- "Welcome to Boz Pity…I read it's some sort of graveyard planet. But the size of the memorials…"
- ―Anakin Skywalker
Boz Pity was a planet in the Boz Pity system of the Mid Rim. It was home to the sentient Gargantelle species, noted for their large stature. When the planet was discovered at some point before the end of the Ductavis Era, the Hutts attempted to enslave the species. After the Gargantelles repelled seven invasions and four diplomatic missions, the Hutts convinced the Electric Caliphs of Boz Pity's neighbor world Mourn to exterminate the species. The Gargantelles were slowly driven to extinction over the next decade, but erected a substantial amount of enormous gravestones to their fallen. When the species disappeared, these monuments earned Boz Pity the nickname "the graveyard planet," which prompted inhabitants of nearby systems to travel to the planet to bury their dead.
During the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems used the planet as a staging point for raids on the Galactic Republic's borders, and constructed a large base on Boz Pity's surface. In 19.43 BBY, towards the end of the war, Republic forces seized control of the planet. Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, the Alliance to Restore the Republic established a base on the planet. The Galactic Empire discovered the base shortly after, and launched an attack on Boz Pity, but the Alliance was able to evacuate.
Boz Pity was situated in the Boz Pity system of the Halla sector, near the border of the Mid Rim and the Outer Rim Territories. The only nearby hyperlane was the Ilosian Spur, which connected the Lesser Lantillian Route with Pabol Sleheyron in Hutt Space. It was locked in synchronous orbit around the star Cama Coll with Mourn, a planet that was enshrouded in smoke.
After the extinction of the native Gargantelle species, Boz Pity was entirely without sentient life. The death monuments erected by the species were a prominent terrain feature, and ensured Boz Pity the nickname "the graveyard planet." Inhabitants of nearby systems would also bury their dead on the planet. Apart from the many graves, the terrain was dominated by rocky fields, sand-filled valleys and grassy fields, dotted with mountains.
Politically, the only major power to truly establish a presence on the planet was the Confederacy of Independent Systems. After driving the Confederacy away late in the Clone Wars, the Galactic Republic had some military forces stationed there.
Boz Pity was home to the sentient Gargantelle species. When the planet was discovered by the Hutts of Nal Hutta between 15,000 and 9000 BBY, they identified the Gargantelles as viable slaves, largely due to the species' massive stature. A series of missions were launched to attempt to enslave them—seven invasions by Niktos, followed by four diplomatic attempts by t'landa Til—but they all ended the same way: the Hutt servants were eaten by the natives. This infuriated the Hutt overlords, and prompted them to concoct a new plan. Instead of enslaving the Gargantelles, they would exterminate them. A legal team of Nimbanels was sent to Boz Pity's neighbor world Mourn to recruit the services of the Electric Caliphs—ten-millennia-old droids that once belonged to Sultan Nastuonodon. By appealing to their sense of obsolescence, the Nimbanels successfully convinced the caliphs to rid Boz Pity of sentient life. Over the next decade, the Gargantelles were slowly driven extinct. The species erected enormous monuments to their fallen, which would later contribute to Boz Pity's reputation as a "graveyard planet." When the last Gargantelle died, the caliphs returned to Mourn and set the planet's crust on fire, killing themselves.
The Clone Wars
- "Saleucami has fallen, and Master Vos has moved his troops to Boz Pity."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
During the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Boz Pity was occupied by the Confederacy of Independent Systems to serve as a staging point for raids on the Galactic Republic's borders. A large base was constructed on the planet, and over a hundred warships were stationed in the system. The Republic discovered the Separatist presence when Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi prompted a search of the system, hoping to find the Confederacy Commander Asajj Ventress.
