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"Ebe Endocott has come out of nowhere to challenge the best Podracers today. This confident Triffian boasts three semi-pro titles on Malastare."
Beed — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The Triffians were a species of sentient humanoids characterized by furry bodies and large, triangle-shaped appendages, called thermoregulator flaps, that protruded from the shoulders and helped regulate body temperature. Other physical characteristics exhibited by members of the species were three-fingered hands, webbed feet, claws, and colorful fur and skin.

Since integrating into galactic society by the latter days of the Galactic Republic, Triffians were present on planets such as Kiffex and Coruscant, the galactic capital. They were represented in the Galactic Senate by Senator Eelen Li of the planet Triffis. The species boasted their own celebrity in the person of Ebe E. Endocott, a Podracer known for a string of victories on the planet Malastare and his personal panache. Endocott placed fourth in the 32 BBY Boonta Eve Classic race on the planet Tatooine, beating his rival, the Dug Sebulba.

Biology and appearanceEdit

Ebe Endocott (Anakin&#039;s Speedway)

Triffians were covered in patches of differently colored fur.

Triffians were furry humanoids whose stature stood them shorter than many other sentient species. For instance, the Triffian Podracer pilot Ebe E. Endocott stood only 1.22 meters tall.[1] The Triffian body could grow quite plump in some members, although the limbs remained thin. The torso and belly generally sported a thin coat of fur, either light-colored[3] or gray,[4] that allowed details of the skin, such as nipples and scars, to show through.[1] Dark, shaggy fur covered the back[1] and hung from the long arms. The hands both terminated in three light-colored[3] or brown fingers apiece, each sporting dark gray claws.[4] The fur on the heels was dark in some Triffians,[8] light in others. Members of the species stood on flat, webbed feet, each with three prominent toes and a fourth recessed on the outside edge. Each lower-limb digit sported a sharp, yellow claw. The feet were digitigrade, with ankles folded back toward the posterior. A long, thin tail, covered in dark fur but tipped in a lighter color, emerged from just above the buttocks.[9] The rump itself was colored brightly in blue or another shade.[1]

Two large, furred[3] thermoregulator flaps extended from the shoulders[1] and framed the round face like a mane. When fully erect, the flaps resembled large, dark-colored triangles with wisps of lighter hair at their uppermost vertices and below the snout; in this configuration, they allowed for dissipation of excess body heat.[3] Bright-yellow[1] or green eyes[5] with irises and pupils of a darker shade flanked a short snout with long, angled nostrils.[1] The face and snout were multicolored, with one hue of fur—such as blue[5] or brown[10]—for the nose, between the eyes, and across the forehead and brow, and another—such as white[5] or brown[10]—for the eye sockets, cheeks, and lips. In some specimens, another color such as yellow was intermixed as well, coloring the lips and eyelids, for example.[5]

The Triffian species was divided into two sexes, male and female.[3] Despite the sizable paunch that might extend so far forward as to overshadow the feet, Triffians were capable of great flexibility, bowing deeply at the waist, for instance.[1] Indeed, many female Triffians found the rotund Podracer Endocott physically attractive.[9] At least some male Triffians had deep voices in spite of their small size.[11]

Society and cultureEdit

From ancient times, Triffians possessed artworks such as a stone carving of a Triffian figure.[7] By the time of the Invasion of Naboo,[12] members of the species were comfortable moving about galactic society either nearly nude[8][13] or clothed with items such as dark pants,[11] jumpsuits,[14] belts, and body armor.[10] Triffians were capable of utilizing standard galactic technology, such as blaster weapons,[10] and of operating more advanced machines, such as Podracers.[3] They had the capacity to learn to speak Huttese.[13] At least one member of the species hailed from the planet Triffis.[8]

HistoryEdit

Jedi attack on Deadend (R33)

A Triffian guard attempted to prevent Jedi Knights Quinlan Vos and Tholme from entering the town Deadend on the planet Kiffex.

«Congratulations, Ebe! Can I buy you a ruby bliel?»
«Thanks, Quadinaros! So, how much money did you win from Boles Roor?
»
―Podracers Ben Quadinaros and Ebe Endocott, after finishing the Boonta Eve Classic[src]

A stone carving dating to the species' earliest history attested to their long presence on the planet Triffis.[7][15] The world was represented in the Galactic Senate by Senator Eelen Li, who served alongside her Human colleague, Senator Palpatine of the planet Naboo. When Li learned of Palpatine's love for old artifacts, she retrieved the carving from a museum on her homeworld and presented it to him as a gift.[7]

By 32 BBY,[12] a Triffian daredevil named Ebe E. Endocott[3] had left his homeworld, Triffis, to race landspeeders on the planet Boonta. At the suggestion of his personal clerk, he switched to Podracing, a more dangerous sport but one for which the potential winnings were much higher. Endocott quickly earned a name for himself by winning three straight semi-professional Podracing tournaments on the planet Malastare. Flushed with new fans[16]—many of them females who found his looks handsome[9]—Endocott's ego ballooned, and he modified his JAK Racing J930 Dash-8 Podracer to place him high in the seat and therefore more visible to spectators. He also used his semi-pro winnings to purchase a Corellian freighter to transport himself to other races on worlds such as Baroonda with panache.[17] In 32 BBY, Endocott flew to the planet Tatooine to participate in the professional leagues as an entrant in the Boonta Eve Classic. Nevertheless, he proved less skillful or lucky than he felt[3] and came in fourth. Although not a win, Endocott was content to have bested the non-finisher Sebulba,[8] a Dug Podracing darling of Malastare whom Endocott considered a washed-up boaster.[3] Endocott continued his Podracing career after the Boonta, racing at least once more on Malastare.[1]

Two years later, in 30 BBY, a Triffian helped defend the town of Deadend on the planet Kiffex from outsiders under the command of the Aqualish criminal Gorto Zaga, who had ordered the defenders to shoot dead any who attempted to enter after dark[10] so as to protect his illegal blaster importation business.[18] When the Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, Master Tholme, and their guide, the Devaronian Vilmarh Grahrk, attempted to enter the walled town, the Triffian joined others in the band in opening fire on the outsiders. The Jedi leapt over the walls and attacked the Triffian's group, overpowering them and securing entry for themselves and Grahrk. The Triffian guard survived the encounter.[10]

By 22 BBY,[19] the Triffian Ony Bobissia had become a regular at the Coruscant eatery Dex's Diner.[6] Bobissia was standing outside the diner that year when the Human Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi consulted the diner's Besalisk owner, Dexter Jettster, about an assassination attempt against Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo.[20]

Behind the scenesEdit

Ebe Endocott face concept (EIIG)

The final design of Triffian Ebe Endocott changed little from initial designs.

The Triffian Podracer pilot Ebe E. Endocott was created during preproduction of the film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which was first released in 1999. Concept artist Terryl Whitlatch designed the character,[3] and her sketches date back as early as 1996. Whitlatch's ideas included both thin and plump versions of the character and feature prominent teeth that have not been visible in later Triffian illustrations,[1] but her concepts otherwise match the final look of the species as it was realized in a detailed character maquette.[21] Despite the elaborate preproduction designs of Endocott, the Triffian appears only as a low-resolution character, seated in the cockpit of his Podracer, in The Phantom Menace.[22]

The maquette, naked to allow Industrial Light & Magic animators to use it for anatomical reference,[9] has since been used to represent the character in various sources.[1][3][8] The computer-generated model of Endocott was later reused for the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones to represent Ony Bobissia, a distant background character visible during a scene set on the planet Coruscant at Dex's Diner.[23]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 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 Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide.
  2. The Essential Atlas and Galactic Cartography: Official Discussion on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by jasonfry on 12/11/07 7:59am; accessed October 19, 2012). Jason Fry, co-author of The Essential Atlas, stated his intention to create homeworlds for numerous species based on context implied from their names. Triffis appears to be one such case.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Databank title Ebe Endocott in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Anakin's Speedway.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars Episode I Who's Who: A Pocket Guide to the Characters of The Phantom Menace, p. 89.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 82 ("Bobissia, Ony").
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The Official Star Wars Fact File 32 (COR12, Coruscant - Palpatine's Apartments).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The Official Star Wars Fact File 26 (POD2, Podracer Pilots).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels, p. 88.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Star Wars 33: Darkness, Part 2.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Episode I Racer.
  12. 12.0 12.1 The New Essential Chronology, p. 40.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Podracing Tales.
  14. Star Wars: Episode I: Racer: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, p. 9.
  15. Darth Plagueis, Chapter 22.
  16. The New Essential Guide to Characters, p. 134.
  17. Star Wars: Episode I Racer: Prima's Official Strategy Guide, p. 4.
  18. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 366–367 ("Zaga, Gorto").
  19. The New Essential Chronology, p. 51.
  20. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.
  21. The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, p. 173.
  22. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
  23. Databank title Dex's Diner in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org).
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