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Dug
Homeworld

Malastare

Language

Dug language

Average height

1 meter[1]

Skin color

Brown, purple, gray, and red

Distinctions

Arms used as legs and legs used as arms

Average lifespan

Up to 75 standard years old[1]

Races

None known

Famous members
"Your buddy here was about to be turned into orange goo. He picked a fight with a Dug..."
Anakin Skywalker on Jar Jar Binks

Dugs were an aggressive mammalian species native to the planet Malastare that used their upper limbs as legs and their lower limbs as arms.

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Biology and appearance

Rednax, a Dug known to frequent Dex's Diner.

Dugs were slender, powerfully built beings with a somewhat humanoid build and a unique method of walking that hailed from the high gravity world Malastare. Their primary means of locomotion were their strong arms, and their lower limbs and feet were used for grappling and other fine motor manipulation. They hardly ever walked on their lower limbs. Sebulba was only once seen standing on his legs. Although most Dugs may walk on all four limbs, others liked to use their strong arms as legs and their feet as hands like they would normally do.[2][3][4]

Dugs had smooth skin, which hung loosely around their tall necks, only to inflate during mating season calls. They also possessed fin-like ears and pronounced snouts. They lived mainly in the forests of the western continent of their homeworld in primitive tree villages called "tree thorps". On their homeworld Malastare, the Dugs were arboreal beings. They brachiated among the canopies with alarming speed using all four limbs.[2][3][4]

Society and culture

"Dugs insult everybody. You know that. You shouldn't value their words."
Jedi to a Barabel
A Dug criminal.

Due to their oppression under their Gran rulers who colonized Malastare, many Dugs often felt the need to throw around their strength in bids to establish dominance. As a result, they were known for their ill-tempered demeanor, and many were bullying thugs.

On their homeworld of Malastare, the vast majority of Dugs were little more than laborers toiling for the enrichment of the Gran. With the species excluded from much of the power and money on Malastare, many Dugs, such as Sebulba, turned to podracing as their only means to achieve fame and fortune. In all other areas, the Dugs were exploited and disenfranchised.

Dug mating is very reminiscent of some reptiles, which may indicate their ancestry. The loose folds of skin around the males neck will inflate during the mating season, showing a display of color. An interested female may pester or disturb a male in a few different ways until his balloon-neck deflates with a screech. After this, the two are considered mated. Mates remain loyal to each other, even though they may bully each other through their time together.

Because of their experiences with the Gran, the Dugs are xenophobic and rarely leave their homeworld. If they are seen off-planet, they are often seen in groups of their own kind (and because of their reputation, they're usually left alone). Most Dugs in the galaxy are criminals or risk-takers, leading many Dugs into podracing and gambling.

History

Sebulba the Dug.
"Motivating the Dugs to fight is not difficult, for at the core of their beings are knots of unfocused rage. However, that rage is not centered in the true warrior's drive of hatred, but in insecurity. They are valueless, and they know this. That is why they will always be defeated."
Darth Vader

Circa 8,000 BBY, the Galactic Republic established an outpost on Malastare since it was located at a key spot along the Hydian Way trade route. Later, in ca. 1,000 BBY, a contingent of Gran colonists settled on the planet. First contact between the Gran and the Dugs was bloody, and a long, brutal war ensued.[2]

Because of the power and influence the Gran wielded in the Galactic Senate, the Republic settled the violence in the Gran's favor. The Dugs were demilitarized, stripped of political power, and relocated to the western continent of their own planet. The Gran ruled Malastare and represented the planet in the Galactic Senate. Dugs were little more than subservient laborers treated as slaves and paid minute wages.[2] An organization called Dugs for Democracy protested against this treatment and would go on to oppose the Military Creation Act.[5]

During the New Republic era, Dugs were granted equal rights and a Dug represented Malastare in the New Republic Senate.

Notable Dugs

Sebulba, a notorious Dug podracer.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 30: Exalted, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
  • "Survivors" - Star Wars Tales 13
  • Cloak of Deception (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Darth Maul 2
  • "Urchins" - Star Wars Tales 14
  • Episode I: Anakin Skywalker
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace ½
  • Podracing Tales
  • 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
  • Episode I: Queen Amidala
  • Episode I: Qui-Gon Jinn
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare
  • Star Wars Republic: The Devaronian Version
  • Rogue Planet (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi Quest: The Dangerous Games
  • Star Wars: Jango Fett
  • Star Wars: Zam Wesell
  • Outbound Flight (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic 47: Honor and Duty, Part 2
  • Star Wars Republic 48: Honor and Duty, Part 3 (Mentioned only)
  •  Senator Moe Killed in BlastHoloNet News Vol. 531 50 (Mentioned only)
  •  Moe Funeral Disrupted by Dug ActivistsHoloNet News Vol. 531 51
  •  Circus Horrificus Turns HorrificHoloNet News Vol. 531 52 (Picture only)
  •  Senator Aak Officially AppointedHoloNet News Vol. 531 53
  •  Malastare to Increase Import SecurityHoloNet News Vol. 531 54 (Mentioned only)
  •  Ominaz Keeps Top RankingHoloNet News Vol. 531 54
  •  Anti-War Rally Dispersed by Senate GuardHoloNet News Vol. 531 55 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic
  • Boba Fett: Maze of Deception
  • Shatterpoint (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic 61: Dead Ends
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars Volume 2: Crash Course
  • "Cloak and Vibroblade"
  • Star Wars Republic 78: Loyalties
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Evasive Action: Recruitment
  •  Echoes of the Jedi on Wizards.com (article) (Body)
  • Flames of Rebellion
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
  • Echoes of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale webstrip
  • Rebel Force: Target
  • Rebel Force: Renegade
  • Star Wars Empire: Betrayal
  • Star Wars Empire: Idiot's Array
  • Star Wars: Demolition
  • Star Wars: Chewbacca
  • Star Wars Invasion 5: Refugees, Part 5
  • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
  • Balance Point
  • Emissary of the Void
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
  • Invincible (Mentioned only)
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Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace (Mentioned only)
  • The Return of Tag & Bink: Special Edition
  • Tall Tales (Ambiguously canonical source)

Sources

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Notes and references


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

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