Malachor was a rocky, hellish wasteland planet shrouded in mystery. It was the location of an event known as the Great Scourge of Malachor, which took place thousands of years before the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Jedi Master Yoda told Ezra Bridger, a Padawan, to find Malachor to help him defeat Darth Vader and the Inquisitors.
- Kanan Jarrus: "Malachor has always been off-limits to Jedi."
- Ezra Bridger: "Why?"
- Kanan Jarrus: "Old legends. Stories told to us as younglings in the temple."
- Ahsoka Tano: "There's always a bit of truth in legends."
- ―Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, and Ahsoka Tano discuss Malachor[src]
At some point, the Sith were able to establish a presence on the planet Malachor, constructing a massive temple beneath its surface. This temple held a colossal kyber crystal that was used to power the temple. Thousands of years before the brewing war between the First Order and the Resistance, the planet was the location of a massive battle, in which the Jedi Order launched an all-out assault against the Sith when the temple's weapon misfired and petrified everyone on the planet. After these events, Malachor was made forbidden to the Jedi, though stories of what had happened were passed down, forming the basis of many legends. Millennia later, the debris of war still littered the battlefield.
Due to its infamy, Malachor was often invoked as a curse word. While contemplating his strategy for getting himself and his team of astromech droids off the desert world of Abafar, Colonel Meebur Gascon exclaimed that there was "no way in Malachor" that he would lead his team on an assault on a Separatist landing field. Years later, during the reign of the Galactic Empire, the crime lord Cikatro Vizago of the Broken Horn Syndicate used Malachor as an epithet while working with the smuggler Lando Calrissian.
Age of the EmpireEdit
During their rebellion against the Empire, three rebels—the Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, along with Ahsoka Tano, a former Jedi—traveled to the Jedi Temple on Lothal to seek the spectral guidance of Jedi Master Yoda in the hopes of defeating the Sith Lord Darth Vader and his Inquisitors. Yoda told Bridger that, if he and the others wanted to fight, they had to find Malachor. After helping the Phoenix Squadron establish a base on Atollon, Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka traveled to Malachor together.
On Malachor, the two Jedi and Ahsoka discovered a deep chasm which led to an ancient Sith temple. There, the three friends were attacked by an Inquisitor known as the Eighth Brother. Ezra was separated and fell into a tunnel. There, he encountered the former Sith apprentice Maul, who also wanted to defeat the Sith. Maul befriended Bridger and the two joined forces to venture into the temple in order to find the "secret" that could destroy the Sith. Working together, the two retrieved a Sith holocron from the temple.
Ezra and Maul then reunited with Kanan and Ahsoka, who were being attacked by the Eighth Brother, the Fifth Brother, and the Seventh Sister. After Maul drove the Inquisitors away, Maul convinced Ezra and the others that they had to enter the Temple in order to activate the Holocron. He claimed that doing so would give them the knowledge they needed to destroy the Sith. The Inquisitors soon caught up with them. While Kanan and Ahsoka fought with the Inquisitors, Maul sent Ezra to bring the holocron to the top of the temple. Meanwhile, Maul killed the Inquisitors before turning on Kanan and Ahsoka. He blinded Kanan but was stopped by Ahsoka. While Kanan pushed Maul off the cliff, Ahsoka went to deal with Ezra.
Meanwhile, Ezra planted the holocron into the temple's obelisk. He encountered a female voice who revealed that the temple was an ancient Sith superweapon capable of destroying all life. Ezra refused to use the Temple's knowledge and was attacked by Darth Vader, who had arrived in his TIE Advanced starfighter. Ahsoka arrived and dueled with Vader, while Kanan and Ezra joined forces to remove the holocron. Since the Temple was building up a power charge, the removal of the holocron caused it to implode. Kanan and Ezra managed to escape before the Temple closed in on them. Vader survived, leaving the temple wounded, but Tano's fate remained unknown.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "There is a place in the galaxy where the dark side of the Force runs strong. It is something of the Sith, but it was fueled by war. It corrupts all that walks on its surface—drowns them in the power of the dark side. It corrupts all life, and it feeds on death."
- ―Darth Traya speaks of Malachor V in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
In Star Wars Legends, Malachor V, as it was known in that era, was a planet that was first referenced in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The game revealed that it was the location of the Battle of Malachor V, the final battle between the Galactic Republic, led by Revan, and the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders during the Mandalorian Wars. The world went on to appear as the final location in the sequel, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, revealing that it was a shattered and ruined world consumed by the energies of the Mass Shadow Generator. This event led to victory for the Republic, destroying many Mandalorian and even Republic forces in the process. In The Sith Lords, Malachor V housed the Trayus Academy, an ancient Sith academy used by the Sith Triumvirate of Darth Traya, Darth Nihilus, and Darth Sion in the aftermath of the Jedi Civil War. The Jedi Exile, Meetra Surik, traveled to the Trayus Academy, where she defeated Sion and Traya during the game's final levels.
The name Malachor was later mentioned as an expletive by Meebur Gascon in "Missing in Action," an episode of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which, after the 2014 canon reboot, remained in official Star Wars canon. The canonical references to the planet continued into Star Wars Rebels, with Yoda telling Ezra Bridger to find Malachor in his quest to stop Darth Vader and the Inquisitors. The 2015 reference book Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary also made reference to Malachor when it stated that the ancient design of Kylo Ren's lightsaber dates back thousands of years to the Great Scourge of Malachor.
- Darth Maul, Part II (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action" (First mentioned)
- "Rebel Bluff"—Star Wars Insider 158 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Mystery of Chopper Base" (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice" (First appearance)
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Holocrons of Fate" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Commander (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Star Wars Rebels – "Twilight of the Apprentice"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ Darth Maul, Part II
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Missing in Action"
- ↑ "Rebel Bluff"—Star Wars Insider 158
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars Rebels – "Shroud of Darkness"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "The Mystery of Chopper Base"
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ The Old Republic: Revan