The visual dictionary for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker confirms a Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order fan theory about the planet Ilum.
Before you continue reading on, let me first warn you that this article does contain possible spoilers for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. But if you’ve already played and beaten the game, or at least made your way to the planet Illum, then you’re safe.
For those who have played Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, one of the late-game planets you visit in the action-adventure is Ilum. The icy planet is home to a Jedi Temple that housed kyber crystals, which are used in the construction of Jedi and Sith lightsabers. It’s where Cal goes to find a crystal and build his own new lightsaber.
It’s a pretty fascinating planet with some pretty rich lore. As revealed in the visual dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker, there’s actually more to the planet than what we learn about in the game. The book reveals a deeper tie-in between the game’s planet and the movies, particularly Starkiller Base from The Force Awakens. The book’s official description of Ilum explains (via GameFragger):
“Properly energized, kyber crystals create containment fields that hold and amplify power to incredible levels. The Empire controlled several kyber-rich worlds, funneling their resources into the Tarkin Initiative’s Death Star development. One unique world in the Unknown regions, Ilum, had a kyber crystalline core. Most of its more easily accessible deposits were scoured, but there were even larger crystals buried deeper beneath the surface. The First Order continued its excavations and gradually transformed Ilum – a revered Jedi world since antiquity – into an instrument of unfathomable destruction.”
Basically, the book confirms the long-running fan theory that Ilum is, indeed, the planet that was transformed into Starkiller Base. The kyber crystals at its core were what powers the massive, planet-destroying weapon. Perhaps even more interesting is that kyber crystals from Ilum also helped power the Death Star’s laser.
These little nuggets of information won’t necessarily enhance your overall experience with the game, but it helps build a connected Star Wars universe and expands upon the lore. It’s cool to see how the worlds of Star Wars intersect across the various mediums in which these stories are told.
Perhaps we’ll learn more about Ilum or maybe discover some other fascinating secrets if a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order were to be made. EA has yet to announce a follow-up to the game, but job listings from Respawn Entertainment certainly hint at the likely possibility.