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"Spice dealers connected to all the crime families on Coruscant."
"The Pykes. They will be the next to join us."
Pre Vizsla and Maul[src]

The Pykes were species of sentient humanoids native to the planet Oba Diah. The species was distinguished by their unsettlingly large heads and undersized faces. A notable group of Pykes was the Pyke Syndicate, the galaxy's preeminent suppliers of spice, a narcotic substance mined by slaves on the planet Kessel.

Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]

A sentient species, the Pykes were humanoid, although slimmer and taller than most humans. They had two long, lanky legs, and two arms that ended in three-fingered hands. Their heads were large and elongated, with a tapered skull and an undersized face, a feature which some other species found unsettling. Pykes had two narrow, almond-shaped eyes which could be magenta or blue in color. The species had two sexes, male and female.[1] Pykes had yellow blood.[4]

Society and culture[edit | edit source]

"I pay attention to the world around me, like the fact that the Pykes are gangsters!"
"Gangsters? What, like Pintu back on Coruscant?"
"No. Much worse. Galactically worse. They'll take your ship, your life, everything!"
―Ahsoka Tano and Trace Martez, on the Pykes[src]

The Pyke capo Quay Tolsite greets arrivals at the spice mines of Kessel.

Pykes hailed from Oba Diah,[3] a terrestrial planet marked by obsidian cliffs. Visitors to Oba Diah viewed both the population and terrain as unwelcoming.[1] The Pyke homeworld served as the headquarters of the Pyke Syndicate, a criminal organization which profited from distributing spice, an illicit substance harvested by slaves in the spice mines of the planet Kessel.[5] The Pykes on Kessel had to wear special breath masks and lead-lined clothing to protect themselves from the planet's harsh climate.[6] To deliver spice to their customers, such as crime families on Coruscant, the Pyke Syndicate relied on smugglers and freighter captains to complete the dangerous Kessel Run.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

«If you follow me, I'm sure we can reach a…mutually beneficial arrangement.»
―Quay Tolsite[src]

During the Clone Wars, the Pyke Syndicate, led by Lom Pyke, joined the Shadow Collective, a criminal alliance formed by Sith Lord Maul. The collective aimed to defeat the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems by uniting the galaxy's criminal underworld. Under Maul's guidance, the Pykes, the Black Sun cartel, and the Mandalorian extremists of Death Watch launched a takeover of Mandalore, which resulted in a planet-wide civil war.[7]

Before the Invasion of Naboo, the Pyke Syndicate was set to enter clandestine negotiations with Sifo-Dyas to resolve an underground war. Unbeknownst to him, the Pykes had made an alliance with Sith Lord Darth Tyranus to gain advantage over the other crime families. Tyranus hired the Pykes to shoot down Sifo-Dyas' ship over the Oba Diah moon, killing Sifo-Dyas. The Pykes subsequently locked up Sifo-Dyas' aide, Silman, as insurance against the Sith Lord. In 19 BBY, the Jedi traced Sifo-Dyas' lightsaber back to Oba Diah, where Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi confront the crime syndicate. In exchange for Silman, the Pykes asked the Jedi to forget the act of treachery the former carried out against the latter. Tyranus arrived soon thereafter and engaged the Jedi and Pykes in battle, killing Lom.[8]

Ahsoka Tano learned of the Pyke Syndicate's role in the spice trade when she accompanied the Martez sisters to Kessel to pick up the spice and deliver it to Oba Diah.[source?]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Pyke concept art by Colin Fix

The Pykes were developed by George Lucas for the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[9] The species debuted in the season five episode "Eminence," which first aired in 2013.[2] The 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story marked the live-action debut for the species.[4]

The design that became the Pykes originated in an April 2007 sketch of a Jedi character by David Hobbins, which was then selected by Lucas. In mid-2009, Douglas Wheatley refined their looks, and they were planned for inclusion in the cancelled game Star Wars: 1313.[10]

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