- "The best way to enjoy one's success is to know how hard it is to earn. I didn't devour my hatchling-mates for nothing, you know."
- ―Ssk Kahorr
The Cha'a were a small, orange-scaled, reptilian species, known for their cunning natures. They were part of galactic society for many thousands of years. One of the most famous Cha'a was the Merchant Lord, Ssk Kahorr, who lived during the Great Hyperspace War. Other notable Cha'a included three Jedi students who trained alongside Jacen and Jaina Solo in the New Jedi Order.
Biology and appearance
The Cha'a were a delicately scaled, reptilian species, of predominantly orange coloration. Above their wide-set, slitted eyes, a line of horns ran along the top of their heads and continued down their backs. They had long snouts with sharp teeth and a long, dexterous, tongue. The Cha'a were carnivorous, using their sharp teeth to consume live food shortly after they hatched. These teeth were sometimes also used against Cha'a hatchling-mates, determining the dominant members of each clutch of eggs. The Cha'a were bipedal, with each limb ending in three clawed digits.
Society and culture
The Cha'a were a technically proficient species, designing starships, such as the Cha'a drone ships, and droids, such as the message pod. The design of their drone ships was distinctive, with large ornate figureheads integrated into the design. One such ship was the Zeta Five, which was destroyed on an untested hyperspace route that passed too close to the star, Primus Goluud.
- "Wily, ambitious, untrustworthy—though the Cha'a can be counted on to look after their own interests."
- ―Hovrak, Diversity Alliance advisor
The Cha'a were active in galactic life from the times of the early Galactic Republic. Spread across the galaxy, Cha'a were known to live on urban worlds such as Empress Teta and well as the mining colony of Goluud Minor. One powerful Cha'a in that era was Ssk Kahorr, head of a trading fleet of drone ships. As a representative of his species, Kahorr was a ambitious individual, willing to take risks in his business, such as using the newly found Goluud Corridor hyperlane to access the mining colony. When the route proved unstable and destroyed his cargo-ship Zeta Five, he had the Hyperspace Navigator's Guild representative Shodon Ko killed and paid bounty hunters to hunt down the route's discovers, Dav and Jori Daragon. Kahorr later confiscated the Daragon's starship, Starbreaker 12, and was killed when it was destroyed by the arrival of a Sith armada in the opening salvo of the Great Hyperspace War.
The Cha'a continued to be part of the galactic community into the administration of the New Republic, where three Cha'a hatchling-mates underwent training at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4. They helped defend the Praxeum from an assault by the Second Imperium, an Imperial-aligned darksider training facility, by hiding in the murky jungle rivers to ambush Dark Jedi. As a species, Cha'a were also targeted by the Diversity Alliance as possible recruits. Shistavanen, Adjunctant Advisor Hovrak identified them as being wily, and ambitious, traits beneficial to the Alliance; however, the Alliance was defeated shortly after Hovrak's voiced his recruitment aim.
Behind the scenes
Kevin J. Anderson created the Cha'a for the Old Republic era comic book series Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith (1996) and The Fall of the Sith Empire (1997). Their only other appearances have been in the Young Jedi Knights series, co-written by Anderson and his wife, Rebecca Moesta.
- Tales of the Jedi – The Golden Age of the Sith 1
- Tales of the Jedi – The Fall of the Sith Empire 1
- Tales of the Jedi – The Fall of the Sith Empire 2
- Tales of the Jedi – The Fall of the Sith Empire 3
- Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force (First appearance)
- Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Under Siege
- Young Jedi Knights: Diversity Alliance (Mentioned only)