The Zygerrian Slave Empire was a government that was built on slavery and enslaved many beings in the galaxy centuries before the Clone Wars. It was later reestablished as a puppet state of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
During the Old RepublicEdit
The empire, based on Zygerria, stretched across many sectors. They were led by the Zygerrian slavers. The Zygerrians successfully maintained their slave industry for thousands of years, which supplied slave labor to unscrupulous masters in the galaxy who became wealthy and powerful. However, it would fade from its glory after the Jedi cracked down on their slaving operations and liberated countless beings from bondage. This action ended the slave trade the Zygerrians excelled in, pushing it into the shadows of the underworld during the days of the Old Republic.
During the Clone Wars, Queen Miraj Scintel, saw an opportunity to reestablish Zygerria's ancient slave empire and concocted a plot to gain the aid of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and its head of state, Count Dooku. Dispatching Commander Darts D'Nar to the Togruta colony world of Kiros, Scintel ordered him to capture the colonists and return them to Zygerria so they could be sold at auction in hopes of expanding their slave empire. To this end they began an invasion of Kiros where the Confederacy supplied them with the captured Togruta population, whom the Zygerrians hoped to sell by bringing back the royal slave auction, a tradition of the old Empire.
Auction on ZygerriaEdit
However, their plans were foiled by the Jedi who located the missing colonists, and sent Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padawan Ahsoka Tano undercover to infiltrate the slavers' auction on Zygerria, where Skywalker and Tano posed as master and slave. Tano later threatened Scintel, but the queen had already outfitted the girl's neck with a shock collar, which she then remotely activated, electrocuting Tano unconscious. Skywalker and Kenobi were captured too. At this point, Scintel had started developing feelings for Skywalker and decided not to kill him which Molec saw as a weakness and invited Dooku to Zygerria to speak with the Queen about her defiance in not killing Skywalker. When the Queen again refused to kill him, Molec and Dooku decided to take matters into their own hands, seeing Scintel unfit to be queen. Molec then stood by as Dooku Force-choked her. However, she was saved by the timely arrival of Skywalker, who tried to convince Miraj Scintel that she too was a slave and pawn in the Separatists plot, something she realized to be true just before succumbing to her injuries and dying.
With the queen dead, Skywalker and Tano escaped from the Zygerrians and headed for Kadavo to rescue Kenobi, Rex, and the Togruta captives, who had been transferred to the Zygerrian slave processing facility on the planet. While en route, the two also called for reinforcements from the Republic.
Battle of KadavoEdit
Tano and her Master soon arrived on the planet onboard the YV-865 Aurore-class freighter Tecora and tried to break into the slave processing facility. When ordered to cease by the Zygerrian Keeper Agruss under threat that the slaves would be killed, Skywalker did not comply. Later when Galactic Republic reinforcements led by Admiral Coburn and Jedi Master Plo Koon landed on Kadavo, they confronted the slavers, with the Wolfpack detachment attacking the facility with LAAT/i gunships and clone Z-95 starfighters. However, although they were initially halted by its ray shields, Skywalker was able to destroy the defensive towers. Meanwhile, Kenobi and Rex rebelled and killed Agruss who in a last act, tried to throw the Togruta hostages into the volcanic crevice below the facility, but, following a plan devised by Tano, the Republic forces evacuated everyone onto Admiral Coburn's Arquitens-class light cruiser. The Republic strike team then destroyed the slave facility, with it's destruction dealing a crippling blow to the Zygerrian slave trade.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Kidnapped" (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Slaves of the Republic" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
- Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious