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"Welcome to Tython, Lord Vader."
―Doctor Chelli Aphra, to Darth Vader[4]

Tython was a planet located in the galaxy's Deep Core region 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 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.

Description[]

Tython was a verdant,[2] terrestrial planet[4] located in the Tython system[2] in the galaxy's Deep Core, positioned at the coordinates L-10[1] on the Standard Galactic Grid.[8] It was orbited by at least two moons, with the primary being known as Ashla,[3] and was incredibly rich in the Force.[2] Areas on its surface included the Meridional Ice Cap.[4] Tython was home to a number of beasts.[9]

It shared its name with Tythonian pendants,[10] Tythonian Mastery Tokens,[3] and Jedha City's Tythoni Square.[11]

History[]

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.[9] 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,[6] although in reality, it was located on the planet Ahch-To.[12] 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.[13]

In 3 ABY,[14] in an attempt to save her loved ones who were located at the Rebel Alliance's headquarters on Hoth, Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra brought Darth Vader and his Galactic Empire forces 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 Empire was ambushed.[4]

Grogu meditating upon the seeing stone at the temple

In 9 ABY,[15] the former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano instructed the Mandalorian Din Djarin to take the Force-sensitive child Grogu to Tython.[5] 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, tracked Djarin to Tython, intent on reacquiring his armor. They were attacked by Moff Gideon's Imperial forces, and after a skirmish and the destruction of Djarin's ship, the Razor Crest, the child was ultimately abducted by dark troopers.[7]

Many years later, 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 and also have a vision of his father, Anakin coming to his aid.[16]

Locations[]

"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[5]

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.[5]

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.[4] The seeing stone was on the top of a hill in a scrubland area.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

"Luke, you don't even know the "grip of tython" or "the seven moves". You can't…"
―Leia Lars[17]

The term "tython" originates in the second draft of what would become Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[17]

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.[4] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Tython first appeared in the 2007 novel Darth Bane: Rule of Two,[18] where it was the original homeworld of the Je'daii Order[19] and its successor organization, the Jedi Order.[20] In The Mandalorian, the filming location of Tython was Rocky Peak Park in Simi Valley, California.[21]

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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.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 36 (Guide to the Galaxy: The Deep Core)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The High Republic: The Rising Storm
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Doctor Aphra (2016) 40
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 13: The Jedi"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
  8. Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  10. The High Republic 1
  11. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  12. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  13. Nexus of Power
  14. In Doctor Aphra (2016) 40 it is established that the Echo Base has been constructed on Hoth. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas 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.
  15. SWInsider.png "A Certain Point of View" – Star Wars Insider 202 dates the skirmish on Nevarro and the second rescue of Grogu—which are depicted in the The Mandalorian episodes "Chapter 7: The Reckoning" and "Chapter 16: The Rescue," respectively—to "9 ASW4," or nine years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 9 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. The events of Chapters 7–16 must therefore take place in 9 ABY.
  16. StarWars.com Luke Skywalker Fights to Survive Exegol in Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith – Exclusive Excerpt on StarWars.com (backup link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars
  18. Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  19. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 0
  20. SWTOR icon.png Tython on The Old Republic Holonet (backup link) (original version)
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