The Rishi Maze, formally known as Companion Aurek, was one of the seven satellite dwarf galaxies that orbited the galaxy proper. The satellite derived its name from the planet Rishi, the starting location for hyperspace travel to the Rishi Maze along the Zareca String.
The Rishi Maze's formal name, "Companion Aurek", is derived from Aurek, the first letter of the Aurebesh alphabet. Sometime prior to the Battle of Yavin, the Rebel Alliance established Firebase Alpha, an illegal energy-mining station, near a black hole inside the Rishi Maze. The smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca were contracted to deliver supplies to the station.
Behind the scenes
The Episode II DVD-ROM Exclusive Content states that "the cluster known as the Rishi Maze may be the bright object that Luke and Leia stare at the end of The Empire Strikes Back." However, Leland Chee confirmed on the StarWars.com Message Boards that the object seen in Episode V is the Star Wars galaxy, despite this requiring the Rebel fleet to have traveled a very long distance from the galaxy. However, such a travel is possible according to the Outbound Flight Project led by Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth. The Rebel fleet could also be in the Rishi Maze during this scene, and thus able to view the main galaxy from outside.
The Rishi Maze was given the formal nomenclature of Companion Aurek in The Essential Atlas.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan
- Darth Plagueis (Indirect mention only)
- Darth Plagueis audiobook (Indirect mention only)
- Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace (Non-canonical mention)
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (First appearance) (Map only)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel (Mentioned only)
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- "Maze Run"—Star Wars Insider 131
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption (Mentioned only)
- Episode II DVD-ROM Exclusive Content
- "Insider Interview: Lama Su"—Star Wars Insider 67
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- "The Unseen Planets of Episode II"—Star Wars Insider 80
- Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption Expansion: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars Fandex Deluxe Edition
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas (First identified as Companion Aurek)
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook