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Melitto were a species of insectile humanoids native to Li-Toran. They had no eyes or mouth, but were capable of sensing their environment using super-sensitive cilia. Melitto had chitin plates on their heads and forearms, and required the use of breathing tubes when operating in alien atmospheres.

Biology and appearanceEdit

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The Melittos' faces were covered in chitinous plates.

With a body comprising a head, a torso, two legs, two arms, and five-fingered hands, the Melitto were humanoids.[3] Nevertheless, the segmented plates of chitin visible on their heads and hairy forearms betrayed their insectile nature. The Melitto face was covered in four plates, the largest being at the top, but did not feature visible eyes or mouth.[1]

However, they did have auditory organs,[2] and the small bristles lining their body[5] were in fact specialized, feathery cilia that could sense vibrations and detect electrical fields. Additionally, those cilia gave the Melitto a keen sense of smell. Their extraordinary scent-memories not only helped them navigate just as well as if they had eyes, but also gave them extensive identification and tracking skills.[2]

When operating in atmospheres different from their own, the Melitto wore breathing tubes and carried dispensers filled with sugary nutrient fluid.[2]

The species had at least two sexes: male and female.[2] One known individual, a male named Sarco Plank, stood 1.82 meters tall.[4] The Melitto language consisted of humming sounds produced by their facial plates. To communicate with other species, they wore vocoders that translated their hums into an understandable voice.[5]

Society and cultureEdit

Melitto were eusocial beings who lived in hives ruled by queens. Whenever a hive's population increased too much for it to operate at full efficiency, it became necessary to found a new hive. The adolescent females, known as myrmitrices, then started fighting each other with the help of their warrior followers. When a victor emerged, she gained the right to be queen of a new hive. The male warriors who had the misfortune of surviving their myrmitrix's defeat were cast away from their hive, becoming ronin.[2]

HistoryEdit

The Melitto evolved on Li-Toran, a dismal and storm-buffeted planet situated in the Inner Rim region of the galaxy.[2]

Melitto in the galaxyEdit

In addition to their homeworld, the Melitto also developed a presence on several neighboring planets. However, due to the nature of their society, the Melitto rarely ventured in the wider galaxy, and those who did were mostly ronin. Thanks to their scent-memories, the Melitto made excellent doctors, capable of detecting chemical components that were markers for diseases.[2]

One known Melitto ronin was Sarco Plank, who worked as a bounty hunter, jungle guide, and tomb raider on Devaron during the Galactic Civil War. There, Plank notably dueled the trainee Jedi Luke Skywalker among the ruins of the Temple of Eedit.[1] The encounter left Plank with a near-fatal lightsaber wound. More than three decades later, the ronin had found his way to Niima Outpost on Jakku, where he operated as a scavenger and bounty hunter.[4]

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