The History of Takodana, D’Qar and Hosnian Prime - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lore
The Force Awakens introduced us to five new planets, those being Takodana, D’Qar, Hosnian Prime, Jakku, and Starkiller Base. All of which possess a certain air of mystery. However, in this video, we’ll be taking a look at three of these planets to uncover their exact backstories and any details The Force Awakens never told us. Why just three of the five planets? Well, I’ve already made a video on Starkiller Base (do check that out), and Jakku has so much lore that it deserves its own entry in this series. So, without any further ado, here is the history of Takodana, D’Qar and Hosnian Prime!
Caught in-between the First Order-Resistance conflict was a lush planet in the galaxy’s Western Reaches. Home to large forests and small lakes, Takodana became a popular departure point for criminals of any kind seeking access to trade routes connecting the Outer and Inner Rims. For those heading outward to the edges of the galaxy, the planet became a last taste of civilisation, while those travelling Coreward saw it as a last gasp of frontier living. Either way, despite being home to an ancient battle between the Jedi and Sith, the planet was regarded as a neutral territory. However, around thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Takodana’s neutrality came into question. Due to the safe haven offered to smugglers, brigands, scouts and spies alike by Maz Kanata’s castle, both sides of the First Order-Resistance conflict were notified when Han Solo and the prized droid BB-8 entered the watering hole. Before long, the warring factions came face to face in a devastating battle in the planet’s clear blue skies. Despite the First Order’s eventual retreat, Takodana’s lush greenery became tainted with smoke and rubble. Even Maz Kanata’s castle, which stood for thousands of years, was destroyed.
Located in the Ileenium system of the Outer Rim Territories, D’Qar was another lush, jungle-covered world, with no native intelligent life. During the Galactic Civil War, shortly after the Battle of Hoth, members of Corona Squad surveyed the planet for an Imperial presence. However, pilots Thane Kyrell and Kendy Idele found no trace of the rumoured Imperial Starfleet construction facility. Following their exhaustive planetary and solar orbit scans, the Rebel Alliance established a small outpost on the planet, which operated up until the signing of the Galactic Concordance. Nearly thirty years later though, the outpost was once more occupied, this time by the Resistance. Due to the planet’s remoteness, the base was perfect for spying on the First Order. What’s more, as most of the outpost lay underneath the surface’s foliage, the Resistance hid away for decades - that was until the First Order-Resistance conflict. Following the destruction of a planet we’ll get onto very shortly, the First Order intended on dealing out a similar fate to D’Qar. Thankfully, before the superweapon could fire, the Resistance successfully destroyed Starkiller Base.
Before its destruction at the hands of the First Order, Hosnian Prime lay in the outskirts of the galaxy’s Core Worlds region as the capital of the New Republic. The cosmopolitan planet contained three key areas. The hanging gardens, which were open to the public, stood on the outskirts of Republic City, Hosnian Prime’s capital. The gardens consisted of sandstone pyramids, plants of all varieties, and tall, willowy trees. The serenity of the area contrasted with the Senate hangar, which stored the vehicles of representatives, and the New Republic senatorial complex, a one story tall building used to house the Galactic Senate. The Galactic Senate was re-established and relocated from Coruscant by Chancellor Mon Mothma, hoping to never repeat the same mistakes of the Galactic Empire and its predecessor. So that all worlds would have an equal say in the shaping of their government, the Senate’s host planet changed on a yearly basis. Through election, Hosnian Prime was selected to be the New Republic’s capital around the time of the First Order-Resistance conflict. As a result, the First Order targeted the Hosnian system to eradicate the Galactic Senate. Following its destruction, in the resulting pocket nova, Hosnian Prime became just another star in its system…
Now it’s time for this week’s question: which planet out of the three discussed today is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.