Ever Wonder What Alderaan Looked Like?

Friday Fun Day here at the blog, so time for something on the lighter side. If you’re like many Star Wars fans, you’ve probably found yourself wondering at least once what Alderaan looked like before the Death Star blew it up. We all know it looked something like this afterwards, lol:

Asteroid field with space fog background – yes, dark humor. 😛

Well, I was always curious what it had been like anyway; this peaceful utopia with no weapons (per Leia).

The only real look that I know of comes via the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Yes, it’s a video game, but Disney has adapted elements from different games as part of canon already, including The Old Republic. The Chiss Ascendancy being one example.

Bottom line, this may or may not be canon. My best educated guess is yes, because Disney’s overall pattern with deciding what’s canon seems to be “does it fit and would we have to pay royalties to anybody outside of our existing sphere”. Alderaan’s description fits and is from Bioware / Electronic Arts, which is inside of it’s existing realm of control.

My opinion of Disney overall has been covered in previous posts

So, What Has Been Disclosed About Alderaan?

I remember ages ago that Alderaan, at the time of the movies, had been described as a planet of artisans and tradespeople. Largely rural as well, if I recall correctly. Alderaan 3000 years before the battle of Yavin (when the game is set) was the same geographically, but different socially. It’s a mountainous planet with a very similar look to the European Alps. It has quite few rugged peaks with alpine meadows, lakes and rivers between them:

The architecture doesn’t blend with nature in the classic definition, but it’s artistic with a feel of sharing nature as opposed to dominating it, at least to me. Below is one of many mountain passes on Alderaan’s playable map area:

Alderaan, both in game lore and during the time of the movies, is ruled by a royal family with other noble houses playing advisors and lobbyists to the royals. The high ranking noble houses have lesser “vassal” noble houses that follow them, and then there’s the public. It’s fairly feudal in nature without the “serfs bound to the land” aspect.

The ruling family / house can change with the death of the king or queen, since apparently the nobles have to approve the new ruler. If there’s a disagreement, then you can end up with a civil war, which was the case in the game. House Panteer was the ruling family right up to the time of the game, and MUCH later, House Organa had the throne during A New Hope.

The high ranking noble houses are described as some of the most wealthy in the entire galaxy, and I think the House Organa palace reflects that pretty well:

The actual Alderaan royal castle makes that look like a shanty town plywood shack too.

Ergo, I think one might conclude that Grand Moff Tarken had a secondary objective in blowing up Alderaan; ending it’s economic power and influence within the Empire.

Alderaan was far from peaceful 3000 years before the movie. I already mentioned a civil war. All of Alderaan’s noble houses prided themselves on and bragged about the quality of their knights and officers, as well as their battle droids. One noble house; House Rist, even worked strictly as a guild of assassins and information brokers for the other noble houses, with no loyalty to any of them. Sounds akin to the Iga and Koga ninja of feudal Japan.

Obviously, if Leia was being honest when talking to Tarkin, Alderaan had grown a fair amount in the 3000 years leading up to the movies. The noble houses were clearly still there and holding power however.

You Stuck Up, Half-Witted, Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder!

Just about everybody remembers THIS scene from Empire Strikes Back:

Well… one of the highlights of my original time playing this game was finally seeing a Nerf! YES, they’re real, and they’re raised as farm animals and exist in the wild on Alderaan:

I thought it was a nice touch, adding them into the game, and showed the developers were true fans, LOL. Yes, that’s my pureblood Sith Adoxia that I got the screenshot with as well.

9 thoughts on “Ever Wonder What Alderaan Looked Like?

  1. forresting365

    LOVE all this!!! I never even thought about it …. but YES, please! That’s gorgeous!!! And Thanks for the clip! I had actually forgotten that scene! It’s wonderful! I have to say my favorite all-time exchange between Leia and Solo is right before he got carbon frozen. You know what’s coming!!!
    Leia: I Love You.
    Han: I know.
    🤣🤣🤣Cheers!

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  2. joanne the geek

    A friend has a book of all the Ralph McQuarrie drawings of the Star Wars universe, including all the early concept art of the movies. I quite liked his drawings of Alderaan, though they’re rather different from the glimpse we end up seeing in Revenge of the Sith. In McQuarrie’s pictures all their cities blended in with the natural landscape, which was an interesting idea.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      You should give it a go. With as big a Star Wars fan as you are, you’d love it. Very good lore, that actually plots back to the dawn of civilization in the galaxy. The classes are all fun to play with good stories also (as well as the general storyline for each planet).

      The only downside for some folks is that it’s not Free to Play friendly. Lots of restrictions on them. But heck, $15 a month is the cost of a movie, a fast food meal or two cheaper Starbucks coffees.

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