From the MoviesThe remote world of Dantooine was once home to an early Rebel Alliance base. When interrogated by Grand Moff Tarkin, Princess Leia Organa lied to him, disclosing the location of the then-current base as Dantooine. Its distance spared it from being made an example of the Death Star's powerful superlaser cannon. Nonetheless, Imperial scout ships reconnoitered Dantooine, only to find the long-abandoned remains of a Rebel base. Enraged at this news, Tarkin ordered Organa to be terminated immediately.
From the Expanded UniverseDantooine is a tranquil world whose inhabitants remain largely unaware of the isolated incidents when the planet drew any sort of galactic attention. The planet is almost entirely undeveloped, an unspoiled world wrapped in clean oceans, with its exposed land covered by olive-hued steppes and open savannahs of lavender grasses. Two moons orbit Dantooine.
The planet is rich with life, with the primitive hunter-gatherer Dantari -- thick-bodied humanoids who roam the coastal shores -- representing the height of technological evolution. Other life-forms on Dantooine include the balloon-like fabool creatures and stalker lizards.
Thousands of years ago in the distant past, Dantooine was open to colonization. Isolated family estates dedicated mostly to agriculture arose, but the population density of Dantooine remained extremely low. The Aratach Corporation established an outpost there over four thousand years ago, and erected a small spaceport to handle imports for local merchants.
Also at this time, Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Bass established a training center among the tranquil and mysterious ruins found on Dantooine. For generations, this praxeum trained many notable Jedi Padawans, including future Sith Lord, Exar Kun. Though it survived the Great Sith War, the praxeum was razed to the ground by Darth Malak in the decades that followed.
In modern times, only a few isolated ranches remain. During the Clone Wars, the Separatists attempted to conquer Dantooine to keep the Republic from using it as a staging point to blockade Muunilinst. Jedi Master Mace Windu was able to rid Dantooine of its Confederacy presence.
Because of its remote location and small native population, the planet once housed the Rebel Alliance's primary base. Unfortunately, the Rebels grew complacent on the tranquil world and allowed an Imperial tracking device to infiltrate the base in a cargo shipment. When the threat was discovered, the Rebels evacuated Dantooine in a single day.
Seven years after the Battle of Endor, colonists from the doomed world of Eol Sha were relocated to Dantooine to carve out a new life. Jedi Master Luke Skywalker suggested the world to the colonists as a new haven. Unfortunately, Imperial warlord Admiral Daala discovered the Dantooine colony, and unleashed an army of AT-AT walkers and ground troops to destroy it.
During the Yuuzhan Vong crisis, Dantooine again was the site of violence. Yuuzhan Vong forces followed refugees from Dubrillion to Dantooine, and sent an army of slave soldiers to attack them.
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