"I'd turned a planet into a graveyard and I couldn't go back."
―Imperial deserter Yrica Quell, haunted by the devastation of Nacronis — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Nacronis was a marshland planet with a unique meteorology that caused it to be ravaged by siltstorms. The planet's population, which included humans, inhabited ancient citadels. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, the TIE fighter pilots of the Galactic Empire's 204th Imperial Fighter Wing were ordered to increase the severity of the planet's storms with explosives as part of Operation: Cinder. The attack led to the devastation of the planet and the deaths of its inhabitants.


Located in the Nacronis system, Nacronis was a terrestrial planet with an atmosphere breathable for humans. The planet had a unique meteorology, plagued by high winds and siltstorms that threw colorful mud into the air, making its surface a marshland. The severity of Nacronis' siltstorms was increased during the Galactic Empire's devastation of the planet.[1]


"The strategic objective is the elimination of all enemy presence on Nacronis, up to and including all resources that could be subverted by the enemy."
―Soran Keize — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

After the death of Emperor Palpatine during the Battle of Endor[1] in 4 ABY[2] and the subsequent activation of Operation: Cinder, a campaign to devastate planets that both supported and opposed the Galactic Empire, Nacronis was chosen as one of the targets of the operation. Colonel Shakara Nuress of the Empire's 204th Imperial Fighter Wing was ordered to participate in the destruction.[1]


Yrica Quell deserted the Galactic Empire after assisting with the destruction of Nacronis.

Along with other Imperial squadrons, the 204th's pilots, led by Major Soran Keize, were tasked with stoking the siltstorms of Nacronis using specialized vortex detonators deployed from their TIE bombers. The Rebel Alliance attempted to defend Nacronis but failed to prevent the Imperial pilots from fueling the storms enough to cover the entire planet, destroying cities and exterminating the population.[1]

Once the storms had diminished, one of the 204th's pilots, Yrica Quell, landed on Nacronis, witnessing the destruction she had helped to cause. Major Keize, who himself had lost faith in Operation: Cinder, convinced Quell to defect by faking her own death. Around one month after the attack on Nacronis, Quell was recruited into the nascent New Republic as part of Alphabet Squadron, whose goal was to hunt down members of Quell's former Imperial fighter wing. By that time, the destruction of Nacronis was well known to the New Republic, which saw it as one of the worst massacres that the Empire had committed. At first, Quell attempted to lie to hide her involvement in the atrocity, but New Republic agent Caern Adan eventually discovered the truth.[1]


"This is TIE pilot Yrica Quell to Nacronis ground control."
―Yrica Quell, in a falsified report to the New Republic — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The population of Nacronis, which consisted of humans, was wiped out during Operation: Cinder. When lying about the events that led to her defection, Yrica Quell claimed to have contacted Nacronis ground control.[1]


The inhabitants of Nacronis resided in ancient citadels, which were destroyed during the Empire's destruction of the planet.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Nacronis appeared in the 2019 novel Alphabet Squadron, written by Alexander Freed.[1] The planet was first revealed in an excerpt from the then-upcoming novel included in the comic book TIE Fighter 1: The Shadow Falls, Part 1,[3] published on April 17, 2019.[4]


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