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"That's Lotho Minor down there. The Junk World. No one comes to Lotho Minor. No one."
"You're right, kid. No one comes to Lotho Minor—not unless they're crazy."
―Brennar and Captain Spikewheel[src]

Lotho Minor, also known as the Junk World, was a ruined planet in the Outer Rim Territories that was the homeworld of the mysterious Junker species. As one of the galaxy's dumping grounds, Lotho Minor's surface was covered with mountains of trash amassed over untold generations, which brought salvage operations to the planet in search of machinery that could still be repurposed. Planets such as Naboo dumped their trash there.

Following his defeat at the Battle of Naboo, with his body shattered, the Sith Lord Darth Maul went into exile in the bowels of Lotho Minor, where he lost his mind. To escape the planet, he sent out a transmission, offering a great sum of credits for capture of himself in hopes of luring a starship that he could escape in. The transmission was intercepted by the droid Captain Spikewheel and her crew of scavenger hopefuls; however, Maul's attempt to flee the planet failed.

The crazed Sith was eventually found by his brother, Savage Opress, over a decade after the former's defeat on Naboo. During the Galactic Civil War, the Duros Akar Duel ruled over a collection of monster droids built from Lotho Minor's scrap and claimed the planet as his own, but his servants turned against him and gained their freedom after encountering the Rebel Alliance droid C-3PO.

Description[edit | edit source]

"We've got everything here!"
―Morley, in reference to Lotho Minor's junk fields — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The junk fields of Lotho Minor

A stormy, desolate terrestrial planet[2] located in the Outer Rim Territories,[1] Lotho Minor had a surface covered with enormous mountains of trash piled over countless generations.[3] The gutted and rotting hulls of ancient starships poked through the more recent garbage, lending its landscape the eerie feel of an industrial graveyard. Foul-smelling fog limited visibility,[9] while huge pools of toxic sludge and periodic bursts of[3] deadly[10] acid rain made the[3] hot, caustic[9] planet's ruined ecosystem one of the most dangerous in the galaxy.[3] A mechanical debris field known as the Wreck Belt orbited Lotho Minor.[5]

The planet also contained pits, which were the subject of slang used as an interjection for surprise: "What in the pits of Lotho Minor?" The smuggler Han Solo uttered this phrase upon confronting infant sarlaccs that could move during the reign of the Galactic Empire.[11]

History[edit | edit source]

Galactic dumping ground[edit | edit source]

"Fire-breathers. They'll getcha!"
―Morley, to Savage Opress — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Enormous "fire-breathers" incinerated the mountains of scrap on Lotho Minor.

For time immemorial, Lotho Minor served as an industrial dumping ground for neighboring worlds[12] such as Naboo, which sent its untreatable waste and contaminated coolant there through an automatic refill system.[13] Cargo ships routinely dropped holds of garbage onto the planet with little concern for what became of it. Long before the Clone Wars, immense refuse incinerator droids were programmed to incinerate Lotho Minor's garbage.[12]

By the year 20 BBY,[14] these enormous machines continued to labor among the mountains of garbage. Those unfortunate enough to live on Lotho Minor did not know the droids' origins and referred to them simply as "fire-breathers."[12] Salvage operations also dug through the planet-wide junkyard, looking to reclaim and recondition reusable or obsolete machinery, and Lotho Minor came to be known as the Junk World.[3]

Darth Maul's exile[edit | edit source]

"This is where you live? How long have you been here?"
"Years and years and years."
―Savage Opress and Darth Maul — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Captain Spikewheel stranded a group of recruits on Lotho Minor to capture Darth Maul.

After his defeat at the hands of the Jedi Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Battle of Naboo[6] in 32 BBY,[15] the shattered body of Darth Maul, a Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord, was dumped amid Lotho Minor's junk.[6] Maul lived in hiding for more than a decade[9] in the caves beneath Lotho Minor's surface, subsisting off trash[16] and vermin,[6] but his driving desire to cling to life pushed him to rebuild himself[9] with spider-like legs[6] made of the planet's scrap metal,[17] in place of his severed ones.[6] An Anacondan known as Morley cut a deal with Maul in order to survive,[18] agreeing to lure unwitting prey into Maul's clutches in return for his leftovers.[4]

At some point, Maul attempted to escape Lotho Minor by sending out a transmission, offering a great sum of credits for capture of himself in hopes of luring a starship that he could escape in. The transmission would eventually be heard by Spikewheel, the droid captain of the starship Salvage-1, who traveled to the planet a week later. She stranded the Nikto Gritz, who aspired to become the droid's first mate and was tasked with capturing Maul, along with three other crew member hopefuls—the human Brennar, the Theelin Riki, and the Roonan Seles—to serve as bait. Not long after Spikewheel left the group on the planet surface, they fell into Maul's subterranean lair subsequent to a quick scuffle with each other.[2]

Seles is captured by Maul in the latter's lair.

Trying to find their way within the dark labyrinth, Maul quietly grabbed Seles and separated him from the rest of the group, but Brennar soon found both Maul and the captured Roonan. As the duo was about to be killed by the insane Zabrak, Gritz managed to ensnare Maul in an electronet and save them. The recruits later returned to Spikewheel with the captured Zabrak aboard the Salvage-1. Before the ship could leave the planet's atmosphere, Maul freed himself and attacked the scavengers, splitting the droid captain in half. Riki subsequently opened the ship's rear hatch to ditch Maul; however, Gritz and the remains of his captain also fell from the ship along with Maul during the process, leaving the hapless Nikto to be killed by Maul while other recruits escaped the planet. Years later, Vaneé, the Sith Lord Darth Vader's attendant, told the story of the salvagers to scare his prisoner, rebel Lieutenant Thom Hudd, at Vader's castle.[2]

Brothers reunited[edit | edit source]

"The cargo you just dropped off, what planet did it come from?"
"The junk fields on planet Lotho Minor!"
―Savage Opress and a cargo hauler — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Savage Opress finds his lost brother, Darth Maul, beneath the surface of Lotho Minor.

Lotho Minor remained neutral during the Clone Wars.[9] In 20 BBY,[19] Mother Talzin of the Dathomirian Nightsisters tasked Savage Opress with finding Maul, his long-lost brother, and gave him a magic talisman to aid in his quest.[20] On the planet Stobar, the talisman guided Opress to some dust clinging to an assortment of cargo crates that were being transported by a Sakiyan cargo hauler. Opress learned that the Sakiyan's Turtle Tanker had recently visited Lotho Minor and forced the hauler to take him there. When they arrived, Opress dropped the Sakiyan out of the ship in mid-air.[4]

While scouring the planet's endless garbage wastes for his brother, Opress encountered Morley, who guided him past such threats as the enormous fire-breathers[4] and a tribe[21] of territorial Junkers. Morley lured Opress into Maul's lair, believing Lotho Minor's newest guest would be their next meal. At first, the two brothers wrestled with each other in the dark labyrinth of garbage, but Opress quickly recognized Maul and saw that his brother's mind had been shattered by his long-ago defeat. When Morley interrupted them to check on the status of their meal, Opress strangled the Anacondan to death for his treachery. At Opress's prodding, Maul soon remembered himself and vowed revenge on the Jedi.[4] The brothers then traveled back to Dathomir, where Talzin repaired Maul's body and mind.[22]

Planet of misfit droids[edit | edit source]

"I was going to say, your ship is junk—magnificent, beautiful junk. And on this planet—my planet…we crave junk. We must have it."
―Akar Duel appreciates the Millennium Falcon[src]

Akar Duel and his droids confront the rebels.

By the time of the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, a Duros named Akar Duel had come to consider Lotho Minor his own planet. He created many junk droids from the droid parts he collected on the planet and used restraining bolts to force them into his service. Sometime after the Battle of Yavin, a team of rebels consisting of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, and the protocol droid C-3PO traveled to Lotho Minor aboard the starship Millennium Falcon in search of a suitable location for a new base. Doc and Teetee, two of Duel's droids, attempted to warn the rebels about Duel, but the Duros had already noticed their arrival.[8]

Surrounding the rebels with his conscripted droids, Duel wanted to steal the Millennium Falcon; however, the droids turned against their master upon learning that C-3PO was allowed to have free will, unlike themselves, and they eventually gained their freedom. The rebels then quickly fled Lotho Minor, giving up the idea of establishing a base there. Sometime later, after leaving the planet themselves, Doc and Teetee told their story to Bazine Netal, a spy who was searching for the Millennium Falcon.[8]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

"Trust me! Not everything on this planet is junk."
"It's not?"
"There are things like me. Things that live and breathe."
―Morley and Savage Opress — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Lotho Minor's native Junkers survived on the planet's scrap and augmented their bodies with cybernetic enhancements.

Lotho Minor was the homeworld of the mysterious Junkers.[7] These tribal[21] denizens appeared to be a strange hybrid of organic life and mechanical debris, and no one was quite sure of their origin. Lotho Minor's role as a galactic dumping ground and the Junkers' violent territoriality discouraged any deep exploration into their culture or biology. The Junkers lived off the scrap found on their homeworld's surface, augmenting their strange and twisted bodies with cybernetic enhancements,[7] which replaced their missing limbs that were lost to corrosive chemicals, radiation, or accidents.[23] They had lived on Lotho Minor for so long that it was impossible to tell where their bodies ended and the garbage began.[7]

The Junk World was also the homeworld of the cunning Anacondan Morley during the Clone Wars.[16] This serpentine creature slithered through the mountains of trash and survived by delivering sustenance to Darth Maul in exchange for the exiled Sith Lord's scraps.[4]

During the reign of the Empire, the Duros Akar Duel also lived on Lotho Minor and regarded himself as the planetary ruler. He employed many junk droids by force, including Doc, Teetee, and another droid with the head of an EV-series unit. In a life-changing moment for all the droids on Lotho Minor, Duel's servants revolted against their master and gained their freedom.[8]

Locations[edit | edit source]

"There's a haunted labyrinth beneath all that scrap."
―Captain Spikewheel[src]

Beneath the enormous piles of trash on the Lotho Minor's surface, the Sith Lord Darth Maul lived in a cavernous lair during his exile. Accessible through a deep pit inside a shelter on the surface, Maul's lair consisted of deep tunnels in the junk.[4]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"I was a huge fan of the Clone Wars series long before I got this project, and I was familiar with the look of planet Lotho Minor, but for the story I went back to closely examine the world as it's depicted in the episode 'Brothers.' To keep the junkyard setting from overpowering the characters and their action, I took a cue from the series' design choice to show the piles of junk and debris as vague, jagged shapes. It doesn't really take a lot of detail to suggest that these are mountain ranges made up of years and years of garbage pileup, ready to topple over on themselves or crush anyone who disturbs them."
―Megan Levens[src]

Lotho Minor environment design illustration by Pat Presley

Lotho Minor was originally created for "Brothers," the twenty-first episode in the fourth season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series, which first aired on March 9, 2012.[24] Several "spirit of" designs for Lotho Minor were illustrated by Kilian Plunkett and Pat Presley, and the planet was referred to as "Lamoth" in some pieces of concept art.[25] The Encyclopedia entry for Lotho Minor introduced the nickname "Junk World."[9]

The planet later appeared in a story dubbed "The Horned Devil!" in the 2019 comic book Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle 1, which was written by Cavan Scott with art by Megan Levens. Levens stated that as a preparation for her task, she examined Lotho Minor's depiction in "Brothers," patterning her illustration on the episode's design choice to show the planet's piles of junk and debris as vague, jagged shapes, suggesting that they consisted of unsteady garbage piled up over many years. She also indicated that she imagined the environment of the sinkhole and tunnels beneath the surface of Lotho Minor as the carcass of an old structure or ship that had decayed under centuries of heavy garbage and environmental stress, designing the tunnels as they were either former corridors or giant ducts.[26]

Lotho Minor was first introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity via the young-adult novel The Wrath of Darth Maul, written by Ryder Windham[27] and released in January 2012. This story referenced the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Brothers"[28] prior to its television debut.[24]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader's Castle 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 StarWars-DatabankII.png Lotho Minor in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee"—Darth Vader 20
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 StarWars-DatabankII.png Darth Maul in the Databank (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Junker in the Databank (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 IDWStarWarsAdventuresLogoSmaller.png "Flight of the Falcon, Part 2: The Planet of Misfit Droids"—Star Wars Adventures 15
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Encyclopedia Lotho Minor in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
  11. Galaxy's Edge 1
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 StarWars-DatabankII.png Fire-breather in the Databank (backup link)
  13. AltayaCite.png "Naboo" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  14. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Brothers," which features the fire-breathers on Lotho Minor, to 20 BBY.
  15. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  16. 16.0 16.1 Encyclopedia Morley in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  17. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 14 (Weapons & Uniforms: The Sith)
  18. StarWars-DatabankII.png Morley in the Databank (backup link)
  19. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Witches of the Mist" to 20 BBY.
  20. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
  21. 21.0 21.1 Encyclopedia Junkers in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
  23. BYOR2D2 logo small.png Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 52 (Droid Directory: Cyborgs Part 1)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
  25. Behind the Spooky Scenes of IDW's Return to Vader's Castle #1 – Exclusive on (backup link)
  26. The Wrath of Darth Maul
  27. The Essential Reader's Companion
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