- "Be on your guard – native gorgodons have an appetite for carbon based lifeforms!"
- ―Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn leaves a warning in a copy of The Jedi Path.
Gorgodons were a species of large, furry, non-sentient, reptilian creatures that lived on the snow-covered world of Ilum. They possessed blaster-proof hide, strong bone structure and three rows of sharp teeth, all of which made them dangerous foes in combat. Gorgodons also had excellent senses of smell and hearing, which they relied upon due to poor vision. Despite being able to survive on eating just plants, gorgodons spent most of their time hunting live prey in groups, preferring to kill it by suffocating or crushing it with a hug. Members of the species lived in camouflaged nests of shelters, which they used their saliva to hold together.
Gorgodons sometimes encountered members of the Jedi Order, who traveled to Ilum to find crystals with which to build their lightsabers in the Crystal Caves. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker fought a group of gorgodons outside the Crystal Caves when they traveled to the creatures homeworld in the year 28 BBY as did the ex-Jedi Ferus Olin in around the year 18 BBY. The gorgodon which fought Olin were later killed by stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire.
Biology and appearanceEdit
- "Triple rows of teeth, sharp claws. They dispatch their victims by squeezing them to death. The only way to kill them is a blow to the back of the neck."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi describes gorgodons to Anakin Skywalker.
Gorgodons were a non-sentient species of hulking reptilian predator native to the icy world of Ilum. Large in size, they were partially covered in gray fur on their backs and forearms, a with gray hide, thick enough to prevent blasters from killing the animals, covering all of their bodies except for the head, which was yellow in color. The face of a Gorgodon consisted of two yellow eyes with pupils, four nostrils and a mouth filled with three rows of yellow teeth. Due to poor eyesight, the predators relied mostly on their hearing and sense of smell to locate prey or other food which could include vegetation or carrion, as the species was omnivorous. Gorgodons had a bipedal stance, with a tail and four limbs, using their hind limbs for standing on and their forelimbs for attack, although they could also walk on all fours. Each limb ended in a paw which could be equal in size to a gravsled and included several sharp claws. The creatures had incredibly strong bone structures that were covered by thick layers of muscle and fat, making the creatures fairly resilient to blunt force attack, although they had a soft vulnerable point on the back of the neck. Striking this weak point was the only way to kill the beasts, as doing so would sever their spine and paralyze them. Their large size provided them with power when striking against their prey but also made them clumsy and at times slow. The species were also capable of producing a thick brown rubbery saliva, which they used in the construction of their nests.
- "The gorgodons are just hungry! Try giving them your rations next time."
- ―Ahsoka Tano suggests one way Jedi might avoid fighting gorgodons in a note in The Jedi Path.
Gorgodons were most commonly be found on the lowland areas of their homeworld where they survived on a diet of lichen, scrubs and carrion, although it was not unknown for them to venture into the planet's mountainous regions. They did however most commonly hunt live prey, traveling together in family groups of four to eight and using their senses of smell and hearing to locate other animals. When they did attack they snapped their jaws and rolled their eyes, usually killing their prey by crushing or suffocating them in a hugging motion with their huge forelimbs, although they could also use their claws, teeth and tails to injure their opponents. When they attacked or were injured the creatures would roar or howl loudly, and if one of their number was killed a pack would retreat upon picking up the scent of their fellows death. Gorgodons could also use their claws for climbing the frosted cliffs and mountains of Ilum, which they were extremely skilled at doing. Gorgodons constructed nests with shelters inside using boulders, sheets of ice, and snow as well as their saliva, which acted like mortar and held the structures together. The shelters were about fifty meters in height and were similar in appearance to a hunched gorgodon's back. The nests could be camouflaged to blend into the surrounding environment, mimicking the steep slopes of the mountains on which they were built.
- "It'll be better than a nest of gorgodons."
- ―Ferus Olin laments having to travel through a gorgodon nest.
In the year 22,800 BBY, the planet Ilum was discovered by members of the Jedi Order, who found that an abundance of crystals which could be used to make lightsabers were present in the world's Crystal Caves. As such, the Order made journeying to Ilum to find such a crystal a part of the ceremony almost all Jedi underwent on their way to reaching knighthood. As natives of Ilum, it was not unusual for gorgodons to encounter Jedi who were on such quests, often leading to the beasts attacking the Force-sensitives. The Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, who was active during the final decades of the Galactic Republic, left a note warning future students of the danger of gorgodons in his copy of the book The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force. Jinn later passed down the book to his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, who also left a message of his own in the book regarding the gorgodons .
In the year 28 BBY, Kenobi traveled with his apprentice, the Padawan Anakin Skywalker, to Ilum to help his student find a crystal for the Padawan's lightsaber. The pair encountered a group of sleeping gorgodons in front of the entrance to the Crystal Caves, and their scent woke the beasts causing the group to attack the two Jedi, with one gorgodon managing to grab Kenobi and attempting to crush him. Skywalker saved his master by stabbing the predator in the vulnerable point at the back of its neck, killing it and causing the rest of the group to flee by climbing further away up the mountain. Skywalker later claimed to have killed three gorgodons on Ilum in a note he left in his copy of The Jedi Path, which he had inherited from Kenobi. Skywalker's apprentice Ahsoka Tano also later inherited the book and added a note claiming that gorgodons were simply hungry and could be avoided by give them rations instead of fighting them.
Later in about 18 BBY,\ after being warned about the gorgodons by Kenobi, the former Jedi Ferus Olin also traveled to Ilum, hoping to craft a lightsaber and find the Jedi Master Garen Muln. He sought to enter the Crystal Caves through a secret entrance at the back of a gorgodon nest, which he located despite it being camouflaged. After trying and failing to sneak past the sleeping gorgodons in the nest, he attempted to flee from them but was caught and beaten around by one of the group. The Jedi eventually managed to paralyze the gorgodon by driving a vibroblade into its vulnerable spot, which allowed him to escape. The gorgodons nest was later burned and destroyed by stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire, who used flamethrowers and flechette launchers to open fire on the nests in an attempt to prevent Olin leaving through the secret entrance. The gorgodons fought back but were quickly defeated and killed.
Behind the scenesEdit
Gorgodons first appeared in 2001 in Jedi Quest: Path to Truth, a novel written by Jude Watson as part of the Jedi Quest series. The events of this book, including Skywalker's encounter with Gorgodons, were also referenced in the 2002 novel, Anakin: Apprentice which provided a summary of what had happened to Anakin Skywalker between Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The species was then given stats for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game produced by Wizards of the Coast in the 2004 sourcebook Ultimate Adversaries. The sourcebook also provided the first illustration of the species, drawn by the artist Andrew Jones. The creatures made a further appearance in the 2005 novel The Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning, an installment of the The Last of the Jedi series that was also written by Watson, and they later received a mention in the 2006 Prima game guide to the video game Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption, although they did not appear in the game itself. Gorgodons also received an entry in the 2008 compendium The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and were mentioned in The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, a sourcebook written by Daniel Wallace and released in 2010.
- Ultimate Adversaries (First pictured)
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption: Prima Official Game Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I ("gorgodon")
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Jedi Quest: Path to Truth, chapters 1 and 2
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ultimate Adversaries, p. 88
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 The Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning, chapter 10
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 353 ("gorgodon")
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 68
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, p. 62
- ↑ The Essential Reader's Companion, p. 64
- ↑ The Essential Reader's Companion, p. 146
- ↑ The Last of the Jedi: Dark Warning, chapter 14