In 90 BBY, the Locus and the survey vessel Ardent Virtue were sent to the Luire system on a Republic-funded expedition to observe the system's five gas giants. However, in 87 BBY, the Locus lost power while carrying out an orbital scan of the planet Nyriaan, and crash-landed onto the world. The Ardent Virtue attempted to rescue the crew of the Locus, but was unable to contact them.
A year later, a landing party from the Ardent Virtue discovered the wreckage of the Locus, but were unable to find any of the ship's surviving crew members. The settlement Locus was eventually constructed around the craft's remains.