- "I've ridden aryx. Big bipedal birds native to Cerea. Do those count?"
- ―Kidi Aleri, to Leia Organa
While participating in the operation—an Alliance mission designed to distract Imperial forces—Alliance General Leia Organa asked Aleri and the other members of the team taking part in the mission if they knew how to ride. In response, Aleri described the birds to Organa, stating that she was unsure if having ridden them would prepare her to ride the mounts that Organa planned to rent on the Corva sector planet Jaresh.
Behind the scenes
The aryx was first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in the 2015 novel Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, written by Jason Fry and Cecil Castellucci. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the aryx first appeared in the first issue of the Star Wars: Republic comic-book series, written by Jan Strnad, pencilled by Anthony Winn, and published by Dark Horse Comics on December 16, 1998.
- Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (First mentioned, simultaneous with Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure audiobook)
- Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure audiobook (Mentioned only)