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Scipio was an ice-covered planet located in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories. It was positioned in the Albarrio system, and served as the headquarters of the InterGalactic Banking Clan.


Scipio was a planet in the Albarrio system of the Outer Rim Territories Albarrio sector.[2] The world's terrain included snow-covered mountains[9] and hills.[5] Scipio was the homeworld of the Muun species.[6]


Republic Era[]

Even before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Scipio was an important world for the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, being the center world of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. This commerce guild built its massive vaults on the planet, where the bank's profits were safely held.[8]

A settlement on Scipio, the headquarters of the InterGalactic Banking Clan

Senator Rush Clovis represented the InterGalactic Banking Clan until he was arrested by fellow senator Lott Dod on Cato Neimoidia.[7] Later, Rush Clovis became the head of the Banking Clan conglomerate, after the council of five was arrested for corruption and fraud.[8]

To prevent the Banking Clan from becoming corrupt again, both the Galactic Republic and the Separatists agreed to send ambassadors to the planet, to secure both parties' agendas. Padmé Amidala was sent to represent the Galactic Republic, and Bec Lawise was sent on the behalf of the Confederacy. Clovis' appointment as the head of the InterGalactic Banking Clan did not last long, as he was killed during the Separatist attack on the planet, sacrificing himself to save Padmé Amidala.[8]

Age of the Empire[]

"The battle station will be the most powerful weapon ever developed."
"Capable of taking on and defeating all comers."
"As such, it could become a target for every disenfranchised group between here and Scipio. Thus, great care must be taken to maintain this ruse of yours."
―Wilhuff Tarkin and Orson Krennic discuss the Death Star[10]

During the early months of the Imperial Era, Lieutenant Commander Orson Callan Krennic and Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin discussed a plan that would allow the Galactic Empire to seize control of legacy worlds, planets which they currently had no legal right to exploit. Krennic created the plan to secure more resources for their battlestation project, which both men agreed to be the most powerful weapon ever designed. Nevertheless, Tarkin understood that meant anti-Imperial groups ranging from their current location at Kartoosh to Scipio would attack it if they knew of its existence, forcing them to ensure their plans for legacy worlds remained secret.[10]

At some point, the Galactic Empire began a blockade over the Scipio, which ensured that the Core Five of the InterGalactic Banking Clan were loyal to the Empire. Despite this, Scipio became a hotbed of espionage and insurgent activity, as the Muuns secretly opposed the Empire.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

An early draft of Scipio

Scipio was first referenced in "Senate Spy," an episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[7] The Star Wars Legends reference book The Essential Atlas, published in 2008, originally placed the planet in the Core Worlds.[11] According to Jason Fry, co-author of the book, the decision to place the planet in the Core was made when the only known information about Scipio was that it was the homeworld of Rush Clovis, so the authors felt that the Core was a fitting choice. However, once The Clone Wars went into more detail about Scipio, including how it was an important world to the InterGalactic Banking Clan, the planet was moved to the Outer Rim Territories near Muunilinst as it made more sense to have it within the geographic Banking Clan sphere. The 2015 reference book Ultimate Star Wars accidentally stated that Scipio is in the Core as a result of an editing mistake.[12]

In the real world, Scipio was the name of a prominent family in the politics and militarism of the Roman Republic, flourishing in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE.[13] The proper noun, Scīpio, is identical to the Latin common noun for "staff" in the sense of sceptre or formal baton, a badge of governmental authority.[14]



Notes and references[]

  1. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 92 (Guide to the Galaxy: Scipio – Banking Clan World)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "An Old Friend"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Scipio in the Databank (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Endless Vigil
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
  9. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  10. 10.0 10.1 Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  11. The Essential Atlas
  12. Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by jasonfry on 1/8/2016, 2:05pm; accessed January 8, 2016) "To better fit the storytelling. Scipio was placed in the Core when nothing was known about it other than that it was the homeworld of Rush Clovis. A Core placement seemed to fit based on that, though it wasn't much to go on. When Clone Wars gave us stories actually set on Scipio, we saw that it was a critical IGBC world with a significant Muun presence, so it was moved to a location in the ORT near Muunilinst. Which makes *far* more sense than the Core. This change was actually made for Ultimate Star Wars -- note it says Scipio is in Albarrio sector, which is in the ORT. The region wasn't changed because of an editing mistake." (backup link)
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