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"I thought gundarks were only found on Vanqor!"
"Then this system must be Vanqor."
―Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Vanqor was a rocky crystalline planet located in the Vanqor system of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories that was the homeworld of the gundark species. During the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems established a listening post on this world.

Description[]

"Charming place. Delightful fauna."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, on Vanqor[src]

Located in the Vanqor system in the far reaches of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories,[1] Vanqor was a temperate,[2] rocky,[4] and overcast planet with a surface marked by smoky crystalline formations.[3] Swirling silica-dust storms[2] caused the world to have a blue-gray hue when viewed from space.[4] Vanqor was located six parsecs away from the closest planet, Florrum,[1] and was the homeworld of the gundarks, fierce, aggressive creatures known for their overwhelming strength who inhabited the planet's caves.[6] Also inhabiting some of Vanqor's caves were bio-luminescent organisms that lived on the cave walls.[7]

History[]

A pair of gundarks prowling the surface of Vanqor

"Our intel indicates that Count Dooku has placed a listening station on Vanqor."
―Mace Windu[src]

In the year 22 BBY,[8] Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Knight Anakin Skywalker shot down Count Dooku, leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, over Vanqor, forcing him to crash-land his ship on the planet's surface. However, their shuttle was also forced down during the ensuing battle. On Vanqor, Dooku abandoned his solar sailer and evaded the Jedi by hiding in a cave filled with gundarks; when they pursued him inside, Dooku used the Force to bring down stalactites, separating the Jedi and buried Skywalker, whose lightsaber Dooku took before leaving the cave and collapsing its entrance. Outside, he was found by Hondo Ohnaka and his gang of pirates, who agreed to take him to Florrum. Although the Jedi emerged unscathed, they were attacked by an angry gundark. While using the Force to build a barricade, the Jedi accidentally opened a fissure and noxious green gas began filling the cavern. As the pair tried to dig their way out of the collapsed opening, the gas began to overwhelm them and they collapsed just as the cavern entrance exploded from outside as Skywalker's Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and her clone forces blasted the cave open. After the pair exited the cavern, the clones eliminated the gundark by collapsing the entrance once more.[1]

In 21 BBY,[8] an attempt on Jedi Master Mace Windu's life by Boba Fett resulted in the Venator-class Star Destroyer Endurance crashing onto Vanqor.[9] There, its commanding officer, Admiral Kilian, Clone Commander Ponds, and a navigation officer were taken hostage by Fett and his team of bounty hunters, consisting of Aurra Sing, Bossk, and Castas. While Windu and Skywalker were searching the wreckage for survivors, Fett made another attempt on the Jedi Master's life that left both Windu and Skywalker trapped under debris until they were rescued by Jedi Master Plo Koon, Tano, and the 104th Battalion.[10]

At some point, the Quarren pirate Kragan Gorr arrived on Vanqor and rescued the Mirialan Synara San off the streets of Vanqor.[11] San said that her and her father used to hunt on the planet.[12] She was grateful to him, but eventually considered her debt to Gorr to be paid by the time of the First Order/Resistance War.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

Vanqor first appeared in Star Wars canon in "Dooku Captured," the eleventh episode of the canon animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first season,[1] which originally aired on January 2, 2009.[13] It was originally created for Jedi Quest: The Moment of Truth, the seventh entry in the Jedi Quest series of younger reader novels written by Jude Watson.[14]

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