- "You speak of friendship I have not witnessed of late. Where was the Republic when our supply ships were destroyed by pirates? Where was the Republic as my people starved? We... have been stranded out here without any help at all. I know it is not your fault, but my people starved all the same."
- ―Onaconda Farr, to Padmé Amidala during the Trade Federation takeover on Rodia
Rodians were green-skinned humanoids native to the planet Rodia. During the Clone Wars, Rodia was represented by Senator Onaconda Farr in the Galactic Republic's senate. He briefly sided with the Trade Federation during the war, under the promise of food and protection from pirates. Rodia was betrayed, and fell back in line with the Republic. A number of Rodians acted as bounty hunters, including Greedo and Jakoli. Greedo was an amateur eventually killed by the smuggler Han Solo, while Jakoli was a skilled bounty hunter who only killed his targets. Some Rodians also worked as informants, such as Tsoklo, who worked for the Galactic Empire.
Biology and appearanceEdit
- "The risk you Bridgers take, Tseebo say you must think of your son."
- ―The Rodian Tseebo speaking in the third-person
Rodians were a species of reptilian humanoids. They possessed large pupil-less eyes that could see in infrared spectrum, slender snouts, pointed ears, twin saucer-like antennae that detected vibrations atop their heads, and a ridge of spines cresting their skulls. Green (sometimes yellow or turquoise) scales covered their bodies, and their skin had a rough, pebbly texture, except on the snout and hands. Females were physically distinguished by their mammary glands, and some of them, like Greeata Jendowanian, were capable of growing long tresses. The Rodian hand featured five long, dextrous fingers with suction cups at the ends. The shape of the Rodian hand, however, was as such that if an object was designed for their species, it would be uncomfortable for a human to use. Although they were oxygen breathers, Rodians could breathe an air saturated with Clouzon-36 without the assistance of a respirator.
Rodians evolved on the planet Rodia, and eventually joined the Galactic Republic by the time of the Invasion of Naboo. Rodians also became notorious for working as bounty hunters. Jabba the Hutt, a crime lord, employed various Rodians, including one named Greedo. Rodia eventually received representation in the Galactic Senate by means of Senator Onaconda Farr. He eventually made friends with Ruwee Naberrie, a senator from Naboo, and worked closely with him. Eventually, the senator's daughter, Padmé Amidala, became the senator for Naboo.
During the Clone Wars, Rodia's space vessels were attacked by pirates, leaving the Rodian people impoverished and starving for offworld food. Farr, distressed by his people's suffering, appealed to the Republic for aide, but received none. Desperate, he turned to the Trade Federation and made a deal with their viceroy, Nute Gunray, who was to deliver supplies to Rodia in exchange for control of the planet and Senator Amidala, who was an enemy of Gunray's. Amidala went to Rodia in an attempt to work out her own deal, but was captured by Gunray's battle droids. As the situation progressed, Farr had second thoughts and sided back with Amidala. Gunray was later fooled into thinking a Jedi was attacking his forces, who in actuality was the bumbling Gungan Jar Jar Binks. The viceroy admitted to Farr that he had brought no provisions for the Rodian people with him. Gunray was eventually arrested by the Republic, only to escape at a later date. Farr was later murdered during the war by his aide Lolo Purs.
Rodians also made it as far as Lothal, where a number of them worked for the Galactic Empire. Some of these Rodians lived in Lothal re-settlement camp 43, nicknamed "Tarkintown," which housed farmers who had been dispossessed by the Empire. Tseebo was a Rodian who worked for the Imperial Information Office, although after stealing a large amount of Imperial data he tried to escape the Empire, and was eventually rescued by a band of rebels. Another Lothal Rodian, Frid Kelio, played grav-ball for the AppSci SaberCats in Capital City.
Rodians in the galaxyEdit
- «Going somewhere, Solo?»
- ―Greedo, to Han Solo[src]
Some Rodians began active work as bounty hunters. Greedo was a Rodian active during both the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War. He eventually met his end at the hands of Han Solo on the planet Tatooine. Jakoli was a bounty hunter hired by Count Dooku during the Clone Wars, who died during a subsequent test. Jakoli had a reputation of only taking assignments where he was allowed to kill his target. Tsoklo was a Rodian who lived on the planet Lothal, and worked as a factory worker. He doubled as an informant working for the Galactic Empire. Some Rodians, like Bolla Ropal, were sensitive to the Force. Ropal was a Jedi Master murdered by the bounty hunter Cad Bane. Another Rodian Jedi, Huulik, was killed as a result of Order 66. Other Rodians were Wald, Pablo, and Ganodi.
Behind the scenesEdit
Rodians were created for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Costume Designer John Mollo's sketches for the three Rodians present in the Mos Eisley Cantina referred to them as "Martians." At one time, the Rodian masks were to fit a four-armed body, which would eventually be known as a Morseerian, but the heads were switched before filming. Although the terms "Rodian" and "Rodia" were first developed for the the Star Wars Legends roleplaying sourcebook Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope in 1989, the name stuck, and saw its way into production for the prequel trilogy.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Adventures in Wild Space: The Steal
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars: Uprising
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Heir to the Jedi
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
- ↑ Aftermath: Life Debt
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gathering"
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
- ↑ Ahsoka
- ↑ Nexus of Power
- ↑ Shattered Empire, Part II
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
- ↑ The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Friends and Enemies"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
- ↑ Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 Star Wars Rebels – "Empire Day"
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars: Card Trader
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Gathering Forces"
- ↑ 39.0 39.1
- ↑ Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope