Niado Duegad was a male native of the planet Vodran.[1] His species was similar to the dianoga,[2] a creature native to Duegad's homeworld.[3] During the Galactic Civil War, a conflict between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Duegad served as a mercenary.[1] His species[2] and culture controlled their environment through terraforming abilities. Niado Duegad's enhanced adrenal glands allowed for short bursts of incredible strength. Duegad had reddish-brown skin with black stripes and a single hazel-colored eye. He also possessed a level of Force-attunement.[1]

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Niado Duegad's origins date back to the production stages of 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, when several alien maquettes were created for possible inclusion in the scenes taking place in Jabba the Hutt's desert palace. The concept of a dianoga-like alien known as "Alien 18" was among those scrapped before the film's final release. Being non-humanoid, the "Alien 18" model was too difficult to realize as a puppet.[4]

The alien was first named as Niado Duegad on a card showing a modified image of the maquette for the 1998 Special Edition Limited expansion set of Decipher, Inc.'s Star Wars Customizable Card Game, thus bringing the maquette into Star Wars Legends canon.[1] According to a Star Wars CCG fan site, Niado Duegad was named as an anagram of "Dianoga Dude."[5]

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