- "The Empire abandoned Chorin. But…so did I."
- ―Beilert Valance, to Darth Vader
Chorin was a rocky mining planet inhabited by humans. Its population, including the Valance family, was enslaved as miners for generations before being liberated by the Galactic Empire. At one point, the Empire also liberated Chorin City. After the mines were depleted, the Empire abandoned the planet, leaving its population defenseless against the raiders that would eventually form the criminal syndicate known as the Hidden Hand.
At some point prior to the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY, during a visit to Chorin, Sith Lord Darth Vader offered the cyborg bounty hunter Beilert Valance, a native of the planet whom he had captured, a position in the Empire. Shortly after the visit, the residents of Valance's village on Chorin left their home and migrated to a rebel base on the world Lowik following a deal between Valance and the rebels Gita and Aeliar. Vader later sent a detachment of stormtroopers to the settlement to slaughter its people, but the troopers discovered that the village had been abandoned upon arriving.
Slavery and liberation
- "Our people mined these hills for generations…as slaves. But now we mine for profit. As free men and women. Thanks to our liberators. Thanks to…the Empire."
- ―Beilert Valance's father, to his son
For generations, the humans of Chorin, which included the Valance family, were enslaved by pirates controlling the mines. They mined the hills of the planet until they were liberated by the Galactic Empire during its reign, maintaining its presence on the planet with multiple starships, including Imperial II-class Star Destroyers, class four container transports, and Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing starfighters. As a free population, the people began mining the planet for profit. At one point, Chorin City was liberated by a force led by Captain Tarl Sokoli, who killed seventeen pirates in the battle himself. The Empire later held a parade on the planet, in which several stormtroopers and an All Terrain Tactical Enforcer walker piloted by Sokoli walked between a crowd. Beilert Valance, a human child miner, ran through the crowd in order to see the walker himself, but was seized by a stormtrooper before they were relieved by Sokoli. The captain approached the boy and gave him a ration bar, explaining how he himself once experienced cruelty on a planet.
Valance eventually departed his village via an Imperial transport ship after reaching adulthood in order to become a pilot in the Imperial Starfighter Corps by 13 BBY. The Empire later abandoned the planet after the mines were depleted, leaving Chorin's population vulnerable to raiders, who attacked the village on at least one occasion. Without the Empire's protection, many of Chorin's inhabitants were killed despite attempts to defend themselves.
Abandoned by the Empire
- "What remains of your people is still down there. Safe. For now."
- ―Darth Vader, to Valance
After being discharged from the Empire and receiving extensive cybernetics, Valance returned to Chorin only to discover that his village was left in ruins. He found the people of his village by a bonfire and learned about the cause of his home's destruction from Yuralla Vega, one of the village's natives whom Valance had been close to during his life as a miner. Determined to hunt down the raiders, Valance left the village in pursuit of them and managed to locate the mountain where the raiders resided. However, he found that they had already left the area—the raiders had gone on to form the Hidden Hand criminal syndicate after departing the planet. Following his failure to locate the raiders, Valance left Chorin and started a career in bounty hunting. At some point prior to embarking on a job, Valance contacted a droid stationed at Receiver Station 356-39 on Chorin and attempted to speak with Vega while she and a group of miners were hauling supplies from the mines. However, he closed the transmission line just before communication was established between the two.
At some point prior to the Battle of Hoth in 3 ABY, Valance and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader traveled to Chorin after the bounty hunter's capture following a skirmish on the world Heva. Upon arriving on Chorin's surface, Vader invited Valance back to the Empire after showing him that his people at the village were temporarily safe from harm. Sometime afterward, the population of the village on Chorin migrated to a rebel base located on the world Lowik as part of a deal between Valance and Rebel Alliance members Aeliar and Gita, with the bounty hunter promising a supply of weapons in return. When Valance abandoned Vader and his forces at the Hidden Hand's main outpost after dealing with the syndicate's leader, the Sith Lord sent a detachment of stormtroopers to massacre the population at Valance's home. Upon arriving, however, the troopers discovered that the village had been completely abandoned.
- "The Valance family has dug, scratched and clawed through these hills for centuries."
- ―Beilert Valance's father, to his son
Chorin was inhabited by humans, including the Valance family, who were enslaved as miners for many generations, until their liberation by the Galactic Empire. Following a deal between Valance and a group of rebels, the population of Valance's village departed their home. Individual of various species attended a parade on Chorin, including a Rodian.
The planet's hills housed mines— controlled by pirates prior to the Empire's liberation of the planet— which were excavated for resources, requiring miners to wear a breath mask and a pair of goggles beforehand. A village was located near the hills, but it was ravaged during an attack by raiders and later abandoned when the population migrated to Lowik. A makeshift graveyard for the victims of the attack was also created near the village, with each miner's helmet laid over the graves. Receiver Station 356-39, a communication station located near the mines, could be used to communicate with individuals off-world. The planet also contained at least one city, Chorin City.
Behind the scenes
Chorin first appeared in a flashback scene in the second issue of the 2019 comic-book miniseries Star Wars: Target Vader, written by Robbie Thompson, illustrated by Stefano Landini, and published by Marvel Comics on August 14, 2019. The world was first identified in the fifth issue, which was also written by Thompson and published on November 13, 2019.
In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the homeworld of Beilert Valance was the mining world Shinbone, which was first featured in "The Hunt Within: Valance's Tale: Part 1," a 2004 scenario for the Star Wars Miniatures roleplaying game by Jason Fry.
- Target Vader 2 (First appearance) (In flashback(s))
- Target Vader 5 (First identified as Chorin)
- Target Vader 6
- Bounty Hunters 3 (In flashback(s))
- Bounty Hunters 6 (In flashback(s))
- Bounty Hunters 7 (In flashback(s))
- Bounty Hunters 10 (Indirect mention only) (In flashback(s))
- Bounty Hunters 17 (Mentioned on variant cover)
- Bounty Hunters 18 (In flashback(s))
Notes and references
- Target Vader 5
- Bounty Hunters 18
- Bounty Hunters 3
- Target Vader 2
- Bounty Hunters 6
- The flashback in Target Vader 5 depicting Beilert Valance leaving Chorin to join the Imperial Navy is set prior to Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet, which depicts Valance and Han Solo as members of the navy. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide establishes that Solo joined the navy six years after the formation of the Galactic Empire, which is dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As such, the flashback in Target Vader 5 must have taken place no later than 13 BBY.
- Star Wars: Target Vader is set before Empire Ascendant 1, which in turn takes place before the Battle of Hoth. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the battle to 3 ABY, the events of Target Vader, including Beilert Valance's return to Chorin in Target Vader 5, must have taken place prior to the battle.
- Target Vader 4
- Target Vader 6