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Hoth
Astrographical
Region

Outer Rim Territories;[1] Greater Javin

Sector

Anoat sector

System

Hoth system[2]

Suns

1: Hoth[2]

Orbital position

6[3]

Moons

3[2]

Grid coordinates

K-18

Distance from Core

50,250 light years[3]

Rotation period

23 standard hours[2]

Orbital period

549 local days[2] (526 standard days)

Physical
Class

Terrestrial[2]

Diameter

7,200 km[4]

Atmosphere

Type I, oxygen mix[2]

Climate

Frozen[1]

Gravity

Heavy (1.1 standard)[1]

Primary terrain
  • Ice caves[1]
  • Tundras
  • Frozen plains[1]
  • Mountain ranges[1]
  • Canyons
Surface water

100% (Ice)[3]

Points of interest
Societal
Native species
Immigrated species
Primary language(s)

None[1]

Government

None[1]

Population

0 sentients

  • 32% ice scrabblers
  • 23% tauntauns
  • 11% wampas
  • 34% other[1]
Major imports

None[1]

Major exports

None[1]

Affiliation
"There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser!"
Han Solo

Hoth was the sixth planet of the remote Hoth system. A desolate world covered with ice and snow, located in the Anoat sector, a rarely-traveled portion of the Outer Rim Territories, it became famous as the one-time location of the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Echo Base during the Galactic Civil War. It was also the site of the Battle of Hoth, a major engagement between Imperial and Rebel forces.

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Description

"But sir, the Hoth system is supposed to be devoid of human forms."
Captain Firmus Piett, to Admiral Kendal Ozzel
The icy landscape of Hoth

Located on the fringe of the Ivax Nebula in the Anoat Sector of the Greater Javin along the Ison Corridor, Hoth orbited the blue-white star Hoth on a wide elliptical orbit. Beyond Hoth was a large asteroid belt, known as the Hoth Asteroid Field, from which small asteroids regularly broke off, crashing onto Hoth's surface as meteorites.[6]

The planet consisted of a molten metallic core with dichotomous crust. Its surface was entirely covered by a frozen ocean, except where volcanic fissures opened up steam vents, depositing rock and minerals in darker patches on the glacier planes. A few mountain ranges pierced the permanent ice shelves, some being geologically active. The tidal pull of Hoth's three nameless moons caused fissures in the ice-layers, sending jets of ocean water into the freezing Hoth air. The intense cold froze these jets into spires of ice, suspending primitive ocean algae within these tall columns and glaciers. Massive oceanic currents beneath the southern hemisphere caused regular seismic activity, resulting in a constantly shifting landscape of caves and tunnels. Buried deep in Hoth's equatorial region was a fissure, reaching hundreds of meters towards the core of the planet. In this area never exposed to Hoth's blue-white sun was a cache of lumni-spice, a rare fungal growth.[2]

Its orbit and axial tilt resulted in consistently icy weather patterns. Daytime temperatures reached levels unbearable to most species and rarely rose above freezing, even in the planet's relatively mild equatorial regions. The gale force winds and intense snowstorms that regularly wracked the windswept surface magnified the extreme cold of Hoth.[2]

The frigid biosphere included a minimal food chain: the predator wampas, the omnivorous tauntauns, the herbivorous Hoth hogs, a few rodent species, including snowmice and ice scrabblers, and iceworms, lichens, and Dragon Slugs.[2]

The average planetary temperature was around -61ºC; however at Echo Base, located near the planet's equator in the northern hemisphere, daytime temperatures could reach -32ºC; however night-time temperatures got as low as -60.[2]

History

"But a settler would have to be crazy to stake his claims on Hoth. This planet doesn't have a thing to offer anyone—except us."
Luke Skywalker
Hoth's existence was known throughout the galaxy as early as 4,000 BBY.[7] The swamp wampas of Dromund Kaas were proven by scientists to be descended from the wampas of Hoth. It is possible that wampas were brought to Dromund Kaas during the New Sith Wars, though the truth remains a mystery.
Rebel snowspeeders fly across the frozen surface of Hoth.

The planet was not entirely unknown to the galaxy at large. The trans-system data storage library on the planet Halowan contained a substantial amount of information concerning the Hoth system and the planet's geography.[2]

While still relatively unknown and rarely visited, Hoth was occasionally frequented by pirates and smugglers who took advantage of its remote location, using the ice planet as a base. Even prior to his inclusion with the Rebellion, Han Solo was already familiar with Hoth from his days as a smuggler. The Mon Calamari smuggler Salmakk and his crew used one of Hoth's ice caverns as a base for several years prior to the Alliance's presence there. He and his group were chased away from Hoth by Solo after failing to capture him, hoping to collect the bounty placed on his head by Jabba the Hutt.[8][2] The smuggler Raskar, leader of the Pirates of Iridium, attempted to seize a valuable cache of lumni-spice before the Alliance settled on Hoth, but was chased off by a dragon slug.[2] A group of failed stormtroopers attempted to start a hunting business there, but were all supposedly killed by a group of wampas.[9]

The Alliance first learned of Hoth when then Lieutenant Commander Luke Skywalker and C-3PO crash-landed on the planet. After the last remnants of Rebel forces evacuated the Yavin system, Skywalker made a daring escape through the Imperial blockade of Yavin 4, plunging his ship into the vapor-trail of a transdimensional cometary body. His starship was caught in the hyperstream of the comet, and was dragged to the Hoth system.[2] Skywalker was saved from certain death after being trapped in a Hoth blizzard by a young woman named Frija Torlock. Skywalker was given sanctuary by the woman's father, Lexhannen Torlock, an Imperial governor. However, he soon learned that the two were in actuality human replica droids of the real Torlocks, hiding from the Empire on Hoth. Fearful of organic beings, the elder Torlock intended to kill Skywalker. However, in the attempt, he accidentally shot and destroyed his daughter. He was then cut down by the young Jedi's lightsaber. Skywalker and C-3PO managed to escape the planet after sending a transmission, answered by Han Solo aboard the Millennium Falcon. He later recommended Hoth to Alliance High Command as a possible relocation site.[10]

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, the Habassa also hinted to the Rebellion the Hoth system as a possible candidate for relocation.[11]

The Echo Base shield generator, under the scope of an AT-AT

The Rebellion's first official involvement on Hoth came in 1 ABY when Alliance High Command agreed to use the planet as their headquarters. The Alliance Corps of Engineers, under the command of Major Kem Monnon and supervised by Major Bren Derlin, descended on the ice planet to begin construction of High Command's new base of operations. Monnon's engineers took over the remains of the caverns once used by Salmakk for his smuggling operation, expanding the facilities considerably. The base was built in the northern hemisphere on the only livable temperate band near the equator. Construction on the new Echo Base was completed in 2 ABY. Aside from its remote location and near unbearable temperatures making it an unlikely candidate for Imperial probing, Hoth was an ideal location because of the asteroid belt that surrounded the system, providing a difficult barrier for approaching ships.[2] Additionally, the ever shifting caverns meant that it would be easy to move the base within the planet.

The Rebellion operated out of Echo Base for about one year before it was discovered by the Empire in 3 ABY. An Arakyd Viper probe droid, launched to Hoth from the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Stalker, attached to Darth Vader's Death Squadron, reported the location of the base to the Imperial Navy.[2] Vader and his fleet of Star Destroyers soon arrived in Hoth's orbit, deploying a large invasion force to the planet's surface. The Battle of Hoth ensued between the two forces, resulting in a crushing Rebel defeat. Those Rebels lucky enough to survive the battle evacuated the planet.[6] The debris of the battlefield attracted the scavenger Arns Grimraker.[12]

During the battle, a group of eighteen Rebels deemed most valuable to the Alliance's cause jettisoned from the disabled GR-75 medium transport Bright Hope back to Hoth's surface aboard an escape pod. They were forced to survive on Hoth for more than a month before a rescue party led by Commander Toryn Farr was dispatched to recover them.[13]

The advancing line of AT-AT walkers during the Battle of Hoth

After the ground battle in 3 ABY, Hoth returned to a world of obscurity, visited mostly by poachers, smugglers, xenobiologists, and the occasional tourist. An Imperial Correctional Center was established on the planet, which became known for its harsh conditions; it was said no inmate survived more than three years there before freezing to death. In 5 ABY, the imposter of Kadann sentenced Grand Moff Dunhausen to four years imprisonment at the Center.[14] The Empire captured numerous wampas and from their base stock bioengineered the cliff wampas which the Imperials used to guard their facilities on Gall.

Kyle Katarn and Jaden Korr later located an Empire Reborn base on the planet. In 12 ABY Luke Skywalker and Callista Ming visited the planet to attempt to regain Callista's Force powers. They encountered a group of smugglers who were hunting wampas for their valuable pelts. Luke happened to come across One-arm, the wampa that captured him prior to the Battle of Hoth. The two Jedi barely escaped from the savage wampas.[15]

Due to overhunting, both the tauntaun and the wampa became endangered. Under the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, the Senate passed legislation protecting the wampa. Similar legislation was proposed for the tauntauns.

Behind the scenes

There is some controversy on how the Rebels discovered Hoth. One source says that Luke found it by chance while escaping an Imperial pursuit, another claims that Han knew the planet's location and suggested it to the Alliance and a third says that the Habassa aliens proposed its location to the Rebellion after they allied and the Rebels protected them against Imperial attacks.

It is supposed that the Habassa only proposed the system as a candidate location, and the planet itself was discovered by Luke, after the system was already known. The Star Wars 3-D version is not compatible with any of the others.

The real world locations for Hoth are in Finse, Norway.

Several sources mention tundras on Hoth, however one has never been depicted. Most depictions are of icy plains with no vegetation whatsoever. Tundras have many varieties of low vegetation such as grasses.

The PC game Star Wars: Rebellion mistakenly places Hoth in the Churba sector, which is actually located in the Mid Rim.

Star Wars: Behind the Magic mistakenly claims that the Rebels believed no other species existed on Hoth besides the wampas and tauntauns.

Appearances

Non-canon appearances

Starkiller as Sidious' servant during his mission to Hoth in the non-canon storyline of The Force Unleashed

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10  Hoth: Under the Ice on Wizards.com (article)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  4. The Essential Atlas
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  7. Tales of the Jedi (audio)
  8. Star Wars 3-D 2: Havoc on Hoth
  9. The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
  10. Iceworld
  11. The Farlander Papers
  12. Hoth Stuff
  13. Of Possible Futures: The Tale of Zuckuss and 4-LOM
  14. Prophets of the Dark Side
  15. Darksaber

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Hoth was an ice planet located in the Outer Rim. Nathaniel Kenobi Solo once went to Hoth. Asteroid Crystal-312248 crashed into the planet's core in 7,654 BBY, resulting in freezing the entire planet for millennia. It eventually thawed out in 543 ABY. This planet was home to little life in its coldest years, but notable species inculded:

  • Wampas
  • Tauntauns

This planet also served as a base for the Rebellion during the Battle of Hoth.

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This article uses material from the "Hoth" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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