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"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[src]

Batuu was a remote terrestrial planet on the edge of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories, in the Batuu system of the Trilon sector. Millennia 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, oceans, and the petrified remains of ancient trees, referred to by the local Batuuans as "spires," which towered over the planet's landscapes. The world was also home to farming communities, such as Peka and Surabat, and the town of Galma, known for its mechanics.

Description[edit | edit source]

The serene landscape of Batuu

Batuu was a temperate planet that was located on the edge of the galaxy's[8] Outer Rim Territories,[1] within the Trilon sector's Batuu system.[3] The planet orbited three suns—Ubaat I, Ubaat II, and Ubaat III[5]—and was known for its many towering petrified trees, with those spires becoming landmarks for settlers.[24] The world was the location of Black Spire Outpost, a haven for those looking to avoid attracting too much attention to themselves.[8] Batuu's market stalls were known to have all sorts of items from all parts of the galaxy.[4]

Flora[edit | edit source]

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.[6]

Fauna[edit | edit source]

Batuu was host to a variety of different creatures, including the Batlizard, Batuuan braga bear, Snarlok, Snarlok,[10] Batuuan Rat, Spiran Firefly,[4] Dugar dugar, Lahiroo, Nightsnake, Pipa bird, and Terra tree toad.[6] Catfish also lived in the sinkholes.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Pre-hyperspace travel[edit | edit source]

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.[6] The world was first settled by Ariana Surabat and the crew of her ship, the Ravenstar.[5] 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.[8]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Separatist entanglements[edit | edit source]

"Your duke has constructed a base and is shipping materials and equipment to it. Because he didn't want anyone to know where the base is, he gathered his supplies from various origin points and sent them to Batuu, where the inhabitants don't pry into others' activities. But he didn't expect interference from thieves. Nor did you know that the man who owned your chosen transfer point, the cantina, was in league with those thieves."
―Thrawn addresses Oenti, Janott and some smugglers[src]

During the Clone Wars, a galactic wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, a cantina owned by the bartender Janott at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, was used as a transfer point by Separatists working for the Serennian Duke Solha. The Separatists transported equipment and materials via the cantina to Solha's droid factory on the planet Mokivj, the freighter Larkrer being among this operation. However, Janott additionally conspired with a smuggler gang to steal some of the Separatist's supplies, with the Separatist cargo inspector Oenti in on the scheme.[1]

In 19 BBY,[25] Duja, a handmaiden working to the Republic Senator Padmé Amidala, discovered the Separatist operations on Batuu, but was in turn found out by the Separatists, who killed her. This, however, was not before the handmaiden sent a message out to Amidala. The senator subsequently traveled to Batuu herself to investigate what had happened to Duja after she failed to reach her handmaiden after. Meanwhile, the Separatists, believing Duja was a thief, began investigating for more potential thieves.[1]

A senator's investigations[edit | edit source]

"She left Black Spire, but landed somewhere else. She then left in another ship. A smaller ship."
"How do you know?"
"The—The police. There aren't many officers here, but there are some. They thought she was a smuggler and chased her for a bit. But her ship was fast, and hard to lock onto, and she left them behind."
―Janott, to Thrawn, on Padmé Amidala's departure from Batuu[src]

Padmé Amidala at Black Spire Outpost

Amidala arrived at a landing area near Black Spire, where her H-type Nubian yacht quickly brought the attention of two individuals at a nearby freighter. When one of them, a human, asked questions, Amidala provided a cover story that she was delivering the starship to a man named Kuseph Jovi, and the human pointed her in the direction of Janott's Cantina to find the fictitious individual. The senator made her way to the cantina, where she found that Duja's body had been laid in a funeral pyre outside the cantina. Entering Janott's cantina, Amidala spoke with Janott, detailing her made-up transaction with Jovi and inquiring on Duja's fate.[1]

Returning to her ship Amidala and traveled to where she had originally intended to meet Duja in hopes of finding the handmaiden's vessel, the Possibility. After locating Duja's starship, the senator investigated the vessel and discovered that Duja had uncovered a Separatist factory on Mokivj, the one owned by Solha. Thus Amidala decided to go to Mokivj. During her departure, the Batuu police, suspecting she was a smuggler, went after her. The police attempted to intercept the Possibility, but failed to take down the vessel, which was too fast for the law enforcement.[1]

