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Malastare is a fictional planet that is part of the Star Wars universe. Introduced in the prequel films and playing a key role in various extended universe stories, Malastare is known for its diverse terrain, valuable resources, and the various species that inhabit it. In particular, Malastare is home to the Dugs, a sapient species who coexist on the surface with the enigmatic Gran.
Malastare's landscape features diverse ecosystems, from lush forests and swamps to rocky plateaus, deserts, and mountains. Due to the planet's native Flora and minerals, the atmosphere is thick with a heavy fog, making visibility limited. The climate varies greatly depending on the location, ranging from humid and tropical areas to arid regions with intense heat.
One of the most significant resources on Malastare is its abundance of fuel, known as podracer fuel, which derives from the native plants found throughout the planet. This valuable resource has garnered attention from various factions within the galaxy, especially during the era of the Galactic Republic. The discovery of this energy source played a crucial role in the planet's development and its integration with the rest of the galaxy.
The Dugs and the Gran are two primary sentient species native to Malastare. Dugs are characterized by their unique anatomy, with their upper limbs functioning as legs while their lower limbs serve as hands. They are known for their stubbornness and aggressive nature. The Gran, on the other hand, are three-eyed humanoids known for their keen eyesight and peaceful demeanor. Both species have a long history of mutual conflict on Malastare.
Malastare is famous for hosting podraces, a popular yet dangerous sport in which pilots race at extreme speeds using small, repulsorlift-craft called podracers. Thanks to the planet's valuable fuel, Malastare has become a hub for the sport. The most well-known podracing event on Malastare is the Vinta Harvest Classic, attracting racers and spectators from across the galaxy.
During the era of the Galactic Republic, Malastare was represented by both Dug and Gran senators. Due to its valuable resources, the planet was a key player in the wider galactic Community, and it even hosted the Malastare Fuel Conference aimed at resolving fuel crises. As The Clone Wars unfolded, Malastare, like many other planets in the galaxy, was caught amidst the conflict between the Republic and the Separatists.
In the Star Wars prequel film The Phantom Menace, Malastare is mentioned as the home of the podracer Sebulba, a Dug who competes against Anakin Skywalker in the Boonta Eve Classic on Tatooine. The planet featured more prominently in the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where it was the setting for episodes focused on the Zillo Beast, a monstrous creature accidentally unleashed during a battle between the Republic and the Separatists.
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