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"A ship approaching Kessel typically does so from Formos, where you'll find all sorts of smugglers waiting for charters. Or at least that's what they say they're doing."
―Midnight's book[5]

Formos was an Outer Rim Territories astronomical object lying on the hyperspace routes known as the Pabol Sleheyron and the Triellus Trade Route. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Formos served as a processing location for spice transported off of the planet Kessel. Following the collapse of the Empire, heavy fighting between competitors in the spice trade engulfed Formos.


Formos was an astronomical object located in the regions known as the Outer Rim Territories[1] and the Slice,[2] in grid square T-10 of the Standard Galactic Grid.[1] Formos was connected to the celestial body Prishella by the Pabol Sleheyron hyperspace route,[3] while the Triellus Trade Route linked it to the celestial bodies Eadu[4] and Kubindi.[1]


Formos played a role in spice trade operating out of Kessel.

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Formos served as a processing terminus for shipments of spice traveling out of[6] the planet[7] Kessel.[6] During that time, Formos boasted of protection provided by the Mining Guild of the Empire.[8]

After the collapse of the Empire[6] in 5 ABY,[7] Formos became an easy target for competing parties in the spice trade[8] and became heavily embattled. It was deemed to be unsafe to operate on Formos, leading to the eventual rise of the pirate gang known as the Spice Runners of Kijimi.[6]


"Most of the time when a pilot says, 'I'm waiting for a charter,' what he really means is, 'I'm playing sabacc and getting into trouble.'"
―Midnight's book[5]

At some point between 10 BBY and 3 ABY,[9] the Corellian barkeep known as Midnight mentioned Formos in a book he was writing. In the book, Midnight stated that smuggler starships usually traveled to Kessel from Formos. Midnight also claimed that pilots waiting there to be hired to make the run spent their downtime playing the card game sabacc and getting into trouble.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

Formos was introduced in the current Star Wars canon via a mention in the twenty-ninth issue of the De Agostini magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon,[3] which was published around July 22, 2015.[10] Originally introduced as a planet in the Star Wars Legends continuity, Formos made its first appearance in "Way of the Wookiee!," a comic story written by Archie Goodwin, penciled by Carmine Infantino and Pablo Marcos, and published in the ninety-fourth issue of Marvel Comics' Star Wars Weekly comic-book series on December 12, 1979.[11]

Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 29 reused a map[3] from the 2009 Star Wars Legends reference book The Essential Atlas in which Formos is depicted as the endpoint of the Kessel Run hyperspace route.[12] In canon, however, the Kessel Run was later established to have led to Oba Diah instead.[5]



Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game places Formos in the area of space Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide identifies as the Slice.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 29 (Guide to the Galaxy: Major Trade Routes)
  4. 4.0 4.1 StarWars.com Where in the Galaxy Are the Worlds of Rogue One? on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales from Vandor
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  8. 8.0 8.1 Poe Dameron: Free Fall
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales from Vandor is presented as an in-universe book which mentions Lando Calrissian losing the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo in a game of sabacc, as well as Calrissian later visiting Cloud City prior to becoming its Baron Administrator. The former event is depicted in Solo: A Star Wars Story, the main part of which Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide dates to the ninth year after the formation of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas in turn dates to 19 BBY. In addition, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back depicts Calrissian as holding the title of Baron Administrator and is set in 3 ABY, according to Galactic Atlas. Using this information, it can be deduced that the book presented in Tales from Vandor must have been written sometime between 10 BBY and 3 ABY.
  10. The second issue of the De Agostini weekly magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon was set to be published on January 14, 2015, according to Wyman, Chris: De Agostini Publishing: Build the Millennium Falcon Magazine & Model (08-01-2015). theforce.net. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Therefore, it can be calculated that Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 29 was published around July 22, 2015.
  11. "Way of the Wookiee!"—Star Wars Weekly 94
  12. The Essential Atlas
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