More unwanted visitors[edit | edit source]

"We seek information on these human females. [Shows a hologram of Padmé Amidala and Duja] Have you seen either of them."
"No. Neither has been seen here."
―Anakin Skywalker and Janott[src]

Anakin Skywalker and Thrawn joined forces at Batuu

With Amidala having seemingly disappeared, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, the senator's secret husband, made his way to Batuu in search of the senator. Arriving above the planet, the Jedi encountered another starship, piloted by the Chiss Ascendancy Commander Thrawn. The Chiss conversed with Skywalker and decided to join the Jedi on his mission. The pair traveled down to Batuu, finding Amidala's ship. The vessel was being investigated by Janott's smuggler comrades, who had intended to escape Batuu at that landing spot in fear of the Separatists' investigations into the thefts. Skywalker engaged with the smugglers, but Thrawn intervened, and the chief of the smugglers explained how the landing spot was normally reserved for them.[1]

After searching aboard Amidala's ship, Skywalker and Thrawn decided to go to Black Spire and find information regarding the senator. The pair found Janott's cantina, meeting Janott himself and showing the bartender holograms of Duja and Padmé and offering him money for information. After Janott denied that he had seen either, the mugs on the bar exploded as a trap for Skywalker and Thrawn, releasing gas. Four armed Separatists, who had followed the pair to the cantina, then attacked them, but were defeated in the skirmish. Janott had fallen unconscious in the fight. Knowing that another gunman was waiting outside the cantina, Skywalker carried one of the dead Separatists dressed in Thrawn's attire to his Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor while Thrawn followed the fifth gunman.[1]

Uncovered operations[edit | edit source]

"We know that the Separatists are bringing in supplies for a base on Mokivj through Janott's cantina. We know this ring of thieves was stealing from those shipments. And we know now that Cargo Inspector Oenti was in on the scheme."
―Anakin Skywalker summarizes the Separatist and smuggler entanglements[src]

Wedging the decoy body onto the interceptor, Skywalker flew his starfighter above Black Spire, but was interrupted when a small explosion occurred on the portside repulsorlift. Having lost the decoy body, the Jedi emergency landed on a landing field near the outpost, defeating a droid which attacked him. Thrawn had followed the fifth gunman to the landing field and defeated him when the Separatist arrived at the Larkrer. After reuniting, the Chiss and Skywalker boarded the freighter and defeated two more droids which guarded the vessel. The pair then discovered the Larkrer's destinations, including Mokivj, and that some of the materials were being stolen, linking this to Janott and the smugglers.[1]

At this time, the unconscious Janott had been taken by some smugglers into a shop, with Oenti and four Separatist thugs had gathered outside the building, which had a locked door. Thrawn had learned of this and informed Skywalker, the pair travelling towards the shop. As Oenti and his men got ready to enter the building, Skywalker and Thrawn attacked them, defeating the Separatists swiftly. The pair then took Oenti inside the shop and confronted Janott and the smugglers. Thrawn exposed their operations, as well as the thefts by the smugglers. The Chiss further deduced that Mokivj was the location of the factory that the Separatists were supplying.[1]

In reaction to Thrawn's exposé, Oenti attacked Skywalker, and a shootout began, with only Janott surviving as the Jedi and Thrawn came out victorious. The pair then questioned the bartender on what had happened to Amidala, with Janott explaining the senator's eventual departure. After advising the bartender to leave Batuu, Thrawn and Skywalker left the shop and took control of the Larkrer. The pair traveled to Mokivj to investigate Solha's droid factory, which they eventually destroyed.[1]

Imperial era[edit | edit source]

Grysk operations[edit | edit source]

"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[src]

Darth Vader and Thrawn were sent to investigate a disturbance in the Force centered around Batuu

The Republic eventually transitioned into the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY.[26] Sometime between 2 BBY and 0 BBY,[27] groups of Darshi, a species which traveled both Wild Space and the Unknown Regions, migrated to Batuu, claiming that they were going on a pilgrimage to the planet for some time. The Darshi built houses at Black Spire, forming a communications triad to communicate far into the Unknown Regions, and took up landing spots, discouraging many traders. At the houses, the Darshi used hibernation chambers to imprison Force-sensitive Chiss children for the Grysk Hegemony, an enemy faction of the Chiss Ascendancy. The Grysks sought to use the children and their powers to navigate the treacherous spaces of the Unknown Regions, much like the Chiss themselves did.[1]

