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"Look at this. All the database says is: "Abafar: information on Planet Void."
―Meebur Gascon[src]

Abafar was a remote desert planet located within the Outer Rim Territories, and was host to massive amounts of rhydonium, a scarce and volatile fuel source. The large desert was known as the Void, and light was twisted in a way by the strange regolith that made it impossible to see tracks because there were no shadows. During the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems set up a mining installation in the settlement of Pons Ora. The planet wasn't very populated.[9] During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure had a drilling platform on Abafar to mine rhydonium.[10] Following the Battle of Endor, the New Republic pilot Wedge Antilles visited Abafar whilst looking for Imperial forces that may have been hiding in the Outer Rim.[11]

Description[]

Abafar was located in the Sprizen sector of the Outer Rim Territories.[1][2] Its primary terrain was a desert known as the Void due to properties of the planet's atmosphere and surface regolith that made it impossible to see the sun or any tracks left on the ground, making it extremely easy to get lost[1][7] amongst the barren flats.[12] Known fauna included the Void striders, bird like creatures that traversed the Void in search of surface water.[7] Abafar's primary resource was its valuable and highly explosive rhydonium fuel.[9]

History[]

Clone Wars[]

By the time of the galaxy-spanning Clone Wars, interest in Abafar had dried up due to the rhydonium having been largely depleted. After the Battle of Sarrish, a devastating loss for the Galactic Republic, one of the survivors of the battle, clone commando Captain Gregor, crash-landed on Abafar near the town of Pons Ora, but was left amnesiac with no memory of anything but his name. The Sullustan Borkus, owner of the Power Sliders diner, took advantage of Gregor's amnesia and hired him as a dishwasher at his restaurant.[9]

By 19 BBY,[13] forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems came to Abafar and took over Pons Ora[3] to mine rhydonium[9] for a plot to bomb the Republic strategy conference at Carida.[14] Thus, while Abafar as a whole was unaligned, the Confederacy maintained a presence on the planet.[1]

Eventually, the D-Squad, a Republic force of droids led by the Zilkin Colonel Meebur Gascon, crash-landed on the planet after having run into a comet swarm on their way back from stealing a Separatist encryption module.[7] After eventually making it to Pons Ora, the squad's astromech droids were sent to scout out the town and look for a ship while Gascon and pit droid WAC-47 looked for food for the colonel.[9]

Gascon and WAC-47 entered Power Sliders, but were chased out by Borkus after Gascon loudly announced his identity as a Republic military officer, in part as the Sullustan did not want them to see Gregor. However, the two went around the back after WAC-47 suggested that Gascon scavenge food from the garbage and encountered Gregor anyways, quickly realizing there was something wrong with his memory as he did not recognize the term "clone". Meanwhile, R2-D2 and the astromechs found Pons Ora's spaceport full of battle droids, a Republic attack shuttle, and barrels of rhydonium. Strategizing, the members of D-Squad pointed out to Gascon that attempting to sneak in would be a suicide mission, and the colonel decided they would have to recruit Gregor in order to escape.[9]

When Gregor got off work that day, he raised Borkus' suspicions by asking him what exactly a clone was, saying that he had met someone who insisted he was one. Borkus told him that clones were brave soldiers and to forget about it. D-Squad followed Gregor to his basement apartment, and Gascon had R2-D2 project a hologram of Clone Captain Rex through the window, which startled Gregor. He was then confronted by Gascon, who told him that the recording was not him and that he was a clone. In order to deduce Gregor's identity, Gascon had R2 scan Gregor's wrist barcode, which were on all the clones, and this revealed his ID number and rank as a commando who was listed as being MIA after Sarrish. The reminders of his past led Gregor to begin to regain his memories, and he agreed to help D-Squad escape, after they located his equipment.[9]

Behind the scenes[]

"It's THX white limbo in Star Wars land."
―George Lucas, on the The Clone Wars arc featuring Abafar[src]

Abafar first appeared in "A Sunny Day in the Void", an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars that first aired on December 7, 2012.[15] The setting of Abafar is akin to that of a location featured in George Lucas's 1971 film THX 1138.[16]

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Abafar in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. 3.0 3.1 Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 68 (Databank A-Z: Pre Vizsla–Quinlan Vos)
  4. Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 71 (Guide to the Galaxy: Abafar – Remote Desert World)
  5. 5.0 5.1 StarWars.com "Missing in Action" - The Clone Wars Episode Guide on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Although the technical information on this article about Abafar was drawn from the Concept Art Gallery of the "Missing in Action" Episode Guide, the same information is presented during the episode, although it is not fully readable. Additionally, most of the numbers provided do not feature an accompanying unit of measurement.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Sunny Day in the Void"
  8. During the episode "A Sunny Day in the Void", a holographic display of the Galactic Republic's database entry on Abafar provided some information in Aurebesh, including on climate and vegetation.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action"
  10. Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure
  11. Aftermath
  12. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  13. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide states that the Onderonian Civil War began 22 years before the Rogue One mission, and that it ended 19 years before the mission. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Rogue One mission to 0 BBY. Therefore, the Onderonian Civil War began in 22 BBY and ended in 19 BBY. Because the end of the war was depicted in "Tipping Points," the events of the episode must be set in 19 BBY. StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that the events of "Secret Weapons" take place after "Tipping Points" and before the events of "Eminence," which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, the events of "Secret Weapons" must take place in 19 BBY.
  14. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
  15. StarWars.com "A Sunny Day in the Void" Episode Guide – The Clone Wars on StarWars.com (backup link)
  16. THX 1138
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