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"In the name of the Emperor, I claim this planet as Imperial territory."
―An Imperial officer on Gibbela[2]

The Gibbela system was a part of the Atrivis sector in the New Territories portion of the Outer Rim Territories.[1] It was located far from even minor hyperlanes and contained the isolated terrestrial planet Gibbela.[2] Gibbela was the homeworld of the shapeshifter Dazouri species.[3] When provoked, the Dazouri would transform from their normal non-threatening Humanoid form into three-meter-tall homicidal and frenzied[4] predators.[5] As a result, spacers tended to avoid visiting Gibbela.[2]

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, that government made plans to colonize Gibbela. An Imperial scout detachment,[5] consisting of a Sentinel-class landing craft carrying an Imperial officer and a stormtrooper escort,[2] was dispatched to the planet.[5] However, when the starship landed at the farm of one of the Dazouri and the Imperial officer claimed Gibbela as Imperial territory and demanded the farmer's surrender, the Dazouri underwent[2] their species' characteristic[3] transformation and wiped out the Imperial force.[2] Between 4 ABY and 12 ABY, the Gibbela system fell within the Pentastar Alignment's borders.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Gibbela system was introduced via an appearance of Gibbela in "The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated," a comic story written by Ken Lizzl, illustrated by Lucas Marangon, and published in the nineteenth issue of the Star Wars Tales comic-book series[2] on May 14, 2004.[6] With respect to the Star Wars Legends continuity, Lucasfilm considered plausible stories in Star Wars Tales 120 to be S-canon,[7] or "secondary" canon,[8] by default until they were referenced in a non-Tales source, at which point the subject matter was elevated to C-canon,[7] or "continuity" canon.[8]

The events of the comic story from Star Wars Tales 19 were later mentioned in an entry for Gibbela in the 2008 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.[5] The 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas, authored by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry, named the Gibbela system and placed it in grid square L-5.[1]

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