Homebrew Reference Book: Clone Wars Saga Edition Fan Sourcebook - The Dark Side
The charismatic Count Dooku was once a Jedi Knight in service of the Republic. Born to one of the controlling houses of Serenno and discovered to have a connection with The Force, Dooku was taken to the Jedi Temple to be trained when he was still an infant. Dooku was one of the few Jedi aware of his birth rite, and inheriting his family’s sense of noblesse oblige, wished to meet the expectations of his lineage. In his youth, Dooku showed great promise in his classes at the Jedi Temple and possessed fine political acumen. Shortly before his thirteenth birthday, Dooku was chosen as the Padawan Learner to Jedi Master and famed historian Thame Cerulian. Dooku was considered a model Padawan, though the Jedi were unaware of his dangerous curiosity with Sith Holocrons.
Young Dooku went on to become one of the greatest Jedi of his generation, widely known for his commanding presence, fierce independence, refined control over The Living Force, and mastery of the ancient and obscure Jedi Lightsaber form of Makashi. Dooku led an impressive career in The Jedi Order, settling many diplomatic disputes such as the Sevarcos delegations. He was also a cunning warrior, as demonstrated by his mission to Galidraan where he and his first Padawan Learner, Komari Vosa, defeated most of the remaining Mandalorian Super Commandos in combat. He later took Qui-Gon Jinn as his Padawan Learner and shaped him into a great Jedi Knight who inherited Dooku’s sense of independence and strength of will. Dooku became an instructor at the Jedi Temple for a time, teaching Lightsaber technique and telekinesis, and was even offered a seat on the Jedi Council preceding the crisis on Naboo, but the Jedi Master refused the offer, wishing to retain his independence.
Approximately ten years before the Clone Wars began, Dooku was approached by his friend, the precognitive Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, with a disturbing vision. Dooku’s comrade predicted the onset of a great war, and confided in Dooku that he had secretly contacted the cloners of Kamino to discuss the creation of an army for the Republic in their time of need. The news disheartened Dooku, but his disdain for the inner workings of The Jedi Order and The Galactic Republic had been mounting since the botched settlement on Baltizaar. It came to a head following the death of his former apprentice, Qui-Gon Jinn, prompting Dooku to abandon his commission. The Jedi counted him among the Lost Twenty, a group of Jedi Masters who honorably and willingly renounced their position in The Jedi Order.
Independance[edit | edit source]
The Jedi were totally unaware, however, that more led to Dooku’s relinquishment of his post than what appeared. Whispers of Dooku’s discontent reached the ears of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, and the former Jedi was enticed into an allegiance with the Sith Lord. Dooku divulged to Darth Sidious the information given to him by Sifo-Dyas. Sidious challenged Dooku to prove his devotion by murdering Sifo-Dyas. Dooku obeyed his new master, and struck down his old friend and assumed his identity for the contract with the Kaminoans. Dooku procured funds to purchase the contract with the Kaminoans by reclaiming his birth rite and became the heir to the wealthy House of Dooku on Serenno. The Count then contracted the bounty hunter Jango Fett to serve as the template for the clones and to act as one of their trainers.
Eight years passed before Dooku reappeared to the public eye on Raxus Prime, where he began sowing the seeds for a secessionist movement away from The Galactic Republic. In a remarkably short span of time, he had persuaded thousands of star systems to rally to his cause and, for the first time in a millennium, threatened to fracture the Republic. Riots began springing up all over peaceful Republic worlds as a result of Dooku’s dissent and The Jedi did their best to maintain order within the Republic, but were soon spread too thin trying to control the damage. One year before the Clone Wars began, Dooku and his Separatists officially declared themselves as The Confederacy of Independent Systems, making known their intention to completely break away from the Republic.
A year later, Dooku moderated a meeting designed to convince the Commerce Guild, Corporate Alliance, InterGalactic Banking Clan, Techno Union and Trade Federation to enter a partnership and formalize a military structure for the Confederacy. Dooku’s meeting was interrupted when he caught Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi eavesdropping on his dealings. When Dooku captured Kenobi, and subsequently Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala, he sentenced the intruders to death. While the public executions were being carried out, two-hundred and twelve Jedi assaulted the Geonosian arena before being reinforced by the Clone Army. The Separatists were caught off guard and Dooku wouldn’t have escaped had it not been for his General Sev’Rance Tann. Before speeding away in his personal starship, Dooku crossed blades with Kenobi, Skywalker, and his former mentor Yoda.
The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
For a time, Dooku held a base of operations on the planet Raxus Prime, scouring Sith tombs for the location of an artifact called the Force Harvester, a component critical to powering the ancient Sith weapon known as The Dark Reaper. When Republic forces invaded Raxus Prime, Dooku escaped with the Force Harvester to one of the moons of Kashyyyk. After testing the Force Harvester on Alaris Prime, Dooku sent The Dark Reaper to the planet of Thule where finishing touches were being placed on the reconstructed Sith artifact, though this super weapon was ultimately destroyed by Anakin Skywalker.
Month 2[edit | edit source]
In the second month of the war, Dooku began operating out of command headquarters on Bakura as well as a secret location on Coruscant. With the death of the Confederate General Sev’Rance Tann after only a month of conflict, Dooku continued his search for a replacement commander. He visited the world of Rattatak to attend the gladiatorial matches in hopes of securing a skilled warrior to serve as a commander in the Confederacy. There he met the fallen Jedi Asajj Ventress and spirited her away to Bakura to test her abilities more thoroughly. Pleased with her prowess, Dooku gifted to her a set of crimson-bladed Lightsabers that once belonged to his former apprentice, Komari Vosa. To further bolster the ranks of his dark cabal of Force-users, Dooku secured the loyalty of the Weequay Jedi Master Sora Bulq, whom Separatist forces rescued from the burnt wreckage of a downed Republic gunship in the aftermath of the Battle of Geonosis.
Month 4[edit | edit source]
Four months into the Clone Wars, a Techno Union advance in the Super Battle Droid line became an area of concern for Dooku and his master. C-B3 Cortosis Battle Droids, plated with an ore resistant to Lightsaber strikes, began stepping off the assembly line on Metalorn. The Sith Lords saw the Clone Wars as a war of attrition, hoping to bleed The Jedi Order dry, and Tyranus felt the clear advantage provided by these Droids would bring about too swift a conclusion to the war. Utilizing his minions and the services of the bounty hunter Aurra Sing, Dooku drew the attention of The Jedi Order to the project. To further ensure its destruction, Dooku launched a mock assault on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in an attempt to erase the Jedi Archives. When the Sith Lord retreated from the battle, Anakin Skywalker was hot on his tail and the Count lured the Jedi straight to the manufacturing facility on Metalorn. Tyranus’ adversary managed to raze the facility to the ground and bested a clone of Dooku in combat. The death of Dookuu managed to deceive the Republic at-large into believing the Separatist leader had been slain.
Month 5[edit | edit source]
Later that month, Dooku pitted his minions against each other to determine who was best suited to take Sev’Rance Taan’s place as supreme commander of the Droid Army. Dooku continued to recruit commanders to his cause, winning over the likes of Shogar Tok of Brentaal IV in the fifth month of the war. However, Dooku focused much of his attention luring Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos to The Dark Side of The Force, dragging the conflicted Republic spy along with him on missions to Tibrin and Kiffu.
Dooku and Sora Bulq next led a boarding assault on a Republic Acclamator-Class Assault Ship where Jedi Sian Jeisel, Kai Justiss, and Tsui Choi were stationed. After an intense skirmish, Dooku’s forces succeeded in overcoming the vessel and capturing the Jedi. In hopes of spreading rumors of his merciful hand throughout the Jedi ranks, Dooku let the Jedi go free, hoping it would bring him more Dark Side lackeys in the future. Not all of Dooku’s dealings and manipulations went according to plan, however, as talks with former Jedi apprentice Lorian Nod turned out to be a Republic trap, and Dooku was forced to slay his old friend for his betrayal.
Month 6[edit | edit source]
Dooku continued his seduction of Quinlan Vos into the sixth month of the Clone Wars. The Serenno Count pitted Vos against other members of his cabal of Dark Side agents in order to groom the Kiffar Jedi Master to one day serve as his own apprentice to usurp Darth Sidious. Dooku furthered his transformation by duping Vos into assassinating Republic Senator Viento under the pretense that he was the second Sith Lord. Tyranus awarded Vos with the Lightsaber Crystal of Darth Andeddu on Korriban, and all-but secured Quinlan’s fall by convincing him to murder Kh’aris Fenn on Ryloth.
Month 7[edit | edit source]
After a public appearance reassuring loyal Separatists of victory, Dooku tasted defeat at Praesitlyn and Christophsis at one of their lowest points during the Clone Wars’ seventh month. Dooku devised a plan to sway Jabba the Hutt to the Separatist cause. In hopes of securing supplies and safe passage through the Hutt’s private trade routes, Dooku conspired with Jabba’s uncle Ziro the Hutt to kidnap Jabba’s son, Rotta. With no one claiming responsibility and with no ransom, Dooku offered to retrieve Jabba’s son in exchange for his support to the Confederacy. Jabba extended the same offer to the Republic. It wasn’t long before Republic scouts managed to track down Jabba’s son on Teth, where Dooku’s sinister agent, Asajj Ventress, held the Huttling captive. Playing right into Dooku’s hands, Skywalker rescued the huttling, but not before the Count was able to provide falsified evidence to Jabba that The Jedi had been behind the kidnapping in the first place. Unfortunately for Dooku and the Separatists, Skywalker and his apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, were able to escort Rotta back to Jabba’s palace on Tatooine unscathed and clear their name. Dooku lost favor with the Hutt gangster and Jabba’s support was awarded to the Republic.
Since the Confederacy had failed to secure passage through Hutt Space and was unable to sway Toydaria to the Separatist banner, Dooku desperately needed a foothold into The Mid Rim. In an attempt to spread Confederate influence coreward along the Corellian Run and isolate Kamino from the Republic, Dooku ordered General Grievous and Asajj Ventress to launch a full-scale assault on the planet Falleen. The battle was swift, but Falleen’s royal citadel was heavily shielded and proved difficult to breech. The Count used Ventress as a distraction while he slipped in unnoticed. When the Falleen King revealed himself to confront Asajj Ventress, Dooku sprung his trap, quickly taking the ruler into custody and forcing him to secede to the Confederacy under coercion.
After witnessing Overlord Juhm’s failed execution attempt of Skywalker and his friends, Dooku headed to the Abregado System to meet with General Grievous and witness the trial run of the Confederacy’s new warship- The Malevolence. Dooku and the general were extremely pleased with the results, as the massive destroyer’s new Ion Pulse Cannon successfully disabled every Republic craft to which it came into contact. Content with the results of the testing, Dooku left the new Confederate flagship in Grievous’ capable hands while he moved ahead to tend to affairs in the Kiros System, where he secretly sold the colonists of Kiros into bondage to the slavers of Zygerria. Dooku appointed the Queen of Zygerria as a member of the Separatist Council, but quickly learned the Queen had gone outside her bounds by offering the Kiros colonists in a public auction. Dooku returned to Zygerria to put the Queen in her place and was forced to kill her for her disobedience.
Month 8[edit | edit source]
Dooku was not without his own share of misfortune. After taking Anakin Skywalker into custody in the eighth month of the Clone Wars, Dooku was forced to flee when the Jedi’s capture turned out to be a ruse aimed at locating Dooku to take him prisoner. To escape, Dooku was forced to crash land on Vanqor, where he was captured by Hondo Ohnaka and his ruthless band of pirates, who hoped to collect a fortune from the Republic in exchange for him. During his imprisonment, Count Dooku was forced to share a holding cell with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, forcing the three to work together while making several escape attempts. Dooku was finally able to separate from the Jedi and escape by killing two of Hondo’s men before stealing a transport.
Late in the eighth month of the Clone Wars, Dooku won the support of a splinter group of The Witches of Dathomir led by Sai Sircu. The Sith Lord agreed to help secure the witch’s authority over the Nightsister Clan by devoting Battle Droid Armies to her cause in exchange for Sircu’s assistance in the construction a Force-powered super weapon capable of destroying an entire planet. Using Lightsaber Crystals provided by Sircu, crystals mined from a secret facility on Christophsis, and Sith alchemical knowledge gained from The Dark Reaper project months earlier, Dooku completed the assembly of a cannon. The Separatists had the completed super weapon mounted on The Devastation, a sister ship to The Malevolence orbiting Dathomir.
With The Devastation complete, Dooku and his master determined that a prime target to test fire the ship’s super weapon would be Dathomir, as the Force-welding witch natives could pose a threat after The Jedi were exterminated. Sai Sircu lashed out in defense of her homeworld, forcing Dooku and Ventress from the bridge, and then set a course for Coruscant to annihilate the Republic capital instead. When Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fisto arrived to engage the Serenno nobleman and began destroying The Devastation’s targeting systems, Dooku eased back, letting them succeed in their objective. When Sircu entered the fray and tried to prevent the Jedi from foiling her plan, Dooku saw the opportunity to take his leave. Defeated, Sircu triggered a Force-induced explosion in the weapon’s crystal room, causing a cascading inferno throughout the vessel. Dooku barely managed to escape before The Devastation was destroyed.
Month 9[edit | edit source]
Dooku and his Confederacy suffered a string of losses in the ninth month of the war. The Count was unable to secure exclusive access to Tibanna Gas harvesting on Taloraan through either diplomacy or force. Dooku and his armies lost the the planet Khorm to Republic forces, though research conducted on agrocite ore mined from the ice planet was used to develop powerful beam technology. Unfortunately, the Count’s plan to destroy the Naboo System using a gravitic polarity beam created by Skakoan scientist Kul Teska was thwarted by Kenobi and his companions at Behpour. During the battle, Dooku was bested by Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi and was nearly captured. Fortunately, the Separatist leader was spirited to safety by Asajj Ventress before Republic forces could secure the Serenno statesman.
After recovering from his injuries sustained at Behpour, Dooku tapped a long-held friendship and struck an agreement with the patriarch to the Noble House of Vane in the Valahari Sector to supply superior Starfighter technology to the Confederacy. When Republic diplomacy failed to regain their support, Valahari was blockaded. To sway the sector’s allegiance to the Confederacy, Dooku ordered Asajj Ventress to assassinate Viscount Harko Vane and frame Anakin Skywalker for the murder. Lord Tyranus’ plan succeeded, and the whole of the Valahari Sector rallied under the Confederate banner, including Harko’s son Tofen- arguably one of the greatest Starfighter pilots in the galaxy. Dooku harbored deep feelings for the Viscountess for years, and with the husband dead and the son on the front lines, the Count seized the opportunity and began to court Eladore Vane. However, when Lady Vane learned of Dooku’s part in her husband’s murder shortly after her son was killed in battle, she renewed Valahari’s neutrality in the conflict, withdrawing her support from the Confederacy and banishing Dooku from the sector. The master shipwrights withdrew from the Clone Wars, which had been Lord Sidious goal all along, but Dooku was deeply saddened by the loss of his true love.
Month 13[edit | edit source]
In the thirtieth month of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku set a trap for Grand Master Yoda at the Chateau Malreaux on Vjun. Inviting Yoda to the chateau, Dooku claimed he had doubts about continuing his course of action with the Separatists and wished to discuss the terms of his own surrender. Although the entire scenario was a plot to break Republic spirit by capturing the great Jedi Master Yoda, Dooku underestimated his former teacher. The elderly Jedi master began to coax Dooku back to the light and before the Count realized what was happening, he began questioning his decision to ally with The Sith and form the Confederacy. Yoda’s spell over Dooku was broken, however, as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi stormed in and interrupted the impromptu intervention. Thinking Yoda wanted nothing more than to lower Dooku’s guard making him easier to eliminate, Dooku cursed the Jedi Master and fled.
Month 14[edit | edit source]
From a secure location on Boz Pity, Dooku juggled the supervision of Quinlan Vos’ triple agent operation back on Coruscant as well as the creation of a Morgukai Clone Army on Saleucami. At the Battle of Saleucami, both projects clashed, ending them both in an abysmal failure for the Confederacy. Dooku’s secret hideout on Boz Pity was discovered by The Jedi five months before the end of the Clone Wars. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi infiltrated the Confederate facility and found Count Dooku and an on-the-mend Asajj Ventress. Dooku pitted Ventress against Kenobi while he made his escape. From the safety of his getaway shuttle, Dooku spotted Asajj Ventress attempting to catch up to flee with him. At that point, Dooku decided that the Dark Jedi had outlived her usefulness. With her extensive knowledge of Confederate military information, the Count couldn’t allow her to fall into enemy hands, and thus ordered his MagnaGuards to fire on Ventress, gunning her down before she could reach the shuttle.
Month 15[edit | edit source]
Six months later, in the fifteenth month of the war, Dooku entered into a negotiated contract with the miners of Katanos VII. The miners were desperate for financial assistance that the Republic refused to provide, and Dooku offered them a substantial sum of credits for the fulfillment of bounties on members of The Jedi Order. When Jedi Master Lunis and his Padawan Obs Kaj were lured into the trap, Lunis was slain. However, Dooku was forced to personally dispatch the Padawan when Obs Kaj nearly escaped the planet. Since the Katanos miners failed to eliminate both Jedi, Dooku reneged on a sizable portion of the contract amount.
The End[edit | edit source]
One month before the end of the Clone Wars, following the first Siege of Cato Neimoidia, Dooku was instructed to block Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in their investigation in the origins of a HoloNet Transceiver used by Nute Gunray to contact Darth Sidious. The Separatist leader laid traps for the Jedi at every step of the way, while Palpatine mantled the pair with several assignments that distracted them from their search, eventually leading them to Tythe. There, Dooku personally attempted to eliminate Kenobi and Skywalker at the LiMerge Power Plasma Facility. When the two Jedi bested over fifty Super Battle Droids, Dooku realized the pair had grown much more powerful than he’d expected and fled. Count Dooku’s Pilot Droid made a Hyperspace jump to Nelvaan to throw-off any would-be pursuers, and then headed to his true destination: Coruscant.
Onboard the Confederate flagship The Invisible Hand with Chancellor Palpatine, really Darth Sidious, as his prisoner, Dooku was overseeing the battle when Anakin and Obi-Wan successfully boarded the ship. Dooku engaged the pair, managing to separate Skywalker from his former master by incapacitating Kenobi. Tyranus taunted Skywalker, overconfident that his master would aide him should anything go awry. Far too late Dooku learned that Sidious had other plans in store and Skywalker severed the Count’s hands at the wrists. A life fraught with betrayal ended in kind when Dooku’s master convinced Skywalker to kill Dooku by separating his head from his body.
Count Dooku, Darth Tyranus Statistics (CL 20)[edit | edit source]
Languages: Basic, Geonosian, Gossam, High Galactic, Neimoidian, Quarrense, Rodese, Sith
Defenses[edit | edit source]
Immune: Fear effects
Offense[edit | edit source]
Speed: 6 Squares; Mobile Combatant
Melee: Unarmed +20 (1d4+11)
Melee: Lightsaber +25 (2d8+11)
Ranged: By Weapon +21
Force Power Suite (Use the Force +25): Conjure Doubt, Contentious Opportunity, Force Lightning (2), Force Grip, Force Thrust, Levitate, Instill Turmoil, Makashi Riposte, Move Object (3), Pushing Slash, Rebuke, Surge
Base Stats[edit | edit source]
Feats: Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Double Attack (Lightsabers), Force Regimen Mastery, Force Sensitivity, Force Training (3), Linguist, Melee Defense, Natural Leader (The Confederacy of Independent Systems), Rapid Strike, Skill Focus (Use the Force), Triple Attack (Lightsabers), Weapon Focus (Lightsabers), Weapon Proficiency (Lightsabers), Weapon Proficiency (Pistols), Weapon Proficiency (Simple Weapons)
Skills: Deception +20, Gather Information +20, Initiative +17, Knowledge (Bureaucracy) +18, Knowledge (Galactic Lore) +18, Knowledge (Social Sciences) +18, Knowledge (Tactics) +18, Perception +18, Persuasion +25, Use the Force +25