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"The Quarren are being used. I've seen it happen before. Count Dooku has deceived them."
Ahsoka Tano to Captain Ackbar, explaining the recent behavior of the Quarren[9]

The Quarren, also known by the derogatory nickname "Squid Heads," were a humanoid, squid-like sentient species native to the planet Mon Cala, where they coexisted with the Mon Calamari in a peaceful, albeit tense, relationship.

Biology and appearance[]

The Quarren Calgriz spits ink at Darth Maul in combat.

The Quarren were a squid-like species with four facial tentacles which protruded from their lower jaw. Their skin-color range included various hues of orange,[1] salmon,[5] tan,[8] pink,[4] and purple.[3] They had a pair of deep turquoise eyes and finned hands with suction-tipped fingers.[8] In the two long protrusions that extended from either side of their faces, Quarren had gill-like structures that were actually hearing organs.[10]

An amphibious species[source?] native to the[8] aquatic[6] world of Mon Cala, the Quarren were natural swimmers[8] and were most comfortable underwater, prefering to be immersed in liquid.[11] They were also bipedal beings that could walk[5] and sit upright.[8] Capable of spitting clouds of black ink as a defensive measure in combat,[4] such ink could also be released from a Quarren's body when cut open at the mid-section by a lightsaber, a mortal act.[12]

A female Quarren

The Quarren species had male[6] and female sexes, and their form resembled that of humans.[13] The Quarren Jethpur spoke Quarrenese,[14] though the species was able to speak fluent[5] Galactic Basic Standard.[10]

Similar to their neighboring sentient species—the Mon Calamari—who shared their homeworld, the Quarren typically wore clothing that covered most of their body, though left their heads unadorned.[6][15][13] However, the Quarren pirate Kragan Gorr wore an Imperial officer battle armor helmet.[16][17]

The Quarren and Mon Calamari also shared the capability of sustaining cybernetic modifications.[18][19] Additionally, a hybrid between the two existed[20] during or prior to 146 BBY.[21]


The Quarren shared their homeworld of Mon Cala with the Mon Calamari,[8] another influential amphibious species who also preferred building their cities underwater.[11] During the High Republic Era, one of Supreme Chancellor Lina Soh's planned Great Works was to negotiate a treaty between the Quarren and Mon Calamari.[22] The Quarren also resided in large numbers on the estuary moon of Trask;[23] the moon had been colonized by Quarren and Mon Calamari who hoped to leave behind the politics of Mon Cala.[24]

Around the time of the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo, a Quarren Senator[15] named Tikkes represented Mon Cala in the Galactic Republic Senate.[1] During the Separatist Crisis, Tikkes defected to the Confederacy of Independent Systems,[25] and was replaced in the Galactic Senate by the Quarren Loyalist Tundra Dowmeia.[1]

During the Clone Wars, the Separatists, acting through the Karkarodon advisor Riff Tamson, stirred up trouble between the Quarren and the Mon Calamari. Following the assassination of the Mon Calamari King Yos Kolina, the Quarren led by Chieftain Nossor Ri contested his son Prince Lee-Char's claim to the throne. With the encouragement of Tamson, Ri called for new leadership and a chance for the Quarren to rule Mon Cala.[26] This led to a civil war on Mon Cala with the Separatists backing the Quarren Isolation League[1] and the Republic supporting the Mon Calamari. Prior to the outbreak of fighting, Senator Padmé Amidala and her Jedi bodyguard Anakin Skywalker visited Mon Cala city in attempt to broker peace between the two warring species.[6]

However, the Quarren launched a preemptive strike on the City of Mon Cala with Separatist AQ-series battle droids, but were repelled by the Mon Calamari's Jedi and clone allies. The Quarren then counter-attacked with Hydroid Medusas, gigantic jellyfish with electrified tentacles, which succeeded in overwhelming the Mon Calamari and Republic allies. Soon after this, the Quarren were able to capture the Capital. The remaining Mon Calamari and Jedi forces were forced to retreat. Despite the victory, Ri was uneasy with his new Separatist allies after Tamson complied with Count Dooku's orders to enslave the Mon Calamari population.[6]

The Quarren celebrating Prince Lee Char's crowning.

Quarren forces then participated in a manhunt for several enemy fugitives including Prince Lee-Char, Senator Amidala, Skywalker, and the Jedi Ahsoka Tano and Kit Fisto. Despite resistance from the fugitives and the arrival of Gungan reinforcements, the Quarren and Tamson's Separatist forces succeeded in capturing the fugitives.[27] However, the Quarren-Separatist alliance fell apart after Nossor Ri learned that Tamson intended to crown himself as the new ruler of Mon Cala. Ri foiled Tamson's plot to execute Prince Lee-Char, who wanted to restore relations between the Mon Calamari and Quarren. The Quarren then joined forces with the Mon Calamari, the Republic, the Jedi, and the Gungans in a combined effort to expel the Separatist invaders from Mon Cala. Following the death of Tamson, the Quarren accepted Lee-Char as the new King of Mon Cala.[9]

After uncovering the sinister Separatist plot and re-aligning themselves with the Mon Calamari, the Quarren and Mon Calamari fought as allies to uphold peace, from the final stages of the Clone Wars and throughout the Galactic Civil War.[28] Quarren Heavy Gunners were Quarren soldiers in the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[29]

Quarren in the galaxy[]

A Quarren Rebel trooper.

Several Quarren individuals could be found throughout the galaxy in various walks of life. Christo,[5] Tikkes,[25] and Tundra Dowmeia[1] served as senators in the Galactic Senate during the last days of the Galactic Republic. These senators used bathing pools to keep their skin moist.[30] One Quarren migrant named Lauli Wahlo operated a noodle shop in Coruscant's underworld[18] while another Quarren migrant named Amit Noloff was a member of the Iego council.[2] During the Galactic Civil War, Tessek worked as a book-keeper for Jabba the Hutt on the planet Tatooine.[31] During the Clone Wars, many Quarren were employed by Jabba Desilijic Tiure to serve him as guards.[32] The former slave Quarren Palabar, along with his companions the Wookiee Greybok and the Weequay Hatchet, took part in the New Republic's liberation of Kashyyyk.[33]

Behind the scenes[]

Quarren first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,"[31] which was first released on May 25, 1983.


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars Annual (2015) 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Darth Maul (2017) 2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
  7. Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 StarWars-DatabankII.png Quarren in the Databank (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Prisoners"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  12. The Rise of Kylo Ren 3
  13. 13.0 13.1 Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure
  14. Aftermath: Empire's End
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  16. SWResistanceLogo.jpg Star Wars Resistance – "The Triple Dark"
  17. StarWars.com Zero Hour Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Slide 9)
  18. 18.0 18.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lightsaber Lost"
  19. Darth Vader (2015) 6
  20. "A Recipe for Death"—Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens: Volume I
  21. "A Recipe for Death" establishes that Strono Tuggs has served in Takodana Castle for more than twenty years, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary establishes that Tuggs served in the castle for centuries before the Battle of Takodana. As such, "A Recipe for Death" must have taken place at least 180 years before the battle. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes the occurrance of the battle to have been in 34 ABY, it could be found that "A Recipe for Death" took place during or prior to 146 BBY.
  22. The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  23. The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  24. Star Wars: The Mandalorian Handbook
  25. 25.0 25.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  26. StarWars-DatabankII.png Nossor Ri in the Databank (backup link)
  27. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
  28. Star Wars Battlefront II
  29. Star Wars Battlefront
  30. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  31. 31.0 31.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  32. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminenc"
  33. Aftermath: Life Debt

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