- "They have formed their own pathetic civilization from scraps of the shining world that has been forever forbidden to them."
- ―Pollux Hax
Cthons, also known as Troglodytes, were inhabitants of the lowest levels of the Coruscant Underworld.
Biology and appearance
Visually, they appeared like decaying corpses with loose flaps of flesh, stringy, dirty hair, and a lipless mouth filled with sharp teeth. Skin grew to cover their eyes; there was an egg-like organ where the eye could be seen moving restlessly while sealed within its sockets. If clothed at all, they wore nothing but simple loincloths. They were zombie-like humanoids who preyed on living flesh.
Their ancestors were Humans who were banished from the surface for their crimes, subsequently residing in the darkness of the undercity for thousands of years, which genetically changed them into terrifying creatures that became the subject of countless horror stories and nightmares.
Cthons were also known to use electroshock nets to catch their prey, as demonstrated on Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant and her companions, I-5YQ and Lorn Pavan. Cthons were said to be the analog of the Tarisian Rakghoul of the Taris Undercity and perhaps may be related to the underlevels' corridor ghouls.
Cthons were also used as slaves by the Flesh Raiders of Tython. Some of these Cthons would burrow underground and then burst from the ground and attack when an enemy approached their Flesh Raider masters. It is unknown how these Cthons arrived on Tython, though these Cthons were purple-grey in color instead of the normal white.
Following Operation: Knightfall, one of the few surviving Jedi was Sha Koon, who attempted to kill Darth Vader by luring him into an ambush. By using the Force, she manipulated the Cthon into attacking the Sith Lord, but they were easily dispatched.
Behind the scenes
Chthonic (from Greek χθόνιος-khthonios, of the earth, from khthōn, earth; pertaining to the Earth; earthy) designates, or pertains to, deities or spirits of the underworld, especially in relation to Greek religion and may be the root of the Cthon species' name.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Darth Maul: Saboteur
- Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (First identified as Cthon)
- The Clone Wars: Decide Your Destiny: Crisis on Coruscant
- Labyrinth of Evil (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Purge: Seconds to Die
- Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
- The Paradise Snare
- Jedi Search (Indirect mention only)
- Allies (Mentioned only)
- The Illustrated Star Wars Universe (First appearance)
- Coruscant and the Core Worlds
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 61 (COR29-30, Coruscant - The Dark Underbelly)
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 35