Pre-Republic era

Dawn of Time

The Big Bang occurs, creating the universe. Show More

    “Everything that exists, and will ever exist, was spawned from the primordial plasma of time’s beginning.”
    ―Jedi Master Ood Bnar
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    13,000,000,000 BBY

    The galaxy is formed Show More

      The galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies that existed in the universe. Composed of some four hundred billion stars in a disk 120,000 light-years in diameter, the galaxy was orbited by seven smaller satellite galaxies, of which five were directly accessible by the time of the Galactic Empire.

      The galaxy was home to between five and twenty million sentient species, and over one hundred quadrillion sentient beings lived in one billion star systems, interacting with each other through travel, diplomacy, trade, politics, and war.

      In historical memory, this galaxy had been ruled by the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire, the New Republic, and the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, the Fel Empire, Darth Krayt’s Galactic Empire and was home to the Force-using orders of the Jedi and the Sith.

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      5,000,000,000 BBY

      Life emerges on Goroth Prime. Show More

        Goroth Prime, also simply known as Goroth, was the Gorothite homeworld, located on the border with the Mid Rim.

        Planet Goroth

        The Aqualish knew this world under the name Celleballen, which meant “wasteland”

        It was estimated by xenobiologists on the planet Goroth Prime who lived during the rule of the Galactic Empire that their homeworld’s first vestiges of life were born five million millennia before them.

        Goroth: Slave of the Empire, is a book for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game written by Nigel D. Findley. It was published by West End Games in 1995.

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        10,000,000 BBY

        The planet Esseles undergoes a period of high volcanic activity. Show More

          Esseles was a planet located along the Perlemian Trade Route in Darpa sector of the Ringali Shell. It was the third in position in the Essesia system and had one moon.

          Esseles was under constant volcanic activity by 10,000,000 BBY

          3,000,000 BBY

          * Millions of years before the glove of Darth Vader is found there, the Valley of the Giant Oysters, the basis for the Calamarian Knowledge Banks, is formed on the planet Mon Calamari. Show More

            “No greater symbol of darkness was ever made than this glove — the gauntlet that once covered Darth Vader’s right hand.”
            ―Kadann

            Glove of Darth Vader

            The Glove of Darth Vader was a Mandalorian Crushgaunt fitted around one of Lord Skere Kaan’s indestructible Sith amulets. The gauntlet was worn by Lord Darth Vader upon his right hand. Although both gloves for Darth Vader’s armor contained micronized Mandalorian armor as a means to deflect direct hits from blaster bolts (a feature made redundant due to his Force abilities), the Glove possessed exclusive features compared to the left glove, including grip-augmentation circuitry.

            * An asteroid collides with the planet Vinsoth, killing most life on its surface. The remaining survivors eventually evolve into the Chevin species. Show More

            Chevin

            The Chevin were bipedal pachydermoid sentients native to the planet Vinsoth. They had a poor reputation in much of the galaxy, partly due to their involvement in unsavory activities such as smuggling, and partly because they had enslaved the Chevs, a humanoid species who shared Vinsoth with them.

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            The Essential Guide to Alien Species is a reference book, written by Ann Margaret Lewis, and illustrated by R. K. Post. It covers 140 species in detail and an additional 25 in a section in the back of the book. The book comes with a handy chart with the planets and their constituent species, a pronunciation guide, and a timeline detailing events from 3,000,000 BBY to 30 ABY.

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            2,000,000 BBY

            * The Columi species establishes a technological society.

            * The Wookiee species begin evolving on the planet Kashyyyk, becoming a species of tree-climbers. Show More

              The Wookiees, whose name for themselves translated to the People of the Trees, were a species of tall, hairy humanoids that were inhabitants of the planet Kashyyyk.

              One of the most noteworthy members of the species was Chewbacca, Han Solo‘s best friend and co-pilot, who played a vital role in the Galactic Civil War and afterward.

              A race of arboreal mammals, the Wookiees lived in treehouses nestled in the canopy of the towering wroshyr trees. Despite their fearsome appearance, they were usually gentle, although they were prone to devastating fits of rage when provoked.

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              1,000,000 BBY

              * An ancient aquatic civilization thrives on the planet Jerrilek, but eventually goes extinct in the following millennia.

              * The semi-intelligent ancestors to the Gorothites emerge on Goroth Prime.

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                600,000 BBY

                Cephalopod-crustacean hybrids known as ibliton have evolved on Randorn 2, leaving fossil records that are later analyzed by the Tyberious Institute of Xenobiology hundreds of thousands of years later. Show More

                  The ibliton was a swamp creature of Randorn 2.

                  Ibliton

                  A mollusk by nature, its shell was about two meters long with three meter long tentacles.

                  Like many mollusks, its shell was chambered and coiled with its fleshy body protruding out. Unlike most mollusks, its segmented body and knife-like legs were covered by an insectoid exoskeleton.

                  It was believed by the native Mizx to be an avatar of Hershoon the Destroyer, created by its demented soul so that its legacy would be perpetuated. However, Ibliton fossils dated back to 600,000 BBY, predating the Mizx.

                  Creatures of the Galaxy, is a supplement for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game published by West End Games.

                  It is a book written in an in-universe perspective that details several creatures it also contains the short story A Necessary Evil written by Chuck Truett. Excepting the worrt—included for being in the book cover and briefly described in the introduction—, all the creatures included were new creations added to the Expanded Universe.

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                  200,000 BBY

                  The Zhell, the early ancestors of the Human species, battles the Taung species for control of their mutual homeworld Notron (later known as Coruscant). Despite a loss at the city of Great Zhell that inspires the epic poem Dha Werda Verda, the Battalions of Zhell succeed in driving the Taung offworld. Show More

                    The Zhell were a people indigenous to Coruscant and the possible ancestors of the Human inhabitants of the world.

                    They consisted of thirteen Nations of Zhell, and their combined military force was known as the Battalions of Zhell.

                    Since Coruscant was considered by some to be the homeworld of Humans, several historians hypothesized that the Zhell species may have been the ancestors of the Human race in the galaxy. The name Zhell may have inspired Zhellday in the Galactic Standard Calendar.

                    The Essential Guide to Warfare, is a third-generation Essential Guide written by Jason Fry and Paul R. Urquhart. It was first published on April 3, 2012.

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                    Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, is a twelve-part blog series published through the Star Wars Blog, It features materials cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare.

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                    100,000 BBY

                    * The Celestials accomplish a number of feats: the construction of Centerpoint Station using the Killiks, the subsequent construction of the Corellian system using Centerpoint, the Vultar system and its Cosmic Turbine, the Hapes Cluster, and the Kathol Rift. The Maw black hole cluster was also constructed with Centerpoint during the Celestials’ era of power to contain the Force entity known as Abeloth. Show More

                      The Celestials, also known as the Architects, were an ancient civilization who were present long before the dawn of the galactic community and even the Rakatan Infinite Empire.

                      Believed to be responsible for a number of large artifacts and anomalous planetary formations and species placements throughout the galaxy, what little was known of the Celestials came from xenoarchaeology.

                      The Jedi and the Sith alike theorized that the balance between the light and dark sides of the Force was actually under the guidance of the Celestials.

                      * The Columi species achieves interstellar spaceflight and surveys the “primitive” people of Duro and Notron, known by that point as Coruscant. However, they are disappointed by the developing Human and Duros civilizations and return to their homeworld of Columus in isolation.

                      * The Sharu expand out from the Rafa system and the Centrality, planting their indestructible pyramids on planets such as Aargau. However, the Sharu bury their cities and revert to a primitive state in an attempt to avoid the attention of the Celestials.

                      * The winged thrantcills are first recorded flying south for winter on Coruscant.

                      * The Muurshantre Extinction occurs, destroying the Taurannik Codex and scattering its remains.

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                      Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning is the ninth and final novel in the Fate of the Jedi book series.

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                      The New Essential Chronology is a 256-page Star Wars reference book. Ian Fullwood created the galaxy map near the end of the book.

                      The book provides a broad history of the Star Wars saga, from pre-Republic history to after the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, drawing upon both well-known and obscure sources. This edition is updated for the prequel trilogy and the New Jedi Order book series. It is written from an in-universe perspective by Voren Na’al, Archivist Emeritus of the Historical Council, Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.

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                      The Cestus Deception is a novel by Steven Barnes which was published in 2004. The book is part of the Clone Wars multimedia project. There is also a special bonus inside the book: The Hive, the exclusive story previously available in eBook format only.

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                      Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is a standalone novel by Matthew Stover that chronicles the Battle of Mindor.

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                      90,000 BBY

                      The metropolis eventually known as Galactic City has grown to the point where new levels are built atop old ones, beginning the trend of upward building that continues for thousands of years. Show More

                        Galactic City was the name of the planet-wide city of Coruscant.

