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Skakoverbal was the complex native language of the Skakoan species, sharing similarities with Binary. The symbol set for their written language, Skakoform, that was current as of the Galactic Civil War resembled circuitry. Most Skakoans did not learn Galactic Basic Standard because few ventured off of their homeworld Skako, meaning that those that did travel abroad tended to rely upon translation modules attached to their pressure suits. However, due to the complexity of Skakoverbal, they often spat out junk sounds while compressing down to simpler languages.[1] While meeting with the Separatist Council on the planet Geonosis[2] in the year 22 BBY,[4] Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor spoke in Skakoverbal before activating his suit's translation module to convert his speech into Basic.[2] In 34 ABY,[4] the scavenger Hobin Carsamba spoke the language while standing in line for junk boss Unkar Plutt's Concession Stand in Niima Outpost, a settlement on the planet Jakku.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Skakoverbal first appeared in the 2002 film Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones.[2] It was first identified as such in the new Star Wars canon in Fully Operational, a 2018 sourcebook for the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion roleplaying game published by Fantasy Flight Games.[1] The name originates in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was first used in the 2002 magazine Star Wars Gamer 10.[5]

Hobin Carsamba spoke Skakoverbal in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens because staff at Skywalker Sound noticed the character's resemblance to Wat Tambor.[6]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Fully Operational
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  5. Star Wars Gamer 10
  6. Geller, Eric: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sound designer explains how he helped rework a major scene (2016-02-04). dailydot.com. The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on January 1, 2021. "There's a part at Niima Outpost where [Rey's] trading with Unkar Plutt. We put the sound of someone that sounds like…oh my gosh, I played the dang guy in Clone Wars and I can't remember his name right now. The one that's like, "The Techno Union army is at your disposal, Count." What's that guy's name?"
    Oh, Wat Tambor."
    Yeah. So we put a Wat Tambor-type sound. Because it looks like a guy that's, like, a prototype or [the] same race as Wat Tambor [who's] in the background there. And I put a little [imitates Wat Tambor's robotic sound] to kind of make it sound like [him]."