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"You may love her more than you love me."
"Not true! Well, a little true. She's not just a pet, she is family after all!
―Harta and Salju discuss the latter's love for Elee[src]

Salju was a human female who was the proprietor of Black Spire Station, a filling station and repair shop in Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu that serviced vehicles ranging from landspeeders and swoop bikes to small vessels. Cheerful, friendly, and optimistic, Salju aided anyone who needed help finding any parts they needed or requested.

Salju became friends with the Resistance agent Vi Moradi during her mission to establish a base on Batuu, and helped the spy acclimate to local customs and culture.[3]


A childhood friend[]

"I know it's not easy, but you won't be alone. I'll come see you. And we'll always be together here."
―Salju bids farewell to Elee[src]

Harta brings Elee home to Salju.

A Batuuan human female, Salju was born in 11 ABY and lived with her father,[4] Harta,[5] in Black Spire Outpost, the largest settlement on the Outer Rim planet Batuu. Upon returning home after one of his many work travels with a present for his daughter, as he often did,[1] Harta gifted a young Salju with a pet therii, whom the girl named Elee. Salju took Elee to Bina, the proprietor of the local Creature Stall, and got advice on how to feed Elee and brush her tusks. The two did everything together, including sleeping in bed, though Salju had made Elee her own bed. When the two played games, such as pretending to be a pilot, Elee made big messes, and Salju had to clean up after her. Salju confided in Elee, telling the therii about her liking to garage work and her dream of owning a speeder one day. The Wookiee Lunacca, owner of The Wooden Wookiee, gave Salju and Elee a wooden carving of Elee as a gift.[4]

As Elee continued to grow, Salju began taking her to the distant Surabat River Valley to play. There they discovered other therii, who welcomed them like family.[4] After Elee grew so large that she knocked over an oil drum,[5] Salju took her friend to live with her fellow therii in the River Valley.[4] Even into adulthood, Salju continued to visit Elee on the anniversary of their meeting.[5]

The Resistance mission to Batuu[]

In 34 ABY,[6] Resistance spy Vi Moradi and the former First Order Captain Cardinal, now known as Archex, undertook a mission to establish a Resistance base on Batuu. The pair and their droid Pook crashed in a forest near the Black Spire Outpost, and the two humans were knocked unconscious. When the pair awoke, they found that most of their belongings, as well as most of Pook's body, had been stolen. Salju appeared and offered them assistance in finding their stolen goods and surviving on Batuu.[3]

Salju guided Vi through the Black Spire Outpost while Archex and Pook remained by their downed starship. Salju introduced Moradi to many of the local people and customs, and the two became friends. Among those Salju introduced Moradi to were the droid vendor and repairman Mubo, the clothing merchant Arta Kleidun, and the scrapper Savi, a friend of Lor San Tekka and supporter of the Jedi Order.[3]

After Salju selflessly dedicated her day to helping Vi and Archex situate themselves on Batuu, Moradi quickly realized that Salju be a great asset to the Resistance. Salju told Moradi of her desires to travel the stars and see the many kinds of animal life on the galaxy's planets. Moradi extended Salju an offer to join the Resistance, telling the woman that they could use someone of her skills with people and technology as well as her altruism. Salju declined, stating that Batuu was her home.[3]

Personality and traits[]

Salju was quick to help travelers, such as Vi Moradi and Archex when they crashed on Batuu. She was considered honest by fellow residents of Black Spire Outpost such as Mubo and Arta Kleidun. Salju longed to travel among the stars, but firmly considered Batuu and the Black Spire Outpost to be her home.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Salju's name was first unveiled during the December 16, 2017 "Galactic Nights" session on the map side of several Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge-themed trading cards that were intended to promote the ride, more specifically the map card for Black Spire Station. The map cards contained locations for the planet Batuu, as well as a line from the Old Batuuan ballad along the border of the card in Aurebesh. In Black Spire Station's case, the phrase was "THOSE BROKEN AND TOSSED."



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Black Spire Station has official backstory elements that, while not directly published for the public, are officially canon details that can be obtained verbally from cast members working in the area.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Crash of Fate
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Elee & Me
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Play Disney Parks.png Star Wars: Datapad – "A Lifelong Companion" (Screenshots: 1, 2, 3)
  6. Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire begins concurrent with the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, then jumps four months ahead to the Resistance establishing its presence on Batuu, and concludes with an epilogue set several weeks later, when the First Order occupies the planet and the Battle of Batuu begins. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is also set during the occupation of Batuu and depicts the Battle of Batuu via the attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The Star Wars Book dates the Battle of Batuu to 34 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 34 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary also places the Battle of Batuu six months after The Force Awakens, which Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore everything within Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and any related tie-in media depicting the Battle of Batuu, or set between The Force Awakens and the battle, must also occur in 34 ABY.