Fortress Inquisitorius was a heavily armed underwater stronghold located on the moon Nur. It served as a headquarters of the Imperial Inquisitor Program after they were moved off their previous headquarters on Coruscant due to the rogue Inquisitor chase. The existence of the fortress was hidden from the majority of the Empire to maintain the public perception of peace and security. In reality, it was where the Empire took the Jedi they captured and turned them to the dark side by brutal torture turning them into Inquisitors. However, the Imperials were unable to corrupt all of them. In 14 BBY, during the Great Jedi Purge, a mission took place at the fortress by the Jedi Cal Kestis and Cere Junda, resulting in the execution of the Second Sister by Darth Vader.
The Inquisitors had a meeting room with a large desk and chairs. It was a large room with a window that could see out underwater. It also had a table in the middle of the room and was guarded by two stormtroopers.
The Imperial Dojo served as the training room of the Inquisitorius, allowing both Inquisitors and Purge Troopers to hone their skills. The training was fear-based, dark and abusive in nature, standing in contrast to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
- "They broke them, beat them down, and turned them to the dark side."
- ―Cal Kestis, after BD-1 scans a series of computers
The central interrogation chamber was a torture room where Jedi underwent a menacing procedure to transform them into Inquisitors. The room was designed, under instruction from Palpatine himself, to psychologically and physically drain a prisoner's will, forcing them to acquiesce to the evil indoctrination of the Inquisitorius and the dark side.
The systems within the fortress were a complex network of bridges, wings, portals, and gates. The stronghold had a multi fail safe structure so that the Empire controlled every corner of the stronghold. This allowed for a quick response to any breach by a prisoner or intruder. The entire fortress could be flooded to prevent escape.
The laser gates were a vital part of the fortress' security system and were designed for the strict confinement of prisoners on all levels of the stronghold. After several failed, and at least one successful escape, advanced improvements were made to the system on the Grand Inquisitor's command.
Pressure buildup from an open airlock could force the pipes to rupture. This breach could only happen if the shield system was down, rendering it incapable of protecting the fortress.
Each wing of the fortress had maximum security and stability. This allowed for individual sections to be flooded to prevent the escape of high risk detainees. The reinforced shielding was able to withstand powerful breaches or pressure changes.
Hidden in the fortress was a place Obi-Wan Kenobi referred to as a tomb, a hallway in which multiple corpses of fallen Jedi were being held, including Tera Sinube, a Jedi youngling, and multiple other Jedi that died during Order 66 or were hunted down by the inquisitors.
Fortress Inquisitorius was a facility operational by the early Imperial Era where captured Jedi would be incarcerated and tortured until they broke. At that point, it was not yet the main base of the Inquisitorius, who instead operated in a headquarters located in the Works of Coruscant.
In the wake of Order 66, Jedi Knight Cere Junda was imprisoned in the stronghold and questioned relentlessly regarding the whereabouts of her Padawan Trilla Suduri and a group of Jedi younglings under her care. Even the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader became involved in her torture, and despite a prolonged period of silence, Junda eventually cracked and gave up the location of the younger Jedi. Suduri and the younglings were subsequently captured and imprisoned in Fortress Inquisitorius, resulting in the Padawan turning to the dark side of the Force and becoming an Imperial Inquisitor known as the "Second Sister." When Junda learned of her protege's fate, she used the dark side to break out of her confinements and escape the facility.
Becoming the main base
In 14 BBY, the primary headquarters of the Inquisitorius on Coruscant became potentially compromised after a chase involving Darth Vader and a pair of rogue Inquisitors resulted in the death of an Imperial Senator. Hoping to maintain the organization's clandestine nature, Darth Sidious had the Inquisitorius move its main operations to Fortress Inquisitorius on Nur.
During that same year, during the Second Sister's hunt for a surviving Padawan known as Cal Kestis, she acquired a holocron containing a list of the locations of Force-sensitive youths across the galaxy after confronting him on the planet Bogano, and took the holocron to the fortress. The Fortress Inquisitorius turned out to be the scene of a mission that resulted in the Second Sister's death at the hands of Darth Vader due to her failure and betrayal when Kestis and Junda stormed the fortress. Despite Vader's presence, Kestis and Junda narrowly escaped with the holocron.
Obi-Wan Kenobi's break in
In 9 BBY, the Third Sister, Fifth Brother, and Fourth Sister spearheaded the hunt for Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi from Fortress Inquisitorius. Shortly after the Mission to Daiyu, during which Kenobi escaped capture, the three Inquisitors conferred in a meeting room in the fortress regarding their next step. The Third Sister, who had been given overall command of the operation by Lord Vader, had three viper probe droids launched into space to monitor the locations where Kenobi was likely to emerge next. One of the droids discovered Kenobi on the planet Mapuzo. After a skirmish, Princess Leia Organa, who was accompanying Kenobi, was taken into captivity and brought to Fortress Inquisitorius.
The Third Sister began interrogating Organa regarding the location of Kenobi and a network that had helped him evade capture on Mapuzo. At the same time, Kenobi and a traitorous Imperial officer named Tala Durith planned to rescue Organa. Using her credentials, Durith gained access to the fortress and was able to help Kenobi enter and navigate the facility. Kenobi was able to free Organa, although a seeker droid alerted his presence to the facility. After fighting off Imperial forces, Kenobi, Durith, and Organa, made it to the hangar where they were surrounded by Imperial forces including the Inquisitors. Before they could be captured, a pair of anti-Imperial network T-47 airspeeders arrived and safely extracted them.
Behind the scenes
Fortress Inquisitorius was first mentioned, albeit indirectly, in the twentieth issue of the comic series Star Wars: Darth Vader, which was written by Charles Soule and published by Marvel Comics on August 22, 2018. It later debuted in the 2019 video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the first installment of the Star Wars Jedi series by Respawn Entertainment. During the development of Jedi: Fallen Order, the design concept of Fortress Inquisitorius changed more than any other location featured in the game. Concepts considered included an asteroid base, a base hidden in a gas giant or nebula, and a hyperspace-capable battle station. Concept art for the final design of Fortress Inquisitorius was created by artist Jean-Francois Rey, and inspired by Gothic cathedrals. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the similarily-named Citadel Inquisitorius was the headquarters of the Inquisitorius, though it was based on the Deep Core world of Prakith.
- Darth Vader (2017) 20 (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (First appearance)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part III"
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part IV"
- The Star Wars Book
- "Coruscant" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Darth Maul and Other Dark Side Followers" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and references
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Darth Vader (2017) 20
- The events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order occur five years after the proclamation of the New Order, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, it can be deduced that the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order take place in 14 BBY.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part III"
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – "Part IV"
- The events of Tarkin take place five years after the rise of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, Tarkin must be set in 14 BBY. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition places Darth Vader (2017) 18 after the events of Tarkin. The later issue Darth Vader (2017) 19 featured the Second Sister, who was killed in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Fallen Order takes place five years after the Great Jedi Purge, which is dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is also set in 14 BBY. As Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 18 is between both Tarkin and Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 19, the events of the issue must take place in 14 BBY. Since Darth Vader (2017) 20 takes places immediately after the 19th issue, the events of this issue must also take place in 14 BBY.
- years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, Obi-Wan Kenobi must be set in 9 BBY. states that Obi-Wan Kenobi is set ten
- The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order