this collection of black holes was located near the planet Kessel. Its existence was one of the galaxy's strangest mysteries, since it seemed improbable that a group of black holes could exist in such close proximity. The greatest minds in the galaxy argued about its conception, with some beings claiming it a freak of nature, and others claiming that it was a gateway device created by some lost, ancient civilization. Because of the intense gravity in the area, the Maw was slowly drawing the entire Kessel system into the black holes. It was later discovered that the Maw had, in fact, been built by an ancient race. This race was known as the Celestials by the Colony, but the exact reasons for the construction of the Maw were never learned. Other histories pointed to the possibility that the Killiks created the Maw.