- "Four Jedi—Masters Ludwin Katarkus and Everen Ettene plus their Padawans Danyawarra and Halagad Ventor—left Coruscant last month to try to settle the two-year old conflict between the Virgillian Free Alignment and the Aristocracy."
- ―HoloNet News report
The Virgillia system was located in the Outer Rim Territories' Koradin sector. It contained the worlds Virgillia and Virgillia 7. The star system was the site of a civil war between the Aristocracy and the Virgillian Free Alignment, which began during the final years of the Galactic Republic and continued in the Galactic Empire's reign. During the war, the Aristocracy controlled the Virgillia system and kept the Free Alignment confined to its colony planets. The conflict eventually became a proxy war between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance once the Alliance began supporting the Free Alignment. The Free Alignment ultimately won, after which a truce between the two sides was established and the Virgillian Council was created.
The Virgillia system, also known as the Virgillian system, was located in the Koradin sector of the Outer Rim Territories. It was connected to the Lipsec and Sump systems by the Lipsec Run hyperlane and contained the small terrestrial colony world Virgillia 7 as well as the planet Virgillia and its forested moon.
- "The Jedi diplomatic envoy dispatched to broker peace talks in the Virgillian Civil War has been declared lost after having been missing for three standard weeks."
- ―HoloNet News report
The area of space surrounding the Virgillia system was explored between 5000 BBY and 3000 BBY. In 25 BBY, the Virgillian Civil War broke out in the star system between the Aristocracy, who controlled the system, and the Virgillian Free Alignment. During the war, the Aristocracy controlled all blaster technology in the system, forcing the Free Alignment to rely only on primitive weaponry such as flintlocks, and kept the Free Alignment confined to the system's colony worlds.
Two years later, a Jedi diplomatic envoy was sent to Virgillia 7 to negotiate peace but was attacked upon arrival. Jedi Master Ashka Boda, Galactic Republic senator Bail Prestor Organa, and gunslinger Giles Durane traveled to the Virgillia system shortly after the First Battle of Geonosis of 22 BBY in order to rescue the envoy's survivors.
The Virgillia system came to be situated in the territory in which, during the early campaigns of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY, the Republic's Nineteenth Sector Army was tasked with engaging the military forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Shortly after the acquisition of the planet Ukio by the Commerce Guild during that conflict, the Virgillia system was featured on a galactic map displayed on a viewscreen at a facility run by Passel Argente, the Magistrate of the Corporate Alliance.
End of the civil war and later history
In the wake of the Galactic Republic's fall in 19 BBY, the Aristocracy aligned itself with the Galactic Empire, the Republic's successor. During the Galactic Civil War, the Virgillian Civil War was turned into a proxy war when the Free Alignment gained the support of the Empire's enemy, the Rebel Alliance. The Alliance provided the Free Alignment with starships and weaponry as well as tactical advice; the Duros Rebel navigator Monnda Tebbo was sent to the Virgillia system along with the Quasar Fire-class bulk cruiser Flurry as a navigation and space warfare instructor. He played such a significant role in the system's conflict that he was declared an honorary Virgillian citizen.
The Aristocracy also used Imperial stormtroopers and the Imperial Navy in its fight against the Virgillian Free Alignment. During the war, a small Imperial armada that included the Victory-class Star Destroyer Stormwind under the command of Imperial Captain Jarroth patrolled the Virgillia system. While looking for Free Alignment activity, the Stormwind received information about a suspected Free Alignment encampment on Virgillia's forested moon from an Imperial informant in the system and traveled there to investigate. Despite the site turning out to be merely a refugee camp, stormtroopers killed all of its inhabitants after torturing them for information.
As the galaxy-wide war between the Empire and the Alliance intensified, the Imperial presence in the Virgillia system ended. Shortly before the Battle of Endor of 4 ABY, the war was finally won by the Free Alignment, after which an uneasy truce was established between the two opposing sides of the conflict and the Virgillian Council was created.
Following the Free Alignment victory, the Virgillian Council dispatched two cruiser-carriers of the Starfleet to the Sullust system, where the Alliance Fleet was rendezvousing for the upcoming confrontation in the Endor system, in order to join the Alliance's attack on the Empire's second Death Star superweapon at Endor. The Virgillian ships subsequently also participated in an Alliance operation in the Bakura system. Another one of the Alignment's cruiser-carriers remained in the Virgillia system to defend against possible retaliatory Imperial attacks. Later in 4 ABY, the extragalactic Nagai raiders attacked Virgillia 7, targeting its government, which by that time had not yet aligned itself with the Rebel Alliance's successor, the Alliance of Free Planets.
The inhabitants of the Virgillia system were known as the Virgillians and almost entirely consisted of Humans. Around 25 ABY, the population of the system numbered between ten and one hundred million.
Behind the scenes
- "Readers who trace placements from the appendix back to the original sources will find some other implied tales here. For instance, there are a lot of battles, Imperial suppressions and Rebel struggles out around Virgillia and near Mon Calamari."
- ―Jason Fry
The Virgillia system was first mentioned in The Truce at Bakura Sourcebook, a roleplaying guide published in 1996 by West End Games for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game. The book was written by Kathy Tyers and Eric S. Trautmann. 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia first provided the alternate name "Virgillian system," and the system's first in-universe appearance was on a galactic map in The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct, a webcomic authored by Pablo Hidalgo and released on StarWars.com over the span of the 2009–2010 second season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.
Jason Fry, co-author of the 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas that placed the Virgillia system in grid square I-18, noted in the online endnotes for the book that the relative sparsity of the star system placement near the Virgillia system helped the readers of the work acquire a sense of the Outer Rim Territories' population distribution as well as that of the boundaries of "civilized" space. He also remarked that The Essential Atlas placed—via references in star system names—many "battles, Imperial suppressions and Rebel struggles" near the Virgillia system, which he hoped implied numerous potential story ideas that other Star Wars authors could use in future works.
- The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct (First appearance) (Appears on screen only)
- The Truce at Bakura Sourcebook (First mentioned)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II ("Jarroth, Captain") (First identified as Virgillian system)
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Force and Destiny Core Rulebook
Notes and references
- The Essential Atlas
- The Truce at Bakura Sourcebook
- The Truce at Bakura
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 141 ("Jarroth, Captain")
- date "13:2:28," which corresponds to 23 BBY per the reasoning here. The HoloNet News Vol. 531 #45 news story also establishes that the Virgillian Civil War began two years prior, thereby placing it in 25 BBY. is set on the
- SkyeWalkers: A Clone Wars Story
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct