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Dathomirians, also known as Dathomirian Zabraks and Dathomiri, were a subspecies of Zabrak native to the planet Dathomir. During the Clone Wars much of the species was eradicated due to earning the ire of the Sith, and by the time of the Galactic Civil War, the last known survivors of the Nightsister clan were Shelish and Merrin.

Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]

A Dathomirian Nightbrother

The Dathomiri had tattoos on their body that represented their tribal heritage. The male Zabraks, particularly those belonging to the Nightbrothers, had natural striping which they embellished with tattoos. The females, particularly those belonging to the Nightsisters, had more subtle tattoos that were in contrast to their pale skin.[1] Nightbrothers' skin was commonly peach or yellow. Few had red skin.[2][3]

Male Dathomirians had horns, however, females did not.[2]

Society and Culture[edit | edit source]

Dathomirians were a reclusive people and hid dark secrets.[5] Their society was matriarchal in nature, meaning females, particularly the Nightsisters, were dominant in society.[6] Nightsisters called titled their leaders Mother.[7] Nightsisters were particularly skilled in using dark side magick and voodoo, which had such powers as raising the dead,[8] or making one invisible. Nightsisters lived in clans.[9]

Males, particularly the Nightbrothers, were non-dominant in society, and lived separately from the females. They were tribal in nature, and lived a violent and brutal life.[2] Sometime after the Battle of Dathomir, the Nightsister Merrin made the Nightbrothers her servants.[10]

A ritual known as the Selection happened when females wanted to choose a mate. Males would undergo brutal trials to prove themselves. The winner would become the Nightsister's mate and servant.[2]

There were different witch clans on Dathomir included the Nightsisters,[11] the Blue Coral Divers Clan, the Singing Mountain, and the Howling Crag.[12]

History[edit | edit source]

A group of females, known as the Nightsisters, were the most dominant clan on Dathomir. They used the Zabrak Nightbrothers as mates and servants.[6] One mother, Talzin gave birth to three sons, Savage Opress[13],Feral[14], and Maul. Talzin lost Maul to the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who took him as his apprentice.[15] Later, Talzin was forced to give Hal'Sted a child, Asajj Ventress, in order to protect her clans.[11]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Mother Talzin, leader of the Dathomiri Nightsisters.

Following Ventress' betrayal at the hands of Count Dooku, Talzin and Ventress planned their revenge upon Dooku.[11] Talzin allowed her son, Savage, to become Dooku's apprentice[2] with the intention to kill the Count. However, Savage and Ventress failed.[6] In response, Sidious and Dooku ordered General Grievous to wipe the Nightsisters out. Only Ventress, Talzin[8], Shelish[16], Yenna[12], and young Merrin[10] survived Grievous' onslaught. Savage, discovering his brother Maul was alive,[17] brought him back to Dathomir. There, Talzin was able to restore Maul's mind, memories, and body.[18] Following the death of Savage,[19] Maul and his Shadow Collective joined forces with Brother Viscus and his Nightbrothers.[20] However, the Nightbrother village came under attack and only Maul was able to escape.[21]

Age of the Empire[edit | edit source]

During the age of the Empire, the Nightsister Merrin, a survivor of the Battle of Dathomir, encountered the Jedi Master Taron Malicos, who crashed on Dathomir following Order 66. Malicos, who fell to the dark side of the Force on Dathomir, manipulated Merrin, wishing to learn their magick. When the former Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis visited Dathomir in search of the Tomb of Kujet, Merrin realized Malicos was deceiving her. She was reluctant to fight alongside Kestis as all she knew was that an armored-warrior brandishing a lightsaber had killed her people. Kestis reassured her that he was on her side, and he had shared his own story of a grief-stricken past. After working together to defeat Malicos, Merrin joined Kestis' crew aboard the Stinger Mantis.[10]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Dathomirian Zabraks appear in the 2017 video game Star Wars Battlefront II as playable skins for the Heavy classes of the Rebellion and Resistance.[22]

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