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"At the edge of the galaxy
So far away
Black was the spire
That called me to stay.
A beacon for drifters
Forgotten and lost
The spires summoned those
Broken and tossed.
Come stay here forever
Or just pass on through.
The spirit of Black Spire
Will forever change you."
―An old Batuuan ballad[src]

Black Spire Outpost (BSO), commonly known as Black Spire, was an outpost on the planet Batuu on the edge of the Outer Rim Territories. It was one of the last stops before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. The outpost was named for the giant petrified trees that towered it, and one in particular that was colored black, the Black Spire.

Description[]

"This outpost is rife with unsavory scum."
―Shakel, on Black Spire Outpost[src]

Black Spire Outpost was located on the planet Batuu in the Outer Rim Territories and was considered one of the last stops before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions.[5] Its name was derived from the petrified remains of ancient trees turned into gray and brown stone spires that were large enough to tower over the outpost, with the eponymous Black Spire standing out due to its black hue and smooth texture reminiscent of volcanic glass.[4]

History[]

"You couldn't get from here to Black Spire without me, now you're going to make the Kessel Run? Ha!"
―L3-37, to Lando Calrissian[src]

The outpost was inhabited by members of many different species.

Before the invention of hyperspace travel, Batuu was a busy stop for travelers[6] to trade or refuel as they passsed through the Outer Rim or journeyed into Wild Space. However, with the rise of the hyperdrive and new hyperspace routes that bypassed the planet, it instead became home to those who did not want to be found.[7] The outpost evolved into a thriving spaceport for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers traveling between the galactic frontier and uncharted space. Eventually, Chandrila Star Line began operating luxury cruises in the region for travelers who sought adventure and comfort on their expeditions.[8]

In 10 BBY,[9] the pilot droid L3-37 questioned Lando Calrissian's ability to make the Kessel Run when, according to L3-37, he could not successfully fly the Millennium Falcon from "here to Black Spire" without her.[10]

A view of the outpost

In 34 ABY,[11] the outpost attracted beings who sought to avoid the expanding reaches of the First Order and its conflict with the Resistance,[7] which had erupted into a war.[12] One such being was the Weequay smuggler Hondo Ohnaka, who brought the modified YT-1300 light freighter named the Millennium Falcon to the outpost and established Ohnaka Transport Solutions, a shipping company that was a front for his smuggling operations.[13] Based out of Docking Bay 5, the company frequently recruited flight crew members among the outpost's new arrivals.[14]

The human mercenary Bazine Netal had been hired to search for the Millennium Falcon and purchase it from whomever had it in their possession. At Oga's Cantina, the smuggler told her stories of his history with the ship to stall for time as a Yarkoran sabacc player secretly contacted Mahjo Reeloo, who owed Ohnaka a favor after an incident in the Undervaults of Gwongdeen. Netal paid Ohnaka for the Falcon and delivered it to Beixander 9, where Reeloo posed as Netal's contact to accept delivery of the ship before returning it to the outpost. Ohnaka notified Chewbacca, a Wookiee and the ship's former co-pilot, that the Falcon was safe from Netal's employers. Though Ohnaka continued to use it for his business, he also expressed certainty that the ship would continue to aid "the good guys."[13]

Ancient ruins just outside of the outpost housed a Resistance base around that same time. Eventually, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren arrived at the outpost and took command of the First Order garrison, having learned that Rey was with a group of Resistance fugitives on Batuu.[3] A battle between the factions took place in the outpost.[15]

Inhabitants[]

The population of Black Spire Outpost was around four to five hundred sentient beings by the time of the Clone Wars, although the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker observed that it did not appear large enough to support a population of that size. By the time of the Galactic Empire, the outpost was populated by humans, Darshi, Jablogians, and Shistavanens.[2]

Locations[]

A map of the outpost in 34 ABY

Black Spire[]

The Black Spire, from which the outpost derived its name, was located near the center of the outpost.[4]

Black Spire Outpost Market[]

Land Port[]

Merchant Row[]

Service Yard[]

Spaceport[]

Outskirts of the outpost[]

Behind the scenes[]

Concept art of the outpost

At the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger first announced 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 Resort in Orlando, Florida. The announcement stated that these lands would be fourteen acres in size, making them the largest single land expansions in company history. The two attractions announced for the land included a ride that puts guests behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon and a ride that throws guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. it was also announced that the lands' setting would be on a yet-to-be-seen planet on the edge of the Outer Rim Territories, just before Wild Space.[16] During the Q1 FY17 Earnings call for The Walt Disney Company on February 7, 2017, Iger announced that the new lands would open in the year 2019.[17] During the "Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making" panel at Celebration Orlando, Asa Kalama of Walt Disney Imagineering stated that what they were building would be canonical.[18]

A map of Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

During Galactic Nights, a set of promotional trading cards were issued that gave some hints at what would be found on the attraction regarding Black Spire Outpost. On the front depicted certain scenes of what's likely to occur, such as an encounter with Kylo Ren, bargaining with Dok-Ondar, Hondo and Chewbacca agreeing to a deal, among others. On the back depicted part of a nine-panel map depicting the various locales of the outpost as well as some details about the specific locations. Eight of the cards also had a phrase in Aurebesh describing the location which, thanks to a Twitter user named Nick Tierce, was revealed to say in full "At the edge of the galaxy so far away, black was the spire that called me to stay, a beacon for drifters forgotten and lost, the spire summoned those broken and tossed, come stay here forever or just pass on through, the spirit of the black spire will forever change you".[19]

Appearances[]

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Non-canon appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. DisneyParksBlog.png Disney Parks Imagineers and Lucasfilm Share Details of Their Collaboration on Star Wars-Themed Lands on the Disney Parks Blog (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thrawn: Alliances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
  5. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  6. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
  8. The Star Wars Book
  9. The timeline provided in Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide places Han Solo's Kessel Run nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. As that film takes place in 19 BBY, we can deduce that the mission to Kessel and the subsequent Kessel Run took place in 10 BBY.
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  11. The events within the themed land Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and in associated media take place in 34 ABY, per the reasoning here.
  12. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  13. 13.0 13.1 Pirate's Price
  14. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
  15. GalaxysEdgeLogo icon.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeStar Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  16. DisneyParksBlog.png Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts on the Disney Parks Blog (backup link)
  17. DisneyParksBlog.png Star Wars-Themed Lands at Disney Parks Set to Open in 2019 on the Disney Parks Blog (backup link)
  18. YouTube.png FULL Star Wars Land panel - New details, artwork revealed at Star Wars Celebration 2017 on the Inside the Magic YouTube channel (backup link)
  19. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Trading Cards Provide Map of Black Spire Outpost (2018-05-29). blogmickey.com. BlogMickey. Archived from the original.