                        During the Galactic Republic, it was also known as Republic City or the City of Spires. During the Clone Wars the city was referred to as Triple Zero in military slang due to Coruscant’s hyperspace code Zero Zero Zero (0,0,0).

                        Galactic City was also called Imperial City (or, rarely, Coruscant City) under the Galactic Empire and New Republic City under the New Republic with the city remaining the same much in structure and style as millennia earlier.

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                        57,000 BBY

                        The Planet Utapau is colonized by humanoid species that would later evolve into the Pau’an and Utai species. Show More

                          Utapau was an arid sinkhole world in the Utapau system of the Tarabba sector in the Outer Rim Territories.

                          Planet Utapau

                          Utapau was the homeworld of the Pau’ans and the Utai, more commonly referred to collectively as Utapauns. These species lived in the many giant sinkholes that dotted the planet’s scrub-covered surface.

                          “Utapau is a world of hiding places.”
                          ―Vedo Anjiliac Atirue

                          Pau'an

                          Pau’ans were gaunt near-Humans native to the planet Utapau.

                          Also known as Utapauns and Ancients due to their long lifespans, they co-existed on Utapau with the Utai. The two species got along well, with the lanky Pau’ans assuming leadership roles on the planet.

                          Though some viewed the Pau’ans as frightening, they were friendly and were more than happy to welcome visitors to their little-known world.

                          Due to Utapau’s remoteness in the Outer Rim Territories, the Pau’ans were isolated for most of their history.

                          The Utai were a stocky species with long eyestalks, the Utai willingly allowed the Pau’an species to rule over them on their homeworld, serving as menial laborers in the sinkhole cities and caverns of their homeworld. Unlike their neighbors, the Utai had comparatively short life-spans, earning them the nickname “Shorts.”

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                          53,600 BBY

                          The Quake, a series of intense groundquakes that last for centuries, begins on the planet Quesh. Show More

                            The Quake was a massive geological event that occurred on the planet Quesh. The series of groundquakes lasted for three hundred years, the Quake caused Quesh’s continents to shift several meters apart, creating massive fissures and rifts in the ground. The poisonous chemical venenit queshaaga was released from the planet’s depths, saturating the atmosphere as it evaporated and wiping out all of the native fauna as it turned the atmosphere from temperate to toxic.

                            Planet Quesh

                            Quesh was a world riddled with toxic waste within Hutt Space. It was discovered by the Galactic Republic during the Great War, but was promptly abandoned due to its poisonous atmosphere.

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                            53,300 BBY

                            The Quake comes to an end as Quesh becomes geologically stable.

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                              36,453 BBY

                              * The few Kwa who remain on the Deep Core world of Tython have died out, and the Kwa as a whole have retreated to their homeworld of Dathomir in fear of the Rakata. The Kwa taught the Rakata how to use the Force, but conflict ensued when the Rakata tried to take the Kwa’s Infinity Gate technology.

                              * The Tho Yor—eight great pyramid starships scattered across the galaxy—activate, calling Force-sensitives to them. The pilgrims board the Tho Yor, which proceed to visit numerous worlds and acquire Force-sensitives of many species before traveling to the Deep Core world of Tython.

                              * The arrival of the Tho Yor at the ninth and largest Tho Yor is heralded by an enormous Force Storm, and the Tho Yor scatter their passengers across Tython. The Tythans soon form the Je’daii Order, a group of Force-users who strive for a balance between the light and dark sides of the Force which they know as Ashla and Bogan.

                              35,000 BBY

                              The Rakata, having developed technology powered by the dark side of the Force, establish an Infinite Empire that begins to expand throughout the Unknown Regions and into the western galaxy.

                              33,598 BBY

                              The central control system of the Infinite Empire’s terraforming computer on the planet Kashyyyk receives its last communication from its builders.

                              33,357 BBY

                              The terraforming computer on Kashyyyk malfunctions, causing a hyper-acceleration in the growth of the planet’s forests and giving rise to the enormous wroshyr trees.

                              30,000 BBY

                              * The Infinite Empire of the Rakata reaches its peak, spanning dozens of worlds across the galaxy. They annex the holdings of other spacefaring species such as the Gree and the Kwa.

                              * The Killiks of Alderaan attempt to invade the planet Korriban, but are repelled by the Sith species.

