GALACTIC INNER CORE
|a. Coruscant||b. Toprawa||c. Corulag|
|d. Aquilae||e. Borleias||f. Alderaan (destroyed)|
|g. Fondor||h. Chandrila||i. Brentaal|
|a. Kuat||b. Lusankya||c. Vjun|
|d. Columus||e. Alsakan||f. Broest|
|g. Byss (destroyed)||h. Carida (destroyed)|
|1. Koornacht Cluster (Yevetha)||2. Madegon Pulsar|
GALACTIC INNER CORE
The Deep Core is the densely packed mass of stars located in close concentration around the galactic black-hole deep at the heart of the galaxy. Since the gravitational pull of this vast black hole and the myriad of stars shred the fabric of hyperspace, the region was long thought to be impenetrable. However, a few safe hyperlanes were discovered by the Empire into the protected region, and those systems located within remain stubborn Imperial strongholds to this day.
Normally, however, when people refer to the 'Core Worlds', they are referring to the region bordering the Deep Core which contains the most prestigious and densely populated planets in the galaxy. The Old Republic was born millennia ago within these Core Worlds. As galactic scouts explored outward into the known galaxy, two primary (and relatively safe) hyperspace lanes - the Corellian Spine and the Peremian Trade Route - allowed the colonists to spread out in a vast wedge-shaped region of space that was soon dubbed 'the Slice'. Later, as hyperspace navigation became more refined, these trade lanes were extended and now divide the known galaxy into fourths. The Core has been the seat of power for both the Old and the New Republic. Today, the majority of its systems are currently under the control of the Galactic Empire.
The governmental capital of the galaxy for generations, Coruscant and its two moons orbit far from a small white sun in the Core Worlds. Located in the system of the same name near the Kaikielius and Metellos systems, Coruscant is known as the "Scintillant Planet" in old songs and was renamed Imperial Center during the reign of Emperor Palpatine. Coruscant's coordinates are zero-zero-zero on all standard navigational charts, a clear sign of its long history and galaxy-spanning influence. The planet's entire land mass is covered by an enormous, multilevel city (now called Imperial City) whose foundations have been in place since the beginning of the Old Republic, over a thousand generations ago. The oldest and densest population centers border the equator. Kilometer-high skyscrapers (some extending to the lower fringes of the atmosphere) and numerous spaceports cover Imperial City. The sky is filled with the lights of arriving and departing air traffic. Kitelike hawk-bats make their homes in the artificial canyons, hunting granite slugs on the lower levels. The complex multilevel surface makes weather in Imperial City particularly difficult to predict. To the south of the city lie the snow-covered Manarai Mountains.
The pyramidal Imperial Palace is constructed of gray-green rock and sparkling crystals. It is taller than all other structures on the planet. The Palace is said to be an impregnable fortress, decorated with hanging gardens, marble pyramids, and crystal roofs, while some areas were decorated by the Emperor with patterns based on ancient Sith hieroglyphics. The Palace contains the Grand Corridor, which links the Council chamber with the assemblage auditorium, and which has a cross hallway lined with suites that leads to the Inner Council meeting room. The Grand Corridor, personally designed by Emperor Palpatine, features a high ceiling and cutglass windows, lined with greenish-purple, vibration-sensitive ch'hala trees. Above the Grand Corridor are cafes situated on promenade balconies, where diners can watch the busy foot traffic below. All residential floors in the Palace contain extensive libraries, and the old-fashioned President's Guests floor is done in hand-carved Fijisi wood. The building also contains a set of turbolifts in the rear and several hidden entrances, installed by Palpatine when he took control. Some residential areas are found in the section of the Palace known as the Tower, located on the edge of the building with windows overlooking the city. The personal quarters for the Emperor are located deep within the Palace's core, and its "windows" are actually holographic screens showing panoramic views taken by outside cameras. The Emperor's throne room is a vast sunken auditorium crowned with a prismatic skylight, and the Emperor also kept a personal observation deck within the Palace's tallest spire. For public celebrations and speeches, Palpatine would sometimes appear on the Palatial Balcony. The lower floor of the Palace is entirely dedicated to military operations, and contains a blast-shielded war room in its center. Other areas of the vast Palace include treasuries, pavilions, prisons, music rooms, cafes, and summer and winter quarters, and decks jutting out from its sides hold tourism information centers. The Imperial Information Center, an exhaustive storehouse of data, is located beneath the Palace.
Other attractions on Coruscant include the Grand Towers, the Skydome Botanical Gardens, the one-kilometer long Grand Reception Hall, the underground city of Dometown, the Grandis Mon theater, the Holographic Zoo of Extinct Animals, the Galactic Museum, the University of Coruscant, the Candreal Gardens Center, the Imperial Security Operations Building, and the Temple of the Circle. Monument Plaza is a popular mall built around one of the peaks in the Manarai mountain range, where visitors can actually touch bare rock. For the last three hundred years the clock in the Central Gathering Hall has marked the hour by spreading a light across the sky, and every evening spectacular gray-green and red auroras flash throughout Coruscant's atmosphere.
The lowest, darkest levels of Imperial City were abandoned long ago and are now home to discarded equipment, wrecked starships, mosses and lichens, spider-roaches and armored rats, duracrete worms and shadow-barnacles, wild gangs such as the Lost Ones, and nameless subhumans moving through the shadows. Due to the danger, the lowest forty or fifty levels are typically restricted from normal traffic. Many feral animal species (having escaped from former confinement) inhabit these levels, including the eyeless creatures called "corridor ghouls." A seedy tavern in this area is reputed for not seeing sunlight in 90,000 years.
The snow-covered polar regions of Coruscant are home to turbo-ski resorts, and are continuously mined by ice-boring machines. Since the planet's inland seas and oceans have long since been drained, the melted ice is delivered by huge pipelines to the densely-populated metropolitan areas. Many other spaceyards help build starships and gigantic habitation spheres, while kilometers-wide orbiting mirrors focus reflected sunlight onto Coruscant's northern and southern latitudes, raising the temperature slightly to make the cold regions more habitable. Certain raw materials are mined from a belt of asteroids located on the fringes of the Coruscant system.
Points of interest: Imperial Palace, Monument Plaza, Calocour Heights, Column Commons, Imperial City, Imperial Justice Court, Galactic Museum
(For more information regarding Coruscant, please refer to: Episode I, Thrawn Trilogy, Shadows of the Empire, Jedi Academy Trilogy, Courtship of Princess Leia, Wedge's Gamble, Dark Empire, Tyrant's Test, New Rebellion, Tales of the Jedi series, Essential Guide to Planets & Moons, and numerous others.)
After the Alliance stole the Death Star plans, they were delivered to the Toprawa Relay Station. The rebels on Toprawa then transmitted the plans to Princess Leia's ship, the Tantive IV, in the operation known as Skyhook. Later, as punishment for helping the Alliance, the people of Toprawa were forced into a pre-industrial state-- relying on campfires and bantha-drawn carts as their highest form of technology. Loyal Imperial forces began living in shining, illuminated citadels out of reach of the lowly Toprawans. Periodically, stormtroopers would ride a grain cart into village squares and watch as the peasants crawled forward on their stomachs, wailing lamentations over the Emperor's death at Endor. Grain was only given to those whose penance seemed the most sincere in the eyes of the observing Imperials. Even today, after numerous attempts to free the world, the Empire continues to use Toprawa as an example to other who would oppose them.
(For more info: Young Han Solo: Rebel Storm, X-wing: Rogue Squadron)
Corulag and its several moons are located in the Bormea sector of the Core Worlds, near both the Perlemian Trade Route and the Corellian Trade Spine. A rather unremarkable planet, Corulag was totally devoted to Emperor Palpatine and the principles of his New Order, and is viewed as a "model" world of proper Imperial behavior. Its fifteen billion citizens enjoy the many benefits of a productive and prosperous economy, and the planet is home to several large corporations. Corulag's capital city is Curamelle and its government is run by an elected House of Citizens. Curamelle boasts the Corulag Academy, a branch of the Empire-wide military school that is only slightly less prestigious than the famous Raithal Academy. An Imperial Navy base and training facility are located on Corulag's largest moon.
