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Vader's revelation

No. I am your father!

Warning! This page contains MAJOR spoilers from Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 22: Fortress Vader, Part IV. Caution is advised.

"Few people have the honor of seeing Lord Vader in his sanctum."
―Vaneé, to Orson Krennic[src]

Fortress Vader, also known as Darth Vader's castle and Vader's personal abode, was a stronghold located on the volcanic world of Mustafar. Once the site of a Sith temple, during the reign of the Galactic Empire it served as the personal residence of Darth Vader, a Sith Lord who wore life support armor after sustaining grievous injuries on Mustafar.


Fortress Vader[7] was a castle occupied by the Sith Lord Darth Vader and was constructed by Vader himself as a testament to his own might. It was located on the site of his greatest defeat, and was built over an ancient Sith cave. The complex's location and design came as much from the dark side of the Force as it did Vader's personal history.[4] The central tower was constructed out of obsidian,[2] and its tuning towers served as conduits for the dark side. Within, Vader maintained a bacta tank which he would rest inside.[4]


"I suggest you keep all you witnessed to yourself."
―Vaneé, to Orson Krennic before Krennic's departure from Mustafar[src]

Vader's Castle

By the order of his Master, Galactic Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader was forced to live in an obsidian tower;[2] built over an ancient Sith cave.[4] The castle was located in the unforgiving environment of the volcanic planet of Mustafar.[2]

The Sith Lord's castle was completed as early as 5 BBY.[1] By then, the Jedi fugitive Kanan Jarrus had heard rumors about Mustafar, specifically referring to it as a place where Jedi survivors were sent to die if captured by the Galactic Empire.[8] Before Jarrus could be taken to the surface, however, he was rescued from the Star Destroyer Sovereign in orbit by his fellow rebels.[9]

Sometime between 2 BBY and 0 BBY, members of the Rebel Alliance conducted a mission to infiltrate an Imperial base near the castle. Once Alliance members were inside, they discovered a proto-saber, although Darth Vader was soon able to recover the lightsaber. After a brief engagement with Vader, the rebels were able to escape.[10]

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Director Krennic meets with Lord Vader

In 0 BBY, Vader was meditating[2] inside the bacta tank in his sanctum when Director Orson Krennic arrived. Sending Vader's assistant Vaneé to retrieve him, Krennic and Vader discussed the Death Star.[3][6]

Following the War on Shu-Torun, Vader met with Admiral Kendal Ozzel and General Maximillian Veers to discuss the Empire's construction projects that had been delayed due to the Death Star's destruction. Ozzel and Veers stood behind Vader as the Dark Lord looked out the window of the chamber. Vader spent the majority of the meeting looking out over the Mustafar landscape.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Ralph McQuarrie actually drew quite a few small thumbnail sketches [of Vader's castle] that were very intriguing. They were kind of angular versions of a tower, and I saw the potential of where he was going, and I just exaggerated that quite a bit."
Doug Chiang[src]
Darth Vader's castle concept art

Concept art by Christian Alzmann of the castle.

Darth Vader's castle first appeared in the Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was released in 2016.[6] Inspired by unused Ralph McQuarrie sketches from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,[12] the design team for Rogue One gave the castle a tuning fork shape, leading director Gareth Edwards to suggest that it is "tuning the dark side." The concept was also used for the Temple of the Kyber, which represents a mirror image on the light side.[13]

During the concept phase of the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, concept art titled "Vader Castle" was created by Erik Tiemens and Brett Northcutt, with the piece depicting TIE/IN interceptors exiting a fortress near a river of lava.[14] In Star Wars Legends, Darth Vader had similar abodes, including a palace on Coruscant[15] and a castle on Vjun.[16]

In the Rebels Recon behind-the-scenes video for "Ghosts of Geonosis," Pablo Hidalgo directly confirmed that Darth Vader's castle is specifically where Tarkin was taking the captured Kanan Jarrus in the Season One finale of Star Wars Rebels. At the time, the series only said that he was being taken to Mustafar, and that Kanan had heard it was "where Jedi go to die." Even in Season One, Hidalgo knew that they were taking him to a castle Vader has on the surface - this wasn't established retroactively but was planned out. Hidalgo also directly established that Vader's castle was definitely constructed on Mustafar by the start of the series, but he stated that he wouldn't reveal exactly when and how it was built.[1]

A hologram of the early design for Vader's castle can be seen in the twenty-first issue of the Marvel comic book series Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith. This was one of the early designs by concept artist Erik Tiemens during the concept phase of Rogue One, supplied by Lucasfilm Ltd.'s art department as noted by Phil Szostak.[17]



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