Star Wars Species and Races Lore - Zabraks
Native to the planet Iridonia, Zabraks were a Near-Human species with many unique attributes, whether it be their distinctive facial tattoos or second heart. As a proud and self-determined race, the Zabraks truly were one of the most influential species in the entire galaxy…
Despite being Near-Human, Zabraks possessed a number of unique characteristics that set them apart from Humanity, such as a crown of vestigial horns, a second heart, and facial tattoos – which represented either their place of birth, family lineage, or personality. Also, most Zabraks could not grow eyelashes or facial hair. Despite their differences, however, the species were capable of breeding with humans. As a result, a hybrid sub-species, named the Dathomirians, formed from the mating of Nightbrother Zabraks and Nightsister Humans.
Most of the galaxy viewed Zabraks as single-minded, a trait derived from a strong sense of self-assuredness and confidence to accomplish any task. Believing that nothing was impossible, the species were proud, strong and confident, and strove to prove sceptics wrong at every turn. Some Zabraks even carried themselves with an air of fulfilment, which neared the point of arrogance when discussing their people’s achievements. However, such pride did not develop a sense of superiority over others. As a strong and fierce species, Zabrak colonies competed against one another in friendly competition, though bragging rights was not taken lightly. With a highly developed physical style of martial arts, instructed to Iridonian Zabraks from a young age, the species ranked highly among the galaxy’s greatest hand-to-hand fighters. While Zabraks from colony worlds also shared such a drive for excellence, they encouraged their children to express it in other ways. As a result, it was not uncommon to find Zabraks skilled in many fields, ranging from medicine to entertainment. The species often took their names from animals native to Iridonia. For example, while most Zabrak families were named after the Bukk, many males went by the names Blok, Lok, and Zur. Female Zabraks were known to take their names from the Triz.
According to the Mother Machine, the Zabraks were synthetic lifeforms she created around 30,000 BBY. Under orders from the Infinite Empire, many Rakatans hoped Ashaa’s experimentations would expose the truth behind the loss of their connection to the Force. The Zabraks later became one of the earliest spacefaring species in the galaxy, playing a major role in galactic affairs. Just like the early humans, the Zabraks established many colonies outside their home system. By the time the species encountered the Galactic Republic, they had a total of eight colonies in five systems. Around the same time, the Sith made contact with the high council of Iridonia, hoping to hire the services of their most talented mercenaries. The Sith influence remained with the Zabraks, even after the Sith were supposedly wiped out following the Seventh Battle of Ruusan. A thousand years later, the strong-willed nature of the Zabrak people allowed them to resist Imperial occupation during the reign of the Galactic Empire. Even when faced with various damaging actions, including raised taxes to drive the species into poverty, the Zabraks’ defiant spirit continued, which led many to the service of the Rebel Alliance. Following the destruction of the Empire at the Battle of Endor, the race united as one and joined the New Republic, hoping to never face the same oppression ever again.
To no surprise, given all of the aforementioned traits and accomplishments, many Zabraks played huge roles throughout history of Star Wars. When it comes to the Old Republic era, two individuals spring to mind. Firstly, Bao-Dur, who served under Meetra Surik during the Mandalorian Wars, created the Mass Shadow Generator superweapon. He then accompanied Surik in her search for lost Jedi Masters, helping to rebuild the Jedi Order. And secondly, Kao Cen Darach was a legendary Jedi Knight who fought during the Great Galactic War in 3681 BBY. Holding the title of Battlemaster, Darach trained youngster Satele Shan, who became a powerful Force-user in her own right. Unfortunately, during a Sith assault to retake Korriban, the Jedi Knight fell in a lightsaber duel with Sith Lord Vindican and his apprentice, Malgus. However, due to Darach’s sacrifice, Shan was able to escape and warn the Galactic Republic of the Sith Empire’s return. In a later era, Sith apprentice Sirak made his presence known as a strong Force-user and skilled lightsaber duellist at the Academy on Korriban. Alongside fellow Zabraks and allies Llokay and his sister Yevra, Sirak set a trap to eliminate his rival, Bane. But the plan ultimately failed. Other noteworthy Zabrak individuals of the Legends universe include Marriss Brood, who survived Order 66 beside Shaak Ti, only to turn to the dark side following her master’s death on Felucia, and Wolf Sazen, a Jedi Master active during the Sith-Imperial war and the subsequent Second Imperial Civil War. Trained under Kol Skywalker, Sazen, in return, took Kol’s son to be his very on Padawan. Unfortunately, before completing Cade Skywalker’s training, Sazen was killed.
In canon, both Eeth Koth and Agen Kolar held seats on the Jedi Council nearing the fall of the Galactic Republic. Unusually, Koth was born on Nar Shaddaa instead of Iridonia or one of the Zabrak colony worlds. What’s more, he was accepted into the Jedi Order at the relatively old age of four, due to his potential and natural physical and mental discipline. Kolar was, unfortunately, killed nearing the end of the Clone Wars while making an attempt to arrest Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. While the bounty hunter Sugi also made a name for herself throughout the conflict, perhaps the most famous, or infamous, member of the Zabrak species was Darth Maul. Born as the son of Mother Talzin on Dathomir, Maul soon found himself under the tutelage of Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith. With a deep hatred toward the Jedi Order, the Zabrak slew Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and survived a nasty blow to the midsection, to put it lightly, as well as a huge fall, harnessing his hatred and the power of the dark side to do so. Maul later united with his brother, Savage Opress, to wreak havoc across the galaxy. Even when Opress was killed by Sidious, Maul lived on to plot his revenge…
Now it’s time for this week’s question: who is your favourite member of the Zabrak species? Let me know in either the card poll on-screen now or in the comments below!