• Mattie Stu

Star Wars Lore – The Maw Cluster (Legends)

Named after its vast collection of black holes, the Maw Cluster was a near-unnavigable stretch of space located in the Outer Rim. Despite this, however, it was incredibly stable – something many attributed to its ancient and mysterious past...

Wonder of the Galaxy

Located in the Outer Rim Territories at the heart of a nebula of the same name, the Maw was a cluster of black holes saturated with radiation, plasma, and intensely strong gravitational forces. In fact, so powerful was the pull of each black hole that is slowly drew in the entire Kessel system. Despite all of this, however, smugglers and criminals alike utilised the Maw as a shortcut in the Kessel Run. Of course, Han Solo was able to use this very method to famously traverse the dangerous route in only 12 parsecs. But if that wasn't incredible enough, many attributed the mysterious stability of the cluster to the construction of an ancient yet advanced civilisation...

Home of the Superweapon

Bizarre as it may sound, speculation of the Maw's creation, not formation, was a theory based in reality. You see, millennia before the Battle of Yavin, The Ones used a powerful space craft known as Centerpoint Station to produce the cluster. And perhaps by fate, it would later become synonymous with similarly impressive superweapons. Firstly, due to its remoteness and near-inaccessibility, Grand Moff Tarkin used the Maw as the primary construction site of the first Death Star. And secondly, it was home to the creation and destruction of the Sun Crusher – the latter of which occurred when the seemingly indestructible craft was driven into one of the cluster's many black holes. Other superweapons built in the Maw included the Galaxy Gun, the Ion Ring, the Tarkin, and the World Devastators.

The Yuuzhan Vong War

Despite its reputation as a home of superweapon construction, regular space stations were often sited in the Maw Cluster. For example, an Imperial detention base was briefly situated on a nearby planetoid. Much more importantly, however, was the erection of Shelter. This astro-base, sponsored by Lando Calrissian, served as a sanctuary for fugitive Jedi Knights throughout the Yuuzhan Vong War...

Now it's time for this week's question: in how many parsecs would you complete the Kessel Run? Let us know in the comments below!

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