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The Battle of Saleucami took place in 133 ABY on Saleucami. The Sith-Imperial Army, led by Moff Geist and Moff Rulf Yage clashed with the forces of Grand Commander Antonio de Borgia, who eventually won the battle. With this victory, Borgia temporarily ended the resistance against his power in the east and was one step closer to absolute power in the Outer Rim.

Prelude

After breaking away from the Sith-controlled Empire in 130 ABY, Borgia started a war with Darth Krayt in order to attain recognition as sovereign ruler of his Eriaduan Empire. Following his offensive in the Outer Rim, the Sith-Imperials mounted a defense of their holdings under the command of High Moff Morlish Veed. The Eriaduan forces under Antonio de Borgia were defeated in the First Battle of Korriban but went on to decisively defeat the Sith-Imperials under Grand Admiral Veed on Felucia in 131 ABY. Veed was assassinated, but the Moff Council, not ready to give up fighting, clustered in the eastern territories of the Outer Rim and organized a resistance. Its leaders were Moff Geist and Moff Rulf Yage. Other key figures present were Moff Fehlaaur, Darth Talon, Darth Stryfe, Darth Kruhl and the Sith-Imperial intelligence leaders Darth Maladi and Grand Moff Nyna Calixte. After the pacification of the western territories, and a short visit to Eriadu, Borgia moved on his opponents in the east and stationed his forces on Jabiim in late 132 ABY.

The Sith-Imperials gathered their forces with astonishing speed. Their army included 40,000 men (circa four battlegroups), a powerful cavalry force led by Borgia’s former colleague and friend, the talented Moff Fehlaaur. The two armies embarked in small conflicts to measure forces, during which two conservative divisions deserted to Borgia. Meanwhile, Borgia expected reinforcements from Kessel. In early 133 ABY, Borgia invaded Saleucami and besieged Saleucami’s main city, blocking the southern entrance with three lines of fortifications. The Sith-Imperials, led by Moff Yage, could not risk the loss of this position and were forced to accept battle.

Battle

Moff Yage’s army circled the city in order to approach by its Northern side. Anticipating Borgia’s approach, they remained in tight battle order flanked by its heavy cavalry. Borgia’s position was typical of his style, with him commanding the right side and the cavalry and long range specialists flanked. The threat of the heavy cavalry led to the additional precautions of reinforcing the cavalry with 5 battalions.

One of Borgia’s “trumpeters” sounded the battle. Borgia’s long range and anti-armor troops attacked the heavy cavalry, causing them to rout and breaking part of the Sith-Imperial formation. The left flank of heavy cavalry charged against Borgia’s center, where 5th Infantry Division was placed. This division sustained the charge with such effectiveness that afterwards their symbol became that of an exploding tank. After the loss of the heavy cavalry, Moff Yage started to lose ground. Borgia’s crab droids and ground assault tanks outmaneuvered their enemies, destroyed the fortified camp, and forced its enemy into retreat.

Roughly 10,000 enemy soldiers wanted to surrender to Borgia, but were instead slaughtered by his army. This action was unusual for Borgia, who was known as a merciful victor. Yage himself escaped, only to die months later in a space battle near Charros IV.

Aftermath

Following the battle, Borgia renewed the siege of Saleucami’s main city, which eventually would fall. Borgia proceeded to the contested Boz Pity, where Moff Geist was garrisoned. On the news of the defeat of his allies, Geist committed suicide.

The battle preceded peace in the east--Borgia pulled out and returned to Eriadu in the same year. Opposition, however, would rise again. Moff Fehlaaur, the mistresses of the Sith-Imperial intelligence agencies and others had managed to infiltrate the northern territories. The war was not finished and the battle of Mygeeto would soon follow.

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