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Nexu
Designation

Non-sentient

Planet of origin

Cholganna

Height of average adult

0.94 meters

Average length

4.5 meters

Hair color

Born white; age to brown[1]

Eye color

Red

Distinctions

Four eyes; spiked spines

"Oh! It's a nexu – and she has cubs! How cute!"
"For creatures with four eyes and a mouthful of teeth, they are rather cute.
"
Allana Solo and Leia Organa Solo

Nexus were feline creatures native to the chilly forests of the Indona continent on the planet Cholganna.

Contents

Characteristics

A nexu

There were other breeds of nexus on Cholganna's other continents, but only the forest nexu had an additional set of eyes able to view in infrared wavelength, which aided in their hunting of bark rats and tree-climbing octopi. They were often exported and trained as security beasts, as used for patrolling on Malastare, or used in arena combat, as seen on Geonosis. Nexus were 4.5 meters long and generally 1 meter tall.

The nexus appeared to be feline in nature, with claws which could slice a Human in half. They had quills along their back, and a long tail that in the wild allowed the nexu to swing from tree branch to tree branch. The tail also split into two equal sections for a better grip on the tree branch they were swinging from. They had extremely sharp instincts and reflexes, although they were known to tire easily, and often used swift movements to finish an enemy quickly, biting down and thrashing their head about to break their victim's neck. Cubs are born pure white.

A particularly stealthy variety was the black nexu, this species was also one of the most rare.

History

Too vicious to be kept in zoos and difficult to train as watch-beasts, they were instead sought after for arena battles where their ferocity was much appreciated by spectators. This resulted in many big-game hunters making regular visits to Cholganna, hoping to capture a live nexu for export. Many hunters ended up dead however, when tracking prides of nexus, and as a result fees for live nexus often ranged up to half a million credits per animal. Buyers such as Senator Ask Aak of Malastare and Archduke Poggle the Lesser of Geonosis willingly paid such prices however, in order to add these magnificent creatures to their collections.

In 32 BBY, after the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation, the bounty hunter Jango Fett faced many nexus on his visit to Malastare, during his hunt for Komari Vosa.

Naj Pandoor and Jyl Somtay face a nexu on Geonosis

A nexu was used during the attempted execution of Padmé Amidala prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, and its actions could be considered typical of the species. It would climb towards its victim, strike, then return to the ground quickly, waiting to see if its enemy would strike back. It was an extremely aggressive creature, snapping, clawing and roaring in the general direction of Amidala. When a Geonosian guard attempted to direct it with a blast from his static pike, this only served to irritate the creature further and the guard was quickly devoured. An agile hunter that sacrificed bone mass for speed, a kick from Amidala knocked it down, weakening its tender body greatly. A reek, steered by Anakin Skywalker, finally rammed the stunned nexu, killing it instantly.

By 130 ABY, wild nexus were a common and dangerous sight on Coruscant and tourists were advised to stay with their groups when sightseeing on the capital. The nexu were usually seen in areas of the planet still scarred by the Yuuzhan Vong war, a hundred years prior.

In 43 ABY, Allana Solo was given a nexu cub as a pet after asking for one for years, after Leia Organa Solo killed the baby nexu's mother to save an Ithorian, who was under attack from the creature, at the Coruscant Livestock Exchange and Exhibition. She named the baby cub Anji.

Behind the scenes

The nexu seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was nicknamed as "Bad Kitty" by the ILM animation team during production of the film.[2]

In the non-canon comicbook Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back, Jabba Desilijic Tiure has a pair of nexus that are later released by the protagonists, instead of his infamous rancor. These nexus ravage Jabba's throne room, and it is later remarked that a better choice for a pet would be something more stable—like a rancor, hinting that Jabba might have really had nexus prior to Return of the Jedi. However, since this story is an "alternate reality", it is not considered canon.

Appearances

The nexu's first appearance in Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • The Eyes of Revolution
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
  • "Philology" (Possible appearance)
  • "Memories"
  • "For Fun and Profit" (Tooth only)
  • The Lesson (Ambiguously canonical source)
  • "Death in the Catacombs" - Star Wars Insider 79
  • MedStar II: Jedi Healer (Mentioned only)
  • Evasive Action: End Game (Mentioned only)
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
  • Death Troopers (Mentioned only)
  • Death Star (Mentioned only)
  • Rebel Force: Renegade (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Omen
  • Abyss

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File:Nexu2.jpg
Nexu
Homeworld

Cholganna

Average height

0.94 meters

Average length

4.15 meters

Skin color

pink

Hair color

white-gray

Distinctions

brown to black stripes and/or spots

Nexu were feline creatures native to the chilly forests of the Indonacontinent on the planet Cholganna.

Characteristics

There were other breeds of nexu on Cholganna's other continents, but only the forest nexu had an additional set of eyes able to view in infrared wavelength, which aided in their hunting of bark rats and tree-climbing octopi. They were often exported and trained as security beasts, as used for patrolling on Malastare, or used in arena combat, as seen on Geonosis. Nexus were 4.15 meters long and generally 1 meter tall.

The nexu appeared to be feline in nature, with claws which could slice a Human in half. They had spikes along their back, and a long tail that in the wild allowed the nexu to swing from tree branch to tree branch. They had extremely sharp instincts and reflexes, although they were known to tire easily, and often used swift movements to finish an enemy quickly, biting down and thrashing their head about to break their victim's neck. Cubs are born pure white.

Clone Wars. The Great Hunt

During the Clone Wars many Nexu were killed by the Commando Grenadiers of the Grand Army of the Republic. these creatures were sought for their fur coats and the Grenadiers would use it to coat some parts of their armor.

The Nexu's fur was placed inside the Commandos explosive pack named Biragaan and since the fur was dense the Commando Grenadier could run about without worry of setting off an explosive. If a Commando failed to kill a Nexu and did not have a fur coat, he was considered unworthy by the other Grenadiers.

History

Too vicious to be kept in zoos and difficult to train as watch-beasts, they were instead sought after for arena battles where their ferocity was much appreciated by spectators. This resulted in many big-game hunters making regular visits to Cholganna, hoping to capture a live nexu for export. Many hunters ended up dead however, when tracking prides of nexu, and as a result fees for live nexu often ranged up to half a million credits per animal. Buyers such as Senator Ask Aak of Malastare and Archduke Poggle the Lesser of Geonosis willingly paid such prices however, in order to add these magnificent creatures to their collections.

In 32 BBY, after the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federatio, the bounty hunter Jango Fett faced many nexus on his visit to Malastare, during his The Hunt for Komari Vosa.

File:Nexu.jpg
A nexu trying to devour Senator Padmé Amidala in the Petranaki arena.

A nexu was used during the attempted execution of Padmé Amidala prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, and its actions could be considered typical of the species. It would strike, then return to the ground quickly, waiting to see if its enemy would strike back. It was an extremely aggressive creature, snapping and clawing in the general direction of Amidala. When a Geonosian attempted to direct it with a blast from his electropole, this only served to irritate the creature further and the Geonosian guard was quickly devoured. An agile hunter that sacrificed bone mass for speed, a kick from Amidala knocked the nexu down weakening its tender body greatly. A reek finally rammed and slit the neck of the beast.

By 130 ABY wild nexu were a common and dangerous sight on Coruscant and tourists were advised to stay with their groups when sightseeing on the capital. The nexu were usually seen in areas of the planet still scarred by the Yuuzhan Vong war a hundred years prior.


This article uses material from the "Nexu" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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