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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:42 pm    Post subject: Kessel & Garrison Moon (Legends) Reply with quote

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Originally known as Xo's Eye while under Xim's empire, was a planet located in the Kessel sector, in the Outer Rim Territories, near Hutt Space and the dangerous celestial bodies of the Maw. It was a prison world, and was home to the galaxy's largest Glitterstim spice mining operation. Under Imperial rule, slave labor was in extensive use.

The planet was close to Little Kessel and had a single moon, which was destroyed by Tol Sivron using the Death Star prototype.

Description
The misshapen, asteroid-shaped planet known as Kessel had a barren, rocky landscape. The atmosphere was very thin, with most of the air being provided by factories on the surface. Ancient tombs and ruins, possibly of Sith origin, dotted the landscape, haunted by skeletal avians. The prison had been established in these inhospitable settings. There was a single large settlement on the planet, Kessendra.

History
During the time of Xim's empire, it was known as Xo's Eye. Kessel was the only source of glitterstim spice, a valuable drug used both therapeutically and recreationally. During the Galactic Republic's time, the prison was administered by the Colicoids.

Sometime during the Galactic Civil War, Hawk Carrow and Nagraoao were prisoners in the Spice Mines of Kessel. Roark Garnet took his ship, the Dorion Discus to the Kessel system to rescue his friends, but was stopped by a Star Destroyer for inspection. Garnet bribed the Navy officer to let him go.

Later, the prison was controlled by Imperial Warden Commander Dewt Kluskine. Several prisoners rose to positions of power under him as trustees. The most powerful of these was Moruth Doole, who gained effective control of the spice trade by manipulating the Warden's accounts. Doole engineered the assassination of Kluskine by a Wookiee prisoner named Gyylghrard, and eventually seized control of the mines himself.

The Galactic Republic administered programs to educate inmates on how to re-enter society upon release. Prior to the Clone Wars, Kassar Forge was one such teacher in this program. Even after the inmates took control of the planet, he voluntarily remained on the moon, eventually marrying Myda, one of the former inmates, and having multiple sons and daughters, including future Rogue Squadron pilots Lujayne and Inyri.

Imperial Period
Shortly after the execution of Order 66, a small Jedi conclave was called in one of the abandoned mines of Kessel by Shadday Potkin in a futile attempt to lure Darth Vader into a deathtrap. The plan ultimately failed and all the Jedi who attended were killed.

Galactic Civil War
Tyber Zann was another prisoner here, but he escaped during a prison revolt he caused, thanks to his lieutenant Urai Fen.

In 0 BBY, the Imperials kept several massive communication satellites in orbit to maintain control over the prisons, to permit passage through the system, and to coordinate ship landings. One of these satellites was guarded with a Victory-class Star Destroyer, two Acclamator-class assault ships, two Tartan-class patrol cruisers, and multiple squadrons of TIE fighters, TIE interceptors, TIE/sa bombers, and a single squadron of elite TIE defenders.

The Zann Consortium had an opportunity to corrupt this spice world by destroying a communications satellite with IG-88, two Crusader-class corvettes, two Vengeance-class frigates, and four full squadrons of StarViper-class starfighters.

Admiral Ackbar almost became a new inmate at the prisons on Kessel after he was captured by Boba Fett and turned over to the Imperials. Over Kessel, however, the Star Destroyer that Ackbar was being held upon was intercepted by the elite Renegade Squadron, commanded by Han Solo and Col Serra. The squadron fought their way through TIE fighters and numerous stormtroopers aboard the Star Destroyer to rescue Ackbar, which they did successfully.

During the Galactic Civil War, Wedge Antilles became a prisoner and slave at one of the Empire's Spice mines, after being captured near the Imperial Enclave on Kile II. He was scheduled for termination, and was being transported by train to a death camp, but the timely intervention of Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron allowed him to make a last-minute escape. The Rogues then joined with Rebel General Crix Madine and a task force of commandos, who used Antilles's knowledge of the prison camps to quickly rescue a large percentage of the slaves working for the Imperials.

