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this man was a charismatic separatist held the social position of Count on his homeworld of Serenno. Born some 81 years before the onset of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku was also a former Jedi Master who was known for his diplomatic skills, as evidenced by his successful mediation of the Sevarcos Dispute. He was also known for his fierce independence and his command of the Living Force, traits which were passed on to his apprentice, Qui-Gon Jinn. Dooku himself trained with Yoda during his tean-age years, before passing the trials to earn the rank of Jedi Knight, and spent much of his life studying the various aspects of the Force. Dooku was an excellent lightsaber duelist, specializing in a form of fencing combat that was more suited to fighting against an opponent also using a lightsaber. The one thing that always rankled on him was the fact that, during his training, Dooku always lost to Master Yoda in mock combat. He resented the fact that Yoda would lose to obviously lesser students, but Dooku never was given such treatment. After one battle that Yoda claimed to have won before it even started, Dooku realized that he had gone into the battle intending to lose, rather than expecting to win. This realization changed Dooku's approach to his training, and made him a stronger Jedi. Shortly before the Battle of Naboo, as Doooku sat on the Jedi Council, he decided to leave the Jedi Order after refusing to lead an ill-fated mission to Baltizaar, becoming one of the "Lost Twenty." At the time, he cited his growing disillusionment with the Old Republic, as well as proposing that the Jedi Knights had weakened themselves by allying with the decaying Republic. He returned briefly to Serenno, and adopted the title of Count. It was also around this time that he became Darth Tyranus, training in the ways of the Sith under Darth Sidious. As Tyranus, it was Dooku who hired Jango Fett to serve as the model for a cloned army. He resurfaced eight years later on Raxus Prime to begin speaking out in favor of a spearatist movement against the Old Republic. During the years leading up the Clone Wars, Dooku was one of the many members of the Old Republic who secretly wished for many planets to secede from the Republic, believing that he was in a position to take control of the newly-liberated worlds to form his own empire. He made several underhanded deals with major political powers, including the Commerce Guild, in an effort to solidify his position. He negotiated with Poggle the Lesser and the Trade Federation, employing the Geonosians in an effort to build vast droid armies to support the Separatist movement. His identity as Darth Tyranus was revealed shortly before the onset of the Clone Wars, when the Jedi Knights discovered the droid armies when Obi-Wan Kenobi was captured on Geonosis. Instead of trying to lie to Obi-Wan, Dooku confronted him with the truth: a Sith Lord was in control of the Republic. Obi-Wan could do nothing but disagree, playing to Dooku's plans. Dooku was forced to flee the planet in the aftermath of the Battle of Geonosis, having barely survived a lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, then another battle with Yoda. Dooku then returned to Coruscant to report his failure to his Master, Darth Sidious, but was surprised to learn that Sidious was happy with the outcome. Count Dooku remained as Darth Tyranus, and continued to lead the Separatists during the three years of fighting during the Clone Wars. During the height of the Clone Wars, it was learned that several clones of Dooku had been created. These clones were placed in locations where the Republic would find and destroy them, adding to the confusion of the battle by making the Republic chase down every possible lead on Dooku's whereabouts. Some thirty months after Geonosis, he hatched his most devious plan, hoping to lure Yoda himself to Vjun. Although Dooku believed that eliminating Yoda would crush the resolve of the Old Republic, he was unprepared for the feelings aroused within him at the prospect of facing Yoda again. When Yoda arrived on Vjun, he asked Dooku to do the unexpected. Rather than demanding a battle, Yoda asked Dooku to turn him to the Dark Side of the Force, to experience the powerand greatness of it. Dooku feared that, if Yoda were turned, he would eliminate Darth Sidious and destroy the galaxy. He tried to fight Yoda again, but was forced to flee when Republic reinforcements arrived. Upon returning to Sidious' side, Dooku was given a series of orders that were to be carried out in order to eliminate Obi-Wan Kenobi, thereby orphaning Anakin Skywalker. Dooku understood that young Skywalker would eventually become Sidious' apprentice, but was unable to kill Kenobi. He was briefly on Kaon before being ordered by Sidious to Tythe, where he was nearly captured by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, just prior to the First Battle of Coruscant. Dooku returned to Coruscant after escaping the Jedi, only to be confronted by them once again aboard the Invisible Hand. Dooku's military leader, General Grievous, had managed to capture Chancellor Palpatine, who ensured Dooku that he would intervene if the Jedi managed to get too close to them. In a fateful duel, Anakin finally bested Dooku, but Dooku remained sure that Palpatine would rescue him. However, Dooku soon realized that his time as Darth Sidious' apprentice had come to an end. Palpatine allowed Anakin to behead Dooku during their struggle, just before the Jedi managed to free the Chancellor. After news of Dooku's death moved swiftly throughout the galaxy, many beings began to wonder openly why Palpatine continued to pursue the war against the Separatists. Among the loudest voices were the Senators who made up the Delegation of the Two Thousand.
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