(For more info: Star Wars Adventure Journal)
Aquilae is considered primarily a water world; seventy-five percent of the surface is covered with water. There are great similarities between the customs of Aquilae and those once held on the now-destroyed world of Alderaan. Records were found a great many years ago linking the two worlds to one another. Apparently, the inhabitants of both worlds were descended from the same line. Great efforts were made to discover just who migrated from which planet and which was the parent world. Records went so far back that the answer the archeologists sought were nowhere in sight.
During the time of the Old Republic, Aquilae held a high position within the Senate, yet not as high as the competition world of Alderaan. The debate between the two worlds of which was the original and which was a settled world, spilled out into the diplomatic arena. Their link, instead of bringing them closer, was pulling the worlds apart. With the rise of Palpatine, Aquilae joined with him, reaping great rewards for their loyalties. Within several years of siding with Palpatine, the Aquileans realized that their oceans were being exploited -- underwater mining occurred without any precautions to protect the environment. Yet, they still lacked the initiative to separate themselves from the Empire. During this time, new information about their 'Great Search' had been found on Alderaan and was to be brought before the combined Aquilaen/Alderaanian science boards, but Alderaan was destroyed before the information was shared.
With the destruction of Alderaan, Aquilae slowly pulled away from the Empire, maintaining a 'public' neutral status. In secret, they helped the new Rebellion, giving aid and information whenever possible. For many decades, Aquilae has felt responsible for Alderaan's death, feeling they could have defended their unweaponed relative. Currently, Aquilae is home to several displaced Calamarians who have had their world bombarded by the Empire through the years.
(For more info: Galaxy Force History)
E. Borleias (Blackmoon)
The fourth planet in the Pyria system, Borleias is a steamy, blue-green world with a single dark moon, which gives the system its Alliance codename of Blackmoon. The only inhabited world in the system, Borleias lacks most valuable natural resources and passes through a dense meteor shower once each year. The density of Borleias' sector of space means that there are only a limited number of hyperspace routes to and from the world, but it still sits at a favorable hyperspace crossroads. The planet's barren moon has a thin atmosphere and is covered with silent craters, frozen lava tubes, and canyons of black volcanic rock. The Old Republic first established a small base on Borleias for the purpose of plotting runs to the Corporate Sector and elsewhere. The Alderaan Biotics hydroponics facility, a producer of Alderaanian foodstuffs, was also built on Borleias' far side. Because of the Pyria system's close proximity to the galactic core, the Rebel Alliance chose to capture Borleias and make it their key to hitting Coruscant, some three years after the Battle of Endor.
Points of interest: Alderaan Biotics Facility, Canyon
(For more info: X-wing: Rogue Squadron, Wedge's Gamble, The Krytos Trap)
F. Alderaan (destroyed)
The Alderaan system once contained the planets Alderaan and Delaya, though Alderaan has since been destroyed. An asteroid field, known as the Shards of Alderaan, is all that remains of the once peaceful world.
Alderaan was once a beautiful, peaceful, moonless planet and one of the foremost worlds of the inner systems. Its sweeping steppes and gentle hills were covered with rich grasslands, and weather patterns were predictable and pleasant. Though the planet lacked oceans, Alderaan had many shallow lake chains and one ice-rimmed polar sea. The various species of grasses covering the plains numbered more than 8000, and colorful flowers (including arallutes, T'iil, and Alderaan flame-lilies) were even more numerous. In late summer as the grasses dried, their seeds would be swept up by the winds in impressive "seedstorms," which were sometimes thick enough to prevent air travel. Alderaanian rainbow wood was a popular planetary export. Animal life on the world included huge sail-like thrantas-- docile lighter-than-air beasts which were used as mounts and airborne taxis by Alderaan's inhabitants. Other animals included stilt-legged flightless birds and armored caterpillars, which metamorphosed into furry moths after a dozen years of living underground. Domesticated grazers and nerfs were raised as food sources, and every year lowly nerf herders would travel into the cities to sell their animals' meat. The Alderaanians culled the wildlife herds on the continent of Thonn to remove those animals too sick to survive the winter. Aldera, the capital city of Alderaan, was located on an island in the center of a circular lake. Terrarium City, also known as the City Under Glass, was built by first excavating an enormous bowl and filling it with a liquid polymer. The polymer was then shaped and hardened with lasers according to an intricate, preprogrammed city layout. When all eighteen levels of Terrarium City were completed, the bowl was capped with a transparent sheet and needle-like towers were extended above, so its residents could travel up to view the countryside. Crevasse City was built directly into the walls of a canyon network, and was nearly invisible from the air. Some of the galaxy's greatest artists and thinkers came from Alderaan, and, until its destruction, the world was often considered the center of galactic culture.
Delaya, a sister world of Alderaan, is also located in the same system. It was only sparsely populated due to a lighter gravity and higher global temperature. The blue quella gem used in many ceremonial designs and artwork, was found only on Alderaan and Delaya. Since Alderaan's destruction, Delaya is now the only source for the gem. Some of the surviving Alderaanians who were off-world at the time of its destruction made homes on Delaya, but most chose to colonize the New Alderaan system, in hopes of restoring their lost culture and society. They make annual pilgrimages to the 'Shards' in memorial of their homeworld. The hydroponics facility on the planet Borleias which produces Alderaanian foodstuffs, became extremely profitable after the destruction of the world caused an increased demand for scarce Alderaanian goods.
Points of interest: Aldera, Castle Lands, Crevasse City, Petrified Mounds of Killiks
(For more info: Star Wars: A New Hope, Jedi Search, SW Adventure Journal, Essential Guide to Planets & Moons, YJK: Shards of Alderaan )
An industrial planet in the system of the same name, Fondor is famous for the huge starship construction facilities (among the largest in the galaxy) in orbit around the world. It was at these starship yards that the droid Bollux was first activated. Later, the Empire took over the Fondor yards, and built the Super Star Destroyer Executor there immediately following the Battle of Yavin. During the Executor's construction, Imperial forces erected a military blockade and closed the system to all civilian traffic. In order to meet supply needs for the massive project, the Empire opened up a new hyperlane between Fondor and Gandeal for cargo traffic. When several Imperial admirals saw the Executor as a blatant bid for power on Darth Vader's part, they tried to sabotage its construction by bringing in a Rebel spy-- Luke Skywalker. Vader trapped the traitorous admirals when their group met with Skywalker in the vast steam tunnels beneath Fondor's surface, but Skywalker managed to escape the planet by stowing away on an automated drone barge.
Points of interest: Orbital shipyards, Steam Tunnels, Surface Factories
(For more info: Classic Star Wars comics, Han Solo at Star's End, SW Adventure Journal, Essential Guide to Planets & Moons)
Chandrila is located in the Bormea sector of the Core Worlds, along the Perlemian Trade Route. The agricultural planet's two main continents are covered with rolling, grassy plains. The inhabitants of Chandrila have a remarkably low birth rate, keeping the world's population of 1.2 billion in check, and tend to live in scattered, small communities instead of large metropolises. It is surprisingly rural, cities, small and scattered, are separated by terraced gardens and kilometers of gentle rolling plains. All citizens have a direct voice in government, and are known for vociferously arguing politics among each other. The planet is ruled by the democratic Chandrilan House. The capital city of Hanna boast many sights including the attractive Gladean State Parks (a wild game reserve), Brionelle Memorial Military Academy, and a dacha owned by Alliance founder Mon Mothma nearby on the shores of Lake Sah'Ot. The Chandrilans also keep elaborate gardens and many other symbols of natural beauty.
Points of interest: Hanna City, Silver Sea, Memorial Military Academy, Lake Sah'ot
(For more info: The Krytos Trap, Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, Dark Empire Sourcebook, SW Adventure Journal, Essential Guide to Planets & Moons, N64 - Rogue Squadron)
Located in the Bormea sector of the Core Worlds, Brentaal sits at the strategic intersection of the Perlemian Trade Route and the Hydian Way. Brentaal is a dry planet whose eight continents are separated by small salty oceans. Most available land on the wealthy world is covered with starports, industrial facilities, and thriving trade markets. The planet once endured high levels of pollution, though this has been largely alleviated in recent years. Life on Brentaal revolves around commerce, and the planet is efficiently run by the Brentaal Houses-- noble families who control various guilds and aspects of commerce and trade. Representatives from the Houses meet daily in the capital city's Trade Hall to plan economic policy. Most of Brentaal's 65 billion citizens are involved in some manner with the trade and shipping business, and many mega-corporations are based on the planet.
For thousands of years Brentaal was the major rendezvous point for those heading to and returning from the Colonies region, and its markets were naturally the first to receive exotic goods from these expeditions. Over 6000 years ago, during the Old Republic's early Manderon Period, a set of antique pistols later owned by the jazz musician Fitz Roi were created on Brentaal. 3000 years ago, the legendary pioneer woman Freia Kallea helped explore Brentaal space and single-handedly blazed the Hydian Way. The smuggler Platt Okeefe, a native of Brentaal, spent a great deal of time in the Brentaal spaceports as a child.
(For more info: Star Wars Adventure Journal)
Kuat, located in the system of the same name, is the location of the massive Kuat Drive Yards starship construction facility. Kuat Drive Yards, or KDY, is one of the Empire's primary producers of warships and manufactures the feared Imperial-class Star Destroyer. A duplicated Executor was built at Kuat but was soon rechristened Lusankya and interred on Coruscant to serve as Palpatines' secret getaway vehicle.
Palpatine oversaw the largest military buildup in galactic history, making the great Kuat merchant houses astonishingly wealthy. Often composed of a single extended aristocratic family, each house long ago devised a system to prevent he unfortunate political alliances that sometimes spring from ill-advised marriages. When a Kuat house patriarch desires an heir, he purchases a telbun--a young male of the middle classes who has been raised from birth as a breeder. Telbuns are trained to excel in athletics, culture, mental acuity, and good looks. If they are selected, their families are handsomely compensated.
Endless stardocks encircle the system like a metallic corona, dwarfing the small green planet. Billions of beings are employed in the space surrounding Kuat, but almost none of them ever set foot on the terraformed world itself, with its manicured gardens and docile animals (including the drebin which are herbivores that provide compost for the native gardens). Three colossal space stations (one for passengers, one for commercial freights, and one for the Imperial military) handle all arrivals and departures and keep out any unwanted visitors.
Due to the strategic importance of the Kuat Drive Yards, the Empire defended the Kuat system with fifteen Star Destroyers after the Battle of Endor, and rigged the stardocks with explosives in case it was necessary to scuttle them.
Points of interest: Kuat Drive Yards, Gardens of Tralala, Kuat City, Kuat Passenger Port
(For more info: Platt's Starport Guide, Wedge's Gamble, The Bacta War, SW Adventure Journal, Essential Guide to Planets & Moons)
The location of an Imperial interrogation and Penal facility, as well as the new Imperial Military Academy. The systems is a massive asteriod field, orbiting around a distant star. The Prison Facility and the Academy are both located on large planetoids within the dense field. The Military Academy was established by Lord Monarch to train his officers in secrecy, and later publicly after he became the new Emperor. The system was named Lusankya by him in honor of the feared prison facility of Emperor Palpatine (which was later discovered to be a Super Star Destroyer).
(For more info: Galaxy Force History)
The planet Vjun contains Bast Castle, a remote, heavily-defended structure built by Darth Vader as his private refuge and sanctuary. It was later the headquarters of Darkside Executor Sedriss and the Emperor's elite force of Dark Jedi. The planet is lashed with acidic, burning rain, and no plant life can survive on its bleak surface. Kam Solusar served as a Darkside warrior on Vjun before Luke Skywalker turned him to the light side on Nespis VIII, six years after the Battle of Endor. Soon after Solusar's conversion, three Ysanna prisoners from Ossus were taken to Vjun to serve as raw material in creating new clone bodies for Palpatine. The Ysanna were frozen in carbonite to await the future construction of a clone laboratory in Bast Castle, but Luke Skywalker and his Jedi trainees managed to storm the castle and defeat the Emperor's men.
Today, Bast Castle has become the Imperial Dark Jedi Academy, overseen by Dark Master Meklore. Meklore and the other Dark Masters train Imperial students in the knowledge of the Dark Side and instill strict loyalty to the Empire. The world is heavily defended to ensure that no one interrupts the Dark Jedi training.
