Orbaks were a species of horse-like riding beasts. Found on several worlds, their exact galactic origins were unclear, although the ocean moon Kef Bir was the homeworld of a herd of orbaks. On frontier worlds, orbaks were often domesticated for use in agriculture, transport, and occasionally warfare. Their tusks were used to uproot the grasses that they ate, and their sturdy hooves were well-adapted for uncertain terrain. They were related to other riding beasts, including pulga, fathiers, bordoks, and tris.
Orbaks could be tamed to become very loyal riding mounts. When riding an orbak, a rider could steer them by directing their tusks, while a separate beast collar kept the saddle in place and allowed the rider to maintain control should the reins break free.
Company 77, a group of stormtroopers who defected from the First Order, tamed a number of orbaks on Kef Bir. Led by Jannah, the tribe lived a nomadic lifestyle, using the orbaks as their mounts. The members of Company 77 had a close partnership with their orbaks, with the creatures allowing for exploration and travel at high speed, while the riders protected the orbaks from predators.
During the Resistance's assault on the forces of the Sith Eternal led by the reborn Darth Sidious, Finn and Jannah rode orbaks in a ground assault atop the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast, the flagship of First Order Allegiant General Enric Pryde.
Behind the scenes
Orbaks were created for the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. They were first revealed on May 22, 2019, as part of a reveal of images and details regarding the film, and first appeared in a tie-in event in the mobile game Star Wars: Commander on December 19, 2019.
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