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"It is holy relic of the Quermian people! My people! It belongs back at home, not here, in this…this…shrine to wholesale cultural theft!"
―Needle, on a holy relic taken from Quermia and put on display in the Imperial Museum[src]

Quermia was a garden planet located in the Outer Rim Territories. It was the namesake of the Quermian species, whose ancestors were settled on Quermia by Arkanian scientists. During the Clone Wars, Quermia was located in Separatist space, isolating it from the Galactic Republic. Although the extensive blockade of Quermia was lifted after the collapse of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the planet fell under Imperial rule shortly thereafter.

Description[]

"Ride the Perlemian: Coruscant to Quermia."
―A poster advertises travel to the planet[src]

Quermia was a planet[4] located in the Outer Rim Territories, in grid square S-5[1] on the Standard Galactic Grid.[6] A terrestrial world, Quermia's surface featured green landmasses[2] with gardens[3] and expanses of ocean.[2] It sat close to the end of the Perlemian Trade Route hyperlane,[1] which extended north-east from the Core Worlds planet Coruscant[7] and connected it to the astronomical object Makem Te. A separate hyperspace route connected Quermia to the planet Toola.[1] Quermia was located near the planet Troiken, homeworld of the Xexto species.[8]

History[]

Long before the Imperial Era, Arkanian scientists settled Quermia with a genetic offshoot of the Xexto species. Named for their homeworld, these beings were the ancestors of the Quermian species.[5] While the origins of the Quermian species were unknown to the larger galactic community, Quermians and Xexto shared so many of the same genetic markers that xenobiologists believed them to share at least a common ancestor. How this came to be was one of the galaxy's greatest mysteries.[8]

The Quermian Jedi Master Yarael Poof was a native of Quermia.

A member of the Galactic Republic, Quermia was located in Separatist space during the Clone Wars,[5] a conflict between the Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems that began in the year 22 BBY.[2] Isolated, the planet suffered heavily under an extensive Separatist blockade. With the fall of the Confederacy at the end of the war[5] in 19 BBY,[2] the blockade over Quermia was lifted. However, the planet fell under the rule of the Galactic Empire, which the Quermians did not usually consider to be a substantial improvement over Separatist control.[5] Around the same time,[9] Quermia was advertised as a destination worth visiting along the Perlemian Trade Route. One poster found on the moon Pantora suggested travelers take flight to the planet aboard Luxury 3000 space yachts.[10]

By around 3 ABY,[11] a holy relic of the Quermian people had been taken from Quermia and put on display in the Imperial Museum on Coruscant, capital of the Galactic Empire.[12] Quermia was later mentioned in an artist's journal, which was restored, expanded, and displayed at the Graf Archive[13] at some point after 34 ABY.[14]

Inhabitants[]

Quermia was the homeworld of the Quermian species,[4] who spoke a language of the same name. After the Arkanians departed Quermia, the Quermians developed a society centered on a largely communal lifestyle, as well as the contemplation of philosophy. The ease at which members of the species were able to communicate and share their feelings and concerns was a contributing factor in how Quermians were able to maintain the long-lasting peace of their society. While Quermia's history was not entirely peaceful, strife usually came from outside influence instead of internal struggles.[5]

Yarael Poof, a Quermian male Jedi Master who served on the Jedi High Council during the final years of the Galactic Republic, hailed from Quermia,[4] as did the Quermian male Rebel Alliance Pathfinder Needle. The latter believed that the Quermian holy relic on display in the Imperial Museum was stolen and should be returned to Quermia.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

Quermia was first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in the 2015 reference book Ultimate Star Wars[4] and first visually depicted in the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, illustrated by Tim McDonagh.[2] It was first mentioned in the Star Wars Legends continuity in the 1999 book Star Wars Episode I Who's Who: A Pocket Guide to the Characters of The Phantom Menace, written by Ryder Windham.[15]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  3. 3.0 3.1 According to Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia, Quermians were a garden species. As Ultimate Star Wars establishes that Quermians were native to Quermia, this article considers Quermia to be a garden world.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Ultimate Star Wars
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Savage Spirits
  6. Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
  7. Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 29 (Guide to the Galaxy: Major Trade Routes)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 76 (Databank A-Z: Xev Xrexus–Yavin 4)
  9. The episode "Cornered" of Star Wars: The Bad Batch takes place shortly after the rise of the Galactic Empire, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to the year 19 BBY. Therefore, "Cornered" must take place around the same year.
  10. The events of Star Wars (2020) 9 take place shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 3 ABY.
  11. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars (2020) 9
  12. Star Wars: Alien Archive
  13. Star Wars: Alien Archive establishes that the restored in-universe journal discusses Poe Dameron's mutiny against Amilyn Holdo, which is depicted in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. The Star Wars Book places the events of The Last Jedi in the same year as the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY, meaning the document must have been published after that year.
  14. Star Wars Episode I Who's Who: A Pocket Guide to the Characters of The Phantom Menace
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