The Vaal system was a star system located in the Gordian Reach of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories that contained the planet Vaal, homeworld of the hyenax and site of Imperial relay outpost V-798. The planet's orbit around its sun intersected several asteroid fields, one of which contained the Rukabi Major asteroid.


A star system located in the Gordian Reach of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories, the Vaal system[1] contained the planet Vaal,[3] the homeworld of feral, dog-like creatures known as hyenax.[6] Orbited by a moon, Vaal's trajectory around its sun intersected several asteroid fields,[2] one of which contained the Rukabi Major asteroid.[4] This made any approach to the planet trecherous at best, and because of its regular passages through the aseroids, Vaal was often struck by meteors and other chunks of debris.[7] The Vaal system was connected to the Glade and Jovan systems by the Wetyin's Way hyperlane, and to the Yavin system by the Yavin Bypass.[5]


By the year 3643 BBY,[8] the holographic life form Holiday came into the possession of Glorzo, a masculine Hutt collector on the planet Nal Hutta. While the slicer Tharan Cedrax made the Hutt a generous offer for her, he had already made a deal with a scavenger. Seeing an opportunity for amusement, Glorzo proposed a contest: Cedrax and the scavenger would enter the Vaal asteroid field, and the first to bring back a stone from Rukabi Major would win possession of Holiday. Despite the scavenger's clever piloting, Cedrax knew certain navigational algorithms that allowed him to retrieve the stone first, which he exchanged for Holiday after returning to Nal Hutta days before the scavenger.[4]

In the years before the Battle of Yavin, the Galactic Empire maintained a relay outpost on Vaal, the legacy of a Moff who hoped to make the planet into a destination for big-game hunters.[5] In 0 ABY,[9] Darth Vader escaped the destruction of the Death Star in his TIE Advanced x1, which sustained damage during the Battle of Yavin that disabled its communications and limited its hyperspace navigation capabilities. As a result,[2] Vader was forced to limp[9] to the only Imperial outpost in range, relay outpost V-798 on Vaal. However, he crash landed on the planet's surface when his starfighter was damaged by a metiorite upon exiting hyperspace in the Vaal system's asteroid fields.[2]

Circa 25 ABY, the Vaal system had a population of less than 1,000,000.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Vaal system first appeared, albeit unidentified, in Empire 14: The Savage Heart, a Star Wars Legends comic written by David Land (credited as Paul Alden) and pencilled by Raúl Treviño[2] that was released on December 10, 2003.[10] It was first identified in The Essential Atlas, a reference book written by Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace[5] and released on August 18, 2009,[11] which placed the system in grid square P-5.[5]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on (article) (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Empire 14: The Savage Heart
  3. 3.0 3.1 TwitterLogo Jason Fry (@jasoncfry) on Twitter: "planets not assigned a system in [a] published source can be assumed to reside in [the] system of [the] same name." (screenshot)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic—Conversation with Tharan Cedrax: "A Holiday from Hutta"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 The Essential Atlas
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 69 ("hyenax")
  7. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 287-288 ("Vaal")
  8. Using comments and information from The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2, The Old Republic: Annihilation, and SWInsider "The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom"—Star Wars Insider 137, it is possible to place the events of the Prologue and Act I for the Jedi Knight, Smuggler, and Trooper classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic in 3643 BBY, the general events of Act II in 3642 BBY, and the events of Act III for all classes in 3641 BBY.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The New Essential Chronology
  10. HorselessHeadman Star Wars: Empire #14 The Savage Heart on Dark Horse Comics' official website (backup link)
  11. Amazon favicon Star Wars: The Essential Atlas on (backup link)
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