- "You were at Serroco, when they turned the Stereb cities into glass craters."
- ―Atton Rand, to Meetra Surik
Serroco, the homeworld of the Stereb species, was a planet in the Ploo sector of the Expansion Region. A muddy world, Serroco was constantly buffeted by ferocious storms and tornadoes that often forced the Stereb to retreat to underground shelters and catacombs. The world was dotted by the grand stone Stereb cities and newer settlements populated by Humans from the Galactic Republic. Serroco was a full member of the Republic, and when the galactic government went to war with the Mandalorian warrior clans in 3963 BBY, Serroco became a flashpoint in the growing conflict. Admiral Saul Karath, anticipating a Mandalorian advance on the planet, rounded up a sizable battle group to defend Serroco and placed camps among the Stereb cities. Disdainful of the location of the camps and seeing it as a dishonorable approach, the Mandalorians nuclear-bombed the planet directly when their force arrived at Serroco, destroying the cities entirely. One Republic Navy pilot, Carth Onasi, saved many Stereb lives by calling down false tornado warnings and sending them to their underground shelters, which shielded them from the blasts. Life on Serroco continued on despite the devastation of the planet, and a Republic military presence was reestablished there by the time of the Galactic War several centuries later. By the Imperial Period, a small population of Stereb continued to exist on Serroco.
- "Hard enough keeping clean in this mudhole without this stuff happening!"
- ―A Republic soldier on Serroco, after a serving droid spilled food on his uniform
Serroco was a muddy, rainy world located in the Serroco system of the Expansion Region's Ploo sector. The homeworld of the Stereb species, Serroco had an atmosphere that supported other sentient life forms, such as Humans. Expansive dirt fields could be found on the planet, with patches of trees and other plants. It rained frequently on Serroco, and bigger storms often broke out, with tornadoes sometimes posing a threat to the Stereb. The planet had multiple continents and revolved around at least one star. Serroco's land appeared green from space, with oceans covering a large part of the planet's surface. The Mandalorian nuclear attack on Serroco during the Mandalorian Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Mandalorian warrior clans had a great impact on the planet's landscape—the world's Stereb cities were destroyed, leaving only glass craters.
- "Let them see what such a defense deserves. Let them burn."
- ―Mandalore the Ultimate
By the time of the Mandalorian Wars, Serroco was a full member of the Galactic Republic, and Human settlers from the Republic had put down roots on one of Serroco's nicer continents. The Republic Navy maintained an orbital watchstation above the stormy planet, issuing tornado warnings to the Stereb, who were not adept with the technology themselves. However, some personnel stationed at the watchstation found it to be a boring posting and amused themselves by calling in fake tornado warnings during festivals, sporting events, and other gatherings, a practice that ended when Serroco's senator complained. Multiple Jedi were also regularly assigned to the planet—during the Mandalorian Wars, one of the Jedi on Serroco was the Human Meetra Surik. In 3963 BBY, the Mandalorian warrior clans advanced on Serroco from the planet Jebble—anticipating an attack, Admiral Saul Karath assembled Battle Group Serroco and set up a staging area on the planet, with encampments among the Stereb cities. The camps were home to a great number of Republic Navy personnel, in addition to fringers selling food and other services to the soldiers. Camp Three featured the extremely popular Little Bivoli mess ship, which was run by two fugitives: Zayne Carrick, a former Jedi Padawan wanted for the murders of his entire class on Taris, and Marn Hierogryph, a petty criminal believed to be his accomplice. Despite being two of the most wanted beings in the Republic, Carrick and Hierogryph were able to evade notice right under the nose of the Karath and his battle group.
Karath and his team thought they were completely ready for the Mandalorians—they figured that the Mandalorians would not dare to attack the Stereb cities directly, for fear of wrecking potential loot. Karath set up a massive cordon of ships surrounding the planet, hoping to stop the Mandalorians dead in their tracks. On the planet below, however, Carrick had a Force vision of the Mandalorians destroying the Stereb cities and annihilating the Republic camps, and he decided that he immediately needed to warn Karath. In a rush, Carrick stowed away on hotshot Republic pilot Carth Onasi's ship, the Deadweight, convincing Onasi of his seriousness and hitching a ride with him to Karath's bridge on the warship Courageous. There, Carrick was recognized as the so-called "Jedi killer" and accused of being a Mandalorian spy. His warnings went unheeded. Soon, a Mandalorian force came out of hyperspace at the edge of the system. Disgusted by the Republic's "dishonorable" tactic of placing its camps so close to the Stereb cities, the invaders started off the proceedings by firing off nuclear missiles—to Karath's surprise, the missiles angled around the Republic ships, heading toward the Serroco camps. As Karath did not expect this to happen, the camps' missile defense systems were not online, and the planet was left defenseless.
Impacts were counted near twenty-seven populated areas. While the Human settlements sustained heavy damage, the Stereb cities were simply gone, turned into glass craters. Furthermore, only eight of the Republic ships on the surface escaped destruction, one of which carried the Jedi Knight Meetra Surik. Before the missiles were launched, Onasi had buzzed down tornado warnings to seventeen Stereb cities, hoping that their underground catacombs could protect them if Carrick's vision came true, an endeavor that saved many lives. Serroco was nearly annihilated, its surface covered in massive craters where once had been cities and settlements. The Republic immediately condemned the destruction of Serroco as a tragedy and a horrific crime, and the devastation was not soon forgotten. Republic propagandist "Benegryph Goodvalor" chose Serroco as the name of his imaginary warship in transmissions aimed at the Mandalorians, and the planet became the namesake of a real Republic ship by the time of the later Galactic War. "Goodvalor" was actually Marn Hierogryph, who, along with talented Trandoshan cook Slyssk, had narrowly escaped Serroco's destruction on a stolen troop transport, inadvertently saving half of a sleeping battalion. The Republic Defense Ministry turned the rescue into a propaganda story, with "Goodvalor" being feted as the "Hero of Serroco."
Life on Serroco still continued, and by the time of the Jedi Civil War several decades after the Mandalorian conflict, Serroco had a leader named Lelin-Dor, who was known as the First Patriarch. During the war, Revan, the Dark Lord of the Sith, had Lelin-Dor assassinated, believing him to be a destabilizing influence. By the time of the Cold War a few centuries later, a Republic military presence had been reestablished on Serroco. In that same time period, archaeologists discovered an intact Stereb shelter left over from the Battle of Serroco, containing many previously-lost Stereb artifacts. During the Imperial Period, thousands of years after the Battle of Serroco, there was still a small enclave of Stereb on the planet.
- "What—oh, you mean the Stereb cities?"
"The stone things."
"They belong to the Stereb. They're those tall guys. This is their planet. Oh, there are human settlers from the Republic here, too—but they're on one of the nicer continents."
- ―Carth Onasi and Zayne Carrick
Serroco was home to the Stereb species, who built the massive stone cities that dotted the planet's landscape. By the time of the Mandalorian Wars, however, Serroco had also been settled by Humans from the Republic, who lived on one of the planet's nicer continents. The Mandalorians' impending attack on Serroco also brought a significant population of Republic Navy personnel to the world, led by Admiral Saul Karath. Meant to defend the world from the Mandalorians, the soldiers lived in camps placed among the Stereb cities. There were also fringers, or freelance tradespeople, who also came to the world with the Navy to sell their goods and services. Notable among these beings were Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph, two of the most wanted fugitives in the Republic, who sold food in Camp Three without attracting any notice. Even before the Battle of Serroco, there was a Republic naval presence above the planet, as it fell to the Republic to operate Serroco's orbital watchstation and alert the natives of dangerous weather. Bored crewmen often amused themselves by calling in fake tornado warnings, a practice that drew the ire of Serroco's senator.
- "We still haven't heard from anyone—but those catacombs go pretty deep. They used to live there. They can do it again."
- ―Carth Onasi, after the Battle of Serroco
The Stereb built many stone cities across Serroco, with grand pyramidal buildings and large green columns rising from the earth, although they originally lived in underground catacombs, which the Stereb built to escape Serroco's vicious storms and were still maintained as shelters during the era of the Mandalorian Wars. The Republic set up its camps amongst the Stereb cities in preparation for the Mandalorian attack. One of these, Camp Three, featured the Little Bivoli mess wagon run by Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph. Boasting the talents of the Trandoshan cook Slyssk, the Little Bivoli became popular amongst Republic naval personnel who were tired of the food from the commissary. A watchstation was located in Serroco's orbit was operated by the Republic Navy to monitor the planet's weather.
Behind the scenes
The planet Serroco was first mentioned in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, a video game released in 2004. The planet and its destruction at the hands of the Mandalorians were mentioned as part of the background of the game's main character, Meetra Surik—they would not actually appear until Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: Days of Fear, a comic arc written by John Jackson Miller and released in 2007. Serroco was mentioned in a number of Knights of the Old Republic issues and in a number of other sources, such as Miller's novel Knight Errant, the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG, The Essential Atlas, The Essential Guide to Warfare, and an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 14: Days of Fear, Part 2 (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 15: Days of Fear, Part 3
- "The Taris Holofeed: Siege Edition" — Knights of the Old Republic 15: Days of Fear, Part 3
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: Nights of Anger (Mentioned only)
- "The Taris Holofeed: Invasion Edition" — Knights of the Old Republic 18: Nights of Anger, Part 3 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 21: Daze of Hate, Part 3 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 22: Knights of Suffering, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- "The Admiral's List: Karath Home Safely" — Knights of the Old Republic 22: Knights of Suffering, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 24: Knights of Suffering, Part 3 (Mentioned only)
- "Galactic Republic Defense Ministry Daily Brief KD0092" — Knights of the Old Republic 24: Knights of Suffering, Part 3 (Mentioned only)
- (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 31: Turnabout (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 32: Vindication, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 42: Masks (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 47: Demon, Part 1 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 50: Demon, Part 4 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Knight Errant (Mentioned only)
- (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 15: Days of Fear, Part 3
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 14: Days of Fear, Part 2
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the main character, Meetra Surik, is mentioned as having been on Serroco at the time of the Mandalorian attack. Since Jedi involvement in the war had not yet begun, this was rectified by the later Galactic Republic Defense Ministry Daily Brief KD0092, which says that there were Jedi on regular assignment to Serroco and one was able to get away on one of the few ships to escape. Logically, this would have to be Surik.
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
- ↑ "The Taris Holofeed: Invasion Edition" — Knights of the Old Republic 18: Nights of Anger, Part 3
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic—Flashpoint: "Taral V"
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 47: Demon, Part 1
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: The Old Republic—Conversation with Felix Iresso: "Command Decision"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic—Archaeology Crew Skill Mission: "Under the Glass Desert"
- ↑ "The Admiral's List: Jimas Veltraa Memorial Edition" — Knights of the Old Republic 13: Days of Fear, Part 1
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 140 ("Serroco")
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 31: Turnabout
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 42: Masks
- ↑ Knight Errant
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Warfare