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Maneeli Tuun was a Kallidahin male who was native to the Polis Massa asteroid field. He spoke in sign language and was telepathic. Tuun worked for the Archaeological Research Council on Polis Massa and was part of the medical team that delivered the twins of Senator Padmé Amidala when she was brought to an archaeological dig site on Polis Massa in 19 BBY. Tuun's stolen identity profile was later used by the pirate Hondo Ohnaka to test potential employees of Ohnaka Transport Solutions in Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu around 34 ABY.

Biography[]

Maneeli Tuun was a Kallidahin male who was born in the Polis Massa[1] asteroid field[3] around 52 BBY.[2] Tuun came to work at an archaeological dig site on Polis Massa for the Archaeological Research Council. The aim of the Kallidahin efforts at the dig site was to find traces of the extinct Eellayin species—the supposed ancestors of the Kallidahin—and discover why the planet Polis Massa was destroyed.[3]

When the pregnant human Senator Padmé Amidala was brought to the dig site by her allies[3] in 19 BBY,[4] Tuun was part of the medical team that helped to deliver her twins, Luke and Leia. Amidala was also heavily injured, and her condition was judged to be so critical that Tuun and the rest of the team did not have time to change out of their caving jumpsuits. Only two of the technicians on the team were trained physicians, with the rest being xenobiologists who were usually attached to the archaeological team in order to analyze artifacts for organic tissue. After the twins were successfully delivered, Amidala died despite the best efforts of the team.[3] The dig site was later completely abandoned.[5]

During the First Order occupation of the planet Batuu[1] around 34 ABY,[2] Tuun was 86 years old. At the time, the Kallidahin's stolen identity profile was in the possession of the pirate Hondo Ohnaka, who used the profile along with several others to test a group of potential new employees for his company, Ohnaka Transport Solutions. Ohnaka hoped to use the employees in a heist he was planning. In order to test the employees' ability to memorize details from a cover identity, he sent the profiles, including Tuun's, to the employees' datapads and then quizzed them on details from the data.[1]

Personality and traits[]

Like the other Kallidahin technicians at the Polis Massa dig site, Maneeli Tuun had had little contact with humans and so knew little about their parturition. He and the others involved in the delivery asked few questions of those accompanying the pregnant Padmé Amidala, showing discretion in their task. The team was baffled when it could not save the senator's life. Tuun had purple-and-white skin, red eyes,[3] and no hair.[1] Tuun spoke using sign language[3] and was telepathic. He stood 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighed fifty pounds.[1]

Equipment[]

Tuun wore a form-fitting caving body-suit that was blue-and-brown in color and revealed his body growth-rings. The suit had a remote control mounted on the left shoulder and a brown surgical hood sealed onto it at the neck. Tuun carried sample containers in part of the suit and had several silver cylinders attached to his left wrist.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Maneeli Tuun was created for the prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith,[6] but he does not appear in the final cut of the film,[7] which was released on May 19, 2005.[8] In the current Star Wars canon, Tuun was first pictured in the twenty-second issue of De Agostini's Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon magazine series,[9] which was released on around June 3, 2015.[10] The character was then identified in the 2017 reference book Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia.[11] Tuun then made his first appearance in Star Wars: Datapad, an app that launched alongside the themed land Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge,[1] which opened to guests at Disneyland Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios Park in 2019.[12] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Maneeli Tuun was first mentioned in the the reference book Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary, which was written by James Luceno[6] and released on April 2, 2005.[13]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Play Disney Parks.png Star Wars: Datapad – "Flight Crews Wanted" (Screenshots: 1, 2)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the Battle of Batuu, which includes the First Order's occupation of Batuu, to six months after the Hosnian Cataclysm, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Play Disney Parks.png Star Wars: Datapad – "Flight Crews Wanted" (Screenshots: 1, 2) states that Maneeli Tuun is age 86 during the occupation, meaning he was born around 52 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. Darth Vader (2020) 5
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
  7. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  8. Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual History, New Edition
  9. Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 22 (Guide to the Galaxy: The History of Polis Massa)
  10. The second issue of the De Agostini weekly magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon was set to be published on January 14, 2015, according to Wyman, Chris: De Agostini Publishing: Build the Millennium Falcon Magazine & Model (08-01-2015). theforce.net. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Therefore, it can be calculated that Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 22 was published around June 3, 2015.
  11. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  12. D23 logo.png Creatures, Droids, and Aliens: Meet the Fantastical Figures of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on D23.com (backup link)
  13. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary on Amazon.com (backup link)
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