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The Duinuogwuin, colloquially called Star Dragons, were among the galaxy's more secretive and mysterious species.

Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]

Though variable in appearance, Duinuogwuin generally had serpentine bodies, diaphanous wings, and a pair of legs on each of many body segments. The legs on their frontmost segment were used as arms with fully articulated hands. Their average length was ten meters, but some were rumored to be one hundred meters or more. Duinuogwuin were covered in scales which ranged from various shades of gray or pale blue to black in color.[1]

A Duinuogwuin host.

Aside from guesswork based on observations of live Duinuogwuin, little is known of their biology, as they never gave up their bodies to scientific research. Instead, they went to an uncharted planet in the galaxy known as "The Graveyard of the Dragons" to die. It was believed that they had internal organs which acted as repulsorlifts, since their wings were too delicate for such large creatures to take off from any but the lowest gravity planets. Some Star Dragons had the ability to exhale superheated gases, leading to speculation that they also had internal organs capable of organic cold fusion. These gases where twenty to thirty times more powerful than the average turbo laser. One of their most impressive abilities was the ability to fly and survive in the vacuum of deep space for weeks or months at a time.[1] Duinuogwuin could also live as long as 6,000 standard years.[3] Their homeworld was unknown, or at least unrevealed by the Star Dragons. Individual Duinuogwuin had been seen on such far-scattered worlds as Cona, Iego, Barab I, Columus, and Arkania.They had even been sighted in deep space far from any planet. By the time of the New Republic it was estimated that the damage done by one Dragon would be roughly the equivalent of one Viscount-class Star Defender .[1][3]

Duinuogwuin were known to have only one sex, though little further was known of their reproductive process.[source?] It was known that when two Star Dragons did mate, there was a good chance that they would produce unintelligent offspring, little more than ravening monsters. Such creatures would usually have to be destroyed by their parents. Others showed intelligence, but only in the form of evil cunning. Given the likelihood of having to destroy their own offspring if they mated, most Duinuogwuin lived in isolation from others of their kind. This might have been due to their highly variable genetic code—hatchlings could emerge with genetic adaptations which were not hinted at by their ancestors. Their variable genetics may have led to completely separate species to be descended from the Duinuogwuin. Krayt dragons were believed by some to be the descendants of an accidental concentration of unintelligent Duinuogwuin offspring on Tatooine.[1] Another sentient species, the Kadri'Ra, were possible relatives of the Duinuogwuin.[4]

Common Star Dragon names[edit | edit source]

  • Ir'cara'suhl
  • Shalyx'har'zan
  • Vir'anax'sath

Duinuogwuin in the galaxy[edit | edit source]

"Then, we're not on any known world?"
"Princess, this is the kind of sector listed on most star-charts under the heading, "here be space-dragons!""
Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker, after crash-landing on the Keeper's World[src]

The Duinuogwuin Star Wing encountering the Wayfarer in the Kidron system

The Duinuogwuin had a reputation for being wise and mysterious, helped by their very long lifespan and their indifference to questions about their past or their physiology. They were generally calm and even-tempered, and often preoccupied with cosmic musings. They were also noted for a strong, innate sense of morality. While they were friendly and gregarious with other races, the minority of aberrant Star Dragons sought only to manipulate and destroy others.[1]

Their part in the history of the galaxy was uncertain: though clearly an ancient civilization, many of the stories were more mythological than historical. Star Dragons featured in the legends of many species, usually appearing as heroes coming to the aid of an oppressed people.[1] However, many of these myths were contradictory, making it difficult to use them to learn details of Duinuogwuin history and origins.[5]

In 15,500 BBY, the Star Dragons made first contact with the Galactic Republic. Unfortunately, it proved disastrous and sparked the Duinuogwuin Contention, which saw Coruscant assaulted by the Star Dragons. This conflict was ended in a peace negotiated by Supreme Chancellor Fillorean and Duinuogwuin philosopher Borz'Mat'oh.[6]

Prior to the Clone Wars, the Jedi Masters Jorus C'baoth and Tra's M'ins mediated a conflict between the Duinuogwuin and the Gotal.[7]

At least two Duinuogwuin are known to have served the Republic as Jedi: Jedi Master Willm Lywin who in 4600 BBY founded the Teyan Praxeum on Teya IV,[8] and a Padawan named Zephata'ru'tor, who was killed during the Clone Wars by General Grievous.[9]

Despite their historically strong moral sense, the Duinuogwuin stayed in isolation during the Galactic Civil War. They denied the fact that approximately one third of Duinuogwuin were Force-sensitives in order to avoid persecution by the Galactic Empire. Rumors about the Duinuogwuin who had served as Jedi in the past were impossible to confirm during the Imperial era, due to the destruction of much of the Order's records during the Great Jedi Purge. As late as the Thrawn campaign, it was speculated that the Star Dragons were waiting to see how the conflict would be resolved before rejoining the galactic community.[5]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races
  2. WEG icon2.jpg "Quest for the Dragon's Tomb"—Star Wars Gamemaster Screen
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds
  4. Alien Encounters
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dark Force Rising Sourcebook
  6. The New Essential Chronology
  7. Dark Force Rising
  8. Star Wars Adventure Journal 11
  9. Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous
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