Everything on Star Wars: Edge of the Galaxy is supposed to feel real, as if you were leaving a Disney park and heading to the Black Spire outpost on the planet Batuu. All sodas are in special alien packages, nothing inside says “Disney” and all of the actors are in character. It is essentially a Star wars vacation and the only thing missing is an informative guide. Now he has one and we’re sharing our favorite treats.
Lucasfilm editions recently released STar Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Batuu Traveller’s Guide. Written by “Eloc Throno” (aka Cole Horton – remember, it’s all in the universe), it’s a 144-page hardcover guide to all the ins and outs of the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu.
For example, the book explains how the outpost became where it is located. The ins and outs of each store and restaurant are broken down and given some context. We learn more about Oga, who runs the cantina; Dok-Ondar, who runs the antiques lair; and every droid and plant you find in the area. All languages and unique phrases are detailed. There is so much information that you don’t have to go to the theme park. Everything’s going good here. (Which is particularly useful during a global pandemic.)
However, while the book is packed with fun facts, there are also some intriguing and tantalizing teases throughout. Knowing that Disney wants to expand its domain in the years and decades to come, those little mentions or names could end up being accidental. Here are our favorites.
The Black Spire outpost is just a small place on the larger planet of Batuu, and other nearby locations are detailed in the book. One in particular is the Galma district, “a short shuttle ride” from Black Spire, known for “a rich tradition of high speed podracing” as well as for betting on said races. Now, if I wanted to build an extension to a theme park, it would create a very convenient connection in the universe to a potential new attraction.
The next town in Black Spire is called Surabat. And while this village lacks the modern conveniences of Black Spire, there is a spooky passage about it in the book. “Local legend says this is the site where a group of children went missing decades ago, but generally reserved residents rarely tell strangers about this event.” Hmm, what? Perhaps this is a story we can expect to read or experience at some point.
In the chapter on “Getting to Batuu” there is a section on how to get there. Alcyon. What is that? Well, this is the name of a cruise ship that people can take to Batuu. You might know him best by name in our world, Star Wars: Galactic Cruiser, the Star wars hotel currently under construction in Florida. We knew that a “trip” there would include a “stop” at Batuu, but given that the hotel is probably still a few years away (before covid it was provisionally dated 2021), it’s just nice to see that Lucasfilm synergy in full effect here.
The High Republic
Although it’s gonna be a long time until we get a new one Star wars movie, the next big story is coming in the books—The High Republic. Batuu will play a role, as the guide explains: “During the High Republic, the Jedi established a small research station in the wilds of the planet”. You must imagine that it is also a match of something to come.
Savi’s Workshop is one of the best places in Black Spire Outpost.where visitors can build their own lightsabers. The explanation to the world is that Savi has the parts because he has been collecting scrap metal for years and doing so at a place called “Savi and Son Salvage”, which is loosely described as being somewhere between the market and the world. ‘outpost (where the Rise of the Resistance the journey is). However, in the article there is this very intriguing entry: “As I walk along this path, I often wonder; “Who was Savi’s son?” In all my years traveling to Batuu, I never saw Savi’s former heir.
Is this a character that will appear in a future book? Maybe a future addition to the theme park? We do not know. But such teasing is what makes this book so cool.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – A Traveller’s Guide to Batuu by Cole Horton is the best thing to go to Disneyland or Disney World and visit. It’s available now.
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