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"Admiral Hacklin's expecting you two—and no one else. I told him to wait for you at an old asteroid mining facility."
―General Var Suthra[src]

An asteroid mining facility in the Unknown Regions once conducted a thriving ore-processing industry, but Czerka Corporation withdrew funding and support of the facility sometime before the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the reconstituted Sith Empire. The facility, which was built into an asteroid, was abandoned until the year 3643 BBY, when the Sith Valis attempted to capture the Jedi Padawan Kira Carsen at the facility and was defeated by Carsen and her Master.

Description[edit | edit source]

"The mining facility's abandoned, and well off standard hyperspace routes. It's the safest place we could find for the admiral."
―General Var Suthra[src]

Located in the Unknown Regions[1] on the far northern edge of the galactic disk,[2] the mining facility was located in an asteroid field well off standard hyperspace routes and was itself built into an asteroid. The black spherical main section of the space station hung from the "bottom" of the asteroid, with pipes extending into the asteroid and securing the station to its surface, and a tower extended from the bottom of the main section down away from the asteroid. The facility also continued through the interior of the asteroid all the way to its other side, where several communications antennas and towers were built. The facility had at least one hangar bay, and during its era of productivity, it processed ore from the surrounding asteroids.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

"The mining facility is small. If this is a trap, you won't be facing more enemies than you can handle."
―General Var Suthra[src]

Czerka Corporation established the mining facility sometime before the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire in order to harvest ore from the asteroid field. The facility hosted a thriving ore-processing industry, but as the station's profits began to decline, Czerka ultimately withdrew its funding, and the facility was abandoned by the year 3643 BBY.[3] That year, the Sith Emperor sought to retrieve Kira Carsen, a former Child of the Emperor—individuals who were unknowingly agents of the Emperor—so he sent the Child Valis to capture her. As Carsen and her current Jedi mentor were working to stop the Sith Lord Darth Angral's efforts to destroy the Republic, Valis posed as Angral's loyal subordinate Admiral Hacklin of the Imperial Navy and contacted the Republic's General Var Suthra with an offer to defect.[1]

Having spread rumors that the admiral had earned a death mark, "Hacklin" refused to surrender to anyone other than Carsen, whom the real Hacklin had met earlier at the planet Ord Mantell, so Suthra arranged a meeting at the abandoned mining facility. Carsen and the Jedi Knight to whom she was apprenticed arrived after Valis to find the station's hangar empty except for one ship with a single light above the boarding ramp, and as the two Jedi approached the ship, Valis emerged from behind some of the cargo crates scattered around the hangar. The Sith introduced himself and explained the Emperor's intentions, but when the Knight refused to comply, the meeting turned hostile. In the duel that followed, the two Jedi overcame Valis and killed him, leaving the Sith's body and ship in the facility as they returned to the Republic and notified both General Suthra and the Jedi High Council of what had happened.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The mining facility first appeared in the Jedi Knight-class mission "The Defector" in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a video game released by BioWare and LucasArts in 2011. The facility's history is expanded upon briefly in the game's galaxy map when the facility is selected for travel.[1]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Jedi Knight Mission: "The Defector" on Czerka Facility
  2. Holonet icon allegiances.png Galaxy Map on The Old Republic Holonet (link obsolete; backup link)
  3. SWTOR mini.png STAR WARS: The Old Republic - Question ! :) - Page 3 on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) places Star Wars: The Old Republic about ten to twelve years after the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, which is dated to 3653 BBY by Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia. The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2 takes place ten years after the treaty, one week after the mission to Nar Shaddaa, and around the time of the SpecForce Incident. Since the mission and the incident are respectively part of Act I of the Jedi Knight and Republic Trooper's storylines, and the Trooper's Act I occurs concurrent to Act I of the Smuggler storyline, the general events of Act I for all classes can be assumed to occur in 3643 BBY. The Prologue for each class immediately precedes Act I, and Act III for all classes begins with the start of the Galactic War, which Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia places around 3640 BBY. Assuming that in-universe chronology of the Star Wars: The Old Republic events roughly aligns with the release of story content in real-life as with SWTOR mini.png Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link), the Act III Epilogue must take place near the end of 3640 BBY since it was the chronologically latest story of the The Old Republic base game, which was released toward the end of 2011. Therefore, assuming that The Old Republic takes place over the course of three years per the former of the two aforementioned swtor.com posts, Act I takes place near the end of 3643 BBY.
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