- "There are more bulk freighters here than fleas on a bantha, Threepio!"
- ―Luke Skywalker
The Fondor Shipyards, also known as the Starshipyards of Fondor, were huge starship construction facilities orbiting the planet Fondor, in the Fondor system. Numerous capital ships and freighters were in construction here almost all the time. Presumably because of the shipyard's strategic importance, the shipyards were also guarded by a complement of Imperial Storm commandos as well as several Imperial escort carriers.
Layout[edit | edit source]
The shipyards had a varying layout. There were various space stations and construction devices in the area. In addition, for the more secretive projects at the shipyards, a giant shield was enveloped requiring at least 18 shield stations to maintain, and the destruction or otherwise disabling of one would result in the shield collapsing.
History[edit | edit source]
Pre–Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
- "Lord Tyranus. What news from Fondor?"
"Groodo the Hutt, a starship manufacturer from Esseles, attempted to ruin the starship yards of Fondor. I must surmise his motive was to gain Fondor's lost business. Groodo's scheme was foiled by the Jedi, but he has so far managed to elude their suspicion. The Jedi do not know of his involvement."
"Had the Hutt's scheme succeeded, it would have been a most inconvenient setback to our future plans for Fondor. Did he have accomplices?"
"Evidently, there were two. The first was a droid-engineer named Hurlo Holowan. The second was ... Senator Rodd of Fondor."
"Rodd. No doubt motivated by the Hutt's money."
"Indubitably. I must say, they all did an excellent job of avoiding detection. Like Groodo, the Senator and droid-engineer are not even suspects in the Fondor incident."
"Despite their failure to carry out their scheme, their stealth is admirable. However, we cannot allow them to interfere with our plans again. The Hutt and his cohorts must be dealt with accordingly. Contact the bounty hunter."
"As you wish, my Master."
- ―Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus, on disturbances in the Fondor system.
The Jedi mission to Fondor during the Separatist Crisis foiled a scheme by Groodo the Hutt to destroy the Fondor Shipyards using a counterfeit Sun Runner transport. Before the drifting derelict could collide with the shipyards, an 18-year-old Anakin Skywalker was able to destroy it through a combination of planting a proton grenade to the vessel's hypermatter reactor and demolishing its sensor-guided missile silo with the concussion-missile launcher of a borrowed CloakShape fighter—the shock waves of these explosions, however, forced Skywalker to crash-land on the Fondor jungle-moon of Nallastia.
Galactic Civil War[edit | edit source]
The shipyards were seized by the Galactic Empire shortly after the Battle of Yavin, and used to finalize the construction of Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer, and the lead ship of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought line, the Executor. The executives were outraged over the Emperor's orders, but nonetheless complied, hoping it would allow them to steal lucrative project grants from their rival, Kuat Drive Yards, in the future. However, to their anger, Kuat Drive Yards ended up gaining all rights to any future models of Super Star Destroyers.
Despite this setback, the Empire somehow allowed Fondor to develop an Executor-class Star Dreadnought variant possessing cloaking capabilities. The Rebel Alliance, learning of this development, made an attack against the orbital shipyards in year 3 ABY, which resulted in the destruction of the vessel before it was ever completed, or deployed. In actuality, the Empire, under the Emperor's orders, deliberately leaked the intel of the ship's construction to the Rebel Alliance to grant them a victory as to ensure that they grow overconfident enough to be drawn into a trap.
After the Battle of Endor, the shipyards were renamed the Fondor Independent Shipyards[source?] and were used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic. A brief supply problem was solved after Han Solo escorted the two Venerated Ones to their home planet of Vandelhelm.
Yuuzhan Vong war[edit | edit source]
Fondor was the location of a crucial battle against the Yuuzhan Vong. Having been deceived by the Vong, the New Republic was caught fatally off guard by the attack at Fondor. Many Republic vessels were lost, most vaporized by an overly hasty firing of Centerpoint Station. Orbital Shipyard 1321, one of the orbiting shipyards, was rammed by several Yuuzhan Vong coralskippers during the battle, and destroyed.
Second Galactic Civil War[edit | edit source]
As of 40 ABY, Fondor had allied with, and was producing ships for, the Confederation, and was soon targeted by Joint Chief of State Jacen Solo. However, the attempt to take the planet, including the yards and other assets, intact, failed, causing Solo to order the bombing of Oridin, a major Fondorian city, with the result being a split in the GA, but a more unified Fondor. During the battle, one of the docks repelled a GA boarding party. Others sustained heavy fire from Imperial and Galactic Alliance ships. It was revealed that the Fondorians had hidden large numbers of ships in the docks by making it appear that the ships were under construction.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Adventures 1: Hunt the Sun Runner
- Star Wars Adventures 2: The Cavern of Screaming Skulls
- Star Wars Adventures 3: The Hostage Princess
- Star Wars Adventures 4: Jango Fett vs. the Razor Eaters
- Star Wars Adventures 6: The Warlords of Balmorra (Mentioned only)
- (Mentioned only)
- Han Solo at Stars' End (Mentioned only)
- Han Solo at Stars' End comic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
- Star Wars Missions 19: Bounty on Bonadan
- "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 5
- Darth Vader Strikes (First appearance)
- The Serpent Masters (Mentioned only)
- Revenge of the Jedi
- Vader Adrift (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 98: Supply and Demand
- A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker (Mentioned only)
- X-Wing: The Bacta War (Mentioned only)
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial (Mentioned only)
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
- The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic III: Reunion (Mentioned only)
- The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy (Mentioned only)
- The New Jedi Order: The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Exile (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation
Sources[edit | edit source]
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe (Bollux)
- Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Red Squadron 7)
- Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back
- The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back, Second Edition
- Lords of the Expanse
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- "ComicScan: Luke-ing For Love In All The Wrong Places"—Star Wars Galaxy Collector 7
- Rebellion Era Sourcebook
- The New Jedi Order Sourcebook
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 4 (HOT2, The Battle of Hoth)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 47 (EXE1, Executor)
- Star Wars Fandex Deluxe Edition
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 8
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- "Authors of the Expanded Universe: The Big Three: Al Williamson, Archie Goodwin, and Carlos Garzón"—Star Wars Insider 148
- Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual (First identified as Starshipyards of Fondor)
- Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide
- Strongholds of Resistance