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"Uh, the navicomputer is heading us right into the moon!"
―A B1 battle droid, shortly before the Malevolence's destruction[src]

The Dead Moon of Antar was one of two uninhabitable moons of Antar, a gas giant located in the Prindaar system of the galaxy's Inner Rim. Colonized by the Gotals of Antar 4 before their discovery by the Galactic Republic, the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence collided with the barren moon during the Clone Wars, which resulted in the Separatist starship's destruction.

DescriptionEdit

The Dead Moon of Antar was a barren,[5] terrestrial moon.[4] It was one of two uninhabitable moons that orbited Antar, a gas giant[7] located in the Prindaar system,[1] within the Slice region[2] of the galaxy's Inner Rim.[1] Sometimes, the Dead Moon of Antar and its sister moon illuminated Antar 4's nights.[8]

HistoryEdit

Because of its proximity to the Dead Moon of Antar and its sisters, Antar 4's indigenous Gotal population was relatively proficient in the complexities of space travel, establishing colonies on four of the five planetoids,[8] including the Dead Moon of Antar,[6] and mining Antar 5 even before their discovery by the marauding explorers of the Galactic Republic[8] sometime between the years 25,000 BBY and 22,000 BBY.[9] In the 22 BBY, the first year of the Clone Wars,[10] Jedi General Anakin Skywalker boarded the Malevolence during the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula and sabotaged its navigation computer, destroying the Separatist Subjugator-class heavy cruiser when it activated its hyperdrive while on a collision course with the dead moon.[4]

The mighty starship laid in scattered pieces on Antar's barren moon. However, some of the Malevolence's crew survived its destruction and searched for a way of the Dead Moon of Antar before the Jedi could finish them off. The panicking droids were able to construct an escape pod and flee Republic forces.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

"The idea being that we haven't seen a ship smash into a planet at the speed of light or in hyperspace, so this was the opportunity to show it, and what better ship than the Malevolence?"
Henry Gilroy, on the Dead Moon of Antar's role in the Malevolence's destruction[src]

The Dead Moon of Antar was first mentioned, albeit indirectly, in Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races, a Star Wars Legends supplement written by Troy Denning for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game[11] and released on June 1, 1989.[12] It first appeared, albeit unidentified, in "Destroy Malevolence," the fourth episode of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' first season,[4] which originally aired on October 17, 2008.[3] The dead moon was first identified as a "dead moon of Antar" in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia,[13] a three-volume reference book edited by Bob Vitas[14] and released on December 9, 2008.[15]

The Essential Atlas, a reference book written by Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace[2] and released on August 18, 2009,[16] placed the Antar system, and therefore the Dead Moon of Antar, in grid square N-12.[2]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link on Archive.org)—Based on corresponding data for Antar system
  2. 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 The Essential Atlas
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 According to Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races, Second Edtion, Gotals established colonies on four of Antar 4's five sister moons and mined Antar 5. Thus, it can be assumed that a Gotal colony was established on the Dead Moon of Antar.
  7. The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races, Second Edtion
  9. According to The Essential Atlas, Antar became a part of the Galactic Republic sometime between the years 25,000 BBY and 22,000 BBY. As Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races, Second Edtion established that Gotals had colonized four of Antar 4's five sister moons and mined Antar 5 before their discovery by the Galactic Republic, it can be assumed that these event occurred sometime before or between 25,000 BBY and 22,000 BBY.
  10. The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 24 (22 BBY 87–88, The Malevolence Campaign)
  11. Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races
  12. CargoBay Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races in the StarWars.com Cargo Bay (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  13. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 280 ("Malevolence (I)")
  14. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
  15. PenguinRandomHouse The Complete Star Wars® Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Bob Vitas, Daniel Wallace on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  16. Amazon favicon The Essential Atlas on Amazon.com (backup link)
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