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Cerean language

Average height

2 meters[1]

Skin color

Pale pink

Hair color

Red, blonde, brown, black (usually turning gray or white with age)


Cone-like skulls

Famous members

Bo-Ro-Tara, Lus-Nati Fellaus,[2] Ki-Adi-Mundi, Tarr Seirr, Tap-Nar-Pal, Sen Udo-Mal

Cereans were a sophisticated and cultured humanoid mammalian species that hailed from the planet Cerea in the Mid Rim. They had tall tapering heads, which housed large binary brains, enabling them to focus on many things at the same time. Aside from this unique feature, Cereans were physically similar to Humans, although they possessed an extra heart, which supplied extra blood circulation to support their brains.

Cerean males aged more quickly than the females, who had similar lifespans to Humans. Thus, there were fewer males than females. Polygamous marriage was a necessity in order for the species to survive. Each male usually had one primary "bond-wife", and between four and ten "honor-wives".

Famous for their extraordinary thinking abilities, Cereans were often found among the ranks of the Jedi Knights, being exempt from the Jedi's vow of celibacy, due to their low birth rates. One such Jedi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, served the Jedi High Council during and prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars.


Biology and appearance

A female Cerean Force Adept.

Their enlarged skulls, extending up to twenty centimeters above their foreheads, housed complex binary brains, provided with sufficient blood by an extra heart in their heads.[3] The binary structure of Cerean thinking helped them to ponder two sides of an issue at once[1]. It also enables them to process information and solve problems rapidly[4]. Because of their thoughtful nature, they tended to be calm, rational, and analytical, preferring peaceful philosophies and a lifestyle which worked in harmony with nature. Though the quick-thinking Cereans had equally quick reflexes, they were commonly not as well coordinated as Humans.[4] Because of the weight of their enlarged skulls, Cereans often had back problems.[5]

Society and culture

Cereans developed a low-tech society on their homeworld, and preferred to live in isolation from the wider galaxy. However, during the years leading up to the Invasion of Naboo, a generational dispute erupted on Cerea when the younger generation took up a rebellious stance against their low-tech society. Many Cerean youths wished to own such technology as was commonplace in the Galactic Republic, like starships and speeder bikes. This unrest was ultimately quelled by Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi, who traced the instigator of the movement, Ephant Mon, to Tatooine.[6]

Many Cereans used specially-forged Kasha crystals as a meditational tool. By focusing one's thoughts while in contact with such crystals, distractions were eliminated, creating an exceptional meditation environment. Cerean Jedi sometimes incorporated these crystals into their lightsabers, providing great focus, even during intense physical combat.[4]

Cereans in the galaxy

Ki-Adi-Mundi served as Jedi Watchman for his home system, though he relinquished this post during the Clone Wars to fellow Cerean Tarr Seirr.[7] When Seirr was also called away, the Cereans were left undefended, and their planet was attacked by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The death toll of the Battle of Cerea reached over one million, and included the family of Ki-Adi-Mundi.[8] This led to the Cereans becoming even more removed from galactic affairs with the rise of the Galactic Empire.[1]

By the time of the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Cereans had developed a unique Force tradition, known as the Ner Yan. This group used the Force to link their minds, although in a haphazard manner. Ka-Tu-Un was an adept of this tradition and was mistaken for a Jedi by the Yuuzhan Vong.[9]


  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic, Threat of Peace Act 1: Treaty of Coruscant
  • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  • Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
  • Star Wars Republic: Vow of Justice
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Captive Temple
  • Jedi Apprentice Special Edition: The Followers
  • The Sith in the Shadow
  • Jedi Council: Acts of War
  • Star Wars Republic: Prelude to Rebellion (First appearance)
  • Cloak of Deception
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • Episode I: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
  • Episode I Adventures Game Book 15: The Final Battle
  • "TopWorld"
  • "MidWorld"
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander
  • Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • Star Wars Republic: The Devaronian Version (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic: Rite of Passage
  • Jedi Quest comic
  • Star Wars: Zam Wesell
  • Jedi Quest: The Master of Disguise
  •  Activists Deface Jedi Temple LobbyHoloNet News Vol. 531 51
  •  Ominaz Keeps Top RankingHoloNet News Vol. 531 54
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones novel
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Machines of War
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Jedi: Mace Windu
  • Star Wars Republic 53: Blast Radius
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 20"
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 21"
  • Star Wars: Battle for the Republic
  • Star Wars Republic 54: Double Blind
  • Star Wars Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  • Star Wars Republic 59: Enemy Lines
  • Star Wars Republic 61: Dead Ends
  • Star Wars Republic 62: No Man's Land
  • Star Wars Republic 64: Bloodlines (Appears in flashback(s))
  • The Clone Wars: No Prisoners (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 10: Hero of the Confederacy, Part 1
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory" (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue" (Appears in hologram)
  • The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
  • MedStar II: Jedi Healer (Mentioned only)
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Republic: The Dreadnaughts of Rendili (Appears in hologram)
  • Star Wars: Obsession
  •  "Chain of Command" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 10
  • Sithisis
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • To the Vanishing Point
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel (Appears in hologram)
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force
  • Star Wars Adventures Volume 1: Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya
  • Death Star
  • Crosscurrent
  • Star Wars: Demolition (Loser footage for Lando Calrissian)

Non-canonical appearances

  • The Lesson (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Star Wars Episode I: I Am a Jedi
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando: Order 66 game


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
  2. Profile of an Assassin
  3. Episode I Adventures Game Book 15: The Final Battle
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ultimate Alien Anthology
  5. Death Star
  6. "Star Wars Republic: Prelude to Rebellion
  7. Labyrinth of Evil
  8. The New Essential Chronology
  9.  "Hive of the Infidel" - Star Wars Gamer 8

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