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Average height

1.3–1.7 meters[3]

Skin color

Gray to green[2]

Hair color


Eye color

Blue common[4]


Two tusks, trunks{{[2]}}

Average lifespan

85 years[2]

Famous members
"One Wook's wine is a Pacithhip's poison."
―Common galactic saying

The Pacithhip were a sentient species native to the planet Shimia in the Outer Rim Territories. Members of the species were short, squat pachydermoid bipeds with long, thick tails and rough, green or gray skin. To fit in with a humanoid-dominated galaxy, Pacithhip often employed robotic stilts to achieve greater height and to use technology crafted for standard humanoids. The Pacithhip face featured a long trunk, four nostrils, and two elaborate tusks. These came in three distinct patterns, which determined whether their bearer was a member of the scholar, warrior, or farmer caste. Most Pacithhip made peace with their genetically determined place in society, but a few rejected the system and sought their fortune offworld. Pacithhip were broad-minded and adaptable to foreign environments.

The Pacithhip were discovered before 1000 BBY, in the days of the Galactic Republic. The Corellian Run trade route eventually reached Shimia, and their gained access to galactic-standard technology. Pacithhip colonists reached faraway planets; for example, by 35 BBY, Mos Espa on Tatooine boasted a significant Pacithhip population, many of whom were animal breeders. After the rise of the Galactic Empire, Imperial troops took over Shimia's spaceports and discouraged offworld travel but otherwise left the Pacithhip alone. Imperial defeat at the Battle of Endor freed the Pacithhip to once again spread throughout the galaxy.

Since the days of the Old Republic, Pacithhip gained renown for their exploits. One such individual was a Pacithhip Jedi who fought in the Army of Light during the New Sith Wars. A Pacithhip represented Shimia in the Imperial Senate at the time of the institution of the New Order. Ketwol was a Pacithhip prospector who settled on Tatooine and frequented Chalmun's Cantina.


Biology and appearance

A Pacithhip mother and child view a bursa on Coruscant.

Pacithhip were mammalian[9] pachydermoids who walked upright on stubby legs. Coupled with a long tail, this gave them a low center of gravity and made them surefooted and stable.[2] Nevertheless, these short limbs made them slower than most humanoid species and prevented them from operating standard machinery and vehicles. Many Pacithhip wore robotic stilts that raised their height from their natural 1.3 to 1.7 meters[10] and gave them the proportions of an average humanoid,[11] although this behavior was far from universal.[12] Because Pacithhip young often hitched rides on their elders' backs, their speed was not as much of a disadvantage.[13][14] The Pacithhip had hairless, wrinkled skin that ranged in color from green to gray.[2] It was thick and tough,[1] which afforded them some resistance to physical damage[2] and stun blasts.[15] The hands of some had three short, stubby fingers,[3] while others sported four long and thin digits.[13] Pacithhip adjusted easily to environmental extremes.[2]

A thick ridge of bone at the back of the skull protected the Pacithhip head. Above this and high on the sides of the head were two large eyes that gave the Pacithhip a full 360-degree field of vision.[1] Their eyes came in different hues, but blue was particularly common.[4] A long proboscis jutted from the front of the face and ended in two nostrils; Pacithhip could drink through the trunk and even squirt jets of liquid from it.[16] This was flanked by two larger nostrils at its base.[1] The large mouth opened widely.[17] The beings' most distinctive feature was a pair of elaborate tusks that grew from the base of the skull ridge and stuck out to either side of the nose. These were deadly in combat but served primarily to aid in depth perception.[3] The tusks came in three genetically determined patterns.[2] Some Pacitthip adorned them with rings and bands.[6] Young Pacithhip had undifferentiated tusks until the onset of adolescence (age 13), with the full tusk pattern emerging by adulthood (age 18).[2][1] Pacithhip life expectancy was 85 years.[2]

Society and culture

The shape of a Pacitthip's tusks determined his or her caste.

Shimia's 10 to 100 million Pacithhip[18] were divided into three castes: scholars, warriors, and farmers.[1] Pacithhip viewed the castes as equal in rights and duties with no caste-based discrimination, but each had predetermined tasks they were expected to execute.[3] The scholars acted as legal experts, judges, administrators, and teachers. The warriors upheld the mandates of the scholars and provided Pacithhip communities with defense. The farmers were the most diverse; although originally responsible for food production and textile work, in later years, they took on manufacturing tasks on a greater scale. Membership in a particular caste was determined by the shape of a Pacithhip's tusks.[1] This could be determined early in a Pacithhip's life through genetic testing,[11] but the tusks of a few Pacithhip failed to differentiate, making their place in society liminal.[5]

The Pacitthip were logical and broad-minded beings. Their society condoned and encouraged stoicism; their preferred approach to dealing with the disagreeable (even something as fundamental as dislike of the caste system) was to let it be and endure. They believed it best to follow authority, especially the intellectual caste. These intellectuals emphasized egalitarianism and equality, so Pacithhip were unafraid of, even intrigued by, other species. Understandably, they easily adjusted to different cultures and conditions.[1]

The language of the Pacithhip was known as Shimiese, a tongue that combined proboscis toots, dense oral vocalizations, and quick nasal huffs.[1] Written Shimiese employed pictograms that stood for idioms and various parts of speech.[2] Pacithhip could easily understand and speak Basic.[1]

A Pacithhip breeder from Tatooine shows jerbas on Coruscant.

After their discovery by the Old Republic and integration to the Corellian Run trade route, the Pacithhip gained access to advanced technology and spaceports. Nevertheless, their native manufacturing and engineering capabilities lagged behind those of the galaxy at large for most of their history; by the time of the Galactic Civil War, they were still in their industrial period.[3] The Imperial presence on Shimia did its best to retard the Pacithhip's technological progress, but with the rise of the New Republic, the species was once again able to engage in trade with the galaxy on a large scale.[2]


A Pacithhip Jedi served in the Army of Light, 1000 BBY.

The Pacithhip evolved on the planet Shimia,[1] in the Dalchon sector of the Outer Rim Territories.[19] The world was dominated by temperate grassland that abutted coastal mountain ranges.[2] The Pacithhip evolved from creatures with tough, lengthy tusks used for defense and sexual competition. As the beings grew more intelligent, these features became smaller and more refined.[3]

Shimia was first reached by outsiders between 20,000 and 15,000 BBY, during the Galactic Republic's settlement of the Trailing Sectors in which the world was located.[20] The remote world lay just south of the Corellian Run trade route,[21] and over time, commercial Republic interests built several spaceports on the world.[3] The world became part of both Hutt Space and the New Sith Empire during the New Sith Wars of 1,004 to 1,000 BBY.[22] Years later, the Pacithhip remained unaligned during the Clone Wars.[23]

Over millennia of contact with the offworlders, the Pacithhip imported and embraced galactic technology. Their own manufacturing capabilities, however, remained primitive; they had only approached the industrial level—fossil fuels and precision machinery[2]—at the time of the Galactic Civil War.[3]

This relative backwardness and reliance on imported technology helped the Galactic Empire conquer the world after the fall of the Old Republic.[2] The new government contented itself with taking over operations of Shimia's spaceports, monitoring traffic to and from the planet, and discouraging Pacithhip form traveling offworld; otherwise, it left the Pacithhip to their own devices.[3] With the defeat of the Empire, the Pacithhip reclaimed their spaceports and pursued larger-scale trade with the outside galaxy. When the New Republic was established, more and more Pactihhip ventured off Shimia.[2] In 137 ABY, the world had become part of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire.[24]

Pacithhip in the galaxy

Pacithhip, such as this podracer mechanic in Mos Espa, often wore robotic stilts to pass as humanoid.

