Mirialans were a near-human species native to the planet Mirial. They had skin tones ranging from green and yellow to pink or purple. Most had traditional black geometric tattoos on their faces which 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 traitorous 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 appearance
- "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
Mirialans were a near-human species distinguishable by their yellow-green or pink colored skin and geometric facial tattoos. Though typical Mirialans had green or pink-colored skin, some had purple skin. Mirialan hair colors included black and brown, and their eyes could be brown, blue or purple. Mirialans were also incredibly flexible and agile, traits which aided them in activities such as lightsaber combat. As a near-human species, they were capable of reproducing with humans and having human-Mirialan hybrid offspring. Their natural habitat was desert or wastelands.
Although 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, and expressed the achievements or expertise unique to each Mirialan. 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."
Society and culture
- "On Mirial, we're taught to respect and listen to the Force."
- ―Keo Venzee
The Mirialans were known for their spirituality and strong connection with the world around them. They had a natural belief in and practiced a primitive understanding of the Force. Because of this, members of the species on Mirial were taught to respect and listen to the Force.
It was a tradition amongst Mirialans who joined the Jedi Order to take fellow Mirialans as their Padawans.
The Mirialan homeworld was the cold and dry planet of Mirial. 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.
Mirialans in the galaxy
During the High Republic Era, Mirialan scantech Merven Getter worked in the Hetzal system. He recognized that attitudes in the galaxy were evolving as time went on, which he hoped would give him the chance to date the Twi'lek Sella. However, he never got the chance, as he was atomized during the Great Hyperspace Disaster.
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. The Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her Padawan Barriss Offee were members of the Mirialan species. Another Mirialan who was once part of the Jedi Order was the Seventh Sister, one of Darth Vader's Inquisitors. 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. Despite this tradition, the Jedi Master Cyslin Myr chose the human Mace Windu as her Padawan. Another Mirialan, Synara San, once worked for the Warbird gang on the planet of Castilon, but eventually joined Team Colossus, and unofficially the Resistance, after opposing a mutiny staged by the pirate gang. The Mirialan Keo Venzee was a pilot for the New Republic's Vanguard Squadron.
Behind the scenes
Mirialans first appeared in the 2002 canon Star Wars movie Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the species first appeared in the 2001 novel Cloak of Deception by James Luceno. Written with access to the Attack of the Clones script, Cloak of Deception was the first appearance of many concepts developed for the film.
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Notes and references
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Uprising
- Star Wars Resistance – "The Triple Dark"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
- Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu 4
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Force Collector
- Star Wars: Alien Archive
- Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force
- Star Wars: Squadrons
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- Dooku: Jedi Lost script
- Darth Vader (2017) 7
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars Resistance – "The Mutiny"
- Cloak of Deception