Urban, ice caps, mountains
|Points of interest|
65 billion (88% Human)
Trade goods, financial services
The fourth planet in orbit around the star Brenta in the Brentaal system of the Core Worlds' Bormea sector, Brentaal IV was often called simply Brentaal. Brentaal IV lay in the Ringali Shell, a string of star systems along the Perlemian Trade Route that took its name from the nearby violet-colored Ringali Nebula that lit up the nighttime skies of planets in the region. A terrestrial world with a temperate but arid climate and two moons, Brentaal occupied one of the most valuable locations in the galaxy—the intersection of the Perlemian and the Hydian Way, two of the galaxy's major hyperlanes. Brentaal's northern and southern poles were marked by large ice caps, and the rest of the planet was dominated by a chain of particulary salty seas that separated Brentaal's eight continents. The planet had a rotational period of 23 standard hours and an orbital period of 342 standard days, and a diamter of 11,242 kilometers.
A dry and relatively young planet, Brentaal featured a large number of mountain ranges that had been raised by groundquakes and volcanic activity, and and most of the planet's volcanoes were dormant by the time of the Galactic Republic's founding. The planet's weather was largely warm and temperate, though the equatorial band featured deserts and steaming oceans. Most of the planet's settlements were located in valleys, canyons, and deltas in the livable bands between the two ice caps and the equatorial regions, and they suffered from frequent overcrowding, though the planet's spaceports and storage facilities were primarily built atop flattened mountains. Brentaal's original colonists largely erased the planet's native flora and fauna over the course of many generations, replacing them with ecological systems found on other Core Worlds. One of the few native species to survive was the kundril, a massive, multisegmented flying insect that lacked eyes and hunted by sound. A number of variations of kundril existed, with most hunting fish and seagoing mammals in Brentaal's seas, and most of the land-based kundrils were wiped out by the planet's inhabitants over the decades.
The region around Brentaal IV, like much of the northeastern and eastern sections of the Core Worlds, was largely explored between the years 27,500–25,000 BBY. Brentaal was a member world of the Galactic Republic by the year 22,000 BBY, developing into a major economic hub as it served as a checkpoint for traffic entering the Bormea sector along the Perlemian during the Republic's early centuries. For several thousand years, the planet served as a jumping-off point for ships exploring the Colonies region, and most of the goods that returned to the early Republic from the Outer Rim Territories passed through Brentaal. Besides the Perlemian Trade Route, the Brentaal-Denon Route was an early hyperlane that linked Brentaal IV with the planet Denon in the southern Inner Rim, and the Corsin Run spiralled northeast from Brentaal to the planet Corsin in the Expansion Region. Even early in Brentaal's history, the planet was controlled by the Brentaal Houses—merchant families that competed for control of the planet's trade and shipping industries.
In 3,705 BBY, Brentaalan native Freia Kallea—a daughter of House Kallea whose parents disapproved of her apprenticeship in the Brentaal Spacefarers League—began to work as a hyperspace scout. Over the course of the next year, Kallea linked together a number of pre-existing hyperlanes in the northern galaxy: the Corsin Run, Mandalorian Road, Sprizen End Run, the Spurs of Celanon, and the Morellian Trail. By 3,694 BBY, Kallea had extended the Brentaal-Denon Route all the way to the southern rim of the galaxy, forming the super hyperlane that she named the Hydian Way, after her Duros friend Banu Hydia. The events of Kallea's trailblazing, along with the Brentaal noble Sival Brentioch's courting of Kallea during those years, were dramatized in The Kallea Cycle, a famous opera that endured for thousands of years.
The Human Satele Shan, the descendant of the famous Jedi Revan and Bastila Shan, was born on Brentaal IV in 3,699 BBY, and the planet was the site of a Republic Military outpost during the Cold War between the Republic and the Sith Empire over fifty years later. That outpost was later wiped out by the Sith Lord Kavos, who killed the experienced Jedi Knights Ayesho and Nil in the process. During the Cold War, an anarchist group known as the Revolutionary Edge Brigade was active on Brentaal, and the group—including a Rattataki named Kaliyo Djannis—frequently robbed banks, blew up public holorelays, and kidnapped influential corporate and political figures.
Rise of the EmpireEdit
Brentaal was liberated from the Confederacy of Independent Systems leader Shogar Tok by Shaak Ti in 22 BBY. Under the New Order, the Houses were overseen by the wealthy Imperial Governor Jerrod Maclain, and the planet was represented in the Imperial Senate by Arcel Mosbree. During the Galactic Civil War, the Hutt Puullo dominated the Brentaal black market and "used" starship markets.
New Republic and beyondEdit
In the midst of the Yuuzhan Vong War, Brentaal fell to the extra-galactic invaders. It was noted that, unlike the people of Corulag, who capitulated to spare their world damage, worlds like Brentaal, Chandrila and others along that key region of space chose to fight, losing many of Brentaal IV's cities in the process.
Life on Brentaal revolved around commerce and the planet was efficiently run by the Brentaal Houses, noble families who controlled various guilds and aspects of commerce and trade. Sports also played a part in Brentaal culture and it featured a distinct cuisine. Representatives from the Houses met daily in the capital city's Trade Hall to plan economic policy. Most of Brentaal's citizens were involved in some manner with the trade and shipping business, and many megacorporations were based on the planet. Brentaal was the headquarters of Travis Motors.
Architecture on Brentaal was functional and stark, though organic-looking buildings were somewhat favored.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Far Orbit Project claims Brentaal has no moons and says that the planet is the fourth in the system, hence the planet is named Brentaal IV. The later Wizards of the Coast sourcebook Coruscant and the Core Worlds claimed Brentaal had two moons.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "Into the Core Worlds"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 7
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 Coruscant and the Core Worlds
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 X-Wing: Isard's Revenge
- ↑ Galactic Campaign Guide
- ↑ "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 13
- ↑ X-wing Rogue Squadron: In the Empire's Service
- ↑ Jedi: Shaak Ti
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
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