Alongside the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came the Star Wars novel Catalyst. Catalyst told the story of how the Death Star came to be, with the focus being on Galen Erso, the father of Jyn Erso, and Director Orson Krennic, the primary antagonist of Rogue One.
Catalyst takes place over a long period of time in the #StarWars Universe, showing each stage of Death Star construction, including the stages where the #DeathStar was just an idea. As we saw in Attack of the Clones, the Death Star plans were originally in the hands of the Separatists, which they intended to construct in order to emerge victorious in the Clone Wars.
After the Battle of Geonosis, the Republic grabbed hold of the Death Star plans and learned that the Separatists were (supposedly) building it. In response, the Republic began a race to build a Death Star of their own to counter the Separatist attack, so as to win the War.
As we know, Palpatine was the puppet master of the Clone Wars, as he led both sides of the War to keep himself in office. It turns out that the Separatists' alleged Death Star plans were only an excuse Palpatine made up to have the Republic build one. There was no Separatist Death Star; Palpatine just wanted to give the people a reason to build one.
With Palpatine pulling the strings, he clearly has a big plan in play to have his cronies, like Krennic, construct the greatest weapon in Galactic history. This plan includes the return of a particular character from the prequels...
Poggle the Lesser
Poggle was the Geonosian leader on the Separatist side of the Clone Wars, who was first seen in Attack of the Clones. He also appeared in the TV series The Clone Wars, in addition to Revenge of the Sith. He and his Geonosians built the strongest Battle Droid armies the Separatists had to offer, and were one of the Separatists' greatest assets.
#StarWarsCatalyst reveals that Poggle and his people were responsible for coming up with the design and blueprints for the Death Star. Poggle was later caught during the Clone Wars and was held captive by the Republic for two years, where he was interrogated about the location of the Separatist Death Star (which didn't actually exist).
It was Orson Krennic who eventually broke Poggle by convincing him to use his talents to build a Death Star for the Republic instead, as the Separatists underappreciated his work. Poggle's betrayal of the Separatists is what essentially kickstarted the Republic's work on the Death Star. Up until then, the Death Star was an idea, but with the creature who first came up with the idea of the Death Star on the Republic's side, it became a reality.
Poggle, alongside Krennic and Galen Erso, oversaw the early stages of the Death Star on Geonosis. This went on for sometime, until Poggle eventually betrayed the Republic by having his people attack them, while Poggle himself escaped and returned to the other Separatist leaders. But don't worry, he eventually got what was coming to him in this clip from Revenge of the Sith...
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While his betrayal slowed the Death Star construction down, the Republic (soon to be the Empire) already had enough of Poggle's assistance to continue his work after his departure. Without Poggle, I doubt the Death Star would have come to be.
That is what amazes me about the Star Wars franchise. Even the smallest characters, like Poggle the Lesser, play a major part in the series when you look deep enough. Had Poggle not existed, the fate of the Galaxy could have been a lot different.
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