|Unidentified long-necked riding beast|
Long neck, beak, tail
A large domesticated animal species was used for transport during the final decades of the Galactic Republic. The creatures could be green in color and had relatively long necks compared to their bodies. When being ridden, the beasts would wear reins, which their riders could use to control them. At least one member of the species was used as a mount on the planet Cerea in the year 33 BBY, where two swoop bike riders scared it while flying past.
Biology and appearanceEdit
At least one member of the species was green in color and had four limbs, each of which ended in three digits, and on at least two of which the species stood. The species' head included a beak, a tongue, and two eyes as well as a peaked crest at the back of the skull. The head itself was located on the end of a relatively long neck in comparison to the beast's body, which also included a tail. While standing on their hind legs, the species were far taller than members of the Cerean species.
In the year 33 BBY, during the era in which the Galactic Republic controlled much of the galaxy, one member of this species was in use as a mount on the planet Cerea, within the Mid Rim. On Cerea, it was used within Tecave City, the capital of the planet. While traveling there, it wore reins attached to its mouth. During its time in Tecave, it was startled by a pair of swoop bikes driving past at high speed, a technology not allowed within the city. The illegal hardware was used by the pro-technology swoop-riding gang, the Techrats, of which the two Cerean bikers who startled the beast were members. When startled, the creature reared and threw its humanoid rider from its back.
Behind the scenesEdit
This species first appeared in the second issue of the Prelude to Rebellion story arc in the Star Wars: Republic comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics. The issue included the animal in one panel, in which it can be seen in the background. The issue was released on January 27, 1999, written by Jan Strnad and illustrated by Anthony Winn. It is not made clear in the issue if the species is native to Cerea or imported from another planet. The issue the beast appeared in was collected with the rest of the prelude arc into a trade paperback released on May 30, 2000, and then were included in the omnibus Rise of the Sith, which was released in January 2009.
- Star Wars: Republic 2: Prelude to Rebellion, Part 2 (First appearance)