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"So I gotta leave the Ghost and go to this nasty-filled asteroid…as a favor to Tseebo?"
―Ezra Bridger objects to Kanan Jarrus' plan to lure the Galactic Empire to PM-1203[src]

PM-1203, also known simply as the Fort Anaxes asteroid, was a planetoid located in the Anaxes asteroid belt, within the Azure sector of the galaxy's Core Worlds. It was created from the remains of the planet Anaxes after it was obliterated in a cataclysmic event near the end of the Clone Wars, though Fort Anaxes, a Galactic Republic military base, miraculously survived the world's destruction on the asteroid's surface. Within the smuggling community, the facility became a fuel depot and neutral meeting place for those who required privacy in their dealings, though, unbeknownst to its visitors, Fort Anaxes had also become home to a colony of vicious fyrnocks nested on PM-1203. During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, the Spectres undertook several missions to the abandoned planetoid, where they encountered the fyrnock colony and faced off against the Grand Inquisitor.

DescriptionEdit

"Sunrise comes along fast in these parts."
―Sabine Wren, watching an asteroid block out PM-1203's sun[src]

A temperate[4] planetoid located in the Azure sector of the galaxy's Core Worlds,[1] PM-1203 was located within an asteroid belt composed of the planet Anaxes' remnants.[1] It was located in grid square L-9 on the Standard Galactic Grid.[3] The planetoid was large enough to support light gravity and even a thin atmosphere,[1] which was enough to support a colony of fyrnocks,[4] silicon-based life-forms[5] that evolved to survive on asteroids with similar harsh conditions.[6] They inhabited the caverns[4] of the abandoned[7] planetoid's pockmarked surface.[8] Other asteroids in the belt sporadically eclipsed its sun, shrouding PM-1203 in darkness.[9]

HistoryEdit

"Ezra, when we were on that asteroid, you made a dangerous connection through the Force."
―Kanan Jarrus, to Ezra Bridger[src]

Near the end of the Clone Wars, a cataclysmic event obliterated the planet Anaxes, creating an asteroid belt that included thousands of planetoids, including PM-6986 and PM-1203. Built into a mountainside by Galactic Republic engineers, the Fort Anaxes military base was[1] miraculously[4] protected from Anaxes' destruction,[1] remaining intact on the surface of PM-1203,[4] also known simply as the Fort Anaxes asteroid.[10][7]

Fort Anaxes

The Phantom approaches Fort Anaxes

The planetoid's location was a well-guarded secret within the smuggling community,[1] and Fort Anaxes became a fuel depot[4] and neutral meeting ground[1] for those who required privacy in their dealings.[4] In addition, dangerous excursions into the facility having the potential to yield Clone Wars-era weaponry, ship parts and fuel. Despite this, most scavengers avoided PM-1203, citing ghost stories and other superstitions. Everyone knew someone who knew the lone survivor of scavenging attempts, and their wild claims of the bloodthirsty ghosts of Anaxes soldiers scared most spacers off. However, it was, in reality, an overwhelming fyrnock infestation that was the source for these superstitions.[1]

During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire[2] in the year 5 BBY,[11] Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren of the Spectres went on a supply run to PM-1203 to rendezvous with an enigmatic ally known as "Fulcrum" at Fort Anaxes. Though the supplies were retrieved by the rebels, Fulcrum was already gone by the time they arrived. However, the rebels' shuttle, the Phantom, was leaking fuel, forcing the pair to hold off a nest of fyrnocks until they were rescued by their crewmates aboard their light freighter, the Ghost.[2]

In 4 BBY,[12] Jedi Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan Ezra Bridger of the Spectres returned to PM-1203 to draw the Grand Inquisitor away from the rest of the group, which had rescued a defecting Imperial Information Office worker named Tseebo from the Empire. After arriving at Fort Anaxes with a squad of stormtroopers, the Inquisitor and his soldiers were attacked by fyrnocks under Jarrus and Bridger's control. The Inquisitor ultimately defeated Jarrus in lightsaber combat, though Bridger drew upon the dark side of the Force to summon a massive fyrnock, which attacked the Jedi hunter and allowed him and his master to escape aboard the Phantom.[13]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Built on an asteroid, Fort Anaxes was a remote military base used during the Clone Wars. It was no longer used after the war's end, though it still served a purpose as a meeting place for those who required privacy in their dealings. And it wasn't completely abandoned: a colony of vicious fyrnocks nested throughout the massive rock, emerging in the darkness to attack anyone who stepped foot on Fort Anaxes."
―The original Databank entry for Fort Anaxes[src]

PM-1203 first appeared without identification in "Out of Darkness,"[2] a 2014 episode of the animated series Star Wars Rebels' first season.[14] It was first identified in Ezra's Duel with Danger, a 2015 junior novel adaptation of the Star Wars Rebels episodes "Empire Day," "Gathering Forces," and "Path of the Jedi" written by Michael Kogge.[8]

PM-1203 concept art

Concept art of PM-1203 by Amy Beth Christenson, labeled simply "Asteroid belt planetoid," circa November 22, 2013

While early sources claimed that Fort Anaxes was built upon an asteroid that some sources mistakenly conflated with the military base itself, the Databank entry for Fort Anaxes was later updated to clarify that the base was formerly located on Anaxes and survived the planet's destruction on PM-1203's surface,[4] confirming it to be one and the same with the base that was originally created for the unfinished Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "The Bad Batch," "A Distant Echo," and "Unfinished Business."[15][16][17]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Dawn of Rebellion
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Out of Darkness"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game—Based on the map placement of Anaxes
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 StarWars-DatabankII Fort Anaxes in the Databank (backup link)
  5. Ultimate Star Wars
  6. Star Wars Rebels: Head to Head
  7. 7.0 7.1 StarWars-DatabankII Rhydonium in the Databank (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ezra's Duel with Danger
  9. StarWars-DatabankII Fyrnock in the Databank (backup link)
  10. The events of this article take place between Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, which takes place in the fifth year before the Battle of Yavin; and "Empire Day," which marks the beginning of the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the fifth year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  11. The events of this article take place during and between "Empire Day," which marks the beginning of the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin; and "A Princess on Lothal," which is the first known episode to take place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the fourth year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  12. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Gathering Forces"
  13. SWCustom-2011 "Out of Darkness" Episode Guide - Star Wars Rebels on StarWars.com (backup link)
  14. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Distant Echo"
  16. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Unfinished Business"
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