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Twi'lek Lekku, prehensile?

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Twi'lek Lekku, prehensile?

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Technotica
01.19.2012 , 05:56 AM | #1
So, I read on Wookipedia that the lekkus of Twi'leks are prehensile, which means they can be moved independently and used to grasp something.

Now I have never seen any twi'lek actually do that either in the movies, the games or the comics.

So do they really behave like monkeys tails?

Makes me see twi'lek in a totally different light, kinda like mind flayers... *g* (all tentacly)

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Shrekmom
01.19.2012 , 06:03 AM | #2
Aayla Secura move her's in one of the Star Wars Republic comics dont remeber what one but she do it while using a holo recorder talking to Quinlan Vos

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jeejtje
01.19.2012 , 07:52 AM | #3
Is there something horrible wrong with me, that when I read this thread the first thing that comes to mind is tentacle "intercourse"?

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DarkestDaemon
01.19.2012 , 08:33 AM | #4
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Is there something horrible wrong with me, that when I read this thread the first thing that comes to mind is tentacle "intercourse"?
I thought that, too.

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Luckmann
01.19.2012 , 08:45 AM | #5
Yeah, they're prehensile. Although I cannot imagine that they'd be used to grasp things. I imagine them as fairly sluggish and slow, and their form would make it hard to hold things, which is why I imagine that we don't really see them do that.

On another note, they really do have to fix how Lekkus look and function in the game. I equip a hat on Vette, they clip right through. I equip a mask, they disappear. There's not even an option not to show companion helmets, so... And how come there's not even an option on how to wrap them? I think a lot of people want Bib Fortuna's round-the-neck-over-the-shoulder Lekku.

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I thought that, too.
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Is there something horrible wrong with me, that when I read this thread the first thing that comes to mind is tentacle "intercourse"?
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Foxfirega
01.19.2012 , 09:15 AM | #6
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Is there something horrible wrong with me, that when I read this thread the first thing that comes to mind is tentacle "intercourse"?
Well. They are viewed similarly to breasts in Twi'lek culture...

Where you go with that is entirely your business!

But, they're somewhat moveable without being exactly prehensile like, say, a monkey's tail. They have some motion, but I'm not sure they can actually grip anything with any real ability.
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Meira_Arirai
01.19.2012 , 10:58 AM | #7
Some EU sources have lekku as being really important for communication/expression- It's hard for a non-Twi'lek to speak Twi'lekki, because they don't have lekku to gesture with in addition to the auditory component of the language.

However, I, like you, am having a hard time imagining them as being truly prehensile.
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jeejtje
01.19.2012 , 05:18 PM | #8
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Well. They are viewed similarly to breasts in Twi'lek culture...

Where you go with that is entirely your business!
I would wonder what male twi'lek lekku would be similar in twi'lik culture...

But on a more serious note I wonder what function those lekku would have in evolution, would they really be onced used as an extra set of limbs wich lost or lessen in function over time. Or was it part of sexual evolution and served no other function then impressing a potential mate (like the feathers of a peacock).

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Darth_Zev
01.19.2012 , 05:27 PM | #9
I remember them being called brain tail or something like that, I thought Lekku were connected to the their brain. Figure the different lengths were a status symbolism or something.
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VelvetSanity
12.11.2012 , 07:06 PM | #10
Ok. Here's my take, based on my knowledge of the lore:

They are prehensile. This doesn't mean they can use them for carrying heavy items, however, or even that they would if they could. I can *easily* see them holding light items (think Davey Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean, with the key to the chest that contains his heart). I can also see them being used for, say, raising and lowering a hood on a cloak.

In general, I see them as being as capable and as flexible as an octopus or squid's tentacles, but without the suckers they use for gripping. So, for example, a twi'lek assassin could potentially use them to strangle someone.

And based on the lore I've read, they are *highly* sensitive to touch, their length and shape *are* considered a measure of status and beauty, and they *can* be seen as erogenous zones. I'd say that a twi'lek hugging or even actively touching a person with their lekku is a sign of caring and trust.

As for Twi'leki, it's possible for non-twi'leks to learn to understand, but exceedingly difficult due to the subtleties of the lekku movements and body language. Races like Togruta would likely have an easier time of it, having their own version of lekku.

Also, considering the Twi'leki and Lekku languages, I'd say Twi'leks are *exceptional* at reading body language.

As far as the naughty fun...well, people imagine succubus tails being used to add to the fun in various ways, think of it like that, but with two of them, and attached at the back of the head instead of the base of the spine.

As for not seeing them move in the movies, consider the difficulty vs the benefit of accomplishing such an effect, particularly in terms of budget considerations. Of course, such an effect is easy to do with CG, but I think Lucas was more focused on other aspects of making the movies. Maybe we'll get to see them move in whatever new SW movie Disney makes.