- "Mon Cala is a valuable world in many ways--its people, technology, and civilization. Why, Emperor Palpatine himself enjoys the Mon Calamari Aquatic Ballet."
- ―Governor Wilhuff Tarkin on Mon Cala's importance
Although some cities on Mon Cala were built underwater, there also existed cities built on the surface of the ocean. The planet was inhabited by two separate sentient species, the peaceful Mon Calamari and the more bellicose Quarren, and was ruled by a single monarch. Despite their differences, the two peoples had generally shown mutual respect throughout their history.
During the Clone Wars, the eighty-second King of Mon Cala, Yos Kolina, was murdered. While his young son, Prince Lee-Char, was supposed to take the mantle, the Quarren refused to accept him as their leader due to the prince's young age and inexperience. A brief civil war was instigated by Separatist commander Riff Tamson, Kolina's murderer, after which Lee-Char was crowned the eighty-third King of Mon Cala.
Following the rise of the Galactic Empire, Char's government became influenced by a mysterious Jedi named Ferren Barr, who inspired them to refuse the Empire's harsh terms. The Empire sent Moff Wilhuff Tarkin on the Sovereign to negotiate with King Lee-Char. Tarkin sent Ambassador Telvar to discuss with Lee-Char, and he was unsuccessful. Investigating the possible involvement of a Jedi, Darth Vader and three Inquisitors arrived to find Barr, and Lee-Char notified Barr of this. Telvar's shuttle was sabotaged and destroyed, killing all on board. Tarkin saw this as an act of rebellion and sent forces down.
The Empire began subjugating Mon Cala. The Mon Calamari retaliated by converting their buildings and civilian starships into warships and dispatching them from Mon Cala. Many of these ships became part of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and were used throughout the Galactic Civil War.
During the war, Mon Cala was listed as an Alliance safe world despite the Imperial occupation. It was included in a map of the galaxy with a legend listing the various Alliance safe worlds, starfighter hubs at level five or higher, rebel operations sectors and regional headquarters, and shadow planets with deep-space caches. The map was later incorporated into The Rebel Files.
Mon Cala was one of the worlds Emperor Palpatine intended to target following the completion of the second Death Star, which he planned to use to destroy the rebel stronghold and wipe out the Rebellion through sheer terror.
In Luke Skywalker's dream in 34 ABY on Ahch-To, in which he imagined how things were if he hadn't joined the Rebel Alliance and instead stayed on Tatooine and married Camie Marstrap, the Empire used the Death Star to not only destroy Alderaan, but also Mon Cala and Chandrila.
First Order-Resistance warEdit
During the mission to Mon Cala, General Leia Organa with a few of her Resistance members came to Mon Cala in search of allies after their defeat at the Battle of Crait. Chadkol Gee, Nossor Ri's advisor contacted the First Order. King Ech-Char and Nossor Ri detested the actions of Gee, giving the Resistance a handful of Mon Calamari starships for which to escape along with the help of Aftab Ackbar, the son of Admiral Gial Ackbar. Eventually, led by General Armitage Hux, the First Order sent a fleet to Mon Cala to show the galaxy what happened to those who sided against the Order.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 13
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 15
- ↑ Star Wars 46
- ↑ Star Wars 48
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 17
- ↑ Allegiance 2
- ↑ Gadgets and Gear
- ↑ Allegiance 3
- ↑ 13.0 13.1
- ↑ Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
- ↑ Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 14
- ↑ Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 16
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Prisoners"
- ↑ 21.0 21.1
- ↑ Bloodline
- ↑ Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- ↑ Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
- ↑ Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- ↑ Allegiance 4