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- "After the first Death Star was destroyed, Lemelisk went into hiding, fearing for his life. When Imperial Intelligence agents tracked him down at his remote retreat on Hefi, he thought he was doomed."
- ―From the writings of Rebel Alliance historian Voren Na'al
Hefi was a planet of varying climates in the Abrion sector's Hefi system of the Outer Rim Territories. In the wake of the destruction of the Galactic Empire's first Death Star battlestation at the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY, Bevel Lemelisk, the Death Star's principal designer, went into hiding on Hefi in fear of having failed Emperor Palpatine. After Imperial Intelligence agents located Lemelisk on Hefi, the Emperor executed him for his engineering incompetence.
The planet Hefi was located in the Hefi system of the Abrion sector, within the expanse of the Outer Rim Territories of the galaxy. Hefi's surface, covered by landmasses and oceans, featured varied climates that were capable of supporting various forms of humanoid life.
During the early stages of the Galactic Civil War, Hefi once served as a private sanctuary for Imperial weapons engineer Bevel Lemelisk, designer of the first Death Star battlestation. Following the Death Star's destruction at the hands of the Rebel Alliance at the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY, Lemelisk, fearing for his life for having failed Emperor Palpatine, fled into hiding on Hefi. Imperial Intelligence agents eventually tracked Lemelisk down at his remote retreat, and the Emperor later executed him for his incompetence.
However, more recent findings regarding the incident later surfaced, suggesting the story of Lemelisk hiding at a secret Hefi retreat was likely apocryphal.
Behind the scenesEdit
The planet Hefi was first mentioned in the June 1990 first edition of the West End Games sourcebook Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi, written by Michael Stern, as part of the biographical background for Death Star designer Bevel Lemelisk. Hefi later appeared as one of 200 playable worlds in the 1998 PC game Star Wars: Rebellion, which provided the planet's first and only canonical depiction to date, an image also used to depict eleven other planets in the game.
The 1998 Star Wars Encyclopedia, written by Stephen J. Sansweet, includes an entry for Hefi, which explains that the story of Lemelisk hiding on the planet following the Death Star's destruction was based on reports, and that the story was "likely apocryphal, based on more recent findings." The Star Wars Encyclopedia is the only Star Wars source to assert that Lemelisk's Hefi hideout may have been merely rumor, which seemingly contradicts all other canon material regarding the incident, including the subsequent The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, released in 2008, which presents the story as fact. Nevertheless, this article presents both versions of the story, effectively as competing reports.
Star Wars: Rebellion cartographyEdit
Star Wars: Rebellion provides hyperspace travel times between each planet in the game. However, in several instances these times are significantly longer than other canonical sources, which seems to reflect the Rebellion hyperspace times as game mechanics rather than actual figures. Hefi's intra-sector hyperspace times and distance from Coruscant according to Rebellion using the game's fastest capital ship hyperdrives are as follows. Note that this chart only includes planets canonically located in the Abrion sector, excepting Coruscant.
|Travel times||Ukio||Galpos II||Hishyim||Tieos||Garban||Intuci||Coruscant|
|Hefi||2 days||3 days||4 days||5 days||5 days||6 days||50 days|
- Star Wars: Rebellion (First appearance)
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi (First mentioned)
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi, Second Edition
- Star Wars: Rebellion: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Third Edition
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Rebellion
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 31 ("Hefi")
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi, Second Edition
- ↑ The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 250 ("Lemelisk, Bevel")
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars Encyclopedia ("Hefi")