“There's no time for reinforcements. After all that fighting, he must be trying to hide from us. Let's check that bit of info we found. We all leave when the sunlight first touches our side of the planet tomorrow.”—Admiral Groank
The Battle of Magrex was the decisive battle that halted the threat posed by Admiral Erk Grekins. Although Magrex was really a moon, most of Grekins's fleet was locked in orbit around the moon, not its host, Asenonn, and much of the fighting occured on or near it, hence the name.
After capturing the Clantosh System, the New Republic discovered a research base on Celvlo IV. While most of Admiral Groank's fleet stayed at Clantosh, a task force under the command of Captain Lorz Seppri and Major Aiddat attacked the base. It trap, but the Republic achieved pyrrhic victory, and valuable information hinting at the location of Admiral Grekins' fleet was discovered. He had withdrawn to the Eeisan system, and his fleet was orbiting Magrex.
Admiral Groank was quickly informed, and he organized his forces. He gathered about 1700 capital ships and 75 squadrons of 16 starfighters each. The Republic was soon ready. Meanwhile, several other warlords, some allied, some not, also discovered the location. They would not allow Grekins to take the Galaxy. Each planned to take Magrex for himself.
The Battle BeginsEdit
“More ships that we thought, Admiral! Too many of - what? They're shooting each other..."—Two Republic officers and Admiral Groank
"Get out of there! Break off, everyone pull out."
"Move to the far side of the planet!”
A mere day later, the New Republic force dropped out of hyperspace. They were surprised to discover a few other factions had arrived, and more were still coming, prominently those under officers Yugdab and Mli. Some of the Republic fleet was tangled in it, but all ships that could pulled back to let the warlords weaken each other.
A few hours later, the remaining 1500 Republic capital ships and their fighters rushed into the action. Grekins had many more starfighters, but the clouds of TIEs were quite easy targets. With expert flying and shooting, New Republic pilots and gunners whittled down the TIEs by the thousands. Also on the Republic's advantage, there was considerable friendly fire on the Remnant side. This was because of both the swarms of TIE fighters and the fact that all the Remnant factions used the same models of old Imperial starships.
After long battling, the Ravager and the Vanquisher, two of Grekins's main Super Star Destroyers, were destroyed, albeit with heavy Republic casualties. Thousands of TIEs and hundreds of Star Destroyers were falling every hour. However, the Republic still took heavy losses, and at a few points the battle seemed to be in favor of the Remnant.
Attack on the ConquerorEdit
However his flagship, the Conqueror, was escorted by scores of Star Destroyers. It seemed intangible until the Raging Tuskcat was sabotaged by a Republic boarding party. This cleared the way for a few cruisers stretch out the weak spot in the Conqueror's defenses. The ship and its escort came under heavy fire. However the Conqueror-class ships were made tough.
Grekins's flagship managed to destroy 26 Mon Calamari cruisers almost by itself, and 38 more with considerable assistance. However, one by one, the escorting ships went down. The 3rd Strike Wing, 15 squadrons under the command of Aiddat, came in. Aiddat's group took heavy losses, but fighter squadrons managed to avoid her flak cannons and turbolasers and destroy the bridge, killing Grekins. Aiddat himself played a major part in this, and may have even fired the final shot while his wingmates were occupied.
With the destruction of the bridge and Erk Grekins with it, the rest of the ship was easily destroyed. By now the other warlords were almost completely eliminated. Grekins's fleet was losing quickly, too.
Capture of MagrexEdit
“Aiddat here. I'm taking my units in, all of us. Arrow Group, Cutlass, Torpedo, set shields to double-front. Dagger Group, protect the corvettes and cruisers. Everyone else, balance your shields and watch our tails.”—Major Aiddat
The Magrex moon base had a large reactor, officially designated Reactor 0A1-MP4K35, that powered all its factories. The base was probably quite hastily started, as a large portion of the reactor was above ground, and so was a vulnerable target. Grekins's fleet had already gathered protectively over the reactor, but he had not divided his forces, which may have been more useful. Warlord Grekins may have been successful if he had a large force defend away from the reactor, and have a small but powerful force on the reactor side, ready to come around and join the rest of the fleet. However, fortunately for the Republic, Grekins's campaign was already sliding down with the capture of the Clantosh System, and his fleet was not completely prepared for battle.
Aiddat had only 42 fighters left, but he was temporarily given command of 184 fighters whose previous leader had perished. With 14 and one eighth squadrons, he assaulted Magrex. His forces took heavy losses from defensive missile turrets. Finally, several capital ships managed to get the turrets within range and destroy them. With the turrets being distracted and destroyed, more fighters and capital ships pounded the reactor housing and its shield. The explosion of R0A1 destroyed nearby buildings and units, and all power to the moon base was shut off.
Grekins's forces were steadily being depleted. Without shields or power, the Magrex moon base was quickly taken by the New Republic. Eventually the remainder of Grekins's forces surrendered. The battle was a victory for the Republic, but both sides suffered heavy losses.