"I saw you looking at the Yagaran aleudrupe plants there. You will see many such non-native plants in the jungle, I'm afraid — leavings of previous visitors to the Varonat jungle who were less than careful with their provisions."
―Falmal to Talon Karrde during their Morodin hunting expedition[src]

The Yagaran aleudrupe plant was a species of plant with pink shoots and that grew edible berries which were considered a delicacy on many planets. Gamgalon used them and two other legal chemicals in order to make a gas that could be used much like Tibanna gas.

Biology and appearanceEdit

"Aleudrupe berries are considered a delicacy on many worlds."
―Falmal to Talon Karrde[src]

The Yagaran aleudrupe plant was grown in soil and had pink-colored shoots. The plant produced a berry that had pips inside which were used to propagate the species.[1]


Originating from the Yagara system,[2] the berries of the Yagaran aleudrupe plant were considered to be a delicacy in many systems. The aleudrupe plant was introduced to the Great Jungle on the planet Varonat on the Ison Corridor sometime before 7 ABY. The Krish crime lord Gamgalon found that when the soil the plant was growing in was covered by the slime trail of the native Morodin, the pips of the plant's berries underwent a chemical change. These altered pips, when combined with rethan-K and promhassic triaxli, acted as a catalyst to create a blaster formulation as powered as spin-sealed Tibanna gas. All three components were perfectly legal and did not raise flags with customs officials, allowing them to be shipped to planets without arousing suspicions.[1]

Gamgalon began growing the plants along the Morodin' slime trailss, marking the positions of the plantings with transpond markers for later harvesting. To cover their operation in Varonat's Great Jungle, Gamgalon established a safari hunting the Morodin, and bribed the local Imperial governor to turn a blind eye to his operations. The smuggler Talon Karrde uncovered Gamgalon's activities in 8 ABY, and during his encounter with the Krish, Gamgalon ended up dead,[1] and Karrde left the operation in ruins.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Yagaran aleudrupe plant first appeared in Timothy Zahn's First Contact, which was published in 1994's Star Wars Adventure Journal 1 by West End Games. First Contact was subsequently reprinted in Tales from the Empire. The Best of the Star Wars Adventure Journal, Issues 1-4, and on Hyperspace.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 SWAJsmall "First Contact"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Essential Atlas included a Yagara system within its list of star systems, indicating a link between the system and the plant.
  3. Galactic Gazetteer: Hoth and the Greater Javin
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