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Arkanian language

Average height

1.8 meters[1]

Skin color


Hair color


Eye color



White hair and eyes, four clawed digits, extreme intelligence, able to see into the infra-red spectrum

Average lifespan

Up to 99 standard years[2]


Arkanian offshoot

Famous members

Hanna Ding, Arkoh Adasca

"Aren't Arkanians fascinating, Squint? So loving of science—and so willing to use it."

The Arkanians were a Near-Human race which resided primarily on the planet of Arkania, though they were not indigenous to it.


Biology and appearance

A male and female Arkanian.

Arkanians considered themselves the pinnacle of evolution, and as such many were distinctly arrogant. Arkanian scientists had been experts in genetic manipulation for millennia, and by the time of the Mandalorian Wars the species had been split into many sub-species, making it hard to determine exactly what was a baseline Arkanian. Most Arkanians could pass for Human, though the majority had pure white eyes and four clawed digits on each hand.

Arkanians were capable of seeing in infra-red light, and their eyes were sensitive to sources of extreme heat. This was helpful on their dark and frigid homeworld, but when traveling offworld, many were forced to wear blinders on planets with hotter, younger suns. It was also not unusual for an Arkanian to enhance themselves with internal or external cybernetics, or in some cases both. It was also standard practice for many of the Arkanians to undergo further genetic manipulation on their own bodies, enhancing themselves even further and better than lesser species.


A male Arkanian.

Regarded as some of the greatest scientists in the galaxy, members either made some of the greatest advancements in medical science, or performed atrocities which surpassed even those of the Galactic Empire. The Arkanians saw the genetic betterment of their neighboring systems as their duty, though many of their experiments were unwelcome.

One of their earliest known endeavors was the creation of the Quermian species from the Xexto around 16,950 BBY. Though they abandoned their secret experiments, fearing legal action from the Galactic Republic, the Quermians resurfaced millennia later.

Centuries before the rise of the Galactic Empire, much criticism was leveled at the Arkanians for their experiments on the dim-witted Yaka. Though they dramatically increased the species intelligence of the Yaka with their cybernetic enhancements, they also removed all trace of emotion from the people. The controversy culminated in 50 BBY with the Arkanian Revolution. A group of renegade scientists on Arkania, disapproving of the systematic alteration of the Yaka, built an army of cyborg knights to overthrow the Arkanian Dominion, the dominant government. The rebels were defeated when the Jedi intervened in the war.


This particular sub-species was bred as workers for the famed Arkanian gem mines. These people had hands with five digits and eyes whose iris contrasted in coloring to the rest of the eyeball - sometimes even pointed ears. Members of this breed, including Zadawi, Gorman Vandrayk and Jarael, were viewed as lower species and forced to live as outcasts by other "pure" Arkanians.


  • Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising
  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi: Redemption
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Nights of Anger
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Daze of Hate
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 33: Vindication, Part 2 (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 40: Dueling Ambitions, Part 2 (Vision to Jarael)
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 48: Demon, Part 2 (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Mentioned only)
  • Republic Commando: True Colors (Mentioned only)
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  • Boba Fett: A New Threat
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
  • In His Image (Mentioned only)
  • "A Two-Edged Sword" - Star Wars Insider 85 (Mentioned only)
  •  Star Wars Galaxies – An Empire Divided (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Nest III: The Swarm War (Mentioned only)
  • Invincible (Disguise)


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Notes and references


This article uses material from the "Arkanian" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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