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The Gampassa was a species of turtle native to the planet Glee Anselm's oceans. Their skin was wrinkled and gray, while their bodies were round and elongated. A ponderous head and tiny tail grew from the creature's front and backside, respectively. The turtles had six pointed flippers, the two forelegs growing longer than the others. At least one Gampassa was 2,310 meters long, and the species' large size allowed for the Nautolans, another of Glee Anselm's native species, to use their shield-like shells as locations for their villages. Alternatively emerging above and submerging below the ocean every couple of centuries, different generations of native Nautolans would either be born above or below water.

Biology and appearanceEdit

The Gampassa, a species of turtle, had wrinkled, gray skin and a rounded, oblong body that included a brown shield shell. The creatures had six triangular flippers that ended in points; these limbs were situated symmetrically on both the left and right sides, and their forelegs grew much longer than the others. A short tail adorned the species' anterior, and nostrils were located between the eyes on the creatures' bulbous heads.[2] At least one specimen was 2,310 meters long.[1]

BehaviorEdit

Members of the Gampassa species swam in their homeworld's oceans such that their shells stuck out of the water like islands,[2] and every couple of centuries they would submerge themselves below the ocean's surface.[3]

HistoryEdit

The Gampassa species was native to the oceans of[2] the Mid Rim[4] planet Glee Anselm. Due to the creatures' enormous size, the Nautolans, another native species of Glee Anselm, used the species' shells as locations for their villages,[2] complete with landing platforms built atop the shells. Every couple of centuries, the turtles would alternate with going above or below the ocean level, and entire generations of the species' native Nautolans would either be born above or below water accordingly.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Gampassa Landing Platform

Concept art of the Gampassa Landing Platform

"What are the turtles eating?"
―Kilian Plunkett, questioning the diet of the Gampassa species based on their overall size[src]

The Gampassa species was intended to appear in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars' second season episode "Children of the Force" (2009), although it was cut from the final episode. Concept art for the species was included in the extra features of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two Blu-ray release (2010). One of the images was signed by concept artist Jackson Sze, dated to December 12, 2007. The species was further discussed in Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Four (2013). In that, Supervising Director Dave Filoni discussed more details surrounding the turtles' intended inclusion in the series, including showing concept art and Maya 3D models for landing platforms aboard the creatures' backs. Lead character designer Kilian Plunkett also asked Filoni what the turtles were eating, given their size, and Filoni imagined it would be difficult for them to find food sources in their environment. The Star Wars Blog article "Drawing from the Imagination: Mythological Creatures in Star Wars, Part 2" (2013), written by Tim Veekhoven and Kevin Beentjes, included the Gampassa and noted its resemblance to the Hah-nu-nah turtle island of Native American oral legend. The plural form of the species' name was never established.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The bonus features of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two Blu-ray release reveal that a member of the Gampassa species was about twice the size of a Venator-class Star Destroyer, with pictures of both used for comparison. In the Star Wars Blog article "Drawing from the Imagination: Mythological Creatures in Star Wars, Part 2," the species is explicitly said to be twice the size of a Venator-class Star Destroyer, which Encyclopedia-Logo Republic attack cruiser in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org) establishes to be 1,155 meters in length.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Four
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
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