The Force-sensitive Chiss caused a disturbance in the Force, which Sheev Palpatine, the Galactic Emperor, sensed and located to Batuu. In response, the Emperor sent his Sith apprentice, Darth Vader, who was secretly Skywalker, and Thrawn, now a Grand Admiral in the Empire's navy, to deal with the disturbance. The reunited pair traveled to Batuu aboard Thrawn's flagship,[1] the modified Imperial I-class Star Destroyer[28] Chimaera, travelling down to Black Spire aboard a small freighter which also belonged to Thrawn. Studying the area from above, the Grand Admiral deduced the presence of the communications triad, also becoming suspicious of the number of starships at the landing area.[1]

Imperial intervention[edit | edit source]

"Commander Kimmund reports that the freighter that was here had escaped into hyperspace, He further states that the other freighter's crew has successfully destroyed their cargo."
"They will certainly have tried. But even the most thorough destruction may leave clues."
―Darth Vader and Thrawn[src]

Above Batuu, the officers aboard the Chimaera, including Commodore Karyn Faro, became aware of four Grysk transports and a pair of Grysk heavy freighters arriving. At this time, Vader and Thrawn traveled into Black Spire, discussing the presence of the Darshi and whether they were a threat. The pair entered the Janott's old cantina, approaching the bartender Nodlia, who explained how the Darshi had changed things at Black Spire. At this time, the Darshi at the cantina, under orders from the Grysks, passed around weapons in preparation for a distraction. Thrawn then received word from Faro about the transports and heavy freighters. The Darshi attacked Vader and Grand Admiral shortly after, but were ultimately defeated.[1]

One of the Grysk freighters came down to Batuu, destroying two Darshi houses of the communications triad to land and collect the Force-sensitive Chiss children. Vader had members of his personal legion approach the Grysk freighter in orbit above Batuu aboard their own freighter, named the Darkhawk. The Grysk vessel noticed the Darkhawk and broke orbit in an attempt to escape. However, Defender Squadron One, a squadron of Imperial TIE/d "Defender" Multi-Role Starfighters led by Commander Vult Skerris, disabled the Grysk freighter, scattering the four Grysk transports. The Darkhawk then clamped onto the freighter, with the legion troops, led by Stormtrooper Commander Kimmund, boarding the Grysk vessel.[1]

While the crew of the Grysk freighter destroyed its cargo before their vessel was completely take over, the other Grysk freighter fled Batuu and escaped into hyperspace. At the surface of Batuu, Thrawn and Vader investigated the remaining of the Darshi communications triad, finding ten hibernation chambers. They then went to investigate the Darshi bodies at the cantina, finding that more of their species had recovered their bodies already. After the pair learned that the Grysk had been controlling the Darshi all along, they returned to the Chimaera above Batuu. The Chimaera subsequently departed the system shortly after.[1]

Valance versus the Devaronians[edit | edit source]

"Sir, I did warn you that it was possible the Devaronians made you upon our arrival."
"You didn't mention you were sending me to the perfect spot to be ambushed!"
―Nine-Four-El and Beilert Valance[src]

Beilert Valance fights a clan of Devaronians in Black Spire Outpost

Around 3 ABY,[29] the cyborg bounty hunter Beilert Valance traveled to Batuu for a job involving the capture of members of a Devaronian clan within Black Spire Outpost. Engaging in a firefight with the clanmates, Valance eliminated the majority of the Devaronians before the remaining member hijacked a landspeeder. The Devaronian then drove at Valance to avenge his fallen clanmates, but the cyborg knocked him off of the speeder with a moisture vaporator pipe, leaving the clanmate unconscious.[16] Valance departed after[30] when he was informed by his droid companion Nine-Four-El of a new bounty.[16]

The First Order and the Resistance[edit | edit source]

"I expect nothing less, Sergeant. And before we are done, Batuu will never be the same."
―Lieutenant Agnon[src]

The First Order occupies Batuu.

