Taris
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Region Outer Rim Territories
Sector Ojoster sector, Taris subsector
System Taris system
Suns Taris
Moons 4, including "Rogue"
Grid coordinates N-7
Trade routes Mandalorian Road, Hydian Way
Rotation period 24 standard hours
Orbital period 314 local days
Class Terrestrial
Atmosphere Type I (breathable)
Climate Temperate
Gravity Standard
Primary terrain Urban sprawl, Oceans
Surface water 30%
Native species Nekghoul
Immigrated species Many
Primary language(s) Galactic Basic Standard
Government Republic
Population 900 billion
Demonym Tarisian
Major cities Ecumenopolis (70%) (Upper City, Middle City, Lower City, Undercity)
Major imports Foodstuffs, raw materials.
Major exports Luxury items, Tarisian ale, Technology


Taris is the fifth to orbit its star, located in the Taris system, within the Ojoster sector, of the Outer Rim Territories, in turn Taris was orbited by four moons, including Rogue. The term Tarisian is used to describe people and products from the planet.

Taris is an ecumenopolis ― one big city ― at least in that all its landmasses were covered in a large city. However, unlike other ecumenopoleis, Taris has an ocean that covered a large part of the planet's surface. The ocean once possessed massive kelp farms that were used to sustain the planet's immense population. However, these farms were poisoned by pollution, leading to food shortages in the city and reliance on the Republic and later Empire and on trade to sustain it's population.

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The surface itself is polluted with wrecked starships and dense, overgrown swamps. Makeshift tenements are made of ancient shipping containers and crashed starships stacked on top of one another, while yellow smog drifts in the air. The elite of the planet dwell high above in the skyscrapers of the Upper City.

The city itself was formed over a century of prosperity, a remarkable feat considering other ecumenopolies such as Nar Shaddaa took many centuries, even millennia, to form. The towers of the city are tall and gleaming, possessing a unique, universally-rounded appearance not found on other ecumenopolies. However, beneath the planet's initial pristine exterior lies the result of many years of lawlessness and oppression. In the Lower City of Taris, the largely non-human population lives in total poverty and desperation, prevented from entering the safer Upper City, which is almost exclusively inhabited by rich Humans. Following the bombardment of Taris at the hands of Revan's Sith Empire, the city was left in ruins. Although much of the city was rebuilt in the following centuries, many ruins remain.


Culture

Taris is a very segmented society. While laws and ordinances were past in the last decades of the Galactic Republic seeking to bring equality to all Tarisians, the Empire has done nothing to carry these out. Most aliens that venture into the Upper City without a permit are arrested. The Middle City has mostly humans in it as well, but had many aliens there too. Conversely, the Lower City was mostly aliens, and crime is rampant. The Undercity is avoided at all costs.

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Crime

Due to the masses of impoverished Tarisians crime is rampant in the Lower City and occasionally spreads into the Middle City. While organized crime is controlled by the Hutts, there are a large number of swoop gangs, including the Hidden Beks, the Black Vulkars, Kanjiklub Gang, the Locker Gang, Guavian Death Gang, and Dianoga Gang.

Gladiatorial combat is also popular and illegal on Taris. A number of arena's exist in the Lower City, run by the Hutts and their agents.

There is also the black market distribution of Tarisan Ale, another industry largely controlled by the Hutts.

Justice is swift and harsh on Taris, and criminals are either executed or sent to Imperial work-camps off-world, depending on the severity of the crime. The Lower levels, while heavily-crime stricken, are occasionally patrolled by surveillance droids.

The law-enforcing division of the government is known as the Taris Civil Authority and headed by a Constable.

Swoop Racing

The gangs in the Lower City have a long and violent history that precedes the planetary bombardment by the ancient Sith Empire. In fact many scholars believe that the swoop engine was invented on Taris. It was here that swoop racing captured the imagination of the galaxy around 4000 BBY.

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Swoop racing, while illegal, is still a popular sport on Taris. The Galactic Swoop Racing Circuit, run by the Hutts, draws famous swoop racers from across the galaxy, and some of the best swoop racers came out of Taris. The Galactic Swoop Racing Circuit starts on Taris with the Tarisian Season Opener.

Ancient swoop racing was done against the clock, but today races are held in waves on a track with up to a dozen participants at a time. Swoop racers can fly solo, but typically race with a partner as they fight to keep each other safe.


Locations

The city of Taris was divided into four levels: the Upper City, the Middle City, the Lower City and the Undercity. Each possessed unique inhabitants, lifestyles and problems. However it was believed that there was a fifth level, that lacked any significant conditions.

Upper City

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The Upper City is a beautiful area inhabited by the rich and powerful, almost all of whom are Human. They live in the highest reaches of the towering glittering spire shaped skyscrapers that dominate the planet's landscape. Here, the privileged surround themselves with the all the trappings of prosperity, oblivious to the suffering and oppression of those forced to dwell far below them. Although access to the Upper City is restricted, some wealthy and entrepreneurial non-Humans are found in the Upper City.

An Imperial military base resides in the Upper City, and its roads are heavily patrolled by storm troopers as well as Taris Civil Authority officers.

  • Blue Harvest (Tech Company)
  • Haven High (Cantina)
  • Imperial Academy on Taris (School)
  • Imperial Military Base (Military Base)
  • Lionheart Estate (Political Base)
  • Senate Building (Political Base)
  • Senatorial Palace (Political Base)
  • Stormblade Estate (Political Base)
  • Taris Tech (Tech Company)

Middle City

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The Middle City is the most populous level of Taris. The middle class and working citizens of the planet's population lived here, and while aliens are becoming more prevalent, it is still primarily Human. Many small business owners lived there, and most average people came to the Middle City to conduct business. Swoops and air speeders traversed through the air-traffic ways that cut through the many avenues of the Middle City towers. The Middle City is also the largest area, since a large portion of buildings were included in the jurisdiction of the "middle area". Although not entirely devoid of crime, the Middle City is notably more peaceful than the lower levels of Taris.

  • Bulwark Estate (Political Base)
  • K-Tech (Tech Company)
  • Sando's Grill (Cantina)
  • Taris Academy (School)
  • Taris Civil Authority Station 1 (Law Enforcement)
  • Tarisian Grand Swoop Track (Swoop Track)
  • Twilight Moon (Casino, Brothel, Hotel)
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Lower City

As one descends into the slums of the Lower City, the signs of urban decay became undeniable. Filth and refuse littered the streets. Burned out vehicles and shattered windows serve as stark reminders of the violent conflicts of the swoop gangs fighting for control. Denizens of the Lower City struggle to survive amidst the violence and filth of the urban wasteland.

Aliens are common there, as until recent decades it was one of the few areas on Taris where they were legally allowed to live. There are a few cantinas that help to ease the burden of those who can pay.

Control over the Lower City streets is the subject of rivalry between swoop gangs.

  • Ancient Way Institute (Museum and College)
  • Black Vulkars Club House (Gang Base)
  • Bloodrite Dueling Ring (Arena)
  • Dianoga Club House (Gang Base)
  • The Fracas (Cantina)
  • Guavian Death Gang Club House (Gang Base)
  • Hidden Beks Club House (Gang Base)
  • Kanjiklub Estate (Gang Base)
  • Locker Gang Club House (Gang Base)
  • Mo's (Cantina)
  • Old Taris Swoop Track (Swoop Track)

Undercity

The Undercity is on the ground level beneath the immense skyscrapers of Taris and just above Taris's sewer system. It's a dark, wild area built on the ruins of starships and ancient structures mingled with toxic air and mired, stagnant swamp. Few have any desire to venture here but the nekghouls.

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  • Promised Land Ruins (Ruins)
  • Sewers of Taris (Sewers)

Flora & Fauna

Being an ecumenopolis, Taris has relatively little animal or plant life. There are however several important species.

In the upper levels of Taris there are feathered dogs used almost exclusively as pets. These unique creatures are kept on leashes as their owners take them out on walks through the promenades of Taris. There are also large domesticated lizards are used to pull refuse through the Lower City.

Ferrazid hounds are native to Taris. They lived in the planet’s jungles and swamps millennia ago, before it became an urban environment. Before Darth Malak's bombardment during the Jedi Civil War they were believed extinct, with only a few specimens preserved in zoos. When the Republic returned to the ruins of Taris, its explorers found out that the ferrazid hounds survived and became stronger. They usually kept their distance from the small settlements in Taris's ruins, but, due to their territorial behaviour, they were a serious problem for explorers and cargos.

Bogstalkers are small, flying repitles and bogworms are gigantic anthropods. Both are predictors who live and hunt in the swamps beneath the city.

Another species of wild animals on Taris is the simian tach. The tach possesses a unique gland in their heads that, when powdered, can be used to make Tarisian ale, a major export of Taris. As they are actually native to Kashyyyk, the presence of tachs on Taris may be due to importation.

While cured long ago, the rakghoul was once the fiercest and most terrifying species on Taris, inhabiting the Undercity. They were mutated humans that ruthlessly attacked anything they encountered. Contact with the rakghouls caused a sentient to contract the rakghoul plague, a terrible affliction that would cause the victim to turn into a rakghoul.

The rakgouls evolved during the 300 years following the Sith Empire's bombardment in 3956 BBY into the nekghouls. Nekghouls were a larger and much smarter strain of rakghouls. They stand upright, compared to the standard hunched stance of rakghouls. Nekghouls are unable to infect or transform their victims. They are also sensitive to the Force, though untrained and their violent response to intruders makes them lean more towards the dark side. They are capable of speech but have no known history or record of their origins. Some scholars speculate that they might be descended from Jedi or Sith infected with the rakghoul plague or perhaps the result of mutation caused from radiation by Taris' shattered reactors. They still inhabit some ruins of the Undercity.

