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this prototype combat droid was produced by Tagge Industries during the years leading up to the Clone Wars. The L8-L9 series was then proposed as a a stand-in for the clone troopers of the Army of the Republic, whenever environmental conditions were too hostile or deadly to human soldiers. The project was originally created by Orman Tagge, who hoped that the delivery of a doid army into the hands of Chancellor Palpatine would win him favor with the leader of the galaxy. The L8-L9 prototype was submitted to the Rattataki warlords as a combatant in the Blood Sport of Rattatak, an event that Baron Tagge believed would prove that his new droids were superior warriors. However, L8-L9 was placed into combat in The Cauldron with Asajj Ventress, and the lightsaber-wielding Rattataki quickly destroyed L8-L9. Baron Tagge didn't abandon the idea of droid infantry, however, and used L8-L9's plans as the basis for the Z-X3 project.