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Caamas
Astrographical
Region

Core Worlds[1]

System

Cirius system[1]

Suns

1: Cirius[1]

Moons

0[1]

Grid coordinates

M-9

Rotation period

25 standard hours[1]

Orbital period

375 standard days[1]

Physical
Class

Terrestrial[1]

Diameter

15,540 km[1]

Atmosphere
  • Breathable[1]
  • Toxic (after devastation)[1]
Climate

Temperate to arctic[1]

Gravity

Standard[1]

Primary terrain
  • Jungle
  • Steppes
  • Hills
  • Barren, rocky wasteland (after devastation)[1]
Surface water

Marshy oceans (three landmasses)

Societal
Native species

Caamasi[1]

Immigrated species
Primary language(s)
Government

Representative democracy[1]

Population

250 (after devastation, 80% Caamasi, 14% Ithorian, 6% other)[1]

Major cities

Refuge City[1]

Major imports

Foodstuffs[1]

Major exports

None[1]

Affiliation

Caamas was a highly populated and marsh-covered Core World in the Cirius system, the second planet orbiting the star Cirius. It was notable for the devastation it suffered during an Imperial orbital bombardment which destroyed its ecosystem and nearly wiped out the native Caamasi.

Contents

Geographic features

Caamas was once a temperate, hospitable world of jungles, marshes, steppes, and rolling hills. Its dense rainforests and jungles teemed with life. After the Imperial bombardment, nearly all flora and fauna either disappeared or were mutated beyond recognition. Caamas became a barren waste, and without vegetation to release oxygen, the atmosphere became toxic and unbreathable. Bombardment kicked up smoke and dust into the air, and the surface became wracked by dust storms and falling soot, eroding the surface and sending dirt and mud into the oceans. The waters, once teeming with sea life, became muddy, polluted, stagnant, and lifeless.

History

The Caamasi Wildnerness.

Caamas was the homeworld of behemoths and the sentient Caamasi people. Around 30,000 BBY during the Pre-Republic era, Caamas was ruled by the space-faring Rakata. Using Force-based hyperdrives, they traveled to many worlds around the galaxy that possessed significant signatures in the Force, uniting them to form the Rakatan Infinite Empire. After five thousand years of galactic dominance, the Rakata retreated to their homeworld. Whether they enslaved the native Caamasi as they had done with other species is unknown.[2]

In 25,053 BBY, Caamas was one of the Core Founders of the Galactic Republic. Some legends claimed that the early Jedi learned morality from the Caamasi, whose name came to mean 'friend from afar' or 'stranger to be trusted' in various languages used throughout the galaxy. Despite these legends, few Caamasi ever learned the ways of the Force under the Jedi. There was, however, a Jedi Temple established there for contemplation, learning, and teaching proper moral judgment, and at least one Caamasi did become a Jedi, Ylenic It'kla, who served during the Clone Wars.

The planet was represented in the Galactic Senate by Eeshrin Ot'Hyne, who opposed the Military Creation Act. Despite this, Caamas remained loyal to the Republic during the Clone Wars that followed. Pacifistic by nature, the Caamasi found war distasteful, possessing a deep empathy and respect for other beings, including their enemies.

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Destruction

Although Palpatine appreciated the loyalty of Caamas, he found their adherence to the principles and values of the Old Republic intolerable. The Empire had the planet subjected to a planetary bombardment in 19 BBY shortly after the Clone Wars, after the powerful and heavily guarded planetary shields were infiltrated and lowered by Bothan agents. The Jedi Temple on Caamas was ruined, suffering many direct hits at Palpatine's direction. Many survivors fled to other worlds including, ironically, Alderaan. It was here that one of the largest communities of the Caamasi Remnant settled, hoping to find sanctuary, only to die when that planet too was destroyed by the first Death Star. The Royal Library on Alderaan contained a great deal of information on the attack. In later years other communities of Caamasi survivors were formed on Kerilt and Susevfi.

Several years after the destruction of Caamas, a meteor hit the planet and carved a massive crater in its surface.[3]

The Caamasi Wildnerness after the planet's devastation.

Under the New Republic, a few Caamasi founded Refuge City on Caamas, from which they hoped to decontaminate and rescue their blighted world. They were aided by the Ithorians, who were naturally drawn to such projects, as they were with the reconstruction of Telos IV many centuries prior. Some of the Ithorians, however, arrived when their herdship crashed on Caamas under mysterious circumstances, and the xenological jungle it contained took root on Caamas' smallest continent in the southern hemisphere. The existence of this herdship was known only to a few Ithorians. The ruined Jedi Temple was located in this impenetrable alien jungle.

Just south of Refuge City lay a crater that had been caused by a meteor strike shortly after the devastation. The Bothans paid Caamas 50,000 credits a year to use this location as a waste dump. The funds went directly to decontamination efforts. It was virtually unknown that Bothan Debris, Inc., who rented the location, was a front for the Bothan Spynet, run by an agent named Kursk Te'tell.

Bothan Complicity

In order to devastate the surface of Caamas, Palpatine had to ensure the planetary shield generators were deactivated. To that end, he hired a group of Bothan operatives, an action that did not come to light until the Caamas Document was uncovered from the remains of Mount Tantiss in 19 ABY, prompting a major crisis in the New Republic. To add to the confusion, a copy of the document was altered shortly after its discovery by Grodin Tierce to implicate Bothan clans who had had no involvement in the operation, a copy which was given to Lando Calrissian by a fake Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Later history

In 130 ABY, it was the site of the final battle of the Sith-Imperial War. The choice of the system hints that it may have been one of the planets terraformed during the Ossus Project.

Appearances

Caamas.
  •  Point/Counterpoint: Military Creation ActHoloNet News Vol. 531 47 (Mentioned only)
  •  Shots Fired in Andoan SpaceHoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (Mentioned only)
  • Elusion Illusion (Mentioned only)
  • Hero of Cartao (Mentioned only)
  • Republic HoloNet News Special Inaugural Edition 16:5:24 (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force (Mentioned only)
  • Rebel Dawn (Mentioned only)
  • I, Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • Specter of the Past (First mentioned)
  • Vision of the Future (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Legacy 8: Allies (First appearance) (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars Legacy 9: Trust Issues, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Legacy 20: Indomitable, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Legacy 36: Renegade (Mentioned only)

Sources

Notes and references


This article uses material from the "Caamas" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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