- "Welcome to Sunspot Prison. The biggest, baddest penitentiary the Alliance has to offer. May your stay here be a short one."
- ―Sunspot Prison's warden
Sunspot Prison was a space-bound penitentiary maintained by the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. Reflecting its name, the prison orbited a star and was used to house the worst Imperial prisoners that the Alliance captured. In 0 ABY, Sunspot Prison was raided by the rogue rebel agent Eneb Ray in an attempt to convince Princess Leia Organa to become a more ruthless leader. Ray's attack killed many prisoners and forced the closure of the prison. Sunspot Prison was later in use by the aftermath of the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY.
Description[edit | edit source]
Sunspot Prison owed its name to a nearby sun that bathed the orbital space station in constant warmth and bright light. During the Galactic Civil War, the penitentiary hosted many Imperial prisoners including spies, mercenaries, war criminals, and even an Imperial Moff or two. Its existence was a well-guarded secret and most members of the Alliance knew nothing about it. The prison was protected by a sea of ion cannons at its front and had the sun at its back.
Sunspot Prison had numerous cells with metal grills that were guarded by armored rebel troopers. The prison also had a control center that could control the prison's sun shields. Sunspot Prison also had a large hangar bay that was big enough to host the Millennium Falcon. The command center also had an ion pulse that was capable of disrupting the station's power and gravity.
History[edit | edit source]
Establishment[edit | edit source]
Sunspot Prison was established by the Rebel Alliance to house Imperial prisoners during the Galactic Civil War. By 0 ABY, its inmates included several Imperial soldiers including Kolar Ludd, spies, mercenaries, war criminals, and at least two Moffs.
Eneb Ray's assault[edit | edit source]
After being captured by Princess Leia Organa and Sana Starros during the battle of Vrogas Vas, the rogue archaeologist Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, who had been a servant of Darth Vader, was incarcerated there and questioned by Rebel Alliance Intelligence Service. Several weeks after her arrival, Sunspot Prison was raided by the rogue rebel agent Eneb Ray. Following the failed Arrth-Eno Mission, Ray had embarked on a campaign to kill Imperial prisoners and to convince Organa to become a more ruthless leader.
After taking over the command center, Ray and his IG-RM bodyguard and enforcer droids slaughtered numerous Imperial prisoners, by gunning them down in their cells and exposing the prisoners to the sun by lifting the sun shields or throwing them out the airlock. Ray's rampage forced Organa, Starros, and Aphra to join forces to stop him.
Starros managed to send a distress signal to the Alliance Fleet. Despite Ray taking Han Solo and Luke Skywalker hostage and playing mind games, Organa, Starros, and Aphra were able to subdue him with the help of C-3PO and R2-D2, who ignited an ion pulse that disrupted the station's gravity. Though Ray's rampage killed numerous Imperial prisoners, Organa's actions managed to save a few who were subsequently evacuated. Aphra escaped with the connivance of Organa and Starros. Despite being captured, Ray managed to escape and swore vengeance against Organa for spurning him.
After the Alliance closed the facility, members of the Imperial Task Force 99 visited the prison searching for Kolar Ludd. They then departed on a mission to hunt down rebels. Due to the assault, the Alliance was forced to temporarily close the facility, establishing a temporary holding spot on Akiva.
Back up and running[edit | edit source]
The prison was still operating after the Battle of Endor. Following their disillusionment with the Empire, Inferno Squad feared surrendering to the Alliance, believing they might be imprisoned there.
Around 9 ABY, the Tusken Raider Torbill Danzin was being held in Sunspot Prison for the attempted kidnapping of a New Republic senator, serving a 25-year sentence. Nilox Cabin-Roves was being held in Sunspot Prison for forgery of New Republic credits, serving a 20-year sentence. Mon Calamari criminal Ghosla Fular was being held in Sunspot Prison for forgery of local currency, serving a 30-year sentence.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Battlefront II (Mentioned only)
- Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original
- Star Wars 16 (First appearance)
- Star Wars 17
- Star Wars 18
- Star Wars 19
- The Screaming Citadel 1 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars 31 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars 35 (Mentioned only)
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy" (Mentioned on screen)
Sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Collapse of the Republic
- Star Wars 16
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
- Star Wars 18
- Star Wars 17
- Star Wars 19
- Star Wars Annual 1
- Star Wars 35
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- The Mandalorian is set about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 ABY. Therefore, the events of The Mandalorian must have taken place around 9 ABY. establishes that