- "In the name of the Emperor, I claim this planet as Imperial territory."
- ―An Imperial officer on Gibbela
The Gibbela system was a part of the Atrivis sector in the New Territories portion of the Outer Rim Territories. It was located far from even minor hyperlanes and contained the isolated terrestrial planet Gibbela. Gibbela was the homeworld of the shapeshifter Dazouri species. When provoked, the Dazouri would transform from their normal non-threatening Humanoid form into three-meter-tall homicidal and frenzied predators. As a result, spacers tended to avoid visiting Gibbela.
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, that government made plans to colonize Gibbela. An Imperial scout detachment, consisting of a Sentinel-class landing craft carrying an Imperial officer and a stormtrooper escort, was dispatched to the planet. 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 their species' characteristic transformation and wiped out the Imperial force. Between 4 ABY and 12 ABY, the Gibbela system fell within the Pentastar Alignment's borders.
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 on May 14, 2004. With respect to the Star Wars Legends continuity, Lucasfilm considered plausible stories in Star Wars Tales 1–20 to be S-canon, or "secondary" canon, by default until they were referenced in a non-Tales source, at which point the subject matter was elevated to C-canon, or "continuity" canon.
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. 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.
- "The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated"—Star Wars Tales 19 (First appearance)
- The Essential Atlas (First identified as Gibbela system)