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01.14.2012 , 10:23 AM | #1
The following is a compilation of information taken from the Holonet and the Essential Atlas of the Star Wars the Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition. None of this is speculation and can be treated as canon. Despite the depiction of the Dathmorian Assajj on the banner, this compilation does not extend past the current era.


The Outer Rim Territories are the largest region in the galaxy, the least explored, and the most diverse in terms of population and culture. As this is the territory farthest from the center of galactic civilization, the hand of the government has historically been lightest in the Outer Rim, and for millennia dissidents, pilgrims, and freedom seekers have fled the galaxy’s more populated precincts for a new start in its vastness.

But while the Outer Rim has offered greater freedom, that freedom has come with a price: The Outer Rim is so far from Coruscant that the institutions of galactic civilization have often been little more than theoretical concepts, with communications and the rule of law unreliable or wholly absent. And this far from the prying eyes of the Core, terrible crimes and abuses often go unseen or unchecked. Whether its source is the void between the stars or the empty souls of those who thrive when justice falters, darkness is never far away in the Outer Rim, and wise Rimmers trust their blasters and their wits above faith in anything so ephemeral as civilization.

The exploration of the Outer Rim proceeded in fits and starts. The Jedi stronghold of Ossus and the planets of the Tion Hegemony were known before the founding of the Republic; the Hutts were a galactic power long before Republic traders reached their borders; and many of the Outer Rim worlds on or near the Corellian Run and Perlemian Trade Route were settled when parts of the Inner Rim were still considered the frontier. Plucky traders have made us of alien scouts’ navigational data since the dawn of the Republic, and the discovery of the ancient “lost” colonies is so common that it barely makes HoloNet newscasts. The chalk-skinned Rattataki are believed to be the descendants of such a forgotten Republic expedition.
For the record, Dromund Kaas is on the polar opposite of the core.

Deep in the Outer Rim, the Rattataki species evolved in bleak isolation for thousands of years, clinging to existence in sprawling caverns beneath the planet’s surface. They were driven underground by monstrous beasts they believed were gods and savage storms that made the land nearly uninhabitable. In their subterranean exile, the Rattataki tribes fought amongst themselves incessantly over scarce resources, and many tribes even resorted to cannibalism. The weak and the sick were sacrificed so that the strong might survive and one day claim the surface world.

The pale-skinned Rattataki are made for battle. A war over resources exploded between Rattatak’s six major federated tribes and countless small syndicates. But the relative backwardness of Rattatak technology restricted their armies to the use of blasters, blades and bombs. Centuries of constant warfare have weeded out the weak, shaping the remainder into proud, passionate, and deadly combatants. Even entertainment for this violent species is combat; the gladiator pits of their home planet, Rattatak, are the planet’s most popular amusement, well-known for being the most brutal in the galaxy. Exposed to their species’ competitive culture from birth, Rattataki develop into fearsome warriors.

An ebb-and-surge cycle of worldwide wars ground on for generations. Eventually, the mighty warlord Rattatak managed to unite his people long enough to drive back the horrible beasts on the planet’s surface and establish mighty fortresses amidst the mountainous terrain. Though his life was lost in the struggle on the surface, Rattatak’s name lived on. The unification of the Rattataki was brief, and tribes settled back into their constant infighting, but at long last they had emerged from their dark exile and contact was made with the greater galaxy. The Republic’s mass settlement of large portions of the Outer Rim hadn’t begun until 1850 BTC, when colonists marched down the galaxy’s “new” trade routes—the Corellian Trade Spine, Rimma Trade Route, and southern Hydian way—and then expanded rapidly among these three routes in the southern portion of the galaxy. This led many Rattataki to settle on other worlds, becoming sought after mercenaries, bodyguards and bounty hunters.

A crafty Rattataki arms merchant exploited the planet’s blood-sport culture by building the Cauldron, an immense gladiatorial arena. Inside its stone pit, local champions and offworld challengers battled to the death while wagering profits fed the arms industry. The Cauldron’s notoriety spread among underworld infochants in the Republic, and the hypperroute to Rattatak became a prize traded among shadow kingpins.


Rattatak is distinguished by square-walled canyons and dry gullies; its red rocks evoke the hue of spilled blood. The Rattataki are the native species, while the rest of the plannet’s population seems to be drawn from hundreds of Outer Rim worlds. Mercenaries often come to Rattatak and are forced to make it their home when its ruined infrastructure fails to provide offworld passage. Animal life has been hunted nearly to extinction, though a few hungry alpha predators still feed on corpses in the outer wastelands. Conditions are too harsh on Rattatak to sustain widespread agriculture. The planet’s population has been dying off for centuries.


Loyalty to the Empire varied immensely in the Outer Rim. Beyond loyalist enclaves such as Eriadu and the surrounding sectors, many planets weary of lawlessness welcomed the return of central control (to the extent that such control was possible in so vast a region) and the renewed push to expand the galactic frontier.

Shortly after the Empire returned to Republic space, the young Sith Lord Darth Vich took notice of Rattatak and its people. Eager to make a name for himself, he journeyed to the planet and, casting aside 1000 years of anti-alien tradition, recruited a hundred tribes of Rattataki to populate his own personal army. Their prowess in battle made them a dangerous force, and the dozens of Force Sensitive among them became his personal acolytes. With the Rattataki at his command, Darth Vich made a play for power in the Sith Empire that ultimately failed. In the wake of this failure, the Dark Council enslaved or killed all of the Rattataki who followed Vich. Rumors about a small group of Rattataki acolytes who helped betray Vich and were fully accepted for Sith training remain unsubstantiated.