- "This station will be a symbol of the Republic in the Outer Rim. A place where we will celebrate our union, and help each other to make it grow. It will send out a signal, for anyone in this sector to hear, at any time. The beacon. The beacon of the Republic. The sound... of hope."
- ―Lina Soh
The Starlight Beacon, also known as the Starlight Station and often referred to as simply "Starlight," was a space station constructed on the Galactic Frontier during the High Republic Era, built in the Outer Rim Territories. Situated in the center of the region's unexplored dark zones, the station's large size caused its construction to cost a great effort and expense. As the region was difficult to navigate at the time, the station, launched in 232 BBY, acted as a beacon, sending out a signal that guided travelers.
Starlight Beacon was one of Supreme Chancellor Lina Soh's Great Works and was officially opened in the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace Disaster, on the exact deadline that Chancellor Soh had set. Luminaries from across the galaxy arrived for the dedication. Multiple Jedi, including Bell Zettifar, Indeera Stokes, Porter Engle, Stellan Gios, Avar Kriss, Elzar Mann, Sskeer, Nib Assek, Burryaga Agaburry, Vernestra Rwoh, Imri Cantaros, Yarael Poof, and countless other prominent Jedi traveled there for the dedication. Despite rarely leaving Coruscant, Grand Master Yoda also made an appearance at the event.
Starlight Beacon was intended to be run as a military station if need be and had a strong contingent of security provided by the Republic Defense Coalition. Starlight worked as a hospital, observatory, research station, market, and cultural center, providing visitors with a glimpse into the diverse culture of countless worlds in the Republic. The initial exhibits showed subsonic whisper-fiber concerts by Chadra-Fan masters, Mon Calamari ocean dancing, and modules showing flora and fauna from the planets Kashyyyk, Kooriva, and more. The exhibits would be constantly updated to ensure representation for many worlds. In addition, the station housed the largest number of Jedi outside of Coruscant, with a temple designed by Jedi architect Palo Hidalla. The Jedi stationed there were intended to be led by Jedi Master Jora Malli, but after her death at the Battle of Kur, Avar Kriss was assigned to take her place. The station itself was nineteen percent triazurite, a rare mineral that helped to boost transmission signals from the station.
Shortly after the station became operational, Jedi Master Estala Maru was contacted by Padawan Keeve Trennis, who told him that the signals from the station were causing chaos on the planet Shuraden, making the ridadi, a species of star-locusts, be drawn to the station. Maru recalibrated the frequency to allow the ridadi to continue on their normal migration patterns and not be influenced by the signals.
Age of the Empire
- "In the days of the High Republic, the galaxy was not as settled as it is now. Areas like the Outer Rim were dangerous, hard to navigate. So the people of that time built a huge space station at great effort and expense and placed it in the center of the dark zones. It sent out a signal that acted as a sort of beacon, helping travelers find their way. They gave that station an inspiring name, fitting its purpose."
- ―Commander Grek
Many years later, in 3 ABY, Commander Grek of the Rebel Alliance used the station as inspiration for Operation Starlight, a plan to reassemble the Alliance Fleet following its fracture after the Battle of Hoth.
Behind the scenes
The Starlight Beacon was created for the Star Wars: The High Republic publishing project. The station was indirectly mentioned in the comic Star Wars (2020) 2, written by Charles Soule and published by Marvel Comics on January 29, 2020, and its name was given in the project's official reveal on February 24, 2020.
An excerpt of The High Republic 1 published in The High Republic Free Digital Sampler placed the Starlight Beacon in a region called the Starless Expanse. This was removed from the final comic.
- (First identified as Starlight Beacon)
- The Star Wars Book (First identified as Starlight Station)
- "Knights at the Roundtable"—Star Wars Insider 199
- Star Wars - The Official Magazine 101 (Database: Before the dark times…)
- "Launchpad"—Star Wars Insider 201
- "Launchpad"—Star Wars Insider 203
- "Scarif and Other Outer Rim Planets" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
- (Indirect mention only)
Notes and references
- Star Wars (2020) 2
- The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue
- The High Republic: Into the Dark
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- The Star Wars Book places the launch of the Starlight Station to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY, the launch of the station must have occurred in 232 BBY.
- "Starlight: First Duty"—Star Wars Insider 201–202
- The High Republic 1
- "Starlight: Part One: Go Together"—Star Wars Insider 199
- The High Republic 7
- The High Republic: Out of the Shadows
- "Starlight: Hidden Danger"—Star Wars Insider 203–204
- The High Republic: A Test of Courage
- The High Republic 6
- The Star Wars Book
- The High Republic 1
- The events of Star Wars 2 take place concurrently to and immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Empire Strikes Back to 3 ABY, the events of Star Wars 2 must also take place in that year.
- The High Republic Free Digital Sampler