|About the author||
Nihyal Ostrada is the lead archaeologist on the Yanibar Project. Originally from Mirial, she holds a Doctor of Archaeology degree from the University of Obroa-skai and was an associate archaelogist at the recent Hoth excavations and preservation. She specializes in Empire-Rebellion War antiquity and preservation techniques. Additionally, she sits on the Galactic Board of Outer Rim Antiquities. Her published works include Refuge in the Ice: The Essential Guide to the Battle of Hoth and Echo Base and Beyond the Sea of Grass: An Archaelogist's Journey to Dantooine, both of which have received considerable acclaim and have done quite well in sales.
Her research has earned her the attention of the Skywalker Foundation, which placed her on retainer for several years to do investigative work into the history of the Jedi enclave on Dantooine, as well as the Na'al Institute, which noted her tireless efforts to preserve and translate artifacts dating from the early reign of the Palpatine Empire up through the Empire-Rebellion War. Based on these accomplishments, she was chosen as the lead archaeologist to journey to the desolate world of Yanibar to unravel rumored hints of a hidden society from that era.
Over the last several months, Doctor Ostrada has been painstakingly working on unearthing artifacts and information from the Yanibar site before being forced to flee due to Grasp depredations. Having returned with a re-assembled team, she and her crew have discovered a large amount of relics, as well as sizable amounts of records. Now, in what may yet prove to be her opus, she is preparing a history and full account of the enigmatic and isolationist inhabitants of Yanibar during Palpatinitic rule, and what befell them.
Wherein Dr. Ostrada addresses the distinguished audience of the Drall Museum of Galactic Antiquities:
To our gracious hosts of the Five Worlds and especially the Five Worlds Defense Force, I and my team wish to express our sincere gratitude for your hospitality. We also owe a debt of sincere gratitude to the Drall Museum of Galactic Antiquities for their assistance with analyzing the artifacts we were able to retrieve from Yanibar. For those of you not familiar with that world, it is an unremarkable planet at the fringe of the galaxy, barely habitable and seismically unstable.
Several months ago, the Skywalker Foundation contacted me about a possible dig on Yanibar. Through sources of their own, they had learned of a society that existed in the Galactic Civil War that might have had Force-sensitive elements in its culture. As I had just finished my own investigations into the ancient ruins of the Jedi enclave on Dantooine, they considered me for the position and promised to fund me fully, unlike some of my other sponsors. I accepted their offer and began assembling my team, as well as gathering background information on Yanibar. The Skywalker Foundation was also able to secure a protective detail for our dig site composed of members from the Five Worlds Defense Force. We eternally grateful for the service and sacrifice of those sons and daughters of the Five Worlds.
Their loss was not in vain. We have found something on Yanibar—the ruins of a civilization of Force-users. These people, whom we've taken to calling the Force exiles, apparently saw Yanibar as a type of refuge from the Galactic Empire that dominated that time period. There are still many unanswered questions about the Yanibar refuge, though. We've learned how it was founded by a Jedi Knight named Selusda Kraen, and we've managed to find some records on him. We've learned much about the early years of the settlement. However, we don't know what caused Yanibar's widespread devastation. We can only surmise that it either destroyed the Yanibar civilization or forced them to flee—but if they fled, we don't know where they've gone. Our archaeologists are hoping to find some kind of key that will tell us what happened there, but for now, it remains one of the mysteries of the galaxy—where happened to the Force exiles?
We were not able to uncover much from this site before a Grasp attack forced us offworld. We barely survived, and only through the intervention of a Re-Unification League fleet were we able to escape and make our way here. Despite our extremely-abbreviated period of study, we believe that the artifacts we uncovered may prove uniquely insightful. We look forward to sharing more of our discoveries with you at a future date once we have conducted further analysis. Again, we must extend our profound thanks to the Drall Museum of Galactic Antiquities for hosting us.
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