Department of General History:
1 – Introducton
Welcome students to my classroom. This course shall endeavor to teach you the history of our galaxy before the age of the Old Republic. Nearly all records from pre-Republic era have long since vanished, but we’ve managed to piece together enough of galactic history to give us some idea what these ancient beings and civilizations were like.
We here at the Shadow Academy are firm believers in learning from our collective shared histories, whether it’s the history of our Orders, our races, our planets, or even our entire galaxy; for it is through history that we learn not only where we’ve been but where we are going.
2 – Formation of the Galaxy [7.5 Billion Years BBY – 2 Billion Years BBY]
The galaxy was formed some 7.5 billion years ago when the first star was formed in the Cularin system. That star, Morasil, was later joined by a white dwarf star named Termadus to form the binary star system we know today. Over the next several billion years many new stars formed and planetary systems were created. This process slowed down approximately 5 billion years ago with the formation of the Yavin system. At this time most of the Core and Rim stars had been created, though there were still new stars forming from time to time.
The earliest known civilization in the galaxy was created in the Rafu System by a race known as the Sharu. The Sharu created many technological wonders, including plastic pyramids and the Mindharp of the Sharu, a strange object that had the power to shift through different dimensions. The Sharu were thought to be extinct until recently when Lando Calrissian stumbled upon the Mindharp(exact date 4 BBY) and it was activated. This caused the Sharu to come out of their hiding place and once again take up residence on their planet, quite an alarming event for the human inhabitants that had been on the planet for almost a billion years after the Sharu vanished.
The only other major event in this phase of the galaxy’s history was the formation of the Osean system 2 billion years ago. This system is nothing more than a series of asteroid belts, what makes it unique is the manner in which it was formed. The Osean system is believed to have been in a phase of planetary formation when a rogue star passing through the galaxy got too close and it’s gravity field disrupted the formation process destroying any planets that may have been in their infant stages and creating the unique and abnormally large asteroid fields we see today. It is also at this same period in time that the Sullustans begin to evolve into an intelligent species in the subterrainean depths of Sullust.
2.A – The Killik Empire
The Killik were an advanced insectoid race that originated on Alderaan. They were an ancient race who colonized Alsakan and claimed to have created Centerpoint Station and witnessed the creation of the Maw, an unstable cluster of black holes located near the planet of Kessel. The killik were a fairly peaceful species that lived in large colonies known as hives. Around 35,000 BBY, the Killik were driven from the planets Alderaan and Alsakan by an unknown force; many theorize they were fleeing from the Rakata who had come to enslave them as they had countless other species.
3 – The Infinite Empire [30,000 BBY – 25,200 BBY]
The Infinite Empire was one of the first major powers in the galaxy. The Rakata, or Builders, were a race of amphibious humaniods that developed on the planet Rakata Prime in the Rakata System. The Rakata rose to prominence by developing unique technology that harnessed the power of the Force. The Rakata are also known to have created the earliest forms of energy shielding and, some believe, the first hyperdrives. These hyperdrives could only travel to planets visible in the Force, turing the Rakata into conquerors as they traveled to planets with a large life force.
At it’s peak, Rakatan civilization formed the Infinite Empire. Using their Dark side fueled technologies, the Rakata had enslaved hundreds of developing species, incuding the Duros and Humans. The Rakata are believed to have sewn the seeds of life across the galaxy inadverntly as they ferried these enslaved species to other worlds in their Empire. Notable species under the rule of the Infinite Empire were the Sith of Ziost, the Noghri of Honoghr, native Correllian species, the Wookiees of Kashyyyk, and the Selkath of Manaan. It is also believed that the Rakata defeated the other advanced species of the period which include the Killiks of Alderaan and the Sharu of the Rafa system.
It was during this time of expansion and enslavement that the Rakata created the Star Forge which would later by used by Darth Revan and Darth Malak to create the vast Sith armies that battled the Old Republic immediately following the Mandalorian War. The Star Forge was a great factory that was fueled by the Dark side of the Force and the nearby Rakata star. Using the Force along with the heat, energy, and matter it pulled from this star it was capable of creating virtually anything; starships, weapons, and even droids to fill the Rakatan army.
After thousands of years of supremacy the Infinite Empire began to crumble. The Star Forge itself was corrupting the minds of the Rakata as it was increasingly used as a conduit to channel the Dark side of the Force. This influence caused the Rakata to wage a civil war upon themselves that lasted for many years. Just as they were recovering from the civil war the Rakata began to suffer from a deadly and rapid spreading plague.
The plague brought the Inifinite Empire to its knees and killed untold millions of Rakata, but a worse fate awaited those who survived the initial plague. The plague later began to cause the Rakata to lose their connection to the Force and left them with no clues as to the source of their decreasing sensitivity to the Force. Rakatan scientists worked feverishly to find a cure for the plague but none were successful. The Rakata even began to believe the plague was created by an enslaved species since it only effected the Rakata and no other species. In it was revealed that a mysterious mutation in the plague had caused the Rakata to lose their connection to the Force.
As the amount of Rakata who could use the Force dwindled at an ever increasing rate they lost the ability to control their own technology and were forced to rely on less advanced devices that didn’t depend on the Force. Sensing their masters were weak the various slave species begain to revolt on many planets. This eventually lead to the complete collapse of the Infinte Empire in 25, 200 BBY.
After their empire collapsed the Rakata retreated to Rakata Prime. No longer able to use the Force the Rakata quickly reverted to a barbaric and cruel society. Warlords fought for control of the planet and very nearly destroyed it on many occassions. Eventually the surface of the planet became so polluted and war torn that the Rakatan civilization was forced under the ground with only the priest caste remaining on the surface to protect their ancient temples and safeguard the knowledge of their technology and history. In time the Rakata were purposely erased from the records of those they enslaved and the Infinite Empire faded into galactic history.
4 – The Hutts and Xim the Despot [25,200 BBY – 25,100 BBY]
The Hutt Empire was an ancient empire with an unknown date of creation and was mainly based in the Outer Rim of the galaxy with a few scattered Mid-rim territories. The empire was governed b