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"Welcome to Tython, Lord Vader."
―Doctor Chelli Aphra, to Darth Vader[5]

Tython was a terrestrial planet located in Deep Core's Tython system that played a pivotal role in the history of the Jedi Order. A verdant world that was incredibly rich in the Force, Tython was eventually abandoned when the ever-changing hyperlanes in the region drifted away from the planet and became shrouded in myth. The Martyrium of Frozen Tears was built by Jedi there, and some Jedi scholars made the case that Tython was the site of the Jedi Order's first temple. During the Galactic Civil War, Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra led the Imperial commander Darth Vader to Tython's Meridional Ice Cap to mislead him as to the location of the Rebel Alliance's main base, which was actually on the Outer Rim planet Hoth.


Tython was a verdant,[2] uninhabited,[3] terrestrial planet[5] located in the Tython system[2] in the galaxy's Deep Core, positioned at the coordinates L-10[1] on the Standard Galactic Grid.[9] It was orbited by at least two moons, with the primary being known as Ashla,[4] and was incredibly rich in the Force.[2] Areas on its surface included the Meridional Ice Cap,[5] and a more temperate region.[3] Tython was home to a number of native fauna, including beasts,[10] birds,[3] butterflies,[8] and small mammals. Tython was covered in forests, grasslands,[3] and mountains.[8]

It shared its name with Tythonian pendants,[11] Tythonian Mastery Tokens,[4] and Jedha City's Tythoni Square.[12]


Early history[]

Martyrium of Frozen Tears

The ancient Jedi built the Martyrium of Frozen Tears.

Tython played a pivotal role in the history of the Jedi Order.[2] The sacred Jedi texts contained a description of Tython's notable beasts.[10] In ancient times, the Jedi built the Martyrium of Frozen Tears in the Meridional Ice Cap.[3] Tython was eventually abandoned when the ever-changing hyperlanes in the region drifted away from the planet.[2]

Shrouded in myth, some Jedi scholars made the case that Tython was the location of the Jedi Order's first temple,[7] although in reality, it was located on the planet Ahch-To.[13] The fabled planet was thought to have troves of holocrons and datacards filled with Jedi wisdom from throughout the ages, and if one were to discover it, they could gain access to unmatched power.[14]

High Republic Era[]

The ancient Ga'Garen Codex held in the Jedi Archives mentioned the planet Tython and its primary moon, Ashla. Its mysteries had confounded linguists for a long time.[15] Months after the dedication of the Starlight Beacon[15] in 232 BBY,[16] Jedi Master Elzar Mann consulted the Ga'Garen Codex and journeyed aboard his Jedi Vector to the Isle of Seclusion on Ashla. Mann had experienced a terrible Force vision during the aforementioned dedication, and chose the Isle as a place where he could meditate in solitude on what he had seen. He waded into the ocean surrounding the Isle, and eventually received a vision that directed him to the planet Valo.[15] Jedi Master Harli Cogra mentioned Elzar Mann's mission to Ashla, in Chronicles of the Jedi, a document detailing the Jedi of the High Republic written in the weeks following the destruction of Starlight Beacon[17] in 230 BBY.[16]

Imperial Era[]

"And dad was right for once, huh? A martyrium from the earliest Jedi cults, right in the Deep Core."
―Doctor Chelli Aphra, to 0-0-0[5]
Meridional Ice Cap

The Meridional Ice Cap.

During the Imperial Era, the 15th Deep Core Reserve Fleet operated a hyperspace interdiction checkpoint along the only known hyperspace route between the Empress Teta system and the interior of the Deep Core.[14]

In 3 ABY,[18] in an attempt to save her loved ones who were located at the Rebel Alliance's headquarters on Hoth, Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra brought Imperial forces led by Emperor Palpatine's lieutenant, Darth Vader, to Tython, distracting them from discovering the location of the rebel base. Aphra took Vader to the Martyrium of Frozen Tears in the Meridional Ice Cap on Tython, where the the Dark Lord and his subordinates were ambushed.[5]

At some point between 3 ABY and 4 ABY,[19] the rebel and aspiring Jedi Luke Skywalker had acquired an Aurebesh list of possible Jedi locations from the Galactic Empire, whom he assumed had destroyed and ransacked all of them. The list included Tython.[20]

New Republic Era[]

"This is Tython. That's where we're gonna try to find you a Jedi."
―Din Djarin, to Grogu[8]

Grogu meditating upon the seeing stone at the temple.

In 9 ABY,[21] the former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano instructed the Mandalorian Din Djarin to take the Force-sensitive child Grogu to Tython.[6] Djarin did so, traveling to Tython and placing Grogu on the seeing stone. Grogu entered a meditative state while perched on the stone. Meanwhile, the bounty hunter Boba Fett, along with his partner, Fennec Shand, in his ship, Slave I, tracked Djarin to Tython, intent on reacquiring his armor[8] that Djarin got from Cobb Vanth on Tatooine.[22] They were attacked by Moff Gideon's Imperial forces, and after a skirmish and the destruction of Djarin's ship, the Razor Crest, the foundling was ultimately abducted by the warlord's dark troopers.[8]

In 21 ABY,[23] Jedi Master Luke Skywalker traveled to Tython and meditate upon the seeing stone. There, he had a vision of him on Exegol where he dueled nine wraiths before the Force spirit of his father, Anakin Skywalker, came to his aid.[3]


"Go to the planet Tython. There you will find the ancient ruins of a temple that has a strong connection to the Force."
―Ahsoka Tano, to Din Djarin[6]
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Vader's forces gather over Tython.

A Tythonian mountain was the site of an ancient temple that had a strong connection to the Force, though it had fallen into ruin by 9 ABY. At the top of the mountain was a seeing stone.[6]

The Meridional Ice Cap contained the underground Martyrium of Frozen Tears, which had a Force-sensitive confessional made of solid kyberite. The ice cap was also dotted with ancient statues of robed figures near the Martyrium's entrance.[5] The seeing stone was on the top of a hill in a scrubland area.[8]

Behind the scenes[]

"Luke, you don't even know the "grip of tython" or "the seven moves". You can't…"
―Leia Lars[24]

The term "tython" originates in the second draft of what would become Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[24] Tython was first mentioned in the Star Wars canon in Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 36, a 2015 magazine for the Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon series.[2] It first appeared in the 2019 comic book Doctor Aphra (2016) 40.[5] In the "Chapter 14: The Tragedy", the sixth episode of The Mandalorian's second season, the filming location of Tython was Rocky Peak Park in Simi Valley, California.[25]

Tython forest

Concept art of Tython for Star Wars: The Old Republic

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Tython was first mentioned in the 2002 sourcebook Power of the Jedi Sourcebook,[26] where it was the original homeworld of the Je'daii Order[27] and its successor organization, the Jedi Order.[28]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game places "Tython" predominantly in Standard Galactic Grid square, L-10 and partially in K-10, as does supporting Star Wars Legends material. Star Wars Galaxy Map however places "Tython" predominantly in grid square, K-10 and partially in L-10. This article currently assumes, based on comments by the map's author, Jason Fry,[29] the "Tython" grid placement at K-10 on the Star Wars Galaxy Map to be a graphical error until clarified by a future canon source.



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Build the Millennium Falcon Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 36 (Guide to the Galaxy: The Deep Core)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Shadow of the Sith
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The High Republic: The Rising Storm
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Doctor Aphra (2016) 40
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 13: The Jedi"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
  9. Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  11. The High Republic (2021) 1
  12. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  13. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  14. 14.0 14.1 Nexus of Power
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The High Republic: The Rising Storm
  16. 16.0 16.1 Star Wars: The High Republic Character Encyclopedia
  17. Star Wars: The High Republic: Chronicles of the Jedi
  18. In Doctor Aphra (2016) 40 it is established that the Echo Base has been constructed on Hoth. Star Wars: Timelines states that Echo Base was constructed in 3 ABY and places the base's destruction at the Battle of Hoth in the same year, meaning that the events of Doctor Aphra 40 are set in 3 ABY.
  19. Star Wars (2020) 19 takes place in between Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 3 ABY and 4 ABY, respectively.
  20. Star Wars (2020) 19
  21. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" and "Chapter 16: The Rescue" to 9 ABY. The events of Chapters 1–16 must therefore also take place in 9 ABY.
  22. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 9: The Marshal"
  23. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Shadow of the Sith to 21 ABY.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars
  25. Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
  26. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 0
  27. SWTOR icon Tython on The Old Republic Holonet (backup link) (content now obsolete; original version)
  28. JCF-favicon The Essential Atlas and Galactic Cartography: Official Discussion on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by jasonfry on August 8, 2023, 1:01pm; accessed August 16, 2023): "Yes, some things have been moved/redefined (as they occasionally were during the EU days), but overwhelmingly when it comes to the map, LFL have safeguarded what's come before and advocated for keeping continuity with it." (backup link)