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Gungans

Underwater Recluses

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The Gungans are the native inhabitants of the planet Naboo. They are an amphibious species with hardy lungs capable of holding breath for extended periods. As such, Gungans are as comfortable in water as they are on land. While there are a number of different races, most Gungans exhibit the same physical traits. They tend to be tall and lanky humanoids.Their skeletal structure is extremely flexible, as it is made of cartilaginous material rather than hard bone. This makes their faces rather expressive, and makes their bodies more resistant to damage.

Gungans have strong leg muscles for swimming, and are aided by their long fin-like ears. The long Gungan face has a tough yet flexible bill for burrowing and rooting out food. They have long muscular tongues with which they scoop mollusks and lesser amphibians from the Naboo swamps. Their teeth are large and blunt, capable of cracking through shellfish. Their large nostrils completely seal for underwater travel.

While most spacefarers would dismiss Gungans as primitives, they have developed an advanced, albeit unique, technology. They grow the basic structures of buildings, vehicles and technology and adorn them with artistic flourishes and organic lines. This gives Gungan technology a very fluid, non-rectilinear look.

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Homeworld
Naboo
Affiliation
Galactic Republic

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Gungan Grand Army

Gungan
Grand Army

The Gungans maintain a large standing armed force, called the Gungan Grand Army. This huge collection of foot soldiers carry cestas, electropoles, and atlatls capable of hurling plasmic energy spheres (or boomers, as Gungans call them). Gungan catapults hurl even larger boomers great distances.

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Boss Nass

Boss Nass

The Gungans are ruled by Boss Nass and his Rep Council, from the High Tower Board Room of Otoh Gunga. The Gungans have had an uneasy relationship with the Naboo, the human colonists on the planet. Many Naboo look down upon the Gungans, thinking them as primitive. The Gungans in turn try to avoid any contact with the surface-dwellers.

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Trade Federation

Trade Federation

When the Trade Federation invaded Naboo, Boss Nass chose to remain uninvolved in the conflict. He felt the Gungan's isolation would keep them safe from what was ultimately a surface-dweller's problem. He was wrong. The Trade Federation armies stormed the swamps, and forced the Gungans to abandon Otoh Gunga.

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Jar Jar Binks

Jar Jar Binks

Jar Jar Binks is not a typical Gungan. His clumsy, bumbling nature caused him to be exiled from Otoh Gunga by an exasperated Boss Nass. But Jar Jar's good intentions led him to unite the Gungan and Naboo peoples, got him promoted to general in the Gungan Grand Army, and caused him to eventually serve in the Senate as a representative of Naboo.

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Boss Lyonie

Boss Lyonie

After Boss Nass stepped down from his commanding position on the Rep Council, Boss Lyonie took his place. The Gungan was manipulated by his treacherous advisor, Rish Loo, who used ancient Gungan mystical secrets to corrupt Lyonie's mind.

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General Tarpals

General Tarpals

Once serving as captain of a patrol in Otoh Gunga, Tarpals was promoted to general following the successful resolution of the Battle of Naboo. As General Tarpals, he sacrificed himself to prevent General Grievous's conquest of the planet.

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Rish Loo

Rish Loo

A corrupt Gungan minister, Rish Loo allied himself to Count Dooku in the Clone Wars for the promise of riches and power. Loo used ancient Gungan mystical abilities to corrupt the mind of his leader, Boss Lyonie, in an attempt to foment civil war between the Gungans and the Naboo.

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Otoh Gunga

Otoh Gunga

A beautiful underwater city, Otoh Gunga uses the unique Gungan organic technology to create beautiful, flowing architecture dominated by hydrostatic bubbles that prevents the water of the Naboo lakes from flooding the city.

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