- "The sun drops fast on Nevarro."
- ―Greef Karga
Nevarro was a volcanic planet located in a sector of the Outer Rim Territories. A city on Nevarro was the home-base of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, which was headquartered inside a cantina. During the Imperial Era, the Galactic Empire controlled Nevarro, though they lost control of the planet after the end of the Galactic Civil War.
In the time of the New Republic, the planet and its city became a haven for bounty hunters working for Greef Karga, an agent of the Guild. The planet saw brief conflict when the bounty hunter Din Djarin rescued Grogu, an infant that he had delivered to a member of an Imperial remnant in a previous job, betraying the Guild. After Djarin's escape from Nevarro, the planet was taken over by the forces of the Imperial remnant, who were led by the former Moff Gideon. Karga eventually tricked Djarin into returning to Nevarro with the Child, though later changed his mind about allowing the Child to be given to the Imperials, and worked alongside Djarin to defeat them. Despite the arrival of Moff Gideon, Djarin and his associates managed to defeat the Imperial remnant, giving Karga and soon-to-be Marshal Carasynthia Dune the chance to turn the planet into one of respectable business.
Djarin continued on his journey with his small companion before returning to Nevarro for repairs. After reuniting with Karga and Dune, Karga set his mechanics on the repairs and the two showed him the city. Karga then requested that Djarin help them destroy an Imperial base on the planet. There, they discovered that Moff Gideon was alive and was trying to retrieve the Child to use his blood for experimental research.
- "If you follow the descending tunnel, it will lead you to the underground river. It flows downstream toward the lava flats."
- ―"The Armorer"
A terrestrial planet, Nevarro was situated within a sector of the Outer Rim Territories, in a star system with a singular star. Its orbit caused its sun to set quickly. An ashen world of black sands, Nevarro had rocky and volcanic terrain that consisted of regions of rocky flats and hills along with vast fields of lava, which contained lava rivers both on the surface and underground. Its atmosphere was breathable to individuals of various species, though the atmosphere of Nevarro's lava rivers was burning and sulphuric.
Though Nevarro's lava plains were inhospitable to most species, the planet was home to a number of different creatures, including a reptavian that would attack unsuspecting beings under the cover of night, able to lift their prey into the air or incapacitate them with venom. Qartuums could be found on the planet's lava fields, while lava meerkats resided in the fiery terrain of the underground lava rivers.
- "So, we're going to Nevarro?"
"Have you ever been?"
"No. We lost a lot of our forces there. The city's dug in pretty deep. No cover when you drop in. It stayed in Empire control 'till the end of the war."
- ―Carasynthia Dune and Din Djarin
During the Imperial Era, Nevarro was under the control of the Galactic Empire, who were based in a city on the planet. During the Imperial expansion, the Empire established a military base on Nevarro. At some point during the Galactic Civil War, forces of the Rebel Alliance attacked the Imperial-controlled city. However, the lack of cover in the surrounding terrain caused the Rebellion to suffer heavy casualties, and the planet remained in Imperial control until the end of the war.
Following the fall of the Empire, the Bounty Hunters' Guild resided on Nevarro, led by the agent Greef Karga, who operated from a cantina within Nevarro's city. At some point by the time of the New Republic, a tribe of Mandalorians came to reside in a covert in the sewers of the city.
Bounty hunter haven
- "Ever been to Nevarro? I hear things didn't go so well there, but it looks like you got off easy."
- ―Fennec Shand, to Din Djarin
Around 9 ABY, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin worked for the Bounty Hunters' Guild, returning a number of bounties to Nevarro. After capturing one such bounty, a Mythrol, Djarin landed his starship Razor Crest in a spaceport outside Nevarro's city. Djarin met with Karga in the Bounty Hunters' Guild cantina, where, unsatisfied with the state of the Guild's regular jobs, he took a job that required directly meeting the client—a member of an Imperial remnant faction. The Mandalorian bounty hunter met his client in a facility elsewhere on Nevarro, learning of the client's target. Following the meeting, Djarin visited the Mandalorian enclave, using his down payment of beskar to have a pauldron forged by the tribe's armorer. Djarin left Nevarro for the planet Arvala-7, where his target was located.
After successfully acquiring the target, the Force-sensitive infant known as the Child, Djarin returned to Nevarro to deliver the bounty to his client, taking the beskar he had been given as a reward to his tribe's enclave in order to create more armor, where he was was confronted by fellow Mandalorian Paz Vizsla for taking a job from Imperials. Djarin met Karga in Nevarro's cantina for his next job, but before he could leave the planet, he felt remorseful for delivering the Child to the Imperials, and returned to the facility to rescue him.
The bounty hunter managed to eliminate many of the Client's stormtroopers and rescue the Child, but, upon attempting to leave, was confronted by Karga and the Guild hunters, who had been notified of his betrayal. When he refused to hand over the Child, Djarin was attacked by the other bounty hunters, but was saved by the intervention of the Mandalorians of his tribe, including Vizsla. Djarin escaped Nevarro, but not before being forced to shoot Karga, who survived.
- "The man who hired you is still here, and his ranks of ex-Imperial guards have grown. They have imposed despotic rule over my city, which has impeded the livelihood of the Guild."
- ―Greef Karga, to Din Djarin
Once Djarin left the system with the Child, the skirmish between the hunters and Mandalorians concluded, with many hunters leaving once they realized the Client's target had been taken. Following Djarin's escape from Nevarro, additional forces of the Imperial remnant led by the former Moff Gideon, who was thought to have been executed for war crimes, took control of the planet. The Imperial rule of Nevarro's city impeded the operation of the Bounty Hunters' Guild. The Imperials also attacked the Mandalorian covert for revealing themselves and assisting in Djarin's escape, which left many of the Mandalorians dead, though the Armorer speculated that some survived and escaped the planet.
Some time later, Karga attempted to trick Djarin into bringing the Child back to Nevarro, claiming he had a plan to kill the Client, though the Guild's true plan was to kill Djarin and return the Child. Djarin assembled a team of accomplices, consisting of the former rebel shock trooper Cara Dune, the moisture farmer Kuiil, and the reprogrammed assassin droid IG-11, and landed in a remote region of Nevarro to meet with Karga and several Guild hunters. Once night fell, the team set up camp, but were attacked by the planet's species of winged predators, who killed one of Karga's hunters and injured Karga himself. The Child healed Karga's wounds with the Force, and the team continued toward the city after sunrise.
- "Nevarro is a very fine planet. And now that the scum and villainy have been washed away, it's very respectable again."
"As a bounty hunter hive?"
"Some of my favorite people are bounty hunters."
- ―Greef Karga and Din Djarin
Having had his life saved by the Child, Karga had a change of heart and instead killed the Guild hunters, revealing his previous plan to Djarin and offering to help defeat the Imperials. While Kuiil protected the Child, Karga and Dune brought Djarin into the city, pretending that they had captured him and had come to return the Child. They were met by the Client, but he was contacted by Gideon, who revealed Karga's ruse. Having surrounded the cantina with the forces of his Imperial remnant, Gideon had the Client and his stormtroopers shot and killed through the window of the cantina. While attempting to return the Child to the Razor Crest, Kuiil was shot down and killed, and the Child was taken by two Imperial scout troopers. However, before the troopers could return the Child to Moff Gideon, IG-11 killed them and rescued the Child.
Trapped in the cantina, Djarin suggested escaping through the sewers to the Mandalorian covert. Gideon threatened to raze the cantina with an E-Web heavy repeating blaster unless Karga and his associates surrendered. IG-11 entered the city, shooting down a number of Imperial stormtroopers, including many of Moff Gideon's forces. Djarin was injured in the ensuing skirmish, and his associates retreated into the cantina. Karga and Dune entered the sewers with the Child, while Djarin allowed IG-11 to heal him, and the two followed their accomplices to the Mandalorian covert, finding it deserted except for the Armorer, who explained what had happened to the Tribe. The Armorer provided the fugitives with an escape route and equipped Djarin with a jetpack and a supply of munitions.
Djarin and his accomplices escaped through the sewers to an underground lava river, while the Armorer was confronted by the Imperials, who she managed to defeat. As the fugitives attempted to travel down the lava river aboard a keelboat, Djarin detected a stormtrooper platoon at the exit of the tunnel. IG-11 sacrificed himself to kill the stormtroopers, allowing Djarin, Dune, and Karga to escape with the Child. When the team exited the tunnel, Gideon attacked in his TIE fighter. Djarin used his jetpack to grapple onto the starfighter and destroy it, causing Gideon to crash into the lava fields. With the Imperial remnant defeated, Karga mused that Nevarro could become a haven for bounty hunters once again, Dune decided to remain with the Guild on the planet, and Djarin left to search for the Child's home. However, Moff Gideon had survived the crash, and broke out of his TIE fighter using the Darksaber.
Rebuilding the city
Rather than allow the planet to become, as Djarin had called it, a "bounty hunter hive" again, Karga took over the operations of the city as Magistrate with Dune serving as the Marshal, mopping up criminals, including a group of Aqualish thieves. Karga turned the old cantina into a school and saw the city return to a respectable place for a variety of citizens. The city streets became teeming with vendors, gathering places, and potted plants.
At one point, Djarin returned to Nevarro for repairs and happily reunited with Karga and Dune outside the city. Karga told his two mechanics to work on Djarin's ship while he and Dune brought their former companion through the new-look city. Noting that Djarin had some time on his hands while repairs were done, Karga brought him to his office and proposed a mission to take out the Imperial base located close by. Djarin agreed to the mission and traveled to the base in a landspeeder with Karga, Dune, and the Mythrol he had captured earlier.
The group infiltrated the base to destabilize the coolant system that allowed the base to coexist with the landscape's lava features. However, as they exited, the group realized that it was a laboratory and noticed several individuals suspended in tubes as well as a hologram that involved Dr. Pershing communicating with Gideon. Realizing the transmission was from three days ago, they realized Gideon was still alive. Djarin used his jetpack to quickly return to the city, where he had left the Child, while Karga, Dune, and the Mythrol blasted their way out in a Trexler 906 Armored Marauder.
- "When you left the system and took the prize, the fighting ended and the hunters just melted away. You know how it is. They're mercenaries, not zealots."
- ―Greef Karga to Din Djarin, on Nevarro's bounty hunter residents
A number of individuals of various species resided on Nevarro during the era of the New Republic, including many operatives of the Bounty Hunters' Guild. Members of the Imperial remnant led by Moff Gideon also operated on Nevarro, which was eventually taken over by the former Moff himself. After Djarin rescued the Child from Nevarro, a large number of Guild hunters left the planet. Species who had been present within Nevarro's city and the Bounty Hunters' Guild cantina included humans, Jawas, Melbu, Onodones, Rodians, Suertons, Trandoshans, Twi'leks, Wickwar, and Zabraks.
A Mandalorian tribe resided in hiding within the sewers of Nevarro's city, but they were eventually attacked by Moff Gideon's forces, resulting in the deaths of many and forcing any survivors to flee the planet, though the Armorer planned to stay behind until the work of forging beskar was finished. Din Djarin later questioned if the Mandalorians on the water moon of Trask the "Frog Man" knew of were survivors from Nevarro, but they were actually a group led by Lady Bo-Katan Kryze of Mandalore. Outside of the city, Nevarro's lava fields were inhabited by a number of Jawas who had adapted to their surroundings on Nevarro and would attempt to dismantle starships in the area.
- "We can walk for a spell, camp out at the riverbank, then make our way into town at first light."
- ―Greef Karga, to Din Djarin
Sparse settlements were situated on Nevarro within vast stretches of cooled volcanic rock. One city cut into Nevarro's terrain hosted a cantina that was home to the Bounty Hunters' Guild, as well as the facility where forces of Moff Gideon's Imperial remnant were based. A bazaar was located near the city's entrance, hosting a number of the city's residents and merchants selling wares. Within a sewer beneath the city, the Mandalorian group known as the Tribe resided in a hidden enclave.
An area designated for starships to land was located outside of the archway that led into the city. The Twi'lek healing baths were also located elsewhere on Nevarro. A region of lava fields was located in the vicinity of the city, while one underground lava river led between the city's sewer and the fields. Upon Nevarro's lava rivers, ferry droids operated keelboats in order to provide safe passage for travelers.
Behind the scenes
- "We extended everything beyond that set. That meant full-CG environments – one looking back into the city, and another into a landing bay with ships coming in to land. We built that entire backdrop."
- ―VFX supervisor Robin Hackl
Nevarro first appeared in Chapter 1 of the 2019 television series The Mandalorian, which premiered on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. It was not named until it received a mention in the fifth episode, released on December 6, 2019. Prior to the release of The Mandalorian, Nevarro was pictured in a preview of the series in an episode of the The Star Wars Show on October 4, 2018.
Nevarro's terrain was inspired by the dry and hard-packed lava flows of Kailua-Kona in Hawaii, while its city's stone streets and archways were influenced by the architecture of the Roman ruins of Pompeii. Its markets referenced those found in Morocco and the Middle East.
Scenes on Nevarro were shot using a practical set surrounded by a 360-degree LED screen. Backdrops would be projected onto the screen in real time during filming to give the illusion of a physical environment. Image Engine was responsible for creating the computer-generated backgrounds on Nevarro, including views angled into the city and toward the landing bay at its entrance. A fully digital set of Nevarro was created, which Image Engine used to integrate effects such as blaster bolts.
The landscape of Nevarro was digitally constructed based on photogrammetry scans taken from locations in Hawaii and Iceland. Using a style guide created by the Lucasfilm art department, Industrial Light & Magic created a library of assets to be used for Nevarro. The library was used by Hybride to create assets for Nevarro's city and landscape based on set pictures and Lidar scans. These assets were used to generate locations within the digital model of the Nevarro city.
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" (First appearance)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 3: The Sin"
- The Mandalorian: Season 1: Volume 1
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger" (Mentioned only) (First identified as Nevarro)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 8: Redemption"
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel
- The Mandalorian: A Clan of Two
- The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies
- The Mandalorian: Magnetic Fun
- The Mandalorian: This is the Way
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 10: The Passenger" (Mentioned only)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 12: The Siege"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
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