"The Jedi world?"
"The moon of Jedha is sacred to many, including the Jedi. Much of our history is tied there, yes, but we have no claim over it."
Monarch A'lbaran and Jedi Master Creighton Sun[18]

Jedha, also known as the Pilgrim Moon, the Cold Moon, or the Kyber Heart, and formerly known as NiJedha, was a small desert moon which orbited the planet NaJedha. Located in the Jedha system of the galaxy's Mid Rim, the moon had a cold climate due to its lasting winter. The historical and spiritual significance of Jedha led the moon to become a world of worship for those who believed in the Force, and a holy site for pilgrims who sought spiritual guidance.

Sometime before the Battle of Yavin, the Galactic Empire occupied the moon to control its kyber crystal resources that were once used by the Jedi Order as components for their lightsabers. The occupation later provoked an insurgency to oppose the Imperial tyranny, coordinated by the rebel extremist Saw Gerrera. Jedha's heritage and Gerrera's resistance—the aptly named Partisans—led to it being chosen in 1 BBY for a test of the Death Star's superlaser, a superweapon capable of destroying entire planets. Though Director Orson Krennic had planned to destroy the moon, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin overrode him, stating that the destruction of the Holy City would serve as a sufficient test.


"General, our team on Jedha will find itself in an ancient city with narrow streets and crowded plazas and marketplaces. This will prevent Imperial troops from using their heavier vehicles in combat. Jedha's dense buildings will also make it difficult for TIE fighters to find targets and zero in on them. On the other hand, the crowded conditions will also hamper our own forces' movements, and the locals are likely to panic if fighting breaks out, leading to chaos."
―Lieutenant Taidu Sefla, to General Draven[9]
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Jedha from space prior to the Holy City's destruction

Jedha was a moon located in orbit around the planet NaJedha,[1] situated in the Jedha system[3] of the galaxy's Mid Rim, due galactic west of the Deep Core. 11,263 kilometers in diameter, Jedha was a small desert moon[1] defined by its jagged rock formations, broad mesas, narrow spires,[19] and rocky dustbowls.[10] Significantly, the moon was a Vergence in the Force, meaning that it was a location where the Force was more sharply focused.[20] Frosted by a permanent winter, Jedha had a cold climate,[8] especially during its nights.[21] It had an atmosphere breathable to oxygen-breathers, such as humans.[7] Within the moon's sandstone crust were rich deposits of kyber crystals[3]Force-attuned crystals that were fundamental in lightsaber construction.[22] Many settlements on the moon, such as the ancient Holy City, sat atop the world's natural mesas.[3]

Jedha's ancient structures were some of the earliest examples of architecture known to exist in the galaxy. The weathered sandstone structures and statues dotted Jedha's landscape, a testament to its ancient past. Being an antiquated destination, Jedha was surrounded by uncharted systems, making it a reliable replenishment port for travelers.[1] Jedha was connected to Adrathorpe and the planet Ord Mantell via the Burke's Trailing hyperspace route.[5] Much of Jedha's past had been swallowed by the desert, including the Ruins of Ranvell, once a thriving trade city for pilgrims.[12]



The sutaban were an aggressive species of Jedha.

The world of Jedha had many different lifeforms in its deserts. The humble hardshells survived by protecting themselves in their shell. The aggressive sutaban stalked through ruins, looking for prey amidst ancient cities. The mighty skriton stalked beneath the sands, ambushing anything that ventured into its range. There were also some aquatic life such as the snakefish, despite the very limited amount of water on the planet.[12]


The cold deserts were often subject to extreme weather events. The most common of these was the sandstorm, which was deadly to anything caught in its path. Loose desert sand would be whipped up into a massive wind that could be so potent as to shred through metal on a starship.[12] Though Jedha's sands remained parched for much of its year, there were instances of powerful torrents of rainfall, a cause for celebration among the people of Jedha.[19]


Early history[]

"Now ask, 'Where is the Force of Others?' and one answer becomes inevitable: the kind and cold moon of Jedha. For a thousand faiths see the truth in Jedha's mysteries, no matter that their stories differ; no matter that not one history of the Temple of the Kyber can explain each brick in its foundation, or that our legends entwine and part in paradox."
―"Faith and the Force of Others": An excerpt from the archives of the Order of the Esoteric Pulsar[19]
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Fallen ruins of a statue depicting a Jedi

The ancient world of Jedha was home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force and considered a spiritual home of the Jedi Order, with many scholars believing the moon owes its name to the ancient religion.[1] Some scholars made a case for Jedha as the location of the Jedi Order's first Temple, alongside other candidate worlds, such as Ahch-To, Coruscant, Ossus, and Tython.[23] As well as the Jedi, the Disciples and Guardians of the Whills represented a dominant faith on Jedha.[1] They, along with the Church of the Force,[3] were centered at the Temple of the Kyber, a great temple located in the city of NiJedha. This spiritual history led to Jedha becoming an important location for pilgrims of various faiths, including those of the Brotherhood of the Beatific Countenance, the Clan of the Toribota, and the Central Isopter.[1]

As more of the galaxy was mapped, more direct hyperspace routes were discovered. These new passages made the old, winding routes, such as those connecting with Jedha, obsolete. The once-popular Jedha became an antiquated curiosity rather than a relevant destination, a location for those who desired spiritual guidance, a deeper purpose, or to simply exile themselves from the larger galaxy.[1] It was one of the locations mentioned in a chapter of the Rammahgon, an ancient Jedi text written by the Jedi Kli the Elder, alongside Ossus and Xenxiar as places where the 'seeds' of the Jedi had been sown, which Kli contrasted to the places that the Sith had laid waste to.[24]

At some point before 5000 BBY,[25] by the other side of the Division Wall on the borders of Old City, New City section of the Jedha City was built.[15] The Holy City of Jedha was once governed, or in the opinions of some "ruled," by the Jedi Order.[26] At the time of the High Republic Era, Jedha had not been a Jedi stronghold for sometime, rendering the Jedi simply one of the many groups who held the planet sacred.[27] While the Order's past control over the city did result in some anti-Jedi sentiment amongst the populous,[26] most Force groups and Force-sensitives active on Jedha in the High Republic Era were ambivalent towards the Order, with some even welcoming any Jedi on Jedha in the post-stronghold era. There were sects and Forcer users who hated the Jedi,[27] with some people on Jedha spitting at a Jedi on sight, but such anti-Jedi sentiment was manageable for Jedi on Jedha.[26]

High Republic Era[]

A beacon for the galaxy[]

"Many had [traveled] over the years to reach a special world with many names. The Pilgrim Moon. The Kyber Heart. Jedha. The Holy City was a sight to behold, a beacon of faith for the entire galaxy, sacred to…well, sacred to just about everyone. Above all, Jedha was a haven. A sanctuary. It was a place to retreat. To reflect and renew. A place where you could discover who you truly were…and who you could become."
―Tey Sirrek[26]

A transport full of pilgrims flies over Jedha's Holy City during the High Republic Era.

During the early High Republic Era, many different Force religions were present on Jedha and it was a pilgrimage site for spiritual people across the galaxy.[26] At that time, Jedha became home to the Convocation of the Force,[28] which was formed around 382 BBY[29] as an advisory body that promoted cooperation and understanding between the many different religions. The Disciples of the Whills, the Fallanassi, the Lonto, the Matukai, the Jedi Order, the Guardians of the Whills, the Church of the Force, and the Sorcerers of Tund all had a presence on Jedha at this time and had a representative in the Convocation.[28]

Jedha had many sacred places, historical sites, many artifacts stored throughout the moon's enclaves.[26] A museum was present on Jedha at this time, which featured many artifacts including the Rod of Daybreak and was guarded and watched over by the Jedi.[30] The kyber mirrors underneath the Dome of Deliverance were another popular reason to make the journey to the moon, with Jedi Master Silandra Sho wishing to do so to observe the Season of Light, and her Padawan Rooper Nitani was incredibly excited by the idea and wanted to visit too as she had read about the moon in the Jedi Archives on Coruscant. Eventually, Sho made the pilgrimage, but Nitani decided not to join her.[31] The Enlightenment bar was a popular meeting place on the moon, but was home to some of its seedier activity.[32]

The Path of the Open Hand[]

"There is a council of Force adherents on Jedha, and no voice from the Path. Conversations about the Force that affect not only the Outer Rim but the entire galaxy happen there!"
―Marda Ro on the Convocation of the Force[30]

In 382 BBY,[33] an Evereni member of the Path of the Open Hand cult named Marda Ro wished for the religion to have its own presence on Jedha, and wanted to be the one to go to the Convocation and spread their message. The Path believed that no one should use or manipulate the Force because they thought it would have dire consequences. Ro had heard about Jedha and knew it was home to priests, wanderers, witches, and Jedi. She discussed Jedha with Jedi Padawan Kevmo Zink, who had always wanted to visit Jedha. His friend Jedi Azlin Rell also frequented the outpost on the moon and even went to return to it after completing a mission with Zink on Tiikae, though he was called away from doing so. Zink told Ro many stories about Jedha, and she especially liked hearing about the Guardians of the Whills, as a Guardian had founded the Path. Marda Ro decided that the Path and their perspective of freedom for the Force needed to be present in a place where the conversations were happening between Force philosophies about the Force's role in the galaxy. Ro also decided that she would represent the Path in the Convocation.[30]

After Zink told her that the Convocation and its groups also took in pilgrims, she decided that her cousin, Yana Ro, should come with her. Ro and Zink playfully dreamed together about meeting on Jedha one day after she moved there, with Ro even briefly considering going to Port Haileap with Zink and then going to Jedha from there, as such a trip was possible. However, when Ro presented her idea to represent the Path on Jedha, the Council of Elders and Path leader Elecia Zeveron, who the Path called 'The Mother', rejected the idea, explaining that Jedha would be a distraction from the Path. One Council member was also concerned that two Evereni, a species which had a notorious reputation in the galaxy, would stand out in a place like Jedha. Even though another Path leader called "The Herald" expressed that he thought it was a good idea, and Ro insisted that she could guide the Path on Jedha despite distractions and noise, The Mother told her that they didn't want any Path presence on Jedha, and her decision was final.[30]


Members of the Convocation of the Force both antagonize and protect a Yacombe envoy.

However, Ro would get her wish when the Path left their home of Dalna and started trying to expand its reach across the galaxy, which included making a presence on Jedha. This decision was sparked when Path member Radicaz "Sunshine" Dobbs told her that the Rod of Daybreak in the museum on Jedha was locked in a vault and protected by the Jedi, which he had researched for her. He also planned to correspond with someone about a potential lost cousin of The Mother on Jedha, which she had him research. The Mother wanted the Rod for herself, so she told Dobbs to go to Jedha and prepare for their arrival by telling everyone there about the Path of the Open Hand.[30] Dobbs then traveled to Jedha and went to meet with the Convocation of the Force on behalf of the cult. At the same time, a member of the Yacombe group was attempting to apply for membership in the Convocation, but was antagonized by representatives of the Fallanassi and the Matukai who believed that the Yacombe were a dark side organization. After Jedi Oliviah Zeveron assuaged the conflict, the Yacombe envoy decided that they no longer wanted to apply, as they had come seeking peace and unity and found none.[28]

Mystery of missing artifacts[]

In the same year, the Convocation of the Force began planning the Festival of Balance that was expected to bring a massive influx of tourists, and therefore business, to Jedha. Keth Cerepath worked as a adjunct in the Temple of the Kyber during the High Republic Era, and longed for the seemingly-never changing days of Jedha to have some kind of shake-up to give him a good bar story, and therefore welcomed the Festival.[21] But at the same time, artifacts started to go missing from various sacred places on Jedha. Vigilante and thief Tey Sirrek noticed this and arranged a meeting in the Shrine of Sarrav with a Sarravi woman named V'Kara who had information about the robberies, but was also not listened to by the groups she went to with her information. Before the meeting, he came across an individual named Ran Yaltan who was pretending to be a member of the Truthsayers of Bpfassh and putting on a show for a crowd in the streets of Jedha City.[32]

Sirrek tried to calm a heckling individual who claimed to be a real Truthsayer by telling them that they shouldn't be unpleasant right before the Festival of Balance, but the individual believed that the Convocation didn't have a right to force their celebration upon them. Then Jedi Padawan Matthea Cathley, who was stationed on Jedha alongside Zeveron, inserted herself into the conversation, giving Sirrek the opportunity to steal an object from the annoyed individual. However, Jedi Master Vildar Mac, who was with Cathley, spotted Sirrek steal and chased after him, but Sirrek managed to elude the Jedi. Mac had just arrived on Jedha hoping to find himself and make change in his life, and Cathley was introducing him to the moon and showing him around. Sirrek then went to the Shrine of Sarrav to meet with V'Kara, but discovered her dead on the shrine's floor.[32]

The Jedi eventually were able to speak with Sirrek in Enlightenment, and he explained the missing objects across the moon and everything that was going on. But after discovering a kyber starbird illegally on sale, an artifact from the Temple of Kyber, Sirrek realized something much bigger was happening on Jedha and headed with the Jedi to speak with the Guardians of the Whills in the Temple. However, before they could speak peacefully, Sirrek and the two Jedi were confronted in force by the Guardians.[32]

The Battle of Jedha[]


Later, the Jedi foiled a plot to escalate the war between Eiram and E'ronoh, and thus traveled to Jedha with delegations from both planets to formally end the "Forever War" by signing of a peace treaty.[18] Two ambassadors were sent to sign the treaty in an old temple called the Second Spire, the ceremony overseen by Jedi Master Creighton Sun and Knight Aida Forte as well as guarded by the Guardians of the Whills, but mediated by Morton San Tekka instead of a Republic official so that the Republic did not appear to be interfering too much with a summit that was already occurring on a Republic world. However both delegations arrived with military transports and ships, which worried Sun, thinking it might send a message to the people of Jedha that they had brought the war there. The ceremony was held, but was bombed by a droid, leaving San Tekka and many others dead. Many local sects on Jedha mobilized to help the injured and the ambassadors were escorted offworld.[13]


The Temple of the Kyber is bombed.

Worried that it might jeopardize the peace process, but not wanting to investigate himself because he was too tied to the process, Master Sun enlisted Jedi Master Silandra Sho, his friend who was visiting Jedha for the Season of Light, to investigate the bombing in the hopes of proving that neither side committed the bombing. She first visited Keth Cerepath in the Church of the Force's sector of the Temple of the Kyber because his droid had gone missing before the bombing, but after Cerepath proved that his droid had returned, Sho had him join her investigation since he had intimate knowledge of Jedha and its sects. They met with survivors of the explosion who the Path of the Open Hand had been tending to, but discovered that they all saw the droid meeting with a different person from different factions before the bombing. Soon after, as the Ambassadors were starting to be escorted back to the Spire, Ambassador Cerox's quarters and Ambassador Tintak's shuttle were both bombed, though both ambassadors survived due to the actions of Sun and Forte.[13]

Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Whills attempted to bring Tey Sirrek into custody, Sirrek secretly being a former Guardian who had become a thief. He managed to escape, but the Guardians agreed to bring Vildar Mac and Matthea Cathley inside the Temple of the Kyber to speak. The two Jedi spoke to archivists and Guardians about the missing artifacts, but they did not believe them until they went to the place the starbird had been stored and discovered it was missing. Sirrek then attempted to re-enter the temple to continue investigating, but discovered a bomb that promptly exploded the temple, killing one of the archivists and leaving Mac severely injured.[34]


The Convocation of the Force met soon after the bombing of the Temple of the Kyber and decided to blame it on a gas explosion rather than reveal to the public that was a bombing to prevent a panic. They spoke of this just as the Herald of the Path of the Open Hand arrived to petition the Convocation for the Path to have membership. He also petitioned for them to ban use of the Force and claimed that using it hurt the Force and caused destruction. But the Convocation recognized his claims as unreasonable and unfounded and refused to agree to them. The rejection angered the Herald and he stormed out of the chambers, into the city's central square.[35]

Meanwhile, Master Sho attempted to stop a masked attacker on a speeder that endangered many of the people of Jedha and caused a stir amongst them, as well as seemingly trying to kill her. She eventually lost him, and found herself in the central square, where the Herald was now standing in front of the Convocation Chambers and giving a speech.[13] Jedi Mac, Cathley, and Zeveron were already there in the crowd and witnessed the Herald begin to speak. The Herald spouted inflammatory rhetoric about the Jedi and the Convocation, revealing that the cover story about the bombing at the Temple of the Kyber had been a lie and suggesting that both groups were lying to them in other ways and causing them hardship. Yana Ro, working with the Herald, then released the Leveler, the Path's living weapon against Force-sensitives, into the riotous crowd, the hallucinatory and mood-altering effects of the creature on Force-sensitives compounding the tension and pushing the crowd into a full on riot as the Herald was taken into custody by the Guardians of the Whills. Tarna Miak, a Convocation member and Sorcerer of Tund who had arrived to have the Herald taken away, was greatly affected and began using his power to shoot fire into the crowd. He was eventually talked down by Master Mac, but then Master Leebon appeared, being attacked by the Lonto representative in the Convocation Susalee. She insisted that she could take care of things there and told Mac, Cathley, and Zeveron to leave and figure out what was happening.[35] Silandra searched the crowd for the source of the uproar and came face to face with the Leveler, but was saved from death by Cerepath's droid P3-7A, who pulled her to safety.[13]

The riots soon engulfed the entire city, even reaching the Second Spire, where Eiram and E'ronoh were meeting again in the hopes of signing the treaty, the signing now being mediated by Tilson Graf. As the riots reached the Spire, an individual on a speeder bike drove it through the window to the meeting chamber and shot and killed E'ronoh ambassador Tintak. Blaming the Eiram delegation, after believing the individual on the speeder to have been wearing an Eirami uniform, the E'roni attacked them, and the firefight resulting from the Eirami guards returning fire, compounded with the riots, began the Battle of Jedha. Ambassador Cerox withdrew her people from the Holy City and ordered her fleet in orbit to engage the E'roni forces in space and on the ground, beginning the battle.[13]


Creighton Sun and Aida Forte fight in the Battle of Jedha.

The Jedi and the Guardians of the Whills attempted to take down the forces of both planets as they deployed into the streets of Jedha in order to prevent civilian death. E'ronoh deployed weaponized mining loaders that caused much destruction, and Eiram deployed enforcer droids that were ordered to kill anyone in their way. Meanwhile, Cerepath and Sho, using P3-7A's records, discovered that the dark side sect known as the Brotherhood of the Ninth Door was behind the bombings. They intended to get this information to Sun or Forte, but were stopped by the battle. Sho decided to take down some of the mining loaders while Cerepath led the citizens of Jedha to the massive and protective Dome of Deliverance so that they could be out of harms way. The Path of the Open Hand also tended to the injured in the central square, while Elder Delwin preached and blamed the Jedi's use of the Force for the violence and peril.[13]

When Sho went to the Dome of Deliverance, she was met with three members of the Brotherhood of the Ninth Door. They engaged in combat with her lightsaber and their electrostaffs, one named Mytion dueling Silandra in the Hall of Reflection amongst the Kyber Mirrors after she took down the other two. Mytion revealed that Tilson Graf had been the one to ask the Brothers to conduct the bombings. Unbeknownst to Sho, Graf had been directed to do so by the Mother and the Path of the Open Hand. Mytion was defeated by Cerepath, who sacrificed his own life but saved Silandra's. Much to his joy,[13] Cerepath had thus finally lived the adventure he always wanted. He had also died the way he lived: helping other people.[36] Meanwhile, Jedi reinforcements arrived as the troops of Eiram and E'ronoh reached the central square. The Jedi, fearing a massacre, attempted to stop the attackers, even holding back a volley of blasterfire with the Force. Eventually, Sun managed to convince the soldiers themselves to go against their Commanders' orders and retreat from the battle, insisting that it was not a battle that should be fought or could be won by either side. Afterward, the Republic organized a withdrawal of the troops from Jedha.[13]

Jedi Padawan Sav Malagán and the pirate crew of pirate queen Maz Kanata fought together during the engagement, Malagán being undercover within Kanata's pirate gang.[37] The Battle of Jedha was remembered by "the faithful" of the Ro family as proof that the Jedi were leading the galaxy towards destruction instead of balance.[38]

Late High Republic Era[]

Sometime before the Great Hyperspace Disaster, the organization of mauraders called the Nihil planned to perform a run on Jedha, though they changed their plans during the disaster to focus on Trymant IV instead.[39]

In 231 BBY,[40] Jedi Master Stellan Gios planned to take Master Elzar Mann to the kyber mirrors underneath the Dome of deliverance, to begin the journey of helping Mann recover from using the dark side of the Force, though they never had the chance to go.[38] The same year, Maz Kanata and Sav Malagán reflected on how Malagán went undercover in Kanata's crew during the Battle of Jedha as they went through old stuff. They laughed tremendously, especially at remembering Malagán's master's face when he found out about it.[37]

Imperial Era[]



Imperial forces occupy the Holy Moon

Sometime after the fall of the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic, its successor state—the Galactic Empire—occupied Jedha in order to mine its kyber crystal deposits. Unknown to all but the most high-ranking officials in the Empire, the crystals were being used as components in the construction of an Imperial superlaser capable of destroying entire planets.[1]

The Imperial occupation included specialized units, due to its urban landscape and importance to the Death Star project. These units were charged with restricting access to the Temple of the Kyber and protecting kyber crystal mining operations. The streets of Jedha were patrolled by stormtroopers, scout troopers with speeder bikes, combat assault tanks, and AT-STs. The scout and tank troopers wore lighter armor for better mobility in the urban environment and were specially trained for reconnaissance and urban warfare.[9]

With the Empire maintaining a policy of anti-Jedi sentiment,[41] the only remnant of their faith on Jedha was its ruins and the non-Jedi who held onto the Order's beliefs.[7] However, many religious institutions still existed on the moon, including the Guardians of the Whills, the Disciples of the Whills, the Brotherhood of the Beatific Countenance, the Central Isopter and the Clan of the Toribota.[1]

Preserving Jedi tradition[]

"You have gathered the remnants of the Jedi tradition."
―Darth Vader, to Cere Junda[12]

Sith Lord Darth Vader led Imperial forces in an attack in the Jedha desert on remnants of the Jedi.

Despite the Empire's presence on the moon, Jedha turned out to be part of an attempt to keep Jedi tradition alive. Former Jedi Cere Junda, a survivor of the Purge that destroyed the Jedi Order, along with her former Jedi Master, Eno Cordova, tried to restore knowledge from the archives that were in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The two were also connected to a network known as the Hidden Path, which aimed to help Force-sensitive beings who were persecuted by the Empire. Clashes with the Imperials on the moon were virtually inevitable. A friend and ally of Junda, the Nightsister Merrin, who visited Junda from time to time, assisted in these confrontations with great efficiency, so much so that the Imperials on the moon began to call her the desert ghost.[12]

When Jedi Knight Cal Kestis, another survivor of the Purge and a friend of Junda's, appeared to ask for help, new hope dawned. Kestis had learned of the existence of a long-lost world, Tanalorr, a planet very difficult to reach. Although Junda's archives didn't have much useful information, Kestis and his ally Bode Akuna managed to obtain a compass that could guide them along the perilous path to Tanalorr. With Tanalorr beyond the Empire's reach, the planet could be the perfect refuge for all those pursued by it, which allowed Kestis to convince Junda to transfer the location of the archive. However, this was not possible. Akuna revealed himself to be a Imperial Security Bureau spy and a Jedi who had survived the Purge. Akuna worked secretly for the Imperial Lank Denvik, who would keep him hidden from the rest of the Empire, especially the Inquisitorius, as long as Akuna continued to be useful. Tanalorr's discovery caused Akuna to steal the compass so that he and his daughter could live away from the Empire forever, which he thought might not happen, as Kestis' intention to bring so many Imperial targets there could lead to the discovery of the way into the world by Empire.[12]


Junda faced Darth Vader for the last time in her archive on Jedha.

Akuna handed over the location of the archive on Jedha to the Empire, which led to an attack led by Darth Vader, resulting in the destruction of the archive and Junda's death at the hands of the Sith Lord, although Vader was considerably injured by Junda. Akuna took advantage of the attack to escape the base with the compass shortly after assassinating Cordova. Despite Kestis' effort to stop his escape, which included chasing Bode across the desert amidst advancing Empire forces, Akuna escaped and left the moon. Kestis was knocked unconscious due to the confrontation with Akuna, which prevented him from helping his allies against the Empire. Though most of the archive's knowledge was lost, a small portion was maintained with Kestis and the rest of Mantis crew, in addition to the Hidden Path's contact codes. Kestis would bring justice to Junda and Cordova by killing Akuna on Tanalorr and recovering the compass, as well as welcoming Kata Akuna, Bode's now-alone daughter, into his crew.[12]

Galactic Civil War[]

Jedha insurgency[]

"What's with the Destroyer?"
"It's because of your old friend, Saw Gerrera. He's been attacking the cargo shipments."
"What are they bringing in?"
"It's what are they taking out."
―Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor on the Imperial occupation of Jedha[7]
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One of the Cavern Angels X-wings flies into a cave on Jedha.

The Imperial occupation did not go unopposed. Under the coordination of Onderonian rebel extremist Saw Gerrera and his Partisans, an insurgency was waged, targeting the Empire's kyber shipments. The increasing violence prompted the Empire to place[7] the Dauntless, an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer,[1] directly over the Holy City[7] at the suggestion of Imperial Intelligence. Imperial Intelligence believed the presence of a single Star Destroyer would shut down the insurgency,[42] but Gerrera's campaign carried on anyway.[7]

Outside of Jedha City, a hidden nomadic market where contraband goods could be sold popped up in the desert at some point and became successful. It was protected by a mercenary. During that time, amid Gerrera's insurgency, an Imperial spy was dispatched on a mission on Jedha with the aim of securing a shipment of kyber crystals without coming to the attention of the Partisans. While Gerrera escaped Imperial custody, the mission ended with the recovery of kyber shipment.[43]

Destruction of Jedha City[]

"Oh, it's beautiful…"
―Orson Krennic — (audio) Listen (file info)[7]

In 1 BBY,[44] an Imperial defector by the name of Bodhi Rook was captured by Gerrera's rebels, claiming he had a message from Galen Erso, an Imperial scientist whose research helped create the Empire's superweapon. Tasked with retrieving this message, Rebel Alliance soldiers Cassian Andor and Jyn Erso, the daughter of Galen, undertook a mission to Jedha to meet with Gerrera and retrieve the former Imperial pilot's message.[7]

Making their way through Jedha City, the pair became involved in a firefight between Imperial and insurrectionist forces but managed to escape. Minutes later, they were captured by Gerrera's insurgents[7] and spent the night trekking through the desert outside the city before reaching a weathered monastery known as the Catacombs of Cadera.[19] At the same time, all Imperial forces on Jedha were ordered to evacuate immediately. Unknown to them, the Empire's colossal, superlaser-equipped battle station, the Death Star, was moving into position above the moon. Though the Death Star project's director, Orson Krennic, intended to destroy the entire moon, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin ordered only the Holy City be destroyed using a single-reactor ignition blast from the station's superlaser. After a short exchange, Gerrera revealed to Jyn the holographic message of her father.[7]

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The ejected debris from Jedha City's destruction

As she watched, the Death Star moved into position over NiJedha, eclipsing the sun before firing its emerald beam and completely obliterating the city. The immense explosion caused the surrounding land to crumble, sending swaths of rubble into the air and allowing some to reach escape velocity. Before the blast could reach the Catacombs of Cadera, however, Andor, Jyn and Rook, along with two Guardians of the Whills named Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus, managed to escape into hyperspace aboard a U-wing starfighter and relay the event to Alliance High Command.[7]

To prevent word getting out about the nature of the Holy City's destruction, the Imperial Senate on Coruscant was informed that the explosion was due to a mining disaster. During the Battle of Scarif, Jedha was used as a battle cry by several Rebel soldiers.[7]

Battle for Jedha[]

Return to Jedha[]
"I thought I'd be used to it by now…that's still the worst thing I've ever seen. It feels so wrong."
"Yes. A holy moon, maimed, dying. I call the fiery rain Jedha's tears. I weep along with her.
―Luke Skywalker and Chulco Gi, looking upon the remains of Jedha[11]
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Queen Trios looks down upon the remains of Jedha.

Following the Battle of Yavin, several of the partisans under Benthic continued to fight the Empire on what remained of Jedha. Conditions on the moon were horrible after the Empire fired on it, causing there to be a thick layer of dusty atmosphere, lava on the surface, and rocks raining from the sky.[11] In 1 ABY,[44] the Galactic Empire returned to Jedha to attempt to retrieve the remaining kyber crystals that survived the Death Star's attack. Commander Befa was in charge of the effort to harvest the remaining kyber crystals from the surface. Befa, however, was unable to deliver a single shipment of kyber crystals and the Empire sent Queen Trios of Shu-Torun and Commander Kanchar to retrieve the remaining kyber crystals.[11]

At the same time, Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, R2-D2, and C-3PO traveled to Jedha to make contact with the surviving partisans and to convince them to rejoin the Alliance.[11] They rescued partisan leader Ubin Des and religious pilgrim Chulco Gi from a firefight in a sandstorm with Imperial troops and evacuated them from NaJedha. Gi was a member of the Brotherhood of the Beatific Countenance, and aspired to join the Disicples of the Whills, so he had therefore traveled to Jedha to mediate for a month in the sacred temple, which was one of the requirements in order to join the Disciples. However, the sacred temple had been destroyed by the Empire with Jedha City. Gi told Luke that NaJedha was dying due to the the destruction of Jedha and that its seas were rebelling and the Force was sickened there.[11]

Organa had come to an agreement with Des, who agreed to take her to the partisan's base back on Jedha.[11] At the base, Benthic believed that they should kill Organa and her allies, but agreed to listen to her. He then agreed to accept her supplies and spoke with her about re-joining the Alliance.[17]

The drill citadel[]
Benthic: "Now look…see the Empire's latest defilement of our home."
Skywalker: "What's the plan?"
Benthic: "You are with the partisans now, boy. We destroy it."
Solo: "Hey, haven't you heard? Destroying really expensive Imperial equipment? That's Luke's and my specialty."
―Benthic, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo on the deployment of the Empire's drill citdel to raze Jedha.[17]

The Empire's drill citadel on Jedha.

Meanwhile, Kanchar issued a new edict: Jedha was now a prohibited system and anyone left there would be a de facto rebel and eliminated. Kanchar, with Trios' permission, launched a drill citadel to Jedha's surface. Together, Kanchar and Trios discovered that Gerrera and his partisans had horde of kyber stored at the Catacombs of Cadera that Trios's miners had discovered. Trios prepared the drill citadel and allowed Kanchar to deploy it to Jedha.[17]

Skywalker, Gi, and Des traveled to the city Ai-jed, which was still inhabited despite the conditions. Gi explained that the ruined atmosphere meant that it could be used for smuggling runs, but everyone there was incredibly poor and there weren't many resources to extract or gather from the moon, so not many runs were made. When they arrived in the city, they saw that the stormtroopers were incinerating people. Skywalker fought the stormtroopers, killing them all. After, Skywalker and Des regrouped with Benthic and Solo. Together, they saw the drill citadel land and planned to destroy it.[17]

The partisans and the rebels together worked to stop the citadel from damaging Jedha any more. Benthic forced one of the technicians to lower the shields so that the Partisans and the Falcon could attack the citadel. As Des distracted the gunners, Solo and Organa were then able to destroy the citadel. Despite the setback, However, Trios showed him the Leviathan, a Continent-class crawler and promised him that it would peel Jedha's mantle of the remaining kyber crystals.[45]

A dark disturbance[]
"Behold. The ultimate temple of the Central Isopter. It will live only for the frew brief years this world has left. It is the greatest temple in our history. There has never been such a desecration. There has never been such death to observe. It will teach you much…"
―A Central Isopter cultist, on the cult's temple on Jedha[46]

Following the attack from the Death Star, pilgrims still came to Jedha, as The Force was still wild on the moon, except only the extremely driven ones made the journey. Primarily, members of the Cult known as the Central Isopter remained on Jedha and they built a temple of the edge of the large crater of the moon which would stand as long as the moon had left. The temple was a place of worship as they believed the destruction of Jedha City had been a blessing. They contemplated the abyss that was left where the Holy City once was from their temple, as the Temple of kyber had been obliterated. Gi had explained this to Skywalker as the two and Des had traveled to the city Ai-jed.[17]

Central Isopter shrine

The temple of the Central Isopter at the edge of the blast crater on Jedha.

In the interim after the destruction of the drill citadel, Skywalker came to the Central Isopter's temple on the edge of Jedha's Abyss with Chulco Gi to find answers. The temperature on the edge of Jedha closest to the chasm had a very high temperature, but more severely, the Force felt different there. Gi claimed that it was the desecration of the Force calling lose souls to the heart of darkness left on Jedha. Sand slugs were native to Jedha, and once such creature that was disturbed by the darkness attacked Skywalker and Gi despite it being a herbivore. After Skywalker slew the beast Gi told him that the Force still flowed through him, but Luke claimed that Force that he felt there it was not the Force he knew. However, two Central Isopter cult members arrived and told him that it was the true Force and urged him to join them in the shadow of death.[45]

After bringing the two to the temple, the cultists said they had nothing to teach him and that 'it' was what would teach him. Skywalker started becoming more and more overwhelmed and warned him that the disturbance in the Force there got stronger as one approached the chasm. Luke became uneasy of their sayings and said he wanted to become a Jedi and not them, but Chulco told him that it was a path that could lead them where they need to be. The temple overlooked the void where the Temple of the kyber once was, and Luke stared down into the void, which they called the Abyss, but thought it was all madness. Chulco then attacked Luke and he activated his lightsaber and killed Chulco. Chulco's last words exclaimed that the Abyss made him go mad. Luke then left the cult at the temple and went to help his friends.[46]

Ashes of Jedha[]
"I'll recover. The planet won't…but the Empire will not profit from her death throes. We'll guard the ashes of Jedha until it's gone, then move on. The dream will not die, even when Jedha does."
―Benthic, to Leia Organa and Han Solo[47]

At the same time, Trios and Kanchar deployed the Leviathan which began to mine up and destroy Jedha's surface. After the rebels had a failed attempt to stop it,[46] Chewbacca was able to recover the plans for the vessel, which allowed the rebels to feel confident enough to pull of another attack and stop the ship. The rebels managed to commandeer the vessel,[48] and put it on a trajectory to crash into Jedha and be destroyed. Eventually, the Partisans and rebels were able to work together again and destroyed the Leviathan, causing it to crash into Jedha's surface. Organa also made an alliance with Queen Trios,[47] as unbeknownst to Kanchar she had been using their mission of Jedha as a false flag to get close to the rebels.[49] Later, the Benthic and the partisans recognized that the moon would not survive much longer but resolved to guard the ashes of Jedha until there was nothing left, and then move on. They insisted that the dream of the partisans did not die, even when Jedha would.[47]

In the name of Jedha[]

"Do you remember Jedha? […] A planet torn apart by their technological hubris. All who serve the Empire are complicit in that sin. I think Shu-Torun may have forgotten their guilt. Let us remind them in fire. Let us make sure they can never forget."

