- "Luke [Skywalker] searched for [Exegol]. For a long time. He nearly found it. There are ciphers here I can't read. But he said to get there, you need one of these. A Sith wayfinder. They're compasses that lead the way to Exegol."
- ―Rey, to Leia Organa
In 21 ABY, during the New Republic Era, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian undertook a quest to find Exegol. They were ultimately unable to locate Exegol and abandoned the quest. However, years later, in 35 ABY, during the war between the First Order and the Resistance, Skywalker's Jedi apprentice, Rey, picked up the quest again in order to find Exegol.
Prelude[edit | edit source]
According to legend, Exegol was the hidden world of the Sith. In 21 ABY, Skywalker began to sense the continued presence of the dark side. As a result, he began to investigate leads that mentioned Exegol. His friend Lando Calrissian joined him in his quest to find Exegol.
The quest[edit | edit source]
Skywalker and Calrissian investigated rumors of a hunter of Sith relics and an old Jedi hunter named Ochi of Bestoon. Having kept tabs on the underworld, Calrissian heard about an inebriated Ochi boasting in a cantina that he had found a Sith wayfinder in the Emperor's vaults that could lead to Exegol.
Skywalker and Calrissian sought out Ochi, eventually tracking him to the desert planet Pasaana. However, their trail ran cold on Pasaana, where they could not find Ochi, and thus were unable to find the wayfinder. Ochi's ship remained out in the desert, and, unbeknownst to them, Ochi had died.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
- "Only two [Sith wayfinders] were made. [...] Luke [Skywalker] and I were tailing an old Jedi hunter. Ochi of Bestoon. He was carrying a clue that could lead to a wayfinder. We followed his ship halfway across the galaxy here. When we got to his ship, it was abandoned. No clue, no wayfinder."
- ―Lando Calrissian, to Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Chewbacca
In 35 ABY, during the war between the First Order and the Resistance, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious and his followers, the Sith Eternal, revealed themselves to the galaxy. Supreme Leader Kylo Ren acquired a Sith wayfinder on Mustafar that led him to Exegol, where the Sith Eternal had created the largest fleet ever known to the galaxy, the Final Order. Sidious offered the Final Order to Ren if he killed the last Jedi, Rey.
A spy in the First Order relayed this information to the Resistance, and Rey, who had briefly trained as a Jedi under Skywalker and continued her training under his sister, Resistance General Leia Organa, learned from Skywalker's annotations in the sacred Jedi texts that he had been searching for a Sith wayfinder that could lead to Exegol years earlier, but his trail had run cold on Pasaana. In an effort to stop the Sith fleet, Rey resumed his quest for Exegol along with Finn, Poe Dameron, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and BB-8 from the Millennium Falcon.
During their mission to Pasaana, the Resistance team met Lando Calrissian, who explained the quest to them. Eventually, the group obtained another wayfinder that led them to Exegol, where they were able to stop the Final Order from deploying at the Battle of Exegol, which also saw the destruction of Darth Sidious and the Sith Eternal.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel (Mentioned only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Poe Dameron: Free Fall
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Landonis Balthazar Calrissian and Luke Skywalker traveled to Pasaana thirteen years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the mission must take place in 21 ABY.
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the "Starkiller Incident." As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, it can be deduced the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker take place in 35 ABY.
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi