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"Master Solo's Rodian Splice has several poisonous ingredients that need to be used in the exact proportions to render them safe."
―MK-1[1]

A Rodian Splice was an alcoholic beverage created with several toxic substances that had to be mixed in precise proportions to prevent the drink from being lethal when consumed by most species. Han Solo, a human male smuggler, enjoyed the cocktail and ordered it on multiple occasions. The Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs, however, was afraid to prepare it or consume it despite including a recipe in The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook.

Description[]

"Despite its deadliness, folks have said the intense flavor of a Rodian Splice is nearly as intoxicatin' as its abundance of alcohol. I'll take their word for it, though, as I prefer a drink that don't make me worry over whether each sip might be my last."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[3]

Rodian Splices were alcoholic beverages created with multiple toxic ingredients that could appear either as solid green[2] or with black, white, and orange layers. If the cocktail was not prepared with perfect proportions of the poisonous components, it would become lethal for most species to consume; for instance, an Artiodac[3] or a human could survive drinking it only if mixed correctly.[1] The drink was highly intoxicating and had a strong flavor that many beings enjoyed despite the risk of death.[3] Part of the cocktail's name was shared with the planet Rodia and its native Rodian species.[4]

History[]

"This caustic cocktail is made from a bunch of ingredients that are already extremely toxic on their own. Even worse, if they're not mixed together in exactly the right proportions, the drink becomes lethal to most species. It's the kind of libation ordered by desperate smugglers with somethin' to prove."
―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook[3]

Rodian Splices were typically enjoyed by smugglers such as Han Solo.

The drink was enjoyed by the human male smuggler Han Solo, but he often could not find a cantina that served a satisfactory one.[1] Between 1 ABY and 3 ABY,[5] at a bar on the Outer Rim location Barnahof, Solo ordered but was unable to consume a Rodian Splice due to the arrival of a stormtrooper patrol. The Galactic Empire was searching for Solo and his Rebel Alliance cohorts Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker after the three had gone into hiding following the Battle of Mako-Ta. Solo abandoned his drink order when they fled from the Imperials.[1]

When the trio found refuge at Thane Markona's estate on the isolationist moon Hubin, the Thane's butler droid MK-1 served them drinks while they sat in the estate grounds awaiting an audience with Markona. The droid mixed a large container of Rodian Splice at Solo's request, but it made substitutions for some of the poisonous ingredients due to the risk of producing a beverage that was not safe for human consumption.[1] Solo was content to relax and enjoy his drink, but Skywalker had grown impatient and declined Solo's recommendation of the cocktail.[2]

In 34 ABY,[6] the Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs published his cookbook The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, and he included a recipe for the cocktail along with multiple warnings about its dangers. His description of the beverage characterized it as the type that would be ordered by smugglers who were desperate and had something they wished to prove. Although the cookbook was a collection of his favorite dishes, Tuggs admitted to his personal fear about preparing or consuming the potent and potentially fatal Rodian Splice.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Rodian Splice first appeared in Star Wars 56.

Rodian Splices first appeared in the fifty-sixth issue of the Star Wars comic-book series,[1] which was published by Marvel Comics on November 7, 2018[7] and written by Kieron Gillen with art by Andrea Broccardo. Its physical traits were concealed by a container in that issue,[1] but the beverage was depicted as green in the subsequent fifty-seventh issue,[2] which was released on November 21[8] and written by Gillen with art by Angel Unzueta.[2]

The 2019 recipe book Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, which was written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Marc Sumerak, includes a recipe for the cocktail. Equal amounts of coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, and either bourbon or whiskey are poured into a glass in that order to create a tricolored layered drink.[3]

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars (2015) 56
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Star Wars 57
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
  4. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rodia in the Databank (backup link)
  5. The Assault on the Mako-Ta Space Docks in issue 55 of the 2015 Marvel Comics series Star Wars is placed by Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition around one year after the Battle of Yavin, an event that Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY, which means Star Wars 55 takes place in 1 ABY. Additionally, the comic book series takes place before the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which Galactic Atlas places in 3 ABY. As issues 56 and 57 take place after the events of issue 55 and before The Empire Strikes Back, they must take place between the standard years 1 ABY and 3 ABY.
  6. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook establishes that the in-universe book was published at the same time as when the First Order was searching for the Resistance base on Batuu. As that search occurs in Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, which is set in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, the cookbook must have been published in 34 ABY.
  7. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars (2015) #56 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  8. MarvelLogo.svg Star Wars (2015) #57 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
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