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The Zabrak, also referred to as Iridonians, are a humanoid species native to the planet Iridonia, located in the Mid Rim. They are easily recognizable by their crown of vestigial horns on their heads and facial tattoos, which are unique for each individual and determined by their clan and lineage. Often associated with their strong will, determination, and self-reliance, Zabrak are known for being formidable warriors and skilled combatants.
Zabrak have a similar build and stature to humans, with males typically standing between 5'10" and 6'5" and females being slightly shorter. Their skin color varies from pale white to dark brown, and even red, yellow, or orange. One defining characteristic is their horns, which range in number and size, starting as small nubs on infants and growing to several inches in length as they reach adulthood. Their eyes also exhibit a wide array of vibrant hues such as blue, green, orange, or yellow, and often feature a subtle glow due to high levels of electroreception.
Zabrak society is often described as a meritocracy, with various clans vying for prestige and status through acts of valor, courage, and skill. Their cultural values emphasize self-reliance, discipline, and hard work. Zabrak are known to be fierce fighters and excellent martial artists, trained from a young age in a variety of disciplines such as traditional Iridonian martial arts or ranged weaponry. This is in part due to the harsh geography of Iridonia, which has sculpted their culture to emphasize the importance of survival and adaptability.
Several notable Zabrak have played crucial roles in the history of the Jedi and the Sith. Among them were Eeth Koth and Agen Kolar, both members of the Jedi Council during the final years of the Galactic Republic. One of the most famous Zabrak in Star Wars is Darth Maul, the Sith assassin and apprentice to Darth Sidious, who first appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Zabrak have established numerous offworld colonies across the galaxy, with significant populations present on planets such as Dathomir and Dromund Kaas. Female Zabrak on Dathomir became the infamous Nightsisters, while the latter were integral to the Sith Empire. These offworld Zabrak often retain the cultural traditions of their homeworld, including the practice of facial tattoos and horn grooming.
Beyond Eeth Koth, Agen Kolar, and Darth Maul, several other Zabrak characters have made significant impacts on the Star Wars universe. Examples include Sugi, a female Zabrak bounty hunter who was featured in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, and Bao-Dur, a Zabrak engineer and hero of the Mandalorian Wars from the video game Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic II-The Sith Lords.
The Zabrak species has appeared in various forms of Star Wars media, ranging from movies, animated series, video games, novels, and comics. Their ongoing presence and representation have cemented them as a recognizable and intriguing species within the Star Wars universe.
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29. - (21 BBY) Clone Wars Season 2 Ep 17 / ”501 + 1” / Visions 4