- "It's a sort of crossroads, the kind of spot where everyone is too busy with their own business and secrets to worry too much about yours."
- ―Vi Moradi, on Batuu
Batuu was a remote terrestrial planet on the edge of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories, in the Batuu system of the Trilon sector. Millenniua before the rise of the Galactic Empire, prior to the invention of hyperspace travel, Batuu was a popular stopping point for those traveling to Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. However, the opening of hyperspace routes caused the planet to be bypassed, resulting in the deterioration of the planet's reputation into that of a forgotten backwater world. The largest settlement on the planet was Black Spire Outpost, a seedy smuggler's haven run by the intimidating Blutopian Oga Garra. Batuu's surface was covered in jungles and oceans, and the petrified remains of ancient trees, referred to by the local Batuuans as "spires," towered over its landscapes. The world was also home to farming communities, such as Peka and Surabat, and the town pf Galma, known for its mechanics.
Batuu was a temperate planet that was located on the edge of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories, within the Trilon sector's Batuu system. The planet orbited three suns—Ubaat I, Ubaat II, and Ubaat III—and was known for its many towering petrified trees, with those spires becoming landmarks for settlers. The world was the location of Black Spire Outpost, a haven for those looking to avoid attracting too much attention to themselves.
Batuu was once host to massive trees, though the giants were destroyed during a cataclysm that devastated the planet's surface. Batuu was home to the Batuu tree as well as Golden Lichen, a form of lichen that grew on many of the planet's towering spires and buildings.
Batuu was host to a variety of different creatures, including the Batlizard, Batuuan braga bear, Snarlok, Snarlok, Batuuan Rat, Spiran Firefly, Dugar dugar, Lahiroo, Nightsnake, Pipa bird, and Terra Tree Toad.
Millennia before the first settlers landed on Batuu, the planet was covered in giant trees. A great cataclysm resulted in the trees being destroyed, and they eventually became petrified. The world was first settled by Ariana Surabat and the crew of her ship, the Ravenstar. Batuu was a prominent trade post in the time before the invention of hyperspace travel. It was used as a busy crossroads for those who traveled on sub-lightspeed trade routes. However, after hyperspace routes became the dominant form of transportation, the planet was bypassed by most travelers. It became a port for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers who traveled from the galactic frontier to unknown space.
During the waning years of the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker journeyed to Batuu to search for Senator Padmé Amidala after she had been declared missing. There he had his first encounter with Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo also known as "Thrawn." The two agreed on an alliance to find Amidala.
- "The disturbance is located at the edge of your Unknown Regions. It appears to be centered on a planet named Batuu."
- ―Emperor Palpatine, to Grand Admiral Thrawn
The two returned during the Imperial Era, as sometime after the Battle of Atollon, Emperor Sheev Palpatine sensed a disturbance in the Force that appeared to be centered on Batuu. In response, Palpatine sent his Sith apprentice, Darth Vader, who was secretly Skywalker, and Thrawn, now a Grand Admiral in the Galactic Empire's navy, to deal with the disturbance. During their investigation, the Imperials were attacked by the Darshi, a mysterious race from the Unknown Regions, and they eventually discovered the Darshi were being used by the Grysk, an enemy race of Thrawn's Chiss Ascendancy. The Grysk had been using the Darshi to build hibernation chambers for Force-sensitive Chiss children so the Grysk could use the children and their powers to navigate the treacherous spaces of the Unknown Regions, much like the Chiss themselves did.
The First Order and the ResistanceEdit
- "I expect nothing less, Sergeant. And before we are done, Batuu will never be the same."
- ―Lieutenant Agnon
Two weeks after the arrival of Resistance forces on the planet, the First Order's 709th Legion landed on Docking Bay 9 in Black Spire Outpost. Under command of Lieutenant Agnon, the forces of the 709th, commonly referred to as the "Red Fury," searched the outpost for Resistance spies. Their search led them to Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, where they questioned the shopkeeper Dok-Ondar. The Ithorian interpreted the First Order sergeant's questions as veiled threats and claimed he was nothing but a humble proprietor. The sergeant, however, had heard of Dok-Ondar's reputation as a talent in selling and acquiring valuable artifacts, and thus suspected the Resistance could have reached out to him in an attempt to gain access to the lightsaber of the Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi, who had died during the Clone Wars. After enduring a lecture from Dok-Ondar on the historical account of how he acquired the lightsaber and how the First Order would need the cooperation of Black Spire Outpost denizens if they wished for a successful mission on Batuu, the sergeant and his troops left the shop, having gotten reports of Resistance activity in the nearby market.
After the notorious Kendoh Gang arrived in Black Spire Outpost, the First Order put out an arrest warrant for Remex Io, the crew's Clawdite member. Dok-Ondar's fixer, Varg, had notified the First Order of Io's presence, and Io was confronted by stormtroopers. He fled into the market and was pursued by the troopers, resulting in the death of a nearby civilian. After losing sight of Io, the stormtroopers were informed by a local, who was actually Io using his natural shape-shifting abilities, that their target was running toward the spaceport.
The people native to Batuu were known as Batuuans. Batuuans greeted each other by saying "bright suns" during the day, and "rising moons" at night. "'Til the spire" and "may the spires keep you" were common farewells. The planet's locals spoke Galactic Basic, Huttese, Rhodese, and Twi'leki
Behind the scenesEdit
Disney CEO Robert Iger first announced at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015 that the company would be building a Star Wars–themed land in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and in Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was also announced that the lands' setting would be an outpost on a yet-to-be-seen planet on the edge of the Outer Rim Territories, just before Wild Space.
Batuu's landscape of mountains and rock spires came about as a necessity for the Disneyland installation of Galaxy's Edge, which required the re-routing of the Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America in Frontierland. The reworked northern bend of the river features rocky cliffs, trees and waterfalls that block views of the trading post to visitors riding the various vehicles that travel along the river. In turn, Batuu's mountains and spires become an extended background element for the river, allowing for Galaxy's Edge and Frontierland to better function as neighbors. Real-world inspirations for this rockwork includes Bandelier National Monument and the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico, Badlands National Park in South Dakota, and Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
In an interview with StarWars.com about his 2018 novel Thrawn: Alliances, author Timothy Zahn commented that for him, Batuu resembles New York City during the 1950s, also expressing interest to explore Batuu more in future books.
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (First appearance)
- (First identified as Batuu)
- Star Wars: Droidography
- Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Thrawn: Alliances
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 A Crash of Fate
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Datapad
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has official backstory elements that, though not directly published for the public, are officially canon details that can be obtained verbally from cast members working in the land.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Creature Stall
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – The Jewels of Bith
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Oga's Cantina
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Jat Kaa's Coolers
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Toydarian Toymaker
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Black Spire Outfitters
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – The Wooden Wookiee
- ↑ Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Milk Stand
- ↑ Galaxy's Edge 1
- ↑ Galaxy's Edge 2
- ↑ Galaxy's Edge 3
- ↑ Glover, Erin (2015-08-15). Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved on April 18, 2017.
- ↑ https://www.instagram.com/p/ByGHk1BpigM/