• Mattie Stu

Star Wars Lore - Death Sticks


A death stick was an illicit drug readily found in the underworld of Coruscant. The highly addictive substance was favoured among desperate addicts and foolish thrill-seekers. While they offered a “unique” experience, they were arguably more dangerous than any blaster or lightsaber in the galaxy…


Death Sticks were originally developed in the illegal pharmaceutical labs of CoCo Town, and were often smuggled into nightclubs by slythmongers (drug dealers or traffickers). The drug’s red or yellow ixetal cilona extract offered euphoria in exchange for a twisted version of reality enhanced by bright colours. Each dose of the worryingly cheap substance shortened the user’s life, and successive doses increased the desire for a harder reaction. As a result, users found it very difficult to shake their addiction without medical assistance, which typically came at the cost of 2,500 to 3,500 credits.

Death sticks came in two forms. As a liquid, the substance was transported in small tubes, and could be added to alcoholic drinks or injected into the user’s veins, while the hardened variety, which contained dried granules of the drug, could be smoked or inhaled. Due to a pollution-induced immunity to toxins, the Balosar could consume death sticks without much effect other than the life-long addiction. As a result, some Balosars even entered the death stick business. During the reign of the Galactic Republic, illegal trade in the drug rivalled that of the ryll spice from Ryloth, which developed a hatred between the Balosars and Twi’leks. In 22 BBY, Coruscant Health Officials estimated that millions of children used death sticks, a claim reporter Anjet Okeco based an article on for HoloNet News. Later, Cade Skywalker injected the drug to ease his emotional pain and to refrain Luke Skywalker from contacting him from beyond the grave. However, Cade utilised a Force healing power to prevent any damage to his lifespan.

When ingested, the drug could greatly weaken a person’s connection to the Force.


So, while on the hunt for bounty hunter Zam Wesell, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi rejected the opportunity to buy death sticks. However, he utilised a Jedi mind trick to do so, convincing Elan Sleazebaggano to go and rethink his life.


As a result, Elan turned his life around – for a time at least. Not long after overcoming his addiction to death sticks and rejecting the slythmonger business, he became involved in the trade of weapons and stolen goods. This led him to the service of Boba Fett during his time on Coruscant. However, following the Clone Wars, Elan attempted to turn others away from illicit drug use, in an attempt to once more turn his life around…

Now it’s time for this week’s question: was George Lucas right to introduce drugs to the Star Wars saga? Let me know in the comments below.

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