|Count Dooku - By: KONAMI (Edit By: MaximusSupremo)|
|Position||Dark Lord of the (Order of Sith)|
The Count Dooku was a menacing dark Sith Lord and was an central figure in the Confederacy which opposed the Republic during Clone War. Dooku was born to a rich house of Serenno and was to become a Count, but he chose to become an Jedi that would be trained under Yoda before he'd become an Jedi Master. Eventually he voluntarily left Jedi order behind then he became Darth Sidious’ latest Sith-disciple Darth Tyranus and the leading figure of the separatists. In thirst for greater power he started to rally thousands of star-systems to the Separatist cause, advancing a dark plan to take control of this galaxy. As a Jedi he took a young Qui-Gon Jinn as an Jedi Padawan and according to Jedi-Master-librarian Jocasta was at an time one of the greatest Jedi of the order before he fell. Near the end of the conflict he was defeated by Anakin Skywalker, and shortly after Dooku was betrayed before being by Sidious' command.
Dooku was born on Serenno into an noble family with parents who were stern but proud of the Force-Sensitivity, having then willingly surrendered him to the Jedi Order as they did another child of Dooku's house bloodline. Unlike most Jedi Initiates he was aware of the origin and felt driven to prove he was worthy of them. By far one of the swiftest learners of the time, he was skilled with telekinesis and he was able to easily move objects with this Force ability. Before he became an apprentice Dooku had studied Diplomacy then did sign up for special-tutorials in Senate procedures. Dooku was trained by Grand Master Yoda after becoming his Padawan. He eventually was made an Jedi Master and took the young Qui-Gon Jinn as his Jedi Padawan.
Joining the Sith Order
Jinn had at least some contact with his old Master and after taking on Obi-Wan Kenobi as his apprentice, spoke highly of his Padawan to Dooku, although Dooku never met the young Kenobi as a Jedi. Even before the death of his former apprentice on Naboo, Dooku became disillusioned with the Order, the Republic, and the Galactic Senate's corruption. He left the Order, becoming one of the Lost Twenty. He then regained his family's wealth and the title of Count of Serenno. Dooku was then approached by the Sith-Lord, Darth Sidious, who asked for his help. Craving power, Dooku joined him and was given the Sith name, Darth Tyranus. As Tyranus, Dooku arranged the death of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas by contacting Lom Pyke of the Pyke Syndicate to shoot him down. Dooku was given Sifo-Dyas's body. On one of the moons of Bogden, Dooku recruited the bounty hunter Jango Fett as the template for the Clone Army.
Forming the Separatists
Sifo-Dyas ordered from the Kaminoans, and Dooku agreed to pay Fett with an unaltered clone for himself. Dooku and Sidious had bio-chips implanted in the clones to enact a protocol that would ensure the clones' loyalty to Sidious. Dooku started rallying systems and corporations to his cause to become the Separatist Alliance. Dooku also promised Trade Federation Viceroy Gunray that he would assassinate Senator Amidala if he signed Dooku's treaty. Dooku thus dispatched Jango Fett to carry out Amidala's assassination. Despite the failure of Fett's mission, Dooku was able to have the Trade Federation, the Banking Clan, the Techno Union, the Commerce Guild and the Corporate Alliance sign his treaty on Geonosis. Dooku assured them that the Jedi and the Republic would be overwhelmed by their combined forces. He was surprised to find, however, that Obi-Wan Kenobi had made his way to the system while on mission.
Once the Jedi was captured, Dooku claimed he was glad to meet him, as the former Master of Qui-Gon Jinn, Dooku had heard only good things about Obi-Wan and asked for his help. The reason Dooku joined the Separatists, he said, was that he learned a terrible truth, a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious controlled the Senate. Dooku proclaimed that with Obi-Wan at his side they could destroy the Sith, but Obi-Wan refused and Dooku coldly left Obi-Wan in his cell. Later, Dooku and the Geonosians planned to execute Obi-Wan, as well as Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, in their massive arena. The three staved off the beasts unleashed upon them, however, which gave the Jedi and their new clone army time to stage an attack. Thus marked the start of the Clone Wars, with both sides suffering heavy losses. In his bid to escape, Dooku rode a speeder to a nearby hangar but was followed by Obi-Wan and Anakin.
The Separatist leader ignited a red-bladed Lightsaber, evidence that he had in fact turned Sith, and struck Anakin with a powerful shot of Force lightning. Arrogant and eager for combat, he taunted them both, ultimately wounding Obi-Wan and severing Anakin’s right arm. Ready to finish the Jedi, Dooku stopped when he heard familiar footsteps in the form of his former master. The Sith claimed to be more powerful than any Jedi, but Yoda easily absorbed his Force lightning attack, stating that Dooku still had much to learn. With that, the two fought a furious Lightsaber duel, which ended with Dooku making a hasty exit, but not before stating that this was only the beginning. The former Jedi fled the system and landed in an unmarked dwelling on Coruscant, greeted by the evil Darth Sidious, with Dooku informing Sidious that the war had begun.
