- "I was under the impression that Darth Maul's home world was Iridonia."
"Dathomir is the planet where Maul was raised. Iridonia is where the rest of the males of the species dwell."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu
Iridonia was the homeworld of the Zabrak species. Due to the harsh living conditions, the Zabrak were a hardy species. They took to flight and then space travel as soon as they could develop the technology, and by the time the Duros encountered them, they had already colonized five systems. Notable Iridonians included Agen Kolar, Bao-Dur, Drell Kahmf, Sirak, and Maris Brood.
Wars of the Sith and Mandalorians
As a Mid Rim world situated near important hyperspace lanes, Iridonia was one of the key worlds that connected the Inner Rim to the Outer Rim. As such, it was often one of the first planets to be pulled into a war.
When Iridonia increased taxes on imported technology from Duro, Duro's officials banned their shipments to Iridonia in retaliation for the tariffs. The Zabrak leaders did not want their populace to know that they would make a deal with the Duros government, so an under-the-table negotiation was planned at a neutral location: Cloud City over the gas giant Bespin. The Duros representative, Belai Kaleeg, was shot, but survived, and his assailant was killed. When he later met with the Iridonian representative, Koon Odan, and was looking over the treaty documents, the documents went blank and Odan tried to run away. It was revealed that the Iridonian government had sent an assassin to kill Kaleeg to stop the treaty. After the plot was revealed, the documents were restored and the Iridonia government denied all involvement.
If Odan was killed after the treaty documents went blank, the treaty between Iridonia and Duros was canceled. The disagreements escalated, and a small-scale war between the two planets broke out, and had to be settled by outside entities.
During the Old Sith Wars, the planet was the site of numerous battles. A battle at Iridonia, fought during the Great Sith War, was a major victory for the Galactic Republic. It was a turning point in the war which gave the Republic Military and the Jedi Order momentum which would help them to eventually defeat their Sith adversaries.
Several of Iridonia's colonies along the Outer Rim were conquered by the Mandalorians during the initial stages of the Mandalorian Wars. After learning of the loss of their colonies, many Iridonians, including Bao-Dur, sought revenge by joining the Republic's war effort against the Mandalorian invaders. In the same year, 3963 BBY, the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders launched a major offensive against Iridonia. After a successful campaign, they occupied the planet for a number of months until Iridonia was eventually liberated by the Republic Military.
Iridonia changed hands a number of times during the Jedi Civil War. The Sith Empire and the Republic fought fiercely over the planet, and both sides used it as a staging ground during the conflict. Due to the fact that Iridonia was occupied by the Sith at times, the eight Iridonian colonies became self sufficient. Following the war, they broke away and became independent worlds.
Around 1002 BBY, the Brotherhood of Darkness operated a Sith academy on the world that trained Sith Acolytes and apprentices. The Sith also hired Zabrak mercenaries from the planet's high council.
- "Didn't realize the Clone War had reached Iridonia."
After the Ruusan campaign, the Zabrak established colonies on many far-flung worlds. The Zabrak of Iridonia maintained the most militant culture, and Zabrak youths from the colonies were often sent to the original homeworld for warrior training.
During the Clone Wars, Iridonia and its colonies remained loyal to the Republic. Several months after the First Battle of Geonosis, and after the Confederacy of Independent Systems tried to cause political upheaval and insurrections in the colonies, one of Iridonia's eight colonies petitioned to secede from the Republic. This caused "The Great Debate," but ended with Iridonia and all of its colonies continued support of the Republic.
The New Republic and beyond
Kaysil Verwood became the first New Republic senator of her people, representing not only Iridonia but all the Zabrak colonies. The Zabrak were founding members of the government, as Verwood attended the Galactic Caucus to form the new government.
At some point after the formation of the New Republic, Luke Skywalker visited the world as an ambassador to help with opening new trade routes to the Outer Rim Territories. While staying on the planet, he encountered a solid-state hologram said to be the ghost of the Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord, Darth Maul. The ghostly image had terrified the Zabrak government for some time, driving one council representative to the brink of madness. Skywalker tracked the apparition down to a laboratory run by the Zabrak scientist Drell Kahmf, who claimed to have salvaged the brain of Maul and constructed the hologram body for it to wreak havoc on society. The Jedi was appalled at the torment of the disembodied man, and disconnected the device keeping the brain alive.
When Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire was first established, Iridonia was among the first worlds to pledge its allegiance to the new Emperor. Since Zabraks were traditionally a species that produced many Force-sensitives, Iridonia contributed more apprentices to the One Sith than any other world. However, despite the wishes of Iridonian government, several Zabrak colonies rebelled against the new Empire. Two such colonies were completely wiped out when Pellaeon-class Star Destroyers issued Base Delta Zero to reduce their planets to rubble. After the punishment the remaining five colonies surrendered to Imperial forces and one of them, Feldrona, was transformed into a prison planet and placed under tight Imperial control.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (Mentioned only)
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (Mentioned only)
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Darth Plagueis (Mentioned only)
- Darth Plagueis audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul: Saboteur (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode I Journal: Darth Maul (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist" (Mentioned only)
- The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters (Mentioned only)
- The Wrath of Darth Maul (Mentioned only)
- Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead 1
- Death Star (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Mentioned only)
- Rebel Force: Uprising (Mentioned only)
- "Phantom Menaces"—Star Wars Tales 17 (First appearance)
Notes and references
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I
- The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
- Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition Core Rulebook, p. 231
- "Phantom Menaces"—Star Wars Tales 17
- The Essential Atlas
- Alien Anthology
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 115 ("Iridonia")
- Galactic Campaign Guide
- Death Star (novel)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- Galaxy of Intrigue
- Iridonian Darkness
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia