The Twi'lek Pilgrims were a group of Twi'leks who fled the oppressive conditions of Ryloth and various other colony worlds during the Cold War between the resurgent Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic.
An organization founded during the aftermath of the Great Galactic War, the first Matriarch, Kolovish, began to attract followers to her cause when she was a worker in a refugee camp catering to those displaced by the occupation of the Twi'lek homeworld, Ryloth, by the Hutt Cartels. Kolovish preached to her small group of followers about a simple life, espousing the tenets of an ancient code she had uncovered on a distant world. Gathering a larger following as she moved from refugee camps across the region, Kolovish and her wandering band of pilgrims fled into hyperspace after constantly being rebuffed by other host planets until they came upon the recently reoccupied planet Tython.
Landing on the lush forested world, the pilgrims came into contact with the Jedi Order, which had just recently resettled the planet in secret. Building the Matriarch's home over the area of the first craft's landing, the pilgrims petitioned the Galactic Senate to legalize the settlement but were denied. Ignoring the illegality of their settlement, the Twi'leks continued to strive to build permanent structures despite assaults by the local Flesh Raiders and the refusal of the neighboring Jedi to assist.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Explorer's Guide
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- Nexus of Power