"This one's been cored perfectly."
―Kazuda Xiono — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

Najra-Va was a rocky planetoid in the Dassal system of the Unknown Regions, orbited by a once-inhabited moon. Along with the other planetoids in the system, Najra-Va was cored out by the First Order as a test for the Starkiller Base superweapon. However, unlike the other worlds, Najra-Va remained mostly intact after the tests, albeit with a core shaft straight through the planetoid's center. The Resistance pilots Kazuda Xiono and Poe Dameron flew through the planetoid's core shaft while investigating the First Order presence in the system.


"What is that? Poe?"
"Yeah, I see it. It's a gravity well."
―Kazuda Xiono and Poe Dameron — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

The Dassal system, home of Najra-Va, was located in the Unknown Regions.

A rocky terrestrial planetoid orbited by a formerly-inhabited moon,[1] Najra-Va was located in the Unknown Regions's Dassal system,[4] within Sector Epsilon 51-3[2] in grid square H-7 on the Standard Galactic Grid.[3] After the militant First Order cored out the planets in the system,[5] Najra-Va was left with a circular tunnel that covered its entire diameter. Despite no longer having matter in its core, a gravity well still existed in the center of the planetoid. Najra-Va orbited a single sun, which disappeared due to the First Order's experiments.[1]


"Why would someone do this?"
"Patience, kid. That's what we're gonna find out."
―Kazuda Xiono and Poe Dameron — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

The planetoid after having its core drilled through by the First Order

During the Cold War between the First Order and the New Republic-funded Resistance,[1] the planetoids of the Dassal system were located in the First Order's Sector Epsilon 51-3.[6] They were cored out by the First Order[1] as tests for the construction of the Starkiller Base superweapon,[5] which also caused the disappearance of the system's sun. Unlike the other planetoids in the system, which cracked and broke apart, Najra-Va was left mostly undamaged, aside from the massive hole that had been mined through its core.[1]

After retrieving intelligence from the First Order, the Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono learned of its activity in the Dassal system. Informing fellow Resistance member Poe Dameron, the two pilots then investigated the system. Discovering the cored and broken planetoids, they came across Najra-Va and flew through its core. The pilots almost crashed their starships due to the planetoid's intact gravity well but managed to escape through the other side of Najra-Va, landing on its moon. Once the First Order was alerted to their presence by a probe droid, Dameron and Xiono were chased back into Najra-Va's core by several TIE fighters led by First Order Major Elrik Vonreg. The Resistance pilots used the gravity well to their advantage, causing the enemy fighters to crash, which forced Vonreg to retreat and allowed the pair to escape.[1]


The Dassal system, which included Najra-Va, was once thriving with life. However, all inhabitants were killed when the First Order experimented on the system.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Concept art of the planetoid's core shaft

Najra-Va first appeared in "The Core Problem,"[1] the eighteenth episode of the first season of the television series Star Wars Resistance, which aired on February 17, 2019.[7] Concept artwork for the planetoid's core shaft was created by Jim Moore.[8] The planetoid's name was identified in the StarWars.com Databank entry for the Dassal system.[4]



Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "The Core Problem"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Star Wars Resistance episode "Descent" places Poe Dameron and Kazuda Xiono's mission from the preceding episode, "The Core Problem," in Sector Epsilon 51-3. Furthermore, StarWars-DatabankII.png Dassal system in the Databank (backup link) establishes the mission to have taken place in the Dassal system, which is the location of Najra-Va, according to "The Core Problem."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Timelines' map of the galaxy — Based on corresponding data for Dassal system
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Dassal system in the Databank (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 StarWars.com The First Order's Plan - Resistance Rewind on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "Descent"
  7. The Core Problem. Walt Disney Television. Walt Disney Television. Archived from the original on August 16, 2019.
  8. StarWars.com The Core Problem Concept Art Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link)
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