(For more info: Dark Empire II, JJK - Vader's Fortress)
Homeworld of the Columi, Columus is a small world with an extremely low gravity. Columus is a completely flat, muddy planet with no erosionary forces and a wide variety of plant life. The Columi, a highly technological and intellectual species, inhabit high cities supported by sturdy pylons. The Columi disdain physical exertion and prefer to remain on Columus, developing their minds and helping to run their society through a participatory democracy. Apparently, Columus voluntarily joined the Empire and remained a supporter even during the Imperial turmoil.
(For more info: Star Wars Adventure Journal)
Alsakan was founded millennia ago, before the foundation of the Old Republic, by colonists on the Kuat Explorer. Three thousand years ago the kilometers-long Invincible-class dreadnaughts were first built, which drew their inspiration from the colossal battle cruisers of the ancient Alsakan Conflicts. Now a heavily-populated world in the Galactic Core, Alsakan was one of many planets that surrendered to Admiral Ackbar and the Alliance fleet in the years following the Battle of Endor. Imperial commander Titus Klev was born on Alsakan; his father was a Clone Wars veteran and his mother a member of a wealthy merchant family. Corporate Sector Vice-Prex Mirkovig Hirken was also born on Alsakan, into one of the oldest families on the planet. Today, the world has been reclaimed by the Empire and maintained the proper Imperial rule for some time.
(For more info: Star Wars Adventure Journal).
Located in the Core Worlds, the Broest system contains one of the eighteen farming planets administered by the Salliche Ag Corporation. After the Battle of Endor, workers in the Yulant, Ruan, and Broest systems revolted against the Imperially-controlled Salliche Ag by burning fields and destroying hydroponics facilities. After the Empire's reemergence, the agricultural world was forcibly seized to supply food and crops for the Empire.
(For more info: Star Wars Adventure Journal).
G. Byss (destroyed)
Formerly located in the heart of the Deep Galactic Core, in the Beshqek system, the now-destroyed planet Byss was Emperor Palpatine's private world and the center of his reborn Empire six years after the Battle of Endor. The secret planet was accessible only through certain encoded routes, due to the near-impossibility of navigating through the dense mass of stars found in the Deep Core. Byss and its five moons were in a binary system and orbited both a blue star and blue dwarf star. Tectonically stable, with almost no axial tilt, it was an extremely pleasant world of plateaus and canyons seldom bothered by storms, earthquakes, or other violent phenomena. Microscopic life in the many lakes and rivers was nourished by the blue-green sunlight. The planet's flora was dominated by lichens and ferns, while its fauna was primarily nocturnal and mostly harmless. While Byss had no native intelligent species, the planet contained several ruins dating from before the Expansion Era.
Years ago, Emperor Palpatine chose the world as his private retreat, and Imperial architects and engineers were commissioned to build him an opulent palace. Several million humans per month, lured by the rumors of a paradise planet, were allowed to emigrate to Byss-- where the Emperor and his Dark Side Adepts began feeding off their life energies. The planet's population reached almost 20 billion, and all outgoing communications were censored by security agents. Byss was well-guarded against attack with powerful planetary shields, hunter-killer probots, and the Imperial Hyperspace Security Net, and contained orbital dry-docks for the massive World Devastators and the powerful Galaxy Gun. The Imperial control sector covered most of one continent, and Palpatine's kilometers-high Imperial Citadel could be found at its center. The vast Citadel contained gardens, museums, the Emperor's Clone Labs, barracks for Imperial troopers, and a fully-equipped dungeon; it was guarded by advanced turbolasers and dangerous monsters called "Chrysalides" or Chrysalis Beasts. Certain freight haulers were specially licensed to ship to the protected Deep Core, where they delivered their cargoes to the heavily-defended Imperial Freight Complex. The Freight Complex, on the outskirts of the Emperor's ruling city, was three kilometers wide, nearly 168 kilometers high, and was tethered to an orbital satellite for added stability. It contained a popular spacers' hangout known as the Byss Bistro.
Following the Battle of Endor, Grand Vizier Sate Pestage was impeached and stripped of authority by those who feared he might claim the title of Emperor for himself. Pestage retreated to Byss, where he prepared for Palpatine's expected return. The Emperor did indeed manage to survive his "death" at Endor, and his spirit returned to Byss to inhabit a new clone body. Weakened by the difficult journey, Palpatine convalesced on Byss for years before finally taking his revenge against the New Republic six years after the Battle of Endor. During this period, Luke Skywalker attempted to learn the secrets of the Dark Side as the Emperor's apprentice after a Mandalorian prison ship delivered him to Byss. Later that year, Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles led an unsuccessful attack on the Imperial Citadel using a cargo of hijacked Viper Automadon battle droids. Soon after, in a battle near Onderon, Han Solo and a team of commandos hijacked the Emperor's flagship Eclipse II and brought it through hyperspace to Byss. R2-D2 steered the Eclipse II on a collision course with the Galaxy Gun, which accidentally fired a planet-destroying missile into Byss' core, utterly destroying the Emperor's throneworld.
Points of interest: Imperial Citadel, Imperial Freight Complex, Emperor's Throne, and Desolation Peak
(For more info: Essential Guide to Planets & Moons, Dark Empire, Dark Empire II, Empire's End)
H. Carida (destroyed)
One of several planets in the Caridan system, Carida was once a large, high-gravity world with a wide variety of terrain. The native Caridans were humanoid aliens with thin limbs and heavy barrel chests. Carida was the location of the most important Imperial military training center, which contained a main citadel building surrounded by a towering wall. The planet's varied surface consisted of rocky mountains, frozen ice fields and arctic wastes, jungles filled with carnivorous plants, and arid deserts (including the Forgofshar Desert) that were home to poisonous, multi-legged reptiles. Stormtrooper candidates underwent harsh training in these environments to prepare themselves for action on a variety of worlds. Caridan combat arachnids were crimson, twelve-legged creatures covered with spines, that communicated on a hypersonic level. They were bred for their fighting abilities as well as their valuable, diamond-hard chitinous exoskeletons.
Admiral Daala attended the Caridan academy before her appointment to Tarkin's staff. After the annihilation of Alderaan, several of the Death Star's designers were transferred from the battle station to Carida. Ambassador Furgan was the Caridan representative to the New Republic and oversaw the development of the MT-AT "spider walker," and Admiral Ackbar's aide Terpfen underwent torture and reconditioning on the planet in the hopes that he would serve as an Imperial puppet. Carida was utterly destroyed when Kyp Durron caused its star to go nova through the use of the Sun Crusher.
Points of interest: Imperial military academy, Main Military Citadel, Ressl River and Forgofshar Desert.
(For more info: Dark Empire, Dark Empire Sourcebook, Dark Empire II, Empire's End, Essential Guide to Planets & Moons)
1. Koornacht Cluster
The Koornacht Cluster, a luminous disk of blazing stars and interstellar gas, sits in the Farlax sector, on the fringes of the Deep Core. It is the home of the Yevethan Protectorate (also known as the Duskhan League), and numerous other sentient races.
The Yevethans are an extremely xenophobic species, who believe all other races inferior and consider them vermin. Twelve years after the Battle of Endor, the Yevethans seized many worlds colonized by "invaders" from the Republic. This forced a confrontation that led to their eventual defeat by the Alliance.
Today, the Cluster is left to its own devices, but it closely monitored by both the Empire and the New Republic to ensure that the Yevethans cannot pose a threat to the rest of the galaxy again.
Major worlds within the Koornacht Cluster include: N'zoth, J't'p'tan, Polneye, Galantos, Wakiza, and Doornik 319.
Points of interest: Giat Nor, Hariz & Reject Valley on N'zoth; The Temple of the Infinite Spirit on J't'p'tan; and Gal'fian'deprisi City, Net'lseb Toli Park & Chirk'pn Wastes on Galantos
(For more info: Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy, Cracken's Threat Dossier, Essential Guide to Planets & Moons)
2. Madegon Pulsar
The Madegon Pulsar is dense fast-spinning neutron star emitting x-rays, radio-waves, electromagnetic radiation, and gravimetric distortions. It is a major navigational hazard that also disrupts all communications and sensor readings in the area.
**Last modified on March 1st, 2002
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