Douglas III, the remote third planet of the Douglas system, was a member of the Centrality region of the Outer Rim Territories. Far from the Galactic Core and of little interest to the rest of the galaxy, Douglas III was made famous by the game hunter Mendel Douglas, who failed to return from a trek to the planet in a quest to acquire the hide of Douglas III's elusive native jackelope.
Douglas III was the third planet of the remote Douglas system, positioned at the terminus of the Falko Run hyperlane, in the Centrality region of the Outer Rim Territories, located far from the Galactic Core. Covered by landmasses and expanses of ocean, Douglas III was of very little interest to the galaxy at large. Nevertheless, Douglas III, home to the native jackelope, a small horned creature, became one of several Centrality planets notorious for its hostile wildlife.
Douglas III was part of the Centrality, a long, barren stretch of space in the distant Outer Rim that had traditionally opposed centralized galactic governments, such as the Old Republic. The Douglas system—and, by extension, Douglas III itself—owed its name to the game hunter Mendel Douglas, who made the planet famous after traversing its surface in search of the elusive and rare jackelope, hoping to collect the creature's hide. While the jackelope ultimately made it back for his collection, Douglas himself did not.
In 4 BBY, the working-class bar Poly Pyramid on the neighboring Centrality planet Rafa IV adorned its interior with incompetently taxidermized galactic fauna either nailed to the walls or hanging from the ceiling. Among the decorative creatures was a jackelope from Douglas III.
Behind the scenesEdit
The planet Douglas III and its native jackelope species were first mentioned in passing in the 1983 novel Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, written by L. Neil Smith. Smith cannibalized the names of colleagues to create names for Douglas III and other subjects from the book.
Douglas III was later one of 200 playable worlds included in the 1998 PC game Star Wars: Rebellion, which provided the planet's only canonical visual depiction to date, an image also used to illustrate eighteen other planets of similar composition in the game. Star Wars: Rebellion and the accompanying Star Wars: Rebellion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide each place Douglas III in the Outer Rim's Jospro sector, which has since been fully contradicted by the 2009 release of The Essential Atlas and its related online material on StarWars.com, including this geographical map, depicting each Outer Rim sector's boundary, which clearly shows the Centrality region to be some distance from the Jospro sector.
The background history of Douglas III, including its in-universe name origin, was first revealed in the 2001 roleplaying magazine article A Campaign Guide to the Centrality from Star Wars Gamer 5, written by Michael Kogge. This information was later repeated in the 2008 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
- Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Rebellion (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Rebellion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- A Campaign Guide to the Centrality"—Star Wars Gamer 5 "
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas (as Douglas)
- "Authors of the Expanded Universe: L. Neil Smith"—Star Wars Insider 145
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Campaign Guide to the Centrality"—Star Wars Gamer 5 "
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Rebellion
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 202 ("Douglas III")
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 132 ("jackelope")
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu
- ↑ "Authors of the Expanded Universe: L. Neil Smith"—Star Wars Insider 145
- ↑ Star Wars: Rebellion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide