- "They're lyleks—armored insects, with stabbing limbs and poisoned tentacles. They hunt in packs, and they'll travel for days to get fresh food. We might kill the first wave, but we couldn't keep them back for long."
Lyleks were a species of large insectoid predators native to the equatorial forests of the planet Ryloth. With their spiked pincers and powerful mandibles with a pair of tentacles near it, the lyleks were the only Rylothian lifeform more dangerous than the predatory gutkurrs. Their ridged, spiked carapaces could deflect blaster bolts. Although the lyleks lived in hordes, the bigger individuals often dismembered the smaller members of their kind. These hordes were led by a lylek queen, and their elaborate underground nests could cover up to 15 square kilometers. They communicated by hissing, clicking and chittering. Their carapaces were tough enough to repel even heavy blaster fire, though a precisely aimed shot to the head could put one down.
A swarm of lyleks attacked Emperor Sheev Palpatine and Darth Vader during their mission to Ryloth after their Star Destroyer the Perilous was shot down by members of the Free Ryloth Movement. The two Sith Lords fought a running battle against hundreds of the insects before they were incidentally herded into the swarms central hive. There, they proceeded to kill the gigantic lylek queen and slaughtered the hundreds of remaining drones.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Lords of the Sith (First appearance)
- "Mercy Mission"—The Rise of the Empire (Mentioned only)
- "TK-462"—Star Wars Insider 166 (Mentioned only)
- Resistance Reborn
- Resistance Reborn audiobook
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas (First pictured)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 47 (Databank A-Z: Max Rebo–Sabacc)