Gibbela was a planet that was located within the star system of the same name—a part of the Atrivis sector of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories region. The planet was isolated and distant from even minor trade routes. The plains that covered much of the planet were home to a number of farms cultivated by the Dazouri, the planet's indigenous species. These crops included yellow stalks that were grown in circular gardens, and red crops that grew on thin shoots, protected by tripod supports. These were guarded by scarecrows.
During the rule of the Galactic Empire, Gibbela was scouted as a possible site for colonization, with preliminary reconnaissance suggesting the local inhabitants would provide minimal resistance to Imperial forces. Consequently, a small Imperial taskforce was dispatched to Gibbela to claim the world for the Empire. Landing a Sentinel-class landing craft in the middle of the natives' crops, an Imperial officer confronted one of the inhabitants, ordering him to surrender. Angered by the Imperials, the local polymorphed into a larger form, and eliminated the officer and his stormtrooper support. The Imperial equipment was subsequently converted to farming equipment.