- "One does not breathe the air here, one drinks it."
- ―Fliry Vorru
Thyferra was a hot, humid planet located in the Polith system on the Rimma Trade Route, on which most of the galaxy's bacta was produced. It was also a major political power as bacta production was an essential commodity.
Thyferra, in the Inner Rim's Polith system at galactic coordinates L-14, was the homeworld of the Vratix people. Approximately half of the planet's surface was covered by the alazhi bacteria, while most of the other half was covered by rainforest.
Since the Vratix had discovered how to create bacta from alazhi and kavam, the planet became an important Republic world, drawing profit-hungry human colonists. The Vratix shared the secret of bacta production with their Human neighbors, who eventually gained control of the bacta industry and hired many of the natives as workers in their bacta plants.
Between 3959 BBY to 3956 BBY, during the Jedi Civil War, the planet had become part of Darth Revan's Sith Empire. Throughout the Cold War, the planet enjoyed a reputation of owning miraculous botanical cures on which smart botanists have cashed in quite a lot for decades.
Eventually, Thyferra was almost completely controlled by two Human-run corporations: Zaltin and Xucphra. These two corporations were chosen by Emperor Palpatine to supply the Empire's bacta, thus eliminating any real competition in the bacta market.
The Rebel Alliance's bacta supply on the planet was a target set by Moff Kohl Seerdon. Around 1 ABY, after setting a diversion on Sullust, he invaded the planet, sending AT-STs and TIE interceptors to prevent Alliance bacta from reaching the group. However, the plot was thwarted by Rogue Squadron, and Seerdon was killed after engaging Luke Skywalker in a dogfight.
Thyferra was liberated by the New Republic in 5 ABY. However, the New Republic didn't settle on the planet which stayed officially neutral in the war. Thyferra was in fact in trouble due to significant tensions between Humans and Vratix and between the Xucphra and Zaltin Corporation.
In 7 ABY, Ysanne Isard backed a coup that saw a pro-Imperial faction taking over Thyferra. The faction later elected her head of state, allowing her to remain in lawful power, eliminate the Zaltin, control the bacta industry, and start a small but important conflict known as the Bacta War. During the Battle of Thyferra, Rogue Squadron and its allies, operating at the time independent from the New Republic—which for political reasons could not directly interfere—liberated Thyferra from the Empire and imperial loyalists using guerrilla tactics, pluck, and native allies.
Thyferra later joined the Killiks in the Swarm War, the New Jedi Order being unable to defend it from a coup orchestrated by the Killiks. Following the end of the war, Thyferra reverted to Alliance control.
Behind the scenes
The planet Thyferra first appeared in the article "The Business of Bacta", and then in the X-Wing novel series. A battle takes place on the planet in the Imperial campaign of the 2006 video game Star Wars: Empire at War.
Notes and references
- The Essential Atlas
- The Business of Bacta
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
- X-Wing: The Bacta War
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- Strongholds of Resistance
- CIS Shadowfeed Dispatch 15:2:29 Edition
- X-Wing: The Bacta War
- Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Scavenging Crew Skill mission: "Jungle Medicine"
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Star Wars: X-Wing (novel series)