Bestine IV, or simply Bestine, was an aquacultural planet in the Inner Rim, along the Corellian Trade Spine. Nearly all of its surface was covered by a vast ocean, but there were many rugged islands spread across the planet. The original population struggled for years atop the planet's Island Spires to create an island paradise. As time passed, the planet was more widely known for its ship repair and construction industry, which eventually caught on with the Galactic Empire, who constructed large naval shipyards.
History[edit | edit source]
Early history[edit | edit source]
Early colonization attempts of Bestine were problematic, with a series of Kian'thar settlements being tried and abandoned from 278 to 211 BBY. Eventually, in 170 BBY, a H'kig commune was successfully established.
It was after this planet that Tatooine's capital, Bestine, was named by Bestinian survivors of the Dowager Queen wreck. Some locations on Tatooine were named after locations on Bestine IV; for example, Tatooine's Fort Tusken was named after Bestine IV's island Tusken.
Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
During the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic had a fleet at Bestine. In the first year of the war, Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his former Padawan, Nahdar Vebb, led a mission on Vassek's third moon in an attempt to capture General Grievous. During the mission, Clone Commander Fil had clone troopers Niner and Bel contact the fleet for reinforcements in capturing Grievous. However, they were unable to when their shuttle was destroyed by a IG-100 MagnaGuard using a missile launcher.
Imperial period[edit | edit source]
The planet had become increasingly attractive due to Bestine's small but growing ship repair and construction industry, which can be credited to the planet's unique oceanic based shipyards that were designed primarily to quickly produce frigate-sized vessels.
In 3 BBY, its populace was displaced for the construction of an Imperial naval yard. This project was simply a massive expansion of the present naval shipyards, which were curiously located on the surface of the ocean, not in orbit. The displaced populace were promised a "new and exciting home", but, when the promise wasn't kept, most ended up scattering to other systems. Many joined with or aided Rebel agents on Bestine, although they were never able to successfully sabotage the Imperial shipyards which had been code-named Juggerhead. The shipyards gave the impression that they were constructing Acclamator-class assault ships, although in fact it was conducting research and development on a sleek, single-seat attack submersible, the TIE torpedo. Bestine was later the location of an important Rebel base.
During the Alliance to Restore the Republic's investigation on the first Death Star, and while orbiting Bestine IV, the MC80 Star Cruiser Defiance was engaged by the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Immortal, which launched squadrons of TIE/sa bombers to destroy her. Rebel pilots were able to tarry them, until the Defiance hyperspaced away. The Independence was later attacked in a similar way.
Later history[edit | edit source]
Bestine IV stayed under Imperial control until 9 ABY. Following the defeat of Grand Admiral Thrawn, Imperial forces cleared the Juggerhead facilities and abandoned the planet. Bestine IV became part of the New Republic soon after.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Bestine is mentioned in dialogue in a scene cut from A New Hope, where Biggs Darklighter tells of his plans to defect and join the Alliance to Restore the Republic through a friend "on Bestine", though it is believed the reference is to the Tatooine city of the same name, founded by colonists from the planet.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- "The Admiral's List: Jimas Veltraa Memorial Edition" — Knights of the Old Republic 13: Days of Fear, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- The Clone Wars: Grievous Attacks! (Mentioned only) (Misspelled "Besteene")
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous" (Mentioned only)
- Boba Fett: A New Threat (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Kenobi (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: X-Wing (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (Deleted scenes) (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 1 (Mentioned only)
- X-Wing Rogue Squadron ½ (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars 9: Showdown on a Wasteland World! (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Indirect mention only)
- "Slaying Dragons"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 9 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel (Indirect mention only)
- A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker (Mentioned in flashback only)
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation (Mentioned only)