- "Wayland is where Emperor Palpatine's secret toy-box was. All kinds of nasty dark side things on Wayland."
- ―Vega Sepen
Wayland was a lush, semi-tropical planet in the Outer Rim Territories.
Wayland was discovered and colonized during the Galactic Republic's second wave of expansion, and served as a field hospital during the Mandalorian Wars. It was also the site of a factory for Lhosan Industries. A filing error removed all record of the planet from astrogation charts and planetary logs, so that years later, people were unsure if "Wayland" was the planet's real name or an Imperial codename. The Human colonists quickly came into conflict with Wayland's indigenous sentient species, the "crystal-skinned" Myneyrshi and the "lumpy armor-plated" Psadans. In their early years, the colonists came to dominate the Myneryrshi and Psadans with Republic technology, but isolated over time, the colonists technologically regressed to the level of the indigenous species.
Centuries later, Wayland was rediscovered by Palpatine, perhaps in the pre-Imperial period, who determined its isolation and uncharted nature made it ideal for a storehouse of arcane artifacts and secret technology.
In 3 BBY, the Empire built a research station. The research station, under the command of Commandant, Col. Milosh Muhrlein, was suspected of selling experimental droids protocols and devices on the black market. This practice ended when Imperial Intelligence agent Jahan Cross and his droid IN-GA investigate and eliminated Muhrlein.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
- "The Emperor had a private storehouse. It was beneath a mountain on a world he called Wayland. It was where he kept all of his private mementos and souvenirs and odd bits of technology he thought might be useful someday."
- ―Mara Jade
Emperor Palpatine built his storehouse into Mount Tantiss in Wayland's northern hemisphere and placed a Dark Jedi as its Guardian. In 9 ABY, after five years without Imperial contact in the wake of Palpatine's death, the Guardian established a city he populated with Wayland's three native populations: Humans, Myneyrshi, and the Psadan. Joruus C'baoth, an insane clone of the Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth, dueled with the Guardian later that year. The clone killed the Guardian and maintained the settlement himself.
C'baoth, hungry for power, established himself as the hand of justice on Wayland, installing a cruel, twisted Jedi code. The mad clone used his powers to bring a forced peace between the Humans, Psadans and Myneryrshi, culminating in a tense coexistence in a city southwest of Mount Tantiss.
Even later in 9 ABY, Grand Admiral Thrawn descended upon Wayland to claim the cloaking shield technology and thousands of Spaarti cloning cylinders that he used in his war against the New Republic. The Mount Tantiss storehouse was eventually destroyed by Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca, and C'baoth killed by Mara Jade.
After the destruction of Mount Tantiss, Wayland became a planet of particular interest to the New Republic as they took the planet away from the Galactic Empire. Researchers and New Republic Intelligence officers scoured the planet and ruins for clues to aid in their defeat of Imperial warlords, discovering evidence that would lead to the political fallout of Bothan involvement in the destruction of Caamas. The New Republic also relocated the Noghri to the colony of New Nystao on Wayland to escape their collapsing home world of Honoghr.
Yuuzhan Vong WarEdit
In 25 ABY, Wayland acted as the site of the first interrogation of the Yuuzhan Vong priestess Elan and her familiar Vergere, but due to an attack by Yuuzhan Vong forces they were relocated. It also served as a safe world for New Republic personnel during the early stages of the Yuuzhan Vong War. Wayland's secrecy was eventually disrupted by Elan, who transmitted its location to the Vong with a hidden villip. The Yuuzhan Vong brutally subjugated Wayland, terraformed it to serve as an organic weaponry breeding ground and destroyed much of the planet's crust and mantle with Chom-Vrone. Despite the harshness of the attack, there were few casualties among the Noghri in residence.
The New Republic later raided and seized the world, retaking Wayland and using it as a stronghold against the Yuuzhan Vong. Amphistaffs from Wayland were also found among Peace Brigade cargo during the late stages of the war.
Wayland was later one of the first subjects of the Ossus Project, and was also one of the first failures of that project. By the time of the Second Imperial Civil War, the planet had been, for all intents and purposes, quarantined.
Flora and faunaEdit
The following animals or plants inhabited Wayland:
Behind the scenesEdit
Despite Wayland's apparently unknown nature, several passages in the Clone Wars novel Yoda: Dark Rendezvous reference the planet directly, including mention of a battle occurring over the world and the Confederacy of Independent Systems blockading it.
Additionally, in the 2006 video game Star Wars: Empire at War, Raymus Antilles sends C-3PO and R2-D2 to the planet. However, in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire, which takes place long after the game in 9 ABY, no-one seems to have any knowledge of the existence of Wayland, except for certain high-ranking Imperial officials.
- Heir to the Empire Sourcebook
- Dark Force Rising Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 8: Scouts
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook
- "ComicScan: Taken By Force"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 8
- The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
- The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- Anakin Skywalker: The Story of Darth Vader
- The New Jedi Order Sourcebook
- "Star Wars Q&A"—Star Wars Insider 67
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption: Prima Official Game Guide
- Threats of the Galaxy
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 13
- The Essential Atlas
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9
- ↑ Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
- ↑ Star Wars: Agent of the Empire Volume 1—Iron Eclipse
- ↑ The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook states that the Guardian created his kingdom five years after the Battle of Endor. That battle took place in 4 ABY per The New Essential Chronology
- ↑ The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 337–338 ("Mount Tantiss") This entry confirms objectively that C'baoth did kill the Guardian.
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 44: Monster, Part 2