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Dark Eye probe droid
Production information
Creator

Sith

Manufacturer

Arakyd Industries

Product line

DRK-series probe droid

Model

DRK-1 "Dark Eye" probe droid

Class

Probe droid

Technical specifications
Height

0.3 meters

Sensor color

Red

Armament
  • Blaster cannon
  • Stun blaster
  • Dart gun
Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation

Order of the Sith Lords

"Probe droid. Very unusual… not like anything I've seen before."
Qui-Gon Jinn

The DRK-1 Dark Eye probe droid was a repulsorlift probe droid employed by the Sith prior to the Clone Wars.

Contents

Characteristics

Rear view of a DRK-1 probe droid.

Developed by Arakyd Industries, the DRK-1 probe droid was a small, spherical automaton equipped with sophisticated sensor and communications packages. The design dated back centuries to early Dark Eye models based on schematics provided by Sith holocrons. The DRK-1 version featured a trio of imaging sensors: a central photoreceptor, a magnetic imaging device, and a thermal imager. An antenna atop the Dark Eye's dome allowed its master to relay commands to the probot, programming it to seek out individuals or information. Data was then sent back to headquarters via the transmission antennae.

Dark Eye probe droids were designed as passive spy units, and were plated with energy-absorbing stealth armor that baffled most sensor scans. However, weaponry could be mounted on the DRK-1 in many configurations. Armaments adopted by the Sith included blaster cannons, stun blasters, and dart launchers loaded with poison needles.

History

DRK-1 probe droids were commonly seen in the years prior to the Battle of Ruusan. Darth Maul carried three Dark Eye probe droids aboard Scimitar during his time as the apprentice of Darth Sidious. Maul recreated these spherical robots using the tiniest, using disparate, off-the-shelf pieces. He also used his probots to spy on a Black Sun meeting on Ralltiir, and later used them to track down Qui-Gon Jinn on Tatooine, where the Jedi struck down one of the spying probes. The act resulted in a misunderstanding that cost the life of Pa'lowick pilot Aneesa Dym at the hands of Maul.

Following Maul's death at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Sith Infiltrator, presumably along with the last two remaining probe droids, was taken into custody on Naboo by the Jedi.

The Dark Eye closely resembled the R-1 recon droid, which were used by snipers from the Invasion of Naboo to the Battle of Endor.

During the Galactic Civil War, many bounty hunters found droids of this model very useful and effective in tracking their prey throughout the galaxy. However, because of their size and communications range, they were only useful in planetary surface tracking.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: Darth Maul
  • Episode I Adventures 3: The Fury of Darth Maul
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game
  • Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles
  • Jango Fett: Open Seasons
  • Star Wars Republic: The Devaronian Version (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Galaxies
  • Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings

Sources

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