Clones & Cloners

In the Star Wars Galaxy, Kaminoans are the most famous cloners but not the only ones.  The Clone Armies of the Republic too, are famous. But again, they are not the only clones.

Clones:

Jango Fett clones:

Republic Commando - Triple Zero Clones

Republic Commando – Triple Zero Clones

While the first clones were born on Kamino and trained by mostly Mandaloreans, later clones were born on Centax 2. The latter were grown using a different method with Spaarti cloning cylinders. They had less physical training and more flash imprinting to get them ready for the job. They were trained differently, without the respect for the Jedi as leaders and even led to believe that Centax 2 was Kamino. This led to the realization by some of the early Mandalorean trainers that the someone in the government was about to pull something, while the Jedi seemed not to notice.  Some of the original clones, resentful of being used as a slave army, realized the threat would affect them as well and deserted. They had the aid of their own trainers as well as a few Jedi who had decided on their own that the Jedi relying on ‘bred for war’ clones was a violation of their beliefs. On their own, these clones sought out a cure for the Kaminoan genetics that sped up their aging for a cure.

Eventually some of the Kaminoans, realizing the Empire were a threat to them, created some of these with loyalties to the Kaminoans. This led to the Imperial Fleet and the Vader’s Fist Imperial 501st to do battle with the Kaminoan clones. It also led to the clones being phased out and different clone ‘templates’ being used for the DNA. The Spaarti method proved to have downsides as well, as the forced speed of growing clones often led to mental instability.

Jango Sources:

Attack of the Clones
Hero of Cartao
– Timothy Zahn, Star Wars Insider 68 Short Story – 2003
Republic Commando – LucasArts Video Game – 2005
Republic Commando Series by Karen Traviss, Del Rey Books -2004
Battlefront 2 – Pandemic Studios & LucasArts Video Game

Morgukai Clones:

The Morgukai Nikto were born and bred to fight Jedi. Their numbers were few, so the Separatists grew clones of them on Saleucami into a Shadow Army. They were stopped by the Republic and Jedi from leaving the planet. They were trained by the Anzati.

Morgukai Sources:

Republic Trackdown – John Ostrander & Duursema, Dark Horse comics
Republic Seige at Saluecami – John Ostrander & Duursema, Dark Horse comics

Starkiller Clone:

Starkiller's Clone

Vader captured by Kota and Starkiller’s Clone in The Force Unleashed 2. This story arc was not given an ending.

Galen Marek was cloned by Vader and the Empire as his secret Apprentice. Until this time, cloning of Force Sensitives had repeatedly failed, always ending with a mentally unstable clone.

Starkiller Sources:

The Force Unleashed 1
Book by Sean Williams – 2008 – Del Rey Books
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo, Wayne Nichols – Dark Horse Comics -2008
Video Game by Lucasarts

The Force Unleashed 2
Book by Sean Williams – 2010 – Del Rey Books
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Omar Francia,  Manuel Silva – Dark Horse Comics 2010
Video Game by Lucasarts – 2010

Thrawn clones:

Thrawn had himself cloned in case anything happened to him, with the goal of defending the Empire from threats in the Unknown Regions. The timer was set to not release the clone unless the timer ticked down 10 years.

Mount Tantiss Clones: Thrawn chose the best of his troops for the Mount Tantiss cloning project, in order to have a ready made fleet for his captured Katana fleet. This would have proven a huge threat the New Republic but for his error in relying on his ability to control the discovered clone of Jedi Joruus C’baoth, who subverted his efforts by easily breaking the mind’s of the clone templates. Ultimately the entire cloning chamber was destroyed by a New Republic strike team.

Thrawn’s Jedi Clones:  Thrawn’s purpose for these is as yet unknown. However Jaden Korr discovered Clones that apparently combined Palpatine’s Sith DNA with those of numerous Jedi of the new Order, including Kam Solusar, Mara Jade, Kyle Katarn and others. It’s unknown how he got all of this DNA, though some was certainly from former Imperials. Katarn, Mara and Solusar had once served the Empire. These clones proved to have a serious genetic illness. They also proved mentally unstable, killing the scientist who created them.

Thrawn Sources:

Dark Force Rising – Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books 1992
The Last Command
– Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books 1993
Vision of the Future
– Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books – 2013
Crosscurrent – Paul S. Kemp – Del Rey Books – 2010
Riptide – Paul S. Kemp – Del Rey Books – 2011

The Emperor’s Clones:

Emperor Palpatine discovered how to clone Force sensitives with Vader’s experiments using Starkiller, along with his own Master Darth Plagueis’ training. The ability for the Sith to transfer their spirit to another had originally been lost, but he reclaimed that knowledge from a Jedi called Ashka Boda and a Jedi holocron. Using the cloning, he planned to ‘jump’ to a new body when the old wore out or was damaged. This was foiled by treacherous doctor’s paid off to sabotage the clone DNA as well as Luke Skywalker destroying the inactive clones.

Emperor’s Sources:

Dark Empire – Tom Veitch & Cam Kennedy, Dark Horse comics – 1991
Crimson Empire – Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy – Dark Horse Comics, 1997
Crimson Empire 2 –  Mike Richardson,  Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy -Dark Horse Comics, 1998

Khommites

Khommites froze their culture at the level they felt was ‘perfect’ by using cloning. Rather than procreate as other species, each individual was cloned and trained by their predecessor. They were differentiated by a number. Rarely did things change, even under the Empire.  However a massive change occurred when Dorsk 81 found that he was Force Sensitive and went off to become a Jedi. He successor also followed in his wake. Khomm civilization received a serious cultural blow when the Imperial Remnant led by Admiral Daala attacked their world, causing damage to the cloning facilities and stored clone DNA.

Khomm Sources:

Jedi Academy Trilogy – Kevin J. Anderson – Bantam books – 1994
Dark Saber – Kevin J. Anderson – Bantam books – 1995

 

Ultimately, cloning is a complicated business in any galaxy. Cloning a person has moral implications that in all probability, they will question if misused. Cloning for slave labors doesn’t mean they are not sentient with rights, intelligence and feelings. The Kaminoans also bred the shovel handed miner slaves of Subterrel, they had no ‘moral’ problems as they considered all species but their own inferior. Using cloning even to clone oneself has problems as well. For what if your ‘double’ does not wish to be a true duplicate? And basing an entire culture and society on cloning risks stagnation, which will be threatened when the unexpected (such as Imperial attack or unavoidable natural disaster) occur. The expedience of using a mysterious clone army nearly brought about the end of the Jedi Order in the prequels. The blind belief that paid for Kaminoan scientists would never question the danger to themselves caused the clone on clone battle for Kamino.

 

 

 

Tusken Raiders Expanded

Our first look at the sandpeople AKA Tusken Raiders, is a brief violent attack in A New Hope. For a very long time, that was it. Beyond Kenobi’s comments that they are easily startled by krayt dragon calls and ride in single file to hide their numbers, we knew little.

And of course, they rode on giant, hairy steeds with curly horns, known as banthas.

McQuarrie Tusken Raider storyteller

McQuarrie Tusken Raider storyteller from the Illustrated Guide to the Star Wars Galaxy

The Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy changed that. Using McQuarrie illustrations, we were taken into their world from the point of view of anthropologist and shapeshifter, Hoole. The tuskens showed no difference between the sexes, all wrapped in the same garb and sharing duties. The very young became full members of the tribe at around ten years old. Most important, they never shed their masks or clothes. It was anathema and would lead to the perpetrator being cast out. It was said in legend it came of one of the suns (the brother) attacking the other, and showing his true face. So now the one eternally pursued the other.

Based on hints in Dawn of the Jedi and others, this may have been based on the use of a super weapon on the primitive natives of Tatooine, which turned it’s lush beauty into the desert millenia ago.

Also fatal was to lose a hand or limb in combat. Combat with a creature like a krayt dragon was a rite of initiation. But there is no mercy for the weak or maimed. Those so crippled committed ritual suicide. Often, their banthas, with whom they formed a special bond, would mourn to the point of wandering alone into the desert to die as well.

Years later, the new Dark Horse Comics Star Wars series, set in the Prequel era fires up and gives us new views.

Soon to be called Star Wars Republic, it visits Tatooine early on. It turns out the former Jedi, Sharad Hett is living among the tribes, with a son, and calling himself a war leader. It’s more than simple settler vs tusken fighting: the Hutt’s are involved, stoking the conflict to sell weapons. Sharad’s tribe fairs badly at the hand of the Hutt’s and this begins a cultural change. Asharad Hett, his son, goes on to join the Jedi.

The few tusken raiders seen without masks are gray faced with feline like muzzles. (Dark Forces 2. These are outcasts and were taken off world by Dark Jedi.) They cannot interbreed with humans, so the matches among tuskens have to be carefully chosen to allow the tribe to flourish. Hence Asharad’s parents were both human.

Attack of the Clones revealed what appeared initially to be conflicts with our established views of Tuskens. We saw them as having brutally tortured Shmi Skywalker to death. But we see woman and children are garbed differently, unlike those Hoole encountered. This incident too, would have a profound effect on the tusken culture. Anakin Skywalker took his revenge on the entire tribe.

Between the loss of Hett’s clan and then the clan Skywalker decimated, the numbers remaining of the Tusken warriors were fewer. Losses which would’ve have been absorbed before were no longer easily accepted. They had long kidnapped people to add to their numbers, but it was no longer enough.

Kenobi, the novel of this character’s life on Tatooine, reveals much.

 Tribes, adapting to the loss had finally accepted their woman as warriors, explaining the differences Hoole discovered from the tuskens of Attack of the Clones era, as well as the other apparent conflicts in the Expanded Universe. 

Between this, and opportunities in the Knights of the Old Republic game, one sees that the sandpeople can, on occasion, be negotiated with. One man even came close to succeeding in brokering peace but was stopped by the Empire (Tales of Mos Eisley anthology.)

There are even a few cases of Tusken Raiders being taken off world to act as security to places like Sulon. Given their nature, I suspect these may have been outcasts even of their own people. However it’s also possible they were kidnapped, as they were in Children of the Jedi.

Famous members include:

Alkhara (rogue human?)

Sharad Hett (Former Jedi, adopted human)

Asharad Hett (Former Jedi, born of adopted humans)

Plug Eye (Leader of a small tribe, a rare female)

Tahiri Veila (Jedi, adopted human)

Find Out More about Tusken Raiders:

  • Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy
  • Dark Forces Jedi Knight 2 (game, novella)
  • Knights of the Old Republic (game)
  • The Last One Standing (an Obi Wan story by Jude Watson)
  • Drawing the Maps of Peace: The Moisture Farmer’s Tale (Tales of Mos Eisley short story)
  • Dark Horse Comics: Empire: Darklighter story arc
  • Dark Horse Comics: Republic: Outlander story arc
  • Tatooine Ghost
  • Children of the Jedi

 

Read More about these characters:

Alkhara

Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy

Tahiri Veila

Tahiri – The New Jedi Order – The Final Prophecy by Gregory Keyes
Japanese cover art: Tsuyoshi Nagano

Tahiri Veila

Junior Jedi Knights

  • The Golden Globe (First appearance)
  • Lyric’s World
  • Promises
  • Anakin’s Quest
  • Vader’s Fortress
  • Kenobi’s Blade

New Jedi Order

  • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
  • Edge of Victory I: Conquest
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
  • Star by Star
  • Dark Journey
  • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
  • Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
  • Destiny’s Way
  • Ylesia
  • Force Heretic I: Remnant
  • Force Heretic II: Refugee
  • Force Heretic III: Reunion
  • The Final Prophecy
  • The Unifying Force

Dark Nest

  • The Joiner King
  • The Unseen Queen
  • Swarm War

Legacy of the Force

  • Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
  • Legacy of the Force: Inferno
  • Legacy of the Force: Revelation
  • Legacy of the Force: Invincible

Fate of the Jedi

  • Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
  • Fate of the Jedi: Omen
  • Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
  • Fate of the Jedi: Backlash
  • Fate of the Jedi: Allies
  • Fate of the Jedi: Vortex
  • Fate of the Jedi: Conviction
  • Fate of the Jedi: Ascension
  • Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Other

  • Crucible

Plug Eye

  • Kenobi

Sharad Hett

Dark Horse Comics: Republic:

  • Outlander story arc

Asharad Hett

Asharad Hett, Dark Horse Comics

Asharad Hett, Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics:Republic:

  • Outlander story arc
  • Emmisaries to Malastare story arc
  • The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • Battle of Jabiim part 4
  • Enemy Lines
  • Siege of Saleucami

Dark Horse Comics:

  • Obsession

Fate of the Jedi:

  • Apocalypse

Other

  • The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Spoiler for Dark Horse Comics, Legacy

 

 

 

 

The Mandalorians

Mandalorians on Galidraan, from Jango Fett Open Seasons, Dark Horse ComicsThe explanation of the Mandalorian culture goes all the way back to a species known as the Taungs. While they died out, there culture lived on.

The Mandalorian Culture was based on fighting against worthy foes in battle to gain honor. They accepted members based on adoption. Anyone of any age could be adopted in either by choice or conquest. They were strong believers in family and took them with them even into combat.

