- "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
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.
Following his defeat at 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, the Duros Akar Duel ruled over a collection of junk 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.
- "We've got everything here!"
- ―Morley, in reference to Lotho Minor's junk fields
A stormy, desolate terrestrial planet located in the Outer Rim Territories, Lotho Minor had a surface covered with enormous mountains of trash piled over countless generations. 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, while huge pools of toxic sludge and periodic bursts of deadly acid rain made the hot, caustic planet's ruined ecosystem one of the most dangerous in the galaxy. A mechanical debris field known as the Wreck Belt orbited Lotho Minor.
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.
Galactic dumping ground
- "Fire-breathers. They'll getcha!"
- ―Morley, to Savage Opress
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.
By the year 20 BBY, 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." 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.
Darth Maul's exile
- "There's a haunted labyrinth beneath all that scrap. Survive one night in the dark without losing your mind and you'll earn a place on Salvage-1."
- ―Captain Spikewheel
After his defeat at the hands of the Jedi during the Battle of Naboo in 32 BBY, the shattered body of Darth Maul, a Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord, was dumped amid Lotho Minor's junk. Maul lived in hiding for more than a decade in the caves beneath Lotho Minor's surface, subsisting off trash and vermin, but his driving desire to cling to life pushed him to rebuild himself with spider-like legs in place of his severed ones. An Anacondan known as Morley cut a deal with Maul in order to survive, agreeing to lure unwitting prey into Maul's clutches in return for his leftovers.
In time, Maul's subterranean lair came to be known as a haunted labyrinth. Spikewheel, the droid captain of the starship Salvage-1, used the location as a trial for a group of aspirants who wished to join the droid's crew, by leaving them stranded on Lotho Minor for a night to see if they could survive. Not long after Spikewheel left a group of recruits—the human Brennar, the Nikto Gritz, the Theelin Riki, and the Roonan Seles—on the planet surface, they fell into Maul's cave after a quick scuffle with each other. Many years later, Vaneé, the Sith Lord Darth Vader's attendant, told their story to scare a prisoner in Vader's castle.
- "This is where you live? How long have you been here?"
"Years and years and years."
- ―Savage Opress and Darth Maul
Lotho Minor remained neutral during the Clone Wars. In 20 BBY, 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. 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.
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 and a tribe 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. The brothers then traveled back to Dathomir, where Talzin repaired Maul's body and mind.
Planet of misfit droids
- "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
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.
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.
- "Trust me! Not everything on this planet is junk."
"There are things like me. Things that live and breathe."
- ―Morley and Savage Opress
Lotho Minor was the homeworld of the mysterious Junkers. These tribal 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. They had lived on Lotho Minor for so long that it was impossible to tell where their bodies ended and the garbage began.
The Junk World was also the homeworld of the cunning Anacondan Morley during the Clone Wars. 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.
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.
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.
Behind the scenes
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. 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. The StarWars.com Encyclopedia entry for Lotho Minor introduced the nickname "Junk World."
The planet was first introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity via the young-adult novel The Wrath of Darth Maul, written by Ryder Windham and released in January 2012. This story referenced the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Brothers" prior to its television debut.
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy (Mentioned only)
- Return to Vader's Castle 1: Beware the Horned Devil! (Appears in flashback(s))
- "The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee"—Darth Vader 20: End of Games, Part I
- "Flight of the Falcon, Part 2: The Planet of Misfit Droids"—Star Wars Adventures 15 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Galaxy's Edge 1 (Mentioned only, in flashback)
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