After successfully retrieving the encryption module, R2-D2, Colonel Gascon and the rest of D-Squad are returning to the Republic in their shuttle, when they get caught up in a swarm of comets and are forced to drop out of hyperspace. Their shuttle is damaged, and they wind up crashing on the Outer Rim planet Abafar.
The surface of Abafar has no landmarks, the sky refracts the sunlight in such a way that the sun can't be seen, and tracks can't be left in the ground. It's a directionless void. They can't stay at the crash site, though, so R2 and the other astromechs roll off. He gets Gascon and WAC-47 to follow by revealing he has the encryption module, which Gascon dropped during the crash.
Gascon gives in to despair during the trek across the seemingly endless void, and matters do not improve after the squad comes across another shipwreck that's been there for quite some time. Eventually, R2 and the other astromechs just up and take off on their own, having had enough of Gascon and WAC's behaviour.
After some time wandering aimlessly around the void, Gascon and WAC run into a herd of flightless birds, and decide to tag along in the realization that the birds will know where to go. They arrive at a water source just outside the town of Pons Ora — to discover that R2 and the other astromechs are already there.
- Asteroid Thicket: The comet swarm plays this role.
- Call-Back: R2 and his fellow astromechs are sent out to repair the shuttle, just like he had to do back in The Phantom Menace.
- Conveniently Close Planet: The Clone Wars does this a lot. In this episode, it's Abafar's turn to provide somewhere close for the heroes to conveniently crash on.
- Death World: Abafar, thanks to the atmosphere refracting the sunlight in such a way as to make it impossible to actually see the sun, and the ground not being able to hold tracks. It's very easy to get impossibly lost in this desert.
- Despair Event Horizon: Gascon hits it before he and WAC encounter the birds.
- Hollywood Mirage: Gascon is fooled by one of a town at one point. The droids, being incapable of being fooled by mirages, think he's gone crazy.
- Not So Different: The droids end up arguing that Gascon's training isn't so different from their programming. Gascon ends up somewhat agreeing later on.
- Sanity Slippage: Gascon goes through this while lost in the desert. He recovers after finding a way out.
- Self-Deprecation: The alien skeleton D-Squad comes across (which wears a red flight suit and has rabbit-like incisors) has an uncanny resemblance to Jaxxon, a character who has been widely cited as one of the most ridiculous things to come out of Star Wars Legends.
- Single-Biome Planet: Abafar seems to be nothing but the endless void.