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"I've been a scout for TaggeCo. for the better part of a decade and I've blazed trails on worlds stretching from Chandrila to Kal'Shebbol."
Bynder Zebb, TaggeCo. corporate scout[10]

Kal'Shebbol was the primary planet of the Kal'Shebbol system, in the Kathol sector of the Outer Rim Territories. Kal'Shebbol was located on the Trition Trade Route, the hyperlane that connected the major worlds of the sector to the nearby Minos Cluster. The planet was home to a colony during the Third Galactic War, but was also settled around 392 BBY by escaped Twi'lek slaves from Ryloth. Kal'Shebbol grew from a small settlement into a major trading world only fifty years after the Twi'lek colonization as sizable Human and alien communities emigrated to the planet in search of a fresh start. Once the Kathol sector entered the Galactic Republic, Kal'Shebbol, being the closest planet to Republic space, was appointed as the sector capital.

With the rise of the Galactic Empire, Kal'Shebbol fell under its auspices. Moff Kentor Sarne was appointed as governor of the Kathol sector in 2 BBY and made Kal'Shebbol his capital. His edicts were oppressive, and the people of Kal'Shebbol suffered under his rule as industry was nationalized and travel to and from the planet was severely restricted. With the death of Emperor Palpatine during the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY and the subsequent breakdown of Imperial authority, Sarne withdrew his sector from the Empire, setting up his own personal fiefdom with Kal'Shebbol as its capital.

In 8 ABY, a New Republic task force was sent to liberate Kal'Shebbol from Sarne's control. Elements of Page's Commandos—the New Republic's elite commando team—infiltrated the planet with the intention of dropping Kal'Shebbol's defensive shield and capturing Sarne. While the commandos succeeded in lowering the shield, allowing New Republic forces to capture the planet, Sarne managed to escape into the Kathol sector with the majority of his military forces. The New Republic established a new administration to run the planet, appointing an Elomin named Monjai as governor to appease the large alien communities residing on the world.


A map of the Trition Trade Route, and Kal'Shebbol's placement on it

Kal'Shebbol was located in the Kal'Shebbol system of the Kathol sector[2] in the Outer Rim Territories.[1] It served as the sector capital and was situated on the Trition Trade Route, the primary hyperlane serving the sector.[2] The Trition Trade Route was a continuation of the Rimma Trade Route, a major commercial hyperlane that connected the Core Worlds to the Outer Rim;[11] despite being on the Trition, Kal'Shebbol was, on occasion, also considered to be a stopping point on the Rimma Trade Route.[12]

Kal'Shebbol was connected to the planets Brolsam and Torize via a single hyperlane that branched off in two directions, as well as Pergitor in the Minos Cluster.[2] It took just over nine days to reach Pergitor when traveling from Kal'Shebbol,[13] eighteen hours to reach Torize, and a day and six hours to reach Brolsam with a Class 1 hyperdrive.[2]

Kal'Shebbol boasted a single continent, upon which the planet's population resided. Covered in wide, open plains and rolling hills, the planet was habitable with a breathable atmosphere. Wet weather patterns, coupled with arable land, made the continent suitable for farming, which the planet's Twi'lek settlers took advantage of. The continent's terrain was also suitable for the grazing of herd animals, such as the native chollas.[2]


Targeted by the Hidden Chain[]

"Based on intelligence provided by Mandalore, I was able to narrow my search and scout potential suppliers to Heta Kol and her group, the Hidden Chain. Heta's targets: Outer Rim colonies and transports on the Rimma Trade Route point to powerful trade houses shutting down their competition with her guns."
―Akaavi Spar briefs the Alliance Commander[14]

Akaavi Spar briefs the Alliance Commander on the situation along the Rimma Trade Route.

By 3627 BBY,[14] a colony had been established on the planet Kal'Shebbol. During the Third Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, Kal'Shebbol—along with other colonies and transports along the Rimma Trade Route—was targeted by the disenfranchised Mandalorian Heta Kol and her forces known as the Hidden Chain. The Hidden Chain was prosecuting a series of assaults against the forces of the Mandalorian leader, Mandalore the Avenger, and her allies, the military organization known as theEternal Alliance. The Alliance launched an investigation into Kol's campaign, dispatching Mandalorian warrior Akaavi Spar to find out who was supplying the Hidden Chain with weapons.[4]

Returning to Odessen, the capital planet of the Eternal Alliance, to report her findings, Spar briefed the leader of the Alliance directly. Spar concluded that Kol's targets pointed towards powerful trade houses shutting down their competition, and using Kol and the Hidden Chain to do it. As such, those organizations were Spar's mostly likely candidates to be supplying the Hidden Chain.[4]

Joining the galactic community[]

Around 392 BBY,[5] Kal'Shebbol was settled by Twi'lek slaves who had escaped from their own homeworld of Ryloth. Located on a trade route that led to Gandle Ott, the first world to be settled in the Kathol sector, Kal'Shebbol was also isolated enough from the galaxy to allow the Twi'lek clans to live in peace. Although they initially found the open plains and moist atmosphere to be discomforting—as they were used to the arid conditions and caverns of Ryloth—they adapted quickly, domesticating the native herds of chollas and establishing farms to support their growing society.[2]

Over the next fifty years, many families traveled to Kal'Shebbol, intending to settle on the planet and start new lives. However, before they were allowed to take up residence on the world, they had to be formally adopted by one of the Twi'lek clans. Kal'Shebbol soon boasted a population of several million and had transformed from a simple layover point on the way to Gandle Ott to a major trading post.[2]

When the Kathol sector was formally inducted into the Galactic Republic, Kal'Shebbol was appointed as the sector capital over Gandle Ott. Gandle Ott, located in the Ott system at the end of the Trition Trade Route, had been settled 200 years before Kal'Shebbol and was recognized as the first official colony in the sector. However, Kal'Shebbol was selected as the capital simply because it was closer to Republic space than Gandle Ott. By this point, Kal'Shebbol was ruled by a combination of clan and city-state governments.[2]

Galactic Empire[]

"Sarne wasn't exactly beloved by his public."
―Jessa Dajus, to Lieutenant Judder Page[8]

In 19 BBY,[15] at the end of the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine reformed the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire.[16] Imperial Prefects were assigned to run the planet, and they had little regard for the traditional way the planet had been run for centuries. The clan and city-state governments were made subservient to the will of those officials who had no desire to maintain the society's status quo.[2]

Moff Kentor Sarne, ruler of the Kathol sector and later Imperial warlord.

Kentor Sarne was appointed Moff of the Kathol sector in 2 BBY.[6] As the capital of the sector, Kal'Shebbol became his personal stronghold and suffered under Sarne's oppressive edicts as private industry was nationalized and free travel to and from the planet was prohibited.[2] In 4 ABY,[15] Emperor Palpatine was killed at the Battle of Endor.[17] Following his death, the Imperial command structure fragmented, with many senior officials breaking away from the Empire and forming their own warlord empires. Sarne followed suit, quietly withdrawing the Kathol sector from Imperial authorities. By the time anyone realized what Sarne had done, it was too late to stop him, as they could not spare any forces to bring the rogue Moff back in line. Kal'Shebbol became the capital of Sarne's new empire.[8]

In the ten years that Sarne ruled the planet—both as an official of the Empire and on his own—he turned the planet's one continent into a virtual fortress, protected by an energy shield and armed with anti-orbital turbolasers and ion cannons, as well as anti-assault weapons on the shoreline. The Imperial Government Complex served as Sarne's military and governmental headquarters, and well as his private residence, which was known as "Sarne's Palace." The building contained the controls for the energy shield and weapons, the main command center so that Sarne could direct the defense of the planet, the Moff's personal quarters, and a secret hangar containing a Carrack-class light cruiser, the Ambition, Sarne's emergency escape vehicle.[8]

During Sarne's reign, at least one resistance group opposed him, operating out of hidden rooms beneath Kal'Shebbol starport. The members of the group were gradually killed off in a series of skirmishes with Sarne's forces, with the only survivor being Genna Seedar, who acted as the group's medic.[2] In addition, Sarne ordered several terrorist acts to be carried out on Kal'Shebbol—he would then blame the atrocities on Rebel insurgents as a way to turn public opinion against the Alliance to Restore the Republic and their successor state, the New Republic. One such attack claimed the lives of the family of Shella Inion, a minor actress who would eventually become the bounty hunter Mist.[18]

In 3 ABY,[19] a subscriber to Gundark's Gear Datalog named Staven commented on the entry for the DZ 17X Nemesis powersuit. He said that while he believed all of the originally-produced Nemesis suits were gone, there was a rumor that ex-Imperial scientists were producing a suit with similar capabilities out near Kal'Shebbol.[20]

New Republic[]

"I don't think Kal'Shebbol's new owners would approve of civilians carrying weapons through the streets."
―Jessa Dajus, to Gorak Khzam[8]

Page's Commandos infiltrate Kal'Shebbol during the New Republic's attack on the world.

In 8 ABY,[9] the New Republic received intelligence that suggested Sarne had access to a potent new form of technology. In an effort to oust him from power and deny him the opportunity to use the technology, the New Republic assembled a task force to liberate the planet. As the task force engaged Sarne's forces in orbit, elements of Page's Commandos—who had been inserted on the planet posing as civilian traffic in a Ghtroc Industries Class 720 freighter—infiltrated Sarne's headquarters and deactivated the shield generator protecting the sole continent. This allowed New Republic forces to successfully liberate Kal'Shebbol, although Sarne managed to escape in the Ambition before he could be apprehended by the Commandos. Sarne marshaled his forces in orbit and withdrew from the battle.[8]

Despite the majority of Sarne's forces fleeing, the New Republic claimed victory at Kal'Shebbol. The inhabitants rejoiced at the overthrow of Moff Sarne and welcomed the New Republic, who established a provisional government headed by the Elomin Governor Monjai. Their main goal was to foster good will among the populace, and the selection of a non-Human governor was considered a good start due to the large communities of alien species that resided on the planet. While the New Republic expected to deploy a defense fleet to Kal'Shebbol, it was not due to arrive for two to three months after its liberation. Monjai was forced to cobble together a rudimentary defense force from ships that were not destroyed during the New Republic's assault on the planet.[2]

Page's Commandos attempt to stop Moff Sarne fleeing Kal'Shebbol in the Ambition.

Sarne's escape was a worry to the New Republic, however, especially to Lieutenant Judder Page, commanding officer of Page's Commandos. He had seen Sarne's new weapons in action during the Moff's escape from the planet and knew that Sarne had to be hunted down before he had a chance to use them on a larger scale. Unfortunately for him, the admiral in charge of the task force did not believe the rumors and could not spare any ships to conduct a sweep of the Kathol sector. Page was forced to make use of the CR90 corvette Renegade, a vessel under Sarne's control that had been undergoing a refit at a secret shipyard located in the Sorbiss Valley. The location of the ship had been revealed to Page by Jessa Dajus, a former Imperial Intelligence officer in Sarne's regime who wanted to track the Moff down for her own reasons. Due to manpower limitations within the task force, Page was forced to cobble together a crew of New Republic personnel and civilians from Kal'Shebbol to man the vessel, under the command of Keleman Ciro, a sergeant in Page's Commandos who was given a field promotion to captain. The makeshift crew prepared the vessel, now renamed as the FarStar, and launched from Kal'Shebbol just after the New Republic task force had departed for the Bozhnee sector.[8]

Several months after the liberation of Kal'Shebbol, the New Republic had deployed warships to assist in the defense of the planet.[21] Several months[22] after the FarStar departed on its mission, a message relayed through the Lifeline Project[23]a series of probe droids stationed within the hazardous area known as the Kathol Rift to maintain communication between the corvette and the New Republic authorities on Kal'Shebbol—[21]informed Governor Monjai that the ship had located Sarne at the planet Kathol. Monjai immediately dispatched a force to the area, although it would take weeks to arrive. Several weeks later, the force returned to Kal'Shebbol with the crew of the FarStar, who had successfully stopped Sarne during a climatic battle at Kathol. Despite suffering the loss of their ship and numerous casualties, the survivors of the FarStar were greeted enthusiastically by Monjai.[23]


Originally colonized by escaped Twi'lek slaves, Kal'Shebbol was rapidly inhabited by many other species fifty years after its initial settling. While Humans were abundant on the planet, Kal'Shebbol had sizable alien communities. They suffered under the Human High Culture rule of the Galactic Empire, until the planet's liberation by the New Republic in 8 ABY. At this point, the New Republic appointed Monjai, an Elomin, to run the planet as governor. Her appointment appeased the large alien communities that were distrustful of Humans in general.[2] Individuals from Kal'Shebbol included Solla Deremot, a research assistant who assisted Imperial science team MS-133's archaeological expedition on Aaris III;[24] Shella Inion, a minor actress who became the bounty hunter known as Mist;[18] and Cal Alder, a scout who served in both the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic.[25]


The Imperial Government Complex—also known locally as "Sarne's Palace"—was the center of Imperial authority on Kal'Shebbol. Surrounded by a death fence and protected by Atgar 1.4 FD P-Towers, the complex was a mixture of squat military bunkers and administrative spires. The complex contained Sarne's private quarters, the command and control for the planetary defenses, research labs, detention cells, a gladiator arena, and a secret hangar containing the Carrack-class light cruiser Ambition.[8] Following the fall of the planet to New Republic forces in 8 ABY, the complex became the headquarters of the newly established administration under Governor Monjai.[2]

The CR90 corvette FarStar, modified at the Sorbiss Valley dock

The Sorbiss Valley was the location of a secret shipyard created during Moff Sarne's reign as ruler of the planet. Large enough to berth a single CR90 corvette, the shipyard was responsible for refitting the corvette Renegade from a standard vessel into one capable of extended operations away from a home port for an indefinite period of time. One of the major modifications was the addition of a hangar deck bolted onto the starboard side of the vessel. In 8 ABY, Sarne was forced to leave the Renegade behind during his flight from the capital, and its location was discovered by the New Republic, who took the vessel, rechristening it as the FarStar, and tasked it with trailing Sarne as he fled into the Kathol sector.[8]

The FarStar is loaded at the spaceport prior to launching on his mission to track down Moff Sarne.

Kal'Shebbol starport was the planet's primary transportation hub for individuals either arriving at or leaving Kal'Shebbol. By 8 ABY, Sarne had instituted high tariffs at the starport, meaning that many independent traders and visitors to the planet often found themselves stranded when they could not afford the high docking bay fees and had their ships impounded. Facilities at the starport included at least one cantina, a trading post run by Twi'lek merchant Loh'khar the Finder, and a repair yard maintained by Brophar Tofarain. Shortly before the New Republic's liberation of the planet, the Aqualish Unda Lagor went on a rampage through one of the starport's busiest quarters, killing forty-three civilians and twenty-one Imperial troops.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Kal'Shebbol was created for The DarkStryder Campaign, a roleplaying game sourcebook published by West End Games in 1995. It was the first book in the series of the same name. The sourcebook detailed the planet of Kal'Shebbol,[2] with the short story "The Saga Begins" by Timothy Zahn using the world as its primary setting.[8] The planet was mentioned throughout the sourcebook in relation to characters' backstories, as well as receiving an entry in the "Kathol Sector Overview" section.[2] The 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas placed the planet in grid square M-21.[1] Fly Casual, a 2015 supplement to Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars: Edge of the Empire roleplaying series, misspells the world as "Kal'sebbol."[26]

Gandle Ott was explicitly stated to be the first world settled in the Kathol sector in The DarkStryder Campaign, which stated that this occurred some six centuries prior to the book's setting four years after the Battle of Endor.[2] However, this was contradicted by the 2019 Onslaught expansion for the BioWare video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, which states that Kal'Shebbol is home to a colony as early as 3627 BBY, and therefore was settled several thousand years prior to Gandle Ott.[4]

Kal'Shebbol's appearance in Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught is via a hologram display listing planets on the Rimma Trade Route in Aurebesh. The hologram only appears in the expansion if Akaavi Spar delivers the briefing on the Hidden Chain to the Alliance Commander, regardless of the player being aligned to the Galactic Republic or Sith Empire. If the player does not send Spar to investigate the Hidden Chain's activities, then Hylo Visz will deliver the information; however, the holographic map and the mention of Kal'Shebbol will not appear during the briefing.[4]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Essential Atlas
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 The DarkStryder Campaign
  3. Page 5 of The DarkStryder Campaign's Adventure Book states that star systems and primary worlds in the Kathol sector share the same name unless otherwise noted.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught—Mission: "Whispers in the Force" on Odessen
  5. 5.0 5.1 The DarkStryder Campaign states that Kal'Shebbol was settled by Twi'leks four centuries prior to the events of the supplement, which is set in 8 ABY.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The DarkStryder Campaign states that Moff Kentor Sarne was appointed to rule the Kathol sector ten years prior to the events of the supplement, which occurs in 8 ABY.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The DarkStryder Campaign states that Moff Kentor Sarne established himself as a warlord after the Imperial defeat at the Battle of Endor, which The New Essential Chronology establishes to have occurred in 4 ABY
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 DSCheader.png "The Saga Begins"—The DarkStryder Campaign
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The DarkStryder Campaign is set four years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which is established to have occurred in 4 ABY by The New Essential Chronology.
  10. Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition
  11. Lords of the Expanse
  12. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
  13. Based on the fact that, in The DarkStryder Campaign, the travel time between Kal'Shebbol and Karideph is 10 days. As the travel time between Karideph and Pergitor is established as 20 hours in Galaxy Guide 6: Tramp Freighters, subtracting this time from the 10 days figure gives us a time of 9 days, 4 hours for travel between Kal'Shebbol and Pergitor.
  14. 14.0 14.1 SWTOR mini.png Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) mentions that the Dantooine Incursion and the events of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught took place in 3627 BBY.
  15. 15.0 15.1 The New Essential Chronology
  16. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  17. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Kathol Outback
  19. In Gundark's Fantastic Technology: Personal Gear, Staven left comments on the DZ 17X Nemesis powersuit's entry in Gundark's Gear Datalog dated 39:2:3:83. As explained here, The Essential Atlas established that there is a two-month difference between the start of the Galactic Standard Calendar year and the start of the Great ReSynchronization year. Therefore, the Galactic Standard Calendar year commences in the third month of the Great ReSynchronization year. The Great ReSynchronization was instituted in 35 BBY, resulting in a difference of 35 years and 2 months between the two systems. A date of 39:2:3:83 therefore correlates to 3 ABY via simple math.
  20. Gundark's Fantastic Technology: Personal Gear
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Kathol Rift
  22. Based on the amount of time it would take the FarStar to traverse its known route—as shown by the travel times indicated on the maps of the Kathol sector, Kathol Outback, and Kathol Rift—several months would have passed between its launch and its encounter with Moff Sarne's forces at Kathol.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Endgame
  24. DSCheader.png "Artifact of Aaris"—The DarkStryder Campaign
  25. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameHoth Limited (Card: Cal Alder) (backup link)
  26. Fly Casual
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