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Jawa
Homeworld

Tatooine[1]

Language

Jawaese[2]

Average height

1 meter[2]

Eye color

Yellow

Average lifespan

Up to 80 standard years old[1]

Famous members
"I can't abide those Jawas! Disgusting creatures!"
C-3PO

Jawas were typically short rodent-like natives of Tatooine. They were passionate scavengers, seeking out technology for sale or trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports. A band of Jawas was responsible for locating C-3PO and R2-D2 and selling them to Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen Lars. Another tribe of Jawas, led by Tteel Kkak, found Jabba the Hutt's rancor. They had a reputation for swindling, as they had a penchant for selling old equipment such as outdated faulty droids to moisture farmers, however they were extremely passive beings, and hardly put up any resistance to colonists of their planet unlike the other natives the Sand People, instead seeing foreigners as an excellent business opportunity.

Contents

Biology and appearance

"Utinni!"
―A commonly used Jawa cry — (audio)Listen (file info)
A pair of Jawas in traditional brown robes: one with an ion blaster and another a restraining bolt remote

Jawas were easily identifiable by their brown hooded robes, glowing yellow eyes, small stature and high pitched, quickly spoken language called Jawaese.

Through the study of corpses and skeletal remains, Baobab xenobiologists discovered that Jawas appeared to be gaunt, rodent-like creatures, with shrunken faces and yellow eyes.[4] Conflicting research suggests that Jawas and Tuskens, two native species of Tatooine originally evolved from the same extinct species, the Kumumgah[5], as both have common genetic markers. While other research suggests Jawas originated from humans. Due to their timid private nature, and a lack of interest, their exact origins are unknown.

At all times Jawa faces remain obscured by a shroud of cloth to retain moisture, hide their identity and to dissipate their body heat. Polished orange gemstones are embedded within the fabric to protect the Jawas’ sensitive vision from the bright sunlight.[4] Jawas were renowned for their incredibly potent and strong smell, which most species generally found close to unbearable. However for the Jawas, this odor contained incredible amounts of information such as other Jawa's identity, health, clan lineage, last meal, maturity, arousal and even their mood.[6] Their odor was compounded by a mysterious solution Jawas dipped their clothes in to retain moisture, and their view of bathing as being a waste of precious water, which attracted swarms of insects to gather in the recesses of their hoods.[2] Jawas evolved several important survival traits, such as exceptional night vision, and a strong immune system. A Jawa’s normal body temperature is 46ºC (116 F) which resulted in a high metabolism and an efficient digestive system that drew all the needed nutrients from the Jawa staple diet of hubba gourd.[2]

Society and culture

"Sand stays. All else changes."
―Unidentified Jawa
A Jawa fortress in the desert hills

Jawas were a communal, compulsive scavenger species who spent most of their life devoted to scavenging the deserts of Tatooine in search of any scrap metal, droid or mechanical part left behind from millennia of star travel and technological advancement, where the dry climate of Tatooine preserved almost all debris. Most non-Jawas regarded the Jawas as scavengers and thieves, a description that most Jawas actually found pleasing.

The Jawa’s unofficial motto was not to look for uses in a salvaged item, but rather to imagine someone else who might find a use for it.[6] And this was evidenced in their endless search for wares with which to trade with almost any being Jawas encountered. They had a kind of instinctive feel for machinery and electronics, notorious for knowing how to get a piece of equipment functioning just well enough to sell.

Social Organization

"Jawas… Never around when you need them."
Kyle Katarn(audio)Listen (file info)

Jawas lived in separate clan families, each with distinct, separate territories for living and scavenging. Each Sandcrawler was lead by a Clan-Chief, who was male. However the overall operation of the Jawa clan was overseen by a female Shaman. A female Jawa became a shaman by either possessing some kind of Force ability with which to perform magic, overcoming an illness accompanied by a hallucinatory vision or was chosen and trained as the successor to the current Shaman.[2][7] The shamans were believed to possess the ability to foretell the future, and performed spells, hexes and blessings to protect the clan and ensure the well being of all clan members. This title gave them a great deal of respect throughout the clan, which was strange in the largely patriarchal Jawa society, and this allowed the shaman to assume a position where they were to be consulted upon, and asked often for their wisdom. With the important position within the society, the shaman did not travel in the sandcrawler and instead remained within the safety of the clan's fortress.[7] Other than shamans, females were shown little respect in Jawa society.[8]

Jawas working to salvage a crashed X-34 landspeeder

The primary activity in a Jawa’s life was scavenging and trading within their sandcrawler vehicles. Upon reaching adulthood, Jawas were chosen to work on their sandcrawlers, and participate in the scavenger hunt, the search, trade and reselling of useful wares found within the deserts. All remaining Jawas lived within fortresses, nestled deep in the desert where their collected wares was stored, and Jawa children could be born and grow safely. The scavenging Jawas would return to their fortresses before Tatooine’s storm season commenced.[6] These fortresses had high walls made from large chunks of old wrecked spacecraft for protection against Sandpeople, Krayt Dragons and Tatooine’s sand storms.

Once a year, just before the storm season on Tatooine, all the Jawa clans would gather in the great basin of the Dune Sea for the annual swap meet. Numerous sandcrawlers converged and the Jawas met to exchange their salvage. Other inter-clan business was also attended to such as the comparing of navigational data of the ever-changing desert and the arrangement of marriages to ensure cultural and genetic diversity.

Adhering to their scavenger instincts, it was quite common for different family clans to trade their sons and daughters for marriage through an intense barter or trade agreement.[9] A common Jawa term for this was the trading of 'marriage merchandise'.[7] Judging from comments made by Wimateeka to Ariq Joanson, Jawas consummated their marriages in public, or at least found it acceptable to do so. [10]

Language

Jawa’s spoke Jawaese, a randomly variable language which was difficult to interpret due to its extremely high speech rate, and the Jawas' use of scent to add emphasis and tone to their words. To enable Jawas to more easily bargain and trade with other species, they relied on a simplified form of Jawaese, the Jawa Trade Language which removed the use of scent in the language and was quite easily learned by species that commonly dealt with Jawa traders.[5]

History

Two Jawas
"The Jawas have a tendency to pick up anything that's not tied down, Luke, but remember, they're basically afraid of their own shadows."
Owen Lars to Luke Skywalker

The Jawas were originally descendants of the Kumumgah species which used to live on Tatooine long before the formation of the Galactic Republic and long before the planet was even a desert. During the Pre-Republic era, sometime before 25,200 BBY, the Rakata of the Infinite Empire punished the Kumumgah for defying their authority by unleashing an orbital bombardment that reduced the surface of the once lush world of Tatooine into little more than fused glass, which eventually crumbled and became desert sand. This extreme climatic change split the Kumumgah into two races: the tall Ghorfas (who evolved into the Sandpeople) and the short Jawas.[11] It is worth noting, however, that during the Jedi Civil War the Jawas spoke of themselves in a manner that suggests they are unrelated to Sandpeople and are also non-native to Tatooine. Whether this is truth or else a ploy to distance themselves from their more violent cousins is unknown. Also, due to the fact that the Sand People knew their history from generations-old oral narratives, it is debatable if the Jawas even knew of the story.[12]

Analysis of ancient stone carvings found on numerous worlds, including Corellia and even Coruscant, led scientists of the Imperial Archaeological Division in 1 ABY to propose the hypothesis that these carvings were of Jawa origin and that the race once traveled among the stars. It is not known whether further analysis proved their hypothesis to be true.[13]

A Jawa swap meet

At approximately 3,959 BBY, following what was believed to be an important mining opportunity, the Czerka Corporation brought many sandcrawlers to Tatooine, though they abandoned the planet soon after they discovered the unstable nature of the local ores. Upon abandoning the planet, the sandcrawlers were quickly adopted by the Jawas, who would use them as mobile homes. The abandoned sandcrawlers radically changed Jawa civilization, serving as mobile fortresses for Jawa tribes searching the deserts for materials to scavenge. These vehicles served as a testament to the Jawa abilities of of discovering unusual and unorthodox methods of making things work, and required continual maintenance to keep in working order.

As colonists settled Tatooine, the Jawas were not as hostile towards them as the Sandpeople were. In their newly acquired sandcrawlers, Jawas would tour the desert, picking up old droids or equipment left by moisture farmers and other settlers, and would then either sell them to any willing customer or trade them for something else. Sometimes, Jawas would steal things that caught their eye, leading to settlers to regard them as untrustworthy. Presumably, they used the money made from their dealings to acquire supplies or other necessities from the settlers or other Jawas.

Jawas being assaulted by Galen Marek

The Jawas also emigrated to other desert worlds, such as Ryloth and Florrum, and garbage planets, such as Raxus Prime, which was home to the Meeknu clan.[14] One was even seen on the planet Genon, and several on the planet Coruscant. Sometime after the Battle of Endor, a group of 480 Jawas was transported to Endor as part of a privately funded expedition to salvage valuable hardware from wreckage left there after the battle. They reportedly mutinied, forming a roving bandit gang and preying upon any visitors to the moon.[5]

At 4 ABY, Tteel Kkak, a Jawa sandcrawler captain, discovered a rancor during the salvage of Grizzid's crashed ship, which he turned over to Jabba Desilijic Tiure.[15]

In 17 ABY, some Jawas were forcefully taken to Skip 5 on the Smuggler's Run to help repair damaged Imperial equipment.[16]

Equipment and technology

Jawas often wore traditional hand made brown robes.

Red-eyed Jawas disembark from their sandcrawler

Jawas did not carry weapons due to their passive nature. However they did rely on ion blasters that shot beams of energy to disable droids, and restraining bolts for keeping them under control. Most Jawas also carried around various tools for repairing droids. They were also adept at creating custom droids, cobbled together from spare parts of other droids. These monster droids, as they were called, could be specially designed for the specific needs of a customer.[17]

Behind the scenes

In Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan is offered a cup of "Jawa Juice" at a Coruscant diner. There is a long-running Internet joke (popular on Star Wars fan forums) that it is made only from "freshly squeezed Jawas."

Fans also speculate what a Jawa looks like under the hood. In behind the scenes shots from Return of the Jedi, the Jawas have squarish heads covered in black cloth with large yellow eyes that appear mechanical. However, it should be admitted that this is a costume and so may not represent their canonical appearance. The original Star Wars novelization implies a familial relationship between Jawas and Tusken Raiders. It also describes them as rodent-like and compares them to de-evolved Humans, though these could be mere metaphors. The Mystery of the Rebellious Robot calls them the "subHuman inhabitants of Tatooine", and The Visual Dictionary states that "their rodent-like faces are remarkably ugly."

The look of the Weavers' guild in the LOOM computer game, by Lucasfilm, bears resemblance to that of the Jawas.

According to Stephen Sansweet's book Star Wars: From Concept to Screen to Collectible, the Jawas were the centerpiece in one of the strangest copyright infringement cases involving Star Wars. In 1978, small hooded creatures with glowing eyes that Young called 'Roadeyes' began accompanying rocker Neil Young on stage during a concert tour, in a tour film, and on the cover of the album Rust Never Sleeps. The case was settled out of court.

Appearances

Non-canon appearances

Sources

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Scum and Villainy
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4  Jawa in the Databank
  3. "Paarty On!"
  4. 4.0 4.1 New Essential Guide to Alien Species
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Swap Meet: The Jawa's Tale
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Essential Guide to Alien Species
  8. Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card GameChampions of the Force (Card: Jawa Shaman)
  9. Secrets of Tatooine
  10. Drawing the Maps of Peace: The Moisture Farmer's Tale
  11. The New Essential Chronology
  12. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  13. Star Wars Galaxies - Terminal mission "Jawas Were Spacefarers!"
  14.  Raxus Prime: An Expanded Universe Planet on Wizards.com (article)
  15. A Boy and His Monster: The Rancor Keeper's Tale
  16. The New Rebellion
  17. The New Essential Guide to Droids

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Up to date as of February 04, 2010

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A Jawa

Jawas are humanoid creatures found on Tatooine. Most Jawas are unattackable and serve no purpose, however, in some quests you must kill a hostile group of Jawas (In doing so, will lose points with the Jawa faction). If you have a faction rating lower than -4000 with the Jawas, they will attack on sight. Enemies of the Jawa faction are the Tusken Raiders, killing them will make your rating higher with the Jawas.

There are many ruins of destroyed Sand Crawlers all over Tatooine, as most are defenseless compaired to most species on Tatooine.

Any friends of these creature should view the Jawa Protection Guild page.

Jawa Engineer

Planet: Tatooine
Location: (area)
Natural CL: ##
Difficulty: Normal/Elite/Boss
Combat: weapons/skills
Notes: social/deathblow/aggressive/quest related
Loot:

Jawa Smuggler

Planet: Tatooine
Location: (area)
Natural CL: ##
Difficulty: Normal/Elite/Boss
Combat: weapons/skills
Notes: social/deathblow/aggressive/quest related
Loot:

Jawa Thief

Planet: Tatooine
Location: (area)
Natural CL: ##
Difficulty: Normal/Elite/Boss
Combat: weapons/skills
Notes: social/deathblow/aggressive/quest related
Loot:

Note: For details on HAM levels, armor, and defense see Creature & NPC Combat Level Chart.


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