The oceans of Taris once hosted a variety of kelp and marine life that were harvested as food for the Tarisians. Most of these were later destroyed by pollution from Taris' many industries and what was left of them was later consumed to extinction by the Tarisian nobles.


Timeline

Taris has a long history reaching back to the early days of space travel and remains an important galactic trade route into the future.

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History

At some point in galactic history, Taris suffered from a devastation of some sort, resulting in the surface being littered with ships, many buildings being destroyed, and the atmosphere becoming largely polluted. Although the city ultimately maintained its status as a major urban world, many of its population resorted to living in makeshift homes, many of which were old shipping containers.

The planet's ecumenopolis quickly developed over a century of prosperity, and as a result the planet suffers from massive overpopulation. Once a galactic nexus that earned great wealth from its strategic position on hyperspace routes, Taris' importance declined with the discovery of improved trade routes, and the planet rapidly fell into decay. The remainder of the planet's history was wrought with civil disorder and social unrest. As it turned to industry as a means of compensation for its economic troubles, its oceans became polluted, eliminating the planet's main food source. Famine spread among the lower classes while the rich hoarded what few supplies remained. The resulting strife led to the Tarisian Civil War, the start of lasting prejudices between the Humanocentric Tarisian nobles and the largely alien underclass. The city became segmented, and the lower classes were banned from living in the upper levels of Taris.

During the Mandalorian Wars, Taris served as a crucial rallying point for dissident Jedi who had decided to fight against the invading Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. As the lower classes were crushed beneath the rich, crime became rampant, and the Tarisian government did little in response. This caused Lhosan Industries, a mining company which employed half of the planet's lower class in its operation, to leave Taris. The millions left unemployed rioted against the government, kidnapping the planet's senator in the Galactic Senate as well as the local constable. This caused the local Jedi to leave Taris as well, leaving the planet in a state of chaos, as the war raged on around it.

By the time of the Jedi Civil War, order had been restored, but swoop gangs and crime still held sway over the Lower City. During the war, Taris was conquered by Darth Revan's Sith Empire, which quarantined the planet in an attempt to capture Jedi Bastila Shan. As the search continued fruitlessly, the Sith leader Darth Malak, ordered the bombardment of Taris, killing countless civilians. This act had huge political repercussions for the Sith and changed the tone of the rest of the war, showing Malak and the Sith's true colors, the desire to achieve victory at any cost.

Over the next few millennia the planet managed to rebuild and recover from its devastation, though never reaching the extent of its former glory. Similar to other ecumenopolies like Coruscant and Nar Shaddaa, the upper levels were safe and secure, inhabited by the wealthy, while the lower levels were frequently plagued by gang warfare and inhabited by thugs and the poor.

During the Great Galactic War, Taris had become the subject to both Jedi and Sith plans; while the Jedi wanted to rebuild the planet to prove to the people of the Republic that they were strong enough to recover from such a disaster, and with it raise morale, the Sith sought to foil their plans, to prove that the Republic couldn't recover from such a thing.

Clone Wars Era

During the final days of the Republic and the Clone Wars, Taris was considered a "faded" city-world and was represented in the Galactic Senate by the human female Kin Robb. When she found the battlefronts getting closer to Taris, she joined the Council of Neutral Systems under Duchess Satine Kryze, hoping it would keep her world out of the fighting. Nevertheless, Taris became the headquarters of the Republic's 10th Sector Army under the command of Moff Tanniel, guarding the neutral coalition against a Separatist incursion.

Near the end of the Clone Wars, Admiral Wullf Yularen received rumors that Count Dooku's new right-hand "Admiral Enigma" (the fallen Jedi Master Quinlan Vos) was planning to attack Taris with his Providence-class dreadnought. As a result, the Jedi High Council authorized a mission to rescue Vos from Separatist captivity.

Imperial Era

Five years after the founding of the Galactic Empire, a ship made a quick jump to Taris before quickly leaving the system for Thustra. The vessel then rendezvoused with a group of rebels, who had commandeered Moff Wilhuff Tarkin's ship, the Carrion Spike.

Around the time of the Battle of Scarif, Taris was represented in the Imperial Senate by Senator Tynnra Pamlo.

In the years following the Battle of Endor, Taris was in Warlord Zsinj's Empire. Zsinj lost the planet after a combined New Republic/Imperial raid on Taris in 7 ABY. The world returned under the control of the Galactic Empire after this battle and stayed under Imperial control until the fragmentation of the Empire following the final death of Emperor Palpatine, in 11 ABY. It later joined the New Republic.

Near the end of the Galactic Civil War, Gilad Pellaeon, leader of the Imperial Remnant conquered Taris. However the planet was quickly recaptured in a New Republic counterattack. Taris along with the Taris system and indeed the entire Ojoster sector rejoined the New Republic.


Future

In the months following the Battle of Endor, a cabal of dark side adherents known as the Acolytes of the Beyond bought the late Darth Vader's supposed lightsaber, intending to destroy it to return it to its master in death.

Thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Andrithal Robb-Voti represented Taris in the New Republic Senate on Hosnian Prime.

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