- "You cannot pass. Go back to the north seas and freeze."
"Why, Master Protas?"
"Because it pleases me."
- ―Protas and the aiwha pod
According to a Kaminoan legend, The Tale of the Aiwha Pod, a male aiwha sacrificed himself to save his pod when the god-beast Protas stopped the pod from traveling south for the cold winter. Knowing they would die if they returned north, the aiwha pod fought Protas. The pod struggled to overcome their enemy until Protas exposed his throat, which the aiwha saw and clamped down upon. Protas attempted to dislodge the aiwha, beating at and killing the aiwha. Even in death, the aiwha's jaws did not release, allowing his pod to deal a final blow to the god-beast.
According to the Kaminoan mythological tale—"The Tale of the Aiwha Pod"—a male aiwha lived with his pod in the oceans of the planet Kamino. One winter, the pod were travelling south out of the cold northern waters when they encountered the god-beast Protas, ruler of Kamino's oceans as the most powerful beast.
Previously, Protas was told to have defeated the titan Melkorr and overcome an army of Kikla swimmers, both of whom had challenged the mystical Protas for his authority and rule. With the victories over his challengers, Protas became arrogant in his old age. It was with this mindset that he prevented the aiwha pod from continuing their journey south, directing them to turn back north on a whim.
Knowing they would die if they returned to the northern waters, the aiwha had allegedly attacked Protas as a unified force without warning or any desire for either fame or glory. Despite swarming the monster-god and making powerful attacks, they could not break the defenses of Protas' thick skin with enough efficacy to deal a killing blow. In the midst of this battle, Protas exposed his soft throat, creating an opening the aiwha took advantage of. The aiwha saw the vulnerability and took advantage, clamping down on Protas' throat with his teeth. Realising his error, Protas fought against the aiwha, dealing blow after blow to the brave aiwha. The blows took their toll, killing the aiwha but without complete success—even in death the aiwha did not release Protas, allowing the pod to deal a final blow and ending the battle.
The apparent sacrifice made by the aiwha, which allowed his pod to achieve victory, was remembered and immortalised in the tale that would eventually be translated from Kaminoan into Basic by an individual named Ryan Kaufman. The conduct of the pod in defeating Protas without seeking glory or power; the resulting peace in Protas' absence; and the self-sacrifice of the aiwha, explained why the aiwha were accorded the respect of all the creatures of Kamino.
Personality and traits
The aiwha, like the rest of his pod, did not seek glory or fame and took to battle out of his necessity to survive. He was brave and cared deeply for his pod, sacrificing himself to ensure their survival.
Skills and abilities
The aiwha was observant, noticing the weakness shown by Protas in the midst of battle. He had strong jaws, able to hold on despite the beating sustained by Protas.
Behind the scenes
- "The Tale of the Aiwha Pod"—Star Wars: Republic Commando: Prima Official Game Guide (First appearance)