Malastare was a forested planet located in the Malastare system of the Mid Rim. Its core was home to large reserves of Malastarian fuel, a toxic fuel found only on Malastare. It was the homeworld of the Dug species, though it was represented by the Gran species in the Galactic Senate. Ainlee Teem, the senator of Malastare, was nominated in the election for Supreme Chancellor during the Invasion of Naboo. During the Clone Wars, Malastare was the location of a battle between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems over the planet's fuel reserves. The battle awoke a creature known as the Zillo Beast, which the Republic successfully neutralized, leading the Malastarian council to sign a treaty with the Republic allowing them access to their fuel reserves.
- "I hope your bomb has not upset the delicate balance of our planet."
- ―Doge Nakha Urus
The surface of Malastare was heavily forested, and its core was home to large reserves of fuel. As a result, the native Dugs cleared large portions of land, constructing refineries to extract the fuel vital to its economy. Podracing was a popular sport on Malastare.
- "That thing, it is a Zillo Beast. They once roamed Malastare, devouring our ancestors. When the Dugs first started harvesting the fuel in the planet's core, they were killed off. They are supposed to be extinct. Apparently, they're not."
- ―Doge Nakha Urus
In ancient times, Malastare was plagued by Zillo Beasts, who feasted on the native Dugs population. The creatures were driven to near extinction when it was discovered by the Dugs that Malastarian fuel was toxic to them. However, it was prophesied that one would eventually return, and bring an end to Dug civilization. In order to prepare their descendants, a manuscript detailing the Zillo Beasts was passed down through future generations.
Over time, significant Gran and human populations migrated to Malastare. Podracing became extremely popular on the forested planet, and the city of Pixelito was the birthplace of Sebulba, who became one of the most celebrated podracers in history.
During the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo, Malastare was represented by Gran senator Ainlee Teem in the Galactic Senate. Ainlee was nominated as a candidate to become Supreme Chancellor after Finis Valorum was voted out of office through a Vote of No Confidence. However, senator Sheev Palpatine of Naboo was elected to fill the position instead.
During the Clone Wars, the Grand Army of the Republic and Separatist Droid Army fought a battle over Malastare's fuel reserves. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine authorized the use of an experimental electro-proton bomb, despite the concerns of Doge Nakha Urus, leader of the Malastarian council. The device succeeded in deactivating the Droid Army, while leaving the Republic's Clone troopers unharmed. However, the explosion opened up a massive sinkhole in the ground, which swallowed clones and droids alike.
While the Malastarian council gathered to decide on whether on not to sign a treaty with the Republic allowing them access to Malastare's fuel reserves, a rescue team led by Jedi Master Mace Windu descended into the sinkhole to rescue Republic troopers, finding several survivors. However, they found that the bomb had awoken the last surviving Zillo Beast, and barley escaped with their lives. Doge Urus demanded Republic assistance in eliminating the creature, threatening to cancel the treaty if they didn't. Windu declined due to the fact it was innocent and the last of its kind. The Supreme Chancellor and Doctor Sionver Boll expressed interest in examining the lightsaber-resistant plates of the Zillo Beast, believing that they could be used to improve armor for the clone army.
Discovering unprotected gaps between its plates, the Republic utilized stun cannon tanks to sedate the creature, leading the Dugs to believe it to be dead. Despite plans to relocate it somewhere in the Outer Rim, Palpatine ordered it to be taken to Coruscant, so it could be studied in a controlled environment. The Malasatarian council signed the treaty, granting the Republic access to vital fuel reserves.
- "And the Dugs? Have they signed the treaty?"
"No, Chancellor, the treaty must be passed by the council."
- ―Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine and Doge Nakha Urus
The internal affairs of Malastare were controlled by the Malastarian council, who ruled from the Imperial palace. The council had five members, and was led by the Doge. The council was able to ratify treaties. During the Clone Wars, it was led by Doge Nakha Urus.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "They have podracing on Malastare. Very fast, very dangerous."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn, speaking the first mention of Malastare
Malastare was first mentioned in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. It was mentioned again in a deleted scene from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, released in 2002. Malastare made its first on-screen appearances in "The Zillo Beast", an episode from the second season of the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First mentioned)
- Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deception" (Seen on travel poster only)
- Tarkin (Mentioned only)
- "Blade Squadron: Zero Hour"—Star Wars Insider 160
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Card Trader
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- (Picture only)
- ; image #7 (of 18)
- (Picture only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Aftermath
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- ↑ Star Wars: Card Trader
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Tarkin
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones