Star Wars Lore - The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack was a tight-knit unit of clone troopers led by Commander Wolffe and Jedi General Plo Koon. As part of the 104th Battalion, the squad partook in many daring missions throughout the Clone Wars. Even when the Wolfpack suffered huge losses during the Battle of Abregado, the remaining members paid respect to the fallen by continuing their fight against the Separatists…
The most notable members of the Wolfpack were Comet, Sinker, Boost and Wolffe. Comet was an incredibly loyal soldier who often served as second-in-command. Sinker was known to have a keen sense of humour, even cracking jokes in the direst circumstances, and expressed some skill in both mechanics and jetpack use. Boost was a very positive thinking clone, though Sinker claimed he only bathed when on leave. And last but certainly not least, Wolffe was a practical strategist and a brilliant leader, who favoured military service over more tedious assignments, even if that meant a few injuries here and there.
The Wolfpack’s first participation in the Clone Wars happened to be their most disastrous. When assigned to locate General Grievous’ mysterious new superweapon, Commander Wolffe, General Plo Koon, and the rest of the Wolfpack travelled to the Abregado system. Aboard the flagship Triumphant, they discovered the Malevolence, an ion cannon-equipped warship that could cripple multiple Jedi cruisers with just a single blast. Before the Triumphant could call for backup or launch a formidable attack, the entire fleet was caught in the blast of the Malevolence’s primary cannon. Left defenceless after losing control of their primary systems, the cruisers were blasted to pieces. With no alternative, Koon ordered his troops to the escape pods. Upon destroying the entire fleet, pod hunters were deployed to kill any survivors. Although their pod began to run low on oxygen, Koon, Wolffe and fellow Wolfpack members Sinker and Boost were all too eager to fight off the droids. They were eventually rescued by Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano after receiving their distress signal. Although the survivors were able to warn the Jedi Council of their discovery, the mission felt like a resounding failure. After losing so many men in the Battle of Abregado, the Wolfpack members changed the colour of their armour from maroon to dark grey blue, to honour the fallen clones. The Wolfpack also updated their symbol to match more with the markings on Commander Wolffe’s helmet.
Shortly after the Battle of Khorm, where Asajj Ventress left Wolffe scarred and blinded in the right eye, the commander received reinforcements to replenish the Wolfpack’s numbers. With the additional members, the squad rushed to the planet Vanqor to rescue Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu, who found themselves trapped in the crashed wreckage of the Jedi cruiser Endurance. Later, in another rescue attempt, the Wolfpack managed to extract Koon, Skywalker, Tano, and the other survivors from the raid on Lola Sayu’s Citadel. Returning to the battlefield, Commander Wolffe led his jetpack equipped squad into the Felucian jungles in the Battle of Felucia. Alongside the 501st Legion, the Wolfpack launched a night assault on General Grievous’ outpost. However, despite the squad’s efficiency and prowess in battle, they were diverted to Aleen to carry out a unique mission. Quakes had devastated the planet, so the Wolfpack delivered much needed relief supplies and restored damaged infrastructure. Despite completing the mission, Wolffe in particular had trouble hiding his impatience at being away from the battlefield.
The Wolfpack later participated in the rescue of Jedi Master Adi Gallia from the grasp of Grievous, the freeing of Togruta colonists from Zygerrian slavers, and the discovery Sifo-Dyas’ crashed Jedi shuttle. But arguably their biggest involvement nearing the end of the Clone Wars came in the arrest of Ahsoka Tano. When the Jedi Padawan was accused of bombing the Jedi Temple, the Wolfpack pursued her through Coruscant’s treacherous underlevels. Although Tano managed to escape a standoff with the Wolfpack thanks to Asajj Ventress, the fugitive didn’t stay free for long. Hot on the tail of the Padawan, Wolffe ultimately brought Ahsoka down with a stun blast, which led to her removal from the Jedi Order. At the climax of the Clone Wars, when Order 66 was issued, the Wolfpack turned their blasters on members of the Jedi Order, and transitioned into soldiers of the Galactic Empire. However, Wolffe avoided a similar fate: after removing his inhibitor chip, the former commander spent his retirement aboard a modified AT-TE with fellow clones Rex and Gregor. But as proven during his time on Aleen during the Clone Wars, Wolffe would never lose his desire to fight, and so he helped the crew of the Ghost repel Imperial forces on Seelos…
Now it’s time for this week’s question: who is your favourite member of the Wolfpack? Let me know in the comments below.