- "The clouds of battle amass. The foes gather. I sense a war coming."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn
Between 39 and 36 BBY, a colonial war was fought on the moon Alaris Prime between a group of colonists from the Wookiee species, the intergalactic company known as the Trade Federation and the moon's population of gundarks, a predatory species. Twenty years prior to the conflict, Alaris Prime was rediscovered by Wookiee explorers, who petitioned the Senate of the dominant government body, the Galactic Republic for the rights to colonize the moon.
Prelude[edit | edit source]
- "An unexplored world is a hostile world. I must help the Wookiee leader Attichitcuk to learn the lay of the land. Only then can we find an appropriate place to settle."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn
Alaris Prime was a small but resource-rich moon of the planet Alaris in the Kashyyyk system. Sometime after a skirmish there during the New Sith Wars in the year 1002 BBY, Alaris Prime disappeared from galactic view, hidden by the large size of Alaris. Wookiee explorers from the planet Kashyyyk rediscovered Alaris Prime between 59 BBY and 56 BBY, and petitioned the Senate of the Galactic Republic to give them the rights to lead a colonization effort on the moon, represented by chieftan Attichitcuk.
During the negotiations the Trade Federation, a galactic company, expressed interest in Alaris Prime, intending to use it as a trade center between planets like Kashyyyk, Kessel and Bimmisaari. They also planned to launch secret manufacturing operations there amongst other remote worlds, which the Sith Lord Darth Maul offered to participate in, though his master Darth Sidious, who was secretly manipulating the Trade Federation for the Sith Grand Plan, rejected his proposal. After two decades of deliberation the Republic gave Alaris Prime to the Wookiees, who named Attichitcuk the leader of the colonists.
The Wookiee colonists set off for Alaris Prime in the Thalmussen and three other colony ships sometime between 39 and 36 BBY. Among the travellers were Chewbacca and Shoran, Attichitcuk's son and nephew respectively. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was also sent by the Jedi Council to oversee the Wookiee colonization of Alaris Prime, teaching the Wookiees how to gather food and build colonies through remote guidance. Despite being denied colonial rights the Trade Federation sent the Trade Federation Droid Army to Alaris Prime along with their allies; Trandoshan slavers led by Pekt. The Federation reached the moon before the Wookiees and began establishing their bases. One power core was built and subsequently attacked by gundarks, a predatory species on Alaris Prime, which drove the Federation from that area while the power core was left intact.
Once the four Wookiee ships landed Attichitcuk was the first to disembark and explore Alaris Prime. He established a small camp, leaving behind markers so that his fellow Wookiees could find him easily. Shoran began exploring as well and left behind his own markers, but halted when he encountered the damaged Trade Federation power core, unsure of its origin. Chewbacca then left the ships, and followed Shoran's markers with Jinn's guidance until he reached the power core. Acting on Jinn's advice, the two Wookiees fired at the power core with their bowcasters—Wookiee projectile weapons—until it was destroyed, and then followed Attichitcuk's markers until they reached his camp.
The war[edit | edit source]
The gundark threat[edit | edit source]
- "The gundarks must have damaged that power core and driven off its owners, we won't be so easily scared away."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn
Attichitcuk's camp was then attacked by four gundarks, which were defeated by the three Wookiees. Shortly afterwards a Trade Federation B1 battle droid named OOL-2 discovered the remains of the power core destroyed by Chewbacca and Shoran and reported its destruction to the Federation's Viceroy Nute Gunray, attributing the destruction to the gundarks. Gunray ordered OOL-2 to locate the gundarks and execute them, sending their pelts to the Trandoshans.
The Wookiees began building more bases, with their next one being a command center manned by three Wookiee workers. Jinn aided these workers by instructing them on how to gather resources such as food, carbon, nova crystals and ore, all essential for the colony's survival. The Wookiees also practised a drill in case of an attack by the gundarks where they would retreat into the command center and use its turret to fire at any attackers. Two more workers also arrived at the base to assist in gathering resources, as well as Chewbacca. Four gundarks suddenly attacked the command center at that time, and the workers used the command centers turret as practised in the drill earlier to defend the base.
Jinn decided that the gundarks needed to be exterminated for the Wookiees colonization effort to succeed. At another base led by Chewbacca, Jinn had the workers gather resources for a short time before instructing them to build a troop center to train bowcaster troopers to fight the gundarks. The Trade Federation had also decided to eradicate the gundarks and sent a squad of battle droids to kill them at their nest. Once at least ten troopers had been trained Chewbacca led his soldiers to attack the nest, but discovered the Trade Federation finishing off the gundarks. When all the creatures were dead the battle droids attacked the Wookiees, whothey were able to fight back and destroy all of the droids. The attack at the nest rendered the gundarks extinct on Alaris Prime, and alerted the Wookiees to the Trade Federation's presence on the moon, which defined the direction of the colonial effort going forward.
Trade Federation vs. Wookiees[edit | edit source]
- "We have discovered our foes on this distant world. Our lessons are about to take a different path"
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn
Attichitcuk began a scouting expedition along with two other Wookiees to learn more about the Trade Federation's presence. At another base run by Chewbacca, Jinn instructed the Wookiees on further techniques on gathering food, mainly through building farms and animal nurseries, as well as helping them improve their level of technology. As Attichitcuk headed for the base he was halted by a group of B1 battle droids commanded by DRN-38, who shot the Wookiee chieftain and killed his two companions. Jinn sensed through the force that Attichitcuk had survived and told Chewbacca to train more bowcaster troopers and a medical droid to rescue the cheiftain. With a force of eleven Wookiees, including Chewbacca, the Wookiees marched towards Attichitcuk's position, destroying all battle droids in their path. After Attichitcuk was found and healed by the medical droid the Wookiees returned to their base, also fighting off three droidekas sent by DRN-38 in reprisal.
