Star Wars: Shadow of the Mind's Eye
Republic Commando Training Sergeant
nonheroic 4/soldier 3/officer 1
Republic Commando Training Sergeant CL 5
Medium Human nonheroic 4/soldier 3/officer 1 Force 4; Dark Side 3 Init +11; Senses low-light vision, Perception +11 Languages Basic, Mando’a Defenses Ref 21 (flat-footed 19), Fort 16, Will 18 hp 31; Threshold 16 Speed 4 squares Melee vibroblade +7 (2d6+2) Ranged blaster carbine +9 (3d8+2) or Ranged frag grenade +9 (4d6+2) Base Atk +7; Grp +9 Special Actions Assault Tactics, Battle Analysis, Indomitable Abilities Str 10, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 12 Talents Assault Tactics, Battle Analysis, Indomitable Feats Armor Proficiency (light, medium), Skill Training (Mechanics, Use Computer), Weapon Proficiency (advanced melee weapons, heavy weapons, pistols, rifles, simple weapons) Skills Initiative +11, Knowledge (tactics) +10, Perception +11, Mechanics +10, Use Computer +10 Possessions Corellian powersuit with helmet package, blaster carbine, heavy blaster pistol, grenade launcher, frag grenade (4), thermal detonator, vibroblade (2), long-range comlink (encrypted, wrist-mounted, holo-capable), utility belt
Jango Fett recruited 100 sergeants
- three-quarters of whom were Mandalorian - to help train the clone commandos. Known as Cuy’val Dur (Mando’a for “those who no longer exist”), these sergeants had to leave everything behind - work, home, and family - and voluntarily become sequestered on Kamino for the duration of the secret training program. Furthermore, since no one knew how long it would be before the secret clone army became public knowledge, the sergeants could not know how long it would be before they could ever leave. Some might wonder why anyone would volunteer for such a task. Perhaps they simply needed the money, perhaps the Mandalorians volunteered out of a personal loyalty to Jango Fett, or perhaps it was simply convenient to “disappear” for several years to escape troubles best left behind.
Given the great numbers of Mandalorians in their ranks, the Cuy’val Dur played a significant role in the identity of the commandos. While they encouraged a degree of individuality
- commandos were less likely to sound and act alike than were other clones - it simultaneously created a sense of separation from their genetically identical brethren, even going so far as to speak Mando’a more extensively than the regular troops. (Some regular clones perceived this as cliquishness and elitism, referring to the commandos derisively as “the deluxe models.”) Ultimately, this shared identity was reinforced by the extreme brutality (and occasional lethality) of the sergeants’ training regimens, their camaraderie growing deeper and more expressive of the details that set them apart from the rest.
Because of the extreme secrecy that surrounded the clones both before and during the Clone Wars, it is not clear if any sergeants were deployed in an official combat support role during battle. If they were, they probably would have used their extreme familiarity with the commandos to act as clone advisors (such as CC-01/425, who advised Delta Squad on some missions). In this role, they would have assisted with coordinating attacks, monitoring telemetry data from the squad (such as life support, power supply, shield strength, and so on), and keeping the squad advised of new intelligence and sensor data as it became available.