After the Empire lost the Battle of Endor, the Imperials on Kessel decided to abandon the planetoid. The atmosphere factories were shut off, although the prisoners at Detention Center A, Detention Center B, and Detention Center C were forced to keep working in the thinning air. Shortly after a liberation of the planet Kashyyyk, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and other Wookiee soldiers arrived on the planet and successfully re-powered three atmosphere factories, and in the process, freed many of the slaves.

Kessendra was administered by Grand Moff Bertroff Hissa, and was known for its grandiose colosseum. After the Battle of Endor, Hissa set up the mutant Trioculus as the new Emperor, in opposition to Ysanne Isard on Coruscant. He was defeated by the unintentionally combined efforts of Isard and SPIN.

Some time after the death of Trioculus, the staff of the Imperial Correctional Facility led by the prison's administrator, Moruth Doole revolted against the Imperial garrison, overthrowing the guards and successfully taking control of the planet, installing Arb Skynxnex as his number two. After the revolt, Doole discovered a dead rancor in the prison which obviously hadn't been fed. He regretted the death of the rancor as he planned to feed the Imperials to it. Instead, he sent them to the mines but tortured the former head of the prison and froze him in carbonite, displaying it in his office.

The commissioner and his guards kept more than half of the planet under their control until 11 ABY. During this period, the planet was defended by squadrons of TIE fighters, X-wings, Y-wings, Lancer-class frigates, Carrack-class cruisers and various other craft. It was during this period that Han Solo, Chewbacca and Kyp Durron made a successful escape from the planet into the Maw.

New Republic Era
Under the New Republic, the planet had no slaves. A legitimate spice mining business was run by Nien Nunb, who was installed as administrator around 13 ABY by Lando Calrissian, who had purchased the mines. Mara Jade was also involved with running Calrissian's business, at least for a time. Calrissian made an initial investment of new equipment and extensively revamping the facilities that cost an emperor's ransom. Nunb also employed species that, like his own Sullustan race, preferred to be underground, such as craniopods, blind, sentient insectoids who thrived in the underground tunnels and had developed a community in abandoned glitterstim tunnels. The initial investment and Numb's deft administration resulted in happy workers, who proudly made the spice mines a profitable and productive industrial facility.

Kessel was also rumored to be a chunk of rock from the Maw Installation before the Maw was created. Unfortunately, no proof has been given to this connection.

On recent expeditions of uncharted tunnels (due to quakes tearing the rock apart), Han and Leia had discovered a vast cavern the size of a city filled with fungi stalks, One to two meter long centipedes, crimson-colored spiders that ate fungi and small avian "things" much like miniature Hawk-bats. This cavern also had gigantic blocks of manufactured equipment, which Leia later discovered the Bogeys would transfer data from these blocks to an unknown destination. It was believed by Han and Leia that the machinery inside of Kessel was created by the Celestials.

Name: Kessel
Region: Outer Rim Territories
Sector: Kessel
System: Kessel
Sun(s): Kessa
Trade Route(s): -
Orbital Position: -
Moon(s): 1 Garrison Moon (destroyed 11 ABY)
Length of Day: 26 standard hours
Length of Year: 322 local days
Starport(s): Limited Services

Type: Terrestrial
Temperature: Cool
Atmosphere: Type III (thin, occasionally smoggy)
Hydrosphere: Arid
Gravity: Standard (0.82)
Primary Terrain: Akali flats, barren rocky mountains
Points of Interest: Abandoned mine, ancient machinery, detention center A-C, Calrissian-Nunb Mines, Spice Mines of Kessel
Native Flora: -
Native Fauna: Energy spider, Taras-chi, Bogey

Native Species: -
Immigrated Species: Humans, many alien species
Population: 122,000 (700 military and administrative, 10,400 prisoners; 22% humans, 78% other)
Languages: Galactic Basic Standard
Government: Military administration
Tech Level: Space
Planet Function: Glitterstim mining, prison planet
Major Cities: Kessendra (capital)
Major Exports: Glitterstim spice
Major Imports: Foodstuffs, machinery
Affiliation: Xim's Empire, Galactic Republic, Pyke Syndicate, Galactic Empire, New Republic, Galactic Federation of Free Alliances

Source: +Oliver Queen


Garrison Moon


The moon of Kessel, and was commonly referred to by the miners of Kessel as the Sky Bogey. It was shattered by the prototype Death Star in 11 ABY, but a large fragment of it was still orbiting Kessel as of 43 ABY.

History
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the Garrison Moon was chosen to host an Imperial garrison station. The moon appeared to have been hollowed out, and the garrison was built within the moon. Only a large docking bay and a communications tower were visible on the surface. This garrison base also contained the Kessel Correctional Facility later taken over by the Rybet Moruth Doole.

Prisoners destined for the Spice Mines of Kessel were commonly transported first to the Garrison Moon, where they were sent through a decontamination process before being loaded on a cargo shuttle for the trip to Kessel itself. Some prisoners were sent back to the moon to carry out menial services for the administration staff. Slave pens and processing centers took up the first four levels of the facility, while the command center was on the lower, fifth level.

Seven years after the Battle of Endor, the Garrison Moon was accidentally destroyed by the superlaser of the prototype Death Star in a test of that weapon's destructive power ordered by Tol Sivron and his scientists. Kessel itself was the actual target, but the superlaser's targeting mechanism was so badly out of alignment that the Death Star missed Kessel totally and hit the moon instead.

Remnant
After its destruction, at least one piece of the moon was large enough to be visible from Kessel's surface. In 43 ABY, it was used as the evacuation point for Kessel's workers and inhabitants while Lando Calrissian and his friends attempted to save Kessel from destruction.

Name: Garrison Moon
Region: Outer Rim Territories
Sector: Kessel
System: Kessel
Sun(s): Kessa
Trade Route(s): -
Orbital Position: Orbits Kessel
Moon(s): -
Length of Day: 13 standard hours
Length of Year: 644 local days
Starport(s): Standard

Type: Moon
Temperature: Vacuum
Atmosphere: Vacuum
Hydrosphere: Arid
Gravity: Variable (0.6 to 1.0)
Primary Terrain: Barren rock
Points of Interest: Kessel Correctional Facility
Native Flora: -
Native Fauna: -

Native Species: -
Immigrated Species: Varied
Population: 9,000
Languages: Galactic Basic Standard
Government: Imperial Military
Tech Level: Space
Planet Function: Imperial garrison, prisoner processing for Kessel
Major Cities: -
Major Exports: -
Major Imports: -
Affiliation: Galactic Empire, New Republic

Source: +Oliver Queen

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Kessel & Garrison Moon (Star Wars Rebels) Reply with quote

shootingwomprats wrote:
It was a prison world, and was home to the galaxy's largest Glitterstim spice mining operation. Under Imperial rule, slave labor was in extensive use.

It was actually the sole source of glitterstim.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Kessel & Garrison Moon (Star Wars Rebels) Reply with quote

crmcneill wrote:
It was actually the sole source of glitterstim.


I have not seen a source stating this. Also I thought I had seen spice mined on other planets?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Kessel & Garrison Moon (Star Wars Rebels) Reply with quote

shootingwomprats wrote:
crmcneill wrote:
It was actually the sole source of glitterstim.


I have not seen a source stating this. Also I thought I had seen spice mined on other planets?


Spice is a generic term. Something to enhance food or life.

