- "When lightning rushes over the evening plains,
I return to my cold den
with a thula rat in my jaws.
Then, I smell your sweet spoor
smeared on the bones by the cave's maw.
Then, then my head fins begin to tremble
And my tail sways majestically as my mating howl
begins to fill the hollow of the night."
- ―Tchuukthai love poem
Tchuukthai, also called Wharls, were sapient ceratopsian quadrupeds from the Unknown Regions. They had bristly fur on their shoulders and back, while natural armor plating covered their head, joints, and vital organs. Even where there was no armor, their skin was thick and leathery, offering natural protection. Those that had dealings with other species generally wore clothing, while others did not.
The Tchuukthai were considered semi-mythical non-sentient creatures for millennia. The Tchuukthai encouraged, and possibly propagated, this view with displays of bestial ferocity that discouraged explorers and curious visitors. A number of famous love poems were composed by Tchuukthai, although they translated poorly into Basic.
A Jedi Master befriended the Tchuukthai later known as Thon, who was instructed in the Jedi arts and eventually became a Jedi Master himself around the time of the Great Sith War. Thon's nature was unknown even to most Jedi for millennia, though it's possible others of the species left (or were taken from their unknown homeworld as captive beasts) into the galaxy.
The Tchuukthai were generally quite thoughtful, and although they would often put on displays of ferocity for outsiders, disdained fighting. Some enjoyed meeting outsiders while others preferred to be left alone.
Common Tchuukthai names
Behind the scenes
The first mention of the Tchuukthai, by that name, was in The Courtship of Princess Leia in 1994, in a brief reference to Tchuukthai poetry. Previously, in the Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi miniseries, the character Thon had appeared without a given species name. Tales of the Jedi Companion identified him as a "Wharl" in 1996. At this point Daniel Wallace had already contemplated making Thon's species the Tchuukthai, and when Wallace wrote The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons in 1998, he retconned the Wharls and Tchuukthai as the same species.
- Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (First appearance) (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi (audio) (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – The Freedon Nadd Uprising 1 (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – The Freedon Nadd Uprising 2 (Mentioned only) (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith 1 (Mentioned only) (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith (audio) (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith 3 (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith 4 (Mentioned only) (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – Dark Lords of the Sith 6 (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – The Sith War 4 (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – The Sith War 5 (Retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi – The Sith War 6 (Retcon)
- Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Redemption (Retcon)
- The Courtship of Princess Leia (First mentioned before retcon)
- Tales of the Jedi Companion (Retcon)
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons (Ambria entry)
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
- Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Prima Official Game Guide (Indirect mention only)
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Jedi Academy Training Manual
- The Unknown Regions (as Wharls)