Their homeworld, such as they accepted, was Mandalore, though they also had colonies. Among them was Concord Dawn. But Mandalorians were largely nomads.

From ancient times, they collided with The Old Republic and Jedi, sometimes siding with the Sith. In the more modern era, they were hired as mercenaries and known for their skill. Their ancient besalisk war droids were famous, as were their ship skills and armor skills.

Eventually, Jaster Mereel attempted to restore honor to the Mandalorian by reinstituting warrior codes long forgotten. This was resisted by a group called the Death Watch. He was eventually killed.

Jaster’s surviving group members where betrayed by a man who hired them. Jedi, tricked into believing them terrorists, killed all but one on Galidraan, who had been duped into believing them terrorists. More than half the Jedi were killed. One of the surviving Jedi was Dooku. The surviving Mandalorian was Jango Fett, who was sold into slavery by the man he was delivered too. This would have long term consequences for everyone. Dooku’s disillusionment with the Jedi began when he realized the mistake. Jango Fett swore revenge and eventually escaped.. By joining forces, Jango provided for the newly christened Lord Tyrannus the DNA for a clone army…which would be used to betray the Jedi. He also demanded in payment one unaltered clone: Boba Fett, who he raised as a son and would become a famous bounty hunter.

Due to The Clone Wars TV show Mandalorian history becomes confused. In the show they are depicted as blond humans on a world destroyed by war and enclosed by domes, led by a neutral non warring government. However, even in the show it’s revealed that this is not how they always were and many are dissatisfied.

The Clone troopers of the Republic in  many cases were trained by Mandalorians and adopted their culture, as Jango Fett was Mandalorian by adoption.

The true leader was known as the Mandalore.

During the Imperial  years, the Empire cracked down on the world and enslaved its people to mine its famous iron. Fenn Shysa became Mandalore and formed a resistance. After the war, Fenn Shysa’s dying wish was for Boba Fett to become Mandalore, which he did.

Fett led them into a two sided battle during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, pretending to work for the enemy but secretly aiding the New Republic. The retaliation devastated the world but the Mandalorians scattered throughout the galaxy heeded the call to return and rebuild it.

Central to their way of life was the Resol’nare’, 6 important codes of conduct and honor. These included:

  • speaking the Mandalorian language
  • wearing the armor
  • defending the family and self
  • raise your children to be Mandalorian
  • contribute to one’s clan
  • rally to the call of the Mandalore

Actions are far more important to being Mandalorian than one’s past history or birthplace. For someone to become Mandalorian, their past is considered wiped clean to begin anew.

Famous Mandalorians Include (but aren’t limited to):

Mandalore the Indomitable  who was defeated by Uliq Qel Droma and joined the Sith in the war led by Exar Kun.

Canderous Ordo – fought both against and alongside Revan. Mercenary

Rohlan Dyre – aka Rohlan the Questioner

Demagol – war criminal

Jaster Mereel – created the supercommando codex, seeking to restore the honor of the commands though bringing back the warrior codes.

Tor Viszla – founder of the Death Watch, a warrior group who opposed Jaster Mereel’s reforms.

Jango Fett – adopted by Jaster Mereel after the death of his family, Mandalore, and template for the Clone army of the Republic.

Fenn Shysa – Mandalore during the Imperial years and after

Boba Fett – didn’t at first care to learn his heritage, but eventually returned to it and became Mandalore.

Kal Skirata – trainer of Clones, he went on to help set up a system for clone defectors trying to flee both the Old Republic and the Empire at the end of the Clone Wars.

Stories involving Mandalorean Culture (note: not including multiple Boba Fett strictly about Bounty hunting stories…saving that for the Boba Fett character page.) :

The Mando’a language is commonly used in the stories. Here is a Mando dictionary.

Dark Horse Comics

Knights of the Old Republic: Daze of Hate

Knights of the Old Republic: Knights of Suffering

Knights of the Old Republic: War

Star Wars: Jango Fett

Star Wars: Zam Wesell (note, this is sequel to Jango Fett and does include him.)

Jango Fett: Open Seasons

Blood Ties Jango and Boba Fett

Blood Ties Boba Fett is Dead

Bantam

The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy

A Barve like That (Tales from Jabba’s Palace)

Del Rey

Republic Commando: Hard Contact

Republic Commando: Triple Zero

Republic Commando: True Colors

Republic Commando: Order 66

Imperial Commando: 501st

Legacy of the Force Bloodlines

Legacy of the Force Sacrifice

Legacy of the Force Revelation

Scholastic

Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive

Boba Fett: Crossfire

Boba Fett: Maze of Deception

Boba Fett: Hunted

Boba Fett: A New Threat

Boba Fett: Pursuit

 

 

 

 

 

Movie Creatures Expanded – The Cantina

Figrin-Da'an, a Bith Musician

Figrin-Da’an, a Bith Musician

Bith –

Hail from Clakdor IIV, a world where most of the populations live in dome cities due to the harsh environment and radioactive swamps left over from a war. They have very dexterous hands and many are excellent musicians. – Figrin Da’an and the Modal Nodes (cantina band) . Herian Ingrel (Rogue Squadron Pilot) Rugess Nome (Sith)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Figrin Da’an:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina (Play it Again, Figrin Da’an)
Young Jedi Knights: Crisis on Cloud City
Herian:
X Wing Rogue Squadron (Comics/Graphic Novels by Dark Horse)
Rugess Nome:
Darth Plaguies.

Ithorian

– from Ithor and often called Hammerheads due to the shape of their heads (a term they dislike) the creatures have 2 mouths, leathery skin, and a (usually) peaceful nature. They worship the mother jungle and are known for horticulture and healing, though they have diverse careers from healer, to Jedi and even to bounty hunter. They travel on ‘herdships’ which are mini spaceship copies of the Mother Jungle. While setting foot on Ithor’s jungle is forbidden, there are some among them who feel called to tend it and risk censure to go down and do so. Notable members: Tomla El (healer) Rorron Cobb (Jedi – Clone Wars era). Momaw Nadon (priest, cantina)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Momaw Nadon:
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Children of the Jedi

Tomla El:
Children of the Jedi
NJO:

Rorron Cobb:
The Clone Wars animated short

Rodian

– Many of there kind are bounty hunters and are let offworld for this reason. The world of rodian is hot and humid and they live in bubble cities.  They were members of the Republic, then enslaved by the Empire and ended up refugees and warring against the Yuuzhan Vong. – Greedo (bounty hunter) Grudo (mercenary) Wald (junk dealer, swoop racer)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Greedo:
Tales of Mos Eisley Cantina

Grudo:
Jedi Trial

Wald:
The Phantom Menace
Tatooine Ghost

Anzati

– Anzati feed on what they call ‘soup’ or ‘luck’. They were Force Sensitive. probosci come from there cheeks and penetrate their target through the  nostrils and up into the brain to drain this ‘soup’ which is comprised of potential, of future and potential: basically their ‘Force’. This would kill the victim. They are telepathic and live long, and look nearly human. Famous members include: Dannik Jeriko (assassin), Volfe Karkko (fallen jedi), Nikkos Tyris (fallen jedi), Nakia Yoru (assassin)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Dannik Jeriko:
Tales of Mos Eisley Cantina
Tales of Jabba’s Palace
Volfe Karkko
Star Wars Republic: Darkness story arc. (Dark Horse comics)
Nikkos Tyris:
I Jedi (flashback)
Nakia Yoru
Legacy: Tatooine story arc

Shistavenan Wolfman –

Isolationists from Uvana Prime. Lupine predators, apparently a result of unknown genetic manipulation as well as nature.  However this was not a hard rule and some were explorers. Members: Lak Sivrak (rebel scout), Riv Shiel (rogue squadron pilot), Caet Shrovi (pirate),  Hovrik (adjutant)

Lak Sivrak:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina

Riv Sheil:
X Wing Rogue Squadron

Caet Shrovi:
I Jedi

Hovrik:

Young Jedi Knights, Diversity Alliance story arc.

Talz –

from Alzoc III, colony on Orto Plutionia. They had no concept of ownership. There world is rich in minerals and they were used as a slave labor force by the Empire. Known Talz: Muftak (thief, pickpocket,)  Foul Moudama (Jedi)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Muftak:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina

Foul Moudama:
Clone Wars shorts

Chadra Fan

– from the watery world of Chad. They are short, covered in fur and use scent and sound to communicate. They have a clan culture and all share in raising the children. A lone Chadra Fan will die eventually of depression. Famous members: Kabe (thief and pickpocket), Tekli (jedi healer), Yarbolk Yemm (journalist)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Kabe:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina

Tekli:

New Jedi Order
Dark Nest
Legacy of the Force
Fate of the Jedi

Yarbolk Yemm:

Planet of Twilight