- "Get ready to crash! Get ready to burrrrn!"
- ―Boles Roor
Sneevels were a furry, humanoid species from the Mid Rim planet Sneeve. They were characterized by their oversized, portly heads, monochromatic eyes, and distinctive smell, which they used for communication. Most Sneevels were extraordinarily nimble.
The Sneevels were famed for their daredevil tendencies, which led them into thrill-seeking occupations. When the species was discovered by Duros spacers, they were scouting their planet and system using dangerous native technology. With the hyperspace technology offered by the Duros, the Sneevels joined the Old Republic. They took advantage of their new opportunities to pursue their interests on other planets — although they showed little interest in galactic politics, they gravitated toward new chances to take new risks in activities such as podracing.
Sneevels actively took part in galactic politics during the Separatist Crisis that preceded the Clone Wars. During this time, the planet supported the Galactic Republic, the Military Creation Act and the Refugee Relief Movement. The Galactic Empire later tried to confine the Sneevels to their homeworld. The restrictions, however, merely served to drive several members of the species to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
The Sneevel Boles Roor found fame as a glimmik singer and podracer in the latter days of the Old Republic. Another Sneevel of note during this time was Jollin Resbin, who served as senator for the Kastolar sector during the Separatist Crisis. Later, Sneevels were seen on Mygeeto during the Galactic Civil War.
Biology and appearanceEdit
Sneevels were a sentient species who ranged from 1.6 to 2 meters in height. Their bodies were humanoid, with four long limbs that ended in five digits with nails. They had long tails. Members of the species were covered in fur that varied from blond to black and tended to become white with age. One famous representative of the species, the podracer Boles Roor, wore little clothing, went about barefoot, and bound his tail with a cord.
Sneevels had large heads distinguished by portly muzzles, hairy brows, and manes of bristly hair. The bottom canines protruded from their wide mouths even when closed. The other teeth were smaller, and their tongues were pink. Some Sneevels, such as Boles Roor, braided the hair hanging from their jaw and decorated it with jewelry. At least in some cases, a Sneevel's eyes had irises and scleras that were different shades of the same color; the pupils were darker or black. Non-Sneevels often found them unattractive. Their relatively small bodies were nimbler than a typical Human's. This, combined with their naturally high reflexes, gave them exceptionally good reaction time, the ability to deftly dodge in combat, and outstanding aim with ranged weapons. The average Sneevel's lifespan was 76 standard years.
Sneevels exuded a strong odor that varied with their mood, particularly when they were either strongly enraged, entertained nervous or scared. This provided clues about their emotional state to any who could smell them and knew how to interpret the scent, making an individual Sneevel's emotional state obvious to any other Sneevel. The species communicated information odoriferously, and their native language, Snee, partially relied on such "mood musks." Other species commonly considered the Sneevels' scent overpowering and malodorous, and some aliens might even collapse if they lingered too long in the presence of a member of the species.
Sneevels were omnivores, and their large mouths and powerful jaws allowed them to eat a wide variety of foods. Some members of the species were prone to not only eat cooked food but also the dishes upon which it was served.
Society and cultureEdit
- "Muh first number is about courage! It's not dedicated to all the spineless rejects who just watch the Boonta!"
- ―Boles Roor
Sneevels felt a need to live adventurously, seeking fast thrills and emotional highs. Consequently, many died from risky pursuits. Members of the species were inclined toward dangerous careers, such as hyperspace-route exploration, extreme sports, and hazardous scientific research on quantum fields. For some Sneevels, devotion to a noble cause compelled this thrill-seeking, but for many more, a selfish desire for personal excitement was the main driving force. Although they had little interest in galactic politics or the galaxy beyond their homeworld, many still commonly learned Galactic Basic Standard as a second language. Their native tongue was known as Snee.
As a rule, Sneevels were not known to be amiable or social, and their surliness made them closer in temperament to Dashades than most other species. Still, some Sneevels gained success at social vocations despite this antisocial penchant, celebrity Boles Roor being the prime example.
Sneevels established a technological society in isolation on Sneeve, their homeworld located in the Sneeve system, in the Kastolar sector of the Mid Rim. Their pioneering proclivities led Sneevel explorers from their homeworld's highest summit to its deepest trench. They developed a tricky means of sublight space travel that relied on shoddy submersible vehicles attached to rocket boosters and used it to explore their home system.
Circa 14,000 BBY, Duros explorers discovered Sneeve and provided the native Sneevels with hyperdrives, which led to the Sneevels joining the galactic community soon afterwards. Later, Duros and Human traders provided the species with more efficient space travel technology. Although the Sneevels found these safer vehicles to be more boring than their own, they adapted to settle their system and expand to other parts of the galaxy.
Sneevels enjoyed pursuing new experiences throughout the galaxy, and they became leading figures in daredevil occupations, including dangerous sports such as horizon skimming and podracing, high-speed races that could easily kill an unprepared pilot. They also excelled in creative fields and achieved success in the fields of visual arts, holovid production, and music. Politics was too prosaic for their interests, and few showed any real flair for it. Nevertheless, Sneeve had representation in the Senate in the days of the Galactic Republic.
In 24 BBY, charismatic secessionist Count Dooku began the Confederacy of Independent Systems and thousands of planetary systems with important military resources rallied to his side. With the Separatists being perceived as a threat in the Republic, several proponents suggested the creation of a Military Creation Act to provide an army to the Republic, a matter that was to be decided in a Senatorial vote. During this time, Sneeve was an active supporter of the Military Creation Act and campaigned to attract other potential allies under Senator Jollin Resbin. The world also joined the Refugee Relief Movement, a non-profit organization to aid people displaced by the conflict. As the secession of world after world brought the number of displaced beings to a breaking point, Sneeve and nine other planets formed the Refugee Resettlement Coalition and relaxed their local immigration restrictions to take in more refugees.
The Clone Wars began in 22 BBY as a direct consequence of the Separatist Crisis and, when they ended in 19 BBY, the Republic was replaced by the Galactic Empire. This new government instituted several new measures detrimental to aliens. Among them, the Empire tried to restrict the Sneevels to their homeworld. This had the opposite effect, however, as running the metaphorical blockade acted as an agitating intoxicant to the daredevil beings. The Empire appointed a local governor and approved laws to tighten interstellar travel from Sneeve, moves the Sneevels regarded as intolerable oppression. Many joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic, not necessarily because they had any interest in overthrowing the Empire, but because they felt imprisoned on their own planet or wanted the excitement the Rebellion offered. Rebel Sneevels embraced their daredevil nature in service to the Alliance even at the cost of their own lives, and more than a few came to be remembered as martyrs for the cause. Many others died gratuitously in avoidable circumstances.
Sneevels in the galaxyEdit
- "It's two-time winner Boles Roor. This Sneevel's got money to burn, and he's put it all in his Podracer."
Sneevel explorers commonly felt restricted on their planet and jumped to hyperspace looking for adventure. Members of the species became prominent scouts, artists, scientists, and athletes. One example was Boles Roor, who was successful both as a renowned glimmik singer and podracing ace. Roor won the prestigious Boonta Eve Classic on Tatooine on two occasions and was never defeated by the local favorite, Sebulba. During the Clone Wars, a Sneevel worked as an announcer for podraces aboard a leisure satellite. In this capacity, he was present in orbit around the planet Coruscant, announcing the Spiral Double Cup, when the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano stopped a plot by droids allied with the Confederacy of Independent Systems to destroy the Coruscant Senate Building with a giant laser.
Although Sneevels and politics rarely mixed, one in particular, Jollin Resbin, had been elected senator of the Kastolar sector by 22 BBY. Sneevels also worked with the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War, both to fight what they considered oppression on their planet and for the simple expedient of risking their lives in hazardous derring-do.
In 0 ABY, shortly after the Battle of Yavin, Han Solo and Chewbacca encountered two Sneevels (apparently ones unassociated with the Alliance) in a tent on the planet Muunilinst, far from the world where the Empire had wanted to restrict them. When a Phlog mocked Luke Skywalker's podracing skills, a full-scale brawl erupted in which the Sneevels joined in. The two aliens rushed Solo and his companion, but were dodged and then quickly defeated.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "Just call him Shaggy."
- ―Caption to Sneevel concept art
The podracer Boles Roor, created for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, was the first Sneevel to appear in a Star Wars source. Terryl Whitlatch sketched the character, and the production team built a puppet of the character, but only its face appears in the film as Fodesinbeed Annodue welcomes spectators to the races. This podrace announcer later calls out Roor's name during the film's podracing sequence, but Roor himself does not appear on screen. Roor is again mentioned in the Phantom Menace novelization and was first depicted in the comic adaptation. His appearance there is based on the puppet, although the artist has added a horn above his nose. The Databank at StarWars.com first identified Roor's species, using again the picture of the puppet, and the roleplaying supplement Alien Anthology (October 2001), by Steve Miller and Owen K.C. Stephens, first provided the species' background.
Sources disagree regarding the galactic region in which Sneeve was located. Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I (October 2000) and Alien Anthology both place Sneeve in the Expansion Region, but the website HoloNet News (2002) and Star Wars Insider 65 (February 2003) locate it in the Mid Rim. Given that the HoloNet News releases and the Insider article are the most recent sources, this article assumes Sneeve is indeed in the Mid Rim.
In the Star Wars Roleplaying Game from Wizards of the Coast, players may take on the role of Sneevel characters. Alien Anthology presents game statistics for the species, which indicate that Sneevels are incredibly agile but suffer several other penalties in compensation. In fact, Sneevels receive a +6 natural bonus to their Dexterity attribute, the highest bonus to this attribute of any species in the game. A Sneevel character is also available in the video-game Star Wars: Episode I Racer, in this case professional podracer Boles Roor. In this game, his podracer cannot cool properly, probably due to the Sneevel neglecting the maintenance tasks and being a bad mechanic as described in other sources. While Roor's pod is featured in the sequel of the game, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, the Sneevel himself does not appear in it.
The children's video game Star Wars: Jar Jar's Journey, released in 1999 by Lucas Learning, features a cartoon image of a Sneevel. The character appears in a mini-game in which the player must match disparate heads, torsos, and legs to create cohesive characters; success causes the mini-game's host, the Troig Fode and Beed Annodue, to comment. In contrast to the other descrambled characters in the matching game, the Troig claims not to recognize the Sneevel and instead expresses his wish to never meet the furry creature in a dark alley.
- Star Wars: Anakin's Speedway
- Star Wars: Episode I Racer
- Podracing Tales
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace novelization (First mentioned)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Manga: The Phantom Menace 1
- Star Wars: Jar Jar's Journey
- Kinect Star Wars
- Star Wars: Racer Revenge (Indirect mention only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- "Leisure"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.22
- Rebel Force: Target
- Star Wars: Power of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Episode I Who's Who: A Pocket Guide to the Characters of The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- Star Wars: Episode I Racer: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Star Wars: Episode I: Racer: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Episode I: I Am a Pilot (Picture only)
- Star Wars Episode I: Podracer Punch-Outs
- Secrets of Tatooine (Indirect mention only)
- Young Jedi Collectible Card Game - Boonta Eve Podrace (YJCCG) (Card: )
- Alien Anthology
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- Coruscant and the Core Worlds (Indirect mention only)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 24 (POD5-6, Ben Quadinaros' Podracer)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 26 (POD2, Podracer Pilots)
- The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels (Indirect mention only)
- "Best of Hyperspace"—Star Wars Insider 91 (Indirect mention only)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Atlas
- Star Wars Galaxy Series 6
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Boles Roor)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 Alien Anthology
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Podracing Tales
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars: Jar Jar's Journey.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I Racer: Prima's Official Strategy Guide, p. 68.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, entry "Sneevel".
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Coruscant and the Core Worlds
- ↑ The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace shows the death of pilot Ratts Tyerell; the danger of podracing is expanded in HoloNet News Vol. 531 #45 and #49, among others.
- ↑ The New Essential Chronology et al.
- ↑ HoloNet News (website) et al.
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Aliens in the Empire et al.
- ↑ Boles Roor's exploits as a podracer are mentioned in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (movie, novel, comic; art book; inside the worlds; visual dictionary; who's who); Databank entries for Boles Roor, Ben Quadinaros, Boles Roor's podracer and the Boonta Eve Classic Podracers; The Official Star Wars Fact File; Boonta Eve Podrace (YJCCG), an expansion card pack of the Young Jedi Collectible Card Game; the video games Star Wars Episode I: Racer and Star Wars: Racer Revenge; the webcomic Podracing Tales; Star Wars: Complete Locations; Star Wars: Power of the Jedi toy line; HoloNet News Vol. 531 55; RPG guide Secrets of Tatooine; The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
- ↑ Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I
- ↑ "Leisure"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.22
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Rebel Force: Target, p. 157