Biology and appearanceEdit
The species was not entirely wiped out when their homeworld was destroyed by the Galactic Empire, as a population had been transplanted to the gas giant Bespin. On Bespin, the thranta lived in a breathable region of the planet's atmosphere, where they were ridden through the clouds by only the most daring thrill seekers. Along with her diplomacy lessons, Princess Leia Organa notably learned to ride a thranta.
Behind the scenesEdit
Thranta first appeared in concept art drawn by artist Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which was later reused in The Illustrated Star Wars Universe in 1995, introducing them to the Star Wars Legends continuity. The species was made canon by the reference book Ultimate Star Wars, which was released in 2015.
- Princess Leia, Part II (First appearance)
- Ultimate Star Wars (First identified as Thranta)
- Backstories: Star Wars – Princess Leia: Royal Rebel