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"These Kaminoans keep to themselves; they're cloners. Damn good ones, too."
―Dexter Jettster, to Obi-Wan Kenobi, about Kaminoans[src]

Kaminoans were a sentient species native to Kamino, an aquatic planet located beyond the Rishi Maze. Kaminoan scientists specialized in cloning technology and, at the behest of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, created the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic. The Sith also worked with the Kaminoans, such as by providing a bio-chip for all clones that would eventually trigger Order 66, the command that saw the clone troopers turn against the Jedi and bring about the destruction of the Jedi Order.

Biology and appearanceEdit

Kaminoans were slender, towering, pale-skinned humanoids whose oblong heads sat atop[1] elongated neck bones that allowed them limited flexibility.[9] They had two large, almond-shaped black eyes with white pupils[3] that enabled them to see into the ultraviolet spectrum. Male Kaminoans had fin-like crests atop their heads, while females were completely bald and wore unique head crescents.[4] Their long and frail limbs gave them a graceful, gliding walk[3] and featured small feet adapted to their homeworld's firm seabeds and later hard flooring.[9]

Society and cultureEdit

Kaminoans generally displayed few signs of outward exuberance or personality. They considered the clone troopers to be their finest achievement.[1] Kaminoans were also isolationists. This traced back to the great flood that changed their homeworld of Kamino, as they decided it was less risky to adapt their genetic code and planet than to ask for aid from the Galactic Republic. While the Kaminoans were able to thrive, they were left with a residual distrust when they received offers of offworld help. However, Kaminoans did not necessarily think they were superior to other species, and they instead simply saw other planets as a distraction. Many Kaminoans even thought that everything they needed was already on Kamino.[10]

HistoryEdit

Hailing from the planet Kamino, the Kaminoans lived in a land-based culture, although they still maintained a strong connection to the ocean and water, but their homeworld was at the end of a long ice age. Kamino's landforms and mountains were unable to hold back the water from the melting ice, and this great flood forced the Kaminoans to adapt their lifestyle. The species initially moved to higher ground, but they eventually needed to build high cities to avoid the ocean. They constructed large spires and towers, which were connected to the ground that became the seafloor. While they could have reached out to the Galactic Republic for help, the Kaminoans preformed a calculus and came to believe it was less risky to work on their own, as they could have been colonized, lost resources, and undergone a change in culture. The Kaminoans also preserved the land-based species and adapted themselves, their flora, and their fauna to survive on the changed planet. Their new cities were fully enclosed, which allowed the Kaminoans to survive strong winds and rainstorms, and became home to the land-bound plants and animals they were able to save.[10]

Military Complex

Lama Su and Taun We give Obi-Wan Kenobi a tour of the Tipoca City Military Complex and introduce him to the clone army.

While Kamino remained unknown to most, the Kaminoan's skill in engineering and genetic engineering was whispered of in some parts of the underworld. Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas learned of the species and went to Kamino to order the creation of a Grand Army of the Republic.[10] While they had created clone armies before,[1] Dyas's proposal was a bold one, but the species ultimately adapted to it and fulfilled the request.[10] However, the Sith took control of the project when Darth Tyranus payed the Pyke Syndicate to shoot down Dyas's T-6 shuttle, killing the Jedi Master.[11] Tyranus also hired bounty hunter Jango Fett to serve as the genetic template for the army. While it took ten years for the troops to mature, the army of clone troopers was finally ready to be introduced to the Republic. Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived on Kamino while tracking Fett, due to the bounty hunter's role in the plot to assassinate Padmé Amidala, and met with the Kaminoan Prime Minister, Lama Su, as the Kaminoans believed Kenobi had arrived to finally check on the Grand Army. Not long after the Republic learned of the army, the Galactic Senate gave Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine,[1] who was secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious,[12] the emergency powers needed to use the Kamino's clone army, under the guise of this power being needed to combat the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The clone troopers saw their first deployment under their Jedi Generals in the Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the Clone Wars.[1]

Creating the clone army put the Kaminoans into galactic history, and they also gained representation in the Republic[10] when Halle Burtoni bartered her efforts in clone production into a seat in the Galactic Senate.[6] However, as the sole producers of the clone army, Kamino became a prime target for Confederate attack.[10] In 21 BBY,[13] the Confederacy did launch an assault on the world, but the Battle of Kamino ended in a Republic victory. After the battle, Clone Captain CT-7567 "Rex" believed the Separatists would not attack the planet any time soon, and CT-1409 "Echo" and CT-5555 "Fives" were promoted to ARC troopers. When these clones received their promotions in one of Tipoca City's hangars, several Kaminoans were close by.[14] Later in the war, Fives returned to Kamino after CT-5385 "Tup" mysteriously killed Jedi General Tiplar during the Battle of Ringo Vinda.[15] This was because Tup's control chip, a secret device implanted in clones[16] believed to only be a defense against rouge Jedi,[15] malfunctioned and caused a premature execution of Order 66. Kaminoan Nala Se tried to hide the chips from the Jedi Order, but Fives was able to reveal it to Jedi Master Shaak Ti.[16] However, Fives was eventually killed and failed to warn the Jedi about the true nature of the chips: they were to be used by Chancellor Palpatine to force all clones to kill their Jedi officers. Palpatine gave the psychical evidence of his plans, the extracted chips of Fives and Tup, to Nale Se. They were sent to Tyranus, and the Sith were now able to destroy all traces of the truth.[17] Palpatine ultimately issued Order 66 and eradicated the Jedi Order, allowing him to transform the Republic into the First Galactic Empire.[12] After the rise of the Empire, the cloning facilities on Kamino were shut down,[18] and the pirate Hondo Ohnaka noted that he saw less Kaminoans in the galaxy.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

The design of the Kaminoans was inspired by the aliens from Steven Spielberg's film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.[19]

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