Duros

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Duros
HomeworldDuro
LanguageDurese [1]
Average Height1.7 – 2.2 meters [1]
Skin colorGreen and blue [1]
DistinctionsNoseless, hairless, large red eyes, affinity for space travel [1]
Known MembersList of known Duros


Biology and appearance

A humanoid race characterized by their blue skin, red eyes and long, thin faces. There is no nose on their face. They have lipless mouths and green blood. [1] Olfactory glands beneath their eyes were responsible for their sense of smell. Both females and males were bald, though both genders were easily distinguished. Their large red goggle-like eyes also had slit pupils. Duros females gave birth to live young, and like the Neimoidians they were born in a larval grub stage, but unlike their cousins who left the raising of their young mainly to the state, the Duros took care of their offspring from birth. [1]


Society and culture

They are a calm, peaceful race and are considered dependable workers and gifted storytellers. Their society was formed many millennia before the Galactic Civil War, and was very advanced technologically. Most Duros are interested in space travel, and are employed in one of the many industries that deal in travel between the stars. Those Duros who remain near their homeworld work for one of the many starship construction facilities that orbit the planet Duro. Many of the Duros found off-planet are graduates of the Duro Academy of Deep Space Exploration, and can navigate a hyperspace jump with limited star charting. The general population of Duros also refused to admit that the Neimoidians were genetic descendants of their race, despite the scientific evidence which proved their relationship.

While usually taciturn, Duros enjoyed telling stories about their travels. It was said Duros had a photographic memory when it came to the telling of tales and stories. Many Duros were pilots and explorers, and were adventurous, though sometimes rash. As one of the first cultures to develop hyperdrive spacecraft (some even believe the first), Duros-charted trade routes were among the oldest hyperspace routes still in use during the Imperial era. [1]

Their affinity for traveling led many Duros to prefer the honorific title of "Traveler" despite their occupation or craft of choice, and addressing them as such was considered good etiquette. Their language was a sort of lingua franca among the spacers. [1]

Not surprisingly, one of the most powerful insults among the Duros was to be called a Neimoidian. [1]

The Duros lending tradition was followed by the Duros when asking for loans to Duros lending institutions. Failing to comply with its terms supposed a severe social stigma for them. [1]

History

The Duros originated on the planet Duro long before the dawn of the Galactic Republic. In 100,000 BBY, Duro was surveyed by the Columi, who were not impressed. Later, Duro was conquered by the Rakata of the Infinite Empire and the native Duros were enslaved. Duros slaves were used to create the Star Forge in 30,000 BBY. However they tolerated their cruel overlords since it was an occasion for the ever-curious Duros to learn about their inter-stellar technology. Following a plague that struck the Rakata, the Duros rebelled in 25,200 BCGT. The Duros then formed a hereditary monarchy. It was based at Ranadaast, a city named after Queen Rana Mas Trehalt, which fell into disrepair and was infested by criminals when the monarchy fell into decline. Several years after the fall of the monarchy, Duro became a member world of the Herglic Trade Empire, the most powerful government in the Core Worlds region at the time. [1]

Duros were interested in exploration and ventured off their homeworld to explore the galaxy at an early age. Hyperspace cannons linked Duro with Coruscant, Corellia, and other Core Worlds. Having reverse-engineered the hyperdrive independently of the Corellians, Duro entered a Golden Age as a Core Founder at the formation of the Galactic Republic. The monarchy was eventually abolished in favor of a collection of ruling corporations. The Duros High House became the government/legislature, and the Chief Representative Officer became the planet's head of state. At the same time, the Herglic Trade Empire fell with the formation of the new galactic government. [1]

The Duros colonized Neimoidia during their earliest wave of expansion, though the Neimoidians were considered a separate culture by 15,000 BCGT. The Duros discovered Sneeve in the Kymoodon Era, Adner in 5,000 BCGT, and Koboth around two hundred years ago. [1]

Nearly four thousand years ago, the planet itself was laid to near-total waste during the Mandalorian Wars, when the Mandalorian invasion fleet advancing on the Colonies and Core regions destroyed much of the world using thousands of Basilisk war droids. Years of misery and rebuilding were ahead of the Duros people, merely the latest phase in the long series of Sith Wars. [1]

In the following years the Duros abandoned the planet for space cities, and left food production and mining on the planet to automated systems; however overdevelopment caused mass extinctions and pollution on the world.


References: [1] - http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Duros

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