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"I was barely walking when I learned to ride thrantas. From the best, I might add."
―Princess Leia Organa[src]

Thrantas were a large, flying species native to the planet Alderaan. As a species, they survived the destruction of their homeworld due to the relocation of some thantras to Bespin.

Biology and appearanceEdit

Thrantas were gray-skinned floating beasts with broad triangular wings and a long tail. They greatly resembled[1] the aiwha, a species of winged cetaceans native to Kamino.[3] They emitted mournful cries as they flew.[4]


Thrantas were migratory creatures who lived in social groupings referred to as "herds"[4] or "flocks".[5]


Thrantas hailed from the planet Alderaan, one of the so-called Core Worlds of the galaxy. As she grew up as a crown princess in the House of Organa, Leia Organa notably learned to ride a thranta.[6] Although Alderaan was destroyed by the Galactic Empire[7] in 0 BBY,[8] the species outlived its homeworld as a population had been transplanted to the gas giant Bespin. Those Bespinian thrantas lived in a breathable region of the planet's atmosphere, where they were ridden through the clouds by only the most daring thrill seekers.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Thranta first appeared in concept art drawn by artist Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back,[9] which was later reused in The Illustrated Star Wars Universe in 1995, introducing them to the Star Wars Legends continuity.[10] The species was made canon by the reference book Ultimate Star Wars, which was released in 2015.[2]



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