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This article is about the Sarkan smuggler. You may be looking for the Human Grand Marshal also named Melas.

Melas was a male Sarkan who was exiled from his homeworld of Sarka for his gregarious and social ways. However, he absconded with a considerable fortune in smuggled metals and gems, allowing him to travel from world to world, seeing different sights and meeting all sorts of interesting beings. Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Melas was a patron at Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina on the planet Tatooine.

BiographyEdit

Originally from the planet Sarka, Melas was born with physical deformities,[1] resulting in a loss of status for him and his family. He spent his youth as an outcast, though his appearance was not his greatest crime in the eyes of his fellow Sarkans. Melas' people typically despised off-worlders, viewing non-Sarkans as primitives and savages. He, however, actually enjoyed the company of aliens and Humans and eschewed the formal greeting protocols mandated by his government.[5] Melas' gregarious and social ways were an outrage and he was exiled from his homeworld.[1]

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Melas smoking his Esoomian gruu pipe in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina

However, exile did not pose much of a problem for Melas: Sarka was rich in precious metals and gems and he was able to smuggle a considerable fortune off-planet when he was forced to leave.[5] He used his riches to travel from world to world, seeing different sights and meeting all sorts of interesting beings,[1] wanting nothing more than to see as many different species as possible.[5] Around the year 1 BBY,[4] Melas was featured in a Star Tours advertisement for the planet Tatooine as a patron at Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley spaceport.[3] In 0 BBY,[6] the thirsty Sarkan barfly[1] was present in the cantina shortly before the Battle of Yavin,[2] seated in a booth to the left of the entrance and next to one seating[7] Chachi and Ohwun De Maal, a Duros couple.[8][9]

Personality and traitsEdit

To the protocol-bound Sarkans, Melas was always a troublemaker[1] for displaying curiosity in other aliens[10] and his gregarious and social ways.[1] Despite his wealth, Melas was not entirely unaffected by his status as a Sarkan expatriate.[5] He missed his homeworld on occasion[1] and often spoke of its lush jungles, jewel-encrusted mountains, and beautiful cave-cities with a melancholy eloquence that belied his normally optimistic nature.[5] However, Melas' insatiable curiosity for what was out there easily eclipsed his bouts of melancholy.[1]

A broad-snouted male Sarkan[1] with mottled gray skin,[2] Melas was born with physical deformities: standing at 1.7 meters in height,[1] he was unusually diminutive in stature. He also had short,[5] stubby claws and unusual,[1] vibrant[5] blue eyes that invited unwanted attention.[1]

EquipmentEdit

Melas wore red and tan robes, along with a red[2] turban.[1] During his travels, he developed a fondness for smoking an Esoomian gruu pipe[5] to heighten his awareness,[10] and only rarely was he seen without the sweet-smelling device clasped in his scaly palms. Melas also carried a hold-out blaster and a credit voucher with 220,000 credits. He had numerous financial accounts totaling 2 million credits.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

"From the Ketwol creature I was also able to create another Cantina creature called Melas. Effects supervisor John Knoll noticed that the back of our Ketwol puppet's head looked like a completely different creature, so we turned it around, redressed it with new clothing, and shot it as a separate character. Two monsters for the price of one!"
―Howie Weed[src]
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Don Bies puppeteering Melas

Melas was originally created for the 1997 Special Edition re-release of the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[2] He was first identified in Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition, a Star Wars Legends sourcebook written by George R. Strayton, Paul Sudlow, and Eric S. Trautmann for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game[5] and released on October 1, 1997.[11] His puppet was a redressing of the one used for the Pacithhip prospector Ketwol,[12] which was created by Howie Weed, chief creature maker of the Special Editions. Effects supervisor John Knoll noticed that the back of the puppet's head looked like a completely different creature,[13] and by covering Ketwol's trunk and tusks with a turban and using the back of Ketwol's head as Melas' face,[1] as well as redressing it with new clothing,[13] a new creature was made. He was shot and edited into the cantina footage, replacing Arleil Schous,[1] a Defel whose off-the-shelf canine mask had long bothered A New Hope writer and director George Lucas.[14]

Melas was listed as an example of a Sarkan name in Ultimate Alien Anthology, a revised and expanded edition of the Alien Anthology sourcebook written by Eric Cagle, Cory J. Herndon, Michael Mikaelian, Steve Miller, Owen K.C. Stephens, and J.D. Wiker for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game[15] and released on April 1, 2003.[16]

AppearancesEdit

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SourcesEdit

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Melas, a deformed Sarkan

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 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 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Databank title Melas in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  4. 4.0 4.1 SWCustom-2011 Convenient Daily Departures: The History of Star Tours on StarWars.com (article) (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Star Wars Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition
  6. The Essential Reader's Companion dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope to 0 BBY.
  7. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  8. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Chachi De Maal (★★))
  9. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Ohwun De Maal (★★))
  10. 10.0 10.1 SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Melas)
  11. CargoBay Trilogy Source book, Special Edition in the StarWars.com Cargo Bay (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  12. Databank title Ketwol in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Howie Weed interview. Star Wars Interviews (May 2010). Archived from the original on June 27, 2017. Retrieved on June 27, 2017. "From the Ketwol creature I was also able to create another Cantina creature called Melas. Effects supervisor John Knoll noticed that the back of our Ketwol puppet's head looked like a completely different creature, so we turned it around, redressed it with new clothing, and shot it as a separate character. Two monsters for the price of one!"
  14. SWicon Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  15. Ultimate Alien Anthology
  16. CargoBay Ultimate Alien Anthology in the StarWars.com Cargo Bay (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)

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