Indellian was a low-gravity planetoid that served as a trade world, manufacturing hub, and government center for the Yarith sector in the Outer Rim Territories. It was originally settled by the Galactic Republic centuries prior to the Galactic Civil War as commerce developed around the Corellian Trade Spine in the Outer Rim's Greater Javin region. Indellian's placement along the zigzagging border between the Yarith and Anoat sectors was part of an intentional Republic effort to cut off neighboring worlds and check local political power.
A low-gravity industrial planetoid, Indellian was the primary world of the Indellian system, which was tucked inside the meandering border of the Yarith sector. This area in turn belonged to the Greater Javin, a region in the Western Reaches portion of the Outer Rim Territories. Indellian represented the Yarith sector's first stopover for Rimward travel along the major Corellian Trade Spine hyperlane and also stood as the Coreward entry point for the backwater Ison Corridor.
A millennium before the Galactic Civil War, the Corellian Trade Spine spanned only as far as the edge of the Mid Rim, while Indellian and other worlds lying beyond were considered then to be part of Wild Space. Only scouts and the most daring traders visited this imperfectly surveyed galactic frontier in hopes of tapping into its economic potential. However, the vast Twin Nebulae gas clouds greatly hampered regional navigation and prevented countless hyperspace explorers from expanding the Trade Spine's commercial reach.
The Galactic Republic transformed the local political landscape after defeating the region's native Mugaari in a brief, one-sided war, resulting in the establishment of the sprawling Javin sector in the Outer Rim and the colonization of several worlds running down the Trade Spine, including Indellian. Staging from these newly settled worlds, Republic traders continued the search for a hyperspace shortcut through the Twin Nebulae, but centuries passed before the entrepreneur Ecclessis Figg finally succeeded.
Thanks to Figg's new hyperspace routes, the Twin Nebulae region exploded into an economic powerhouse. The quiet planet Gerrenthum thus found itself at the nexus of three profitable trade routes and grew into a bustling port world, while Indellian and its neighbors followed suit. Indellian was reorganized into the Republic's new Anoat sector circa 400 BBY, but generations later it became part of the new Yarith sector—the Republic deliberately drew the zigzagging border between Yarith and Anoat to cut off neighboring worlds politically and blunt local power. Even so, Indellian developed into a trade world, manufacturing hub, and government center for the Yarith sector.
Behind the scenes
Indellian was created for the 2004 Wizards of the Coast article "Galactic Gazetteer: Hoth and the Greater Javin," an online supplement for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. This drew upon the preexisting Indellian system, which originated in the 1989 Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game adventure Crisis on Cloud City. The 2008 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and 2009 The Essential Atlas further developed Indellian's lore.
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia mistakenly refers to Indellian as a planet and states that it "was located in the Yarith sector, where it intersected with the Javin and Anoat sectors to create the area known as the Greater Javin." However, "Galactic Gazetter" and The Essential Atlas each identify Indellian as a planetoid and feature Greater Javin maps that depict the intersection between the Javin, Anoat, and Yarith sectors to be Coreward of the planet Mijos and off the Corellian Trade Spine, some distance from Indellian.
Notes and references
- The Essential Atlas
- Indellian system — Based on corresponding data for
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 99 ("Indellian")
- "Galactic Gazetteer: Hoth and the Greater Javin," which is set during the Rebellion and New Republic eras (0 BBY–25 ABY; see here), states that the Anoat sector was established in the last year of Ecclessis Figg's life. The text states that Figg died nearly four centuries prior to its setting, thus providing an approximate date of 400 BBY for the Anoat sector's establishment.
- Crisis on Cloud City