- "This is where all droids go to die."
Raxus Prime, once known as the Circlet of the Tion and Nikato's Shining Gem, was a waste-covered planet in the Raxus system in the Tion Hegemony sector of the Outer Rim Territories. Once a beautiful world of lagoons and islands, over many centuries it became heavily-industrialized, until by the time of the Clone Wars it had become totally covered with toxic debris and had a poisonous surface.
- "You don't realize how important a datapad is until you're stranded on Raxus Prime with nothing but your boots and a blaster."
- ―Han Solo
Raxus Prime was a highly industrial planet covered with immense factories, sealed living habitats, streams of superheated run-off water, rough-hew quarry pits, vast debris fields, and toxic lakes. Most of the planet's residents lived in sealed environments near industrial facilities where they worked. Tunnels connected living areas with work bays, storage hangars and infrastructure units.
While the planet was simply known as the garbage pit of the known Galaxy, it held many ancient secrets beneath its trash filled surface. One of which was the Force Harvester, an ancient Sith artifact that was buried deep beneath the planet's surface until it was excavated by the CIS, who later used it to reactivate the Dark Reaper, an ancient super weapon buried on the Sith world of Thule in an attempt to end the Clone Wars.
The surface was covered with junk droids that were cobbled together from the parts of the millions of discarded and broken droids left there. They followed no master and did not behave by any rules, which made the planet very dangerous. A common rumor was that the droids were working on something large so that they could escape Raxus Prime and spread out into the galaxy at large.
- "On that planet, many ancient secrets, there are."
Once a beautiful planet within the Kingdom of Cron, it served as one of the three capitals governing the kingdom. Warlord Xer VIII favored Raxus Prime, leaving it in his will to his concubines and their lovers. The seafloors of the warm lagoons were paved with colored tiles, while on the shores, large white-marble palaces were erected for those who inhabited the planet. After succeeding Xer, Xim the Despot continued the upkeep of the planet and built one of his palaces, deeming it the Circlet of the Tion.
Later, when the pocket state of Nikato's Bootheel was erected around Raxus in 14,300 BBY, the Machinists of Nikato added elaborate clockwork mechanisms to the marble buildings, reflecting the galaxy's rotation. Soon, more and more corporations added their factories to Raxus Prime's surface, making it an important world in the Republic, known as Nikato's Shining Gem.
Because of its new status as a hub of technology and manufacturing, it became a target during the Great Sith War. In 3996 BBY, Sith Lord Ulic Qel-Droma unleashed the Dark Reaper upon Republic troops there. In a mysterious and unexplained turn of fate, the machine was apparently disabled by Ulic before it could begin its devastation. It is here that the Force Harvester, which was the power source for the Dark Reaper, would come to rest for several millennia.
Throughout the Dark Age of the Republic in 1100 BBY, the factories of Raxus produced crude weapons, the durasteel discharge stacks of which exuded black smog which soon engulfed the planet. The tiled lagoons filled with slag and the palaces were buried beneath scrap and debris from crashed ships. Whole continents of Raxus Prime began to be used as little more than junkyards for thousands of years. Because of this, a large portion of the planet's mass was actually alien metals. Old machinery, especially starships, often found their way to the planet.
The Corporate Alliance and the Commerce Guild continued their operations here and simply dumped any waste out into the ruined environment. Aach Een and his parents moved to Raxus Prime from Iridonia. Sometime prior to the Clone Wars, the Meeknu clan was transplanted there from Tatooine to work the machinery.
Raxus Prime was the birthplace of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and served as Count Dooku's personal fortress from 24 BBY until 22 BBY. Dooku learned about the Harvester on Raxus Prime during his visit to Qel-Droma's tomb on Rhen Var shortly after the Clone Wars began.
Dooku held Boba Fett prisoner there for a period following the death of his father in the First Battle of Geonosis. However, Boba quickly evaded Dooku and began his journey with the help of Aurra Sing to follow in his father's footsteps. Republic forces attacked the planet in 22 BBY, but Dooku was able to escape with the Force Harvester and later used the device to wreak havoc for a short time afterwards.
In 3 BBY, Darth Vader's secret apprentice, codenamed Starkiller, visited the world in search of the reclusive Jedi Knight Kazdan Paratus. Paratus, who went into exile after escaping Order 66 and Operation: Knightfall, had constructed a makeshift Jedi Temple on Raxus Prime complete with robotic duplicates of the Jedi Council. After an intense duel, Starkiller defeated the deranged Jedi.
In 2 BBY, with Paratus out of the way, the Empire had conquered Raxus Prime, using its metals to construct new Star Destroyers. In his attempt to disrupt Imperial activities, Starkiller was sent on a mission to use an ore cannon to destroy an orbiting construction facility. However, one of the Star Destroyers survived, and descended to the surface. Starkiller attempted to flee, but there was little time, and Rahm Kota convinced him he had to destroy it. Using the Force, Starkiller dragged the ship from the sky, and slammed it into the ground, destroying the ore cannon and many surrounding structures and junk formations.
Meanwhile, the Core, a super intelligent computer that functioned as a planet-wide intelligence of Raxus Prime, possessed Starkiller's holodroid, PROXY. The Core learned about the wider galaxy, and believing that Emperor Palpatine was insufficient to bring order to chaos, decided that it was best suited for the job. It used PROXY and other droids to fight Starkiller in an attempt to escape Raxus Prime, but was defeated and destroyed by the Dark Jedi, who melted the Core's mainframe into slag, freeing PROXY in the process.
Behind the scenes
According to the episode guide for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series episode "Heroes on Both Sides," the relationship between Raxus Prime and the Separatist capital world of Raxus has not been specified, though the two planets were intended to be different. An explanation was eventually provided by the Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide, stating the two were located in the same star system.
While exploring the planet in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, remains of many iconic vehicles could be spotted in the junk, among them a YT-1300 light freighter, a Lucrehulk-class battleship, a Low Altitude Assault Transport, a Nantex-class territorial defense starfighter, an All Terrain Tactical Enforcer, an Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor, a CR90 corvette, a YKL-37R Nova Courier, a Separatist cruiser, a GR-75 medium transport, an N-1 starfighter, an engine of a BTL Y-wing starfighter, the head of an All Terrain Scout Transport, a Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike, a CR25 troop carrier and a Venator-class Star Destroyer. A T-65 X-wing starfighter can also be seen after using Force Grip to pull it out of the sludge near the start of the level.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- (Mentioned only)
- Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive (First appearance)
- Boba Fett: Crossfire
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars game
- Republic 49 (Mentioned only) (Mispelled as Raxis Prime)
- Boba Fett: Maze of Deception (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- CIS Shadowfeed Dispatch 14:2:14 Edition (Mentioned only)
- MedStar I: Battle Surgeons (Mentioned only)
- Boba Fett: A New Threat (Mentioned only)
- Boba Fett: Pursuit (Mentioned only)
- Labyrinth of Evil (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
- The Force Unleashed novel
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comic (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
- The Force Unleashed II novel (Mentioned only)
- Beyond the Rim
- "Revenants"—Star Wars Tales 18
- The New Essential Chronology
- Ultimate Adversaries
- The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
- Star Wars Insider 93
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 26
- Scavenger's Guide to Droids
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 145
- The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 8 (PRX1-2, PROXY)