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Tavern-keeper: "If you've been gone too long, you're not a real Pamarthen any longer. Gone soft like an offworlder?"
Joph Seastriker: "No, I—"
Tavern-keeper: "No? Best prove you've still got your choobies, then. Let me see you take that down."
Greer Sonnel: "He's just a kid. Leave this to me." [downs the glass in three gulps] "How's that for choobies?"
Tavern-keeper: "And that's a woman of Pamarthe!"
―A tavern-keeper on Pamarthe demands proof via Port in a Storm from non-Pamarthen Joph Seastriker and Pamarthen Greer Sonnel[src]

Port in a Storm was a potent, fortified wine from the planet Pamarthe. Native Pamarthens drank it easily and considered an emptied cup to be a good omen before flying starships. Some non-Pamarthen drinkers were overwhelmed and felt like they were burning after drinking it; others felt it cooled their nerves. It was consumable by Artiodacs, Bith, humans, and Wookiees.

Port in a Storm was served throughout the galaxy for over two hundred years on planets such as Corellia, Coruscant, and Takodana. Chef Strono Tuggs published a recipe for it in his cookbook The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook.

Description[]

"Here you go, fellas. Genuine, high-octane, Pamarthen Port in a Storm."
"You finally realize I can handle it, huh?"
"Let's say I want to watch you try."
―Greer Sonnel, a Pamarthen, and Joph Seastriker, a Gatalentan[src]

Port in a Storm was served in the Outlander Club.

Port in a Storm was a red[6] to reddish amber, sweet, fortified wine that originated on the planet Pamarthe. native Pamarthens sipped the drink as if it were nothing harsher than fruit juice, but it had a reputation for overpowering drinkers with a strong tolerance. The Pamarthen human pilot Greer Sonnel likened its heat to a simultaneous fire in the head and the gut. Senator Ransolm Casterfo of the planet Riosa variously compared the sensation to consuming exploding fireworks, a fireball expanding like a star, or a supernova; after he tried it, he believed it was unfit for human consumption. It was potable by Wookiees,[1] Bith,[7] and Artiodacs.[6]

Pamarthens had rituals associated with Port in a Storm. Native Pamarthens who were away from their homeworld for too long were regarded as going soft like an offworlder, but they could prove themselves by downing a glass.[1] A great omen of success for a Pamarthen pilot was leaving an empty cup before a flight.[2] The drink shared its name with a saying, "Any port in a storm."[9]

History[]

Galactic brew[]

Around 232 BBY,[10] a group of Bith drank mugs of Port in a Storm at a street market on the planet Coruscant when Jedi Master Jora Malli and her Padawan Reath Silas passed through after capturing some pirates.[7] In around 40 BBY,[11] Rael Averross, the human Jedi Knight and lord regent of the planet Pijal, spent a night in bed with his occasional lover, Selbie. Contemplating his duties, he wished he had ordered himself a good drink, such as a bottle of Port in a Storm or Corellian ale.[4]

The Outlander Club on Coruscant served the drink[8] in 22 BBY.[12] It was kept in a tall, clear tube on the counter behind the club's central bar.[3]

The pirate Maz Kanata's castle on the planet Takodana served the wine[5] at some point between 4 and 5 ABY.[13] Prior to a skirmish, a 3PO-series protocol droid server prepared a drink order that included Port in a Storm, a Huttslayer Splash, Twi'lek Toppers, and an Outer Rim and Fizz; however, the droid could not remember where to deliver the drinks.[5]

A woman of Pamarthe[]

"You see, Greer Sonnel—that's Princess Leia's chief of staff—she treated all of us to some Port in a Storm tonight, which by the way is deadly. Stay clear. Well, I thought I'd present her with a little of our home brew. It's not nearly so noxious, but it's strong enough that I might recover a little of my pride."
―Ransolm Casterfo to Carise Sindian[src]

Greer Sonnel, a native Pamarthen, drank Port in a Storm with ease.

The Gauntlet, an annual starfighter race, took place on Corellia[2] in 25 ABY.[14] Pamarthen pilots Greer Sonnel, Bors, Torret, and Vee drank toasts with Port in a Storm before racing, and Sonnel emptied her cup in accordance with tradition. Instead of an expected pleasant burn, she experienced side effects for the first time; she felt dizzy and confused with a painful heat behind her eyes. At a medcenter sometime after the race,[2] she was diagnosed with bloodburn, a medical condition that grounded pilots due to dangerously high fevers.[1]

In 28 ABY,[14] Sonnel and Gatalentan pilot Joph Seastriker visited a cantina on Pamarthe during an intelligence-gathering mission for the New Republic Senator Leia Organa. The tavern-keeper, not recognizing them and suspicious of their excuses, told Seastriker to drink a glassful of Port in a Storm to prove he was a real Pamarthen. Sonnel intercepted and downed it in three gulps, earning them acceptance from the tavern-keeper and his patrons. Afterward, Sonnel explained to Seastriker that the success of their mission could not depend on his first taste of the drink.[1]

During Equinox Day celebrations on Hosnian Prime,[1] the New Republic's capital planet,[15] Sonnel produced a bottle of the wine for Seastriker and Senator Ransolm Casterfo to sample as they drank a toast to Organa. Casterfo and Seastriker experienced immediate, painful side effects. Organa was unimpressed upon seeing that the two non-Pamarthens had tried a beverage she characterized as dangerous. In all of Organa's experience, the only non-Pamarthen she had ever known to willingly ingest it was her Wookiee friend Chewbacca. Even her husband—the notoriously daring pilot Han Solo—would not consume Port in a Storm, although the droid C-3PO claimed Solo employed it as an emergency solvent during starship repairs. Seastriker's precision air team squadron mates teased him afterward about his hangover. Casterfo warned his friend Carise Sindian to never try it; he was still recovering his pride.[1]

Recipe for relief[]

"Most regular folks ain't never gonna find themselves navigatin' the Akkadese Maelstrom, but some still wanna experience somethin' akin to the euphoric relief that follows a harrowin' escape. This sparklin' mixture of spirits will do the trick, warmin' the body while coolin' the nerves."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[src]

In 34 ABY,[16] Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs published his cookbook The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, which contained a recipe for Port in a Storm made with mixed spirits. Tuggs described it as warming a drinker's body while cooling their nerves. He compared the sensations to the relief and euphoria felt after escaping the hazardous Akkadese Maelstrom or navigating dangerous routes, and said someone who survived the Kessel Run would want a few servings immediately afterward.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

On May 3, 2016,[17][18] Port in a Storm first appeared simultaneously in the novel Bloodline by Claudia Gray and the short story "Scorched" by Delilah S. Dawson; the latter was published in the magazine Star Wars Insider 165 and erroneously called it "Port in the Storm."[2] The September 2019[19] reference book Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills, written by Christian Blauvelt, retroactively established Port in a Storm[8] as one of the drinks visible in the 2002 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.[3]

The November 2019[20] recipe book Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, written by Marc Sumerak and Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, includes an out-of-universe recipe for Port in a Storm. The ingredients are spiced rum, ruby port, ginger liqueur, lime juice, strong ginger beer, and a lime wedge garnish.[6]

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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 Bloodline
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 SWInsider.png "Scorched"—Star Wars Insider 165
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  4. 4.0 4.1 Master & Apprentice
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Battlefront II
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The High Republic: Into the Dark
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills
  9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – DJ – Most Wanted 1
  10. The Star Wars Book dates the dedication of the Starlight Beacon to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 232 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As The High Republic: Into the Dark depicts the dedication, all of its events must occur around that year.
  11. Skywalker: A Family at War places the events of Master & Apprentice eight years before the Invasion of Naboo, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 32 BBY. Therefore, Master & Apprentice takes place in 40 BBY.
  12. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, which includes the appearance of Port in a Storm, to 22 BBY.
  13. Star Wars Battlefront II shows Han Solo's visit to Takodana taking place between the Battle of Endor and the Battle of Jakku, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY and 5 ABY, respectively.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Star Wars Book dates the events of the novel Bloodline to 28 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 28 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. In Bloodline, Greer Sonnel states that she received her bloodburn diagnosis three years prior, and the short story "Scorched" is set when Sonnel is symptomatic but not yet diagnosed; this places "Scorched" in 25 ABY.
  15. Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  16. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook establishes that the in-universe book was published at the same time as when the First Order was searching for the Resistance base on Batuu. As that search occurs in Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, which is set in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, the cookbook must have been published in 34 ABY.
  17. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Bloodline (Star Wars) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link) (Hardcover)
  18. TitanThingy.png Star Wars Insider Issue #165 on Titan Magazines' official website (content now obsolete; backup link)
  19. DK-Logo.svg Star Wars How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills on Dorling Kindersley's official website (backup link)
  20. InsightEditions-Small.png Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on Insight Editions' official website (backup link)
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