- "I'd turned a planet into a graveyard and I couldn't go back."
- ―Imperial deserter Yrica Quell, haunted by the devastation of Nacronis
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.
Description[edit | edit source]
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's siltstorms was increased during the Galactic Empire's devastation of the planet.
History[edit | edit source]
Devastation[edit | edit source]
- "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
After the death of Emperor Palpatine during the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY 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.
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 in floods of silt and exterminating the population.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
- "If you would do this, then there's nothing that will drive you out. You'll stay with the 204th out of honor and duty. You'll stay until the sickness leaves you empty and either it kills you or the rebels do. But there's no point to it anymore."
- ―Soran Keize, to Yrica Quell
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. Keize similarly professed his feelings to the squadron commanders before deserting the 204th himself.
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 Intelligence agent Caern Adan eventually discovered the truth, as did fellow pilot Nath Tensent.
Adan set an automated message regarding the truth about Nacronis to be delivered to New Republic personnel in the event of his disappearance, which was activated when he was kidnapped during the New Republic's campaign in the Cerberon system around 5 ABY. Quell was later subjected to numerous mental visions of the destruction of Nacronis by a tower on a planetoid in the Cerberon system.
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
- "This is TIE pilot Yrica Quell to Nacronis ground control."
- ―Yrica Quell, in a falsified report to the New Republic
The population of Nacronis, numbering several million and consisting 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.
Locations[edit | edit source]
The inhabitants of Nacronis resided in ancient citadels, which were destroyed during the Empire's devastation of the planet. The cities, made up of domed buildings constructed from duracrete, included apartments, houses, schools, and workshops.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Nacronis first appeared in the novel Alphabet Squadron, written by Alexander Freed as the first volume in the Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron series and published on June 11, 2019. The planet was initially revealed in an excerpt from the then-upcoming novel included in the Marvel comic book TIE Fighter 1, published on April 17, 2019.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Alphabet Squadron (First appearance, simultaneous with Alphabet Squadron audiobook) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Alphabet Squadron audiobook (First appearance, simultaneous with Alphabet Squadron) (Appears in flashback(s))
- Shadow Fall (Appears in flashback(s))
- Shadow Fall audiobook (Appears in flashback(s))
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Alphabet Squadron
- Shadow Fall
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Shadow Fall takes place approximately half a year after the Battle of Endor, while Before the Awakening states Kes Dameron and Shara Bey moved to Yavin 4 around six months after the Battle of Endor. Given that Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates their move to 5 ABY, the events of Shadow Fall must also take place around that time. establishes that
- TIE Fighter 1