The Rattataki are pretty easy to recognize with their pale skin and bald heads that pretty much scream “I’m one of the bad guys!” They are relatively unknown in the greater galaxy, and there is little information on them as a species. The most well-known member of the Star Wars universe that was believed to be Rattataki, Asajj Ventress, has recently been confirmed to not be a Rattataki at all (despite the fact that she looks exactly like a Rattataki and was found on the Rattataki home world). Today I will share what little we do know about Rattataki so that we may all learn a little more about this mysterious species.
The Rattataki hail from the planet Rattatak, a world in the Outer Rim that has not been discovered by the Galactic Republic. Rattatak is a dry, arid, mountainous planet covered in red rock, with most of the settlements appearing to be hewn out of the rock itself. The remarkably harsh conditions on the planet nearly drove its population to extinction, and because of these conditions, the Rattataki have developed a rather violent society over the years. Their violent tendencies have been weaved into every aspect of their society. The planetary judicial system centered on gladiator games; those convicted, or even merely believed to be guilty, were summarily thrown into the gladiator pits for the remainder of their lives.
The Rattataki themselves are believed to be descendants of a lost Republic expedition that crash landed on Rattatak. Many of the planet’s inhabitants come from the Outer Regions, though occasionally off-world bounty hunters find themselves stranded on the planet and are assimilated into the society. Throughout Rattataki existence they have been discovering new ways to kill each other, and the other species on the planet. Most of the fighting is over the planet’s scarce resources, but it has become so ingrained into their culture that they can easily be considered a warrior species.
The Rattataki were introduced to the galaxy by Darth Vich, a Sith Lord and Dark Council member. He discovered the unknown world of Rattatak and took note of the warrior skills of its inhabitants, deciding to use the Rattataki as his own personal army. Vich took hundreds of Rattataki from the world and forged them into his own loyal fighting force, some of which were trained in the Sith arts once they were discovered to be Force Sensitive. As Vich’s ambitions grew he decided that he should be the one ruling the Sith, not the Emperor. He rebelled against his master and was summarily defeated and killed, his Rattataki warriors killed or enslaved upon his defeat. There are even rumors that some Rattataki serving under Vich betrayed him, and were rewarded with further Sith training by the Dark Council.
Unfortunately there is not much else to say about the Rattataki. I love that they have been included as a playable race in TOR, and I hope that it will allow us to learn more about them. Until then, they will just have to remain the pale skinned, bald headed, evil looking warriors that live to plague the Republic.
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