Ranats evolved on the planet Rydar II. The Rydans, a humanoid species, did not understand the Ranats and tried to eradicate them. The Ranats often attacked the Rydans children who had enough of them. Two male and female Ranat could flee a few years before the Battle of Yavin with a ship to Aralia, whereafter a very new colony could soon emerge. The three surviving Ranat heroes chose the Aralia jungles near the shores to set up their new habitat.
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