- "We'll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel, or smashed into who knows what!"
Kessel was a planet within the Akkadese Maelstrom that hosted spice mines. For years, the Pyke Syndicate dealt with spice mined from Kessel, utilizing smugglers and freighter captains to deliver it to the crime families of Coruscant. The Galactic Empire operated a mining operation, employing numerous slaves, including Wookiees, to harvest spice. Meanwhile, the royal family of Kessel lived in lush sanctuaries in the planet's southern hemisphere, turning a blind eye to the brutal working conditions in the mines of the northern hemisphere.
When the Empire boarded the starship Tantive IV, which carried Princess Leia Organa on a secret mission for the Rebel Alliance, the protocol droid named C-3PO expressed fear that he and his counterpart, R2-D2, would be sent to the spice mines of Kessel.
Behind the scenesEdit
The planet Kessel was first mentioned in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Its first canonical appearance was in Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, the premiere of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels. The series used designs and concepts created for Kessel by Star Wars creator George Lucas, who developed its appearance, culture, and economy.
Kessel was seen for the first time in the movie premiere of Star Wars Rebels, where the planet is shown with no cloud surrounding it. In Solo: A Star Wars Story, which takes place before Rebels, the infamous Kessel Run is shown to be the only entrance to Kessel through a cloud surrounding the mining planet, creating a continuity error.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
- ↑ Poe Dameron: Flight Log states that atmospheres habitable to oxygen breathers, such as humans, are known as "Type 1" atmosphere. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion shows that Kessel's atmosphere is breathable to humans; therefore, the planet has a Type 1 atmosphere.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Solo: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope