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Talz
Homeworld

Alzoc III[1] and Orto Plutonia[1]

Language

Talzzi

Average height

2 to 2.5 meters[1] (average)

Hair color

White to gray

Eye color

Black, dark red, dark blue

Distinctions

Two pairs of eyes, thick white hair

Famous members
"These creatures are little more than animals. You can't lie to an animal! They cannot be trusted."
Chairman Chi Cho

The Talz (pronounced /tælz/) were a large furry race with two distinct sets of eyes: one for day vision, and one for night vision. Their homeworld was Alzoc III, a frozen world with much mineral wealth. They also established a colony on the world of Orto Plutonia. Talz were rarely seen in the galaxy away from their homeworld.

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Biology and culture

Talz were large, bipedal creatures, averaging 2 to 2.5 meters tall. Bulky creatures, they were covered head to toe in thick white fur, which provided exceptional insulation against their frozen world. Talz had four eyes, which were also adaptations to their native environment. The larger set of eyes were shut during the day, when sunlight reflected off the snow with dazzling brightness—able to blind sensitive optical organs, leaving the smaller set to navigate with. Alternatively, during the deep darkness of their homeworld's moonless night, the larger pair were utilized to provide the Talz with adequate vision.

Talz used a small proboscis to eat and communicate, using a language of high-pitched chirps and buzzes, with variable pitch an essential feature. Their language was known alternatively as Talzzi.

Talz had extremely large hands, sporting a set of sharp-clawed talons, which tended to make others think twice before getting into a brawl with a Talz. Despite these fierce claws, most Talz were gentle and kind-hearted creatures. They were diligent and tireless workers. As a society, Talz were still a primitive species who had barely evolved sentience by the time the Galactic Empire discovered them. Talz were limited users of tools, constructing primitive shelters to further protect them from the icy cold climate though they still understood basic technological concepts like blaster fire and speeders. Their psychology and societal relationships, however, were very complex—based on clans and extended families—with sophisticated mechanisms for redistribution of resources to provide the greatest benefit for the species. The Talz had no concept of ownership, and instead "borrowed" objects from neighbors if needed, or gave away objects they did not own. Many non-Talz deemed them to be thieves as a result. For this reason, non-Talz who worked with them kept all objects and tools under lock and key. Many people who worked with Talz thought that trying to teach them the meaning of ownership was a wasted effort.[8]

History

The earliest recorded sighting of a Talz, c.3,993 BBY.

The earliest recorded sightings of Talz dated back to the time of the Old Sith Wars. They indicate that at least some Talz had left their homeworld by 3,993 BBY. Despite their lack of hyperdrive technology, the Talz had established a colony on Orto Plutonia by the time of the Clone Wars.

At some point prior to the Battle of Coruscant, a Talz named Foul Moudama became a member of the Jedi Order. He lost his life protecting Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during that battle.[5] Obi-Wan Kenobi already had knowledge of the Talz species, including their name, when he came across their colony on Orto Plutonia. After a very brief war with the Pantorans, the Talz of Orto Plutonia were once again left alone, being recognized as rightful rulers of that planet.[9]

Imperial scouts found the Talz around 15 BBY as Emperor Palpatine's New Order was finishing off what remained of the Galactic Republic. The Empire recognized a species well built for manual labor and enslaved the Talz of Alzoc III, forcing them to work in the Empire's mining operations.[10] The Imperial authorities decided to leave these events out of official records since it was easier for them to enslave a species that was not generally known to exist. As a result, very few Talz were seen outside of the Alzoc system. Those that were found offworld were considered escaped slaves, with a 5000 credit Imperial bounty payable for their recapture or termination.

Prior to his tour of duty on Bakura, Pter Thanas served as the commanding officer of a mining operation on Alzoc III which utilized the labor of enslaved Talz natives. Thanas gained the gratitude of the Talz workforce when he increased their food rations, claiming that better nutrition would increase work output. The Talz repaid him when they saved Thanas from falling down a mineshaft. When a less sympathetic Imperial colonel arrived six months later to replace Thanas, he immediately returned the Talz’s food rations to their previous levels. A Talz leader protested the change and the colonel ordered Thanas to destroy the Talz village as a demonstration of Imperial will. Thanas refused and was summarily reassigned to Bakura in 1 ABY.[10]

A Talz named Muftak and his inseparable companion, a Chadra-Fan named Kabe, were in Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker hired Han Solo.[11][4] Talz were also seen on such diverse planets as Feriae Junction and Phaeda.

A Talz medic

Throughout the Galactic Civil War, the Talz hoped in vain that the Empire would leave Alzoc III and allow their life to return to normal. The New Order never officially recognized the Talz as a sentient species, not wanting to be burdened by the Rights of Sentience. The fall of the Empire meant freedom for the Talz. Mining on the planet continued under New Republic supervision, allowing the Talz to trade and mingle with other species.

Even after the fall of the Empire, various warlords (most notably Warlord Zsinj) used Talz captives for scientific experimentation. When Zsinj invaded Alzoc III, his scientists tried to mutate the species into more "Human" beings.[12]Among the projects that Warlord Zsinj may have used Talz for were Project Chubar and Project Minefield, headed by Dr. Edda Gast.[13] When Wraith Squadron was invited aboard Zsinj's Executor-class Star Dreadnought Iron Fist, Flight Officer Castin Donn infiltrated a biomedical laboratory and freed a Talz captive. Donn died in the process, though the Talz he freed slaughtered several of Zsinj's personnel before finally being killed by a stormtrooper. Wraith Squadron's efforts were able to save the mutated Talz from Imperial experimentation.[12]

In 23 ABY, a young Talz also trained at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Praxeum alongside Jacen and Jaina Solo.[14]

Some Talz served as stormtroopers in the Empire-in-exile, circa 140 ABY.[15]

Behind the scenes

In X-wing: Iron Fist, a Talz prisoner is described as "opening its mouth and roaring." According to other sources, however, Talz do not have mouths, and thus, cannot roar.

Appearances

Sources

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
  2. Star Wars Gamemaster Screens
  3. Balance Point
  4. 4.0 4.1 Play It Again, Figrin D'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 23"
  6. Star Wars Customizable Card GameTatooine Limited (Card: Caldera Righim)
  7.  Thi-Sen in the Databank
  8. The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
  9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Truce at Bakura
  11. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  12. 12.0 12.1 X-wing: Iron Fist
  13. X-wing: Solo Command
  14. Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force
  15. Legacy Era Campaign Guide

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Muftak. A Talz male.

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