoner") make it to the cell block area and spring Edbit. Mapper blows an explosive outside to provide a distraction for them to escape the building. A guard gets the jump on them - and Cherek leaps between them and takes a blaster shot to the chest before Tinian can gun the guard down. The shot isn't fatal though, and Edbit and Zazana are seen to safety before the group of spies blast offworld. Tinian confides in Joram that she's going to recommend Cherek, Livintius and herself receive more training. "Welcome to Intelligence," Joram beams as he shakes her hand.

Synopsis taken from Christopher G. McElroy's Time Tales, www.theforce.net/timetales.

This story occurs 2 months after the Battle of Geonosis, approximately 22 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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