The Drift was once was a small nebula of considerable beauty and dynamics; however, during the Great Sith War, a Sith device used to manipulate matter within the cores of stars caused the detonation of the nearby Cron Cluster stellar group, destroying nearby planets and forming the asteroid field. The Cron Drift held a reputation as a hiding place for all sorts of activity such as pirating, looting, and smuggling of illicit materials.
In 3996 BBY Aleema Keto used Sith magic along with the ancient ship Corsair to destroy the nebula known at the time as the Cron Cluster, creating the Cron Drift. During the Cron Supernova, all planetary bodies in the vicinity were smashed, with the debris becoming scattered throughout the region. Dalos IV, Belderone, Kulthis, Ossus, and Nespis VIII were closest to the explosion and affected by the detonation.
Rise of the Empire
Sometime before the Invasion of Naboo, Force-sensitive Umbaran Sly Moore was captured and imprisoned by Darth Maul in a tomb located within the Cron Drift. She was tormented by ancient Sith as a test before being retrieved by Darth Sidious.
Galactic Civil War
Rebel communications outpost AX-235 was located in the Cron Drift during the war. During a rendezvous between Delta-class DX-9 stormtrooper transport Magnus, BFF-1 bulk freighter Ojai, and CR90 corvette Jeffrey delivering supplies and stolen Imperial communications satellites to the outpost, an Imperial force consisting of four Imperial DX-9s escorted by assault gunboats attacked the outpost. The Imperials were defeated by X-wings piloted by Keyan Farlander and Puck Naeco, allowing the transfer to take place. The satellites later proved essential in discovering the Death Star project.
Behind the scenes
A galaxy map depicting the various destinations of the Star Tours travel agency is seen in the queue of the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland. The map erroneously suggests Yavin 4 is in the Cron Drift, which is contradicted by many Legends sources.
- Tales of the Jedi – The Sith War 4
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne (Mentioned only)
- Darth Bane: Rule of Two (Indirect mention only)
- Darth Bane: Rule of Two audiobook (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Mentioned only)
- The Cestus Deception (Mentioned only)
- A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale (Mentioned only)
- Han Solo at Stars' End (First mentioned)
- Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: X-Wing (First appearance)
- Fair Prey"—Star Wars Gamer 1 (Mentioned only) "
- "Lumiya: Dark Star of the Empire"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 3
- Star Wars: Dark Empire II
- "Firestorm"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 15
- Dark Apprentice
- The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)
- Millennium Falcon (Mentioned only)
- Millennium Falcon audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Star Tours (Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris only)
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
- Secrets of the Sisar Run
- "From the Files of Corellia Antilles"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 14
- X-Wing: The Official Strategy Guide
- "Straight from the Horse's Mouth: A Guide to the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Universe, Part 1"—Star Wars Insider 26
- The Emperor's Pawns"—Star Wars Gamer 5 "
- Alien Anthology
- The New Jedi Order Sourcebook
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 35
- The Essential Atlas
- Suns of Fortune
- Nexus of Power