A Rutanian tradition was to go hunting most days of the week and, after the hunts, the Rutanians would have a huge meat feast.
Throughout their history, the people of Rutan had often been engaged in conflict with their species' offshoot race, the Senali. Senali ultimately won, but the conflict was so devastating that a peace agreement was made: the firstborn children of both worlds' rulers would be exchanged at age seven. When the exchangees turned 16, they would return home, to prevent an attack from the corresponding planet. The two worlds were almost thrown into war once when Rutan's King Frane's firstborn son Leed, chose to stay on Senali instead of return to his birthplace on Rutan. King Frane, convinced his son was being brainwashed, threatened to declare war on Meenon, leader of Senali. Instead, he called upon two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to come and return his son to him. The two Jedi eventually found a way to avoid another battle and Leed's younger brother Taroon turned out to have a wish to rule, despite his father's ignorance. He became King after Frane. Pirate raids on the trade route were stopped by the Galactic Empire by 18 BBY.
During the Yuuzhan Vong War, the rivalry between the Rutanians and their offshoot race the Senali, on Rutan's moon Senali, was provoked into open warfare by the Yuuzhan Vong, leaving both the planet and its moon weakened and vulnerable to invasion.
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- The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant (Mentioned only)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 56
- Ultimate Adversaries
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Essential Atlas
- Galaxy at War
- The Essential Reader's Companion
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