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"We're launching probe droids as swiftly as Troithe and Metalorn can manufacture them."
Gial Ackbar, in a meeting with New Republic High Command[8]

Metalorn was an industrial planet located in the galaxy's Mid Rim. A vital Techno Union world, it was aligned with the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. Its Skakoan population was enslaved by the Galactic Empire for their Separatists sympathies, causing some to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Metalorn's production capacity supported the Imperial Military during the Galactic Civil War, causing the Rebel Alliance to consider it a potential target. The Skakoan Wat Tambor began his career in techology on Metalorn, going on to become Foreman of the Techno Union.

Description[]

A harsh industrial planet,[9] Metalorn was located in the galaxy's Mid Rim, in grid square R-8 on the Standard Galactic Grid.[1]

History[]

"Additionally, the production capacity of the Heaven system exceeded even that of the famous industrial world of Metalorn; it's relatively prosperous and wealthy as a remote star system."
Jedi Master Mostema[10]

Metalorn was a vital world of the Techno Union,[6] a conglomerate of technology companies bonded together as a merchant guild.[11] Around the year 83 BBY,[12] the production capacity of a star system in the Oplovis sector surpassed that of Metalorn, by which point had become a famous industrial world.[10] During the Clone Wars, a conflict fought between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Galactic Republic that began in 22 BBY, Metalorn was aligned with the Separatists and defended by a mixed fleet of overstock and prototype ships and fighters from Techno Union member corporations and design firms, such as SoroSuub Corporation.[6]

After the Clone Wars ended and the Republic transitioned into the Galactic Empire[13] in 19 BBY,[14] the Empire dissolved the Techno Union[11] and nationalized its assets,[15] including Metalorn. During the Galactic Civil War, the manufacturing world supplied the Imperial Military, featuring a medium security status and production output. Metalorn was among the major Imperial shipyards and drydocks and key mining centers marked by General Crix Madine as potential targets for the Alliance to Restore the Republic following the conclusion of Operation Ringbreaker[7] in 3 ABY.[16]

By 5 ABY,[17] the Alliance had transitioned into the New Republic[18] and driven the Empire into remnants and holdouts throughout the galaxy. In order to find the Empire's secret base, the New Republic used Metalorn and the planet Troithe to manufacture probe droids to drive the search.[8]

Inhabitants[]

A Skakoan, Wat Tambor immigrated to Metalorn to begin a career in technology.

Metalorn was inhabited by members of the sentient Skakoan species.[5] Humanoids native to the ecumenopolis planet Skako in the Core Worlds region, they were required to wear special pressure suits that emulated their homeworld's high-pressure methane atmosphere when traveling offworld,[11] lest they explode when exposed to a standard, oxygen-based atmosphere.[9] However, Skakoans were also capable of surviving on[19] the nearby[11] planet Skako Minor, which had an atmosphere of pressurized hydrogen sulfide.[19]

Few left Skako due to its unique atmospheric pressure,[9] and most that were willing to travel, even if only as far as Skako Minor, tended to be technological industrialists. This established the species as technologically obsessed in the eye of the galactic community, despite Skakoans having actually possessed a wide variety of interests and professions. As few Skakoans ventured offworld, most did not learn Galactic Basic Standard and instead spoke their native Skakoverbal, a complex language that shared similarities with Binary. Those that did travel abroad largely relied upon translation units attached to their pressure suits, furthering the myth that Skakoans were cybernetic or machine beings. They had majority control of the Techno Union by the Clone Wars, by which point there was a mistaken belief that Skakoans had founded the organization.[5]

At an early age, the Skakoan Wat Tambor left his homeworld of Skako to begin a career in technology on Metalorn.[9] He would go on to become Foreman of the Techno Union and represent the organization in the Galactic Senate. Tambor also became Skako's de facto representative in the Republic, despite the industrialist Skakoans having originally avoided membership due to their belief that technology and industry knew no political borders. While the Techno Union officially declared neutrality during the Clone Wars, Tambor and other Skakoan business interests sided with the Confederacy of Independent Systems out of fear of Republic overreach, with him and Skako providing the Separatists with indirect support. Tambor's expansionist leanings turned the Republic against Skako,[11] who captured the planet during the Clone Wars.[20]

Following Tambor's assassination and the dissolution of the Separatists, the Empire inherited the Republic's prejudice and Skakoans found themselves shunned as enemies of Emperor Palpatine. Though Skako was sanctioned and an emigration restriction was put in place, the majority of Skakoans preferred being cut off from the galaxy and were content, or at least willing, to remain on their homeworld with the Empire watching from above. However, some believed that their people had learned the wrong lessons from Tambor's failures and, rather than withdrawing from galactic participation, wanted Skakoans to decide the fate of Skako and its citizens, not the Empire.[11] In addition, the Empire enslaved Metalorn's Skakoan population for having supported the Separatists. As a result, some Skakoans joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic in order to avenge their fallen comrades.[5] Others joined because they knew that hiding from the galaxy would not save them or their homeworld.[11]

Locations[]

Metalorn was the site of Unreal City, one of the many private prisons in which the majority of prisoners taken by the Separatists were incarcerated.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Metalorn was first mentioned in the Star Wars canon in the 2016 reference book Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, written by Pablo Hidalgo.[9] The world originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it first appeared in the 1979 comic book Star Wars (1977) 30, written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated by Carmine Infantino.[21]

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  2. Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game places Metalorn in the area of space Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide identifies as the Slice.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Collapse of the Republic
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Forged in Battle
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Rise of the Separatists
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Victory's Price
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Vow of Silver Dawn
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Fully Operational
  12. 微博 (2020-12-17). m.weibo.cn. Weibo. Archived from the original on December 18, 2020. — the events of The Vow of Silver Dawn occur about fifty years before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 32 BBY. Therefore, the events of The Vow of Silver Dawn must take place around 82 BBY. As the production capacity of the Oploves sector star system surpassed that of Metalorn the year prior to that in which the events of Vow of Silver Dawn are set, it can be detmined that Metalorn's production capacity was surpassed circa 83 BBY.
  13. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  14. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  15. Star Wars: Uprising
  16. The sections of Battlefront: Twilight Company where Operation Ringbreaker takes place are set twenty-two years after the Clone Wars, which ended in 19 BBY, according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The operation must have therefore occurred in 3 ABY.
  17. Victory's Price begins eleven months after the Battle of Endor, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY, and features the Battle of Jakku, which Galactic Atlas in turn places in 5 ABY. Since Before the Awakening establishes that Kes Dameron and Shara Bey moved to Yavin 4 around six months after the Battle of Endor and Galactic Atlas dates their move to 5 ABY, Victory's Price must therefore be set in 5 ABY.
  18. Alphabet Squadron
  19. 19.0 19.1 Doctor Aphra (2016) 15
  20. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  21. Star Wars (1977) 30
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