In 19.43 BBY, Republic forces assaulted Boz Pity. Several Jedi who were assigned to the Outer Rim Sieges participated in the assault. An attempt was made to sneak the Intervention—a Venator-class Star Destroyer—past the Separatist fleet by having it exit hyperspace between the fleet and the planet. The plan backfired, however, and the ensuing Battle of Boz Pity proved bloody. The Intervention crash-landed on Boz Pity, where the Jedi found themselves in a land battle against forces under the command of the Confederacy leader Dooku, as well as General Grievous. Republic naval officer Denn Wessex commanded the Venator-class Redoubt in the battle over the planet. Although suffering major losses, the Republic won the battle, but the Separatist leadership was able to evacuate the planet.
Following the battle, the Republic maintained a presence on Boz Pity. After the Siege of Saleucami, the Jedi Quinlan Vos moved his force of clone troopers to the planet. Following the Clone Wars, planets in the region continued to take their dead to Boz Pity.
Galactic Civil War
In 0 ABY, following the Battle of Yavin, the Alliance to Restore the Republic was forced to relocate from their base on Yavin 4. A list put together by Alderaanian Viceroy and Alliance member Bail Organa named Boz Pity as a viable location for a new base. After sending a survey team to the planet, the Alliance established a base among the ruins of the Gargantelle buildings. The base would prove short-lived: not long after it was established, the Alliance's elite Renegade Squadron was tracked to the planet through an Imperial tracking beacon. The Empire immediately launched an attack on the base, deploying a large amount of stormtroopers, several All Terrain Scout Transports, and one All Terrain Armored Transport. However, in the ensuing battle, Renegade Squadron was able to keep the Imperial forces at bay long enough for the Rebel Alliance to evacuate the planet. Between 4 and 8 ABY, Boz Pity was under the hegemony of Imperial warlord Treuten Teradoc's Greater Maldrood faction. Between 25 and 26 ABY, the Boz Pity system was attacked by the Yuuzhan Vong, an extra-galactic species. The system remained under their control until between 27 and 29 ABY, when New Republic forces arrived.
The Gargantelles were the only sentient species native to Boz Pity. They were a particularly large species; individuals could reach a height of twenty meters, and they were equipped with six arms. These traits made them desirable slaves to the Hutts. They were fierce warriors, able to resist almost a dozen attempts at enslavement through sheer force. One of their traditions was to erect very large gravestones for their fallen. After their extinction, Gargantelle skeletons littered the surface of Boz Pity.
Behind the scenes
Boz Pity first appeared in issue #3 of the comic book series Star Wars: Obsession (2005), written by W. Haden Blackman. It was subsequently mentioned in several Star Wars works; perhaps most notably in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005).
The Essential Atlas (2009) substantially fleshed out the planet. Co-authors Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace wanted to include profiles for all the planets mentioned in Revenge of the Sith, which included Boz Pity. The story of the Gargantelles was invented for the Atlas, and the species' name was a reference to Gargantua and Pantagruel, a 16th century series of novels by François Rabelais. The Electric Caliphs, an invention of Wallace's for The New Essential Guide to Droids, were tied into the history of Boz Pity.
When designing the planet for use in Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, artist Mark Harrison drew inspiration from ancient Cambodian architecture. The temple complex Angkor Wat was a particularly big influence. Particular attention was given to the world's status as a "graveyard world"—concept art for Boz Pity included drawings of elaborate headstones and enormous skeletons with three faces. Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron erroneously identifies Boz Pity as an Outer Rim planet.
- Obsession 3 (First appearance)
- Obsession 4
- Obsession 5
- Brothers in Arms (Mentioned only)
- Republic 77 (Mentioned only)
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith comic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel (Mentioned only)
- Dark Times 6 (Mentioned only)
- Republic 81 (Mentioned only)
- "Republic HoloNet News Special Inaugural Edition 16:5:241"—Star Wars Insider 84 (Mentioned only)
- Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- "Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic"—Star Wars Insider 84
- The New Essential Chronology
- "Ask the Master"—Star Wars Insider 85
- "Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous"—Star Wars Insider 86
- "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 87
- "Refresher Reading"—Star Wars Insider 92
- Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts
- Star Wars Fandex Deluxe Edition
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 9 (ACK2, Gial Ackbar)
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook
Notes and references