With Attichitcuk needing time to recover from his wounds Chewbacca stepped up to lead the colonists, and with Jinn he began planning how to remove the Trade Federation from Alaris Prime. Hoping to intimidate them through a show of force, Chewbacca's first target was a Trade Federation outpost containing a troop center where B1 battle droids were produced. After two HummBike scouts located the outpost Chewbacca trained twelve Wookiees, including bowcaster troopers, dragon troopers, and grenade troopers. These Wookiees travelled to the outpost and attacked, with the bowcaster troopers defeating the B1 battle droids commanded by GWC-04, who guarded the outpost while the dragon and grenade troopers destroyed the light walls and the troop center.
Following that attack Chewbacca was present at a settlement near another camp run by Shoran. Chewbacca set his workers to gather resources while Jinn instructed him to build a spaceport to exchange goods with Shoran using Corellian HoverFreighters. Shoran discovered a Jedi holocron within his camp, which Jinn sought to retrieve. He contacted the Jedi Council for permission to build a Jedi temple on Alaris Prime to store the holocron, which was granted and subsequently constructed in Chewbacca's camp. Jinn sent his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi to the temple to retrieve the holocron.
Shoran then spotted a strike force of beetle droids and B1 battle droids commanded by LUH-989 headed for Chewbacca's camp, which he warned Jinn about. With that warning between five and six Wookiees, including Chewbacca, two bowcaster troopers and a dragon trooper, rallied at the edge of the camp and successfully repelled the droid invaders. Afterwards Kenobi brought the holocron to the Jedi temple and Shoran discovered a nearby Trade Federation listening array, also run by LUH-989. Chewbacca gathered a force of between eight and thirty Wookiees, and combined with Shoran's forces they stormed the listening array and destroyed every droid and transmitter there.
Recognizing that Chewbacca's strategic decisions were working, Jinn requested permission from the Jedi Council to personally participate in the Wookiees' final assault on the Trade Federation, which was known as the Battle for Alaris Prime. The Council agreed on the condition that the Wookiees construct a fortress in one of their bases. By the time of the battle Attichitcuk had recovered from his wounds and was ready to take up a warrior's mantle. Preparations for the battle included fortifying the Wookiee base by completing the walls and building the fortress.
Once it was built Jinn landed on Alaris Prime, commenting that he had seen some strange ships near the Trade Federation base, correctly suspecting that they belonged to Trandoshan slavers. The Wookiee's objective was to besiege the Federation's base, commanded by SRAM-13, and destroy its fortress. They built an airbase and a Heavy Weapons Factory, where they manufactured ten Agr starfighters, three Heavy Blade bombers and three energy pummels. With these forces along with five Kas tanks, five heavy bowcaster troopers, the Wookiee leadership and Jinn, the Trade Federation base and fortress was razed, ridding Alaris Prime of the Trade Federation's presence.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
- "I have taught all that I can. He is ready to take his place in the galaxy."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn speaking of Chewbacca
Pekt fled the destruction of the fortress on his transport ships, promising that he would return to the Kashyyyk system as long as Wookiee pelts remained valuable. On Jinn's final transmission to the Jedi Council he reflected on the skills he had passed on to Chewbacca, believing the Wookiee was now ready to find his place in the galaxy. Darth Sidious was exasperated at the outcome of the war as he believed the Neimoidian leaders of the Trade Federation had carelessly allowed their manufacturing operations on Alaris Prime to be exposed. Having lost Alaris Prime Nute Gunray directed the Trade Federation's attention to the planet Naboo, launching an invasion there in 32 BBY in accordance with Sidious's designs.
The Alaris Prime colony experienced economic success under Chewbacca's leadership, and Wookiees were still living on the moon by the time of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY. Further battles with the Trade Federation still occurred into the Clone Wars, where the Trade Federation joined the Confederacy of Independent Systems, which attacked Wookiee settlements on Alaris Prime and later enslaved most of the colonists there, though they were freed in the Battle on Alaris.
After Sidious became Galactic Emperor in 19 BBY Pekt collaborated with the new Empire to fulfill his plan to profit off the Wookiees, becoming a major slaver on Kashyyyk. He was ultimately stopped by Chewbacca, who had travelled the galaxy in the intervening years and become one of the greatest heroes of the Rebel Alliance.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "Attichitcuk is dead! We must abandon Alaris Prime!"
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn if they player fails one of their objectives in the first level of the campaign
The war for Alaris Prime appeared in the 2001 LucasArts video game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, as the overarching conflict of the tutorial campaign, where the player controls the Wookiee forces.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (First appearance)
- Darth Plagueis (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Prima's Official Strategy Guide (First mentioned)
- The New Essential Chronology
- "Han Solo: The Early Years"—Star Wars Insider 106
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- The New Essential Chronology
- Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil describes a skirmish occurring on Alaris Prime in 1002 BBY, with no other events occurring on the moon prior to the events of Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds. Therefore Alaris Prime's disappearance from galactic view as described in the DataBank of Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds must have occurred after 1002 BBY.
- The New Essential Chronology placed the Alaris Prime colonial war between 39 BBY and 36 BBY, and the Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds databank stated that the debate for Alaris Prime's rights took place over a twenty year period, meaning it was rediscovered between 59 BBY and 56 BBY.
- Darth Plagueis
- Tyrant's Test
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- "Han Solo: The Early Years"—Star Wars Insider 106
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 17 ("Alaris Prime")