Dantooine

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Dantooine
Distance from Core45,000 light years
RegionOuter Rim Territories
SystemDantooine system
Number of Suns1
Number of Moons2
Major SpeciesDantari
Population2 million
Official LanguageDantarian
Surface WaterUnknown, probably more than 70%
TerrainGrasslands/Steppes
Points of InterestAbandoned Rebel Base
AffiliationNone

Dantooine is a fictional planet from the Star Wars universe.

Dantooine was mentioned only once in the Star Wars films. In A New Hope, Princess Leia tries to fool Grand Moff Tarkin into believing that the Rebel base is located there. Tarkin replies that Dantooine is "too remote" to use the Death Star on (the deciding factor here seems to be a political and social impact rather than military necessity).

What we know about Dantooine comes from the Expanded Universe. It is a pleasant world of grasslands, rivers, and lakes, very much like the savanna of Africa. It hosts a small population spread amongst single-family settlements and small communities with large land holdings. Native creatures include the kath hound, the iriaz, the fabool, and the sentient Dantari people.

Dantooine was one of the subject worlds of the Infinite Empire, and a Star Map containing data about the Star Forge could be found in an underground structure there. Dantooine also boasts the complex in which the ancient Jedi Knights carried on mysterious cloning experiments.

The Enclave and the Jedi Civil War

A Jedi training enclave established by Master Vodo-Siosk Baas was in operation on Dantooine during the Great Sith War. After Darth Revan was captured by the Jedi, the Dantooine Jedi Council decided to give Revan a new personality - one of a simple Republic soldier - and use him as a weapon against his former apprentice, Darth Malak. Revan was eventually retrained in the ways of the Jedi; when, together with Bastila Shan, a Padawan assigned by the Council to watch him, they discovered the incomplete Star Map, the Council told them to investigate planets shown on it - namely, Tatooine, Kashyyyk, Manaan and Korriban - and find other Star Maps.

Unfortunately, the Jedi Enclave was destroyed by Darth Malak, along with many of the planet's other settlements. After the end of the Jedi Civil War, the remaining inhabitants formed a government known as Khoonda; however, its residence was almost completely defenseless, being only protected by a few malfunctioning turrets and droids, as well as some militia.

The Jedi Exile later returned to Dantooine to find Vrook, one of the Jedi Masters in hiding. It is the player's choice to either defend Khoonda against the mercenaries seeking control of Dantooine, or help the mercenaries.

Finally, the Jedi Enclave was rebuilt; the three remaining Jedi Masters - Vrook, Kavar and Zez-Kai Ell - gathered inside only to be slain by either Darth Traya, or the Jedi Exile (the player), depending on the player's alignment. Whether any other Jedi returned to the Enclave ever since, or the building stood abandoned, is unknown.

Recent History

The planet is seen in the Cartoon Microseries Star Wars: Clone Wars, where Mace Windu defeats a Separatist army poised to reinforce the Confederacy on nearby Muunilinst.

In modern times, civilization can only be found on a few isolated ranches on the planet's surface.

The Rebel Alliance established its base on the planet before evacuating to Yavin 4.

In the New Jedi Order, the Yuuzhan Vong captured and overran Dantooine, and later seeded it to produce more of their own organic technology.

Kath hound

Kath hounds are creatures indigenous to the planet. They are about the size of a large dog or small horse. They are generally not very hostile unless provoked. When Darth Revan was being retrained as a Jedi, one of the tasks Dantooine's Jedi academy council ordered him to complete was to remove a dark side taint which has made the kath hounds more violent. There is also a larger variation of the kath hound called a horned kath hound, which has two horns very much like oxen, in that they are fairly broad and curve more sharply toward the tip.

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