- "The Boosahn Keeraw, the Lasat warrior way. When one is defeated by a superior foe, he gifts his weapon."
- ―Garazeb Orrelios to Alexsandr Kallus on a Lasat tradition
Lasats were a humanoid sentient species native to the Wild Space planet Lira San, though the species had settled the Outer Rim world of Lasan. They were thought to have been driven to the brink of extinction when Lasan was devastated by the Galactic Empire, but there in Wild Space were actually millions living on their true, isolated homeworld. Notable members of this species included Garazeb Orrelios, a major player in the early rebellion against the Empire, and Jaro Tapal of the Jedi Order.
Biology and appearance
- "You some kind of hairless Wookiee?"
- ―Ezra Bridger, to Garazeb Orrelios
A humanoid sentient species, Lasats were notable for their impressive height, strength, and agility, with their muscular digitigrade legs enabling them to run faster, jump higher and farther, and move more quietly than humans.
Their large finger pads and prehensile toes assisted them in climbing. In addition, their large eyes and ears afforded them superior sight and hearing over humans. They had the strength to open a powered-down blast door. A height of two meters tall was considered below-average for a Lasat.
Society and culture
- "The Fool, simple and selfish, he would lead the Warrior, bold and bloodthirsty, to hunt the hope of tomorrow, the Child, to destroy him! We will find our new home only if the Child saves the Warrior and the Fool."
- ―Chava the Wise
Within the species, those with fighting skills were highly respected, often being members of the Lasan High Honor Guard, a group of highly trained, highly intelligent warriors sworn to protect their homeworld of Lasan. Bo-rifles were a long-standing tradition in Lasat culture, used exclusively by the Honor Guard of Lasan. The warrior way of the Lasat was the Boosahn Keeraw. When a Lasat was bested by a superior opponent in combat, they would give them their weapon.
Facial hair was an important status symbol in Lasat culture. Those with green eyes and prominent purple stripes were considered to be attractive by others of their species. Juvenile Lasat were noted to climb tree branches. The species spoke Lasat, a language whose r's were difficult to replicate by most other species.
On Lasan, time was measured by counting how many of their homeworld's dust seasons they had survived through. The Lasat believed in the Ashla, a "spirit of the galaxy" and a personification of the Force. Using a Bo-rifle, a Lasat was able to channel the Force to see past and future events. The spiritual leaders of the Lasat people on Lasan were called the Revered Masters, who often carried around Ashla Staffs—staffs with a special connection to the Ashla.
- "Do you know what a T-7 disruptor is, what it does to an organic being?"
"Well, Zeb knows. Because it's what the Imperials used on his people when they cleared his homeworld. Very few Lasats survived. And none remain on Lasan."
- ―Hera Syndulla tells Ezra Bridger about the Fall of Lasan
Lasats were native to the planet Lira San, beyond a collapsed star cluster in Wild Space. At an unknown point in time, a group of Lasats colonized the Outer Rim world of Lasan, and over the years their homeworld was reduced to myth. During the Clone Wars, a galaxy-spanning conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, at least one Lasat was a member of the Jedi Order and participated in the conflict, Jaro Tapal, though the Lasat species as a whole did not participate in the war.
At the war's conclusion, the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire, and during its reign the Empire devastated Lasan, destroying the High Honor Guard, the royal family, and killing nearly all members of the species, despite the attempts of the Wookiees to prevent the massacres, often at the cost of their own lives. Since then, Lasats were rarely seen in the galaxy, and none remained on their homeworld. In their conquest of Lasan, T-7 ion disruptor rifles were used extensively by the Empire. This led to a strong hatred and distrust of such weapons by Lasats. Many of those who survived the fall were enslaved by the Empire.
Following this, Lasat culture fell into decline, with few remaining who could properly speak their native tongue, and the bo-rifle became, like the lightsaber of the Jedi Order, another symbol of a dying age.
Fifteen years after the birth of the Empire, three of the last remaining Lasats in the wider galaxy embarked on a quest to find the legendary Lira San with the help of the rebellion. They succeeded, using ancient Lasat technology in a Bo-rifle to shield the Ghost from being torn apart by the collapsed star cluster blocking their way, and with the help of Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus, guided them through the Force to the true homeworld. The Lasats in the wider galaxy regained contact with their original homeworld and Lira San became a safe haven for survivors of the Lasan genocide.
Lasats in the galaxy
During the Clone Wars in the waning years of the Galactic Republic, the Lasat Jedi Master Jaro Tapal served as Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic and commanded the 13th Battalion of clone troopers.
Following the fall of Lasan, very few Lasats were left in the known galaxy, and of those who survived, most were enslaved by the Empire. They were forced to become a colonial species, who migrated and adapted to dominate many worlds. A notable Lasat was Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios, Captain of the Lasan High Honor Guard. The destruction of his homeworld by the Empire motivated him to become a member of a rebel cell based on the planet Lothal and fight to end the Empire's tyranny. His grandmother was another of the few Lasat that survived the genocide, as were Orrelios's fellow Lasan High Honor member Gron and the Lasat mystic Chava. Other survivors included the pirate Grox and Zandarreo, who was enslaved by Grakkus Jahibakti Tingi as a gladiator.
Because of their scarcity and similarities in their size and strength, the ignorant sometimes mistook Lasats for Wookiees. While some Lasats felt indebted to the Wookiees for them helping fight the Empire during the fall, they despised such comparisons as they felt that it didn't do their own species justice.
Behind the scenes
- "It's going to be exciting to develop him and his bizarre new species, and to explain to the audience where he came from, and the details, the personal nature of what happened with him."
- ―Executive Producer Dave Filoni, on Garazeb Orrelios and the Lasats
While the first canon appearance of the species was in Star Wars Rebels, it had previously appeared (also based on McQuarrie's concept art) in Tatooine Manhunt, a Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game adventure that is now designated as part of Star Wars Legends.
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- Angry Birds Star Wars II
- LEGO Star Wars Movie Short (Rebels: Saving the Phantom)
- LEGO Star Wars Movie Short (Rebels Ghost Story)
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Mission to Mos Eisley" (In flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DLC)
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Notes and references
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
- Star Wars Rebels – "Legends of the Lasat"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
- Rise of the Rebels
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Honorable Ones"
- The Rebellion Begins
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars Rebels – "Always Two There Are"
- Sabine My Rebel Sketchbook
- Droids in Distress book
- Unlimited Power
- Star Wars Rebels – "The Last Battle"
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Choose Your Destiny: A Luke & Leia Adventure
- The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story