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Named after a predator native to the Noghri home planet of Honoghr, Stava incorporated joint-locks, pressure points, nerve pinches, takedowns, and quick and deadly strikes with the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Like the animal it was named for, Stava strongly emphasized speed and endurance, with Noghri practitioners being able to dodge blaster bolts with acrobatics, rolls, and sheer offensive prowess, as shown by the Noghri slaughtering Darth Vader's stormtrooper guard on arrival on Honoghr. In addition to unarmed combat techniques, Stava encompassed the art of throwing and wielding the traditional fighting sickle of the Noghri, as well as the more primitive weapons adopted by the assassins, such as quarterstaffs, vibroblades, and Vrakolian Spin-blades.
Stava was primarily only taught to Nohgri, but it later spread throughout the galaxy as Noghri began to give lessons in exchange for support in their efforts to rebuild Honoghr and their Wayland colony.