STAR WARS: Dark Age of the Empire
Nar Shaddaa is the largest moon of Nal Hutta. More commonly known as the Vertical City, the Smuggler’s Moon and Little Coruscant, Nar Shaddaa is similar to Coruscant in that its surface is entirely overgrown with city sprawl for millennia. But unlike Coruscant—which was only relatively dangerous on the lower levels of the world city—Nar Shaddaa is filthy, polluted, and infested with crime throughout.
While much of Coruscant is filled with gleaming apartments and well-maintained skywalks, the entire moon is dominated by decaying urban landscape and congested, polluted cities. The moon is protected by planetary shields. Anything illegal elsewhere can be bought and sold on Nar Shaddaa, and many young smugglers, pirates and criminals started their careers on the Smugglers’ Moon. Various sections of Nar Shaddaa are controlled by the Hutts and other criminal organizations.
Despite the criminal activities on the Smuggler’s Moon, it is known that many of the galaxy’s most advanced technologies are actually developed on Nar Shaddaa. Corporations that want to avoid regulations that prohibit testing often develop such dangerous and even valuable technology within the lower levels of the city of the moon.