Region: Outer Rim Territories
System: Zeffo system
Primary terrain: Cliffs, Mountains
Surface water: Oceans
Points of interest: Abandoned Village, Ancient Catacombs, Auger Pulverizers, Crash Site, Derelict Hangar, Gusty Bluffs, Ice Caves, Imperial Dig Site, Imperial Headquarters, Tomb of Eilram, Tomb of Miktrull, Turbine Facility, Weathered Monument, Windswept Ruins
Flora: Dreamwort, Gillypod, Grass, Royal Fluzz, Skungus
Fauna: Jotaz, Phillaks, Rabid Jotaz, Scazz, Zeffonian bird
Native species: Zeffo
Immigrated species: Human
Affiliation: Galactic Empire
Description: Zeffo was a windswept planet located in the Outer Rim Territories. A water-rich world, its terrain consisted of rocky mountains and cliffs, and its surface was covered in grass. The planet featured a number of ruins and crypts that were protected by the Tomb Guardians. Zeffo was home to a number of creatures, including the phillak and the scazz. Zeffo was once home to a community of archaeologists and pioneers who visited the planet during the time of the Galactic Republic. When the Galactic Empire rose to power, the peaceful community was destroyed by the pillaging of historical sites and sacred tombs. The Emperor sought valuable information on Zeffo, as did the former Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis.
In its early history, Zeffo was home to the Force-sensitive species named the Zeffo. During their time of rule, they constructed many statues and relics. They left behind many tombs, dedicated to several Zeffo sages, protected by Tomb Guardians.
During this time period, the planet was largely visited by archaeologists who wished to discover ancient Zeffo artifacts. Jedi Master Eno Cordova conducted research of the tombs here.
At some point during this era, a Republic Venator-class Star Destroyer, under the command of General Chiata, crash landed on Zeffo. Shortly after the crash, Chiata's unit of Clone Troopers were ordered to carry out Order 66, killing Chiata and her padawan Marseph.
Under Imperial occupation, Zeffos ice caves and many other areas were excavated as part of Project Auger to excavate for resources for the Death Star. In search for Zeffo artifacts, the Empire drove many Zeffo inhabitants from their homes in the villages.
Cal Kestis visted Zeffo during this time, in search of the Zeffo tombs that Eno Cordova had conducted research on.
Places of Interest
The Abandoned Village was a village located on the planet Zeffo. Before it was abandoned, the village had a number of inhabitants, who were displaced when the Galactic Empire occupied Zeffo as part of Project Auger.
The Ancient Catacombs were a set of tunnels and catacombs on Zeffo constructed by the ancient Zeffo species. By the time of the Imperial Era, the catacombs had fallen into ruin, and were infested with scazz.
The Auger Pulverizers was an area of mountainside on the planet Zeffo, used by the Galactic Empire as a site to mine the planet's rock using MK-270 Imperial Pulverizers as a part of Project Auger.
The Crash Site was a location on the planet Zeffo. During Order 66, a Venator-class Star Destroyer crashed onto Zeffo's surface after suffering heavy damage in a battle against a Separatist dreadnought. The wreckage remained in the crash site several years into the Imperial Era.
The Derelict Hangar was a hangar located on the planet Zeffo, used by the Galactic Empire. During a mission to Zeffo as part of their mission to rebuild the Jedi Order, Cere Junda and Cal Kestis arrived at the hangar from the Stinger Mantis, piloted by Greez Dritus.
The Gusty Bluffs were an area of cliffside on the planet Zeffo, known to be inhabited by phillaks. The high winds in the area led the Turbine Facility to be constructed nearby.
The Ice Caves was a cave system located beneath the surface of the planet Zeffo. The caves were inhabited by jotaz, phillaks, and scazz.
Imperial Dig Site
The Imperial Dig Site was an excavation site of the Galactic Empire located on the planet Zeffo. The site was utilized following the reactivation of Project Auger, in which the Empire attempted to locate artifacts from the ancient Zeffo ruins.
The Imperial Headquarters located on Zeffo served as the Galactic Empire's base of operations during their occupation of the planet.
Tomb of Eilram
The Tomb of Eilram was a tomb located on the planet Zeffo. It was built by the ancient Zeffo species as the resting place of the Zeffo Sage Eilram.
A vaulted, subterranean structure constructed by the Zeffo, the facility was originally constructed as a proving ground and training facility for Zeffo Sages studying the nature of the Life Wind. Carved from the natural stone of the planet, the facility was built to harness the natural electromagnetic forces of the region, while ornamental wind chimes hung from the high ceilings. While the Life Wind was elevated in every aspect of the facility's architecture, the place was eventually converted into a tomb for the honored remains of Sages that had passed on. Chief among the venerated dead was Eilram, a Sage who held a place of significant veneration in Zeffo culture. The final resting place of Eilram was a domed chamber, the walls of which were decorated with an ornate carving of a wroshyr tree. The tomb was guarded by several droid guardians, towering automaton charged with the defense of the sacred chambers and their unplumbed secrets.
Long after the disappearance of the Zeffo and the abandonment of the tomb, Jedi Master Eno Cordova explored the facility with his droid, BD-1, building a laboratory in the lands surrounding the ancient edifice. Delving deep into the history of the Zeffo, Cordova would leave many clues to his studies for future explorers to discover after the Great Jedi Purge.
In 14 BBY, Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis, who was on a mission to restore his fallen Order, entered the tomb. While inside, he experienced a vision from his past, where his master, Jaro Tapal, instructed him on how to push objects with the Force. With this renewed ability, Kestis was able to enter the chamber where was buried, where he was shown a recording of Cordova by BD-1. Cordova pointed out the wroshyr carving, which indicated the Zeffo once had ties to Kashyyyk. He finished by saying that if the Zeffo had been on Kashyyyk, Wookiee Chieftain Tarfful would know of it. This led Kestis and his crew to travel there to find him.
Tomb of Miktrull
The Tomb of Miktrull was a Zeffo temple on Zeffo that served as the burial site of the Zeffo Sage Miktrull. Zeffo Tomb Guardians guarded the site, defending it against any intruders.
The Turbine Facility was a derelict facility located on the planet Zeffo, operating a number of turbines.
The Weathered Monument was a large statue created by the ancient Zeffo in their own image. During the Galactic Empire's occupation of Zeffo, they used the inside of the statue as a base.
The Windswept Ruins were a set of ruins located on the planet Zeffo. The structures that eventually made up the ruins were originally constructed by the ancient Zeffo species. The entrance to the Tomb of Eilram was located near the ruins.