Shumari was a planet in the Parmel sector of the Outer Rim Territories. The Tusken Raider KkH'Oar'Rrhr was rumored to have travelled to this planet to confront the Demon Outlander who wiped out his village, otherwise known as Darth Vader.
Behind the Scenes
Originally published in Japan, stories from Star Wars Manga were considered to be of "fuzzy" continuity by Lucasfilm. Since then, they have been republished in English in the United Kingdom under Infinities label, which established the material in them as non-canonical.
Author Daniel Wallace stated definitively in the article We Need to Talk About Jar Jar, written for Star Wars Insider 131 in February 2012, that the stories included in the Star Wars Manga: Black comic trade paperback are non-canon. Despite this, however, the events of the comic were briefly alluded to later in the August 22, 2013 Blog Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire Part 2, where it mentioned that one of the aliens aligned with the Galactic Empire, KkH'Oar'Rrhr, had traveled to the planet with the hopes of slaying the "Demon Outlander" (Darth Vader).
The planet Shumari has been later referenced in The Essential Atlas, which included the Shumari system in its appendix. However, according to Jason Fry, "its inclusion shouldn't be taken as a statement of canonicity for anything except the geography."
The planet Shumari was the site of a devastating battle in which Jedi survivors of Order 66 clashed with Imperial stormtroopers lead by Darth Vader. While the battle raged planetside, Imperial star destroyers positioned above the planet subjected it to heavy orbital bombardment which, much like the destruction of Taris four millennia earlier, devastated the surface of the planet completely, rendering it uninhabitable.
Years later, in 1 ABY, Vader returned to Shumari with Tao, who was dying from wounds inflicted upon him by Vader in a duel. It was Vader's intention to let Tao see his home planet one last time. Suddenly Vader was attacked by a vengeful Tusken Raider who had survived Anakin Skywalker's massacre of the Tusken Raiders of the Valley of the Spirits tribe in 22 BBY. The Tusken, who had sworn to hunt down Vader and kill him, had learned Basic and been trained in lightsaber combat. Using a modified gaffi stick, he managed to knock Vader down.
Before the Tusken managed to deliver the final blow, Tao struggled to his feet and used his last strength to defend the Dark Lord. Tao managed to ward of the attack and kill the Tusken, thus saving Vader's life. Seconds later, the Shumari Jedi collapsed on the ground, dead from his wounds. Vader raised a monument to the Shumari Jedi which was to be the last hand-made object to be made on the planet.
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion
- ↑ Holocron continuity database questions on the StarWars.com Message Boards (Posted by Leland Chee, 11/6/06, 06:03 PM)
- ↑ "We Need to Talk About Jar Jar"—Star Wars Insider 131
- ↑ The Essential Atlas and Galactic Cartography: Official Discussion on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by jasonfry on 1/4/09 7:52am; accessed March 6, 2013)