                              * The Killiks vanish from Alderaan, Alsakan and the galaxy at large, having been relocated to the Unknown Regions; modern scholars believe that the Celestials are responsible.

                              28,000 BBY

                              King Adas begins his reign over the Sith on Korriban.

                              27,700 BBY

                              * The Sith species on Korriban are visited by the Rakata of the Infinite Empire, but King Adas leads his people in driving the Rakata offworld after realizing they intend to conquer the planet.

                              * Korriban is devastated by the Rakatan attack, turning it into a wasteland and causing most Sith to relocate to the forested world of Ziost. Korriban becomes the species’ holy tombworld.

                              * Using Rakatan Force-driven hyperdrive technology, the Sith spread out among the planets of the Stygian Caldera, and the planet Tund becomes a place of exile for heretics among the Sith.

                              27,500 BBY

                              The Human natives of Coruscant begin to launch sublight sleeper ships over the next fifteen hundred years, seeding a number of worlds with Humans. These include Kuat, Metellos, Csilla, Alderaan, Koros Major, Rendili, and the Tion Cluster. The Humans also launch the Kuat Explorer, which colonizes the planet Alsakan.

                              27,000 BBY

                              * The Gossam Courivers, a group of Gossam explorers using the tumble hyperdrive, visit the planet Felucia and start a trend of Gossam colonization for the world.

                              * The Devaronian species also experiments with the tumble hyperdrive around this time.

                              * Human colonists arrive in the Tion Cluster on sleeper ships.

                              26,053 BBY

                              The Morodin species colonizes Varonat.

                              26,000 BBY

                              * Kuat has launched their own colonization ships and seeded Axum, Tepasi, and Humbarine with Humans.

                              * In the aftermath of the fourth in a series of devastating planetary conflicts, the early Nikto discover the M’dweshuu nova and form the religious Cult of M’dweshuu. The Cult quickly takes control of the entire planet of Kintan and rules for three decades.

                              * The Verpine species colonize the Roche system.

                              25,805 BBY

                              Queen Hadiya of Shikaakwa tried to conquer the whole Tython system, igniting the Despot War. She is killed at the Battle of Tython, ending the Despot War.

                              25,793 BBY

                              * The Force Wars on Tython begin between the followers of Ashla and the followers of Bogan.

                              * Tatooine was conquered by the Infinite Empire.

                              * The Infinite Empire launches a campaign of conquest against the Je’daii Order and the Settled Worlds.

                              25,200 BBY

                              * The Infinite Empire is struck by a mysterious plague that strips the Rakata of their ability to use the Force, prompting slave revolts across the galaxy and the Empire’s collapse.

                              * The Tionese nobleman Xer VIII is born around this time.

                              25,150 BBY

                              Xer VIII begins the Cronese Sweeps, the subjugation of pocket kingdoms around the Tion Hegemony.

                              25,130 BBY

                              Xer’s son Xim takes the throne of the Kingdom of Cron, and he begins a campaign to conquer the Livien League.

                              25,127 BBY

                              Xim the Despot begins to expand his kingdom, having conquered the Livien League and the Tion Cluster.

                              25,126 BBY

                              Xim begins to absorb the Thanium Worlds.

                              25,125 BBY

                              Xim’s empire begins to flourish in the Tion Cluster.

                              25,120 BBY

                              Xim begins to conquer the Kiirium Reaches to the southwest of his empire.

                              25,116 BBY

                              Xim’s conquest of the Thanium Worlds comes to a close.

                              25,102 BBY

                              Xim attacks the planet of Ko Vari, instigating a conflict between Xim and the Hutts.

                              25,100 BBY

                              * The conflict between Xim and the Hutts reaches its peak; Kossak Inijic Ar’durv lures Xim into fighting the First and Second Battles of Vontor.

                              * Kossak convinces the Klatooinians, Nikto, and Vodran species to sign the Treaty of Vontor, securing their allegiance and their aid in the Third Battle of Vontor.

                              * Xim is captured at Vontor and imprisoned in Kossak’s dungeons on Varl, though the Tionese are unware of Xim’s survival.

                              * Borte Belgoth is commissioned to construct a set of hyperspace beacons, one of which becomes known as Belgoth’s Beacon. Belgoth’s Beacon bears the faces of a Columi, a cacodemon, and a molator, and sits along the Perlemian Trade Route.

                              25,096 BBY

                              Xim’s empire completes the conquest of the Kiirium Reaches, despite the loss of its ruler.

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