Christophsis

  • Appeared in:
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  • Affiliation:
    Seized by the Separatists; liberated by the Republic
  • Terrain:
    Crystalline formations
Christophsis is a crystalline planet that served as an early battleground during the Clone Wars. It is featured in the first act of The Clone Wars theatrical film and is the site where Anakin Skywalker is first introduced to Ahsoka Tano.

The look of Christophsis is heavily inspired by concept art generated for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. A crystalline planet figured prominently in explorations of worlds that were to feature in a montage of battlefronts and Separatist strongholds during the movie. As the storyline evolved, this montage turned into the Order 66 sequence, where the movie cuts to a variety of different planets to showcase Jedi Knights being betrayed and killed by their clone troopers. The crystalline planet artwork evolved into the world Mygeeto, where Ki-Adi-Mundi is seen leading his troops. When it came time to develop planets for The Clone Wars animated series, the abandoned crystalline concepts resurfaced, particularly its icy blue-green color palette and the prominent hexagonal facets that marked the planet's surface.

Cities rise from the faceted surface, with skytowers intermingled perfectly with mighty tors of smoky blue crystal. The translucent landscape colors the incoming light, giving everything a cool tone. Christophsis is inhabited by humanoids called Christophsians, who appear in the first season episode, "The Hidden Enemy."

When their planet is besieged by the Separatists, the Christophsians appeal to the Jedi Council and the Republic for help. At first, it's a small team -- led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker -- that arrive to help disrupt the Separatist invasion, but soon the stakes are raised as a full droid army arrives in force, commanded by General Whorm Loathsom.

The events in The Clone Wars movie show the eventual surrender of Loathsom's forces, after a lengthy campaign that ultimately sees him outwitted by Kenobi and Skywalker. Before The Clone Wars feature came about editorially, the opening chapter of what was to be the movie was a standalone "flashback" episode entitled, "The New Padawan." It was the 18th episode of production, but when George Lucas decided to debut The Clone Wars theatrically, it was placed in its proper chronological place before the kidnapping of Rotta the Hutt story-arc, and embellished with scenes that better fit into that plot thread.

Christophsis appears in spin-off material that retells or expands the story of The Clone Wars feature, including the novel, storybook, young reader novel, and the StarWars.com website game, "Livefire."




Keywords: Databank - The Clone Wars

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