- "I'd hoped it would be a little cooler at night once we got inside the caldera, but it looks like nothing ever cools down on this hunk of rock."
- ―Sian Jeisel
Saleucami (pronounced /sʌ'lukəˌmaɪ/) was a dim, arid Techno Union world with scattered caldera oases filled with vegetation. Its plant life included unusual bulbous trees. It was located between Kegan and Handooine.
Saleucami was a dim, arid world with scattered oases of plant growth. Its name Saleucami meant "Oasis" in Wroonian since it was the only habitable planet within a system filled with dead, uninhabitable worlds and meteors. These meteors would frequently cross paths with the planet's orbit and would bombard its surface creating circular patters, like huge craters, calderas, circular seas, and stirring up subterranean waters and minerals, turning the calderas into life-filled pockets on the planet's surface. Large, bulbous plants were scattered around these calderas.
These craters of fertile soil were heated by geothermal vents and became the location of the earliest colonies on Saleucami. As a result, the planet became a trading post in the Outer Rim Territories. Saleucami had no indigenous sentient species, but with its pleasant climate (excepting soaring temperatures during summer) brought Weequay, Gran, Wroonian and Twi'lek colonists to it. These colonists lived in tiny townships which were the only form of civilization on the planet besides a city which also served as a spaceport. Beneath the massive caldera was a system of magma streams and geothermal vents that powered the city and provided warmth during the freezing desert nights.
- "Saleucami has fallen, and Master Vos moved his troops to Boz Pity."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker
Initially colonized by Wroonians in 6100 BBY (the name is Wroonian for "oasis"), Saleucami first came to prominence shortly before the Great Galactic War as the Outer Rim's most prosperous trading hub. Repeated Republic losses, including a devastating orbital battle caused the planet's government to doubt the Republic's ability to defend its allies, and Saleucami became one of the founding members of the Rift Alliance, with the blunt-spoken Senator Alauni as its representative. The actions of the third Jedi Barsen'thor convinced the Rift Alliance worlds, including Saleucami, to remain allied to the Republic, with Alauni as one of three possible candidates to represent the alliance in the Galactic Senate.
Around 67 BBY, a Force-sensitive Iktotchi female had a cult following on Saleucami. Possessing an innate gift for prophecy, the Iktotchi predicted the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order, as well as the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire. Following information stolen from Darth Venamis, the Muun Sith Darth Plagueis came to Saleucami and listened to the prophet. Concerned that the prophet would prematurely reveal his plans, Plagueis electrocuted her with Force lightning and killed her.
During the Clone Wars, Saleucami was a valuable member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and was as a result named by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine as part of a "Triad of Evil," alongside Felucia and Mygeeto. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Adi Gallia once led a mission to rescue Eeth Koth from General Grievous, who was in orbit around Saleucami at the time. When the ship was destroyed the Jedi searched for Grievous in a forested area of the planet. This led to a small skirmish during which Clone Captain CT-7567, nicknamed "Rex," was injured. While healing, Rex also discovered a clone deserter living as a farmer with his adopted family. Rex then helped the deserter and his family with an abandoned pod containing droid commandos.
Unfortunately for the Separatists, their plot was discovered by the Jedi Master Tholme and Aayla Secura. As a result, the Jedi Council sent Jedi Generals Oppo Rancisis and his second-in-command Quinlan Vos along with a task force to destroy the cloning operations on Saleucami. This would start a massive five month-long siege between the Republic and the Separatist forces on the planet. First, the Republic captured Saleucami's main city and then fought their way inward.
During the conflict, Jedi Master Rancisis was murdered by his former friend, Sora Bulq, after being distracted by Anzat assassins. Sora Bulq and Tol Skorr were later killed by Quinlan Vos and Bok was slain by Aayla Secura. The Republic forces also flooded Saleucami's magma tunnels to kill the Separatist Morgukai clones. This conflict also caused heavy losses on both sides.
Some time shortly after Saleucami fell to the Republic, Stass Allie and Commander Neyo were patrolling the battlefield for remaining Separatist forces. They were leading a unit of BARC troopers over the plains when Order 66 was issued. Neyo and his lieutenant fired upon Allie's 74-Z speeder bike, destroying the vehicle and killing the Jedi Master instantly.
During the Galactic Civil War, Jabba Desilijic Tiure had some holdings and a secret communications outpost on Saleucami, which were captured and eventually forcibly handed over to Tyber Zann shortly after the Battle of Yavin. Around the same time, the space above the planet was also the site of a skirmish between the Rebel forces of Renegade Squadron, led by Commander Gial Ackbar, and Imperial troops, led by the bounty hunter Boba Fett, which led to the capture of most of the Rebels on the mission.
Behind the scenesEdit
The pronunciation is somewhat in dispute, depending on what one considers canon. In Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi pronounces /sʌ'lukəˌmaɪ/, while in Forces of Corruption characters pronounce /ˈsæl.jʊˌkɑ.mi/. Col Serra pronounces is /ˈseɪ.liˌuːkɑ.mi/ in Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. The difference could be attributed to Ewan McGregor's Scottish accent. Characters in The Clone Wars also use the /sʌ'lukəˌmaɪ/ pronunciation, indicating that it is likely the correct pronunciation. In Star Wars The Old Republic however, Master Satele Shan pronounces it /ˌsuːl.jʊ.kɑˈmiː/. In The Essential Atlas, Saleucami is pictured as having a light purple surface. This is most likely an error because all other sources show Saleucami as a brownish-green planet.
During pre-production of Revenge of the Sith, Saleucami was given to a concept called "bridge planet," a world made up of arcing parabolic bridges with upside-down skylines extending from the curving frames. This planet was to be a major stronghold of the Techno Union, when a Clone Wars montage was to portray the engagement of the Confederacy founders on their respective homeworlds.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel (Mentioned only)
- Darth Plagueis
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
- The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much" (Appears in hologram)
- Star Wars: Republic: Trackdown (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Republic: Siege of Saleucami
- Labyrinth of Evil (Mentioned only)
- Reversal of Fortune (Mentioned only)
- Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Republic: Hidden Enemy (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Republic: Into the Unknown (Appears in flashback(s))
- Republic 78: Loyalties (Mentioned only)
- Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Non-canonical appearance)
- Millennium Falcon (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- The New Essential Chronology
- "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 88
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption: Prima Official Game Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 11
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 23
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.45
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Mask of the Pirate Queen
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7
- ↑ 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 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Republic: Trackdown
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Darth Plagueis
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
- ↑ Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron