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Rodian



Rodian


Jabba's through with you. He has no use for smugglers who drop their shipments at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser. -Greedo, A New Hope


Home Planet: Rodia
Languages: Rodese, Basic
Sociology: Clans
Avg Height: 1.5 to 1.7 meters

Rodians are slight humanoids with large, multifaceted eyes, flexible snouts, and ears that swivel in their sockets, allowing them to hear in several directions. There is a ridge of spikes which crests their skulls, and their long, flexible fingers are tipped with suction cups.They typically have greenish skin, although some members of the species may be blue, purple or even pale white . Rodians are native to Rodia, an industrial planet in the Tyrius system.

Members of this species can be found everywhere from among the Core World elite -- like Senator Onaconda Farr or Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's aide, Dar Wac -- to the lowest of the Outer Rim fringe -- like the bounty hunter Greedo.

Rodians are widely distrusted by other species, who consider the Rodians to be generally greedy, immoral, and violent. Much of this reputation stems from Rodian culture: Rodian culture romanticizes death and the hunt, and the species reveres bounty hunters. The most successful hunters are presented with an array of rewards, including such coveted awards as "Best Capture," "Longest Hunt," and "Most Kills." Rodians have taken to padding their hunts by allowing their quarries to commit further crimes, increasing their bounties; these aliens have a shady reputation. This, combined with the pungent pheremones that Rodians naturally exude, has resulted in an increasingly common intolerence towards their kind.

On Rodia, the species lives in violent clans that wage long and devastating wars against one another. Immense gladiator games are also a frequent occurrence. To support their constant warfare, Rodian industry revolves around building weapons, armors, and vehicles. Manufacturing facilities dominate the landscape, devastating the once lush and tropical Rodia's ecology. Many life-forms have become extinct on Rodia and most food and material goods must be imported to the planet.

Culture
Rodians almost wiped themselves out as a race, during a time when the birthrate among females dropped below the level at which they were killing each other off. Harido Kavila, the Grand Protector at the time, devised a way for the Rodian people to funnel their violent tendencies through dramatic plays. The stories revolved primarily around violence, but had a well-defined plot and used the violence to magnify the emotional impact of the plays. The Rodian dramas became well-known throughout the galaxy, in part because they were strong dramas but also because they portrayed the full impact of violence on the perpetrator and his victim.

When the Yuuzhan Vong subjugated Rodia, the surviving Rodians fled into the wilderness, preferring to stay alive and fight with terrorist-like attacks. The fact that these attacks continued with increasing violence caused the Yuuzhan Vong to admire the Rodian spirit, and many Rodians who were captured were given favored status as slaves.

Rodians speak Rodese, although those who leave the planet quickly learn Basic as well. In the Outer Rim, where many expatriate Rodians have settled, the species has mastered Huttese and uses it almost exclusively.

Traditionally, Rodian society has been tightly controlled by the Rodian Grand Protector, with only the most accomplished hunters are allowed to leave their planet. However, Rodians are becoming increasingly independent. A number of "peaceful" clans actually exist, although such clans are usually exiled from Rodia when they are discovered. In addition, those Rodians who chaff under the Grand Protector's rule or become weary of the constant bloodshed on their homeworld can almost always find a way to escape the planet.

Rodians encountered abroad tend to be much more introspective and well-rounded than their brethren. They are still quick and agile, but are not necessarily prone to extreme violence. While many still become bounty hunters or mercenaries, Rodians can be found in all professions. Some of the most successful Rodians are dramatic actors, while others become famous musicians, dancers, and other entertainers.

Rodians are nimble, but not as strong as other species.


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