"Even life-forms without midi-chlorians and cellular structures, such as the fractal urchins of Protogeyser, can touch its energy."
―An excerpt from The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force by Jedi biologist Bowspritz, discussing the ability of animals to touch the Force[src]

Fractal urchins were a non-sentient species native to[1] the Inner Rim planet[2] Protogeyser. Known to the galaxy by the Ruusan Reformation of 1000 BBY, the species was distinguished by its lack of cellular structures and thus midi-chlorians,[1] symbiotic life-forms that lived inside cells and allowed their host to detect the Force.[3] This characteristic earned the fractal urchins a mention in the Jedi trainee guidebook The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force,[1] first published as early as the year 990 BBY[4] and still in use during the Clone Wars that began in 22 BBY. Authored by a Jedi biologist, Bowspritz, the "Galactic Bestiary" section of the book described fractal urchins as an example of animals that were connected to the Force despite their lack of midi-chlorians. More detailed information on the species was available in the Jedi Archives on the Galactic Republic capital world, Coruscant.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The first and thus far only mention of fractal urchins in Star Wars canon comes from The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force, a reference book written by Daniel Wallace and published in 2010.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
  2. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on (article) (backup link)
  3. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  4. According to The Jedi Path, the book was first published "a decade or more after the end of the New Sith Wars in 1000 BBY." This is taken here to mean the year 990 BBY.