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Arcona
Homeworld

Cona[1]

Language

Arconese[2]

Average height

1.8 – 2.0 meters[1]

Skin color

Ebony to mahogany[2]

Hair color

None

Eye color

Green, gold[3]

Distinctions

Scaleless reptilians. Flat anvil-shaped heads[2]

Famous members

Arcona, sometimes singular Arconan, were scaleless reptiles with humanoid bodies. Hailing from the desert planet of Cona in the Teke Ro system, they had poor eyesight, despite their large eyes, and had a small organ between their eyes which, often mistaken for their nose, helped them to see.

An Arcona's lifespan was roughly the same as a Human's. The Arcona lived in a family based community, where the males took care of the young, as the females were generally reckless and thrill-seeking. Despite not being a particularly technological species, by the time the Galactic Empire rose to power Arcona could be seen in every corner of the galaxy. They were also notorious for their easy addiction to common salt.

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Biology and appearance

The Arcona had flat, anvil-shaped heads, sharp claws, clear, marble-like eyes, and skin tone that ranged from mahogany to ebony. Cona, the native planet of the Arcona, was always hot, and had very little water. The atmosphere was filled with ammonia vapor. The Arcona adapted to this environment by eating the ammonia-converting roots of the complex flora of Cona as a source of water (the only water planet-wide). The Arcona depended on the ammonia to live and, as a result, Arcona living offworld had to take ammonia supplements.[1]

Despite their bulbous eyes, the Arcona had very poor eyesight. Their eyes could not detect fine shapes; and so they only saw blurry objects. To aid their poor eyesight, the Arcona had a small diamond shaped sensory organ between their eyes. Often mistaken for their nose, this organ detected heat patterns from living beings. Thus, the Arcona could recognize someone or something by its heat pattern. Like many reptiles, the Arcona had olfactory organs located in their ever moving tongues. This helped them distinguish objects in their environment that they otherwise could not make out and also gave them a keen sense of smell.[1]

An Arcona

Arcona females were considered far more reckless and free-spirited than their male counterparts, and so the males usually raised the children. Arconas took much time courting a partner, and the commitment to marry was also a commitment to parent.[1] Arconas were highly susceptible to salt addiction, which served as a hallucinogen.[2] Their eyes shifted from green to gold after prolonged addiction.[3] The Arcona lived in loose, family-based communities called nests, which were ruled by a Grand Nest.[1]

History

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Contact

Before they made contact with other beings, the Arcona were not technologically advanced. Although they eventually used sentient technology, they never developed any of their own. When scouts from the Old Republic first arrived on Cona, many Arcona were extremely enthusiastic about exploring the galaxy. Oftentimes, whole communities sought to travel off-world. As a consequence, Arconan colonies were quite common throughout the galaxy. After becoming used to other species' technology not present on Cona, the Arconan were commonly seen in every spaceport in the galaxy.[1]

Before the Great Jedi Purge, many force-sensitive Arcona joined the Jedi Order.[2]

Salt Addiction

Offworlders initially traded water for mineral rights, but soon discovered that salt was a highly addictive hallucinogen for the Arcona. Traders then imported large amounts of salt before communities outlawed the dealings. In the long run, it was only the Republic that saved the Arcona from pandemic addiction, passing laws which punished salt sales on Cona.[2] Salt-addicted Arcona could be easily recognized because their eyes turned from green to gold.[4] Because of the large number of addicts, many people believed that the natural Arconan eye color was gold.[3] Arcona females made up the main bulk of the addicts, due to their free-spirited nature.[1]

The New Order

Many Arcona were vocal supporters of the New Order, when they learned of its desire to form a united galaxy. This concept fit their notions of a perfect society.[9]

Lifestyle

Arcona normally thought of themselves as a whole. They often referred to themselves as "we" even when only one was present. Because Arcona were born in nests underground they obtained a close sense of family living in close quarters with brothers and sisters.[1]

Language

Arcona spoke Arconese on their home planet of Cona. However, on off-world colonies, Arconan young were rarely taught Arconese, as they could learn Basic easily.[2]

Names

Examples of Arconan names: Kodu Terrafin, Vegath Tist, Dutna Kelliv, Dutana Leara, Hem Dazon, Illist Mandrep, Kal Nkai, Shlith-Dan, Si Treemba.[2]

Appearances

Sources

An Arcona with marble-like eyes.

Notes and references

See also

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Game Info

Arcona can only be found on Kashyyyk, deep in the Etyyy - Hunting Grounds in the Arcona Compound area.

Named NPCs

  • Ryoo Finn
  • Jerrol Chupapa

NPC Vendor

The Arcona race can't be chosen as a vendor race by a trader.

Star Wars Lore

From the Movies

Spaceport taverns, like the Mos Eisley Cantina, provide a fascinating look at a wide array of alien life-forms. This smooth-skinned serpentine species stands out due its attractive, glittering eyes and distinctive anvil-shaped head.

From the Expanded Universe

The Arcona are a species of intelligent, limbed serpents native to the planet Cona. Their desert world is devoid of free water, but has dense concentrations of ammonia. The Arcona evolved claws to get at the water pods concealed beneath the rocky soil of Cona, and ammonia is employed in a supplementary circulatory system used to rid waste from their bodies.

The Arcona's eyes, set wide apart on their anvil-shaped heads, have thousands of individual receptor cells that register color, but give no delineation to form. It is the bulbous, diamond-shaped heat-sensing organ set between their eyes that brings their blurred multicolor world into focus. The Arcona sense of smell is based on their long, flickering tongue that collects molecules for analysis.

Arcona live in loose, family-based collectives called nests that are ruled over by the Grand Nest. The society arose from the need to protect the young Arcona. The need for community is so strong that Arcona lack a sense of individuality; they rarely speak of themselves in the first person and instead use the pronoun "we."

Cona has been a source of metals and minerals for galactic corporations for centuries, and in that time, a peculiar blight has hit the Arcona populace. The results of salt -- simple sodium chloride -- interacting with their optic nerves creates an addictive, hallucinatory array of colors in their vision. As a deadly side effect, the salt destroys their ammonium-utilizing pancreatic organ. Arcona salt addicts will do whatever they can to feed their addiction, while Arcona non-addicts will attack those smuggling salt to Cona. The female Arcona, which are generally less responsible than the male, form the bulk of the addict population. Addicts need 25 grams of salt per day, or they will suffer physiological pangs of withdrawal. Arcona salt addicts are easily recognized by the color of their eyes -- they are a glittering gold instead of the usual green color.

Source: Star Wars Databank


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