Spice was the name for a type of illicit substance or substances in demand throughout the the galaxy. Spice was mined at the spice mines of Kessel, where Wookiee slaves were worked to death turning medicinal spice mineral into a dangerous drug. Spice mines could be found in several other planetary systems throughout the galaxy, including those of Ryloth and Naboo. One variation of the narcotic was known as ryll, was mined on the planet Ryloth and had both scientific and recreational properties. Sansanna spice was a type of spice that could be found throughout the galaxy.
An assassination attempt against Senator Padmé Amidala was initially suspected to be the work of disgruntled spice miners on the moons of Naboo, though it later transpired that the assassin was in fact hired by Count Dooku, the leader of the Separatists.
When the Ohnaka Gang captured Count Dooku, they demanded a million credits in spice delivered in an unarmed diplomatic ship in exchange for handing him over to the Jedi. After Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker were captured during a meeting to verify that the pirates did indeed have Dooku, the Gungan Jar Jar Binks and Senator Kharrus were sent with the demanded spice, though it was rendered irrelevant, as Dooku had already escaped by the time they arrived with it.
Behind the scenesEdit
It has been inferred that Frank Herbert's seminal book, Dune (1965), influenced Star Wars heavily. Spice plays a central role in the Dune universe.
Spice was first mentioned at the beginning of the original Star Wars with C-3PO's worry to R2-D2 that "We'll be sent to the Spice Mines of Kessel, smashed into who-knows-what!" Spice was also briefly mentioned in Attack of the Clones of the prequel trilogy and a payment of spice was an important plot element in two installments of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In canon, the details of what, exactly, spice was were kept quite vague until "The Lost One" in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which clearly identified it as being used to make a dangerous drug, corroborated by reference material for Star Wars Rebels clearly establishes it as a dangerous drug. Numerous stories from the Expanded Universe, later re-branded as Star Wars Legends gave details on the spice trade, describing it as consisting a number of different types of mind-altering drugs, such as ryll and glitterstim.
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gungan General"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Tipping Points" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
- Star Wars: Kanan 4: The Last Padawan, Part IV: Catch (Mentioned only)
- Lords of the Sith (Mentioned only)
- Tarkin (Mentioned only)
- Lost Stars
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (Mentioned only)
- The Rebellion Begins (Mentioned only)
- Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks (Mentioned only)
- Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First mentioned)
- A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Chewbacca, Part II (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Chewbacca, Part IV (Mentioned only)
- Heir to the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ; images #11-13 (of 29)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Lords of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revivial"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gungan General"
- ↑ Tarkin
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope