Telos IV, often called simply Telos, was the fourth world within the Telos system, located in the Outer Rim's Kwymar sector. Situated on the strategically important Hydian Way hyperlane, on the edge of Galactic Republic-controlled space, the Telosian military and economic power bases were considered vital to the survival of the Republic. In addition, the planet played host to the Agricultural Corps, where Jedi who had failed their training were sent to work as farmers and laborers. During one of the earliest battles of the Jedi Civil War, Telos was devastated by forces of the Sith Empire. Under orders from Darth Malak, former Republic admiral Saul Karath demanded the planet's surrender; upon being rebuffed, he carried out his orders to bombard the surface. Soon after, the Jedi Order, fearful of an attack on the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine and the possible loss of many valuable relics, chose Telos as the site for a secret Jedi academy and repository. This academy was eventually taken over by the Echani Handmaidens and Jedi Master Atris, from where she hoped to rebuild the shattered Order.
In the year 3955 BBY, at the behest of Republic Supreme Chancellor Tol Cressa, Telos was chosen as the first planet to undergo a Republic-sponsored restoration effort. This initiative, if successful, would pave the way for the restoration of other planets that had been ravaged during the recent Mandalorian Wars and the conflict wrought by Darths Revan and Malak. The Telosian Restoration Project called for the construction of Citadel Station, an immense space station that orbited the planet, to implement the restoration process. Overseen by the Telosian Council, the Ithorian herd of Chodo Habat was chosen to manage the project. Telos and Citadel Station played a crucial part in the Jedi Exile's mission to end the First Jedi Purge, when the station was attacked by Sith forces under Darth Nihilus. In the wake of the battle, the Sith Triumvirate was defeated; this resulted in the eventual stabilization of the Republic. Due in part to the Exile's efforts, the Restoration Project was ultimately successful, and Telos once again became a lush planet, with many Sacred Places and national parks that drew tourists from throughout the galaxy.
In the final century of the Republic, Telos was a politically significant world, noted for its natural beauty and thriving tourist trade, in addition to the numerous business interests that eagerly established contracts and treaties with the Telosian government. In 53 BBY, the Governor of Telos, a wealthy citizen by the name of Crion, secretly sought to annex a neighboring planet for its valuable minerals and factories. Recruiting his son, the former Jedi Xanatos, as a co-conspirator, a grievous civil war was started by the duo after the Telosian populace was alerted to the scheme, and as a result Crion was slain. Nine years later, Xanatos—having convinced the Telosians of his and his father's innocence—sought to industrialize the natural resources of Telos in a bid for personal power. His plan was foiled, and rather than face judgment for his crimes, Xanatos took his own life. During the early Imperial Period, Telos, along with other planets within Kwymar sector, rebelled against the Galactic Empire. During the Kwymar Suppressions that followed, Telos was once again attacked, ending with an Imperial victory.
- "I saw Telos before the Sith razed it. It deserved a better fate."
The planet Telos IV was located between the planets of Toprawa and Ruuria in the Outer Rim of the galaxy and, as of 3963 BBY, formed one end of the Morellian Trail, a hyperlane that would later form part of the Hydian Way. The capital of Telos was Thani, the city in which the Telosian government, consisting of the Telosian Council and Governor of Telos, was located. However, during the restoration of Telos's devastated ecosystem in the aftermath of the Jedi Civil War, Citadel Station, in orbit above Telos, was the temporary residence of citizens and the center of government. The Telosian Restoration Project, begun in 3955 BBY, was carefully overseen by the Ithorians and was designed to return the planet to its former beauty and glory. The barren surface with its highly corrosive atmosphere was divided by a series of complex shield networks into Restoration Zones in which the Ithorians first stabilized the atmosphere and weather patterns, and later introduced various species of flora and fauna. The restoration of Telos prompted the Telosians to take pride in their planet and set aside much of the land as Sacred Places and national parks. By the year 44 BBY, the tourist traffic to see the natural wonders of Telos accounted for a significant portion of the economy.
The orbital bombardment of Telos did little to change the fundamental topography of the planet. The first wave of Restoration Zones was designed in such a way so as to incorporate much of the original terrain, while excluding the many ruins and deserted military bases. The features of these restored landscapes included stone crags dotted with forest glades, fields of blue and lavender flowers, stretches of beaches, deep lakes nestled in grassy hills, steam pools surrounded by golden sand, deep valleys with canyons and gorges, natural caverns, cultivated land, a northern polar region with icy plateaus, and snow-capped mountains.
Flora and fauna
Following the stabilization of the atmosphere within the Restoration Zones, many varieties of flora and fauna from ecologically rich planets such as Ithor, Onderon, and the jungle moon of Dxun were introduced. Apart from cultivating simple grasses and wildflowers, the Ithorians planted the short, thorny blba trees and the exotic bachani flowering plant. Many types of herbivores were imported, supplemented by the omnivorous cannoks from Dxun to maintain their population. At one point during the First Jedi Purge, the carefully controlled zones were wrested from the Ithorians and given to the Czerka Corporation. Czerka had little interest in regulating the natural balance, resulting in the cannoks decimating the herbivore populations and eventually developing a desire to consume anything available.
Jedi Civil War
- "Telos…Saul led the Sith fleet there and demanded its surrender. The planet refused and Saul proceeded to devastate its entire surface."
- ―Carth Onasi
Telos IV was discovered by the Galactic Republic after the events of the Great Hyperspace War, which saw the Republic pitted against Naga Sadow's Sith Empire for control of the galaxy. Prior to the Jedi Civil War, Telos IV was a prosperous planet. It served as an important military base for the Galactic Republic and the Jedi during the Mandalorian Wars, as well as housing the Republic Agricultural Corps: the Jedi organization responsible for the production of copious amounts of foodstuffs, most of which went to feeding the Republic Military forces stationed on the planet. During this time, it was one the few planets under the direct control of the Republic and planetary security was managed by the Telos Security Force (TSF).
After the treachery of former Jedi Knights Revan and Malak, who left the Jedi to become Sith Lords, was revealed in 3959 BBY, the former Republic Admiral Saul Karath, as a token of his loyalty, provided the Sith with the Republic Navy's docking bay codes, which enabled Sith bombers to bypass security scanners and destroy over half of the Republic fleet docked on the planet. As a reward, the new Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Revan, promoted Karath to Supreme Commander of the Sith starfleet. As a final test of Karath's loyalty, Darth Malak, without his master Revan's approval, ordered the Admiral to bombard Telos's surface in 3958 BBY.
During and after the main bombardment, some refugees were able to escape the conflagration via the few in-system shuttles available for evacuation. These shuttles floated in space for weeks before they were picked up by Republic capital ships sent in response to the planetary holocaust. Many of these survivors ended up drifting from system to system, barely keeping ahead of the invading Sith fleet. Several of these survivors were transported to Nar Shaddaa, where they were forced to settle in the Refugee Sector, and soon found it all but impossible to leave due to oppression from the criminal organization known as the Exchange.
Telos once possessed an enormous planet-wide polar irrigation system, one that was similar to Coruscant's own. However, during the Jedi Civil War the system was almost completely obliterated, apart from the primary northern facility in the polar ice cap, by the Sith bombardment. The Jedi Order, apprehensive of an attack on the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine, chose the abandoned northern facility as a site for a secret Jedi academy.
- "Telos is instrumental to the stability of the Republic. Its success or failure will dictate the economic forecasts of many other worlds."
After the end of the Jedi Civil War, Supreme Chancellor Tol Cressa proposed a Republic-funded initiative to rejuvenate worlds rendered inhospitable by both the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War. Telos, having once been an important Republic location, was chosen as a prototype for the project. The achievements of the restoration effort on Telos would determine if the project was successful enough to be expanded to other worlds. For the purpose of implementing and monitoring the restoration progress, Citadel Station was constructed to orbit Telos; the immense structure would serve as a residence for the individuals associated with the project, control center, and headquarters of the Telosian Council, who would remain the governing body. The Ithorians, being well known across the galaxy as ecologists and agricultural engineers, were asked by the Telosian government to spearhead the planetary restoration program; in particular, the Council requested those belonging to the herdship of one Chodo Habat, a Force Adept who served as the spiritual and secular leader to his herd.
In orbit around Telos, the immense space station, powered by fuel shipped from the Peragus Mining Facility, served as the base of operations for the process of sectioning the surface into individual biospheres; the planetary shields formed an impregnable barrier that enabled weather stabilization processes to remove the acidic properties of the planet's devastated atmosphere. Under the management of the Ithorians, biological specimens were then introduced into the new zones from Onderon and Ithor, with many of the creatures being imported from Dxun, the jungle moon of Onderon, due to their extraordinary hardiness and ability to survive. Within a couple of years, the Restoration Zones had stabilized enough to permit technicians to inhabit and monitor the restoration in situ.
At the outset, matters proceeded smoothly for the project. The extensive legislative funding from the Republic Senate allowed Citadel Station to expand quickly, thus enabling impressive progress in reseeding and reviving a small portion of the planetary surface. Around the year 3951 BBY, however, the project began to be beset with troubles. The Republic's diplomatic relations with Onderon had deteriorated, which served to massively increase the already-gigantic purchase and transportation costs of the Onderonian biological specimens. Additionally, the growth of Citadel Station proceeded at a pace that that left the small TSF patrols ill-equipped to police the whole station. Moreover, the lapse in security gave an intergalactic criminal organization, the Exchange, under the guise of the Bumani Exchange Corporation, the opportunity to expand its operations on Citadel Station.
The Czerka Corporation, having previously integrated themselves into the Telosian political system and economy by way of legal loopholes and political favors, offered low bid-estimates for resupply and security contracts. Delighted, the Telosian Council accepted, which resulted in two-thirds of Citadel Station being policed and manipulated by Czerka mercenaries. The pressure put upon Citadel Station by the Exchange and Czerka wreaked havoc with the Telos Restoration Project. Czerka Corporation managed to seize control over the Telos Restoration Zones; consequently, the zones began deteriorating within a matter of weeks. Citing the deteriorating conditions as an example of Ithorian incompetence, the company began pressuring the Telosian Council to rescind the Ithorians' planet-rejuvenation contracts altogether, further claiming that the management practices of the Ithorians would bankrupt the project.
It was hypothesized by many on the Ithorian side that Czerka, one of the largest weapons manufacturers in the entire galaxy, sought these ecological-control contracts simply out of desire for unrestricted access to Telos's forbidden zones. During this period, not even the Ithorians were given permission by the Telosian authorities to land their ships outside of specially designated sites. The Ithorians, a passive, agrarian-minded people, felt themselves to be utterly unprepared to oppose a corporation with such extensive resources. Furthermore, many of the beleaguered Telosians were of the opinion that Czerka's mercenaries were rapidly getting out of control, and that Republic troops should have been called in to restore order.
In the years following the end of the Jedi Civil War, members of the Jedi Order had been hunted to the point of a near-total annihilation in what was termed the First Jedi Purge. The sudden appearance of Meetra Surik, an exiled former Jedi—in addition to pilot Atton Rand and enigmatic elder Jedi Kreia—at the Peragus Mining Facility, and pursued by Sith assassins, had the effect of severely compromising the stability of the restoration project. During the trio's escape from the assassins aboard Surik's starship, the Ebon Hawk, they were fired upon by a Hammerhead-class cruiser, the Harbinger, that the assassins had earlier appropriated. The subsequent turbolaser fire hit a combustible asteroid in the Peragus asteroid field, which resulted in the complete destruction of the facility that was the sole source of fuel for Citadel Station and the Restoration Zones. Eventually, the course of Surik's mission led her to Citadel Station itself. In a bid to save the restoration project, the Ithorians sought the help of Surik soon after her arrival. Likewise, Surik had piqued the interest of the Czerka Corporation, who requested her assistance in gaining control of the remaining Restoration Zones. Concluding that the revival of the planet depended on the Ithorians, Surik decided to help them. In a series of endeavors, Surik and her newly acquired companions succeeded in gathering a sufficient amount of evidence to have Czerka's influence with the Telosian Council negated. Moreover, their efforts interrupted operations controlled by the Exchange.
In due course, Surik and her group traveled to Restoration Zone RZ-0031 in search of the Ebon Hawk, which had been stolen from her on Citadel Station. Once there, she encountered the Zabrak Bao-Dur, a former comrade who was one of the planetary shield's designers. Frustrated by the Telosian Council's ineffectiveness, he was attempting to halt Czerka's operations single-handedly. The search for the ship led Surik's group to an old military base, and subsequently to the planet's north pole. At the abandoned irrigation facility, the group discovered that a surviving Jedi Master, Atris, had taken up residence in the hidden Jedi Academy, where many records and Jedi artifacts had been relocated prior to the demise of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. Furthermore, Atris had developed a plan to rebuild the Jedi Order. Upon discovering that Atris had also stolen the Ebon Hawk, Surik collected the ship and she and her companions left Telos to continue their mission.
Although the culpability of Surik in the destruction of the Peragus Mining Facility was negligible, she felt a measure of responsibility. Before having left Citadel Station, Surik informed Dol Grenn, the head of the TSF, that she intended to find Telos an alternate source of fuel. During her travels, Surik made a trip to the bustling moon Nar Shaddaa. While she was there, she learned that a steady supply of fuel from Sleheyron was available; however, the owner of the transport freighters, Vogga the Hutt, had a problem with G0-T0, the local Exchange crime lord, hijacking his shipments. Ultimately, Surik and her companions resolved the problem, and a new source of fuel was secured for Citadel Station, thus ensuring the continuation of the Telos Restoration Project.
The restoration and stability of Telos were once again threatened by the Sith when Citadel Station fell under attack by the forces commanded by Darth Nihilus, one of the leaders of the Sith Triumvirate. In her travels, Surik had found many allies in the united Mandalorian clans as well as the Khoonda Militia of Dantooine and the Onderon Military. Those allies, with the addition of Surik and her companions, cooperated with the TSF in mobilizing the defense of the space station. Republic Admiral Carth Onasi, himself a native of Telos IV, arrived on the scene with a naval assault fleet. Aboard his flagship, the Sojourn, Onasi was determined not to lose Telos again. In a bold move, Surik took the fight directly aboard the Ravager, Nihilus's flagship. She and her companions successfully defeated Nihilus and destroyed his flagship. At the conclusion of the battle, Carth requested an audience with Surik, where he thanked her for her assistance in saving Telos and wished her a safe journey as she left to complete her mission.
Last century of the Republic
- "Under the care of the herds of Ithor, the surface of Telos will bloom again, and its golden fields shall again harbor scientists and thinkers. And complacent and peaceful, it shall forget the time that Saul Karath orbited it and brought fire to its skies."
After the apparent success of the Telos Restoration Project, former residents and new immigrants inhabited the planet, entering a period of peace. Proud of the pristine natural beauty to be found on their world, the populace set aside large tracts of land to be established as national parks and Sacred Places. Over time, the fame of the picturesque landscape spread throughout the galaxy and Telos became a popular tourist destination, significantly increasing the wealth of the planet. Additionally, Telos became noted for its interest in culture and the arts, as well as groundbreaking technological advances, such as the ability to opaque transparisteel, developed by leading scientists and brilliant innovators. Business interests from across the galaxy eagerly established contracts and treaties with the Telosian government.
The prosperity of Telos lasted for millennia, until grave problems beset the planet in the last century of the Republic. In the year 94 BBY, a great famine swept across the planet, the effects of which were still felt by citizens fifty years later; it was not uncommon for the elder population to collect stores of food in preparation for another famine. As devastating as the scarcity of food was for the populace, the year 53 BBY brought a grievous civil war started by the then–Governor of Telos.
Governor Crion, the wealthiest citizen of Telos, had proposed a reevaluation of a treaty that Telos had established with a neighboring planet; the terms of the treaty automatically extended the alliance every ten years. In the interest of both parties, the Jedi Order was asked to monitor the negotiations. The Order chose to send the Jedi Xanatos, a native Telosian and the son of Crion, and his master Qui-Gon Jinn. Crion, overjoyed at the return of his son, had come to regret his decision of sending Xanatos to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. He revealed to Xanatos that the negotiations were a cover for his true intent: the annexing of the neighboring planet for its valuable minerals and factories. Crion then asked his son to join him in his endeavor, to which Xanatos agreed, having been dazzled by his father's wealth and power. Jinn, having learned of Crion's plan, revealed the scheme to the citizens of Telos. Outraged by the actions of Crion, the populace of Telos rose up against him, but he would not give ground. He and Xanatos hired an army and began to slaughter the people. In the end, Jinn was forced to take Crion's life, for which Xanatos never forgave him. Consequently, Xanatos turned to the dark side and left the Jedi Order.
After a failed attempt to destroy the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in 44 BBY, Xanatos once again emerged on Telos after having successfully convinced the citizens that he and his father had been innocent of instigating the Telosian Civil War. Moreover, Xanatos was lauded as Telos's number one citizen for his philanthropic contributions, such as the Xanatos Institute for Healing in the capitol city of Thani. Qui-Gon Jinn and his new Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, traveling to Telos to confront Xanatos, were dumbfounded by the turn of events. Jinn and Kenobi were further perplexed by the attitude of the populace. The once-peaceful citizens had become obsessed with a violent spectator game called Katharsis. Ostensibly, the game was sponsored by the government as a way to earn the necessary funding for the maintenance of Telos's Sacred Places, including the Park of Sacred Pools and the Mirror Caverns.
During their investigation of Xanatos's activities, the two Jedi met Andra, the leader and sole member of POWER, a political organization opposed to the exploitation of Telos's National parks, and her comrade Den, a small-time criminal. With the help of the two Telosians, Jinn and Kenobi uncovered that Katharsis was controlled by UniFy, a front for the Offworld Mining Corporation, owned by Xanatos. What was more, the quartet gathered evidence that Telos's Sacred Places had in fact been violated by extensive Offworld mining operations. Jinn and Kenobi exposed Xanatos to the citizens of Telos and, rather than face justice for his crimes, Xanatos chose to commit suicide. With his death, the citizens removed corrupt government officials and reclaimed their national treasures.
However, the damage had already been done, and the conservation efforts following the defeat of OffWorld did not last long. Special-interest groups representing industrial companies began to settle on Telos, and in a matter of a few years had effectively become the ruling body of Telos. The factories built by the industries polluted the once-pristine world to such an extent that all of the national parks and Sacred Places were damaged beyond repair. In the year 39 BBY, a group of Telosians, appalled by their ruined homeworld, left the planet aboard the experimental ship BioCruiser. These individuals, including Andra and Den, traveled around the galaxy and slowly expanded their group by accepting anyone who wanted to leave their own devastated planet.
In the early years of the Imperial Period, Telos, along with its Kwymar sector neighbors, Doniphon, Kestos Minor, Picutorion, and Protazk, sided with Rebels. In accordance with Imperial policy, the Galactic Empire responded with a series of brutal assaults on the sector known as the Kwymar Suppressions, including a devastating attack on Telos. The battle ended with an Imperial victory. Telos then became a victim of Imperial atrocities against the civilian population.
During the battle to subjugate Doniphon, stormtrooper Sergeant Major Beilert Valance was severely injured by the blast from a Rebel serial torpedo. Thinking him mortally wounded, the retreating Imperials left Valance at the Anglebay Station, a neutral medical station located in an isolated area of Telos. In a desperate bid to save his life, the medical personnel replaced half of his body with cybernetic parts, effectively ending his career in the Imperial Military by turning him into a cyborg.
Valance, who had a deep-seated hatred of and revulsion towards "robots," hid his affliction and became Valance the Hunter, the leader of a group of ruthless bounty hunters. In the year 0 ABY, a few weeks after the Battle of Yavin, Valance decided to destroy Anglebay Station at his own cost; he was determined to erase his past. Ordering his crew to leave no survivors, Valance went to the computer records section, where he eliminated all of the medical records. During their search of the in-patient bays, Valance's crew found a delirious old man by the name of Don-Wan Kihotay. In the grip of delirium, Don-Wan began speaking of Han Solo, lightsabers, and a boy with a droid companion. Recognizing that this was the group responsible for the destruction of the Death Star, Valance and his men obliterated Anglebay Station and made their way to Aduba-3, where it was discovered that Don-Wan had in fact been speaking of Jimm Doshun, not Luke Skywalker.
New Jedi Order
In the year 40 ABY, shortly after the rediscovery of the Jedi archival device known as the Great Holocron, members of the New Jedi Order discovered the aptly named Telos Holocron on Telos. Determining that the holocron was a Sith artifact, the Jedi transported it to the Ossus Academy for further study. Having no record of the holocron and deeming it dangerous, nearly half of the Masters' Council members insisted that it be destroyed. Realizing that the Telos Holocron could have held valuable information that would help the Jedi in their fight against the Sith, Grand Master Luke Skywalker gave Jedi historian Tionne Solusar the opportunity to examine the holocron. It was revealed that many of the greatest Sith Lords had been Gatekeepers of the holocron, with Darth Sidious the most recent. It was unknown as to when Sidious had obtained the holocron and how it came to be on Telos.
- "The planet Telos, decimated by the Sith during the Jedi Civil War. Before the war, Jedi who failed their training were sent to the fields of Telos, to serve the galaxy… not as Jedi Knights, but as farmers and laborers."
The populace of Telos before the Jedi Civil War was primarily composed of Humans and a small percentage of diverse species from across the galaxy, with the predominant occupation of the citizens being the production of foodstuffs. This had been especially true of the Jedi Agricultural Corps, who sent those Jedi who had failed their training to Telos to become farmers and laborers. The orbital bombardment and subsequent construction of Citadel Station effected a shift in the makeup of the residents. The primary goal of the Citadel Station was the restoration of Telos, and this was reflected in the residents. There was a great assortment of beings whose occupations were just as varied; some of the most visible residents included the Ithorian herd members, Czerka employees, Exchange mercenaries, Republic representatives, and many refugees of both the Mandalorian and Jedi Civil Wars, who used Telos as an intermediate point to other worlds accepting refugees.
The restoration of Telos brought about yet another shift in the composition of the citizens, gaining a reputation in the progression of technological advances developed by a profusion of scientists and innovators. Moreover, there was a number of special interest companies, such as Offworld Corporation, whose business arrangements with worlds throughout the galaxy brought great wealth to Telos. In addition, the Telosians, both government and private citizens, made it a priority to create a large number of national parks, with an emphasis on conservation of all other tracts of land. The natural beauty of these parklands gained galaxy-wide fame and a great number of tourists traveled to Telos, creating a need for conservationists and individuals to coordinate the eco-tourism.
Telos was the home planet of Carth Onasi, the Republic Navy hero. On duty at the time of the Sith bombardment, Onasi arrived too late to save his wife, Morgana, the task forces sent to assist with search and rescue operations being overwhelmed. His son Dustil had gone missing in the confusion, and after a couple of years of following reports concerning Telos, Onasi presumed him dead. It was not until later, during his travels with the amnesiac Revan, that Onasi would learn that Dustil had survived the attack. His heart was broken, however, upon learning that his son had joined the Sith. With the help of Revan, Onasi was able to convince Dustil to leave the Sith. Father and son then made plans to meet on Telos. Adding further insult to Onasi's anguish was the fact that the perpetrator of the attack, Saul Karath, was an ex-Republic hero and former mentor to Onasi. He vowed to revenge the loss of his family and the destruction of Telos; he had the opportunity to fulfill this vow during the Jedi Civil War aboard Karath's flagship, the Leviathan.
In the final decades of the Republic, another native Telosian, Xanatos, gained galaxy-wide notoriety. At a young age, he had been taken to train at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, where he quickly became skilled in the Force and later was chosen by Qui-Gon Jinn to be his Padawan. As a final test for his Knighthood, Xanatos journeyed with Jinn to his homeworld on a mission and became embroiled in a Civil War started by his corrupt father, Crion. After the death of Crion at the hands of Jinn, Xanatos turned to the dark side, consequently leaving the Jedi Order. Several years later, in a bid for revenge, Xanatos attempted to destroy the Jedi Temple. His plan was foiled, but he was able to escape. A few months later, Xanatos once again emerged on Telos as the owner of Offworld, a mining company with interests across the galaxy. In this time, he had convinced the Telosians of his innocence in the Civil War and was proclaimed Telos's premier citizen for his philanthropic projects in Thani, the capital of Telos. In a series of appalling events he was proven to be a dangerous criminal by his former master Jinn and his new Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rather than face justice for his crimes, Xanatos elected to commit suicide.
Crion was the father of Xanatos and Nason, the grandfather of Granta Omega, and the corrupt governor of the planet Telos IV. Crion was extremely wealthy, being the richest man on the planet. He let his son Xanatos go to train as a Jedi on Coruscant. Over the years, Crion used Telos' resources to create wealth for the planet and quickly ascended to power without help from his advisers or the Senate. Soon, Crion had the power to launch an attack against neighboring systems. He called for renegotiations with a nearby planet, Toprawa, but it was really a ruse. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Xanatos came to supervise. Crion asked his son to join him in his plans. Xanatos sabotaged the first meeting to enrage the Telosian population. Unfortunately for Crion, Qui-Gon revealed what he knew, and the populace rose up against their ruler. A civil war broke out, and many people died. During this civil war, Crion asked Xanatos to join him. Xanatos accepted, thus failing his final test as a Jedi. Qui-Gon was forced to send his Padawan's father to a fall onto a flaming charcoal bed, turning Xanatos to the dark side of the Force. Xanatos picked up his father's burnt ring and pressed it to his right cheek, creating a broken-circle scar which eventually became the symbol of Offworld Mining Corporation.
- "Let me show you the beauties of Telos."
- ―Andra, to Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi
The capital of Telos was Thani, a large, bustling city that had been reduced to rubble, as was much of the planet's surface during the Jedi Civil War, and was eventually rebuilt after the success of the Telos Restoration Project. Millennia after the restoration of Telos, during the waning years of the Republic, the rebuilt Thani was described as having buildings hundreds of meters high whose facades gleamed silver and bronze in the sunlight, with small structures crowded in between the massive buildings. The city's wide boulevards were crowded with landspeeders, and an abundance of parks was found throughout. The galaxy-wide fame of Telos's natural wonders created a large influx of tourists to Thani, necessitating a large terminal with many landing bays to accommodate the spaceliners. Furthermore, the residents of the capital had the Xanatos Institute for Healing and a grand library at their disposal. For a period of time, the high-stakes gambling game Katharsis was extremely popular with the citizens of Telos, with the largest Katharsis dome located in Thani.
Telos's Citadel Station was the space station that served as the staging area for the Galactic Republic's Ithorian-led effort to restore that world after the Jedi Civil War. At its height, this titanic complex covered nearly one quarter of the skies above Telos. The station consisted of a series of large, self-contained modules, such as Residential Module 082, Entertainment Module 081, and hangar bays such as Dock Module 126, that were interconnected by a base of girders and other support structures. The station served as home to the many technicians and beings of other professions who were employed in the Restoration Project, as well as the effort's conduit for needed supplies.
The station played host to a wide variety of individuals and was a hub of activity. During the years after the Jedi Civil War, the station was flooded with refugees, dispossessed people who had lost everything not only to Revan and Malak's Sith Empire, but the invading Mandalorians before them. The Telosian Security Force provided security for the station; however, by the time of the First Jedi Purge, they were not strong enough to keep order throughout the complex. It was from here that the Ithorians and Czerka Corporation competed to oversee the Restoration Project, as well as where the Telosian Council was based. The Exchange also had a base here, fronted by the Bumani Exchange Corporation; in addition, many cantinas and merchants had set up shop there, selling merchandise both legal and illegal. Swoop racing was also popular there.
At the request of the Telosian government, the management of the Restoration Zones had been given to the Ithorians. Restoration Zone RZ-0031 encompassed a diverse cross-section of Telos's terrain: beaches, canyons, gorges, hills, and grassland. Near the entrance to an abandoned Republic military base, the Ithorians had built an encampment of warehouses, processing plants, and a shuttle landing pad. Nevertheless, during the time of the First Jedi Purge, RZ-0031 became the center of controversy when control of the zone was taken away from the Ithorians and given to Czerka. Many of the Ithorian herd believed that Czerka's only interest in RZ-0031 was the recovery of raw materials in the military base. Although the base was technically deactivated, there were a number of military droids and gas traps protecting the structure, in addition to energy shields blocking many of the passages. Furthermore, the base housed a small transport shuttle and a central reactor that was necessary to power the control room and hangar doors.
The Telosian Polar Irrigation System and Jedi Academy
The northern polar region of Telos was the location for the central hub of the planet's world wide irrigation system. The destruction of the planet's surface during the Jedi Civil War devastated the irrigation system, although the central hub that resided within an ice plateau was largely untouched; nonetheless, the system was abandoned. The Jedi Order, fearing an attack on the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine and the loss of much of their knowledge, chose the polar irrigation facility as a site for a secret Jedi Academy and repository for historically valuable items. The Order reasoned that the Sith would have little reason to return to an already ravaged planet. The Academy had been built to be self-contained and the structure incorporated residential quarters, training room, storage areas, a private meditation chamber, and a hangar large enough to accommodate freighter-sized starships. In addition, the Academy included a central Jedi Council chamber arranged in a similar style to the Council chambers found in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Throughout the Jedi Civil War, many relics and Jedi holocrons were transported to the Academy until the ruination of the Jedi Enclave. The Academy remained virtually unpopulated until the disastrous Conclave on Katarr in the year 3956 BBY; Jedi Master Atris fled to the Telosian Jedi Academy with a collection of not only Jedi holocrons, but Sith holocrons as well.
The Telosian citizens were fiercely proud of the Sacred Places found throughout their planet. Two of the most well-loved national parks were approximately half a day's ride by swoop bike from Thani. The Mirror Caverns were a series of caves located deep in a forest glade, high in the snow-capped stone mountains. The name of the caverns was derived from the stone, malab, that lined the interior of the caves. Malab was a rare and highly prized mineral that had a lustrous black color and a very slick surface; many first-time visitors to the caverns would become disoriented by the shimmering blackness. Adjacent to the caverns could be found the Park of Sacred Pools, a series of small steam pools, edged with golden sand. The pools were fed by an underground spring, which also bubbled to the surface in small streams. The springs were a favorite of those Telosians needing physical relaxation after a long hike through the park.
Anglebay Station was a medical facility located in an isolated area of Telos. During the Galactic Civil War, the facility was recognized as politically neutral by the Empire; therefore, Imperial stormtroopers, Rebel soldiers, and various other unaffiliated individuals received treatment. The station was divided into several sections, including a computer records section that stored the treatment histories of former patients, and the in-patient bays, where current patients were quartered. The medical personnel included Humans, with droid orderlies augmenting the group. In the year 0 ABY, the station was destroyed by a former patient, Beilert Valance, who had been fitted with cybernetic parts at the facility during the Kwymar Suppressions. Valance had been determined to destroy Anglebay Station in order to keep secret that more than half of his body was machine.
Behind the scenes
Naming and development
The planet Telos IV first appeared in the 1978 Marvel Star Wars comic book Star Wars (1977) 16, under the name Telos-4. Subsequent appearances in the Jedi Apprentice novels The Dark Rival, The Captive Temple, The Day of Reckoning, and Deceptions, and the novels Jedi Quest: The Shadow Trap, Legacy of the Jedi, and The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, all refer to the planet as simply Telos, as does the media involving the Knights of the Old Republic series: video games Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords; and comic book story arc Days of Fear, part 1 and part 2. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, written as an in-universe historical account, also refers to the planet as simply "Telos."
The release of the Star Wars roleplaying miniatures scenario The Hunt Within on the Wizards of the Coast website, featuring the character Beilert Valance from the Marvel Star Wars comic, retconned the planet names "Telos-4" and "Telos" as being one and the same. The later publications, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook and Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, included a brief biography of Carth Onasi in which they both listed his homeworld as "Telos IV," thus retconning all three names as belonging to the same planet. Xanatos' entry in Jedi Academy Training Manual mistakenly refers to the planet as "Talos IV," which is the name of a planet in the Star Trek universe.
Dark side options
In the video game Knights of the Old Republic II, if the player character chooses to play through the dark-side option in regards to the plot lines on Citadel Station, they side with Czerka Corporation instead of Habat's Ithorian herd. If this takes place, the fate of Telos is quite different. During the endgame, Kreia gives a prediction describing a rebuilt Telos as a vigilant world that would have "run smooth and cold like a machine." In stark contrast to its future if rebuilt by the Ithorians, Telos under Czerka never forgets Saul Karath's attack and "will never again be caught defenseless."
During the initial demo releases of Knights of the Old Republic II, Telos was the name of the planet that featured mining tunnels. The player was trapped in a series of mining tunnels under the surface of the planet and had been contacted by a miner named Mira for assistance. The player could then choose to help or kill this miner. The game developers later decided not to include this scenario in the full version of the game.
Knights of the Old Republic II also cut a cinematic scene between Kreia and Atris in which the two women are talking about the Telosian Jedi Academy as the refuge for Jedi if the Enclave on Dantooine ever fell. Kreia explains that this was the reason for Revan choosing to destroy Telos at the start of the Jedi Civil War; he did it to show the Jedi that there would be no place for them to hide. Kreia further stated that there was the possibility of Revan having left other "gifts" below the surface of the planet. It is possible that this content was cut due to its contradiction with previously established continuity.
Additional cut content in Knights of the Old Republic II included HK-47's discovery that the droid factory that was responsible for producing the HK-50 series assassin droids was located under the Telosian military base that the Exile had visited previously. Furthermore, strings of dialog found in the game's Dialog.tlk file talked of an ancient tomb being uncovered during the Telosian Restoration Project, indicating that the game's developers, Obsidian Entertainment, had intended to include an additional area of gameplay on Telos.
- Knights of the Old Republic 13 (Mentioned only)
- Knights of the Old Republic 14 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Codex entry)
- Jedi—The Dark Side 1
- Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival (In flashback(s))
- Jedi Apprentice: The Captive Temple (Mentioned only)
- Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning
- Jedi Apprentice Special Edition: Deceptions (Mentioned only)
- Jedi Quest: The Shadow Trap (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars (1977) 16 (First appearance)
- The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mentioned only)
- Crucible (Mentioned only)
- Crucible audiobook (Mentioned only)
- The Starhoppers of Aduba-3"—Star Wars Gamer 4 "
- The Dark Side Sourcebook
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 10 (KEN3, Obi-Wan Kenobi)
- "Making of the Map" – Star Wars Insider 65 (Foldout map)
- Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- The New Essential Chronology
- Underworld: A Galaxy of Scum and Villainy
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Jedi Academy Training Manual
- The Essential Atlas
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett
- Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook
Notes and references
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- The Essential Atlas
- Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide
- Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning
- Star Wars (1977) 16
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Jedi—The Dark Side 2
- Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook, p. 345
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The New Essential Chronology
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- The Dark Side Sourcebook
- Jedi Apprentice: The Captive Temple
- Jedi Apprentice Special Edition: Deceptions
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: As seen in the hologram recording of the Jedi Exile's trial.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Dialog.tlk file StrRefs 50346-50348 and 76148-76150.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Dialog.tlk file StrRefs 106957-106960.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Dialog.tlk file StrRefs 89593 and 89614-89615.