In 2 ABY,[51] General Organa returned to Jedha, seeking the help of the Partisans, who still battled Imperials attempting to mine the moon, which included exploding a Imperial Shuttle full of Imperial Officers shortly before meeting with her. Organa wanted them to help her perform an attack on Shu-Torun to cripple the Empire and take revenge on Queen Trios, who had betrayed the Alliance. He initially insisted that they still needed to protect Jedha, but eventually decided that the Shu-Torun mission would hurt the Empire more. At the same time, Luke Skywalker visited the Temple of the Central Isopter hoping to speak with the cultists about the Force, but found it empty as they had gone to Shu-Torun to witness its destruction.[52]

During the mission, Benthic decided that he wanted to make Shu-Torun look just like Jedha. He told one of the rebel besiegers that anyone who helped the Empire was complicit in what they did to Jedha, and swore to make them never forget their guilt by reminding them with fire.[50] They secretly planned to destroy the whole planet in Jedha's name instead of just its technological spike. He expressed his belief to Skywalker that they should make Shu-Torun Jedha's twin, but Skywalker refused and attempted to stop them.[53] Organa then arrived at the Spike, and Benthic attempted to appeal to her by saying that Jedha and Alderaan were alike, but Leia convinced him not to do what the Empire had done to the two planets.[54]

Shu-Torun not being destroyed in the attack left The Central Isopter disappointed after Jedha. Meanwhile, the Rebels agreed to drop the Partisans off somewhere, and Benthic decided against going back to Jedha and instead brought them to Salobea, where Benthic resolved to change.[54] Probe droid V0-RK looked for signs of rebel activity on Jedha[55] before the Battle of Hoth.[56]


"Some of these I know are bad news too—Jedha's just a rotting hole in space now."
―Luke Skywalker[57]

Sometime between 3 ABY and 4 ABY, Luke Skywalker made a list of former Jedi sites which included Jedha, but he had it crossed out and commented to himself that there was nothing of Jedha left, just a hole in space.[57] Shortly after, Skywalker found a Holocron that contained a recording of Jedi Grand Master Yoda saying that Jedha was a vergence in the Force.[20]

In 34 ABY,[58] Resistance agent Kazuda Xiono discovered a star map listing locations of First Order fleets and ships and had Jedha marked and labeled on it. He had astromech droid BB-8 display it for him and Jarek Yeager.[59]


"For the Guardians, anyone who's not a pilgrim is intruding on holy ground."
―Cassian Andor on the Guardians of the Whills[19]
Streets of Jedha

The Imperial occupation of Jedha

The moon of Jedha had a human-dominant population, with many other species being pilgrims from other worlds passing through to bask in Jedha's spiritual heritage. Most of Jedha's 11.3 million inhabitants[1] were centered around elevated settlements on rocky mesas,[3] whose streets were filled with priests, scholars and holy men and women.[60] The natives of Jedha were as a whole a spiritual people and were gracious and tolerant of outsiders who practice peace and respect.[1] During the High Republic Era, Keth Cerepath noted that each day and night within the Holy City always seemed to remain the same. Longing for some kind of one-time interruption to cause excitement, albeit while also hoping the Enlightenment cantina would never change, he carried on his quiet days working in the Temple of the Kyber. Over his career, he crossed paths with many preachers, pilgrims, and Jedi, but he never approached the Jedi for fear that the time was never right to speak to one.[21] Everyone on Jedha seemed to pass through the Enlightenment bar.[61]

After Imperial occupation, prohibitions on trade and commerce lead to the cultivation of a black market, with some cynical entrepreneurs making a profit off the disadvantaged populace. Local merchants would offer Imperial officers goods—both legal and illicit—to ensure they were happy and that their attention was diverted from possible infractions. Transportation of goods to and from Jedha became a lucrative business, with only specially licensed spacers allowed access to the moon's spaceports. The subsequent insurgency made life dangerous for the civilians of Jedha, especially with the rebels preferring guerrilla tactics, meaning anywhere could become a warzone instantly. Jedha was the homeworld of the Imperial-turned-Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, the warrior monk Chirrut Îmwe and his freelance assassin friend Baze Malbus.[1] Shortly after the destruction of NiJedha, the trio took part in the Battle of Scarif as part of the Rebel squad "Rogue One" and were instrumental in stealing the plans to the Death Star.[7]


"We have additional local information, related to your reports so far. There are 3 main markets on Jedha: one in the Holy City, one for the pilgrims, and the last one is hidden."
―Communication from a Star Destroyer to an Imperial spy[43]
Jedha city

NiJedha, the Holy City of Jedha

Jedha had several settlements across its surface,[3] the most prominent being the ancient Holy City of NiJedha.[1] This large walled city stood atop a large mesa[3] and was a spiritual hub for many faiths. At its edge was the Temple of the Kyber, a towering triangular structure that rose high above the city walls and was held sacred by followers of the Whills[1] and the Church of the Force.[3] Other significant locations in the city included the Holy Quarter, the Path of Judgments, and the Dome of Deliverance.[1] A peaceful garden was maintained close to the Second Spire on Jedha to provide individuals with a quiet haven from busyness of Jedha City. According Jedi Creighton Sun's memory, it was maintained by the Church of the Force.[13]

Located half a day's walk from the city were the Catacombs of Cadera, an ancient monastery[19] that was used to hold the skeletal remains of the dead. At some point, the monastery was occupied by the religious group known as the Church of the Contained Crescent. During the Imperial occupation of Jedha, Saw Gerrera made the Catacombs the base of operations for his Partisans, naming it the Gut. Located thousands of kilometers away from NiJedha were the desiccated tablelands, an area consisting of massive, barren mesas.[1] During an Imperial spy's mission to Jedha at the time of Gerrera's insurgency, three major markets existed on Jedha: the market in Jedha City, a market for pilgrims, and a hidden nomadic market in the desert outside of the city.[43]

Behind the scenes[]

"If you believe in the Jedi and you believe in the Force, it feels like Jedha is somewhere you should visit in your lifetime."
Gareth Edwards[62]
Jedha concept

Jedha concept art by Matt Allsopp

Jedha is a moon that was created and developed for the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[63] The moon's holy city was inspired by real life holy cities such as Mecca and Jerusalem. The city also has Middle Eastern influences with its narrow market alleyways, desert sands, and Ottoman-inspired architecture.[60] The moon was also filmed in the Middle East, specifically Jordan's Wadi Rum desert.[1] First footage of Jedha was released with the teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, on April 7, 2016.[64] The moon was fully revealed during the Rogue One panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, on July 15, 2016.[65] In various sources, Jedha was mistaken for a planet,[65][60] but it was later clarified and Jedha was identified as a moon with the addition of Jedha's Databank entry on the official Star Wars website, on August 10, 2016.[8]

Early concept art for Rogue One used the planet Mimban, before Jedha was settled on.[63] Mimban would, however, make an appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story.[66]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  2. StarWars Where in the Galaxy Are the Worlds of Rogue One? on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  4. Star Wars Galaxy Map
  5. 5.0 5.1 Smuggler's Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Dawn of Rebellion
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 StarWars-DatabankII Jedha in the Databank (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Star Wars (2015) 38
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 The High Republic: The Battle of Jedha
  14. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars (2015) 40
  15. 15.0 15.1 Guardians of the Whills
  16. The High Republic (2022) 8
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Star Wars (2015) 39
  18. 18.0 18.1 The High Republic: Convergence
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
  20. 20.0 20.1 Star Wars (2020) 20
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 SWInsider "Tales of Enlightenment: New Prospects" — Star Wars Insider 213214
  22. Ultimate Star Wars
  23. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  24. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
  25. StarWars Greg Rucka Talks Chirrut, Baze, and the Cost of War in Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills on StarWars.com (backup link) places Guardians of the Whills six months before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which takes place in 1 BBY according to Star Wars: Timelines. According to Guardians of the Whills, New City is "over five thousand years old" as of story's present day in 1 BBY. Therefore, it must have been constructed prior to 5000 BBY.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 The High Republic (2022) 1
  27. 27.0 27.1 SWInsider "Star Wars: The High Republic Companion — Phase II: Quest Of The Jedi" — Star Wars Insider 221
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 "Peace and Unity" — The High Republic (2022) 1
  29. "Tales of Enlightenment: No Such Thing as a Bad Customer" establishes that the Convocation of the Force was still "new" at the time of the Battle of Jedha. Star Wars: Timelines dates the battle to 382 BBY, which means the Convocation must have been formed around that year.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 The High Republic: Path of Deceit
  31. The High Republic: Quest for the Hidden City
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 The High Republic (2022) 2
  33. StarWars Star Wars: The High Republic Chronological Reader's Guide on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that Phase II media of Star Wars: The High Republic chronologically begins with the novel The High Republic: Quest for the Hidden City. As Star Wars: The High Republic Character Encyclopedia dates the events of Quest for the Hidden City and the end of Phase II to 382 BBY, Phase II titles of The High Republic must be set in that year.
  34. The High Republic (2022) 3
  35. 35.0 35.1 The High Republic (2022) 4
  36. SWInsider "Tales of Enlightenment: Last Orders" — Star Wars Insider 219
  37. 37.0 37.1 The High Republic Adventures (2021) 9
  38. 38.0 38.1 The High Republic: The Rising Storm
  39. IDWAdventures2020LogoSmaller "Tales of Villainy: The Gaze Electric" — Star Wars Adventures (2020) 6
  40. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of The High Republic: The Rising Storm to 231 BBY.
  41. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  42. SWInsider "Probing the Galaxy: Imperial Reconnaissance Report" — Star Wars Insider 197
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 Unlock!: Star Wars Escape Game
  44. 44.0 44.1 Star Wars: Timelines
  45. 45.0 45.1 Star Wars (2015) 40
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Star Wars (2015) 41
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Star Wars (2015) 43
  48. Star Wars (2015) 42
  49. Star Wars (2015) 63
  50. 50.0 50.1 Star Wars (2015) 64
  51. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Star Wars (2015) 62 to 2 ABY.
  52. Star Wars (2015) 62
  53. Star Wars (2015) 65
  54. 54.0 54.1 Star Wars (2015) 67
  55. Play Disney Parks Star Wars: Datapad — "V0-RK" (Screenshots: 1, 2)
  56. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  57. 57.0 57.1 Star Wars (2020) 19
  58. EdelweissPlus-Logo Star Wars Timelines on the official Edelweiss website (backup link) establishes that the events of Star Wars Resistance Season One, which includes the episode The New Trooper, takes place in 34 ABY.
  59. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "The New Trooper"
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 Rogue One director reveals new details on Force-sacred world Jedha by Breznican, Anthony on Entertainment Weekly (August 8, 2016) (archived from the original on August 9, 2016)
  61. SWInsider "Tales of Enlightenment: The Unusual Suspect" — Star Wars Insider 216
  62. YouTube Gareth Edwards Interview on the SlashFilm YouTube channel (July 15, 2016) (backup link)
  63. 63.0 63.1 The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  64. SWYTlogo Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer Tease on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)  (Posted on StarWars.com)
  65. 65.0 65.1 SWYTlogo Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Panel | Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  66. Solo: A Star Wars Story

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