- "The Kaminoans don't create without a purpose."
- ―Cut Lawquane
The Kaminoans, derogatorily referred to as aiwha-bait by the clone troopers, were a tall, thin extragalactic amphibian sentient species that hail to the aquatic planet of Kamino, beyond the Outer Rim. Living in large stilted domed cities that rose high above the ocean surface, Kaminoans were known to specialize in pioneering cloning and genetic engineering as well as developing technologies for various clients, including the Galactic Republic.
Biology and appearance
Kaminoans were slender, towering, pale-skinned humanoids whose oblong heads sat atop elongated neck bones that allowed them limited flexibility. They had two large, almond-shaped black eyes with white pupils 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. Their long and frail limbs gave them a graceful, gliding walk and featured small feet adapted to their extragalactic homeworld's firm seabeds and later hard flooring. Kaminoans reached adulthood at 11 years old.
Society and culture
- "You were created in our laboratories. You are Kaminoan property."
- ―Nala Se, to CT-5555
Kaminoans generally displayed few signs of outward exuberance or personality. They considered the clone troopers to be their finest achievement. Kaminoans were also isolationists, only concerning themselves with offworlders if it was profitable. 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.
The Kaminoans were generally scientifically rational. However, they did often make pilgrimages to the sunken ruins of their ancient cities. Both ancient and modern Kaminoan cities were characterized by domed cities.
Hailing from the extragalactic planet of Kamino, located in the Outer Rim Territories, the Kaminoans once an 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. These towering structures replaced older wattle-and-daub structures.
To move between the cities, Kaminoans flew on the backs of aiwhas. While they could have reached out to the Galactic Republic for help, the Kaminoans performed calculations 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.
- "These Kaminoans keep to themselves."
- ―Dexter Jettster, on the pre-Clone Wars Kaminoans
While Kamino remained unknown to most, the Kaminoan's skill in engineering and genetic engineering was whispered of in some parts of the underworld. They also maintained a cloning facility on the world of Bora Vio for a time, although the Kaminoans eventually abandoned it, leaving the clones created there behind. Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas learned of the species and went to Kamino to order the creation of a Grand Army of the Republic. While they had created clone armies before, Sifo-Dyas' proposal was a bold one, but the species ultimately adapted to it and fulfilled the request. However, the Sith took control of the project when Darth Tyranus paid the Pyke Syndicate to shoot down Sifo-Dyas' T-6 shuttle, killing the Jedi Master. 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 Senator 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, who was secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, 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 First Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the Clone Wars.
- "Senator Burtoni, the Kaminoans might have bartered their creation of the clones into a seat in the Galactic Senate but this does not give you free rein."
- ―Onaconda Farr
Creating the clone army put the Kaminoans into galactic history, and they also gained representation in the Republic when Halle Burtoni bartered her efforts in clone production into a seat in the Galactic Senate. However, as the sole producers of the clone army, Kamino became a prime target for Confederate attack.
In 21 BBY, 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. Later in the war, Fives returned to Kamino after CT-5385 "Tup" mysteriously killed Jedi General Tiplar during the Battle of Ringo Vinda. This was because Tup's behavioral modification biochip, a secret device implanted in clones believed to only be a defense against rogue Jedi, 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. 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 physical evidence of his plans, the extracted chips of Fives and Tup, to Nala Se. They were sent to Tyranus, and the Sith were now able to destroy all traces of the truth.
- "Admiral Tarkin, this news is most surprising. Chancellor Palpatine has always supported our cloning advancements in the past."
"Emperor Palpatine's priorities have changed. With the war at an end, the need for future clones is being questioned."
- ―Lama Su and Wilhuff Tarkin
Palpatine ultimately issued Order 66 and eradicated the Jedi Order, allowing him to transform the Republic into the First Galactic Empire. Although the Kaminoans sought to continue their relationship with the Republic's successor, Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin informed Lama Su that Emperor Palpatine no longer supported their cloning production as he had during the Clone Wars. After learning of the Empire's training program for enlisted soldiers, Lama Su became concerned that his clones were in danger of becoming obsolete. Therefore, he believed that the future of Kaminoans hinged on providing the Empire with a new type of clone that was superior to the original Jango Fett genotype, which continued to degrade in the aftermath of the war.
In time, the cloning facilities on Kamino were shut down by the Empire, which only withdrew clone troopers, clone embryos, materiel, and any Kaminoan deemed "essential," such as Nala Se. With that done, the Empire then destroyed every known Kaminoan facility on the planet, including Tipoca City. The Empire withdrew from Kamino, focusing its future cloning operations within Mount Tantiss on Weyland. Pressed into Imperial service, Se was brought to the facility to help with its projects. Later in the Imperial Era, the pirate Hondo Ohnaka noted that he saw fewer Kaminoans in the galaxy. Some Kaminoans went on to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic, but the amorality they showed in medical matters, combined with the role they had played in the rise of the Empire, created a difficult relationship between them and their fellow Rebels.
Kaminoans in the galaxy
One of the clones kept in the abandoned cloning facility on Bora Vio was a Kaminoan.
The Kaminoan Kan Be was a crime lord during the Cold War between the First Order and New Republic. He joined forces with First Order Security Bureau agent Terex during the mission to Megalox Beta.
Behind the scenes
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Rise of the Separatists
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Cut and Run"
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Fugitive"
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Bounty Lost"
- Per the Audio Description for "Bounty Lost" available on Disney+.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Murders"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "ARC Troopers"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Orders"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Replacements"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Return to Kamino"
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Kamino Lost"
- Pirate's Price
- Fully Operational
- Poe Dameron 5
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes