Mustafar was a small planet located in the Mustafar system, within the Atravis sector of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories. Once a garden world nourished by the Bright Star artifact, its orbit was shifted when Lady Corvax unleashed the energies of the Bright Star in an attempt to return her husband to life. The resulting gravimetric duel between the gas giants Jestefad and Lefrani over Mustafar heated the planet's core, transforming the lush world into an imbalanced volcanic hellscape. Adapting to life on their devastated homeworld, the arthropodal Mustafarians evolved into two distinct subspecies that cooperated to ensure their continued survival. Legends of Corvax's search for immortality brought the ancient Sith to Mustafar, seeking the same secrets of eternal life. There, they built a temple over a locus in the dark side of the Force, above the buried ruins of Corvax Fortress. (x)
I’m sorry PADMÉ WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO ATTEMPT TO KILL ANAKIN WITH A HUGE DAGGER??? WHAT???￼
here’s a video of the concept artist, iain mccaig, explaining the original ending of RotS and why he preferred it to the version that was chosen
and i have to say, i agree. over and over again we see padmé prioritize her duty to the republic and democracy, over her own life and over the lives of the people around her as well. i think this version would have been more in-character for her!
video transcript bc there aren’t any subs:
“Behind his back she’s starting the rebellion to overthrow him. Because Padmé can see he’s becoming a monster. It’s apocalypse now, right? At the end, Mustafar? When she goes to see him she has a knife in her hands, i know she does, check the concept art in the book. (audience laughs)
“She gets off that ship with the knife. She runs up, throws her arms around him - he lets her. She’s got the knife at his neck, she’s going to kill him - he lets her. And she can’t do it, she loves him too much to stop him, even when he’s become the monster.”
“Enter Obi-Wan! Anakin freaks out, kills Padmé - well, almost. Wouldn’t that have been good?”
#’YOU HAVE BECOMETHE VERY THING YOU SWORE TO DESTROY’
#THE PARALLEL TO OBI-WAN TRYING TO GET ANAKIN TO DO THE RIGHT THING ON MUSTAFAR
#AND IT WORKED BECAUSE THE CLONES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GOOD NO MATTER WHAT THEY WERE LITERALLY MIND CONTROLLED INTO DOING
#THEY KNEW THIS WAS WRONG
#AND THEY FINALLY STOOD UP FOR IT
#I MEAN I THOUGHT FOR A GOOD MINUTE
#THAT THIS WAS HOW HOWZER WAS GOING TO DIE
#THAT EITHER THEY’D BE FORCED TO SHOOT HIM OR CROSSHAIR WOULD KILL HIM
#BUT THEN!!! HE LIVED!!!
#AND NOT ONLY LIVED BUT HE INSPIRED THE OTHER CLONES TO STAND UP AGAINST WHAT THEY KNEW WAS WRONG
#THIS IS THE CONTENT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR
FORTRESS VADER, also known as Darth Vader’s castle and Vader’s personal abode, was a stronghold located on the volcanic world of Mustafar. Once the site of a Sith temple, the fortress was built above a Sith cave that still remained. The central tower was constructed out of obsidian, and its tuning towers served as conduits for the dark side. The castle was designed by the preserved consciousness of the ancient Sith Lord and artist Darth Momin. Momin stated that the design he had for the fortress would act as a tuning fork for the Force, and promised Vader that if it was constructed, Vader would finally be able to achieve a way to meet his lost love again.
i think it's really funny that obi-wan kenobi might be a master duelist, but every single time you go "would a jedi kill an unarmed man? HM" he has to stop and write an ethics essay in his head. like a guy about to blow up a ship of people very clearly baits obi-wan into thinking killing him would be worse than letting him live, so he can continue to blow up said ship, and a person who literally enslaved and tortured thousands of people is like i'm unarmed, this is unethical, and both times obi-wan has to be rescued from mentally scrawling out his ethics essay body paragraph #5 by the 501st boy of the week. if anakin wanted to not lose all of his limbs on mustafar, he should've thrown away his lightsaber and said "i know i murdered all the jedi and also a lot of children but i'm unarmed and therefore YOU are wrong" and what could obi-wan do? bawl his eyes out and write ethics essay body paragraph #6 in his head?
THIS PARALLEL DOES NOT GET ENOUGH CREDIT.
Obi-Wan, in being unable to kill Anakin, because he could never do it, he could never force himself to make that last stroke to end Anakin’s life, he just could not do it, feels as though he let the Emperor win because of it.
Luke faces exactly the same situation and it isn’t that Obi-Wan is saying that Luke has to kill him (George Lucas was explicitly clear on that he had to be ready to do it, if Vader tried to kill him, not that he absolutely had to, that’s not what Obi-Wan and Yoda were saying), but that he has to be ready for it to be a possibility that will come up.
Obi-Wan himself failed at accepting that possibility, even when he went to Mustafar to face down Anakin, to beat him in that fight, even able to cut off his limbs. But he genuinely could not kill Anakin and because of this Vader lived and went on to hurt, kill, or enslave millions of people in the galaxy, because of this, the Emperor won. Because Obi-Wan couldn’t set aside his feelings in the moment that was most crucial, even when there was no other way around that Mustafar confrontation. Yoda was right, he couldn’t have faced Sidious, either.
And the reason Luke can succeed where Obi-Wan couldn’t, where Padme couldn’t, where Ahsoka couldn’t, is because Anakin cannot face what he’s done and live with it, he cannot face the look on Obi-Wan’s face, on Padme’s face, on Ahsoka’s face, when they know him, when they knew who he was, when they know what he’d done. Even if they forgive him, they’ll always see who he had been and how he fell and Anakin can’t make peace with that and live. But Luke only sees the future, he doesn’t know much of the past, he only knows that there’s still light in Anakin. And Anakin can let go because he doesn’t have to face how far he’d fallen from the person he once had been, not and still live.
This was a miracle and one that nobody was happier about than Obi-Wan, but his advice isn’t wrong either, from his experience. His inability to face the truth of Anakin’s fall and the consequences of it, his inability to let go of his feelings for Anakin, is what allowed Darth Vader to live. Darth Vader made his own choices, nobody is responsible for them but him, but Obi-Wan certainly feels the weight of, if he had killed Anakin then, if he had been able to do that when Anakin forced his hand, then they wouldn’t be in as bad of a situation as they are now.
And that makes sense from his point of view--and, had Anakin been unwilling to let go of his own hate and rage, had Anakin been unwilling to give up his own life for Luke’s, it’s entirely possible that Sidious would have deep fried Luke and the galaxy would have been in his clutches still yet, the Emperor would have won again. If Obi-Wan couldn’t stop Anakin, if Padme couldn’t stop Anakin, if Ahsoka couldn’t stop Anakin, it’s entirely reasonable that Obi-Wan would think Luke couldn’t stop Anakin, either.
Because Obi-Wan knows who Anakin was, Obi-Wan loved him, and he knows exactly how those feelings can be used against you and evil will triumph.
Aayla - turkic in origin, meaning a halo of light around the moon
Ackbar - from the Arabic ‘akbar’, meaning great or greatest
Alderaan - possibly named after the Arabic name of the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, Aldebaran
Barriss - from the name Baris, meaning peace
Din - Urdu word meaning day. Possibly also from the Arabic ‘dīn’, meaning creed, or way of life
Jabba - from the Arabic ‘jabbar’, meaning giant, or almighty when used to address the divine, and tyrant when used in reference to mankind
Jamillia - from the name Jameela/Jamilla, meaning beautiful
Jedha - possibly taken from Jeddah/Jedda, a city in Saudi Arabia
Jedi - although many believe the name originates from ‘jidaigeki’, it is also remarkably similar to the Arabic ‘al-jeddi’, meaning master of the mystic warrior way. (GL studied Sufism and spoke to Sufi religious leaders during his research for his films and inspiration for the Force and Jedi - so please don’t erase this or overlook it)
Kanan - Arabic in origin, meaning merchant (possibly also from the biblical canaan)
Mustafar - from the Arabic name Mustafa, meaning the chosen one, also a name of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Omera - Urdu in origin, a derivative of the name Umera or Umaira, meaning one with a positive demeanor, or one who performs the hajj, or one who enlivens
Qui-Gon Jinn - Jinn in Islam are unseen creatures, part of the unseen realm
Tatooine - a name of a city in Tunisia (an indigenous name that’s not islamic in nature but adding it so people know where they got the name from)