- "Quills! I didn't know there were any of you Spiners left in the Galaxy."
- ―Han Solo
Spiners were nearly-extinct bipedal sentient mammals with sharp quills. They were capable of hurling these with great speed and accuracy by flexing their muscles in a certain manner. Their native world, Worxer, was destroyed when its sun went supernova. The surviving population gradually became sterile for a lack of nutrients found exclusively in their home sector of Elrood.
Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]
- "I kinda hoped you'd be different… But I don't even see your gun."
"My name is Hedji… And I never use one."
- ―Han Solo and Hedji
Spiners were covered in stiff barbed quills, the longest of which grew on the arms and legs, and could reach a length of several centimeters. Spiners possessed the unique ability to propel these quills by simply flexing specific muscles, which could propel the quills with incredible speed and accuracy up to ten meters away.
Spiner quills themselves were extremely hard, as shown by Hedji when he attacked and killed a High-hound, as well as several Cloud-Riders—lending to the quills' ability to pierce skin, clothing, and light armor with sufficient force as to kill.
Spiners additionally had extremely quick metabolisms, and were capable of spontaneously growing more quills as needed; a Spiner could easily expend hundreds of quills during the course of a fight. Spiner names included Briss, Devik, Fifter, Firril, Jerrid, Meejen, Prikler, Toira, and Yaff.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- A Mon Alone
- Star Wars 8: Eight for Aduba-3 (First appearance)
- Star Wars 9: Showdown on a Wasteland World!
- Star Wars 10: Behemoth from the World Below
- Star Wars 11: Star Search! (Appears in flashback(s))
- Cult Encounters of the Star Wars Universe (Canceled novella)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- "ComicScan: Marvelously Silly Aliens"—Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 3
- The Starhoppers of Aduba-3"—Star Wars Gamer 4 "
- Alien Anthology
- "Who's Who in the Max Rebo Band"—Star Wars Insider 67
- Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia