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Various Twi'lek females

In the fictional Star Wars universe, Twi'leks (pronounced /'twiː.lɛk/) are a prominent alien species. The existence of Twi'leks was known to the Old Republic. Twi'leks are a prominent race in the Expanded Universe series of books, games, and other media but the name "Twi'lek" is not mentioned in the Star Wars films. Twi'leks served in both the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. The Twi'leks were most notably kept as slaves by the Hutts. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (962x394, 70 KB) http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (962x394, 70 KB) http://www. ... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... The Galactic Republic is the name of the interplanetary government used in the fictional Star Wars universe prior to the establishment of the Galactic Empire. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Galactic Empire is the main antagonist in the Star Wars universe. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Rebel Alliance, or more formally, the Alliance to Restore the Republic, is an interstellar terrorist force formed in direct military opposition to the Galactic Empire. ...

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Characteristics

Twi'leks have skin that comes in a vast variety of colors, and two tentacles called lekku (singular lek) protruding from their heads. The name "Twi'lek" means "twin lekku." Part of the brain grows into the base of the lekku, and the width of the tails is proportional to the girth of each Twi'lek. Often the lekku will sport a pattern of spots, circles, or stripes in a different color from that of their skin, though these could be tattoos. Such "head-tails," or "worms," as they are called by others, are used for thinking and communication as well as sensual pleasure. Twi'leks are naturally completely hairless, except for their eyebrows. Known Twi'lek skin colors include white, green, blue, gray, red, orange, brown, yellow, and purple. The rarest are the red-skinned Lethans, followed by the blue-skinned Rutians. Green is the most common skin color. This article is about the tattoo, a design in ink or some other pigment, usually decorative or symbolic, placed permanently under the skin. ...


Twi'lek females are prized for their natural beauty and gracefulness. They are frequently sold into slavery as dancers for crimelords, while others take jobs to dance at cantinas.


Both males and females have ear nodes, but females typically wear elaborate caps or head-bindings fitted with ear coverings made of bone or other material, leading to the belief among some casual observers that the coverings are actually their ears. Their language is a combination of vocal speech and lekku gestures. Twi'leks live in a clan-based society. Sign language interpreter on stage A sign language (also signed language) is a language which uses manual communication, body language and lip patterns instead of sound to convey meaning—simultaneously combining handshapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expressions to express fluidly a speakers...


Homeworld

In the Expanded Universe, Ryloth is identified as the homeworld of the Twi'leks. Because of the nature of Ryloth's orbit around its primary, one side of the planet always faces the sun (an example of tidal locking). This results in the temperatures on the day side being very high, and the night side the temperature is very cold. There is a habitable band around the planet where the day and night sides of the planet meet. Ryloth is a source for a spice known as ryll. // Radatous Radatous is only known for its great shield generators and ancient Jedi training camps. ... Tidal locking makes one side of an astronomical body always face another, like the Moon facing the Earth. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, spice usually refers to an illegal narcotic or a controlled substance. ...


The Twi'lek people live in a series of caverns that are located in the habitable band of the planet; each cavern is inhabited by a separate clan.


Government

Twi'leks living in the caverns on Ryloth structure their society around a five member "Head Clan." These five Twi'leks lead the society in all such matters until one member of the Head Clan dies. At that point, the remaining members of the Head Clan are cast out into the barren landscape on the day side of the planet, presumably to die. Then five new members of the Head Clan are chosen.


Prominent Twi'leks

Following are prominent Twi'leks from both the movies and Expanded Universe.


Rayla Secura

Main article: Rayla Secura

Rayla was a Jedi, feared for her lightsaber skills and capable tactics, with a blue tone to her skin. She bound her lekku in leather bracings and dressed simply for combat. She was killed by clone troopers on Felucia when Order 66 was executed. This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... // Ealor is a planet in the Bysis system. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Mission Vao

Main article: Mission Vao

Mission is featured in the videogame Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. She has an interesting history and a side quest, and is valuable to the player for her stealth and security skills, especially near the beginning of the game. Mission Vao is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is an RPG video game originally for the Microsoft Xbox and later for PCs running Microsoft Windows. ...


Tol Sivron

Tol Sivron initially served as a member of the Head Clan in Twi'lek society. When chosen, it was expected that he would serve in the Head Clan for many years. However, about one year afterwards, another member of the Head Clan fell while inspecting a project, and impaled himself. Sivron and the three other members of the Head Clan were then cast out. Sivron convinced the three other members to pool their resources, and try to eke out a living in one of the nearby uninhabited caves.


While the other former Head Clan members slept, Sivron murdered all of them. He then took their supplies, and set out in a trek across the desert. Eventually he came upon an Imperial refueling station on Ryloth. He then met a young commander named Tarkin. Tarkin soon found that Sivron was an excellent manager of the complex business arrangements that Tarkin had. Grand Moff Governor Wilhuff Tarkin is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


Eventually, Tarkin named Tol Sivron to head up the research facilities at the Maw Installation. For over ten years, Sivron ran the facility that produced such weapons as the Death Star and Sun Crusher. The first Death Star, with TIE Fighters flying from it. ... Diagram of the Sun Crusher The Sun Crusher is a prototype superweapon from the Star Wars universe. ...


When the facility was invaded by New Republic forces, Sivron escaped with the other scientists on board the Death Star prototype that was in orbit around the facility. He took the weapon to Kessel, and used the superlaser to destroy the planet's moon, mainly due to a targetting error on the part of the scientists manning the weapon but nonetheless proved the effectiveness of the weapon. He returned to the Maw Installation to destroy it rather than allow it to fall into Rebel hands. Sivron died when the Death Star prototype fell into one of the nearby black holes. The New Republic (officially The New Galactic Republic) is a fictional government in Star Wars. ... // Kalakar VI was a volcanic moon of Dromund Kalakar in the Outer Rim. ... Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ... A black hole is an object with a gravitational field so powerful that no form of matter or radiation (including light) can escape once it is less than a certain distance from the center. ...


Nawara Ven

Another prominent Twi'lek from the Expanded Universe was Nawar'aven. Ven was originally trained as an attorney. However, he later became a member of Rogue Squadron, and was trained as an X-wing pilot. Despite being a pilot, he was called upon to act as an attorney when he defended fellow squadron member Tycho Celchu against charges of murder and treason. Ven was twice shot out of his X-Wing when enemy TIE fighters scored direct hits. While he had completely recovered after the first time he had to eject, during the second instance he lost his leg and was unable to fully utilize a prosthetic. As a result, he was unable to continue as a pilot. Later, Nawara Ven served as an officer on board the Errant Venture. For information on the type of fish called Lawyer, see the article on Burbot. ... The Rogue Squadron crest Rogue Squadron is a fictional starfighter squadron in George Lucass science fiction saga Star Wars. ... X-wing fighters on their way into battle in a still from Star Wars. ... Tycho Celchu (pronounced /sel/choo/) is part of the fictional Star Wars Universe. ... TIE Fighter, see X-wing computer game series. ... The Imperial-class Star Destroyer Errant Venture approaches Yavin IV. The Errant Venture is a starship in the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


Tal'dira

Tal'dira was a Twi'lek warrior featured in the Expanded Universe. Tal'dira initially appeared in the Michael Stackpole book The Krytos Trap. He had served as a member of the small military force that Ryloth possessed. Later, he and 11 other warriors joined Wedge Antilles and the other Rogues in the war against the Bacta War and Isanne Isard. When the Rogues were invited back into the New Republic Armed Forces, Nawara Ven was unable to continue as a pilot due to injuries he sustained. As a result, Tal'dira was invited to join Rogue Squadron. He became a casualty of the war with Warlord Zsinj. He was brainwashed as part of "Project Funeral" and was activated to kill Wedge Antilles. His strong warrior's sense of honor kicked in at the last moment, however, and he was able to fight the brainwashing long enough to be shot down and killed by his fellow Rogue, Corran Horn. Zsinj was the most powerful warlord opposing both the Empire and the New Republic within the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... Corran Horn (b. ...


Bib Fortuna

Main article: Bib Fortuna

Bib Fortuna was a Twi'lek that had appeared in The Phantom Menace, A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. He had served as a majordomo to Jabba the Hutt for many years. Bib Fortuna was a member of the Una clan. At some point in the past, Bib Fortuna was found guilty of crimes and was cast out of Twi'lek society. It was noted that he preyed on other members of his society. He had captured and trained several dancers for Jabba the Hutt. After he was cast out Twi'leks then began breaking his name into two distinct parts "Bib Fortuna" when referring to him as a way of symbolizing that he was cast out. Bib Fortuna was a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Jabba the Hutt is a fictional character in George Lucass science fiction saga Star Wars. ...


Bib Fortuna accompanied Jabba the Hutt when he had taken Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca to the pit of the Sarlacc to be executed. Fortuna managed to escape before Jabba's sail barge exploded, but when he returned to the palace to take over, the mysterious B'omarr monks who inhabited the cellars removed his brain from his body and placed it in a spider-like walker, much as the monks themselves used. Undeterred, Fortuna managed to keep several of his plots going, eventually managing to get his brain placed in the body of another Twi'lek, Firith Olan. Now with Olan's resources at his disposal, Fortuna has begun to rebuild Jabba's criminal empire. Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... Chewbacca (or Chewie) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... The Great Pit of Carkoon with the original Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi (1983). ... The following is a list of minor organizations in the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


He also appears in the videogame Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy as an unlockable character that uses hand-to-hand combat as his only offense.


Chi Eekway

Main article: Chi Eekway

A Senator from Wroona in the waning days of the Republic, Chi Eekway was one of the Delegation of 2,000 who presented a Petition to the high Chancellor Palpatine. She advised Senator Amidala to have patience when she insisted on informing the Jedi about their secret affairs. She had close connections with Baron Papanoida and was very kind to her fellow Senators. She was known for her great nature, and wore large robes, covering almost all of her body. Chi Eekway is a fictional character in the Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith. ... Palpatine (84 BBY - 4 ABY, spirit destroyed and made one with the dark side of the Force 10 ABY) is an important character in the Star Wars universe. ... Padmé Naberrie Skywalker, also Her Royal Highness, Queen Amidala of the Naboo and later Senator Amidala of Naboo (46 - 19 BBY), is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Natalie Portman. ... Jedi Masters (left to right) Saesee Tiin, Agen Kolar, Mace Windu, and Kit Fisto Jedi Knights and Jedi Knight redirect here. ... Baron Papanoida was a great fan of opera. ...


Other Twi'leks

See also Oola, Orn Free Taa, Boc, Tott Doneeta, Griff Vao, Zhar, (possibly) Jaden Korr, Alema Rar, Numa Rar, Lyn Me, Rianna Saren.
Otherworldly wildlife -- Terryl Whitlatchs creature study of Tatooine inhabitants This article is about minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe who reside, or at least appear primarily, on the planet Tatooine. ... Orn Free Taa was a Twilek senator in the waning days of the Old Republic representing the planet Ryloth. ... This article is about minor villains in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Tott Doneeta was a Jedi Sentinel who was prestigious for using two purple lightsabers. ... Griff Vao Older Brother of Mission Vao Griff Vao left Mission on Taris, to go to Tatooine with a dancer Twilek named Lena. ... This article is about Ancient Jedi from the fictional Star Wars Expanded Universe, which existed roughly 4000 BBY. Spoiler warning: // Atris appeared in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. ... Jaden Korr is a character in the fictional Star Wars Expanded universe, the main character in the computer and video game Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. ... The following is a list of fictional Star Wars Jedi apprentices, or Padawans. For more information, please see List of minor Star Wars Jedi knights and List of minor Star Wars Jedi masters. ... Lyn Me is a character in the fictional Star Wars galaxy. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...

Species of Star Wars
Major species

Chiss | Ewok | Gamorrean | Human | Hutt | Killik | Nikto | Rancor | Rakata | Shistavanen | Ssi-Ruuk | Tusken Raider | Twi'lek | Ugnaughts | Wampa | Whill | Wookiee | Yuuzhan Vong | Ysalamir In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Chiss are a humanoid species with pale blue skin, blue-black hair and glowing red eyes. ... Ewoks are a fictional alien race of hunter-gatherers in the Star Wars universe. ... ... In George Lucas fictional Star Wars universe, humans are the most numerous and dominant species, with apparently millions of major and minor colonies galaxywide. ... Jabba the Hutt. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Image:Nikto jedi. ... The rancor is a ten meter (thirty foot)-tall carnivore present in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Spoiler warning: A Rakata Rakata Elder The Rakata are a fictional species from the Star Wars universe video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003). ... The Shistavanens, colloquially nicknamed “wolfmen” for their lupine appearance appear in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... The Ssi-ruuk are a fictional reptilian race from the outermost areas of the galaxy in the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel The Truce at Bakura. ... Tusken Raiders (Sand People) are fictional creatures that live on the planet Tatooine in the Star Wars universe, so named from the attack on one of Tatooines first settlements, Fort Tusken. ... The Ugnaughts are a fictional race in the Star Wars universe. ... A wampa in its lair on Hoth Wampas are fictional predators in the Star Wars universe, resembling Yetis or the extinct giant ground sloth. ... Whills are a vague reference to the relatively omnipresent, yet totally distant race that George Lucas planned to place the story-teller perspective on in an early draft of the Star Wars saga. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Yuuzhan Vong are a race of sentient beings from the fictional Star Wars Expanded Universe that rise as a threat to the New Republic in the New Jedi Order series of novels. ... The Ysalamir (Pronounced e-sal-i-miri or sal-i-miri) is an animal in the fictional Star Wars Expanded universe native to the mid-Rim planet Myrkr. ...

Species lists
A-E | F-J | K-O | P-T | U-Z

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The name "Twi'lek" means "twin lekku." Part of the brain grows into the base of the lekku, and the width of the tails is proportional to the girth of each Twi'lek.
In the Expanded Universe, Ryloth is identified as the homeworld of the Twi'leks.
Twi'leks living in the caverns on Ryloth structure their society around a five member "Head Clan." These five Twi'leks lead the society in all such matters until one member of the Head Clan dies.
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