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"The veermok, of course! Have you seen a more interesting creature? I take every chance I can get to educate others on my findings. Too bad I don't have the time right now!"
Ronin Lightrunner, to a spacer[4]

The veermok was a large, ferocious primate native to the Gungan swamps and woodlands of Naboo.

Description[]

The veermok lived around the fringes of the swamp and woodlands hunting prey, such as jimvu, hrumph calves, and narglatch cubs, through stealth and surprise. They avoided deep water, as they were weak swimmers. They also had a unique bounding movement that took advantage of powerful upper torso and shoulder rotation, along with strong lengthy arms that dwarfed their skinny hind limbs. A veermok also had powerful, tri-tipped claws for gouging and grabbing.

A Veermok hunting a Jimvu

The hair on a veermok's back and chest provided protection and insulation. Their hair rose on their back when alarmed or angered. Hairless lower anatomy allowed for easy hygiene.

Veermoks were generally solitary, unless mating. Mates apparently formed a bond during the time in which they were together. If one mate was killed, the remaining mate would take revenge on whatever or whomever was responsible. They were usually semi-territorial, but not always, defending turf from other veermoks. Females mated once a year, building nests on the ground in a bed of leaves and branches. The veermok had a gestation period of three months. They usually gave birth to twins, which in most cases were immediately abandoned by their mother, unlike the more nurturing rancor. It appears that in a few unusual cases a mother would care for her offspring, at least for a short time. Forced to fend for themselves, abandoned twins matured quickly.

Veermoks had an unusual resistance to blasters.[5]

History[]

Veermok meat was comestible. The cookbook Essential Cooking Skills detailed how to best cook that meat.[6] Veermoks were also popular holopets.[7] The leaping veermok was an attack of the Teräs Käsi martial art named after the leaping attack of the veermok.[8]

An escaped Veermok on Coruscant

During the Old Sith Wars, the Systech Corporation created a line of electrical weapons to deal with veermoks by bypassing their resistance to blasters.[5]

During the last decades of the Old Republic, veermoks were transported to Hego Damask's private moon Sojourn for big-game hunting.[9]

In the years prior to the Invasion of Naboo, a criminal involved in the illegal activities of Palpatine and King Veruna on Naboo was nicknamed Veermok.[10] Around the same time, Rann I-Kanu, Galak, Arani Korden and Rorworr were attacked by a veermok while investigating the presence of a group of smugglers based in the jungle near Theed.[11]

Prior to the Galactic Civil War, a cave that was mined by Jandosan Mines for its ore in the Gallo Mountains on Naboo was overtaken by a pack of giant veermoks, causing all mining activities to be stopped.[12] The Mon Calamari scientist Ronin Lightrunner later visited the cave during his studies about veermoks.[4]

During the Galactic Civil War, Mauler beast masters trained veermoks for fighting.[13] After the Battle of Yavin, a race of veermoks smaller in size and living near beaches were discovered on Naboo. As scientists were not able to explain the changes in stature and natural habits, a theory that these beasts were bioengineered and let loose into the wild as emerged. This theory had been rejected by planetary authorities and Naboo philosophers who simply considered pygmy veermoks as an anomaly.[3]

Following the Destruction of Alderaan, the Alderaanian brothers Heeth and Raal Panteer settled a moon in the Ryloth system as a natural reserve. They imported fauna and flora from all around the galaxy to this moon, including veermoks.[14]

In the New Jedi Order, Jedi initiate between the ages of 13 to 14 were part of the Jedi training clan named Veermok Clan after the Naboo creature.[15]

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