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by Stephen J. Sansweet

Bothans | Dianogas | Gungans | Kaadu | Sarlacc


A species from Bothawui, Bothans are renowned as the best spies in the galaxy. Prior to the battle of Endor, Bothan spies captured an Imperial freighter carrying highly classified data about the second Death Star. New Republic Councilor Borsk Fey'lya is a Bothan who was born on the Bothan colony world of Kothlis.

The Bothan spynet is second to none, with operatives throughout the galaxy. Even though the spynet was used primarily to support the Rebel Alliance, the Empire and the criminal underworld occasionally found the spynet useful for their own purposes. The spynet's work often put its members at great risk.


 Dianogas (or garbage squids) have spread throughout the galaxy, growing up to ten metres long and thriving especially in sewers. Feeding on refuse, these creatures are sometimes bred in space for waste processing. older specimens are very aggressive, seizing prey in their seven muscular tentacles.

The Gungans

Gungans evolved in the swamps of Naboo, becoming almost equally well adapted to life on land and in water. The amphibious beings live in underwater cities hidden in deep lakes, breathing air or water with their compound lungs. Secret techniques allow Gungans to "grow" the basic structures of buildings and vehicles, which are complemented and finished by Gungans artisans in organic styles. Gungans trade with Naboo for certain items of technology, but manufacture everything else they need from the various resources of their underwater habitat. Although Gungans use mechanized vehicles, they have a close affinity with the natural world and still prefer to utilize living mounts and beasts of burden.


Kaadu were domesticated long ago by the Gungans who then lived on the surface of Naboo. They are primarily adapted for land-dwelling but can also breathe under water for long periods. Kaadu decorated with giant feathers serve as agile mounts for Gungan soldiers and scouts.



An omnivorous, multi-tentacled creature with a worm-like beak and needle-sharp teeth, the Sarlacc lives at the bottom of a deep sand hole called the Great Pit of Carkoon in the wastelands of the planet Tatooine's Dune Sea.
The Sarlacc's huge mouth--more than 2.5 meters in diameter--seems always open, waiting to be fed. It is lined with three rows of sharply pointed teeth, all pointing inward to keep food trapped inside. It snatches unfortunate victims with its tentacles, dragging them into its mucous-coated mouth.
Local legend has it that victims die a slow and painful death in the belly of the Sarlacc, since its digestive juices take 1,000 years to fully break down its meals. Crime lord Jabba the Hutt often uses the Sarlacc as a sort of opponent disposal--but all it takes is picking the wrong opponent once.

The Sarlacc has consumed many a mighty warrior, including the bounty hunter, Boba Fett.


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