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Name: Batuu
Type: Terrestrial
Temperature: Temperate
Atmosphere: Type I (Breathable)
Hydrosphere: Dry
Gravity: Standard
Terrain:  Cenotes, Forests, Mountains, Surface water, Rivers
Length of Day: 24 standard hours
Length of Year: 365 local hours
Sapient Species: Amani, Artiodac, Bith, Blutopian, Darshi, Devaronian, Grysk, Human, Ithorian, Jablogian, Karkarodon, Lurmen, Shistavanen, Toydarian, Twi’lek, Ugnaught, Weequay, Wookiee
Starport: Standard Class
Population: 200,000
Planet Function: Trade Colony
Government: Imperial / Republic Governor
Tech Level: Space
Trade Routes: Biox Detour
Major Exports:
Major Imports: Green milk, Blue milk, Soda
Settlements: Black Spire Outpost, Galma, Peka, Surabat
Points of Interest: Batuu Wilds, Black Spire Ruins, Surabat River Valley
Flora: Batuu tree, Surabat grain
Fauna: Acid-spitter, Batlizard, Batuuan braga bear, Batuuan Rat, Can-cell, Catfish, Demlin, Dugar dugar, Flintwing, Gruffin, Lahiroo, Ollopom, Naklor, Nightsnake, Pipa bird, Porg, Scalemonk, Skindle, Snarlok, Spiran Firefly, Starmark, Terra tree toad, Therii, Tooka, Tooke, Kowakian monkey-lizard

System Data

Region: Outer Rim Territories
Sector: Trilon sector
System Name: Batuu system
Star Name: Ubaat I, Ubaat II, Ubaat III
Star Type: Yellow
Moons: Destra, Valara

Background: Batuu was a remote terrestrial planet on the edge of the galaxy’s Outer Rim Territories, in the Batuu system of the Trilon sector. Batuu’s surface was covered in jungles, oceans, and the petrified remains of ancient trees, referred to by the local Batuuans as “spires,” which towered over the planet’s landscapes. Millennia before the rise of the Galactic Empire and before the invention of hyperspace travel, Batuu was a popular stopping point for those traveling to Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. However, the opening of hyperspace routes caused the planet to be bypassed, deteriorating the planet’s reputation into that of a forgotten backwater world.

The largest settlement on the planet was the ancient trading post Black Spire Outpost. By the time of the war between the Resistance and the First Order, the outpost had devolved into a seedy smuggler’s haven run by the intimidating Blutopian Oga Garra. The world was also home to farming communities, such as Peka and Surabat, and the town of Galma, known for its mechanics.

Batuu was a temperate planet that was located on the edge of the galaxy’s Outer Rim Territories, within the Trilon sector’s Batuu system. The planet orbited three suns—Ubaat I, Ubaat II, and Ubaat III. The world was the location of Black Spire Outpost, a haven for those looking to avoid attracting too much attention to themselves. Batuu’s market stalls were known to have all sorts of items from all parts of the galaxy.

Batuu was once host to massive trees, though the giants were destroyed during a cataclysm that devastated the planet’s surface. The remains of the trees became petrified gray and brown stone that towered over their surroundings and were referred to by local Batuuans as “spires.” Those spires became landmarks for settlers. A smaller species of dark green conifers called Batuu trees grew in stony soil or clung to rocky surfaces across the planet.

Golden Lichen was a native lichen that grew on many of the planet’s towering spires and buildings. Nicknamed “gold dust,” it was harvested as a cooking spice and a clothing dye.

Batuu was host to a variety of different creatures, including the Batlizard, Batuuan braga bear, dugar dugar, lahiroo, pipa bird, Snarlok, nightsnake, terra tree toad, Batuuan Rat, and Spiran Firefly. Catfish also lived in the sinkholes.

Millennia before the first settlers landed on Batuu, the planet was covered in giant trees. These trees supposedly held advanced forms of sentience, allowing the trees to communicate and influence their surroundings consciously. Over the years, the trees fostered different forms of life, including a race called the fae. Using the fae, the trees were able to spread across the land. Eventually, the trees created more diverse life forms suited to survive in different parts of the planet. This inevitably created an offshoot colony of fae who laid demands for resources from their original progenitors. Unable to heed the demands of this colony, war broke out between the two factions. At some point, a third faction, the newest colony of the trees, entered the war in an attempt to force peace. As a result of the war, the factions of the fae kept finding newer and better ways of extracting energy and creating weapons. This led many of the fae to extract the energy of the trees themselves, resulting in a cataclysm.

That cataclysm destroyed the trees, and they eventually became petrified. The world was first settled by Ariana Surabat and the crew of her ship, the Ravenstar. Batuu was a prominent trade post before advancements in hyperspace technology. It was a popular stop-off along older routes for those who headed into Wild Space. However, after new well-charted hyperspace routes were established, most travelers bypassed the planet. It became a port for smugglers, gamblers, and explorers who traveled from the galactic frontier further into Wild Space and a haven for those who prefer life in the shadows.

During the High Republic Era, the Jedi Order maintained a Jedi temple on Batuu. A security droid model helped the Jedi there. In the temple, the Jedi took to studying an ancient Sith Runestone, which began an incident. Sylvestri Yarrow and her crew came to owe a debt on Batuu, which was hard for them to pay off.

During the Clone Wars, a galactic-wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, a cantina owned by the bartender Janott at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, was used as a transfer point by Separatists working for the Serennian Duke Solha. The Separatists transported equipment and materials via the cantina to Solha’s droid factory on the planet Mokivj, the freighter Larkrer being among this operation. However, Janott conspired with a smuggler gang to steal some of the Separatist’s supplies, with the Separatist cargo inspector Oenti in on the scheme.

In 19 BBY, Duja, a handmaiden working for the Republic Senator Padmé Amidala, discovered the Separatist operations on Batuu but was in turn found out by the Separatists, who killed her. This, however, was not before the handmaiden sent a message out to Amidala. After failing to reach her handmaiden, the senator subsequently traveled to Batuu to investigate what had happened to Duja. Meanwhile, the Separatists, believing Duja was a thief, began investigating for more potential thieves.

Amidala arrived at a landing area near Black Spire, where her H-type Nubian yacht quickly brought the attention of two individuals at a nearby freighter. When one of them, a human, asked questions, Amidala provided a cover story that she was delivering the starship to a man named Kuseph Jovi, and the human pointed her in the direction of Janott’s Cantina to find the fictitious individual. The senator made her way to the cantina, where she found that Duja’s body had been laid in a funeral pyre outside the cantina. Entering Janott’s cantina, Amidala spoke with Janott, detailing her made-up transaction with Jovi and inquiring about Duja’s fate.

Returning to her ship, Amidala traveled to where she had originally intended to meet Duja, hoping to find the handmaiden’s vessel, the Possibility. After locating Duja’s starship, the senator investigated the vessel and discovered that Duja had uncovered a Separatist factory on Mokivj, the one owned by Solha. Thus, Amidala decided to go to Mokivj. During her departure, the Batuu police, suspecting she was a smuggler, went after her. The police attempted to intercept the Possibility but failed to take down the vessel, which was too fast for law enforcement.

With Amidala seemingly disappearing, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, the senator’s secret husband, made his way to Batuu in search of the senator. Arriving above the planet, the Jedi encountered another starship piloted by the Chiss Ascendancy Commander Thrawn. The Chiss conversed with Skywalker and decided to join the Jedi on his mission. The pair traveled down to Batuu, finding Amidala’s ship. The vessel was being investigated by Janott’s smuggler comrades, who had intended to escape Batuu at that landing spot in fear of the Separatists’ investigations into the thefts. Skywalker engaged with the smugglers, but Thrawn intervened, and the chief of the smugglers explained how the landing spot was normally reserved for them.

After searching aboard Amidala’s ship, Skywalker and Thrawn decided to go to Black Spire to find information regarding the senator. The pair found Janott’s cantina, met Janott himself, showed the bartender holograms of Duja and Padmé, and offered him money for information. After Janott denied that he had seen either, the mugs on the bar exploded as a trap for Skywalker and Thrawn, releasing gas. Four armed Separatists, who had followed the pair to the cantina, then attacked them but were defeated in the skirmish. Janott had fallen unconscious in the fight. Knowing that another gunman was waiting outside the cantina, Skywalker carried one of the dead Separatists dressed in Thrawn’s attire to his Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor while Thrawn followed the fifth gunman.

Wedging the decoy body onto the interceptor, Skywalker flew his starfighter above Black Spire but was interrupted when a small explosion occurred on the portside repulsorlift. Having lost the decoy body, the Jedi emergency landed on a landing field near the outpost, defeating a droid that attacked him. Thrawn had followed the fifth gunman to the landing field and defeated him when the Separatist arrived at the Larkrer. After reuniting, the Chiss and Skywalker boarded the freighter and defeated two more droids that guarded the vessel. The pair then discovered the Larkrer’s destinations, including Mokivj, and that some of the materials were being stolen, linking this to Janott and the smugglers.

At this time, the unconscious Janott had been taken by some smugglers into a shop, with Oenti and four Separatist thugs gathered outside the building, which had a locked door. Thrawn had learned of this and informed Skywalker, the pair traveling towards the shop. As Oenti and his men got ready to enter the building, Skywalker and Thrawn attacked them, defeating the Separatists swiftly. The pair then took Oenti inside the shop and confronted Janott and the smugglers. Thrawn exposed their operations, as well as the thefts by the smugglers. The Chiss further deduced that Mokivj was the factory location that the Separatists were supplying.

In reaction to Thrawn’s exposé, Oenti attacked Skywalker, and a shootout began. Only Janott survived, as the Jedi and Thrawn came out victorious. The pair then questioned the bartender about what had happened to Amidala, with Janott explaining the senator’s eventual departure. After advising the bartender to leave Batuu, Thrawn and Skywalker left the shop and took control of the Larkrer. The pair traveled to Mokivj to investigate Solha’s droid factory, which they eventually destroyed.

The Republic eventually transitioned into the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY. Sometime between 2 BBY and 0 BBY, groups of Darshi, a species that traveled both Wild Space and the Unknown Regions, migrated to Batuu, claiming they were going on a pilgrimage to the planet for some time. The Darshi built houses at Black Spire, forming a communications triad to communicate far into the Unknown Regions, and took up landing spots, discouraging many traders. At the houses, the Darshi used hibernation chambers to imprison Force-sensitive Chiss children for the Grysk Hegemony, an enemy faction of the Chiss Ascendancy who had enslaved the Darshi as a “client species.” The Grysks sought to use the children and their powers to navigate the treacherous spaces of the Unknown Regions, much like the Chiss themselves did.

The Force-sensitive Chiss caused a disturbance in the Force, which Sheev Palpatine, the Galactic Emperor, sensed and located to Batuu. In response, the Emperor sent his Sith apprentice, Darth Vader, who was secretly Skywalker, and Thrawn, now a Grand Admiral in the Empire’s navy, to deal with the disturbance. The reunited pair traveled to Batuu aboard Thrawn’s flagship, the modified Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Chimaera, traveling down to Black Spire aboard a small freighter that also belonged to Thrawn. Studying the area from above, the Grand Admiral deduced the presence of the communications triad, also becoming suspicious of the number of starships at the landing area.

Above Batuu, the officers aboard the Chimaera, including Commodore Karyn Faro, became aware of four Grysk transports and a pair of Grysk heavy freighters arriving. At this time, Vader and Thrawn traveled into Black Spire, discussing the presence of the Darshi and whether they were a threat. The pair entered the Janott’s old cantina, approaching the bartender Nodlia, who explained how the Darshi had changed things at Black Spire. At this time, the Darshi at the cantina, under orders from the Grysks, passed around weapons in preparation for a distraction. Thrawn then received word from Faro about the transports and heavy freighters. The Darshi attacked Vader and Grand Admiral shortly after but were ultimately defeated.

One of the Grysk freighters came down to Batuu, destroying two Darshi houses of the communications triad to land and collect the Force-sensitive Chiss children. Vader had members of his legion approach the Grysk freighter in orbit above Batuu aboard their freighter, named the Darkhawk. The Grysk vessel noticed the Darkhawk and broke its orbit in an attempt to escape. However, Defender Squadron One, a squadron of Imperial TIE/d “Defender” Multi-Role Starfighters led by Commander Vult Skerris, disabled the Grysk freighter, scattering the four Grysk transports. The Darkhawk then clamped onto the freighter, with the legion troops, led by Stormtrooper Commander Kimmund, boarding the Grysk vessel.

While the crew of the Grysk freighter destroyed its cargo before their vessel was completely taken over, the other Grysk freighter fled Batuu and escaped into hyperspace. At the surface of Batuu, Thrawn, and Vader investigated the remaining Darshi communications triad, finding ten hibernation chambers. They then investigated the Darshi bodies at the cantina, finding that more of their species had already recovered their bodies. After the pair learned that the Grysk had been controlling the Darshi all along, they returned to the Chimaera above Batuu. The Chimaera subsequently departed the system shortly after.

In 3 ABY, the cyborg bounty hunter Beilert Valance traveled to Batuu for a job involving the capture of members of a Devaronian clan within Black Spire Outpost. Engaging in a firefight with the clanmates, Valance eliminated the majority of the Devaronians before the remaining member hijacked a landspeeder. The Devaronian then drove at Valance to avenge his fallen clanmates, but the cyborg knocked him off of the speeder with a moisture vaporator pipe, leaving the clanmate unconscious. Valance departed after when he was informed by his droid companion Nine-Four-El of a new bounty.

In 34 ABY, a freighter owned by Droid Depot’s Mubo was attacked by the Guavian Death Gang, led by Quarren pirate Tara Rashin. A droid repair technician managed to escape by crash-landing on Batuu. The technician, running errands for cantina owner Seezelslak, defeated the Guavian Death Gang members who landed on the planet and retrieved some of Mubo’s lost cargo.

Their search led them to Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, where they questioned the shopkeeper Dok-Ondar. The Ithorian interpreted the First Order sergeant’s questions as veiled threats and claimed he was a humble proprietor. The sergeant, however, had heard of Dok-Ondar’s reputation as a talent in selling and acquiring valuable artifacts and thus suspected the Resistance could have reached out to him in an attempt to gain access to the lightsaber of the Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi, who had died during the Clone Wars. After enduring a lecture from Dok-Ondar on the historical account of how he acquired the lightsaber and how the First Order would need the cooperation of Black Spire Outpost denizens if they wished for a successful mission on Batuu, the sergeant and his troops left the shop, having gotten reports of Resistance activity in the nearby market.

Four months after the Battle of Crait in 34 ABY,[46] General Leia Organa sent the spy Vi Moradi and the former First Order stormtrooper Captain Archex to build a new base on Batuu. When the two journeyed to the planet, they were caught in a skirmish between two smugglers upon arrival that forced them to crash land. Their ship was ransacked by the crew of the local crime boss, Oga Garra, who controlled the outpost. Moradi worked at Savi & Son Salvage to earn enough to buy back her stolen supplies. She met Garra, who said that if Moradi brought back a certain artifact from the ruins, Moradi could have her property back. Moradi also negotiated for Garra to allow the Resistance to use the ruins as a base. Meanwhile, the First Order was alerted to the Resistance presence on Batuu, and Lieutenant Wulfgar Kath and twenty stormtroopers were dispatched to investigate.

Moradi successfully retrieved the artifact but was pursued by the First Order and became poisoned by traps in the ruins. She was rescued by Dolin and his truffleboar Waba and brought to his grandmother Grana for healing. Moradi persuaded Dolin to join the Resistance, although it left him estranged from his grandmother. Moradi regained most of her property from Garra except her long-range comm array, which was what she needed to update General Organa on her situation. When Moradi went to town to buy one, she met and defended a Chadra-Fan named Kriki, whose employer mistreated her. Kriki also chose to join the Resistance and helped Moradi run her errands and use her technological expertise to fix up the new base in the ruins. Later on, Moradi recruited the drunken but charismatic Zade Kalliday, who helped manage the recruitment of Resistance personnel. Soon after, Moradi was picking up lunch when she witnessed stormtroopers harassing two old women for information on Moradi. When she intervened, she was taken prisoner.

After undergoing interrogation by Kath, Moradi was rescued by her recruits. They tapped into the First Order’s network and sent out a message to the Resistance, but Organa could not send support. By then, multiple stormtroopers had been killed, leaving only twelve, but still enough to outnumber the Resistance. The group made a plan to get the First Order to leave Batuu. Moradi pretended to get captured to keep Kath distracted while Kriki programmed the First Order ship to send a message that the Resistance was no longer a concern on Batuu, and then self-destruct. Young people from Dolin’s homestead joined the cause due to the First Order killing two villagers, but they were untrained and took casualties. Archex got Kath to take him prisoner, knowing Kath would not leave without a victory such as capturing Archex. Kriki’s reprogramming was successful; when the ship blasted off, it sent the message and exploded with Kath and Archex on board. After Moradi recovered from her injuries, she met with Garra who returned her long-range comms array as a thank-you for getting rid of the First Order. Moradi notified Organa that the base was established and ready for use as a Resistance fleet waypoint.

About two months after establishing the Resistance base, the First Order’s 709th Legion landed on Docking Bay 9 in Black Spire Outpost. Under the command of Lieutenant Agnon, the forces of the 709th, commonly referred to as the “Red Fury,” searched the outpost for Resistance spies.

Soon the notorious Kendoh Gang arrived in Black Spire Outpost intending to steal the hilt of the Sword of Khashyun from Dok-Ondar. The group already possessed the blade and was intent on cashing in with their anonymous benefactor by assembling the completed sword. During their time there, the First Order issued an arrest warrant for Remex Io, the crew’s Clawdite member. Dok-Ondar’s fixer, Varg, had notified the First Order of Io’s presence, and Io was confronted by stormtroopers. He fled into the market and was pursued by the troopers, resulting in the death of a nearby civilian. After losing sight of Io, the stormtroopers were informed by a local, who was Io using his natural shape-shifting abilities, that their target was running toward the spaceport. Varg then caught Io himself, incapacitating him and then using his own shapeshifting powers to impersonate him and join up with Kendoh Voss and Wooro at Oga’s Cantina. Voss spoke with Hondo Ohnaka, a former pirate captain who ran Ohnaka Transport Solutions, about their heist, unaware Ohnaka was in league with Dok-Ondar.

Ohnaka eventually reported back to Dok-Ondar but was spied on by a cam droid operated by the Kendoh Gang. When Voss and Wooro moved to steal the hilt, a group of stormtroopers surrounded the would-be thieves and Dok-Ondar, all of whom the First Order thought had possible ties to the rise in Resistance activity in the area. When the First Order inquired about Voss’ activities, the gangster knocked over a kyber statue, which deflected the blaster fire aimed at her. Voss escalated the chaos by unleashing a baby sarlacc and using the opportunity to pass Wooro the hilt. However, Wooro would give the hilt to Io, who was Varg. The group escaped the First Order but soon realized they had been tricked. Wooro found Io at the ship and realized the hilt had been stolen. Dok-Ondar then contacted Voss via hologram, saying he had been the anonymous benefactor. He told them their payment was a favor he did for them, which was to trick the First Order into pursuing an anonymous lead that would give them time to escape.

During the First Order’s occupation, stormtroopers frequently patrolled the outpost as they stayed alert to signs of the Resistance.

Appearances: Young Jedi Adventures

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