Atrisia, also known as Kitel Phard, was a terrestrial planet located in the Core Worlds sector known as the Atrisian Commonwealth. It lay on the Giju Run hyperlane and was the homeworld of the creature known as the shredder bat. Locations on the planet included the city of Jar'Kai and the Atrisian Imperial Historical Library.
Atrisia was inhabited by a race of Humans known as the Atrisians. During their homeworld's ancient history, the Atrisians had formed several nations, including the Atrisian Empire, which actively engaged in conquests. The Kitel Phard Dynasty of the Empire, under the leadership of the 54th Atrisian Emperor, Uueg Tching, unified the planet, and Atrisia was subsequently also referred to as "Kitel Phard." Tching also authored a collection of parables, analogies, and instructions known as the Sayings, which began to circulate in the wider galaxy millennia later.
By 24,500 BBY, a type of dueling sword and an associated dual-wielding sword-fighting technique was developed in the Atrisian city of Jar'Kai. At the conclusion of the First Great Schism around the same time, the member of the Legions of Lettow Arden Lyn traveled beyond Kitel Phard while fleeing the forces of the Jedi Order.
Tens of thousands of years later, the Atrisian Parliament took over power from the planet's emperors. Atrisia subsequently became a part of the Galactic Republic, by which time its ancient history was considered a classical field of galactic history studies. The achievements of the Atrisian Empire served as an inspiration for the formation of the Galactic Empire, of which the planet became a member of. Kitel Phard also joined the Empire's successor, the New Republic, and fell within the borders of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire a century later.
Atrisia, also occasionally referred to as Kitel Phard, was the principal planet of the Atrisi system. It was a part of the Atrisian Commonwealth, a sector of space in the Southern Core portion of the Core Worlds.
The planet lay at the endpoint of the hyperlane known as the Giju Run, which, after a short detour through the Colonies, connected it to the Core Worlds' Dahrtag system. Additionally, a set of hyperspace routes led beyond Atrisia, connecting it to a tangle of stars, and ultimately, the astronomical object Irkalla in the Unknown Regions.
Atrisia was a terrestrial world with several continents on its surface. The predatory creature known as shredder bat was first encountered on the planet but eventually spread to more than a thousand other worlds.
The Kitel Phard DynastyEdit
- "Uueg increased the Atrisian Empire to rule, directly or indirectly, the whole of Kitel Phard."
- ―Lecture by Dr. Corellia Antilles
Atrisia was colonized by Humans, who were generally thought to have evolved on the Core Worlds planet Coruscant. The state known as the Atrisian Empire, led by the First Atrisian Emperor, was among several nations formed on the planet, and the early rulers of that empire carried out brutal conquests. Bloody wars ensued, with the Third Atrisian period being a particularly tumultuous time in the planet's history.
The emperors of the Kitel Phard Dynasty subsequently carried out the process of eliminating any opposition and unifying Atrisia. That unification was completed during the rule of the 54th Atrisian Emperor, Uueg Tching. During his reign, Tching enjoyed successes against the nations inhabiting the recently-discovered continents of the planet. Upon his victory over the last of Atrisia's continents, Tching had expanded the Atrisian Empire to rule, directly or indirectly, over the entirety of his homeworld and had also established planetwide use of the writing system known as the Atrisian script.
The 54th Emperor of Atrisia became famous for his tyrannical rule and his insight into strategy, diplomacy, and the effective use of spies and subverted more than thirty separate rebellions against his rule. Atrisian court scribes hand-recorded the Sayings, a collection of instructional parables, analogies, and advice that Tching compiled as a guide to his successors. In time, Tching became a legendary ruler, with the following Tching Dynasty being named after him, and both he and the Kitel Phard Dynasty as a whole was remembered by later Atrisians with pride. The actions of that dynasty were thought to have ushered in a golden age, and Atrisia was later occasionally referred to as "Kitel Phard" in honor of those rulers.
Planet of Twin SwordsEdit
- "I fled into the tangled stars beyond Kitel Phard, following secret ways Xendor had discovered."
- ―Arden Lyn
At some point by 24,500 BBY, pairs of dueling swords were first crafted in the city of Jar'Kai on Atrisia. The Yovshin Swordsmen of the Atrisian Empire named those weapons after the settlement, and their dual-wielding sword-fighting technique using the paired blades was also developed in the city. Around that same year, Xendor, the leader of the Legions of Lettow, discovered a number of secret hyperlanes leading beyond Atrisia. When the First Great Schism concluded with the Jedi Order attacking the Legions at Lettow, several of the Legionnaires fled and left the borders of the Galactic Republic. Arden Lyn, the former lover of the deceased Xendor, sought refuge in space beyond Kitel Phard but was eventually cornered by the Jedi on Irkalla.
The Atrisians eventually left their homeworld, and Kitel Phard became one of the approximately two hundred settled worlds known as the Atrisian Commonwealth. The area of space surrounding Atrisia was explored by the Galactic Republic at some point between 5000 BBY and 3996 BBY and thus became part of what was considered the civilized galaxy. Contact with the independent Atrisian Commonwealth led to the growth of the Southern Core, a region of the Core Worlds and the Colonies.
In approximately 3639 BBY, a treasure hunter claimed to have discovered Jar'Kai swords belonging to one of the first Yovshin Swordsmen. An interested party then sent a companion to confirm that the find was genuine. Around nine years later, weapon masters on Atrisia intended to test their students by having them face battle-hardened fighters, the latter of which the masters found themselves in need of. An individual subsequently dispatched one of their companions to recruit skilled warriors up to the task posed by the Atrisian weaponsmiths.
The Parliament and the RepublicEdit
- "After spending over two millennia available only to the nobility, the Parliament showed the authority it had finally wrested from the throne by reproducing the Sayings in both a database format and special printed edition. Now widely available, the Sayings began making their way off of the planet."
- ―Dr. Milanda Vorgan, "The Written Word: A Brief Introduction to the Writing Systems of Galactic Basic"
One of the emperors of Atrisia eventually ordered the printing of the Sayings in a limited run intended for the Atrisian nobility. Furthermore, around 539 BBY, the Atrisian Parliament, having wrested power from the imperial throne, made the Sayings available in both a specially printed edition and a database format. Subsequently, both the collection and the Atrisian script it had been written in began to make their way offworld.
Approximately five hundred years later, the Atrisian Empire had become a classical field of historical studies at the University of Coruscant. In addition, despite space surrounding Kitel Phard being a part of the territories either unaligned with or contested by the Galactic Republic or the Brotherhood of Darkness by 1000 BBY, the planet fell within the borders of the Republic during the Clone Wars of 22–19 BBY. During the first campaigns of that conflict, the Twentieth Army of the Republic Military was tasked with defending Atrisia's vicinity against the military forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and the Republic Navy included the Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser Atrisian Iron by the date 15:2:29.
- "Most people associate the Atrisian Empire with exotic danger—the brutal conquests of its early rulers, the brilliant but ruthless political gambits of Emperor Uueg Tching, the distilled political craftiness of his Sayings, or the sociopathic decadence of the Six Savage Viziers. While the modern Atrisian Commonwealth is a far more mundane place, Atrisian script, the writing system made ubiquitous planetwide by the Kitel Phard Dynasty, has found a place offworld in hands every bit as pitiless as the ancient emperors."
- ―Dr. Milanda Vorgan, "The Written Word: A Brief Introduction to the Writing Systems of Galactic Basic"
The Kitel Phard Dynasty of Atrisia served as an inspiration for the formation of the Galactic Empire. In his rhetoric addressed at the Senators of that newly-founded regime, Galactic Emperor Palpatine promised to bring about a galactic golden age akin to that achieved by the ancient rulers of Atrisia. By 17 BBY, Atrisia lay within space controlled by the Empire, and certain elements of the Imperial Military were named after aspects of the ancient Atrisian civilization, such as the atrisian corps of the Imperial Army and the military title Warlord of the Empire.
Following the death of Palpatine at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, Atrisia declared its independence from the Empire, and the Atrisian Commonwealth eventually joined the Empire's successor government, the New Republic, as an Allied Region. The xenolinguist Doctor Milanda Vorgan noted that thirty-five years later, the ancient Atrisian Empire was associated by many people with exotic danger, especially when compared with the state of the Commonwealth at that time. By 137 ABY, the ancient planet Kitel Phard had been incorporated into the Core Worlds Security Zone, an administrative territory of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire.
- "An enlightened despot, he [Uueg Tching] is remembered by Atrisians for his skill in diplomacy, in war, and in maintaining order."
- ―Lecture by Doctor Corellia Antilles
Atrisia was populated by a Human race known as Atrisians, with the population of the Atrisi system around 25 ABY numbering from 100 million to 500 million. Before Uueg Tching's Atrisian Empire unified the planet, Atrisia's continents were inhabited by several nations. The Atrisian mythology included Wapoe, a demigod of disguise. Upon the unification of Atrisia by the Kitel Phard Dynasty, the use of the standardized Atrisian script was established planetwide.
Ancient Atrisia was a highly militarized society, and the atrisian corps of the later Galactic Empire was named in honor of the Atrisian warriors of the Kitel Phard Dynasty. However, the composition of the collection known as Sayings by Emperor Tching marked a change in Atrisian politics from bloody wars to infiltration, espionage, and assassination. Eventually, the Atrisian Parliament took over power formerly held by the imperial throne, but centuries later, the Atrisians still remembered the Kitel Phard Dynasty and Tching with pride.
Despite eventually achieving interstellar spaceflight, the Atrisians remained an insular culture, although some left their homeworld for the wider galaxy, such as Rom Mohc, who served with the Republic Military during the Clone Wars. By the time of the Galactic Civil War, there were several noble families of Atrisians, one of which included Villis Andal, who eventually became a Moff of the Galactic Empire.
- "The original manuscript of Uueg Tching's Sayings was kept for the last 3,000 years in the Rare Books Department of the Atrisian Imperial Historical Library on Kitel Phard."
- ―Lecture by Dr. Corellia Antilles
The city of Jar'Kai was located on Atrisia. The Yovshin Swordsmen named swords crafted in that settlement "Jar'Kai," and the name also came to refer to the sword-fighting technique utilizing those weapons. Atrisia was also the site of the Atrisian Imperial Historical Library. The original manuscript of Uueg Tching's Sayings was kept in the Rare Books Department of the library for 3,000 years before it was transferred to the Imperial Museum on Coruscant around 1 BBY.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "Atrisia is from the Imperial Sourcebook; Kitel Phard is from Adventure Journal #14. Making them one and the same seemed logical—the Imperial Sourcebook is clear about the fact that Uueg Tching united a planet. Atrisia's antiquity and apparent importance to galactic culture argued for putting it in the Core Worlds; we stuck it out on the frontier to give it more of a whiff of the exotic and in hopes that future Star Wars creators might find intriguing possibilities in that."
- ―Jason Fry
Atrisia was introduced in the Imperial Sourcebook, a 1989 supplement written by Greg Gorden for West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game. Although the book mentioned "Uueg Tching of Kitel Phard, 54th Emperor of Atrisia," it also introduced the Kitel Phard Dynasty and thus did not definitively establish the nature of the aforementioned "Kitel Phard." In August 1997, the article "From the Files of Corellia Antilles," which was authored by Timothy O'Brien and published in Star Wars Adventure Journal 14, established that Kitel Phard was an astronomical object.
When writing The Essential Atlas, a reference book by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry released in 2009, co-author Fry felt that it was "logical" to conclude that Atrisia and Kitel Phard referred to the same planet, and thus the two proper nouns were established by the book to be synonyms. In addition, due to previously published sources noting Atrisia's antiquity and its cultural importance to the wider galaxy, the authors of The Essential Atlas decided to place the planet in the Core Worlds region of the galaxy, albeit on the very frontier of that region as part of grid square J-12—near the border of the explored galactic territories. This was done intentionally to make Atrisia seem a more exotic location and to provide the authors of future Star Wars media with interesting storytelling possibilities.
According to an outline for Jason Fry and Paul R. Urquhart's 2012 reference book The Essential Guide to Warfare, that book would have detailed the military conflicts taking place on Atrisia. However, the relevant sections, "The Wars of Atrisia" and "World at War: Atrisia," were ultimately not written.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne (Mentioned only)
- The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant (Mentioned only) (Epigraph)
- Imperial Sourcebook (First mentioned)
- Imperial Sourcebook, Second Edition
- Creatures of the Galaxy
- "From the Files of Corellia Antilles"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 14 (First identified as Kitel Phard)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas (First explicit confirmation of "Atrisia" and "Kitel Phard" as synonyms)
- (Indirect mention only)
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Force and Destiny Core Rulebook
Notes and referencesEdit
- Endnotes for Star Wars: The Essential Atlas (part 1 of 5) (backup link)
- Endnotes for Star Wars: The Essential Atlas (part 2 of 5) (backup link)