- "Dantooine? That's in the middle of nowhere."
"That's the whole point. Where else could the rebels hide?"
- ―Thane Kyrell and an Imperial officer
Dantooine was a planet located in the Raioballo sector's Dantooine system of the Outer Rim Territories' northern New Territories region, near the Sinsang and Angor systems. It was the fourth planet in orbit of its sun Dina, and had two moons. The planet was affiliated with both the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire.
A terrestrial planet in the Raioballo sector's Dantooine system of the northern New Territories region of the Outer Rim Territories, located near both the Sinsang and Angor systems, Dantooine was the fourth planet in orbit of its star Dina, and was orbited by two moons. The principal moon shone a light purple, while the lesser had a greenish cast. Two hyperspace lanes also ran near Dantooine, the long, winding Veragi Trade Route, and the smaller Myto's Arrow—a backwater route from Dantooine to Jaemus—offered a faster trip. However, despite being in between both lanes, Dantooine was not easily accessible, but historians argued about why civilization on the planet never took hold and remained nearly deserted.
Most of Dantooine's terrain consisted of savannas, steppes, hills and rivers. It maintained a mild and dry climate throughout most of its 378-local day year, except for the rainy season in spring, which brought torrential downpours that turned the fertile soil into mud and tinge the brown grass with a shade of lavender.
Several centuries before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, records mentioned involvement from the Jedi Order on Dantooine. Following the Jedi's withdrawal from the planet, Dantooine was resettled as part of the Galactic Republic's campaign to populate the New Territories.
High Republic Era
Around 232 BBY, the Galactic Republic space station Starlight Beacon prepared to open. Among the areas of its biosphere zone was a recreation of Dantooine jungle, which was toured by Jedi Padawan Bell Zettifar while he attended a conclave there. The Great Hyperspace Disaster, an incident in which the freighter Legacy Run was destroyed in hyperspace, occurred soon afterwards. In the aftermath, Emergences of the starship's debris into realspace began occurring at random throughout the Outer Rim Territories, leading Supreme Chancellor Lina Soh to institute an extensive hyperspace blockade to prevent further disasters. The eighteenth Emergence occurred near Dantooine, prompting the blockade to be extended another fifty parsecs. Another one of the first twenty-one Emergences destroyed an orbital shipping facility near the planet which had been coordinating a large aid shipment to Outer Rim worlds affected by the blockade.
- "I've just received a distress signal from our forces on Dantooine. Master Windu's defenses held, but at a great cost to his men. They need medical supplies immediately."
During the time of the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems arrived on Dantooine and disturbed the planet's peace, with hopeful farmers following suit to grow crops and raise livestock on homesteads primarily powered by wind energy. Supposedly, the Confederacy came to the planet in search of valuable ancient artifacts, with the Republic responding by dispatching Jedi Master Mace Windu to deal with the situation. During the battle, many of Windu's troopers perished, but the Jedi was able to defeat the Confederacy's B2-series super battle droids and seismic tanks that caused dangerous shock waves to the planet's surface.
While on Dantooine, the Republic troops were able to send out a distress signal which was later picked up by the Republic, who sent supplies and medical aid to the planet immediately aboard the Pelta-class frigate TB-73 with the help of Jedi Padawans Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee. However, the two Jedi were unable to complete their delivery mission as a result of an infestation of Geonosian brain worms aboard the frigate, and was later undertaken by Jedi Master Kit Fisto.
Age of the Empire
During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, Dantooine was an Alliance to Restore the Republic regional headquarters and operations sector. Dantooine was included in a map of the galaxy that listed safe worlds, starfighter hubs at level five or higher, regional headquarters and operations sectors, and deep space caches. The map was then incorporated in The Rebel Files.
In 2 BBY, during the early rebellion, the former Imperial Senator and rebel leader Mon Mothma made arrangements for the rebel fleet to rendezvous above Dantooine. She wanted to unify the disparate rebel cells and factions and make official the Rebel Alliance. With the help of Phoenix Leader Hera Syndulla and the Spectres, Mothma managed to travel through the dangerous Archeon pass to Dantooine. Above Dantooine, Mothma gave an impassioned HoloNet speech urging the galaxy to rise up in rebellion against the Empire. Shortly later, the rebel fleet converged above Dantooine.
Galactic Civil War
- "Dantooine. They're on Dantooine."
- ―Leia Organa, lying about the location of the Rebel base
Shortly before the Galactic Civil War, the Rebellion used the planet as the location of their first base. By the time of the Battle of Scarif, that base had been abandoned, and the Rebels had established their headquarters on the jungle moon Yavin 4, a location that was already in use by Jan Dodonna's rebel cell.
When Princess Leia Organa was held captive on the Death Star, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin threatened to destroy her home planet of Alderaan if she did not provide him with the location of the Rebellion's secret base. Organa then lied to him, disclosing the location of the then-current base as Dantooine. Tarkin, impatient to try out the Death Star's superlaser at full capacity, deemed Dantooine "too remote to make an effective demonstration" and ordered the destruction of Alderaan anyway. Nonetheless, Imperial forces, led by General Cassio Tagge, reconnoitered Dantooine, only to find the remains of the abandoned Rebel base. Upon learning this, Tarkin ordered Organa's immediate execution. Thane Kyrell was one of those who were sent to explore Dantooine, and he was surprised by the level of organization and sophistication he saw in the abandoned base.
Rise of the First Order
- "This is Dantooine. The First Order has taken control of the planet, creating a blockade and cutting off all range communications."
- ―Venisa Doza
Following the outbreak of the war against the Resistance, the First Order, a remnant of the "Old Empire," occupied and blockaded Dantooine. The Resistance Commander Venisa Doza led a mission to evacuate several Resistance sympathizers. Doza's Jade Squadron and the Ace Squadron pilots Torra Doza, Kazuda Xiono, and Hype Fazon managed to eliminate a squadron of TIE fighters blockading Dantooine.
They managed to rendezvous with three Resistance shuttles but were attacked by Commander Pyre's Resurgent-class Star Destroyer. Though Jade Squadron and the Aces managed to destroy several TIEs and evacuate two shuttles, one shuttle was shot down by First Order TIE Fighter Pilot Jace Rucklin.
Behind the scenes
Dantooine was first mentioned in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first installment of the Star Wars original trilogy. Stories from Star Wars Legends, particularly the Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, provided extensive details both about the planet's composition and history, within the Legends context.
Early versions of the 2015 sequel trilogy film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens had the First Order converting Dantooine into their superweapon and retrofitting the abandoned Rebel base for their own purposes, having been previously retrofitted by the Galactic Empire. The superlaser was set inside an old volcano, stealing energy from the suns of the system, with X-wing fighters trying to dive-bomb into it. Literally and metaphorically bringing more darkness to the galaxy, the base's name was to be the "Doom Star."
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 37 (Guide to the Galaxy: Visiting Dantooine)
- Lost Stars webcomic
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
- Lost Stars
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- Gadgets and Gear
- Aftermath: Life Debt
- "The Trigger"—From a Certain Point of View
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
- Star Wars Resistance – "Rebuilding the Resistance"
- The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY in the dating system used by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As The High Republic: Light of the Jedi depicts the launch, all of its events, including the Great Hyperspace Disaster and the eighteenth Emergence, must occur around that year.
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens