- “I've only heard that name once, from Kanan. He said Mustafar is where Jedi go to die.”
- ―Hera Syndulla
Mustafar is a small planet that appeared in the Star Wars universe. Located in the Mustafar system of the Outer Rim Territories, it is known as a fiery volcanic world where lava is mined like a precious natural resource.
Mustafar is a very young and volatile world, torn apart by opposing gravitational forces of the gas giants Jestefad and Lefrani, with the former being the closer of the two. Astride thick-skinned lava fleas, the natives leapt across the lava fields to mine the planet's deadly natural resources. Mustafarians oversaw the smelting facilities constructed by the Separatists on Mustafar.
It was on this very planet that Darth Maul began his Sith training. It was also the last capital of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the site of the Separatists' downfall by Darth Vader, an event that shaped galactic history. It was the site of the climactic lightsaber duel between Anakin Skywalker and his former mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The duel ended with Anakin defeated and severally burnt by the planet's harsh environment, resulting him to be concealed behind a mask, and being encased in life-supporting armour for the rest of his life.
Mustafar later came under the control of the Galactic Empire after Palpatine ended the Clone Wars and brought the Empire to power, resulting in the fall of both the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic. Afterwards, Mustafar became infamous for being the place where Jedi go to die. Shortly after Kanan Jarrus was captured, he was transported to Mustafar for further interrogation under the supervision of Wilhuff Tarkin, until he was later rescued by his fellow Rebels. Prior to the destruction of the Death Star, Vader was known to have a personal abode on the planet. The director Orson Krennic came to visit Vader in his home to talk about the Death Star.
- The concept of Mustafar dates back to the development of Return of the Jedi, in which Luke Skywalker battles Darth Vader over a lava lake in Palpatine's throne room in the lowest levels of the Imperial homeworld. Even back then, it was rumored that Anakin suffered his grievous injuries at the hands of Obi-Wan during a battle over a lava pit, and the concept became an almost mythical tale among Star Wars fans until finally realized on film over twenty years later.
- Mustafar bears a striking resemblance to Io, the fifth moon that orbits Jupiter. Like Mustafar, Io too experiences extreme volcanic activity on the surface. The obvious difference between Mustafar and Io is that Io's volcanic flows are made up of sulfur, whereas Mustafar's are made up of molten silicate rock and iron ore, which are much hotter than molten sulfur.
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