Star Wars Lore – Shock Troopers
Clad in their distinctive red and white armour, Imperial shock troopers and their clone predecessors were highly-skilled soldiers tasked with riot control, urban peacekeeping, and the general policing of Coruscant. But how did their duties change with the rise of the Galactic Empire? Well, let's find out...
The Coruscant Guard (Canon)
Ten years following the Battle of Naboo, a pan-galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars roared into action. Its name derived not from the Separatists and their droid army, but rather the clone soldiers of the Galactic Republic – most of whom were bred on the watery world of Kamino, whilst some others were secretly manufactured elsewhere. The distant world of Coruscant was one such example. In fact, the Coruscant Guard consisted entirely of specialised clones dubbed “shock troopers”. These peacekeepers were tasked with protecting key government facilities as well as some of the Galactic Senate's most valued politicians. And to no surprise, they played an integral role throughout the war – from escorting Grand Master Yoda to the coral moon of Rugosa, to apprehending Ahsoka Tano for her supposed crimes against the Jedi Order.
With their designation as bodyguards and peacekeepers, shock troopers quickly found themselves conducting raids, hostage rescues, and riot suppression. Moreover, the Coruscant Guard became the most prominent element of the Homeworld Security Command, as the Clone Wars raged on. Their policing duties only continued to grow, as a result, to the point where they could perform random security checks and demand someone's identification on the spot. This led to rumours of corruption and abuse of power, particularly in the lower levels of Coruscant. And so - with claims of searching houses without a just cause, as well as brutal takedowns of peaceful protests – the specialised soldiers were appropriately nicknamed “stormtroopers”. Of course, such a title was only a precursor of events to come...
A New Era (Canon)
In 19 BBY, the Clone Wars came to a screeching halt, and with it brought the emergence of the Galactic Empire. Such a drastic series of events left shock troopers subject to change – the first of which saw the Coruscant Guard become the primary security force on the galactic capital. Secondly, clone shock troopers were slowly phased out for highly skilled humans pulled straight from the Stormtrooper Corps. One aspect that remained the same, however, was their distinctive armour, consisting of red-infused helmets, spaulders, shin guards and utility belts which maintained a remarkable resistance to small-arms blaster fire.
When not serving as bodyguards for Emperor Palpatine himself, Imperial shock troopers were often deployed in pairs to perform supporting duties. These included suppression fire, occasionally driving vehicles, and the taking of vantage points. And to do so, they were often equipped with DLT-19 heavy blaster rifles and incredibly powerful rocket launchers...
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