Manipulating the Conflict
Dooku remained the face of the Separatist military, bringing war to planets across the galaxy. He also sought to undermine the Republic with a steady stream of propaganda sent over the information network known as the HoloNet, an effort that was opposed by Republic officers such as Wilhuff Tarkin. On numerous occasions throughout the Clone Wars, he dueled Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and continually performed the will of Darth Sidious. During this time, Dooku took on an apprentice named Asajj Ventress, training her in the ways of the Dark Side while using her as an assassin. But when Sidious deemed her value spent, Dooku abandoned her, though Ventress sought revenge against her former master. Conspiring with Mother Talzin, they sent Savage Opress to be Dooku’s new apprentice, but the real plan was for Ventress and Opress to kill Dooku. This was not to be, as the Sith-Lord was too strong with the Dark Side and survived the attack.
While Dooku was the leader of the Separatist movement, it was later revealed that his involvement in the origins of the Clone Wars stretched much deeper. With new evidence into the death of Sifo-Dyas the Jedi who supposedly ordered the creation of the clone army, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker visited the Pyke Syndicate on Oba Diah. They learned that the Pykes were hired by a man named Tyranus to kill the Jedi, but that the crime family had secretly kept his traveling companion alive. Obi-Wan and Anakin began to speak to the captive, but he was quickly Force choked by Count Dooku who had been sent by Darth Sidious to tie up all loose ends to the death of Sifo-Dyas. Lom, leader of the Pykes, called Dooku by his Sith name which revealed to the Jedi the unsettling truth behind the mystery of the clone army. Dooku, otherwise known as Darth Tyranus, escaped, and the Jedi had no choice but to continue playing the game of the Sith.
Betrayed by Darth Sidious
The final days of the war saw a battle over Coruscant, with Dooku overseeing the "kidnapping" of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the battle. Dooku held Chancellor Palpatine captive aboard General Grievous's flagship, the Invisible Hand. He engaged Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in a Lightsaber duel when they came to the Chancellor's rescue. The duel was brief but fierce. Dooku defeated Kenobi, who was incapacitated and knocked unconscious when the Count used the Force to pin Kenobi to the ground with a metal balcony. However, Dooku was soon overpowered by Skywalker, who with one slash of his Lightsaber, severed both the Count's hands at the wrists. Skywalker then took Dooku's Lightsaber and held it to his throat along with his own, in a scissor-like way. Unsure how to proceed, Skywalker hesitated until Chancellor Palpatine instructed him to kill the Count. Despite the fact that Dooku was an unarmed prisoner, Skywalker drew the two Lightsabers together, decapitating the Sith-Lord.
Powers and Abilities
The Force: As a Jedi, Dooku was a renowned student of the Force and learned many of the Jedi arts. After his conversion to the dark side, Darth Tyranus mastered many of its more infamous powers. He demonstrated great skill in the powers of Telekinesis and Force Grip. Dooku could also use the Force to universally enhance his own physical capabilities, which enabled him to become incredibly athletic and acrobatic in combat, shown during one of his duels with Obi-Wan and Anakin, maintaining the upper hand throughout the entire clash, by maintaining phenomenally precise and effective footwork and even acrobatic feats to gain leverage on his opponents.
- Telekinesis: He was recognized as a skilled master of telekinesis, and lectured on the subject as a Jedi Master. He often used his mastery of telekinesis to augment his dueling prowess, and was quite skilled at directly attacking other Force adepts with telekinetic strikes. During his duels with Ventress and his escape from pirates, he displayed great skill at using Telekinesis in finer, more precise tasks such as forcing a pirate to shoot at as his comrade and disarming Ventress while also levitating her.
- Force Flight: Dooku was also capable of a limited form of flight which allowed him to levitate himself or to slow-down his fall to the ground.
- Force Choke: He was highly skilled with the ability of Force choke, using it to defeat Obi-Wan Kenobi during their final encounter.
- Force Lightning: He was also highly skilled in the use of Force Lightning, using it as both a means of torture and execution, and was able to use it in conjunction with Telekinesis. Having a particular liking for the Force Lightning ability. He used it to incapacitate Anakin Skywalker on Geonosis and attempted to do the same to both Obi-Wan and Yoda, though the latter two were able to block it. Dooku would display his mastery of this power on numerous other occasions.
Lightsaber Training: Dooku was an extremely skilled and vastly experienced Lightsaber duelist. Before his resignation, Dooku was known as one of the most skilled duelists and lightsaber instructors in the Jedi Order. He was the Jedi Temple's most agile swordmaster and instructor. Dooku was the only Jedi besides Yoda who was known to have bested Mace Windu at sparring, and during the time of the Confederacy Crisis, it was said that aside from Yoda, only Windu would have been his equal on neutral ground. Upon joining the Sith, Darth Tyranus had little left to learn about dueling, instead learning a Sith tactic that focused on disrupting an opponent's concentration by the use of psychological warfare.
Lightsaber: Dooku's Lightsaber was the personal curved-hilt Lightsaber of Dooku, the Count of Serenno. A former Jedi Master who had become Darth Tyranus and the political leader of the Separatist Alliance, handcrafted the weapon's unique hilt with a kyber crystal that emitted a red blade, the mark of a Sith blade. As the apprentice of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious, Dooku used the blade against his enemies. It would remain in his possession throughout the Clone Wars until his death, where not long afterwards it was destroyed after the section of the Invisible Hand that contained the conning tower separated from the bridge when the ship broke apart during Coruscant re-entry.