Little Kessel was geologically stable, not having experienced a groundquake in so many eons that its inhabitants did not know what one was until Imperial Captain Bzorn used the Ionic Ring Ship to torment the planet with groundquakes and cyclones, attempting to force the Rebels on Little Kessel to surrender to him. Professor Renn Volz, the creator of the ship, eventually refused to help Bzorn continue the devastation of the planet, despite the fact that his daughter, Mira Volz, was supposedly being held hostage. In reality, Mira had escaped from the Empire and recruited the help of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, and they rescued her father, who destroyed the Ionic Ring Ship.
Behind the scenesEdit
Little Kessel first appeared in the newstrip comic The Second Kessel Run by Russ Manning, later reprinted in Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures 6. It was identified at the time as Kessel. This interpretation of Kessel was ignored by later authors, who identified Kessel as a barren, rocky world resembling an asteroid. This discrepancy remained unaddressed until The Essential Atlas, where a second planet, Little Kessel, was identified in close proximity to Kessel. Jason Fry later confirmed in the Jedi Council Forums that Little Kessel was created to retcon the two different interpretations of Kessel, and that Little Kessel was the lush version found in The Second Kessel Run.
- The Second Kessel Run (First appearance) (As Kessel)
- "The Unseen Planets of Star Wars"—Star Wars Insider 36 (Indirect mention only)
- The Essential Atlas (First identified as Little Kessel)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia