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Black Spire Outpost

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Name: Black Spire Outpost
Planet: Batuu
Starport Type: Steller
Traffic: Moderate
Control: Independent
Docking Areas: 2 Docking Bays
Docking Fee: 50 credits per day
Customs: Local
Law Enforcement: Low
Services: Full-Service
Population: 150,000
Points of Interest: Lau City

Background: Black Spire Outpost (BSO), commonly known as Black Spire, was an outpost on the planet Batuu on the edge of the Outer Rim Territories. It was one of the last stops before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. The outpost was named for the giant petrified trees that towered over it, one in particular being black.

Black Spire Outpost was located on the planet Batuu in the Outer Rim Territories and was considered one of the last stops before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. Its name was derived from the petrified remains of ancient trees turned into gray and brown stone spires large enough to tower over the outpost. The eponymous Black Spire stood out due to its black hue and smooth texture reminiscent of volcanic glass.

Before the invention of hyperspace travel, Batuu was a busy stop for travelers to trade or refuel as they passed through the Outer Rim or journeyed into Wild Space. However, with the rise of the hyperdrive and new hyperspace routes that bypassed the planet, it became home to those who did not want to be found. The outpost evolved into a thriving spaceport for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers traveling between the galactic frontier and uncharted space. Eventually, Chandrila Star Line began operating luxury cruises in the region for travelers who sought adventure and comfort on their expeditions.

In 232 BBY, Jedi Initiates Kai Brightstar, Lys Solay, and Nubs of the Tenoo Jedi Temple traveled to Black Spire Outpost with Jedi Padawan Celesta Kami of the Batuu Jedi Temple. While searching for tools to purchase for Kami’s master, Carver Drow, the group found property developer Ozon Nimbee presenting to Black Spire residents on potential developments. Nimbee sought to construct buildings with unobstructed views of the Batuuan skies, necessitating cutting down very spires central to the outpost’s identity. Despite the refusal of the outpost residents, Nimbee tested using sabotage droids to cut down several spires near the outpost. The Jedi, witnessing the test, confronted Nimbee, who was berated by the townsfolk. Believing the only way to get buy-in for his plans was to cut down the spires within the outpost without permission, Nimbee released a swarm of his buzz droids on Black Spire Outpost. The Jedi and townsfolk fought the swarm of droids, destroying many of them. Soon, Drow arrived to destroy several more with his lightsaber and the Force. One droid, however, escaped notice before completely transecting the spire overlooking the milk stand. As the upper portion of the enormous spire fell, the Jedi used the Force to prevent it from crushing the milk stand and set it gently on the ground nearby. At some point, the fallen spire was placed upon its base again, leaving behind the evidence of the clean cut.

In 10 BBY, the pilot droid L3-37 questioned Lando Calrissian’s ability to make the Kessel Run when, according to L3-37, he could not successfully fly the Millennium Falcon from “here to Black Spire” without her. Following the war against the Pykes, Daimyo Boba Fett and Master Assassin Fennec Shand traveled to Black Spire on a mission to find recruits for the Fett gotra and track down members of the Pyke Syndicate. The Mandalorian Din Djarin and his foundling Grogu also traveled to Black Spire at some point.

In 34 ABY, the outpost attracted beings who sought to avoid the expanding reaches of the First Order and its conflict with the Resistance, which had erupted into a war. One such being was the Weequay smuggler Hondo Ohnaka, who brought the modified YT-1300 light freighter named the Millennium Falcon to the outpost and established Ohnaka Transport Solutions. This shipping company was a front for his smuggling operations. Based out of Docking Bay 5, the company frequently recruited flight crew members among the outpost’s new arrivals.

The human mercenary Bazine Netal had been hired to search for the Millennium Falcon and purchase it from whoever had it in their possession. At Oga’s Cantina, the smuggler told her stories of his history with the ship to stall for time as a Yarkoran sabacc player secretly contacted Mahjo Reeloo, who owed Ohnaka a favor after an incident in the Undervaults of Gwongdeen. Netal paid Ohnaka for the Falcon and delivered it to Beixander 9, where Reeloo posed as Netal’s contact to accept delivery of the ship before returning it to the outpost. Ohnaka notified Chewbacca, a Wookiee, and the ship’s former co-pilot that the Falcon was safe from Netal’s employers. Though Ohnaka continued to use it for his business, he also expressed certainty that the ship would continue to aid “the good guys.”

Ancient ruins outside the outpost housed a Resistance base around that same time. Eventually, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren arrived at the outpost and took command of the First Order garrison, having learned that Rey was with a group of Resistance fugitives on Batuu. A battle between the factions took place in the outpost and above the planet.

Appearances: Young Jedi Adventures

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