Glitterstim is a specific type of spice, and the most expensive.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glitterstim is produced by the native energy spiders living on kessel who eat the native Bogeys, so it is impossible since the energy spiders can't survive on other planets since their food source can't live on other planets.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Kessel & Garrison Moon (Star Wars Rebels) Reply with quote

shootingwomprats wrote:
crmcneill wrote:
It was actually the sole source of glitterstim.


I have not seen a source stating this. Also I thought I had seen spice mined on other planets?

Per the novel Jedi Search, Glitterstim is originally the web filaments of the Kessel energy spider, which uses it to catch energy creatures called Bogeys. The only way for glitterstim to be produced anywhere else would be to completely transplant Kessel's ecosystem somewhere else. However, the novel indicates that almost no research has been done on Kessel's ecology, beyond the bare minimum necessary for harvesting the spice.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Kessel & Garrison Moon (Star Wars Rebels) Reply with quote

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It was a prison world, and was home to the galaxy's largest Glitterstim spice mining operation...

Kessel was the only source of glitterstim spice

crmcneill wrote:
It was actually the sole source of glitterstim.
shootingwomprats wrote:
I have not seen a source stating this

Funny. The text you posted states that further down, and both sentences above come directly from Wookieepedia, the obvious source of this contradiction.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Kessel & Garrison Moon (Star Wars Rebels) Reply with quote

This seems as good of a place as any to post my query about Kessel in the EU. (In the new canon, Kessel is known to be under the control of the Pyke Syndicate during the Clone Wars.)

On Wookieepedia and even in The Essential Atlas, text refers to the EU Kessel having been under control of the Republic, but every map of Kessel in The Essential Atlas (and Guide to Warfare) places Kessel clearly within Hutt Space, even during the Clone Wars. Then with the early Empire (19-17 BBY), the borders of Hutt Space shrink so that Kessel is in the Outer Rim Territories (and thus now part of the Empire).

I can understand Hutt Space officially shrinking with the Empire as the Hutts likely would have dealt with the Empire and the CIS during the Clone Wars (and profited greatly). And of course, Palpatine was really in control of both sides of the war and the Hutts likely played exactly the role Palpatine wanted them to. On paper the Hutts may have lost ground, but they still dominated the economies of those formally Hutt worlds, so probably came out ahead in the deal.

But what I don't get is, when was Kessel ever a part of the Republic?? It seems to just go from Hutt Space to the Empire.

The only thing I can think of is that maybe the Glitterstim operation was for time a Hutt-Republic joint venture, or maybe the Republic even purchased the "planet" from the Hutts and owned it property-wise, while the system governmentally remained under the control of the Hutts. The Republic could have mined Glitterstim for medicinal purposes, while the Hutts profited directly from taxes, and indirectly by legal Glitterstim creating addicts and thus future illegal customers in the Republic. And the Hutts still could have also still had their own 'stash' of the spice for black market purposes.

One reference I read states that under the Republic, there was no prison and the spice was instead mined by volunteers, which is just silly. Who would be a miner without pay or being forced through incarceration/enslavement? For my personal SWU, I'm inclined to just ignore volunteers or the Republic ever having been involved with Kessel, outside of the Republic just being a customer purchasing spice from the Hutts.

What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have corporate-run prisons in the US now. It's possible that the Pyke Sindicate contracted with the Empire to run the Kessel mines under Imperial oversight...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crmcneill wrote:
We have corporate-run prisons in the US now. It's possible that the Pyke Sindicate contracted with the Empire to run the Kessel mines under Imperial oversight...


I believe the Kessel Royal Family mines the glitterstim and that the Pyke Syndicate traffics it exclusively to associates on Coruscant. That is not to say that the Pyke Syndicate is the only group the Royal Family deals with.

This brings up an interesting question though. If they control and sell it to other and it has such a high value what is to keep a syndicate taking over? Perhaps the Royal Family has a large standing protective force, the Empire has troops stationed to protect the Royal Family or help control the flow of glitterstim.

Lots of good hooks in there.
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