- "Spirits of Cadomai!"
- ―Marn Hierogryph
Cadomai Prime was a planet located in the Outer Rim Territories' Catarlo sector, along the northern end of the major Hydian Way hyperlane. A frigid world with intolerably cold winters, Cadomai's tundra plains were home to the Snivvian species, who were renowned for their art. Cadomai also held a large system of subterranean caverns, where the Snivvians made their homes during the subfreezing winters. Cadomai Prime possessed a single moon, and was part of the Cadomai system. Cadomai had a democratic government, with a leader being chosen every year solely on the basis of artistic ability. Despite the artistic sensibilities of the native Snivvians, the history of Cadomai was an extremely bloody one, with the Snivvian genetic flaw known as the Blood Code of the Snivvian resulting in a number of brutal dictators. However, Cadomai eventually became well-known as a resort world, despite the freezing climate. Historically a Galactic Republic world, by the time of the Galactic Empire Cadomai came into the attention of the Empire's Coalition for Progress, who wanted to ensure that Cadomai's famous transnovels would remain sustainable according to the tenets of the New Order.
- "For a Snivvian, this is balmy."
- ―Marn Hierogryph, on the ice world Jebble
A frigid world of tundra plains, Cadomai Prime was the homeworld of the sentient Snivvian species. Cadomai was located in the Outer Rim Cadomai system, in the Catarlo sector, a subsector of the greater Aparo sector. Cadomai was situated on the northern end of Hydian Way hyperlane between the planets Ruuria and Bonadan, near the Corporate Sector. The subfreezing environments of Cadomai forced the Snivvians to evolve unique, dense skin that allowed the beings to control the opening and closing of their pores, in order to trap or release body heat. Cadomai winters were very long and exceptionally cold, forcing Snivvians to stay underground in Cadomai Prime's extensive system of subterranean caverns for months at a time. Cadomai had a single moon, with a day of 27 standard hours and a year consisting of 405 local days. Cadomai had a standard level of gravity. The planet's main export to the rest of the galaxy was art, while its major imports were foodstuffs and raw materials.
The Snivvians descended from hunters on the frozen plains of Cadomai Prime, eventually gaining sentience and establishing a civilization on the world. Many Snivvians were known throughout the galaxy as excellent artists and authors, a product of Cadomai's winters—with the Snivvians forced into underground homes during these intensely cold periods, they often had little else to do but develop their artistic talents and sensibilities. For the Snivvians, the norm was for one male and one female to be yielded by each birthing, but male-male twin births sometimes occurred, albeit very rarely. In these cases, one of the two children would be born with a genetic flaw, known as the Blood Code of the Snivvian, which had a chance to mutate into a personality disorder and possible sociopathic behavior. Three times in the history of Cadomai, Snivvians with this genetic disorder grew to become charismatic, but evil dictators—two were defeated by civilian uprisings, while the last, Zereldspidar, required the intervention of the Galactic Republic to fell. Eventually, the Snivvians mastered genetic engineering and minimized the chance of these abnormal births. The history of Cadomai tended to be a very violent one, and the Blood Code of the Snivvian led to the downfall of a number of civilizations on the world. The Snivvians eventually developed a participatory democracy on Cadomai, with representatives being elected to a ruling council known as a Chevram. From there, an executive officer was chosen purely on artistic skill. The Chevram was elected once every twelve years, and a new executive chosen every year of the Chevram's rule.
Eventually, the Snivvians developed space travel, and were able to expand their civilization beyond Cadomai. The region of space containing Cadomai was considered widely explored by the Republic by the time of the Great Sith War in 4,000 BBY. In the era of the Mandalorian Wars several decades later, Cadomai had established itself as a prime resolt world despite its cold climate. The Snivvians built large vacation complexes within their cities, and used their artistic and creative culture as an attraction for tourists. In the next few centuries, the Hydian Way hyperlane was blazed—the older Morellian Trail route, which included Cadomai, fell upon the larger Hydian. Afterwards, during the Jedi Civil War, the area of space containing Cadomai fell under the control of Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Revan's Sith Empire. Cadomai eventually was returned to Republic control, however, and would remain as a Republic world until that government's fall in 19 BBY.
