Thin, narrow girth
The faa, or faynaa as they were known to the Gungans, were fast-moving, non-sentient predatory scalefish native to the oceans and swamps of the Mid Rim planet Naboo. They were considered dangerous and would attack virtually anything with little provocation.
Biology and appearanceEdit
Faa or faynaa, were fast-moving,medium-sized, carnivorous scalefish that were native to the Mid Rim planet Naboo’s oceans and swamps. They attacked with little provocation, and were considered quite dangerous. The typical faa had a tall, narrow body that was stiff and well-armored. They were red to orange in color, and had a large orange and white tail fin that it could flap to move through the water column.
Their thin frames allowed the faa to inhabit thin crevices in the underwater rocks, from which they could catch prey that hid in the crags. The deep swamp was also where faa preferred to reproduce, producing up to twelve offspring at a time. While they traveled in schools and could usually be found only in deep waters, faa were especially prominent around the Gungan city of Otoh Gunga, likely attracted by its bright lights. Out in the swamps, however, a school of faa, up to thirty in size, could be extremely dangerous for unwitting creatures. Faa feasted on a variety of creatures, including daggerts, gorgs, nunas, nyorks, bowlumps, galoomps, geejaws, ollopoms, pom-hoppers, scurriers, shiros and shiro-traps, skettos, hohokums, and yobshrimp. Faa schools were known to attack Gungans if hungry or provoked, but would disperse if responded to with loud noises. Another tactic Gungans employed was to remain motionless in the water column, in the chance that the school would pass them by. One predator of the faa was the dianoga.
Faa were present in the waters of the planet Naboo as of at least 32 BBY, as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Gungan Jar Jar Binks swam to the underwater Gungan city of Otoh Gunga to meet with representatives during the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation. Shortly after the Invasion of Naboo, during Gungan colonization efforts, Faa were transported to Naboo's moon Ohma-D'un. In 20 BBY, faa, along with mee, ray, and laa, were present in a holding tank aboard the Titavian IV, an exploration vessel formerly operated by the Intergalactic Zoological Society on Mycroft whose mission was to gather and catalog specimens from across the galaxy.
Behind the scenesEdit
The faa, along with other musically-related scalefish, such as the doo, laa, mee, ray, see, and tee, made various appearances in the 1999 prequel trilogy film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and surrounding materials such as Sea Creatures Battle Bags, where it was previously known as a "skittle sea creature", and Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier. They were soon after mentioned in the 2000 Ryder Windham young readers book Episode I Adventures 10: Festival of Warriors, in material with regard to aquatic life on Naboo in the 2001 Terryl Whitlatch illustrated book The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, and appeared in content in Star Wars Galaxies and in the 2004 issue of Star Wars: Republic 69: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 1.
- Episode I Adventures 10: Festival of Warriors
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier
- Star Wars: Republic 69: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 1
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Star Wars Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- Episode I: The Gungan Frontier: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide
- Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- ↑ 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 3.19 3.20 Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Episode I Adventures 10: Festival of Warriors
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 250–251 ("faa (faynaa)")
- ↑ Star Wars: Republic 69: Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 1