In the centuries after their first contact with the Old Republic, several Pacithhip left their homeworld to explore the greater galaxy,[3] and members of the species could be found from the Rim to the Core.[11] Some of these opposed their world's rigid caste system and sought instead to make their own destinies in the galaxy. Paradoxically, these dissidents were not branded outcasts or ostracized from society; rather, members of the scholar caste encouraged them to seek their own ways, especially after the fall of the Empire.[1] Offworld Pacithhip often took up the life of fringers, scoundrels, or scouts.[2] Such Pacithhip were more likely to employ robotic stilts and hide their tails to better fit in with other species.[8]

Pacithhip earned fame for centuries. For example, a Pacithhip Jedi was a member of the Army of Light in 1000 BBY.[16] By 32 BBY, a number of Pacithhip lived in Mos Espa[25][26] and Mos Eisley on Tatooine.[27] Tatooine's Pacithhip were known as skilled animal breeders; at least a few such Pacithhip made trips to Coruscant to sell their beasts. The Tatooine jerba was one rare breed they raised.[28] Pacithhip in the Republic gravitated toward podracing. One worked as a podracer mechanic on Tatooine,[29] another performed in a band at the Boonta Eve Classic of 32 BBY,[27] and another, known as Durundo, was a podracer who competed in the final race of the Vinta Harvest Classic on Malastare in 32 BBY.[6] Bok Askol was a prospector.[5][30] Pacithhip were also present at the Casino District of Ord Mantell in 29 BBY,[31] and Coruscant's Outlander Club in 22 BBY.[17] Another member of the species was part of a circus that performed on Coruscant.[32]

During the Imperial occupation of Shimia, emigration was discouraged though never outlawed,[3] and Pacithhip suffered from government anti-alien policies. Indeed, a Pacithhip was among other job seekers at the Coruscant Employment Center in 19 BBY.[33] Some members of the species chose to collaborate with the new government in exchange for bribes; Pacithhip businessbeings on Dantooine, for example, sold the Empire the names of the Alliance's financial backers on that world.[34] Erkwil was a Pacithhip spice dealer who lived in Mos Eisley on Tatooine.[7] Ketwol was an asteroid miner and prospector who traveled widely during the period of the Galactic Civil War[8] selling precious metals and booking charters. Although he came off as mysterious to those who met him, Ketwol was kind to others,[35] and he befriended the Tatooine street thief Swilla Corey.[36] Another Pactihhip shared a jigger of Merenzane Gold with a Defel and a Devaronian in the Mos Eisley Cantina around this time.[37]

After the Battle of Endor, Pacithhip joined the throngs on Coruscant cheering the Empire's fall.[38] With the rise of the New Republic, Pacithhip became more and more common off their homeworld, especially along the Corellian Run, where many became traders.[2]

Behind the scenes

"I object! I mean, come on! That wolf-guy wasn't even there!"
―Han Solo
The Hasbro Ketwol action figure shows the robotic stilts used by Pacithhip to appear humanoid.

The character Ketwol was the first Pacithhip to appear in Star Wars fiction. An artist at Industrial Light & Magic designed the character, and Howie Weed sculpted and painted the puppet for use in the film.[35] Known as the "elephant," the character, puppeteered by Weed, was digitally inserted into the cantina scene of the 1997 Special Edition re-release of A New Hope.[39] Ketwol replaced the Shistavanen Lak Sivrak,[8] a character whose unarticulated mask had bothered George Lucas.[39] The Ketwol mask was reversed to become the character Melas, who replaced another wolf-like character, the Defel Arleil Schous, in the same scene.[8][40] The Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition comic keeps Sivrak in this scene,[41] and the non-canonical story "The Emperor's Court" in Star Wars Tales 14 makes fun of Lucas's changes through Han Solo's protest against Lak Sivrak's testimony against him over the shooting of Greedo; after all, as of the Special Edition, Sivrak was not present in the cantina to witness Greedo's death.[42]

The appearance of the Pacithhip has varied from source to source. The 1998 West End Games roleplaying sourcebook Alien Encounters depicts a long-legged, humanoid Pacithhip with three-fingered hands.[3] However, in concept art for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, artist Terryl Whitlatch included several Pacithhip among the denizens of Mos Espa—including an early concept for the Swokes Swokes gorgmonger Gragra—all of them as tall as a Human, but with decidedly non-humanoid bodies with long tails, short legs, and four long fingers.[43] The production crew of the film created several Pacithhip masks for the film's extras, so several Pacithhip background characters appear in the Star Wars prequel trilogy who fit this same general build as West End's Pactihhip, not Whitlatch's.[8] The Whitlatch design resurfaced n the 2001 book The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, which recycles some of the concept art from The Phantom Menace.[13] The 2003 Wizards of the Coast supplement Ultimate Alien Anthology follows Witlatch's design[44] (still other sources, such as the cover to Wretched Hives of Scum & Villainy, show only the head and shoulders of Pacithhip characters and leave the body plan in doubt). To explain this discrepancy, the Hasbro Ketwol action figure was designed with mechanical stilts that could be hidden by trousers,[15] a notion that later sources, such as the "Ketwol" Databank entry[8] and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia support as a species quirk.[11] Sources have yet to explain why some Pacithhip have three fingers and others four.

In both the West End Games and Wizards of the Coast Star Wars roleplaying games, Pacithhip are available for players to use as characters. Both game systems' statistics for the species make them slightly clumsy and slow-moving, though strong relative to humans.[3][2]


  • Jedi vs. Sith
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (video game)
  • Episode I: Queen Amidala
  • "Bad Business" - Star Wars Tales 8
  • Star Wars Republic 15: Emissaries to Malastare, Part 3
  • Star Wars Republic 43: Rite of Passage, Part 2
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 1
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Evasive Action: Recruitment
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Post-1997 releases only) (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition
  • The Emperor's Court (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Post-1997 releases only)


Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, p. 205.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Ultimate Alien Anthology, p. 119.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Alien Encounters, p. 115.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blue-eyed Pacithhip appear in Star Wars: A New Hope, the Ketwol action figure from Hasbro, "Bok Aksol", Theed Palace Limited, and The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, pp. 172–173.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars Customizable Card GameTheed Palace Limited (Card: Bok Askol).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare 15.
  7. 7.0 7.1  A Night at Tosche Station on (article).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6  Ketwol in the Databank.
  9. Alien Encounters, p. 182.
  10. Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook - Special Edition, p. 87.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 4.
  12. "Bad Business".
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, pp. 172–173.
  14. The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: Power of the Jedi
  16. 16.0 16.1 Star Wars; Jedi vs. Sith 3.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic #1.
  18. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, p. 17.
  19. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion, p. 5.
  20. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, p. 120.
  21. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, p. 5.
  22. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, p. 133.
  23. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, p. 151.
  24. Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, p. 226.
  25. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
  26. Episode I: Queen Amidala.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide.
  28. The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, p. 172.
  29. Episode I: The Visual Dictionary, p. 54.
  30.  "Battle of Naboo" - Young Jedi Collectible Card Game (Card: Pacithhip Prospector).
  31. Star Wars Republic: Rite of Passage #43.
  32. The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, p. 162.
  33. Evasive Action: Recruitment.
  34. Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Dantooine Operative).
  35. 35.0 35.1 Star Wars: Behind the Magic.
  36.  Swilla Corey in the Databank.
  37. Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy, p. 18.
  38. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
  39. 39.0 39.1 "50 Factoids About the Original Star Wars Trilogy" - Star Wars Insider 78, p. 89.
  40. "Star Wars Q&A" - Star Wars Insider 71, p. 38.
  41. Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition comic.
  42. "The Emperor's Court".
  43. The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, pp. 134–135.
  44. Ultimate Alien Anthology, p. 117.

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