In the time after the Battle of Yavin, the transnovels of Cadomai—artistic combinations of words and images that told a story while being displayed that were usually created by the Snivvians during their periods underground every winter—came under examination by the Galactic Empire's Coalition for Progress, a sub-agency of the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order, which was in the process of reporting on the suitability of various art forms in the New Order. Along with thousands of other types of art from across the galaxy, Cadomai transnovels were judged on a series of austere and inflexible tenets that fit in line with the philosophy of the Galactic Empire. During the era of the Galactic Civil War, the Catarlo sector, and therefore Cadomai, fell under the Imperial governorship of Moff Harlow. Around 7 ABY, three years after the death of the Emperor at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, the area containing Cadomai fell under the control of Imperial Warlord Zsinj. In 137 ABY, Cadomai's region of space was under the hegemony of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire.
The native Snivvians made up 99% of Cadomai Prime's population, with other species making up the remaining 1%. One notable Snivvian native of Cadomai was Marn Hierogryph, whose parents sent him offworld after Hierogryph's skill as a con artist angered many fellow Snivvians. Hierogryph went on to become a career criminal on the planet Taris, later joining the disgraced former Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick in his quest for justice. Other notable Cadomai natives included Zutton, a well-known Snivvian artist around 0 ABY; Sinrich, a Clone Wars-era bounty hunter who invented the holographic disguise matrix; and Tevlun, a member of the Hyperspace Navigator's Guild. The Snivvian language was the tongue mainly employed on Cadomai, and Snivvians speaking Basic were sometimes said to have a "Cadomai accent". Additionally, some natives of Cadomai, Marn Hierogryph for example, used "Spirits of Cadomai" as an exclamation.
Brella was the capital city of Cadomai Prime, although it was by no means the only major city on the planet. By the time of the Mandalorian Wars, the Snivvians had begun to build resorts and vacation complexes in the other cities on the world, making Cadomai a tourist destination. The subterranean caverns of Cadomai also held extensive systems of homes that the Snivvians made use of during Cadomai's intolerable winters. The world also was home to the University of Cadomai.
Behind the scenesEdit
The planet Cadomai Prime was first mentioned in the Imperial Sourcebook, a 1989 West End Games sourcebook written by Greg Gorden. Much of the extant information on Cadomai was added in the sourcebooks Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies, the Alien Anthology—where the name Cadomai Prime was first entered into the Star Wars canon—and the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, along with the reference book The Essential Atlas. Aside from an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Cadomai was also mentioned in several issues of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic book series. The Alien Anthology originally placed Cadomai Prime in the Expansion Region, although several later sources, including The Essential Atlas, placed Cadomai in the Outer Rim Territories.
- The Taris Holofeed: Prime Edition
- Labor Pains (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 26: Vector, Part 2 (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 36: Prophet Motive, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 43: The Reaping, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy (Mentioned only)
- "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 11
- Imperial Sourcebook (First mentioned) (as Cadomai)
- Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies (as Cadomai)
- Alien Anthology (First identified as Cadomai Prime)
- Ultimate Alien Anthology
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I ("Cadomai")
- The Essential Atlas
- Galaxy of Intrigue
- "Rogues Gallery: The Usual Suspects: Who's Who in Mos Eisley"—Star Wars Insider 130 (as Cadomai)
- "Rogues Gallery: Who's Who: The Bounty Hunters!"—Star Wars Insider 132 (as Cadomai)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Alien Anthology
- ↑ 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 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Ultimate Alien Anthology
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Imperial Sourcebook, First Edition
- ↑ "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 11
- ↑ "Rogues Gallery: The Usual Suspects: Who's Who in Mos Eisley"—Star Wars Insider 130
- ↑ Secrets of Tatooine
- ↑ "Rogues Gallery: Who's Who: The Bounty Hunters!"—Star Wars Insider 132
- ↑ Galaxy of Intrigue
- ↑ Labor Pains
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 36: Prophet Motive, Part 1
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 104 ("Cadomai")
- ↑ The Taris Holofeed: Prime Edition
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 26: Vector, Part 2
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 43: The Reaping, Part 1