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"When their elderly grow too old to regenerate, beat them to death, the Abyssin do, to conserve their resources."
Yoda, to Qui-Gon Jinn[4]

Abyssins were a cycloptic sentient race native to Byss. Abyssins could regenerate lost limbs and could live to be three hundred years old. Notable Abyssins included Myo, a patron of Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley and Gor Koresh, a gangster who hunted Mandalorian coverts for their beskar armor.

Biology and appearance[]

Abyssins were a sentient species of cycloptic bipeds[5] native to Byss.[4] Their physical characteristics included a swarthy greenish[1] or blue[2] skin, green and white hair, and a single slit-pupiled eye.[1] They also had the ability to regenerate missing limbs and could live to be three hundred years old.[3] Some of them had three claw-tipped digits on each hand,[1] while others had four human-like fingers.[6] According to the Jedi Grand Master Yoda, the Abyssin beat their elderly members to death in order to conserve resources.[4]

Abyssin in the galaxy[]

During late Republic Era, the Count of Serenno Ramil hired a group of mercenaries to invade Serenno. Some of these mercenaries included Oster and another Abyssin who were later killed by the Jedi Master Dooku.[7]

Jackar Bowmani, a male Abyssin, worked in the Jedi Temple as a munitions expert during the Clone Wars, and was secretly fed modified explosive NM-K reconstitutor nano-droids by his wife Letta Turmond in order to use him as a bomb against the Jedi. Bowmani later detonated in the Jedi Temple hangar, killing six Jedi, numerous Republic clone troopers, and other hangar workers in the process and destroying all but one of his arms.[6] An Abyssin named Myo[5] was a patron of Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Mos Eisley when Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first met Han Solo and Chewbacca shortly before the Battle of Yavin.[1] The Hutt crime lord Jabba the Hutt used a large hoversled as a throne that was decorated with several statues of Abyssin heads.[8]

During the New Republic Era, an Abyssin gambler and gangster named Gor Koresh profited from underworld gladiator matches[9] at his own arena[10] while also hunting Mandalorian remnants for their beskar armor. Later, the Abyssin met the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, who was searching for other Mandalorians, at his arena. Koresh attempted to trick the Mandalorian into a bet which could scam him of his beskar armor, but Djarin refused the offer, and the Abyssin and his assailants held the bounty hunter at gunpoint. Djarin defeated Koresh's allies, and intercepted Koresh outside the fighting pit, interrogating the Abyssin for the information he desired. After Koresh gave in, he was left by the Mandalorian to face some local creatures.[11]

Behind the scenes[]

An Abyssin first appeared in the 1977 movie Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[1] The name "Abyssin" itself was only coined in the Legends roleplaying game sourcebook Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races in 1984.[12] The first canon source to use the species's name was the reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations, released in 2016. Although the name was misspelt as "Abbysin" in that book,[5] author Jason Fry has confirmed this is merely a typo.[13]

The Abyssin were also considered to fill the role of the Confederacy of Independent Systems's alien guards for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, becoming a predecessor design to the Neimoidian guards seen in the final film. Dubbed the "Separatist Alien Guard," the concept art of the Abyssin soldier was later included as part of the Star Wars: The Complete Saga collection.[14]



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