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Mirialans were a near-human species native to the planet Mirial. They had skin ranging from green to yellow skin to pink or purple and most had traditional black geometric tattoos on their faces that symbolized personal achievements. The species had a strong connection with the natural world and typically believed in the Force. Mirialans included several members of the Jedi Order, including Jedi Masters Luminara Unduli and Cyslin Myr, the Padawan Barriss Offee and the Seventh Sister, a fallen Jedi who hunted Great Jedi Purge survivors as a member of the Galactic Empire's Inquisitorius.

Biology and appearanceEdit

"She comes from this very... let's say traditional family with some strong opinions about Mirialan customs."
"Which involve getting tattoos?"
"Yeah. It usually happens after you've completed a certain task or... achievement or... something."
―Maize Raynshi and Karr Nuq Sin[src]

Mirialans were a near-human species distinguishable by their yellow-green[17] or pink[11] colored skin and geometric facial tattoos. Though the typical Mirialan had skin of green or pink color, some had purple skin.[3] Mirialan hair colors included black[5] and brown and their eyes could be brown,[3] blue[1] or purple.[6] As a near-human species, they were capable of reproducing with humans and having human-Mirialan hybrid offspring.[11]

Though most members of the species got the traditional facial tattoos, not all did. More traditional Mirialan families felt strongly about the custom. Typically, these tattoos were done after a Mirialan completed a special task or achievement[11] and expressed the achievements or expertise unique to each Mirialan.[17] Some appreciative of their species' culture considered the tattoos as merely status symbols. Because of her mixed heritage, the half-Mirialan Maize Raynshi considered either not getting the tattoos or only getting them on one half of her face. Eventually, Raynshi chose a tattoo design with the meaning of "friendship."[11]

Society and cultureEdit

The Mirialans were known for their spirituality and strong connection with the world around them.[18] They had a natural belief in[17] and practiced a primitive understanding of the Force.[18]

HistoryEdit

The Mirialan homeworld was the cold and dry[19] planet[11] of Mirial.[2] After the fall of the Jedi, many Mirialans followed an isolated lifestyle in the Outer Rim Territories. Others, however, decided to fight against the darkness that stood in their way of spiritual enlightenment.[18]

Mirialans in the galaxyEdit

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Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee during the Clone Wars

In the time of the Galactic Republic the Mirialan Jedi Master Jor Aerith was a member of the Jedi High Council and trained Padawan Gretz Droom, who also became a Jedi Council member.[7] The Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her Padawan Barriss Offee were members of the Mirialan species.[1] Another Mirialan who was once part of the Jedi Order[20] was the Seventh Sister, one of Darth Vader's Inquisitors.[14] It was a tradition among the Mirialan people that if any were to join the Jedi Order, they were compelled to take fellow Mirialans as their own Padawans, as in the case of Unduli and Offee.[2] Despite this tradition, the Jedi Master Cyslin Myr chose the human Mace Windu as her Padawan.[13]

Behind the scenesEdit

Mirialans first appeared in the 2002 canon Star Wars movie Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.[1] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the species first appeared in the 2001 novel Cloak of Deception by James Luceno.[21] Written with access to the Attack of the Clones script, Cloak of Deception was the first appearance of many concepts developed for the film.[22]

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