Geek Speak Weekly: “Cloud City”

CLOUD CITY – Star Wars


For the non-nerds: Cloud City is the floating city in Empire Strikes Back that Han Solo and Princess Leia take refuge upon while fleeing from the Empire. At that time, the city is owned by Han’s friend Lando Calrissian, who welcomed his old friend with open arms.

Due to its relative isolation and overall unimportance, Cloud City was largely overlooked by Imperial forces. The city primarily served as an outpost for Tibanna Gas harvesting.

For the nerds: Cloud City contained 352 stories, and housed nearly 5.5 million inhabitants (not including driods.)

Cloud City was built by Ecclessis Figg about 400 years before the Battle of Yavin.

In an early draft of Star Wars, Cloud City is seen as the capital of the Imperial planet of Alderaan. Obviously, the draft was later revised.

Below is Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for Cloud City.

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