- "Ask Again Later"
- ―Eye of Mesra
Description[edit | edit source]
- "Everything Will Proceed As You Have Foreseen"
- ―Eye of Mesra
A fortune-telling toy known as the Eye of Mesra was small and round in appearance, and resembled an eye. The exterior was colored a light shade of pink, while the interior section was colored blue with a black colored pupil decal. When the user asked the Eye of Mesra a question, it would respond with one of many types of answers, including a positive, negative, or noncommittal response. In this way, the Eye of Mesra was similar to the Quay novelty toy, another type of fortune-telling device.
History[edit | edit source]
- "I've spent years perfecting my crafting skills, and now I'm ready to announce my mastery to the galaxy. I've chosen an unusual subject for my masterwork: an obscure religious icon of the Weequay species called the Eye of Mesra. For my design I require a rare material, and I hope you can locate it for me."
- ―An unidentified citizen, to a spacer
The Eye of Mesra had its roots as an old desert tradition. Although they were commonly used by children in the Tatooine city of Mos Espa, they could also be found on many other worlds of the galaxy, such as Naboo. However, it did share a namesake with Tatooine's Great Mesra Plateau.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "In Dark Times, Nothing Is What It Appears To Be"
- ―Eye of Mesra
The Eye of Mesra received entries in a number of source books, including the Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide (1999), Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary (1999), and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (2008).
Their first appearance was as an item in the 2003 video game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts, prior to its closure on December 15, 2011. The item acted as a sort of mini-game, allowing players to ask the the Eye a question in return for a random answer, much in the same way as a real world Magic 8-Ball. In fact, the game's directory tree files refer to the Eyes of Mesra text Strings Table File as "magic_eight_ball."
Following the release of Publish 25's New Game Enhancements on November 15, 2005, the Eye of Mesra was modified to actually allow the player to type a question into a prompt window displayed by the item. The Eye of Mesra was later featured in a December 1, 2015 StarWars.com news post, titled Let's Go Play Ball: Toys and Games from a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Tim Veekhoven.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary, p. 59
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- The Great God Quay: The Tale of Barada and the Weequays
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode I
- *Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 247 ("Eyes of Mesra")
- Coopee, Todd. Magic 8-Ball from Alabe Crafts (1946). Toy Tales. Archived from the original on August 3, 2020.
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided directory tree files and source data