Two weeks after the arrival of Resistance forces on the planet,[6] 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.[31] 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.[32]

The 709th Legion arrives on Batuu.

Soon the notorious Kendoh Gang arrived in Black Spire Outpost with the intent of stealing the hilt of the Sword of Khashyun from Dok-Ondar. The group already possessed the blade and were intent on cashing in with their anonymous benefactor by assembling the completed sword. During their time there, 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. Varg then caught Io himself,[33] incapacitating him and then using his own shapeshifting powers to impersonate him[34] and join up with Kendoh Voss and Wooro at Oga's Cantina. Voss spoke with Hondo Ohnaka, a former pirate captain who ran Ohnaka Transport Solutions, about their heist, unaware Ohnaka was in league with Dok-Ondar.[33]

Ohnaka eventually reported back to Dok-Ondar, but was spied on by a cam droid operated by the Kendoh Gang. When Voss and Wooro moved to steal the hilt, a group of stormtroopers surrounded the would-be thieves as well as Dok-Ondar, all of whom the First Order thought had possible ties to the rise in Resistance activity in the area.[35] When the First Order inquired about Voss' activities, the gangster knocked over a kyber statue, which deflected the blaster fire aimed at her. Voss escalated the chaos by unleashing a baby sarlacc and using the opportunity to pass Wooro the hilt. However, Wooro would give the hilt to Io, who was actually Varg. The group escaped the First Order but soon realized that they had been tricked. Wooro found Io back at the ship and realized the hilt had been stolen back. Dok-Ondar then contacted Voss via hologram, saying that he had been the anonymous benefactor and told them that their payment was a favor he did for them, which was to trick the First Order into pursuing an anonymous lead that would give them time to escape.[34]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

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.[6]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Concept art of Batuu

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.[36]

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.[37]

In an interview with StarWars.com about his 2018 novel Thrawn: Alliances, author Timothy Zahn expressed interest in exploring Batuu more in future books.[38]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Thrawn: Alliances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 A Crash of Fate
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars: Datapad
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has official backstory elements that, while not directly published for the public, are officially canon details that can be obtained verbally from cast members working in the land.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 StarWars-DatabankII.png Batuu in the Databank (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
  11. 11.0 11.1 "The Black Spire"—Myths & Fables
  12. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeCreature Stall
  13. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeDocking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  14. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeThe Jewels of Bith
  15. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeOga's Cantina
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Bounty Hunters 1
  17. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeDok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities
  18. 18.0 18.1 GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeJat Kaa's Coolers
  19. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeToydarian Toymaker
  20. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeBlack Spire Outfitters
  21. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeMillennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
  22. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeThe Wooden Wookiee
  23. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeMilk Stand
  24. DisneyParksBlog.png Black Spire Outpost Revealed to be the Name of the Village in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on the Disney Parks Blog (backup link)
  25. The events of Thrawn: Alliances set during the Clone Wars takes place after the trial and exoneration of Ahsoka Tano. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both the end of the Clone Wars and the trial and exoneration of Ahsoka Tano to the year 19 BBY. The events must have therefore occurred during 19 BBY.
  26. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  27. The events of Thrawn: Alliances set during the Imperial Era take place prior to the Battle of Yavin, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY, and after the Battle of Atollon, which occurs shortly after the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance. Star Wars: On the Front Lines states that the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance took place two years before the Battle of Yavin. Therefore, it can be deduced that the Imperial Era based events of Thrawn: Alliances are set between 2 BBY and 0 BBY
  28. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  29. The events of Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, including when Beilert Valance was present on Batuu, take place shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the film to 3 ABY, the events of Bounty Hunters must take place around that year.
  30. Bounty Hunters 2
  31. Galaxy's Edge 1
  32. Galaxy's Edge 2
  33. 33.0 33.1 Galaxy's Edge 3
  34. 34.0 34.1 Galaxy's Edge 5
  35. Galaxy's Edge 4
  36. 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.
  37. InstagramIcon.png Morgan Lee Richardson (@nagromorgan) on InstagramAbout 3 years ago I left Galaxy’s Edge to work on another great project.. (backup link)
  38. StarWars.com Thrawn: Alliances Author Interview with Timothy Zahn on StarWars.com (backup link)
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