ARC-8339, nicknamed “Blackout”, was a Human ARC trooper lieutenant who lived during the final years of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire. Blackout was the electronics specialist and slicer of clone commando team Saber Squad, mainly responsible for infiltrating enemy computer systems to disrupt them or to extract intelligence. A year into the Clone Wars, he and his squadmates were placed under the command of Jedi general Vhiran Ashukahwa and would remain so for the rest of the war. After the war came to an end, he was stationed on Nar Shaddaa with two other Saber Squad members to oversee the construction of an Imperial garrison. During this time, he was reunited with his old general. Blackout, like his squadmates, refused to execute Order 66 out of loyalty to Ashukahwa and helped escort Vhiran and his fellow Jedi to Dantooine. When secret communications with his allies were intercepted by the Empire, Blackout was forced to flee Nar Shaddaa and sought refuge on Kamino. There he teamed up with the rebellious Kaminoans to create a new clone army to aid in the upcoming fight against the Empire.
Powers and Abilities
Like his squadmates, Blackout received both standard clone trooper and ARC trooper training on Kamino. While a strong soldier in his own right and more than capable of holding his own in a fight, he lacked the physical capabilities the others possessed. However, his mental skills more than made up for this and during his training he showed a great aptitude in the use of computers, droids and other electronic devices. Capable of quickly assembling and disassembling them, as well as discerning their inner workings and finding and exploiting weaknesses, his place as the squad’s slicer and electronics specialist was a given.
Blackout tended to carry very little in the way of weaponry, wielding just an ion stunner pistol for taking out electronic targets, but also capable of stunning biological targets, and a couple of anti-electronic explosives, such as ion and V-6 haywire grenades. He chose most of his field equipment, however, for aiding in and amplifying his skills and never went on a mission without at least his scramble keys, computer spikes and datapads.