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Today, Empire continued its celebration of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) by releasing an all-new map of that galaxy far, far away (generated for the film's official visual dictionary) as it exists by the time of the film's beginning. Along with showing off the planets that we'll be headed to in the film (outlined in red: Hosnian Prime, D'Qar, Jakku, Takodana, and Starkiller Origin Base) something very interesting was spotted by myself and, evidently, quite a few other fans.

The galaxy, circa The Force Awakens
The galaxy, circa The Force Awakens

The Starkiller Base's origin planet is, indeed, a snowy ice planet -- but it's definitely not Hoth. Die-hard fans of The Clone Wars might remember this particular location, but in case you don't, here's an old map to show you what I'm talking about.

It seems as though the ice planet of Ilum once existed right where Starkiller Base now resides. For anyone who missed [Star Wars: The Clone Wars](tag:200641), Ilum was a primary focus of one episode, when Yoda and Ahsoka Tano brought a group of younglings to the planet.

Ilum is particularly important because it housed a mass of kyber crystals, which were commonly used by Jedi (and some Sith) to power their lightsabers -- but then, as confirmed in the new Star Wars canon novels, hundreds of kyber crystals also powered the planet-destroying Death Star superlaser.

from "Lost Stars" by Claudia Grey
from "Lost Stars" by Claudia Grey

Starkiller Base has been called a planet-based weapon, and if this map comparison is right, it looks as though the First Order is looking to one-up the Empire the right way: by tossing the old ways of forging weapons, and taking over a Force-powered planet to build their horrifying weapon (rumored to have the potential to destroy entire star systems) into instead.


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