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"Welcome home, Lord Tyranus."
―Darth Sidious — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Inquisitorius Headquarters was a skyscraper maintained by the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. It was located in The Works, a district on the Core World of Coruscant, the capital of the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire. The tower served as Darth Sidious' secret hideout, using it to meet his Sith apprentice Darth Tyranus, publicly known as Count Dooku, after the initiation of the Clone Wars. Later during the war, when they sensed that Grand Master Yoda of the Jedi Order was on Moraband, the ancient Sith homeworld, the two Sith Lords conducted a dark side of the Force ritual in the tower. Sidious and Dooku planned to use the ritual to tempt Yoda, breaking his will and further weakening the Jedi Order from within.

The tower later served as the headquarters of the Inquisitorius, a dark side organization of Jedi hunters tasked with eliminating remaining Jedi after their destruction, following the rise of the Galactic Empire. After Darth Vader familiarized himself with the Grand Inquisitor via Sidious, they traveled to the tower where Vader met the rest of the Inquisitorius. After a chase of two rogue Inquisitors that caused havoc on Coruscant, Sidious ordered that Vader move the Inquisitorius off-world, and gave him the planet Mustafar to make his personal stronghold.

DesignEdit

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The Grand Inquisitor and Darth Vader converse in the tower's conference room.

The Inquisitorius Headquarters,[5] was a derelict skyscraper located in The Works, an industrial district on Coruscant,[2] the capital planet of the Galactic Republic[6] situated in the Core Worlds[7] during the Clone Wars.[2]

The base of the building was composed of three large fins that met at the mid-section of the structure. A large central and cylindrical pillar with a coned head protruded from the mid-section. Also in the mid-section was a secret hangar, which had multiple access hatches that lifted upwards and downwards when opened and closed, and from one of the large fins extended a smaller secondary structure.[2] Upon entering the hangar, the ceremonial chamber was to the left and was donned with statues.[3] During the Clone Wars, the smaller extension was connected to the main building by several ruined walkways.[8] The exterior of the tower was in a neglectful state by the time of the Clone Wars, with areas of the structure being worn down and damaged.[2]

In the early days of the Galactic Empire, the tower was given a refurbishment, which included the installation of a landing platform, a large central chamber,[4] a conference room,[9] and a leisure area.[5] After the tower was refurbished, the exterior had also been upgraded and repaired. The secondary structure was transformed into a landing platform, and the multiple walkways were replaced by a singular pathway.[4] In the leisure area, the Inquisitors could drink alcoholic beverages and sit down at one of the tables.[10] The leisure area had a several corridors, including one that led to a walkway outside the building to a small degraded platform.[5]

HistoryEdit

The Clone WarsEdit

Bringing good newsEdit

"I have good news for you, my lord. The war has begun."
"Excellent. Everything is going as planned."
―Darth Tyranus and Darth Sidious — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Sith lair The Works

Darth Tyranus arrived at the tower at the beginning of the Clone Wars.

In the year 22 BBY,[11] Count Dooku, leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and secretly the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, engaged in a duel against the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Yoda[2] on the Outer Rim[7] world of Geonosis during the opening battle[2] of the galaxy-wide Clone Wars against the Galactic Republic.[12] Following the duel, Dooku traveled in his personal solar sailer to[2] an abandoned tower[13] in The Works district on Coruscant, which served as a secret retreat and storage for Sith artifacts.[14]

Once Dooku had arrived at the tower's hangar, he was greeted by his Sith Master, Darth Sidious, and informed him that the war between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy had begun. Sidious was pleased at the news,[2] as he had achieved another milestone in his plan to destroy the Jedi Order and rule the galaxy,[15] and stated that everything was going according to plan.[2]

Breaking the Jedi OrderEdit

"Sir, you have been ordered to go to Coruscant immediately."
"Tell Lord Sidious I am on my way."
―Kraken to Darth Tyranus — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The Grand Republic Medical Facility was temporarily shut down to increase security after a mission to Level 1325 to capture rogue clone trooper CT-5555 after he allegedly attacked Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, secretly Sidious. During the lockdown, Sidious transported his collection of Sith artifacts from the abandoned tower to the medical facility, due to concerns that the Jedi may discover the tower.[14]

By the closing stages of the Clone Wars[16] in 19 BBY,[11] Grand Master Yoda had embarked on a mission to Moraband in order to uncover the secrets of preserving one's consciousness after death, after Qui-Gon Jinn,[17] a Jedi Master who died[6] in 32 BBY,[11] was able to communicate with Yoda, guiding him through a journey to preserve his identify after death,[16] a journey which would lead Yoda to Moraband, the ancient homeworld of the Sith.[17] Yoda also hoped to finally uncover the identity of the Sith Lord who had been manipulating the Jedi[8] and had created the clone army for them.[18]

TCW Tower Ceremonial chamber

Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus prepare to perform a ritual in the ceremonial chamber of the tower.

Apparitions of Sith Warriors conjured by the Force Priestesses[19] alerted Sidious and Dooku of Yoda's presence on Moraband, and Dooku was informed by his super tactical droid, Commander Kraken, that his master was ordering him to Coruscant and meet with him. After arriving, Sidious greeted Dooku and led him to the tower's ceremonial chamber[8] which was lined with statues positioned in a circle with a sacrificial altar basin at its center.[3] Sidious then began a ritual, using Dooku's blood and Force-bond to connect with his former Jedi Master, Yoda, while also using Force lightning and Sidious chanting[8] Balc, a Sith language.[3]

By creating the ritual, Sidious was able exploit the Force bond to reach through ripples through the Force to create Force Illusions on Moraband,[3] hoping to break Yoda's will and tear the Jedi Order from within. In the following illusions, Yoda saw himself back on Coruscant in the Works on board a LAAT/i with fellow Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, Clone Captain CT-7567, and a squad of clone troopers who were tasked with a mission to the tower after detecting a rogue shuttle that infiltrated Coruscant's security grid, believing that Dooku was onboard. Initially confused, Yoda nevertheless ordered the mission to continue. Yoda believed that they were on the verge of discovering the mystery of the Sith, and that the Sith must not be able to escape, executing them if necessary.[8]

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Sidious and Tyranus conduct the ritual

After the LAAT/i landed in the hangar of the abandoned tower, Yoda, Skywalker, Rex, and the clones discovered Sidious and Dooku in the ceremonial chamber. Dooku attacked the group with Force lightning, killing Rex and the clone troopers. Skywalker engaged Dooku in a lightsaber duel and was able to kill the Sith Lord, but not before Yoda exclaimed to Skywalker not to. Regardless, Yoda chased Darth Sidious to the outside of the tower, with Skywalker arriving outside shortly after. After dueling with Sidious, Skywalker was defeated and rendered unconscious.[8]

Sidious continued fighting Yoda, attempting to break Yoda's will by forcing him to choose between saving Skywalker, or learning Sidious' true identity and stopping all he would do. Yoda chose the former, allowing himself to be struck by Force lightning but saving Skywalker. Sidious ended the ritual, ending the spiritual plane they were on, having failed to break Yoda's will. Defeated, Sidious stated that they would need more time to defeat the Jedi, while Yoda gained a new perspective about the Force that the Sith would not be able to foresee.[8]

Reign of the EmpireEdit

A new purposeEdit

"Come with me."
―Darth Sidious to Lord Vader[src]
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Sidious and Vader arrive at the tower to meet the Inquisitorius.

In 19 BBY[11] after the rise of the Galactic Empire and the destruction of the Jedi Order, Darth Sidious,[4] publicly the former Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic Sheev Palpatine and subsequent Galactic Emperor of the Empire,[20] founded the Inquisitorius, a dark side organization tasked with eliminating any remaining Jedi. After the leader of the Inquisitorius, the Grand Inquisitor, briefly dueled Sidious's new Sith apprentice, Darth Vader, Sidious acquainted them and informed Vader of the Inquisitorius, which were located in the tower,[4] dubbed the Inquisitorius Headquarters.[5]

The tower had been refurbished with a new landing platform, a large chamber, a conference room, and was guarded by the Emperor's Royal Guard. There, as the Inquisitors trained with each other in the main chamber, Lord Vader was given command of the Inquisitorius and was given the task of training them.[4] After some time training with the inquisitors, Vader and the Grand Inquisitor conversed in a conference room, reviewing a list of possible Jedi survivors. They were tasked with tracking down Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu, who was considered by Sidious to be a high priority target.[9]

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Darth Sidious converses with Darth Vader on the tower's platform

Unbeknownst to the Grand Inquisitor and revealed to Vader, Sidious wanted Nu alive due to her role in overseeing the Jedi Archives, believing that she had great knowledge; knowledge that could serve his plans, or destroy everything he had built.[9] Vader captured Nu and discovered that she possessed a memory crystal with the names of Force-sensitive children. Nu told Vader that Sidious would use that list to eventually replace him, and was subsequently killed by Vader. After informing his master that Nu had died in an attempt to escape, Vader destroyed the memory crystal.[21]

Hunting rogue InquisitorsEdit

"We'll have to kill him. No other way."
"I know. And then we run. Not easy. But think of this. If we pull it off…we're free."
―The female Inquisitor and the Twi'lek Inquisitor planning their next move after escaping a confrontation with Vader[src]

Years after Order 66, in the aftermath of a mission to hunt down former Jedi Master Eeth Koth, Darth Vader and his team of Inquisitors consisting of Fifth Brother, a female Inquisitor, and a Twi'lek Inquisitor, arrived in their Zeta-class shuttle and touched down on the tower's landing platform. They were greeted by the Grand Inquisitor, along with two Kallidahin servants, who were given Koth's captured newborn. Vader and the Grand Inquisitor then headed to the conference room, and began conversing on Jedi survivors of the purge as they looked at a list of survivors, as well as the status of Project Harvester.[10]

During the time after their arrival from the planet they had killed Koth on, several of the Inquisitors, including Eighth Brother, Seventh Sister, the Grand Inquisitor, the Inquisitors who accompanied Vader to eliminate Koth, and a helmeted Inquisitor were present at the tower's leisure room, where the female and Twi'lek Inquisitors were at a table drinking and conversing. There they toasted to the death of Koth, as well as debating on how good the taste of the beverage they were drinking, Dust Juice, was. As the conversation between the two Inquisitors moved on to what the Inquisitors' future would look like once all the Jedi had been killed and what Vader may have in store for them in that future, Vader confronted the two and ignited his lightsaber.[10]

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Lord Vader faces the two Rogue Inquisitors in the tower

With Vader standing before them, both Inquisitors were stunned as the nearby Inquisitors became confused. In the vicinity to what was occuring, the Grand Inquisitor asked Vader if this was another test, as the Twi'lek Inquisitor began to reach for his lightsaber. Shortly after he stated no, Vader, sensing a connection between the female Inquisitor and the Twi'lek, swung his saber at the female, although it was quickly blocked by the Twi'lek, and told the female Inquisitor to run as he and Vader dueled. During the duel, Vader told the Twi'lek that he sensed a connection between the two, an attachment which Vader believed that the two Inquisitors was a strength while he believed the contrary. Vader reminded the Twi'lek Inquisitor of the death of Eeth Koth, and that it should have been a lesson for them both.[5]

As both Inquisitors escaped through a corridor that led to an outside walkway and platform that had not been renovated as it was in a deteriorated state. With Vader close behind, the Inquisitors jumped to the Coruscant streets below, igniting a chase that caused mayhem throughout Galactic City. Eventually, the Inquisitors were able to stop Vader and knock him down, but were not able to defeat him before he used the Force to impale them both with their own lightsabers.[5]

After the chase, which brought destruction to parts of the city and killed a Gran senator that was crucial to Sidious' plans, Vader was summoned to the throne room to answer for the event. Not wanting to demonstrate a lack of control in his Empire's capital world, Sidious believed that Vader and the Inquisitorius should be moved offworld. Afterwards, as Sidious gave Vader his next task, Vader demonstrated defiance and asked his master Sidious to give him a world. When Sidious stated that he would allow it and suggested Tatooine or Naboo, Vader declined by stating that he wanted Mustafar.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Concept art of the tower in The Works

Named the Inquisitorius Headquarters in the 2018 canon comic by Charles Soule, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 20: Fortress Vader, Part II, the Coruscant tower was created for the 2002 prequel trilogy film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.[2] The tower was described as the Coruscant tower in a caption via the StarWars.com episode guide for "Sacrifice,"[13] the final episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, released in 2014.[22]

The tower was originally introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity through the novelization of Attack of the Clones,[23] released prior to the film in 2002.[24] In 2012, it was identified as the "LiMerge Building" by the Legends novel Darth Plagueis.[25]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Since Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones depicts the Coruscant tower as being in existence by the time of the Battle of Geonosis, which is dated to 22 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, it can be deduced that the structure had been built by 22 BBY.
  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 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  3. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 6: The Chosen One, Part VI
  4. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 20: Fortress Vader, Part II
  5. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  6. 7.0 7.1 Ultimate Star Wars
  7. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
  8. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 7: The Dying Light, Part I
  9. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 19: Fortress Vader, Part I
  10. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie
  12. 13.0 13.1 SWCustom-2011 Sacrifice Concept Art Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 5)
  13. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the Databank (backup link)
  15. 16.0 16.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices"
  16. 17.0 17.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destiny"
  17. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
  18. StarWars-DatabankII Moraband in the Databank (backup link)
  19. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  20. Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 10: The Dying Light, Part IV
  21. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Final Season, "The Lost Missions," to Hit Netflix on March 7 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  22. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones novelization
  23. SWicon Book Preview: The Episode II Novel on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  24. Darth Plagueis
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