Admiral Ozzel Biografie – Biography

Fruehe Jahre – Early life

Kendal Ozzel wurde als zweiter Sohn eines maechtigen Grossgrundbesitzers auf dem Planeten Carida geboren. Der angesehene Ruf sowie die privilegierte und einflussreiche Stellung der Familie war auf ihren Vorfahren Mann Ozzel zurueckzufuehren, der mit dem Handel von Rohstoffen ein grosses Vermögen anhaeufte. Die Familie fuehrte ein ruhiges Leben und engagierte sich sowohl in der Politik als auch im Militaer. Da Kendal Ozzel als Zweitgeborener das Familiengeschaeft nicht erben konnte, besuchte er auf dem Planeten Coruscant eine sehr angesehene Militaerakademie.

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Early life

Kendal Ozzel was a male Human born on the planet Carida into the wealthy Ozzel family, a Caridan bloodline brought into wealth by the trading mastermind Mann Ozzel ages before Kendal’s lifetime. The Ozzel surname was synonymous with proud naval heritage, and like most families with such prestige, the Ozzels had an estate in the Sirpar Hills on the planet Anaxes. Later in life, Ozzel employed his bloodline as a tool used to rise through the social, political, and military ranks of the Galactic Empire.

As the second-born son, Ozzel was unable to inherit his family’s business or land; instead, he attended multiple Core World institutes—including the finest naval academy on Coruscant, the galactic capital — that catered to the more privileged members of galactic society. After graduating from the Coruscant naval academy, Ozzel became a Captain of the Line, which would ordinarily entitle him to the command of a line of battle or a Star Destroyer. His superiors, however, did not see him fit to serve as a field commander, and, for a while, Ozzel taught at the Academy of Carida. He did, however, serve in the Republic Navy during the time of the Old Republic, and he was a supporter of then-Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s rise to power.

Klonkriege

 

Waehrend der Klonkriege diente Kendal Ozzel der Galaktischen Republik als Major. Gemeinsam mit den Jedi-Meistern Plo Koon, Kit Fisto und Tauht kaempfte Ozzel in der Schlacht von Khorm gegen die Streitkraefte der Konföderation unabhaengiger Systeme, die es auf das wertvolle Gestein Agrozit abgesehen hatten. Ozzel, der von Palpatine persönlich auf diese Mission geschickt wurde, hielt grosse Stuecke an der vom Galaktischen Senat erteilten Direktive, der nach die Republik die Ressourcen von Khorm in ihren Besitz bringen sollte. Im Kampf um die Agrozit-Aufbereitungsanlage befahl Ozzel, das Feuer der republikanischen Kampflaeufer zu eröffnen, obwohl gerade die Jedi im Kampfgebiet unterwegs waren und dem Beschuss haetten zum Opfer fallen können. Zwar konnte dadurch die Anlage eingenommen werden, doch gelang dem Khormai-Kriegsherr Unger Gout, der die separatistischen Streitkraefte im Kampf gegen die Republik anfuehrte, die Flucht in die Minen. Da sich in den Minen viele Gefangene aufhielten, brachen Plo Koon und Kit Fisto in der Begleitung einiger Klonkrieger zur Klimakontrollstation auf, um diese zu zerstören und somit ein Ende des kuenstlich erzeugten Sturms herbeizufuehren, der eine Luftunterstuetzung durch die Truppen von Admiral Wieler bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt unmöglich machte. Die uebrigen Truppen, die General Plo Koon dem Kommando von Jedi Tauht unterstellte, blieben bei der Aufbereitungsanlage zurueck, um diese vor dem Feind zu verteidigen.
Ozzel & Wolffe Kendal Ozzel waehrend der Schlacht von Khorm.
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Unter dem Kommando von Asajj Ventress schlugen die Streitkraefte der Konföderation zurueck, um die Aufbereitungsanlage wieder einzunehmen. Nachdem Meister Tauht im Kampf gegen die Dunkle Jedi starb, uebernahm Major Ozzel das Kommando ueber die republikanischen Bodentruppen. Entgegen vorheriger Anweisungen von General Plo Koon entschied sich Ozzel fuer einen direkten Angriff, wobei er von der ueberzahl separatistischer Kampfdroiden ueberwaeltigt wurde und in Gefangenschaft geriet. Bei einem Verhör war es fuer Asajj Ventress ein Leichtes, den Widerstand von Major Ozzel zu brechen, der ihr schliesslich von der geheimen Mission der Jedi erzaehlte, die sich die Zerstörung der Klimakontrollstation vorgenommen hatten. Sein Verrat hatte zur Folge, dass Plo Koon und Kit Fisto in einen Hinterhalt gerieten und schwere Verluste hinnehmen mussten, ehe sie die Wetterstation doch noch erreichten und sie erfolgreich ausser Betrieb setzten. Mit der Hilfe seiner mitgefangenen Klonkrieger konnte sich Ozzel aus seinem Gefaengnis befreien, woraufhin sie sich an Bord eines Angriffstanks einen Weg aus der Aufbereitungsanlage freikaempften. Allerdings erwartete ihn ausserhalb die Dunkle Jedi Asajj Ventress, die Ozzel und seine Truppen ein weiteres Mal zu ueberwaeltigen drohte. Mit der Zerstörung der Klimakontrollstation konnte Admiral Wielers schliesslich den Luftangriff einleiten, wodurch Ventress verjagt und Ozzels Truppen vor einer sicheren Niederlage bewahrt werden konnten. Faelschlicherweise verfiel Ozzel dem Glauben, die Aufgabe der Dunklen Jedi sei auf seinen „tadellosen Plan“ zurueckzufuehren, obwohl er mit seinem Verrat die Mission der Jedi erheblich erschwert hatte.

Nachdem sich die Streitkraefte der Konföderation in die Höhlen zurueckgezogen hatten, befahl Major Ozzel, die Verfolgung aufzunehmen. Dabei hatten die Jedi zuvor beschlossen, die Höhlen zunaechst auszukundschaften, um ihre Truppen keiner unnötigen Gefahr auszusetzen. Ozzel hielt dies jedoch fuer Zeitverschwendung und startete einen Direktangriff, in dessen Verlauf er sich von der aussergewöhnlichen Durchschlagskraft der von der Konföderation eingesetzten Agrozit-Geschuetze ueberrascht zeigte. Abermals mussten die Jedi zu einer Spezialmassnahme greifen, um die voreiligen Entschluesse von Major Ozzel zu kompensieren. Kit Fisto verschaffte sich ueber die Kanonenrohre der Geschuetze Zugang in die feindliche Basis, um dieser mithilfe einer Agrozit-Ladung in die Luft zu sprengen, waehrend sich Plo Koon die Basis ueber den Eingang betrat und Asajj Ventress in einen Kampf verwickelte. Letztendlich konnten die Basis zerstört, Ventress in die Flucht geschlagen und die Gefangenen befreit werden. Nach Ansicht Palpatines waren Major Ozzels Leistungen ausschlaggebend fuer den Erfolg dieser Mission, weswegen er ihn noch auf Khorm zu einem Captain der republikanischen Flotte beförderte.

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The Clone Wars

„I saved your life and acted in the interest of the Republic, General. Need I remind you that I was awarded this commission by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine himself?“
Major Ozzel, defending his actions on Khorm to Plo Koon

Major OzzelOzzel’s actions on Khorm more than often put his allies in danger from enemy fire.

In 22 BBY, the Clone Wars broke out between the Republic and the breakaway Confederacy of Independent Systems, and a clone army was established to beat back the droid forces of the Separatists. Ozzel’s friendship with the Chancellor earned him a commission as a major in the new army, commanding the clone troopers of the 44th Special Operations Division, a unit often assigned to destroy enemy targets. Ozzel was willing to sacrifice the clones under his command, including the unit known as the „Devil Dogs,“ whom he saw as expendable and easily replaceable.

As the war progressed, the Galactic Senate dispatched Ozzel and his command to the icy planet Khorm to secure the rare ore agrocite, which provided starfighters with exceptional power. Joined by Admiral Wieler’s group of Venator-class Star Destroyers and three Jedi Masters—Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, and Tauht—Ozzel and the Devil Dogs discovered that the native Khormai warlord, Unger Gout, had allied with the Separatists. A Republic assault force, comprised of AT-TEs and AT-RTs walkers, landed on the planet and proceeded toward the agrocite processing plant. En route, Separatist J-1 semi-autonomous proton cannons opened fire on the Republic forces; Ozzel ordered his troops to disembark from the walkers, a tactical maneuver that not only exposed the clones to enemy fire but prompted the three Jedi to draw some of the fire away from the beleaguered soldiers. As the Jedi moved into the battle droid-filled trenches, Ozzel ordered his AT-TEs to open fire on the droids, endangering the Jedi but wiping out the enemy defenders. The Republic forces succeeded in capturing the processing plant as Gout retreated; although he complained about the temperature, Ozzel was quick to note his part in the victory.

Despite this small success, the Republic was still faced with the task of capturing the heavily-fortified agrocite mines. Fisto advised finding an alternative to a direct assault on the mines, but Ozzel stressed that such a move, while costly, was their only option—while clones would die, more could always be produced to replace the losses. When Koon began to criticize the major for his overly-aggressive tactics and his disregard for the clones, Ozzel stated that he was merely acting in the interest of the Republic and mentioned how the Chancellor had awarded him a commission as major. Koon scolded Ozzel, putting him in his place before leaving with Fisto and a squad of clone commandos to attack the mines.
Ozzel chargeThrust into command on Khorm, Ozzel nearly cost the Republic its victory.

Ozzel’s leadership was tested when Separatist Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress led Armored Assault Tanks in an assault on the processing plant. Initially tasked with holding the Republic lines, he was forced to assume command when Ventress killed Master Tauht in a lightsaber duel. The major boarded an AT-TE and ordered a counterattack, pushing forward into a snow-covered canyon where they were ambushed by multiple DSD1 dwarf spider droids. Faced with the possibility of being killed in action, Ozzel surrendered himself and his clones to the Separatists. Gout and Ventress attempted to interrogate their prisoners, but Ozzel, invoking the Convention of Civilized Systems, refused to reveal any information—until an impatient Ventress decapitated one of the clone troopers. Frightened at the thought of death, Ozzel gradually betrayed the remaining Jedi’s mission to destroy a weather-control station on a nearby mountain which was preventing any Republic reinforcements from landing. Ventress was prepared to kill the major, but Gout intervened, suggesting that the prisoners be kept alive for use as slaves—or food for slaves—in accordance with Khormai beliefs regarding prisoners. As the clones busied themselves with finding a way out of their cell, Ozzel attempted to justify his revealing of the Jedi’s plans. The major and the soldiers succeeded in breaking out, hijacking an AAT and cutting down B1 battle droids and BX-series droid commandos as they made their escape from the facility.

Upon reuniting with the remnants of the attack force, Ozzel resumed command, believing the Jedi to be dead as a result of his betrayal. The major ordered that the transports rendezvous with Wieler’s fleet for resupplying in preparation for a renewed counterattack, but the ships were frozen in place. Lacking any heavy support, Ozzel’s forces were trapped when the Confederacy launched its own attack, and the major again prepared to surrender to save his own life. Commander Wolffe moved to shield Ozzel, ordering his troops to provide defensive fire as they fell back to the transports. However, the Jedi—still alive, with no thanks to the major—succeeded in destroying the weather-control station in the nick of time, allowing LAAT/i gunships and V-19 Torrent starfighters to provide much-needed support to the beleaguered soldiers on the ground. With Ventress forced to retreat, Ozzel once again took the credit for the victory.

With reinforcements now available, the Republic forces regrouped in preparation for a final strike on the agrocite mine. As the Jedi performed a reconnaissance of the facility, Ozzel led an aerial attack on the mine, commanding from a LAAT/i gunship. The assortment of V-19 Torrents, BTL-B Y-wings, gunships, and two Acclamator-class assault ships made short work of the Separatist defenses, but Gout surprised the Republic with his agrocite-powered cannons, which destroyed the two assault ships in quick succession. In the resulting retreat, Ozzel was knocked unconscious. Despite the setback, Wolffe led the survivors in a successful ground assault on the mines as Fisto destroyed the cannons and killed Gout while Koon forced Ventress to retreat. At the Republic command post following the victory, Ozzel was congratulated by Palpatine via hologram as the surviving clones looked on. The Supreme Chancellor applauded Ozzel’s courageous leadership during the battle[13] and promoted him to the rank of captain.