- "Warrior-like men, witches—this place is all kinds of fun."
- ―Anakin Skywalker
Dathomir, nicknamed the "rancor planet," was a remote, neutral and obscure planet in the Dathomir system of the Quelli sector in the Outer Rim Territories and New Territories of the galaxy. and the home of the Nightsisters, Nightbrothers, Blue Coral Divers Clan, Singing Mountain, and the Howling Crag. The planet, bathed in blood-red light 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, Shelish, Jerserra, and Yenna 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.
- "Dathomir is a deadly place. We should be careful."
- ―Cere Junda
Dathomir was a remote and uninviting world,[source?] although it was temperate and verdant, with a comfortable atmosphere despite its challenging ecosystem and dangerous predators. Perpetually bathed in a red mist, its 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.[source?] Not many of Dathomir's residents left the planet, and those elsewhere in the galaxy rarely visited it.
Other native creatures included bane back spiders, large and aggressive arachnids that spat corrosive acid, and nydaks, bipedal predators with powerful arms that allowed them to easily traverse the landscape.
Among the most distinctive creatures native to Dathomir, however, was the chirodactyl, a species of gigantic bat similar to an owl that used its massive wings to fly to dizzying heights and swoop down on unwary prey. One example of this species, Gorgara, was known by the native Nightbrothers as "the winged daemon of the canyon" and was particularly feared by them.
Dathomir also had aquatic life, such as the Burra fish. Fishing families on the planet Batuu cooked and cultivated the foreign Burra fish for consumption. Another aquatic creature, the Sleeper, was an ancient mollusk with two large lavender eyes, a carapace-covered body, antennae, and four appendages, and lived deep in the murky blue water within the Nightsister lair. The Sleeper was very important in Nightsister tradition as it had an ingredient vital in the Water of Life.
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 Nightsisters, a reclusive people who hid dark secrets. The Fromprath exploited the natural resources of the planet, which caused the Nightsisters to form a symbiotic alliance with rancors, in order to drive out the colonizers.
The Galactic Republic was known to have dropped off it prisoners and criminals on the planet. In 600 BBY, the Jedi Allya, was exiled to the planet Dathomir. She taught the women on the planet ways of the Force.
Era of the Republic
- "Long ago, Sidious came to me on Dathomir. We exchanged secret wisdom—mingled dark side abilities with Nightsister Magicks. He promised to make me his right hand, but instead he stole what was most dear to me…my own flesh and blood. My son!"
- ―Mother Talzin
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. 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.
Prior to the Clone Wars, OteroaCorp created their twentieth settlement on Dathomir. Oteroa Zero-Twenty was located in a jungle near the Nardithi Cluster. An OteroaCorp ship called the The Oteroan Sky crashed after it was sabotaged by the Nardithi Nightsisters and it crashed into the city, destroying it.
Sometime prior to 14 BBY, 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.
Darth Maul's R3-series astromech droid R3-B0017, was programmed to scavenge the planet. 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.
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 Nightsisters' 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.
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.
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, Talzin continued to guide Opress to his brother from the village. 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. 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.
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 and proceeded to decimate the Shadow Collective, with a newly restored Talzin perishing at Grievous' hands in the process of saving her son. Maul and what remained of his forces fled, and Dathomir was left to the conquerors. After Ventress was killed, Vos and Kenobi returned her body to Dathomir for a funeral, where her body was claimed by the waters of Dathomir to rest with her fallen sisters.
Prior to the end of the Clone Wars, an elite Separatist unit shot down Jedi General Weren Dal over Dathomir. Fel Trech crash landed on the planet, becoming mentally ill with survivor's guilt. He lived in a cave located in a mountain range and had a distress beacon that generated a detectable signal. During the Great Jedi Purge, the Jedi Master Taron Malicos crash landed on the desolate planet. Though he survived the crash, the strong presence of the dark side of the Force drove him insane and he eventually usurped control of the surviving Nightbrothers by killing Brother Viscus.
At some point, a female Inquisitor came to Dathomir, where she discovered Jerserra, a survivor of the Battle of Dathomir, and trained her secretly to use as a weapon against the other Inquisitors. Before leaving, Jerserra took a shard of the Nardithi Cluster. Jerserra eventually killed her master and became a mercenary.
In 14 BBY, 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 decimated 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 soon learned that the mysterious wanderer he had encountered earlier was former Jedi Taron Malicos, 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.
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 by using her magick to bury him alive, and afterward she decided to join the Mantis crew.
Maul would lead the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn from his room in the Nightsister fortress on 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. When Qi'ra arrived on Dathomir, Maul brought her to the fortress, explaining to her the Sith Rule of Two.
Sometime later in 2 BBY, Maul would again return to Dathomir, this time accompanied by Ezra Bridger. There, Maul showed Bridger the remnants of his homeworld and finally, brought the young Jedi to the Nightsister village to partake in a ritual that would give each other the knowledge they sought from holocrons. However, when Bridger's companions Kanan Jarrus and Sabine Wren were possessed, Bridger left Maul to help them, causing Maul to leave Dathomir and dismiss his attempt to take Bridger as his apprentice as a failure.
Galactic Civil War
Prior to the Battle of Yavin, the Galactic Empire established a presence on Dathomir in the form of a garrison. Light cruisers and exploratory craft were known to have made secret visits and the Empire had taken a quiet interest in Dathomir, despite a lack of information on Imperial records. Despite the rumors of the Empire maintaining a garrison on Dathomir, there were no known logistics or personnel records to support the rumors.
New Republic Era
- "Greetings from Dathomir, home of the rancor. Speaking of which, our friend over there could use a good old teeth-cleaning, wouldn't you say."
During or after 34 ABY, the safari droid SF-R3 and his companion cam droid CAM were sent by Galactic Society of Creature Enthusiasts on a mission to Dathomir in order to research how to clean a rancor's teeth. However, Aree was eaten by the rancor. Waking up in the mouth of the rancor, Aree tickled part of the mouth, causing the rancor to spit out Aree. He used a bone to tickle the nose of the rancor, causing it to open it's mouth. Aree stuck the bone in the rancor's mouth, however, it was quickly snapped in half by the rancor. Aree detached his arm and stuck it in it's mouth, this time in success, and began to work on cleaning the teeth. The process was tedious, and by the end Aree had only cleaned one tooth. Disturbed by bird, Aree shooed it away, causing the rancor to sneeze the safari droid back again. The birds then rushed to clean the rancor's teeth naturally in a quick and easy process. Aree came to the conclusion that the best way to clean the rancor's teeth is to let nature take its course.
The Nightsister lair was the stone fortress of the Nightsisters. Built into the side of a mountain, the Nightsisters lived in the many stone structures inside. The opaque pools in the lair contain water vital to the Nightsisters magicks, as well as many life-forms: from tiny single-celled organisms to moderately sized fish and crustaceans, and creature known as The Sleeper. The Hidden Cave inside the structure was the home of Daka.
The nightbrother village was the home of the Nightbrothers until its destruction in 19 BBY during the Second Battle of Dathomir. The village was out in the open in a natural defensive position on top of a mountain. After the destruction of their first village, the Nightbrothers built another village, where they were reigned over by the fallen jedi Taron Malicos.
The tomb of the Force-sensitive Zeffo Sage Kujet, the palace was located at the mouth of the Treacherous Approach. Designed for sacrifice and death, Kujet would cast his enemies into the pits below his Throne Room.
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