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Bith
Homeworld

Clak'dor VII[1]

Language

Bith[2]

Average height

1.5 - 1.75 meters[1]

Skin color

Pale Pink,[3] yellow,[4] green[5]

Hair color

None[4]

Eye color

Black[4]

Distinctions

Large cranium, acute senses of smell and hearing[1]

Races

Mainstream Bith, Y'bith[6]

Famous members

Bith were a peaceful, highly-evolved craniopod species native to the planet Clak'dor VII. Fully adapted to a civilized, high-technology lifestyle, Bith were found galaxy-wide at all levels of society, most notably as engineers, scientists, intellectuals, consultants, and musicians.

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Biology and appearance

A Bith musician

Bith were craniopods[7] with pale pink, yellow, or (rarely) green skin, large heads, large lidless eyes, and long fingers. The Bith's internal systems were different from most humanoids, as the Bith had only one lung. Bith also lacked a proper nose, instead having highly sensitive olfactory organs hidden in the flaps of their cheeks.[1]

The other Bith senses were also acute. Bith could sense the tonal qualities of sound as well as other races sensed colors.[8] Their eyes were able to focus to 0.07 on the Gandok Scale[9] and they could see microscopic details of nearby objects, but were extremely nearsighted as a result. An interesting side effect of their incredible sensors was the effect of sonic grenades on them. It was described as causing their heads to explode.

Similarly, Bith had high manual dexterity which helped them manipulate fine tools, though their physical prowess with gross motor skills was only average.[1]

Bith had even evolved past the need for sleep. Instead, they would slip into a light meditative trance, which allowed them to get as much rest in four hours as other species could get in eight. During this trance, Bith were still almost fully aware of their surroundings.[2]

Since they had relied on technology for so many generations, Bith were also unable to reproduce naturally. Instead, they relied on artificial conception and gestation. Mates brought genetic material to a Computer Mating Service for analysis against prospective mates. Bith children were created from genetic material from two parents, which was combined, fertilized, and incubated for a year.[1]

History

Bith were one of the galaxy's most ancient civilizations, with a history going back millions of years. This antiquity garnered respect in certain quarters, such as among the Gree, who gave them more respect than other, "younger" species.[10] Their society was highly regimented, with everything from mate selection to political leadership controlled by sophisticated computer programs.[1]

A Bith band in Ziro the Hutt's lair

Circa 300 BBY,[11] the Bith city-states of Nozho and Weogar engaged in a massive civil war using biological weapons over patent rights to a new hyperdrive. The aftermath of the Nozho-Weogar War destroyed Clak'dor VII's ecosystem and crippled the Bith industrial capacity, forcing the Bith to retreat to sealed cities and rely on imported goods and machinery to keep their society functioning.[1] The Y'bith, a subspecies of Bith, were descended from Bith whose genetic code was altered in the aftermath of a biological attack on Nozho. These "ghost Bith" resettled on Clak'dor IV and developed their own society, somewhat estranged from the Bith mainstream.[6]

The war also brought out a strong pacifistic streak in Bith culture.[1] For example, they attempted to remain neutral during the Separatist Crisis, though they were eventually coerced into supporting the Confederacy of Independent Systems against the Galactic Republic.[7] While they viewed the Republic as morally corrupt, they restricted their support of the CIS to technological and artistic contributions.

Not all Bith joined with the Separatists, however—notably Jedi Master Ph'ton, who served the Republic as a Senior General during the Clone Wars.[12] Many other Bith had served the Republic as Jedi Consulars over the years: some of them were rumored to have survived the Great Jedi Purge by hiding on their homeworld.

Both the Clone Wars and the rise of the Galactic Empire made the Bith uneasy about conditions in the rest of the galaxy, with most Bith choosing to wait out the Dark Times within Clak'dor VII's sealed cities.[2] After the Clone Wars ended, the Bith did not resist the Empire, instead putting their technical expertise at the service of the Imperial war machine.[1] The Bith were horrified by the Empire, however, and were among the first species to be liberated by the New Republic in 5 ABY. The Bith did not emerge fully from their isolation until 8 ABY, shortly after the Hapans rejoined the Galactic community.[2]

A Bith band at the Boonta Eve Classic on Tatooine

Bith in the galaxy

Ever since the Nozho-Weogar War, Clak'dor VII's main exports were the products of the Bith intellect. Many Bith worked as engineers, data analysts, or in other intellectual professions. Others used their intelligence, natural technical skills, and dexterity to work in the criminal underworld.[1] Many Bith worked as cantina staff, since bartenders in Bith society held a position equivalent in many ways to priests in other cultures.[13] Their hearing also made Bith such as Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes (the house band in the Mos Eisley Cantina circa 0 BBY)[4] excellent musicians.

Behind the scenes

The Bith species were originally meant to be called the "Sicmoo",[14] a phonetic anagram of "music".

The Bith costumes seen in A New Hope were built by Doug Beswick.[7]

Bith vaguely resemble the Greys, claimed to be the most common aliens seen in the real world.

Appearances

Non-canon appearances

Sources

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Notes and references

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Species
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ultimate Alien Anthology
  3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  5. Jango Fett: Open Seasons
  6. 6.0 6.1 Y'bith in the Databank
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Bith in the Databank
  8. We Don't Do Weddings: The Band's Tale
  9. Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  10. The Gree Enclave
  11. The Essential Guide to Alien Species
  12. General Grievous 1
  13. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  14. Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases

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Star Wars Fanon

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The Bith are a humanoid species characterized by their large, domed foreheads and dark, beady eyes. They are well-known for their expertise in musicianship and science. The Bith come from a distant planet Clak'dor VII.

Biology and appearance

Bith were craniopods with pale pink, yellow, or (rarely) green skin, large heads, large lidless eyes, and long fingers. The Bith's internal systems were different from most humanoids, as the Bith had only one lung. Bith also lacked a proper nose, instead having highly sensitive olfactory organs hidden in the flaps of their cheeks.

The other Bith senses were also acute. Bith could sense the tonal qualities of sound as well as other races sensed colors. They could also see microscopic details of nearby objects, but were extremely nearsighted as a result. Similarly, Bith had high manual dexterity which helped them manipulate fine tools, though their physical prowess with gross motor skills was only average.

Bith had even evolved past the need for sleep. Instead, they would slip into a light meditative trance, which allowed them to get as much rest in four hours as other species could get in eight. During this trance, Bith were still almost fully aware of their surroundings.

Since they had relied on technology for so many generations, Bith were also unable to reproduce naturally. Instead, they relied on artificial conception and gestation. Mates brought genetic material to a Computer Mating Service for analysis against prospective mates. Bith children were created from genetic material from two parents, which was combined, fertilized, and incubated for a year.


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Game Info

Figrin D'an. A Bith male.

Named NPCs

NPC Vendor

The Bith race can be chosen as a vendor race by a trader with the Hiring II skill.

Star Wars Lore

Movies

The Bith species of humanoid are characterized by their large craniums, huge round, lidless eyes, and tiny mouths under their fleshy face folds. They are found throughout the galaxy, from the backwater dives of the Outer Rim Territories, to the Jedi order on Coruscant during the time of the Galactic Republic.

Expanded Universe

Bith are highly advanced craniopods from the planet Clak'dor VII, in the Colu system, Mayagil sector. The Bith are so evolved that their ancestral predecessors are impossible to determine. The Bith have become totally dependent on technology, having long since lost all their animalistic traits and instincts. Bith have atrophied senses of aggression, concentrating their energies into art, music and technology. The reproductive organs of the Bith have atrophied and are useless. Bith reproduction is handled through technology. Prospective parents donate DNA samples to a Computer Mating Service (CMS), which then uses a complex computer program to produce a CP, or child pattern, displaying what possible children would look like from different mates. The Bith decide which child pattern appeals to them the most, and the CMS bonds the two DNA patterns to produce a child. A year later, CMS delivers a child to the new Bith parent.

The Bith have evolved past the need for routine sleep, unless sufficiently exhausted. The epidermal folds around their mouths collect molecules for olfactory analysis. Bith have a single lung, which draws in oxygen, strips each molecule of the necessary gases, and expels the waste gases through the skin. The Bith eye is very advanced, capable of focusing on microscopic detail. Their sense of hearing is so acute that they percieve the tonal qualities of sound in much the same way other species percieve color. As such, Bith musicians are noted for their virtuoso skills and complex musical arrangements.

Centuries ago, conflict erupted when two Bith cities, Nozho and Weogar, were competing for a patent on a stardrive. The end result of the conflict was biological warfare that wiped out 90 percent of Nozho's population, and transformed the garden world of Clak'dor VII into a monster-filled wasteland. The war crippled their technological centers, and the Bith had to turn to imported devices to help sustain their society. The Bith hermetically sealed their cities, and retreated from the growing wilds of their planet.

During the Separatist crisis, the Bith attempted to remain neutral to the conflicts splitting the galaxy. As more and more neighboring systems seceded, the Bith were eventually persuaded to support the Separatists in their cause.

Source: Star Wars Databank


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