- "If there's a dark center of the universe, this is it…"
- ―Luke Skywalker
Byss was a planet in the Deep Core, near the center of the galaxy, discovered no earlier than 45 BBY. A local day lasted 31 standard hours, and a local year lasted 207 standard days. It was the endpoint of the Byss Run.
Byss itself was somewhat of a myth, seeming to be the perfect place to live. Its eerie blue-green glow, caused by its sun, also added to the strangeness of the world. Despite this outward appearance, however, Emperor Palpatine's dark side energies were everywhere, corrupting not only the inhabitants, but the planet itself.
Around 30,000 BBY during the Pre-Republic era, Byss was ruled by the space-faring Rakata. Using Force-based hyperdrives, they traveled to many worlds around the galaxy that possessed significant signatures in the Force, uniting them to form the Rakatan Infinite Empire. They constructed large temples on Byss. After five thousand years of galactic dominance, the Rakata retreated to their homeworld. Their temples collapsed into ruins overtaken by the jungle, leaving no clues for later settlers as to how or why they died out.
The surface of the world was dotted with "spectacular" ruins that were said to be pre-Expansion Era. During the Galactic Empire's expansion into the Deep Core region, Palpatine selected Byss as his personal retreat and his secret throne world. Thousands of non-Human slaves were forced to labor in the "recolonization efforts" on Byss including the Utapauns and Gamorreans after the Clone Wars.
It was on Byss that a number of captured AgriCorps workers and Padawans were held captive under the supervision of Sly Moore, until the Emperor introduced them to Darth Vader. Vader killed all but four of them; these four he trained to be Inquisitors. One of the chosen, named Antinnis Tremayne, would eventually become a High Inquisitor. It was the site of the Sarlacc Project, where a Super Star Destroyer prototype was under creation before being destroyed by a group of freedom fighters and pirates under Bail Prestor Organa and Alya Aldrete. The Emperor drew ignorant followers to the planet under the pretext that it was a paradise world. Among them were survivors of the Destruction of Alderaan, which he offered to resettle on Byss in a public speech delivered following the destruction of the world. Once they had settled into their new lives on the paradise world, the Emperor revealed his true plans for Byss. Immigrants lived out their lives in elaborate pageants and amusements, which distracted them from what Palpatine was really doing: draining their life energies to power his abominable experiments. Eventually, Byss was entirely enveloped in the dark side of the Force. This was evident by the eerie blue-green sunlight that bathed the world in a strange glow.
Byss had orbital drydocks for both World Devastators, Super Star Destroyers and later on, the Galaxy Gun. At the height of its power, the world was encircled by warships and battle stations for the Emperor's protection.
Byss was fanatically loyal to the Emperor even after his first death at the Battle of Endor. When the Emperor was reborn in a new clone body, Byss became the capital world of the Galactic Empire, which Palpatine planned on rebuilding into the beginnings of a universe spanning magocracy. Byss was destroyed during a battle with the New Republic when Eclipse II was rammed into the Galaxy Gun by R2-D2, causing the last projectile of the Galaxy Gun to misfire and aim toward the planet, destroying it.
With the destruction of Byss, millions of refuges from Relus fled to Prakith and beyond. The energies of the Deep Core erased the Byss Run and consisted the systam unreachable, causing millions to be marooned. 
In 14 ABY, Tavion Axmis absorbed the lingering dark side energy from the remains of Byss during her campaign to resurrect Marka Ragnos. Rosh Penin was sent to investigate, but was seduced to the dark side by Tavion. Kyle Katarn and Jaden Korr later embarked on a mission to Byss to discover Penin's fate. The Raven's Claw was captured by a Dreadnaught-class cruiser among the planet's remains, though the Jedi ultimately escaped the clutches of the Imperial Remnant.
Behind the scenes
- Evasive Action: Recruitment
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Mentioned only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- "Uhl Eharl Khoehng"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 8 (Mentioned only)
- "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 3 (Mentioned only)
- "The Farrimmer Cafe"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 11 (Mentioned only)
- "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 8 (Indirect mention only)
- Dark Forces: Jedi Knight (Mentioned only)
- Dark Forces: Jedi Knight audio drama (Mentioned only)
- Dark Empire 2: Devastator of Worlds (First appearance)
- Dark Empire 3: The Battle for Calamari (Mentioned only)
- Dark Empire 4: Confrontation on the Smugglers' Moon
- Dark Empire 5: Emperor Reborn
- Dark Empire 6: The Fate of a Galaxy (Mentioned only)
- Dark Empire audio drama
- Lightsider (Non-canonical mention)
- Dark Empire II 1: Operation Shadow Hand
- Dark Empire II 2: Duel on Nar Shaddaa (Mentioned only)
- Dark Empire II 3: World of the Ancient Sith
- Dark Empire II 4: Battle on Byss
- Dark Empire II 5: The Galaxy Weapon
- Dark Empire II 6: Hand of Darkness (Mentioned only)
- Dark Empire II audio drama
- Empire's End
- Empire's End audio drama
- Crimson Empire 0 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Crimson Empire 3 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Crimson Empire audio drama (Mentioned only)
- Jedi Search (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (Remains)
- Before the Storm (Mentioned only)
- Tyrant's Test (Mentioned only)
- Love Is a Warm Blaster (Non-canonical mention) (As part of an expletive)
- Vision of the Future (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 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 Template:WEG
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dark Empire 4: Confrontation on the Smugglers' Moon
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Evasive Action: Recruitment
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Dark Empire 2: Devastator of Worlds
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- ↑ Jaws of the Sarlacc
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ Empire's End
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 93 (BYS1, Byss)