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Shaak
Biological classification
Designation

Non-sentient

Physical characteristics
Average height

1.8 meters

Skin color

Yellow

Distinctions
  • Rotund bodies
  • short snouts
Sociocultural characteristics
Homeworld

Naboo

Shaaks were plump quadrupedal herd animals native to the grasslands of Naboo. Shaaks were often raised for their meat, and had large, rotund bodies. They had relatively weak legs, however, and were barely able to keep themselves upright.

CharacteristicsEdit

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A shaak

The herbivorous shaak was a wandering animal, and was found in multiple regions of the planet. However, they tended to seek out dry areas, and avoided Naboo's numerous swamps since they were commonly not fond of damp surroundings. Shaaks were, however, naturally buoyant due to their fatty bodies, though their four short legs were of little use in the water. Their inability to escape from water meant that shaaks sometimes found themselves carried over waterfalls, though their fatty bodies ensured such falls did no serious damage.

Female shaaks had multiple wombs, allowing for a remarkable reproduction rate. In fact, females were continually pregnant, and their compartmentalized uterine system allowed them to be impregnated by several different males at the same time.

Another interesting fact about shaaks was that they were one of the few species that, if infected with the Blue Shadow Virus, would die instantly.

A similar species can be found on the planet Polus, with longer fur to suit the frigid climate. To intimidate the local food commisioner, crime lord Tyber Zann killed several prize shaaks so that he would control most of Ilum's food market.

HistoryEdit

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Peppi Bow's shaak herd drinks from a river infected with the Blue Shadow Virus.

Though prized for their meat by Naboo and Gungans alike, shaaks were seldom used as pack animals due the fact that their abnormally large rumps made harnessing difficult, and rarely used as mounts due to their inherent instability, though some herders, such as the Gungan Peppi Bow, rode them with ease. They were also prized for their fluff.

During the Clone Wars, Peppi Bow's herd fell victim to a leak of the waterborne Blue Shadow Virus from Nuvo Vindi's laboratory. She lost six of her shaaks to the plague and almost fell victim herself.

In 1 ABY territorial disputes between shaak wranglers led some wrangling families to hire gangsters that added banned chemicals to the feed of rival shaak herds. The intestinal blockages created by these chemicals eventually caused the shaaks to explode. The Royal Advisory Council had to hire independent agents to eliminate the gangsters.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The shaak was designed by Terryl Whitlatch as the Star Wars version of a sheep.

They are seen briefly in one shot of The Phantom Menace as computer generated creations.

The shaak was the butt of many jokes among ILM digital artists during production of Attack of the Clones. The blooper reel on the DVD release includes a shot where a large, digital shaak takes the place of a core ship brought down by SPHA-T walkers. In an easter egg on the Attack of the Clones DVD, Yoda fires lightning from his palm and destroys a shaak. Shaaks also appear as "easter eggs" in several places in the film itself: floating in the Geonosis asteroid field and among flaming wreckage at the Battle of Geonosis.[2]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars Galaxies - Naboo terminal mission "Exploding Shaak Problem"
  2. SWicon Q & A on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)

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