"There's nothing in there but whirlpool opals, which aren't valuable enough to motivate a paramilitary operation. They're not even valuable enough to motivate me, and I do this for a living."
―Pax Maripher on Pijal's moon[1]

Whirlpool opals were a type of semi-precious gemstone that could be found within caves on the moon of the Inner Rim planet Pijal. During the Republic Era, jewel thieves Pax Maripher and Rahara Wick became acquainted with the properties of the opals and their limited value.[1] In 40 BBY,[2] Maripher discovered some of the gemstones on Pijal's moon and suggested to Wick that they harvest them for a small amount of profit.[1]

When the pair began assisting Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, with their search for the Opposition performance troupe, Maripher reflected that the performers' choice to reside within the caves of Pijal's moon made little sense because the area only contained whirlpool opals and similarly useless kohlen crystals. Later, the thief bemoaned the time he and Wick spent waiting for the Jedi to conclude their search, pointing out that the time could have been spent harvesting opals.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Whirlpool opals were mentioned in Master & Apprentice, a 2019 novel written by Claudia Gray.[1]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Master & Apprentice
  2. Skywalker: A Family at War places the events of Master & Apprentice eight years before the Invasion of Naboo, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 32 BBY. Therefore, Master & Apprentice takes place in 40 BBY.