The Zygerrians were a humanoid feline species from Zygerria.[source?] Having evolved from a horned canine sentient species, they built a powerful empire by capturing and selling slaves until the Jedi of the Galactic Republic went to war with them and outlawed it. The Zygerrians attempted to openly revive their slave trade when they allied with the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars.
Their ears inspired the hairstyle known as Zygerrian-style faux crests. The hairstyle was sported by Razoo Qin-Fee, a Kanjiklubber who once participated in an underground Zygerrian fighting circuit on Nar Kanji. They lived in a rocky natural habitat.
- "For thousands of years, Zygerria supplied slave labor to the galaxy. We prospered. Our customers prospered. Then the Jedi came."
- ―Darts D'Nar
The Zygerrians were a powerful people in the days of the Old Republic. Their Empire provided slave labor to the galaxy in which both the Zygerrians and their customers prospered. However, their slave trade was outlawed by the Old Republic. The Jedi Knights liberated countless slaves from the Zygerrians and pushed their Empire into the underworld's shadows, resulting in many Zygerrians developing a seething hatred of the Jedi and their Order. Despite their acrimonious history with the Jedi, one Zygerrian male named Farzala Tarabal served as a Padawan of the Jedi Order during the High Republic Era. Another Zygerrian female named Tosan was a Jedi Master who served the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic following the Battle of Naboo.
During the Clone Wars, Zygerria's queen Miraj Scintel, formed an alliance with Confederate leader Count Dooku to rebuild her people's Slave Empire. She sent Commander Darts D'Nar to accompany Dooku, a tactical droid and their forces to occupy Kiros. However, in reality, the Togruta colonists were then taken to Kadavo's slave processing facility. However, the Republic and the Jedi would once again crack down on the Zygerrian enterprise by launching an attack on the facility, freeing the slaves and destroying their installation.
Hopes of rebuilding the slave trade
Despite their defeats during the Republic Era, the rise of the Galactic Empire saw new opportunities for the Zygerrians. A group of slavers led by Raney were established on Ord Mantell shortly after the end of the war. The Zygerrian MaDall also established a slave empire on the Outer Rim world of Oon during the Imperial Era. MaDall's operations were disrupted by the Mandalorian Sabine Wren.
Following the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, at least one Zygerrian slaver was based at an Imperial slave labor mine on the planet Sevarcos. During the Battle of Sevarcos, the slaver tried to kill the Wookiee slave Greybok but was bludgeoned to death by the Weequay Hatchet.
Behind the scenes
The Zygerrians were first mentioned in The Star Wars Sourcebook, written by Bill Slavicsek and Curtis Smith and published in 1987. The species remained relatively untouched by the Expanded Universe until the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars project. The Zygerrians played a major role in Slaves of the Republic, a story arc of The Clone Wars comic series written by Henry Gilroy that ties into the television series. In 2011–2012, the Slaves of the Republic comic books were adapted into three episodes of the television series, titled "Kidnapped," "Slaves of the Republic," and "Escape from Kadavo."
The episodes followed the same premise, but featured a number of differences, most notably, a redesigned appearance for the Zygerrians, who were originally depicted in the EU as resembling humans with pointed ears, long red hair and bony spurs on their forehead and chins. Dave Filoni felt this look was too close to a live-action TV show with limited makeup resources for aliens, and opted to blend them with a coyote-like appearance, stating the coyote's trickster reputation helped the Zygerrians look more cunning and deceitful.
Notes and references
- Star Wars: How Not to Get Eaten by Ewoks and Other Galactic Survival Skills
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Slaves of the Republic"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Kidnapped"
- "Return of the Slavers"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine 5
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 91 (Guide to the Galaxy: Zygerria – World of Slavery)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- The High Republic Adventures 1
- Age of Republic - Obi-Wan Kenobi 1
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Rampage"
- The Slaves of Zygerria