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Klatooinian
Homeworld

Klatooine[1]

Language

Huttese (formerly Klatooinian)

Average height

1.8 meters[1]

Skin color

Olive green to dark brown

Distinctions

Short canine muzzles, heavy brows

Average lifespan

Up to 90 standard years old[1]

Famous members

Barada M'Beg, Tarados Gon, Barada, Umpass-stay, Ronto, Rolanda Gron

Klatooinians were a humanoid species from the planet Klatooine, located in the Si'Klaata Cluster. For most of their history, they were closely associated with the Hutts, as criminal henchmen, soldiers, and slaves. By the time of the Galactic Civil War, however, some Klatooinians began to break away from their servitude.

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History

A Klatooinian.

When the Hutts were waging a war against Xim the Despot circa 25,100 BBY, they looked for help on some of the planets in the Si'Klaata Cluster. Hutt envoys asked Klatooinians to become part of their army. Klatooinians thought of it as a sacred war, and Barada M'Beg signed a treaty promising that Klatooinians would be slaves of the Hutts forever. After the defeat of Xim at the Third Battle of Vontor, Klatooinians continued to serve the Hutts under the terms of the Treaty of Vontor. Many of their children were named Barada or M'Beg to honor Barada M'Beg.[2] Other common Klatooinian names included Bekure, Drekk, Jarakar, Massa, Rokar, and Sovara[3]

The Klatooinians revered the Hutts, whose natural lifespan spanned several centuries, as near-gods—possibly even the Ancients of Klatooinian myth. In fact, the Fountain of Ancients was renamed the Fountain of Hutt Ancients. Under Hutt rule, the Klatooinian elders were allowed to rule Klatooine, but all off-world concerns, such as the infamous Klatooinian Trade Guild, were wholly under Hutt control.

Society and culture

Klatooinian civilization was notable for its strong belief in tradition and the wisdom of elders. The center of their culture was the Fountain of Ancients, a slowly evolving natural glass sculpture on Klatooine. Long before the formation of the Galactic Republic, primitive Klatooinians discovered the Fountain, and revered it as a symbol of patience, tenacity, and the idea of strength coming from age.

Their society was ruled by a Council of Elders, who granted young Klatooinians few rights. Klatooinians were taught the myths and traditions of their people from a young age, in a process which tended to suppress individuality. At the age of ten, they would be sold into servitude, with the most rebellious youths sent into the harshest conditions.

Klaatooinians in the galaxy

A Klatooinian roustabout.

Despite being vassals of the Hutts, some Klatooinians served the Galactic Republic as part of the Jedi Order. Three Klatooinian Jedi, Tarados Gon, Sta-Den Eekin, and Galdos Stouff were killed at the Battle of Geonosis.

Other Klatooinians served non-Hutt masters. In 30 BBY, dark side adept Profex Rynalla travelled to the planet Leritor with an entourage of two dozen Klatooinians, who served her as soldiers and slavers by kidnapping locals and forcing them to search for a secret Sith treasure.[4]

During the Galactic Civil War, many young Klatooinians were inspired by the Rebel Alliance's message of freedom, and such Rebel victories as the Battle of Yavin. Many young Klatooinians turned their backs on tradition and rebelled against their former masters, sometimes joining up with smugglers, pirates, or rival criminal organizations. Some remained on their homeworld, hiding in the wilderness. A few, such as the technologist Rolanda Gron, managed to join the Rebellion themselves. During the Yuuzhan Vong War, a Klatooinian was a Galactic Alliance spy in the Peace Brigade.

Most Klatooinians, however, remained servants of the Hutts, working for the Klatooinian Trade Guild or various Hutt kajidics. Indeed, their servitude continued well into the time of the New Republic. Jabba the Hutt had several Klatooinians in his employ, including Barada, the chief mechanic on the Khetanna, and Umpass-stay, his bodyguard, spy, and drummer.

Behind the scenes

The names "Klatooinian" and "Barada" come from the phrase Klaatu barada nikto, a quote from the science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still. Nikto comes from the same source.

In Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic the Klatooinians are mistakenly referred to as "Baradas".

The PC game Star Wars: Rebellion describes the Klatooinian species as having two tentacles coming from their heads. This seems to be a mistaken reference to the Twi'lek species.

Appearances

  • Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic (Mentioned only) (as "Baradas")
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 40: Dueling Ambitions, Part 2 (Possible appearance)
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 45: Destroyer, Part 1
  • Star Wars: Darth Maul 3
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Episode I: Queen Amidala
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander
  • Jango Fett: Open Seasons 3 (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Republic: Rite of Passage (Appears in flashback(s))
  •  Stone Mites Claim Ord TiddellHoloNet News Vol. 531 55 (Picture only)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • "Elusion Illusion" - Star Wars Insider 66
  • Star Wars Republic 49: Sacrifice
  • Spy Girls
  •  "Life Below" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 9
  • Millennium Falcon
  • Evasive Action: Prey
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  • The Order of Outcasts
  • Star Wars Republic: Into the Unknown
  • Star Wars Adventures Volume 1: Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya
  • Star Wars: Rebellion (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire
  • Star Wars Missions 12: The Vactooine Disaster (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Empire 19: Target: Vader
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Skreej (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Tales from Jabba's Palace
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
  • The Revenge of Tag & Bink (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Dark Forces: Rebel Agent
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Battleground: Tatooine
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: Masquerade
  • Crimson Empire
  • I, Jedi
  • Star Wars: Chewbacca
  • Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
  • Force Heretic III: Reunion
  • The Unifying Force
  • Star Wars Legacy: Broken
  • Star Wars Legacy: Indomitable
  • Star Wars Legacy 22: The Wrath of the Dragon

Sources

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Legacy Era Campaign Guide
  2. Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies
  3. Ultimate Alien Anthology
  4.  "Standoff on Leritor" - Star Wars Gamer 10
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