The latest issue of Empire magazine is out now. As you know its main focus is The Force Awakens, with many interesting stories about the characters and the story. One especially interesting exclusive is a Lucasfilm star map that reveals the name and location of three new planets in the Star Wars universe.
Joining Tatooine, Endor, Naboo and the already-revealed desert planet of Jakku are Takodana, D’Qar and Hosnian Prime. Little is known of these mysterious orbs. Takodana will, if LEGO’s tie-in kits are to be believed, be the site of a major battle in the movie, while rumours have D’Qar as a resistance base. Hosnian Prime? Well, that’s a mystery to all.
Also out there, lurking in the galaxy’s darker recesses, is the Starkiller Base, home of the First Order. The map pinpoints its origin point in the Unknown Regions. Expect it to move somewhere more happening.
We’ve already heard the names of Jakku, D’Qar and Takodana. Jakku is the only planet officially confirmed. The Takodana name was first revealed by a LEGO set. It’s the planet where Maz Kanata’s castle is located. The name D’Qar was recently leaked by a children’s book, which revealed that it’s the home of the Resistance base.
The only new name that we haven’t heard anything about is Hosnian Prime. It’s a planet completely new to the Star Wars canon. It was never mentioned before in any other Star Wars material. What could be its importance? What will happen there? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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Actually it appears that the Hosnian system was mentioned before in one of the reports by MakingStarWars. According to their report the New Republic is established in this system. Possibly Hosnian Prime serving as the capital. MSW have a very thorough description of the state of the Galaxy after the death of Emperor Palpatine. It’s very spoilerific, but if you want to check it out click HERE.
Here’s the actual image of the star map (via Cantina member BamBoosle-8):
The guys from StarWars-Union.de have a very interesting theory on Starkiller base and its location. They compared the new map with an old one and discovered that the planets Ord Mantell and Rakata Prime fit directly with the same planets from the new star map. And Starkiller base is located where previously another ice planet stood – Ilum!
The absence of Ilum from the new star map is curious, since the planet is already canon. Here’s Wookieepedia‘s entry on Ilum:
Ilum was an arctic planet located in the Unknown Regions. It was used by the Jedi Order for The Gathering, a rite of passage in which Jedi younglings must find and harvest kyber crystals for their lightsabers.
Could there be a connection between the two, or this is just a coincidence? What if Starkiller base was actually built over Ilum and somehow uses the power of the kiber crystals buried beneath the Jedi Temple located there? There are some really interesting possibilities with this. What do you think?