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The Cron Drift was a giant asteroid field located within the Auril sector in the Outer Rim region of the galaxy, just "south" of the Perlemian Trade Route. It once was a small nebula of considerable beauty and dynamics; however, during the Great Sith War, a sabotaged ancient Sith device used to manipulate matter within the cores of stars caused the detonation of the nearby Cron Cluster stellar group.
In 3996 BBY Aleema Keto used Sith magic along with the ancient ship Corsair to destroy the nebula known at the time as the Cron Cluster, creating the Cron Drift. During the Cron Supernova, all planetary bodies in the vicinity were smashed, with the debris becoming scattered throughout the region. The greatest concentration formed the famed asteroid field itself, and it held a reputation as a hiding place for all sorts of activity such as pirating, looting, and smuggling of illicit materials. The worlds of Dalos IV, Belderone, Kulthis, Ossus, and Nespis VIII were the closest to the Drift. The Cronese Mandate and the Tion Cluster were located near the Cron Drift.
Sometime before the Invasion of Naboo, the Umbaran Sly Moore was imprisoned by Darth Maul in a tomb somewhere within the Cron Drift after he captured her. She was haunted mentally and spiritually by ancient Sith before Darth Sidious came and rescued her.
During the Galactic Civil War, the Alliance to Restore the Republic made a rendezvous to a CR90 corvette. It was supplied in the Cron Drift by the Delta-class DX-9 stormtrooper transport Magnus in order to man the AX-235 outpost, and was also delivered some stolen Imperial communications satellites by the BFF-1 bulk freighter Ojai.
An Imperial force consisting of four transports, escorted by Assault Gunboats attacked the rendezvous but were defeated by X-wings flown by Keyan Farlander and Puck Naeco, allowing the transfer to take place. The satellites proved essential in discovering the Death Star I project.
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