Being a Star Wars fanatic – let’s face it, there’s no such thing as merely being a Star Wars “fan” – means familiarizing yourself with a lot of names of a bunch of odd-sounding planets. Some, like the ice planet Hoth, play a huge role in George Lucas’ intergalactic ring cycle, especially if you need to seek shelter inside the guts of a snowy beast. Ditto for A-list locales like Endor and Alderaan. But others, like Orvax and Lwhekk? That’s straight-up nerd terrain. You probably have to have a closetful of action figures and a Jedi’s familiarity with the Kessel Run to have the name Ord Mantell mean something. And once you get beyond all those funny names with vaguely Norwegian combinations of vowels, you’re left scratching your head as to where the hell all of these places fit into the Star Wars universe geographically. (Is Devaron a Core World or a Colony? And where is it in relation to the Tingel Arm in the Northeast Quadrant?) Fortunately, the good folks at Dark Horse and LucasFilms have a color map of all this stuff (it was published in 2009’s Star Wars: The Essential Atlas). It may not be new to some of the real die-hards reading this, but it was new to me. And I just spent the better part of a Friday afternoon staring at it, geeking out and having Aha! moments.
If you’ve never seen it, check it out below. And for a bigger, more detailed look, click here. Then tell us what you think: Is this too much of a good thing or Nerdvana?