Description[edit | edit source]
Some believed that the Roche asteroids were the remains of the Verpine homeworld, possibly destroyed by civil war. The Verpine simply claimed that they did not know where their homeworld was located.The Verpine were lead by a technocratic government. This government led all the Verpine worlds as a cohesive whole, though there were disparate Hive-minded governments of each planet or system.
History[edit | edit source]
In 3996 BBY, a Verpine pirate named Raxsus Nuli tried to conquer a planet, but was arrested by the Jedi. When the Wookiees joined the galactic community, they traded with the Verpine for manufacturing processes.
The asteroids were the headquarters of Roche Industries and Slayn & Korpil. They were the only place where larmalstone was available. Roche also exported Verpine shatter guns prior to the Jedi Civil War.
After the Battle of Yavin, the asteroids were the site of the Shantipole Project, in which Slayn & Korpil worked with Ackbar to develop the B-wing starfighter. When the Galactic Empire became aware of this, Governor Bane Nothos blockaded the system. However, the Rebels broke the blockade with the B-wing prototypes and blew up Research Station Shantipole, resulting in Nothos's demotion to Commander.
The Verpine later joined the New Republic. In 4 ABY, a conflict broke out between the Verpine and the Barabels; the Barabels sold dead Verpine to the Kubaz as food. This dispute was eventually settled by Leia Organa Solo.
In 35 ABY, during the Swarm War, the Killiks tried to take over the Roche asteroids and other insectoid-inhabited worlds of the Galactic Alliance. The Jedi repulsed the invaders and saved the Verpine hive queen.
In the years leading to the Second Galactic Civil War, Roche was involved in a significant commercial dispute with the planet Murkhana. The Verpine accused Murkhana of counterfeiting Verpine technology. To solve the problem, Roche agreed to a trade agreement in 40 ABY with the powerful Mandalorians for protection services in exchange for technological enhancements. When the war erupted between the Galactic Alliance and the Confederation, Roche remained neutral. However, the system was invaded by the Imperial Remnant shortly after, but the Mandalorians honored their agreement and came to the Verpine's aid.
To prevent future attacks on their colonies, the Verpine created the IX-6 heavy combat droids to supplement their defenses. Sometime after the establishment of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire in 130 ABY, a fleet of Star Destroyers blasted several heavily populated Verpine asteroids to dust for the species' unwillingness to stop the production of the IX-6 model.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel (Mentioned only)
- Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
- Strike Force: Shantipole (First appearance)
- Otherspace (Mentioned only)
- Operation: Elrood (Mentioned only)
- The Courtship of Princess Leia (Mentioned only)
- Dark Force Rising
- Dark Apprentice
- The New Jedi Order: Star by Star (Mentioned only)
- Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
- Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
- Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Invincible
- Fate of the Jedi: Ascension (Mentioned only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races
- Heir to the Empire Sourcebook
- Dark Force Rising Sourcebook
- Wanted by Cracken (As "Roche Asteroid Field")
- Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races, Second Edition
- The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, Second Edition
- Cracken's Rebel Operatives
- Alliance Intelligence Reports (As "Roche Asteroid Field")
- "Fizzi's Slightly Used Starships"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 9
- The Jedi Academy Sourcebook
- "Wanted by Cracken"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 10
- The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook
- Cynabar's Fantastic Technology: Droids
- The Essential Guide to Droids
- LJP Alien Files: pages 273 to 281
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Special Edition Limited (Card: Roche)
- Alien Anthology
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 14
- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- Jedi Academy Training Manual
- The Essential Atlas
- The Unknown Regions
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.46
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Fly Casual
- Star Wars: The Card Game – Attack Run (Card: The Secret at Shantipole)
- Strongholds of Resistance