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"Warrior-like men, witches—this place is all kinds of fun."
―Anakin Skywalker[src]

Dathomir, nicknamed the "Rancor planet", was a remote, neutral planet in the Quelli sector and the home of the Nightsisters and the Nightbrothers. The planet, lit red by its central star, had numerous continents that were overrun with vegetation, forests, and swamplands. The dark side of the Force had an immensely strong presence on Dathomir, which allowed for the nurturing of many malevolent Force wielders native to the planet. The Nightsisters, also known as the Dathomir witches, made their home in the swamps, and wielded magicks fueled by Dathomir's own power. Dathomir was also home to the Nightbrothers, Zabraks who were ruled by the Nightsisters. It was also the homeworld of the semi-sentient rancor species.

During the Clone Wars, Dathomir would come under attack multiple times due to the machinations of Mother Talzin and her rival Darth Sidious, leading to the destruction of most of the Nightsisters and settlements on the planet by the Confederacy of Independent Systems after conquering it. Asajj Ventress, a Nightsister trained by Count Dooku, returned to Mother Talzin after her master betrayed her. This drew Dooku's attention to Dathomir, resulting in the slaughter of the Nightsisters. This left Talzin, Ventress, Merrin and Shelish as the only known survivors.

In 2 BBY, Maul returned to Dathomir with the Jedi rebel Ezra Bridger to conduct a ritual that involved summoning the spirits of fallen Nightsisters in order to reveal fragments of a holocron vision. As a result, Maul and Ezra learned that the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi held the key to destroying the Sith and that he resided on a planet with twin suns.

DescriptionEdit

Rancor Sideshow

Rancors were native to Dathomir.

Dathomir was a remote and uninviting world, perpetually bathed in a red mist. It's terrain was one of contrasts, ranging from the murky swamps the Nightsisters lived in, to the harsh, barren rocks where the Nightbrothers found residence. Dathomir's natural inhabitants were well-adapted to the planet's harsh conditions and some, such as the Rancor were famed for their combative skill.

HistoryEdit

Hundreds of years before 3 BBY, the six-armed Fromprath species lived on Dathomir, but were exiled from the planet after being forced out by the Dathomirians.[16]

Prior to the Battle of Naboo, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious went to Dathomir where he traded secrets of the dark side of the Force with the Nightsisters' leader, Mother Talzin. He took Talzin's son, the Nightbrother Maul as his apprentice.[19] One of Talzin's fellow nightsisters also had a child, Asajj Ventress and was forced by Talzin to give her up to the criminal Hal'Sted in order to protect their coven.[7]

Clone WarsEdit

During the Clone Wars, Ventress returned to Dathomir and her coven's village following Count Dooku's assassination attempt at Sullust. Ventress was then healed and accepted the Nightsisters' help in assassinating Dooku. Despite Ventress's failure, Talzin was able to reach out to Dooku and offer him a new assassin to replace Ventress.[7]

Dooku traveled to Dathomir to the Nightsisters' village where he proposed an alliance between his Confederacy of Independent Systems and Talzin's coven. Talzin refused his offer but agreed to supply him with a Nightbrother similar to Maul. Dooku accepted her offer and departed. Ventress traveled to the Nightbrother village, where she chose several to participate in tests in their arena. After killing and wounding several of the chosen Nightbrothers, Ventress chose Savage Opress to be her replacement. Ventress then took Opress to the Nightsister's village, where they used their magick to increase his strength and power. After Opress demonstrated his loyalty by killing his brother, he was given to Dooku.[12]

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker went to Dathomir to speak with the Nightbrothers about Opress's whereabouts. Brother Viscus told them one of Talzin's Nightsisters took Opress as a mate to their village. Kenobi and Skywalker went to the Nightsisters, where Talzin told them that Opress was on Toydaria. After Opress's role was discovered, he returned to Dathomir. There, Talzin told him that his last surviving brother, Maul, was in exile somewhere in the Outer Rim. Opress left to find him, promising to return.[9]

BattleOfDathomir-Massacre

The Nightsisters summon their Army of the Dead to defend against the Separatists.

Ventress returned to Dathomir, where she was fully accepted into the Nightsisters. However, Darth Sidious and Dooku decided to send Grievous and his Droid Army to Dathomir to wipe the Nightsisters out for their attempts on Dooku's life. At first, the Nightsister and their Army of the Dead were able to hold out against Grievous's forces. However, Dooku was able to subdue the Nightsisters when Grievous killed Old Daka. All the Nightsisters, except Ventress and Talzin, were eradicated. While Ventress became a bounty hunter,[20] Talzin continued to guide Opress to his brother from the village.[17]

Opress later returned to Dathomir with Maul. At the village, Talzin was able to restore Maul's sanity and gave him a new pair of cybernetic legs before she disappeared.[21] Ventress returned to Dathomir with under cover Jedi Master Quinlan Vos to teach to use his emotions to to strengthen his bond with the Dark Side.[14]

Maul returned to Dathomir with Dooku to the Nightbrothers village. There, Talzin attempted to use Dooku in a ritual that would restore her physical form. However, Grievous, Sidious and their forces then arrived to Dathomir. With the Shadow Collective decimated and Talzin dead, Maul and what remained of his forces fled,[3] and Dathomir was left to the conquerors.[22]

After Ventress was killed, Vos and Kenobi returned her body to Dathomir. There, they gave her a funeral.[14]

Following the Purge, the Jedi Master Taron Malicos crash landed on the desolate planet. Through exerting his strength he rose above the Nightbrothers and became their new leader, although the power of the Dark Side of the Force that was present on the planet eventually drove him mad.[13]

Sometime prior to 14 BBY,[23] the Jedi Master Eno Cordova explored the planet for relics of the Zeffo civilization and discovered the Tomb of Kujet. Supposedly overcoming a trial of some description, Eno made it inside the Tomb.[13]

Imperial EraEdit

"Bring the ship and come to me on Dathomir and you and I will then decide what to do about the traitor, Beckett, and his accomplices."
"I'm on my way."
"Qi'ra, you and I will be working much more closely from now on."
―Maul and Qi'ra[src]

In 14 BBY,[23] instructed by a hologram left by Eno Cordova through his droid BD-1, the former Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis arrived on Dathomir with his companions, Cere Junda, Cordova's former Padawan, and Greez Dritus their pilot. Cal was confronted by an unknown Nightsister, later revealed to be Merrin, one of the last of her kind. Merrin blamed the Jedi for the massacre that descimated her people, and does everything in her power to impede Cal. On his way to the tomb, Cal encountered a mysterious wanderer who warned Cal about the dangers the tomb posed. Ignoring him, Cal proceeded onward, and after being forced to fight the undead Nightsisters brought back to life by Merrin, he eventually made it into the tomb. Within, he experienced a flashback where he remembered his master, Jaro Tapal sacrificing himself to protect him from the clone troopers during the Purge, Cal was attacked by a manifestation of Jaro's spirit, resulting in his lightsaber being destroyed. Cal then encountered another former Jedi, Taron Malicos, the mysterious wanderer from before, who sought to learn the power of the Nightsisters and manipulated them against the Jedi. Malicos offered to teach Cal how to handle the dark power of Dathomir against Merrin's wishes. Cal refused and fled Dathomir when Merrin attacked.[13]

After constructing a new lightsaber, Cal returned to Dathomir to complete his trials. Cal faced Jaro's spirit again, defeating him by overcoming his feelings of guilt over his death. Malicos again attempted to sway Cal to the dark side, and he attacked when Cal refused him. Merrin helped Cal defeat Malicos, and afterward she decided to join the Mantis crew.[13]

Skirmish at Nightsister Lair

Bridger and Maul fight off the Nightsister ghosts.

Following the formation of the Galactic Empire, Maul would lead the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn from Dathomir. In 10 BBY, after the death of his minion Dryden Vos, Maul summoned Qi'ra, another of his underlings, to his homeworld, warning her they would be working more closely.[18] Sometime later in 2 BBY,[source?] Maul would again return to Dathomir, but he was accompanied by Ezra Bridger. There, they went to the Nightsister village to partake in a ritual that would give each other the knowledge they sought from holocrons.[8]

At some point, R0-GR and Pace crashed landed on Dathomir.[24]

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