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"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 — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Lotho Minor, also known as the Junk World, was a ruined planet in the Outer Rim Territories that was the homeworld of both the Anacondan and Junker species. Used for ages as a dumping ground, Lotho Minor's surface was covered with trash amassed over untold generations, which brought salvage operations to the planet in search of machinery that could still be repurposed.

Following his defeat during the Battle of Naboo, the Sith Lord Darth Maul went into exile in the bowels of Lotho Minor, where he lost his mind until he was found by his brother Savage Opress over a decade later. During the Galactic Civil War, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa of the Rebel Alliance traveled to the planet in hopes of establishing a base there, but they abandoned the idea after nearly being attacked by the Duros Akar Duel and his droids upon arrival.

Description

"We've got everything here!"
―Morley, in reference to Lotho Minor's junk fields — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
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The junk fields of Lotho Minor

A 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,[8] while huge pools of toxic sludge and periodic bursts of[3] deadly[9] acid rain made the[3] hot, caustic[8] planet's ruined ecosystem one of the most dangerous in the galaxy.[3] A debris field known as the Wreck Belt orbited Lotho Minor.[4]

History

Early history

"Fire-breathers. They'll getcha!"
―Morley, to Savage Opress — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Firebreather Lotho Minor

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. 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.[10]

By the year 20 BBY,[11] 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."[10] 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

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

After his defeat at the Battle of Naboo[5] in 32 BBY,[12] the shattered body of Darth Maul, a Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord, was dumped amid Lotho Minor's junk.[5] Maul lived in hiding for more than a decade[8] in the caves beneath Lotho Minor's surface, subsisting off trash[13] and vermin,[5] but his driving desire to cling to life pushed him to rebuild himself[8] with spider-like legs in place of his severed ones.[5] An Anacondan known as Morley cut a deal with Maul in order to survive,[14] agreeing to lure unwitting prey into Maul's hungry clutches in return for his leftovers.[2]

MaulsLair-Brothers

Oppress finds his brother, Darth Maul, in a lair beneath the surface of Lotho Minor.

Lotho Minor remained neutral during the Clone Wars.[8] In 20 BBY,[11] 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.[15] 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 at the Junk World, Opress dropped the Sakiyan out of the ship in mid-air.[2]

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[2] and a tribe[16] of territorial Junkers. Morley lured Opress into a cave, where Maul was said to live. Although Opress found his brother there,[2] the latter's mind had been shattered.[8] Oppress brought Maul back to Dathomir, where Talzin restored the former Sith Lord's body and mind.[17]

Searching for a rebel base

"You managed to find a planet covered in garbage. What an ideal location for the new rebel base!"
―Han Solo mocks Leia Organa for choosing Lotho Minor for a potential rebel base[src]
Lotho Minor investigation

Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Chewbacca arrive on Lotho Minor.

During the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance members Han Solo, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and the droid C-3PO traveled to Lotho Minor aboard the starship Millennium Falcon in search of a suitable location for a new rebel base. Upon their arrival, the rebels encountered a Duros named Akar Duel, who saw the entire planet as his own and enforced many junk droids to serve him with the use of restraining bolts. Surrounding the rebels with his droids, Duel wanted to steal the Falcon; however, the droids turned against him upon learning that C-3PO was allowed to have free will unlike themselves, and they eventually gained their freedom. The rebels then quickly fled the planet, giving up the idea of establishing a base there.[7]

Inhabitants

"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 — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Junkers

A pair of Junkers on Lotho Minor

Lotho Minor was the homeworld of the mysterious Junkers.[6] Living in tribes,[16] these 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 discouraged any deep exploration of Junker culture or biology, as did their violent territoriality. The Junkers lived off the scrap found on their homeworld's surface, augmenting their strange and twisted bodies with cybernetic enhancements. They had lived on Lotho Minor for so long that it was impossible to tell where their bodies ended and where the refuse began.[6]

The garbage planet was also home to the sentient Anacondan species.[3] These slithering, snakelike beings possessed two expressive eyes and a large mouth.[18] The cunning Anacondan Morley[14] survived on Lotho Minor by delivering sustenance to Darth Maul in exchange for the exiled Sith Lord's scraps.[2]

During the reign of the Empire, the Duros Akar Duel also lived on Lotho Minor and regarded himself as the ruler of the planet. He employed many junk droids by force, including Doc, Teetee, and another droid with the head of an EV-series droid.[7]

Locations

Beneath the enormous piles of trash on the Lotho Minor's surface, the Sith Darth Maul had a lair where he lived during his exile. Accessible through a chute inside a lodge on the surface, Maul's lair consisted of deep tunnels in the junk.[2] Also, the junk dealer Ruen's workshop resided in the Wreck Belt orbiting the planet, until it was destroyed by the assassin droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 some time after the Battle of Yavin.[4]

Behind the scenes

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Lotho Minor environment design illustration by Kilian Plunkett

Lotho Minor was originally created for "Brothers," the twenty-first episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' fourth season,[2] which first aired on March 9, 2012.[19]

The planet first appeared in the Star Wars Legends young-adult novel The Wrath of Darth Maul, written by Ryder Windham[20] and released on January 1, 2012.[21] Several "spirit of" designs for Lotho Minor were illustrated by Kilian Plunkett and Pat Presley. The planet was referred to as "Lamoth" in some pieces of concept art.[22]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 StarWars-DatabankII Lotho Minor in the Databank (backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee"—Darth Vader 20: End of Games, Part I
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 StarWars-DatabankII Darth Maul in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 StarWars-DatabankII Junker in the Databank (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 IDWStarWarsAdventuresLogoSmaller "Flight of the Falcon, Part 2: The Planet of Misfit Droids"—Star Wars Adventures 15
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Encyclopedia-Logo Lotho Minor in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  9. Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
  10. 10.0 10.1 StarWars-DatabankII Fire-breather in the Databank (backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the return of Darth Maul, as depicted in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Brothers," to 20 BBY.
  12. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  13. Encyclopedia-Logo Morley in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  14. 14.0 14.1 StarWars-DatabankII Morley in the Databank (backup link)
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Encyclopedia-Logo Junkers in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  17. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
  18. StarWars-DatabankII Anacondan in the Databank (backup link)
  19. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
  20. The Wrath of Darth Maul
  21. Amazon favicon Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul on Amazon.com (backup link)
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