- "Dreadnaught Parjai, return the captures to the South Orbital Area for processing. You, too, Gratua. I don't have all day."
- ―Cassus Fett
The South Orbital Area was a staging area in the planet Taris' orbit used by the Mandalorian Neo-Crusader warriors during the Siege of Taris, part of the galaxy-wide Mandalorian Wars, in the year 3963 BBY. The leader of the Neo-Crusader forces on Taris, Cassus Fett, had starships captured by the Mandalorians taken to the staging area.
Located in orbit of the planet Taris, the South Orbital Area was a staging area used in the year 3963 BBY by the Mandalorian Neo-Crusader warriors during their siege of the world as part of the galaxy-wide Mandalorian Wars. During the siege, two aerial, Basilisk war droid-riding Neo-Crusader patrols directed the gunship Moomo Williwaw to be taken to the staging area. The passengers of the starship, including Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick, were attempting to meet with the local resistance and did not want to be discovered by the Mandalorians. Demagol, a rogue Mandalorian accompanying Carrick under false pretenses, was piloting the Williwaw and convinced the patrols that the ship did need not to be diverted by feigning ignorance as a Mandalorian drafted from the front lines and unfamiliar with local operations. Later, the leader of the Neo-Crusader forces on Taris at the time, Cassus Fett, ordered the Kandosii-type dreadnaughts Parjai and Gratua to also take starships captured by the Mandalorians to the South Orbital Area.
Behind the scenes
The South Orbital Area was first alluded to in the 2007 comic book, Knights of the Old Republic 22, authored by John Jackson Miller. It was then properly mentioned in Star Wars canon in the next issue of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic book series.
- Knights of the Old Republic 22 (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 23 (First identified as South Orbital Area)