- "The cargo you just dropped off. What planet did it come from?"
"The junk fields, on planet Lotho Minor."
- ―Savage Opress and a cargo hauler
Lotho Minor, also known as the Junk World, was a ruined planet located in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories that was the homeworld of both the Anacondan and Junker species. Used as a dumping ground, its surface was covered with junk and trash amassed over a number of generations, which brought salvage operations to the planet to find junk that could still be used. Following his defeat during the Battle of Naboo, the Sith Lord Darth Maul went into exile in the bowels of Lotho Minor, where he lost his mind until he was found by his brother, Savage Opress, over a decade later.
- "We've got everything here."
- ―Morley, in reference to Lotho Minor's junk fields
A terrestrial planet located in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories, Lotho Minor had a Type I atmosphere, and its surface was covered with enormous mountains of trash piled over countless generations. The gutted and rotting hulls of ancient starships poked through the more recent garbage, lending its landscape the eerie feel of an industrial graveyard. Foul-smelling fog limited visibility, while huge pools of toxic sludge and periodic bursts of deadly acid rain made the hot, caustic planet's ruined ecosystem one of the most dangerous in the galaxy. A debris field known as the Wreck Belt orbited Lotho Minor.
- "This is where you live? How long have you been here?"
"Years and years and years."
- ―Savage Opress and Darth Maul
For time immemorial, Lotho Minor was an industrial dumping ground for neighboring worlds. Cargo ships routinely dropped holds of refuse onto the planet, caring little as to what would become of it. Long before the Clone Wars, immense refuse incinerator droids were programmed to incinerate Lotho Minor's garbage. By the year 20 BBY, they continued to labor amid the mountains of garbage; those unfortunate enough to live on Lotho Minor did not know the droids' origins and referred to them simply as "fire-breathers." Salvage operations also dug through the planet-wide junkyard, looking to reclaim and recondition reusable or obsolete machinery, and Lotho Minor came to also be known as the Junk World.
After his defeat at the Battle of Naboo in 32 BBY, the shattered body of Darth Maul, a Dathomirian Zabrak Sith Lord, was dumped amid Lotho Minor's junk. His driving desire to cling to life pushed him to rebuild himself with spider-like legs in place of his severed ones, living in hiding in the caves beneath Lotho Minor's surface and subsisting off trash and vermin for over a decade. An Anacondan known as Morley pledged loyalty to Maul in order to survive, promising to lure unwitting prey into Maul's hungry clutches.
Lotho Minor was neutral during the Clone Wars. In 20 BBY, Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters tasked Savage Opress with finding Maul, his long lost brother. A magic talisman guided him in the direction of Lotho Minor; while scouring the planet's endless wastes for his brother, Opress encountered Morley, who guided him past such threats as the enormous fire-breathers and a tribe of territorial Junkers. Morley lured Opress into a cave, where Maul was said to live. There, Opress found his brother, though the latter's mind had been shattered. Oppress brought Maul back to Dathomir, where Talzin restored the former Sith Lord's body and mind.
During the Galactic Civil War against the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance members Han Solo, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and the droid C-3PO traveled to Lotho Minor aboard the starship Millennium Falcon in search of a suitable location for a new rebel base. Upon their arrival, the rebels encountered a Duros named Akar Duel, who saw the entire planet as his own and enforced many junk droids to serve him with the use of restraining bolts. Surrounding the rebels with his droids, Duel wanted to steal the Falcon; however, the droids turned against him upon learning that C-3PO was allowed to have free will unlike themselves, and they eventually gained their freedom. The rebels then quickly fled the planet, giving up the idea of establishing a base there.
- "Trust me, not everything on this planet is junk."
"There are things like me, things that live and breathe."
- ―Morley and Savage Opress
Lotho Minor was the apparent homeworld of the mysterious Junkers. Living in tribes, these denizens appeared to be a strange hybrid of organic life and mechanical debris, and no one was quite sure of their origin. Lotho Minor's role as a galactic dumping ground discouraged any deep exploration of Junker culture or biology, as did their violent territoriality. The Junkers lived off the scrap found on their homeworld's surface, augmenting their strange and twisted bodies with cybernetic enhancements. They had lived on Lotho Minor for so long that it was impossible to tell where their bodies ended and where the refuse began.
The garbage planet was also home to the sentient Anacondan species. These slithering, snakelike beings possessed two expressive eyes and a large mouth. The cunning Anacondan Morley survived on Lotho Minor by delivering sustenance to Darth Maul in exchange for the exiled Sith Lord's scraps.
During the reign of the Empire, the Duros Akar Duel also lived on Lotho Minor and regarded himself as the ruler of the planet. He employed many junk droids by force, including Doc, Teetee, and another droid with the head of an EV-series droid.
Behind the scenesEdit
Lotho Minor was originally created for "Brothers," the twenty-first episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' fourth season, which first aired on March 9, 2012. However, it was first alluded to in "Witches of the Mist," the fourteenth episode of The Clone Wars' third season, which originally aired on January 21, 2011.
The planet first appeared in the Star Wars Legends young-adult novel The Wrath of Darth Maul, written by Ryder Windham and released on January 1, 2012. Several "spirit of" designs for Lotho Minor were illustrated by Kilian Plunkett and Pat Presley. The planet was referred to as "Lamoth" in some pieces of concept art.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist" (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy (Mentioned only)
- "The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee"—Darth Vader 20: End of Games, Part I
- "Flight of the Falcon, Part 2: The Planet of Misfit Droids"—Star Wars Adventures 15 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Four
- (First identified as Junk World)
- (Indirect mention only)
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- (Picture only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brothers"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Poe Dameron: Flight Log states that atmospheres habitable to oxygen-breathers, such as humans, are known as "Type 1" atmospheres. As "Flight of the Falcon, Part 2: The Planet of Misfit Droids" shows that Lotho Minor's atmosphere is breathable to humans, the planet must have a Type 1 atmosphere.
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee"—Darth Vader 20: End of Games, Part I
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Flight of the Falcon, Part 2: The Planet of Misfit Droids"—Star Wars Adventures 15
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9
- ↑ Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
- ↑ 10.0 10.1
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the return of Darth Maul, as depicted in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Brothers," to 20 BBY.
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
- ↑ The Wrath of Darth Maul
- ↑ (Slides 5, 6, 9, and 10)